Update on Alopecia


What is alopecia Alopecia is also known as baldness or loss of hair from the head or body On the scalp, it may manifest as rapid shedding or gradual thinning of the hair It could present as a patch or a more diffuse pattern When facial hair is involved, it is called madarosis Sometimes, there could be other related symptoms with scalp alopecia such as redness, presence of scale,...

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Self-Care Tips for Rosacea


These are some of the most important things we think you need to know about rosacea and how you can best manage it yourself! 1: Identify your triggers If possible, identify and avoid any lifestyle or environmental factors which trigger or exacerbate symptoms Examples of common triggers can include alcohol, hot beverages, spicy foods, and extremes in temperatures Sometimes it may help to...

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Self-Care Tips for Acne


These are some of the most important things we think you need to know about acne and how you can best manage it yourself! 1: Diet There is little evidence that food causes acne, however, a healthy balanced diet is generally advised, which includes fresh fruit and vegetables 2: Talk to your GP Even mild cases of acne can sometimes cause distress and unhappiness If your acne cannot be...

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Self-Care Tips for Hidradenitis Suppurativa


The following general measures can be very helpful in the management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) 1: Stop smoking Research has shown that people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) are far more likely to be smokers Smoking is thought to worsen HS and stopping smoking may improve symptoms The HSE provides tailored quit plans to help people quit smoking, see: wwwquitie or Freephone 1800 201...

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All You Need to Know about Adult Seborrhoeic Dermatitis


What is Seborrhoeic dermatitis Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a common skin condition, causing scaly red patches of skin and flaking It mainly affects areas on the body where there are a lot of oil-producing (sebaceous) glands and is more commonly found on the scalp, centre of the forehead, sides of the nose, eyelids, eyebrows, moustache and bearded area, behind the ears, armpits and upper chest,...

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Tell us what you think! Strategy 2020+


Take part and help us make a difference for people living with skin conditions  We’re developing the ISF's strategy for 2020-2025 The strategy will be a guide for the future work of the kind of organisation you want to see, and the pathway to get there We would love to ask for your opinion So, why not tell us what you think by taking the survey below Tell us what you...

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SkinSideOut: Our Skin Health Event!


Skin health event featuring talks & discussions on chronic inflammatory skin conditions On Saturday, 16th November, the ISF hosted SkinSideOut in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, a full day event open to all members of the public struggling to manage chronic inflammatory skin conditions The event consisted of five talks and panel discussions covering six topics - eczema,...

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Research Call for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Everyday Wound Care User Study


The Clinical Research Platform is currently recruiting people living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) to test a wound dressing product specifically designed for use in that condition You may be eligible to participate If you: Are female Are aged over 18 Have a diagnosis of HS Have active HS of the armpit that requires wound dressings For more information, please...

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The Microbiome: new avenues of exploration in psoriasis research


Studies indicate that some common inflammatory skin conditions eg acne, rosacea, atopic eczema, psoriasis, and hidradenitis suppurativa, are associated with changes in the microorganisms that live on (colonize) human skin These changes, or imbalance (compared with normal), is termed dysbiosis and has prompted research into the possible role(s) of the microbiome in a number of skin conditions,...

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#Ask-How-I-Feel Psoriasis Campaign: Videos and Resources Launched


As part of the #AskHowIFeel psoriasis awareness campaign Novartis and the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) has today launched a dedicated resource, AskHowIFeelie, housing new support and advice videos for people living with the skin condition The campaign is designed to encourage those living with psoriasis to seek support from others and to have more open conversations about how the condition...

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Pregnancy and Psoriasis: some things to keep in mind


Pregnancy and psoriasis Over the last decade or so, research has provided greater insights about the the course of psoriasis during pregnancy and the safety of newer treatments, particularly for moderate-to-severe psoriasis This is an evolving area and the science is complex, so your consultant dermatologist supervising your care will be able to advise you when considering planning a...

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World Psoriasis Day: ISF joins international efforts to raise awareness of complex emotional toll of common skin condition


Psoriasis on Your Mind – expert ‘SkinSideOut’ panel to meet at Science Gallery, Dublin on 16 Nov   This World Psoriasis Day (29th October), the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) joins with the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) and 55 members globally to raise awareness of psoriasis and the complex emotional toll of this common skin condition, estimated to...

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