What is Healthy Skin?
What is skin and its function?
The human skin is the outer covering of the body and is the largest organ of the human body. The skin has up to several layers and guards the underlying muscles, bones, tissue and internal organs. Skin is made up of keratin, protein, lipid & water content. The skin has following functions.
1. Protection: It forms relatively waterproof layer that protects. The deeper and more delicate structures and acts as the main barrier against
- Physical agents e.g. UV light, mild trauma
2. Regulation of body temperature: By keeping a fine balance between heat produced in the body and heat lost to the environment.
3. Control of body temperature: By nervous control and by the activity of sweat glands (by stimulating to secrete sweat to cool the body in raised temperature conditions.)
4. Formation of vitamin D: The fatty substance 7-dehydrocholestrol is converted into vitamin D by UV light .this circulates in the blood and is used with calcium and phosphorus, in formation and maintenance of bones. The excess Vit D is stored in the liver.
5. Wound healing
6. Sensation: Sensory receptors having nerve ending in the dermis they are stimulated by change in external environment and generate nerve impulse that travel to cerebral cortex (feeling of touch , pain temperature, pressure.
7. Excretion: Skin is a minor excretory organ for some for some substances including Sodium chloride in sweat and excess sweating may lead to abnormally low blood sodium Urea especially when kidney function is impaired. Aromatic substances e.g. garlic and other spices.
8. Absorption: The property is limited but substances that can be absorbed include some drugs in transdermal patches e.g. nicotine as an aid to stop smoking.
What are various skin problems?
- Unhealthy skin results in various skin problems. Unhealthy skin weakens the protection and allows the entry of harmful bacteria. The skin is exposed to the outer environment and so the dirt and germs get clogged in the pores of the skin and causes various skin infections. Skin problems make the skin look unhealthy and dull.
- Psoriasis: Disorder where the Keratinization cycle is reduced to less than 28-30 days (4-5days). Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches covered with white scales. They can grow anywhere, but most appear on the scalp, elbows, and knees.
- Atopic Dermatitis: also known as Atopic Eczema is a type of inflammation of the skin. It results in itchy, red, swollen and cracked skin. Rash that bubbles up, then weeps clear fluid. Cracked skin that hurts and sometimes bleeds. Skin creasing on the palms of the hand or under the eye. Darkening of skin around the eyes,
- Eczema: Eczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin. Eczema also called as Dermatitis. Dermatitis can be acute or chronic or both. Eczema is inflammation of the skin due to external/internal factors.
- Xerosis: Xerosis cutis is the medical term for abnormally dry skin. Dry skin is a condition of rough, dry skin with fine scaling of skin and occasionally with small cracks in the skin. It is a result of decreased water content of skin. For skin to appear & feel normal, water content of this layer must be above 10%.
What are the factors causing unhealthy skin?
- Diet: What you eat is as important as the products that you put on your skin. Your diet could improve your skin health from the inside out, so a clear complexion begins with eating a healthful diet.
- Alcohol: Cutting of intake of alcohol could lower risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers. Research uncovered that higher alcohol intake was associated with a higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
- Stress: In a clinical study of college students, those who experienced high stress levels were more likely to experience skin issues such as:
- itchy skin, hair loss, flaky, oily, or waxy patches on the scalp, troublesome sweating, scaly skin, hand rashes.
- Other research showed that teenagers who reported high stress levels were 23 percent more likely to have severe acne. The researchers suspect that stress increases the quantity of sebum, which is the oily substance that blocks pores. This, in turn, leads to greater acne severity. Reducing stress levels may lead to clearer skin.
- Smoking: Smoking ages facial skin and skin located in other body areas. Smoking narrows the blood vessels found in the outer layer of the skin, which reduces blood flow and exhausts the skin of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to remain healthy. Collagen and elastin give the skin its strength and elasticity. Smoking may reduce the natural elasticity of the skin by causing the breakdown of collagen and reduction of collagen production.
Parasoft Cream as Solution?
What is Parasoft Cream?
- Parasoft cream is effective emollient. It is used for treatment of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, pruritus, xerosis, chapped skin condition, eczema.
- Parasoft cream contain liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin which reduces water loss and protect skin to become dry and flaky.
When to use Parasoft Cream?
Parasoft cream used in treatment of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, pruritus, xerosis, chapped skin condition, eczema.
Active Ingredients of Parasoft Cream
- White soft paraffin 13.2%
- Liquid paraffin 10.2%
How does Parasoft Cream work?
- Parasoft cream contain White soft paraffin, Light Liquid paraffin, Aloe Vera.
- Liquid paraffin & white soft paraffin in Parasoft Cream prevents loss of moisture from the skin and protects the skin from irritants also causes moisture to accumulate beneath the skin thus preventing abnormal drying of the skin.
- Aloe Vera heals the infection faster by penetrating the outer skin layer and promoting cell multiplication.
How to use Parasoft Cream?
- On clean affected area, apply sufficient quantity to make a thin film over the skin.
- Keep out of reach of Children.
- For external use only.
Frequency of Use
Parasoft cream can be used on a daily basis to keep away xerosis and related skin problems.
- Do not use on broken skin.
- Stop use and ask a doctor if rash or irritation occurs.
- Keep out of reach of children
- Hazard statements: May be harmful if swallowed.
Parasoft cream is effective emollient which contain Light liquid paraffin 10.2% & White soft paraffin 13.2% . Parasoft cream is effective in psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, pruritus, xerosis, chapped skin condition, eczema.
Apply thin film over the skin.
Liquid paraffin & white soft paraffin in Parasoft Cream prevents loss of moisture from the skin and protects the skin from irritants also causes moisture to accumulate beneath the skin thus preventing abnormal drying of the skin. Aloe Vera heals the infection faster by penetrating the outer skin layer and promoting cell multiplication.
Do not use on broken skin. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash or irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children Hazard statements: May be harmful if swallowed.
Stop use and ask a doctor if rash or irritation occurs.
Yes, it is an ideal cream for family.
No, it can be used as a daily moisturizer too.
Yes, kids also can use Parasoft soap.
Store at room temperature and keep away from moisture and sunlight. Do not freeze the liquid forms.