What are Parabens?

Katharine Botanicals is proud to produce paraben free cosmetics but you may be wondering why we choose to do this and what parabens are in the first place. Parabens are chemicals that are used as preservatives throughout the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. They can occur naturally to increase the longevity of fruits and seeds but all parabens that are used in cosmetics and food have been created synthetically. Items that frequently feature these chemicals as an active ingredient include deodorant, shower gel, hair removal cream, moisturiser and some foods.

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Psoriasis Location: Scalp

Scalp Psorasis Effects and Treatments

Many sufferers of psoriasis (around 50%) experience symptoms in and around the scalp area. This can vary from light flaking under the hair to large lesions that expand to the face and neck areas. It can quite often be mistaken for dandruff in mild cases and can cause a great deal of embarrassment to those suffering as the effects are constantly on display. Psoriasis of the scalp can be very irritable for some suffers, leading them to want to itch the affected areas. In extreme cases this condition can lead to hair loss, which is usually temporary but can also affect the self-confidence of the sufferer.  

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Psoriasis & Diet

Psoriasis & Diet:
Studies have found that supplementing a low fat diet with dietary fish oil can have a beneficial effect on psoriasis
Psoriasis sufferers may find it helpful to consider their diet as there have been a number of studies showing a correlation between psoriasis and what you eat.
Although there is an element of inheritance in the likelihood of a person to develop psoriasis, it has been shown that diet also affects the condition. Various tests - such as going on meat-free diets, low-energy diet, fish oil and even fasting have all led to improved conditions. So, at least in those cases studied, there is clearly a link between diet and psoriasis.
A study by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Aarhus in Denmark by Kragballe K, and Fogh K. involved putting patients on a low-fat diet plus dietary fish oil for four months.  The results given were both interesting and encouraging. Out of 30 psoriasis vulgaris patients, 26 stayed the course.  Good to very good results occurred in 58% of the patients, with 19% mild improvement and 23% where no improvement occurred.  In other words, there was some improvement to great improvement in 77% of the cases, with only 23% having no effect.
So you might like to consider your diet, bearing in mind the above information. Of course before changing your diet you should always first talk to your doctor.

Studies have found that supplementing a low fat diet with dietary fish oil can have a beneficial effect on psoriasis

Psoriasis sufferers may find it helpful to consider their diet as there have been a number of studies showing a correlation between psoriasis and what you eat.

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Psoriasis Treatments

So you think you have Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a serious skin condition which can affect anyone, of any age. Depending on the type of psoriasis, you may have what appears to a rash or perhaps a raised area of dry skin which is feeling itchy and sore?

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Stretch marks and how to avoid them

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are marks which appear on skin which is being ‘stretched’.  Stretch marks occur when your body changes quickly, such as during pregnancy or if you quickly gain weight. Stretch marks occur in the dermis- the middle layer of your skin, and start out as small tears which can appear red or pinkish, and then become silvery and scar like as the skin is stretched.

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