Why Is My Skin So Itchy? Part 1

Why Is My Skin So Itchy? – Part 1

Itching is a natural instinct that most people have. But why do we scratch ourselves? The possible causes of itchy skin, also known as pruritis, are varied and wide. Common conditions include; discomfort, anxiety, stress, boredom, and more.

Regardless of what’s causing the itchiness, itching is a condition that usually occurs because there is an irritation on the skin.

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Swimmer’s Itch — Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Swimmer’s Itch — Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention

As the summer months continue to get hotter, more and more of us are finding relief from the heat by taking a refreshing plunge in a pool, lake, or even the ocean. However, if you wind up swimming in either fresh or salt water that is home to a specific parasite, you may develop more than a good workout. You may develop Swimmer’s Itch, a skin rash also called Cercarial Dermatitis.

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What Are Ceramides, And What Is It That Makes Them So Important For Our Skin?

What Are Ceramides, And What Is It That Makes Them So Important For Our Skin?

Most of us have a skin condition we’d like to improve: whether it’s damaged, aging or dry skin, we’re often frustrated when our skin health doesn’t improve as well as we’d like when using skin care products. The appearance of our skin is directly related to the lipid molecules known as ceramides. These ubiquitous lipids play a key role in maintaining the structure of your outer layer, the stratum corneum.

The first thing you need to know is how to pronounce them. Some say “cer·uh·mids”, but the correct pronunciation of this word is actually “seh·ruh·midez.”

Ceramides are important for healthy, hydrated skin, acting as a natural moisturizer and forming strong bonds with water molecules, which in turn keeps your outer layer plump and supple, and helps restore a youthful appearance.

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What Are Stress Rashes? Causes & Treatment

What Are Stress Rashes? Causes & Treatment

If you’re like most people, at some point or another you’ve likely experienced anxiety and stress. It can be a harrowing and emotional experience. However, for some individuals, the discomfort of these emotions can manifest themselves physically. Prolonged stress and anxiety can trigger a skin reaction known as an erythema. This term is used to describe reddening of the skin which is commonly seen in response to acute stress and anxiety. But what are stress rashes, exactly, and how do they form?

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