Sunlight, sap and strimmer’s rash – how some plants pose a risk to your skin

31/07/2019

The recent spell of sunny weather has encouraged lots of us to get active outdoors, enticing walkers and cyclists to explore the countryside and gardeners to tackle weeds, hedges, ditches and lawns While the odd nettle sting, or scratch from a thorn is quite a common occurrence amongst those who enjoy outdoor pursuits or gardening, there are other less obvious risks posed by plants,...

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Know your skin type! The effects of sunlight are not the same for everyone:

26/05/2019

First published June 2017; updated May 2019 About Melanin Melanin is a pigment that gives skin, eyes, and hair their colour It also provides some protection against skin damage from ultraviolet radiation (UV) present in sunlight and is responsible for tanning There are different types: dark skin contains more ‘eumelanin’, while lighter skin has more ‘pheomelanin’ Eumelanin is thought to...

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What is solar UV radiation and why you need to know about it…?

26/05/2019

First published June 2017; updated May 2019 What is solar ultraviolet radiation Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is one of the three major components of sunlight, which include visible light and infrared (heat) It is divided into three categories, classified according to wavelength: UVA, UVB and UVC The ozone layer blocks all UVC and most (90% or more) of UVB, while UVA passes through the atmosphere...

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Confused about the UV index?

26/05/2019

First published June 2017; updated May 2019 What is the Global Solar UV index Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a component of sunlight The Global Solar UV index is a scale that was developed by the World Health Organisation which measures the UV radiation level at the surface of the Earth, and gives an indication of the potential for skin damage Overexposure to UV radiation can cause...

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Clouds, water, glass: surprising things that solar UV can pass through

26/05/2019

First published June 2017; updated May 2019 Do you know that over 90% of UV can pass through light cloud, at half a metre depth under water UV is still 40% as intense as at the surface, and some UV can pass through glass! We're all becoming more aware of the importance of protecting ourselves against overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV)   when outdoors but you may be surprised to know...

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No sunscreen can provide 100% UV protection

26/05/2019

First published June 2017; updated May 2019 The role of sunscreen Alongside other protective measures, such as clothing and shade, sunscreens play an important preventative role against the acute and long term effects of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, including: sunburn, skin damage, premature ageing of the skin and skin cancer Solar UV radiation UV radiation is a...

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ISF Gives Talk on ‘Skin Health’ at An Cosán

01/04/2019

On Thursday the 28 March the ISF Health Promotion Team were delighted to give a general talk on 'Skin Health and Common Skin Conditions' to the lovely ladies of the University of the Third Age in An Cosán in Tallaght Beginning as The Shanty in September 1986, co-founders Dr Ann Louise Gilligan and Dr Katherine Zappone established a community-based project as a platform for active citizenship...

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Tattoos: some considerations for your skin’s health

01/02/2019

Think before you ink! As the popularity of tattoos continues to rise, so too do concerns about potential risks While some of these risks may be known to the general public (eg the transmission of serious blood borne infections through unsterilized equipment), others may be less well publicised eg tattoo associated skin disorders or indeed, regret What is a tattoo A permanent tattoo involves...

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Some simple tips to tackle dry skin this winter

18/12/2018

In wintertime, central heating and lower humidity (very dry air) can aggravate skin dryness So as the temperature gauge plummets, we look at simple ways to combat this seasonal phenomenon The epidermis at a glance The uppermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis; this forms the main protective barrier and is where drying occurs The epidermis is comprised of layers of cells, stacked on...

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Study indicates incidence of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) appears to be doubled among smokers

10/10/2018

A recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology has found that incidence of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) appears to be doubled among tobacco smokers The researchers examined healthcare data and identified nearly 4 million tobacco smokers and over 8 million non‐smokers The incidence of HS was 020% among smokers and 011% among non‐smokers – smokers were shown to be...

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Government ends ‘perverse anomaly’ of lower VAT rate on sunbeds than on sunscreens

11/10/2017

A welcome end to ‘perverse anomaly’ of lower VAT rate on sunbeds, which cause skin cancer, compared to sunscreens, which help to prevent it Next step – a complete ban! Skin cancer in Ireland Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland Yet, in most cases, it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer For the majority of people, the health risks are related to overexposure to UV...

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Two important reports published in July highlight the rising incidence of skin cancer

19/07/2017

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland has just published a report on Cancer Trends (Cancer trends no 34 - skin cancer) today, July 19th The report highlights a sharp rise in incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers in Ireland This increase, along with the pattern of distribution (ie body sites affected), indicate that type of sun exposure is an important risk factor, and...

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