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Top Chemicals To Avoid

Wondering how to identify toxic chemicals when shopping for cosmetics and makeup? You are not alone! Below are articles on various products and chemicals you may find when reading labels. Get familiar with the chemical names and learn how to avoid them when shopping!

parchem_1339598553_88Many ‘natural’ products aren’t as safe as you think. Manufacturers do something called GREEN-WASHING, making the product look and sound safer than it is. Next time you are shopping, pay attention to products with the words “NATURAL” or “PARABEN-FREE” and look at the designs. Products may have images of grasses and flowers, done in beige and neutral tones to make you think the product is safe and natural.

Since not all ingredients are required to be on labels, it’s up to you, the consumer, to read the labels and try to make sense of all the gibberish. Knowing the main ingredients to watch for is step 1!

It’s up to manufacturers to ensure their products are safe BEFORE they are sold on store shelves, but most products get into consumers hands even though they contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals like lead (in lipstick – yuck!)

Get familiar with these chemical ingredients so you can recognize them more easily next time you are shopping for beauty & personal care items. Oh, and yes, some of these toxic chemicals are even approved to be used in the foods you eat, so start reading those labels and begin making safer choices today! If you ever have questions about ingredients or even a certain brand, let us know! We’re more than happy to do some digging for you and help bring to light what products are safe and what products are not!…

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Psoriasis On The Thighs: About, Symptoms And Treatments To Manage

7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis according to the National Institute of Health. Psoriasis is a severe and chronic skin disorder that affects various parts of the body. Psoriasis is also connected with other serious health conditions. While no cure for psoriasis has yet been discovered, various treatments do exist to manage the condition.

Description & Classifications of Psoriasis

A chronic disease, psoriasis causes skin cells to build up on the skin’s surface and form thick scales which may or may not be painful. Psoriasis can affect the following areas of the body: eyelids, ears, mouth, lips, folds of hands, legs, arms, hands, feet and nails.

Psoriasis is divided into three classifications depending on percentage of body coverage and severity. The National Psoriasis Foundation classifies psoriasis as either mild, moderate or severe.

Mild psoriasis is body coverage of less than two percent. Three to ten percent body coverage is considered mild and over ten percent body coverage is considered severe.

Psoriasis on Thighs

Psoriasis on the thighs is often painful and gets irritated during activities such as walking or jogging. Psoriasis is often found on the upper portion of the thighs and is distinguishable by small, round patches that are red and scaly.

Psoriasis is also often found a little further up the leg, in the crease between the thigh and groin. When psoriasis is found here, it is not scaly in appearance but red and white patches of skin. The skin here may have cracks and be susceptible to intertrigo. Intertrigo is most likely when the individual is either overweight or athletic.

Types of Psoriasis on Thighs

The types of psoriasis found on the thighs are:

Plaque psoriasis: Dry, raised skin lesions with silver scales, plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis.

Guttate psoriasis: Affects people under 30 years of age and often triggered by bacterial infections like strep throat. Water-drop-shaped sores covered by thin scale are present and most often this type of psoriasis goes away by itself.

Inverse psoriasis: Commonly found in the groin, under breasts and around genitals. Inverse psoriasis is smooth, red and inflamed skin that gets irritated from sweating.

Pustular psoriasis: Pustular psoriasis is not very common and appears widespread on the body. The skin will appear red and tender and tiny blisters will form shortly after. The blisters will dry after a couple of days but will often re-appear every couple of weeks. People with pustular psoriasis may also experience fever, chills, severe itching and fatigue.

Erythrodermic psoriasis: A red, peeling rash covering the whole body is considered erythrodermic psoriasis. Itching and burning sensations are very severe and can be made worse by sun exposure and corticosteroids.

Medical Treatments for Psoriasis on the Thighs

Topical creams are often used as a first line of defense in treating psoriasis. Some topical creams can be bought as over–the–counter creams and others will require a prescription from a doctor.

Another treatment option is called photo-therapy or light therapy. Consistent exposure to ultraviolet rays in …