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Neurodermatitis (atopic eczema, endogous eczema, atopic dermatitis)

It is a chronic skin disease where the skin reacts overly sensitive to inner or outer factors. Neurodermatitis, hay fever and allergic asthma represent together the atopic cycle. Neurodermatitis often already starts in early childhood from 6 months onwards and can regularly reoccur for the rest of life, or with beginning of puberty completely disappear. In Germany some 10-15% of all pupils are more or less affected by neurodermatitis, with increasing tendency. Main symptoms are dry skin and itchiness, an increased tendency to inflame that is based on changed conditions of the skin own protection system, an increased penetrability of irritants and a decreased ability to ward off skin infections. Stress and sweat are intensifying these symptoms.

Neurodermatitis cannot be cured but its symptoms can be successfully treated. The treatment includes a continuous and suited skin care, which is specifically designed to support the needs of the skin - like for example all products of the sebamed Classic range or Anti-Dry range.


Psoriasis



Chronic skin disease, which in severe cases also affects joints or inner organs. Psoriasis is appearing in outbreaks. Between them, the skin can regain its normal condition. Outbreaks can be caused by climatic influences, injuries, stress, infection, irritants, medication, alcohol, etc. Most of the time, psoriasis is appearing in a milder form which is expressed as white and dry flaking of the scalp.

Due to maturation disorders of skin cells, red areas appear that soon are covered with dead horny cells in form of silver looking dandruff. Is the dandruff removed, very thin skin is appearing. The cracking of this thin skin leads to point-like bleeding, a typical sign of psoriasis. Psoriasis can also affect finger and finger nails. Normally psoriasis does not itch, except on the scalp.

Psoriasis cannot be cured, but can be treated successfully. Persistent skin care can help to postpone outbreaks. During an outbreak adjusted skin care can ideally support the medical treatment. As psoriasis affected skin is predominantly dry all sebamed  products are ideal. In case of severe dryness , use sebamed Anti-Dry range


Acne



Disease of tallow glands affecting 80% of the German population. There is a high likelihood of inheriting acne. Men are affected more than women. Acne can also appear later in life, in the 20s, 30s or even 40s.

Male hormones increase the tallow production of tallow glands. The skin cells of follicle wands show maturation disorders and are lumping. Tallow and horny cell lumps are clogging the pore openings. That way, a comedo is produced. Is certain skin bacteria propagating in these clogged pores inflammation is accruing and blisters and blackheads are caused. It can be distinguished between acne comdeonica and acne papulo-pustulosa. Severe forms of acne such as acne conglabata, acne inversa or acne fulminans are rare. Acne cosmetica is caused by the usage of greasy care products.

Acne occurring in puberty disappears by itself when turning 20. For treatment of more severe acne a large amount of approved medications is available on the market. Slighter forms of acne can be treated with the right skin care. Mild skin cleansing and care is a prerequisite. Ideally, grease free and soap free products with a pH value of 5.5 should be used. Medication and skin care products need several weeks in order to restore the skin's health, thus reduce acne.

sebamed Clear Face is the ideal skin care range to support medical acne treatment, but these products can also be used as general prevention for skin with tendency for acne.

For a fast cure, anti pimple gel or anti pimple cream can be applied onto the pimple.



Diabetes

It’s not a skin disease but an illness of the pancreases that is producing less insulin or no insulin at all. The decreased production of insulin leads to increased blood sugar. Due to their interfering affect onto the metabolism both types of diabetes (I and II) deteriorate the skin's function. Especially with type II diabetes, a severe change of the skin's condition on hands and legs can be found. The skin is dry and itchy and there is an increased risk for fungal infections on the skin of the feed.

The correct skin care can help against dry and itchy skin. Sebamed products with its pH value of 5.5 are not only supporting the skin own protection mantle but also additionally protecting against fungal infections.



Allergies

Irritation and inflammation of the skin always results in reddening, a feeling of tightness, itching or burning and often the formation of pustules and weals. This may be due to a number of factors: excessive drying of the skin, irritation from the sun, wind, harsh substances which come into contact with the skin, or allergies, i.e. oversensitivity to substances which are themselves harmless but which are wrongly identified by the immune system as presenting a risk and combated with a defensive reaction. Without further action it is not possible to say what has caused the skin reaction in the individual case.

In principle it is possible to reduce the risk of skin reactions by being gentle to the skin: not washing or showering more than twice daily or bathing too often or too long, using too hot water and not too much cleanser, combined with regular care, geared to the individual skin type. Irritated or inflamed skin should initially only be washed with water and no cream applied. If the reaction subsides within a day or two, it is likely that it was the skin cleansing or care products which caused the reaction. But only the dermatologist can determine using an allergy test whether irritation or allergy is involved. This enables the patient to prevent another reaction by avoiding the allergen once it has been identified.

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