Fungal Skin Conditions
Microflora, both on the skin and internally are essential for good health. Unfortunately, fungal or yeast overgrowth can sometimes result in skin problems. These include Tinea (or Athletes Foot), Candida, Ringworm and Intertrigo which refers to skin problems in the folds of the skin. When the condition becomes severe, your health care practitioner will be able to suggest medicated anti-fungal creams that should improve the condition.
Seborrheic Dermatitis on the scalp
Seborrheic Dermatitis on the face
Our Irritable Skin Balm is also indicated for fungal skin problems. We show all ingredients on our website so you can check they are healthy for you. Use as directed and if symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.
Keratosis pilaris is a very common mild condition in which the backs of the upper arms look rather dried out with small, hard pimples. Some studies estimate that keratosis pilaris affects 50-80% of all adolescents and is more common in females. The disorder is partly hereditary.
It is caused by firm little plugs forming in the hair follicles. The plugs themselves are made of keratin, the main protein found in the outermost protective layer of skin (thus the name keratosis). These plugged follicles give the skin a raised, spotted appearance like goosebumps. The bumps are usually skin color or slightly pinker, and do not itch. The rash is often not noticeable to others, except on close inspection. Try and resist the urge to pick at the bumps as this can cause more irritation.
Although keratosis pilaris is hereditary, the rash is more common in those with eczema, dry skin, or vitamin A deficiency. The most common spot on the body for keratosis pilaris is the backs of the upper arms (92% of affected people have it there) however it can occur in other areas.
The simplest treatment is to keep the skin moist with the frequent use of moisturizers. Increasing the humidity in the sleeping quarters has also been shown to improve the rash (Clinical Pediatric Dermatology, Saunders 1993). Gentle exfoliation with a loofah sponge, a pumice sponge, or even a washcloth, can help loosen the plugs.
What we Suggest
Our Milk Soaps are heavily supper-fatted. This means that as you wash, the oils are left behind on the skin helping prevent dryness. We recommend applying Full Cream or MSM Soothing Cream to the area after each bath or shower.
Immediately after washing, ensure the skin is moisturised. We suggest using the MSM Soothing Cream while the skin is still moist, and at least one application before sleep.