3 things about Eczema that just aren’t true

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Eczema can be an upsetting, painful and very common skin condition – it’s estimated that up to 10% of children will experience it, but the majority of them (75%) “grow out of it” by their teens. That said, it’s not exclusive to childhood. One in five women develop hand or face eczema as a result of […]

Could worms protect against eczema?

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Rates of allergies and associated conditions are on the rise – latest surveys show that up to 30-35% of people are affected worldwide. Initially, this increase was seen in countries such as the UK, Europe and USA, but can now be found in all developed countries. Digging a little deeper, I discovered that levels of […]

How to stop scratching

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Anyone who has eczema, psoriasis or urticaria will have experienced the burning, uncontrollable and completely overwhelming urge to itch! Having had hives, I’ve woken up in the middle of the night ready to tear my skin off. While scratching can be one of the worst things you can do for your skin – when you’re […]

Refined sugar vs. Natural sugars. Is there a winner?

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2014 saw sugar become the ultimate heath baddie; it gets blamed for everything from weight gain, to skin issues and serious disease. Sugar has been shunned and the health conscious are now turning to natural sweeteners – think dates, honey and maple syrup, instead. But while these sugars may be ‘natural’, are they actually any […]

The 5 skin resolutions you should make today

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Forget about quitting twelve food groups and becoming a professional athlete – I’m all about totally achievable resolutions this year. That said, the New Year is a great time to tweak your skincare routine and create good habits for the year ahead. So here are the five resolutions you should make today for healthier, happier, […]

Should I avoid coffee?

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I’m not much of a coffee drinker but a recent article has got me thinking about the link between caffeine and skin. Coffee is the opinion-splitter of the health world, one minute it’s being slated, the next touted as the ultimate antioxidant or pre-workout booster (Google “bullet-proof” or “Paleo” coffee for evidence!). But what does […]

Scientists are getting to the bottom of the itch…

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The all consuming urge to itch is easily recognisable to an eczema or urticaria sufferer, and as they well know – scratching an itch always makes it worse! Scientists in Washington are claiming to have worked out why. Doctor Zhou-Feng Chen, director of Washington University’s Centre for the (wonderfully named) “Study of Itch”, has found that […]

Is turmeric the new sensitive skin saviour?

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Turmeric isn’t something that springs to mind when thinking about skin soothing foods – I might reach for it when I’m making a curry, but not when my urticaria flares up! But according to the in-the-know foodies, we should be having a lot more of this brightly coloured plant root it in our diets. Why? It’s […]

How Hay Fever affects your skin

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If the runny noses at Pai HQ are anything to go by, the last few weeks haven’t been great for hay fever sufferers. Interestingly, some of the most common complaints I get at this time of year aren’t the straightforward side effects like itchy eyes or a dry, chapped nose. The number of people contacting […]

Can Vitamin D help Acne and Eczema?

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It’s well known that vitamin D plays a crucial role in skin health. Low levels affect all skin types, and can be particularly detrimental if you suffer from conditions linked to your immune system like eczema or urticaria. Last week, I got chatting to Kelly McCabe, a specialist dietitian and Founder of Eat and Think, […]