The link between stomach bacteria and skin

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Regular readers of my blog will know that I am forever urging skin allergy sufferers to seek advice from a nutritionist and naturopath – to help them manage (or for a lucky few) eradicate their condition through diet. I don’t consider myself to have a delicate stomach, nor do I have a wheat or dairy […]

Hormones and Skin Allergies: My Experience

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Skin allergies are complex and fickle beasts and can, quite literally, change with the weather! I’ve ‘managed’ Urticaria for over 12 years now and have gradually got to grips with what makes it better or worse. However, every now and again life throws up a new experience that teaches me something else about my skin and […]

My Salicylate-Free diet, avoiding the foods that make me itch

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It’s been a while since I talked about Salicylates (two years to be precise! Could salicylate sensitivity be causing your skin allergy?) but nevertheless I have been conscious of their effects on my skin. During the Winter hibernation months I’ve been a little lax about my diet and have definitely noticed my Urticaria worsen as […]

Easy Living & me! Difficult Skin Made Easy

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‘A sudden flare-up of rashes and adult acne led Sarah Brown to seek her own solutions. Her search resulted in the launch of a now cult brand – and a glowing complexion to boot’ A huge thank you to all the Pai fans old and new who have been in touch since reading my interview […]

Are you allergic to your washing powder?

Allergic to your Washing Powder?

Sensitive skin sufferers galore are irritated by the chemicals in most washing powders. Here are my top tips for choosing and using sensitive suds. I’m feeling a little sore today after putting on a freshly washed pair of PJs last night and instantly breaking out in an unbearably itchy bout of hives. A dash for […]

Skin Allergy Snapshots: Urticaria

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Over 70% of Pai customers suffer from some kind of skin allergy or sensitivity. As well as being uncomfortable and distracting, skin allergies can also seriously dent our confidence. With this is mind, I thought I’d start a blog series that deals with common skin complaints. I’ll discuss their symptoms and causes as well as […]

Quercitin – the natural anti-histamine

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As a long term sufferer of urticaria I’m only too familiar with anti-histamine drugs, although I choose not to take them any more. Recently I’ve been researching a natural anti-histamine called Quercitin and testing it out. Quercitin is a plant-derived ‘flavonol’ – a particular type of flavenoid – which has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. […]

Could salicylate sensitivity be causing your skin allergy?

As a long term urticaria sufferer I was interested to read recently about salicylate intolerance. Salicylates are a protein formed naturally in plants. They are also manufactured artificially and are found in some medicines (namely aspirin), perfumes as well as in beauty products containing benzoate preservatives. Salicylates are a bad trigger of skin conditions such […]