Question: I’ve seen ads for make-up that claim its dimethicone free. What is dimethicone and why should I care if its in my skin care products? Can it damage my skin or cause environmental problems?
Answer: Dimethicone is a type of silicone. It is an especially large molecule that stays on the surface of the skin and form a protective barrier. Dimethicone is used in practically every type of toiletry including moisturizers, sunscreens, eye cream, eye make-up shampoo and diaper ointment.
The FDA has approved dimethicone as safe and effective for personal care products. Dimehticone is not on lists of chemicals which are suspected to cause health problems. In addition, its not been found in human cells or urine, indicating that it stays on the skin’s surface. Even the Environmental Working Group (EWG) which finds a problem with practically everything, have … Continue Reading… →
Unlike rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema, there are no celebrities with seborrheic dermatitis. There is no website, no fund raising events , no online support group for people dealing with seborrheic derrmatitis. Yet this type of sensitive skin affects an estimated 10 million men and women in the US.
Seborrheic dermatitis, often considered a form of eczema, is a red splotchy rash that pops up the face, hands, scalp and chest. When it appears along the smile lines and around the mouth its also known as perioricular dermatitis. (That’s latin for around the mouth).
The red splotches are the end result of a series of events that starts with over production of oil in the skin. This oil provokes the overgrowth of a yeast that is actually a natural organism in the skin. This yeast produces a toxin and the overgrowth of yeast produces high … Continue Reading… →
All skin types need a healthy diet. With sensitive skin that is prone to redness, bumps or itching, food choices can be the key to clear, smooth skin. Very specific dietary changes can have a big impact– and what is important here is that each type of sensitive skin has unique dietary needs.
Diet and Rosacea
The triggers for rosacea are many and varied, but four food factors are common for the 16 million people living with problem. Alcohol, coffee, spicy foods and chocolate are at the top of the list of food factors to avoid to reduce rosacea exacerbations. These are fairly easy to carve away from a standard diet and many people with rosacea can expect to see some relief. FYI decaf coffee and tea seem to be … Continue Reading… →
What do Kim Kardashian, Leann Rimes and my neighbor Erica have in common? Like almost 8 million Americans they all have psoriasis. This chronic skin condition is caused by a dramatically increased speed of skin cell growth leading to red splotches coverd with silvery scales. Itchy, dry and painful it usually pops up on the torso, hands, elbows, and legs. Unlike eczema, its found on the outside rather than on the underside of joints.
Like so many health problems, doctors don’t really have a good handle on the causes of psoriasis. It seems to be genetically driven and about 30% of people with psoriasis have at least one family member with the condition. Psoriasis flare-ups have been linked to wheat, stress, weight gain, strep infection cold weather, smoking and heavy drinking. Psoriasis can also cause joint pain and swelling and up to 30% … Continue Reading… →
What do Kate Middleton, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt have in common?
In addition to being gorgeous, they all have to deal with eczema. And they are hardly alone. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have experienced eczema at some point in their lives.
The red, scaly, dry, itchy patches of eczema are due to an immune system gone wild. While the exact mechanism is not completely clear, eczema seems to run in families, especially where there is a history of allergies and/or asthma. Eczema usually appears on the scalp, neck, inside the elbows and behind the knees. Once there is a tendancy for eczema, lifestyle factors can trigger an outbreak or make it worse. These triggers include stress, excessive heat and cold, detergents, allergies and perhaps diet.