Support with Sensitive Skin. #AHandtoHold

Author: Crawford Healthcare Ltd.

Date: Mar 2018

Do you need #AHandtoHold with your skin?

Living with a skin condition that is difficult to manage, can have distressing effects on health and wellbeing throughout daily life. We want to reach out to anyone feeling uncomfortable in their own skin and hope that together we can beat the stigma behind skin conditions. According to QV skincare’s research, 54% of people don’t believe that there’s enough information available to educate society on skin conditions and 30% of parents haven't had the conversation with their child about why some people have a different appearance to others.* Together we can change this…

Are you living with Sensitive Skin?

If you have recently been diagnosed with a skin condition you are probably used to the term ‘emollient therapy’ by now. Complete emollient therapy is recognised by healthcare professionals to be one of the best ways to manage the itch-scratch cycle of skin.1 In the UK, emollient therapy is seen to be the most effective source for replenishing natural skin conditions, treating dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis.

Having any kind of skin condition, whether mild or severe, can have a huge impact on your quality of life if you can’t get it under control. Often it feels like a constant battle, avoiding known triggers and managing flare-ups. Find out more about the causes of eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis and dry skin, then discover how QV skincare range of daily skin emollients can help you to manage them.

Reach out your hand with QV Skincare #AHandToHold

Earlier this year we launched our ‘A Hand to Hold’ campaign to help support those living with a skin condition. We know that visible dermatologic conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can have a devastating effect on body image, after research we carried out found that 42 percent of people don’t like what they see when they look in the mirror.

Health and Wellbeing Tips to managing skin conditions

Love yourself - Your skin condition is not your fault.

There is a huge amount of stigma that evolves from skin conditions and learning to accept them is the toughest of all. Loving yourself and your skin is first step to manage the intensity of your condition. Misunderstandings of skin conditions across society impact on perceptions – the QV #AHandToHold campaign is set out to beat the stigma, providing tips on managing different conditions whilst delivering blogs and case studies to share different experiences.

Introduce a balance diet

The simplest way to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea is by treating the gut itself.2

Looking after your gut (the good and bad bugs) is vital when managing a skin condition – the good bugs produce energy and vitamins, and help keep the bad bugs under control3, when there is too much sugar you are strengthening the bad bugs in your gut which steal iron from your host cells3 resulting in ‘obesity, diabetes, and inflammation related disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne.4

Reduce the stress

Skin and gut biomes can be damaged by antibiotics, sugar, stress, and antimicrobial skincare products.3 Relax with QV Bath Oil, a gentle cleansing treatment that relieves symptoms of dry sensitive skin. The non-slip formulation disperses easily in water without leaving residue. Suitable from birth the PH balanced, low-irritant formulation, is free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol.

Keep your skin healthy

The skin serves as a barrier that protects the body from every day allergens that may cause havoc on the immune system. Scientists have found that healthy skin has strong and secure cell-to-cell connections, which act like a gate controlling the passage of water and particles.5 People who suffer from conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and other immune defect conditions that affect the skin are recommended to use total emollient therapy to protect the skin barrier.

Protect your skin with QV emollient therapy

QV’s range of cleansers and moisturisers makes compliance easy.6

QV Gentle Wash may help to prevent infection by keeping the skin condition cleansed whilst maintaining natural protective properties. QV Gentle Wash is a soap free, low-irritant formulation, that gently foams on the skins surface. Suitable for cleansing sensitive dry skin and scalps. Dry skin is more likely to flare up or become infected with a bacteria or virus.7 QV Cream is a rich moisturiser for dry skin, great for use after showering with QV Gentle Wash or bathing with QV Bath Oil. QV Cream protects the skin against water loss by sealing in natural moisture. For after shaving QV Skin Lotion would be recommended, a light lotion which provides everyday relief for dry skin. For more chronic skin conditions QV Intensive Ointment soothes sore skin and promotes healing. The formulation is preservative and water free and wont sting when applied to inflamed or cracked skin.

Educate your children and share your #HappyHands

Share your #HappyHands in support of those suffering with skin conditions and keep your eyes peeled on our social media platforms @QVSkincare_UK and qvskincare.co.uk for updates.


References

* QV Survey

1. BAD. “Atopic Eczema.” February 2017. British Association of Dermatologists. http://www.bad.org.uk/shared/get-file.ashx?id=69&itemtype=document. 9 March 2018.
2. UFZ, Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research -. “GI tract bacteria may protect against autoimmune disease.” 17 January 2013. Science Daily.www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130117133003.htm
3. Jones, Shann Nix. The Good Skin Solution. London: Hay House UK Ltd, 2017, pg75-83.
4. University, Arizona State. “War and peace in the human gut: Probing the microbiome.” 6 June 2016. Science Daily.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160606200431.htm. 9 March 2018
5. Centre, University of Rochester Medical. Major shift in understanding how eczema develops. Rochester, 18 December 2010. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101217145920.htm.
6. Pathways, NICE. “Eczema - atopic.” March 2017. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. 9 March 2018.
7. Holden, Dr. Colin. Eczema in children: 7 tips to stop the itch. 16 February 2016.https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Allergies/Pages/Stopthescratching.aspx. 9 March 2018.

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Last revised: 28 March 2018

Next review: 28 September 2018