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AAD 2011: New Orleans

Every year the American Academy of Dermatology holds a convention that brings together doctors and vendors from across the United States and around the world. The 69th Annual Meeting was held this year in New Orleans! Two of our employees flew down to Louisiana for the 3 day convention. They personally talked to over 200 doctors. Here is a look at the convention and New Orleans through their eyes…

The Ontos booth

Front of the booth

More samples


Samples

More doctors!

Talking to doctors


The doors to the Hard Rock Cafe!

Mississippi River


Halocaust memorial


The convention hall


Joan of Arc


Carriage mule

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Pyrithione Zinc (ZnP): What’s It All About?

Pyrithione Zinc, once known as Zinc Pyrithione, is reputed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It was developed in the 1930’s, and has since been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, vitiligo, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and dandruff. Pyrithione Zinc is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter and prescription products, including all the products in our Noble Formula line. Noble Formula is available in spray, cream, bar soap, and shampoo.

It is not known exactly how Pyrithione Zinc works. It appears to slow the growth of bacteria and fungi on the skin. It is antiseborrheic, which stops or prevents unnecessary secretions (oils) from the sebaceous glands. These oils are what keep the skin and hair soft and oiled, but over productive glands are the cause of seborrheic dermatitis. Some scientists also believe that Pyrithione Zinc slows down cell mitosis, thereby reducing the production of skin cells. This would explain why Pyrithione Zinc helps treat the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

Pyrithione Zinc is FDA approved for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, and the FDA regulates the concentration of ZnP contained in a product. Products that are left on the skin have lower concentrations allowed than those products that are meant to be washed off. Noble Formula spray and cream each contain .25% ZnP and Noble Formula soap and shampoo have 2% ZnP. Recommended usages are as follows:

Noble Formula Spray and Cream: Apply to affected areas 1 to 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Apply spray 4-6 inches from skin per 3×3 inch area. Treatment should be continued for 1 week after disappearance of symptoms. Use as needed thereafter.

Noble Formula Bar Soap: Apply, lather and rinse. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse eyes thoroughly with water. Non-drying; use as often as desired.

Noble Formula Shampoo: Apply to wet hair. Massage onto scalp to a lather, rinse and repeat. For best results, let shampoo sit on scalp for 5 minutes. For maximum control, shampoo daily.

For more information, see our other posts here: ♪♫♪Splish, Splash I was taking a bath!♪♫♪, Big Product on Campus, Kid Sister, ♫♪Splish, Splash I was Takin’ a Bath♫♪ Part Two!!, and Noble Formula Bar Soap with 2% Pyrithione Zinc. Additional information can also be found on our website: www.4myskin.com.

World Psoriasis Day 2010

Image from the World Psoriasis Day website


This Friday, October 29, 2010, is World Psoriasis Day. Every year since 2004, when October 29th comes around, the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) asks the world to join them in recognizing people with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. This year, they are focusing on Childhood Psoriasis.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin. Lesions appear because of the overproduction of skin cells. Instead of maturing over the normal 28-30 days, these skin cells mature in 3-4 days, and then pile up on the skin instead of falling completely off. Psoriasis is not contagious. The cause of Psoriasis is a combination of genetics and “triggers”.

As this year’s theme for World Psoriasis Day points out, Childhood Psoriasis can place a heavy burden on a child. The National Psoriasis Foundation surveyed parents with children who have Psoriasis and/or Psoriatic Arthritis, and found some important statistics:

• Over the past 6 months, 44% of the children surveyed were bullied in some manner, including: teased (83%), left out (44%), called names (27%), threatened (22%), and hit or otherwise physically assaulted (17%).

• 38% of those who were bullied say that they were bullied as a direct result of their Psoriasis.

• On a positive note, Parents responded to their child being bullied by educating people about Psoriasis: 87% educated the teachers/staff of the school their child attends, 65% talked to their child’s friends, and 57% talked to their child’s classmates.

• The psychological impact of Psoriasis can be very negative, especially with the bullying that often occurs. These negative experiences can lead to self-esteem issues and higher anxiety levels in adulthood.

• Children with moderate Psoriasis have a higher chance of obesity than those without Psoriasis.

• Psoriasis can have more negative impact on how a child views him or herself than other childhood diseases, including diabetes, epilepsy and alopecia.

• Approximately 20,000 children are diagnosed with Psoriasis each year.

These statistics show why World Psoriasis Day is so important. The aims of World Psoriasis Day are to Raise Awareness, Improve Access to Treatment, Increase Understanding, and Build Unity.

For more information, please check out the National Psoriasis Foundation website at www.psoriasis.org, and the World Psoriasis Day website at www.worldpsoriasisday.com.

Please join us this year in celebrating World Psoriasis Day on Friday, October 29th!

But Mom, it Itches!

That burning sensation just cannot be ignored; it starts slowly, sneakily, but before you know it, it has grown to epic proportions and you just have to scratch! And then comes “The Look” from Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Teacher, someone, and all you can say is, “But it itches!” For about 10-20% of the world, Eczema is the culprit of said “itchings”. So we thought some explanation of Eczema was in order.

Eczema produces patches of red, flaky and itchy skin. The worst patches can even ooze liquid. Anyone can get it, but it is not contagious. Eczema is essentially the skin’s oversensitive reaction to a trigger. A trigger can be anything from a “contact allergy”: pet dander, soaps, laundry products, food allergies, stress, and yes, even the fragrance in your favorite perfume or body wash.

Eczema, when present on infants, is often on their scalp, neck, foreheads, cheeks, forearms, and legs. Children and adults usually have eczema on their neck, face, ankles, and inside the elbow and knees. Often children with eczema will outgrow the condition, but some people will have it off and on their entire life.
The most common type of Eczema is Atopic Dermatitis. This type is caused by a reaction to an allergen or irritant. People with this form are also more likely to develop asthma and hay fever. Some Eczema can be caused directly or indirectly by clothes: tight clothes can irritate the skin by rubbing, and certain laundry soaps and detergents can be triggers, as mentioned above.

But there is relief from Eczema! – (other than the scratching that never seems to really help anyway). Of course, try to stay away from things that might cause your skin irritation. Since Eczema leads to dry skin, make sure to keep your skin moisturized. Take warm baths and showers instead of hot, follow with an application of a good moisturizing cream. Emu-Lac, which we blogged about a couple weeks ago, is a terrific moisturizer. Noble Formula products were specifically created to combat itching, redness, irritation, scaling and flaking (just like it says on the bottle!). It has a great track record and a ‘satisfaction or money back-no quibble’ guarantee. So next time you just have to scratch…grab a bottle of Noble Formula instead.

Want more information? Feel free to explore our website: www.4myskin.com (A good place to start is under Treatments & Disease). Other informational sites you might find useful include: www.everydayhealth.com/eczema/eczema-basics.aspx ; www.wisegeek.com; www.emedicinehealth.com/eczema/article_em.htm ; and www.aad.org

Psoria…what?

You may have noticed that we mention Psoriasis a lot on this blog, and you might have wondered what exactly are those Ontos people talking about? Glad you asked! Because that is exactly what this post is all about.

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. Basically, the immune system sends out faulty signals that cause accelerated growth in skin cells. A normal skin cell matures and then falls off the body in about 28 to 30 days, but a skin cell with Psoriasis takes only 3 or 4 days to mature, and then piles up on top of the skin to form lesions. Psoriasis is also associated with other medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and psoriatic arthritis.

There are five major types of Psoriasis: Plaque, Guttate, Inverse, Pustular, and Erythrodermic. Plaque is the most common, with about 80 percent of those who have Psoriasis having this type. Raised, inflamed, and red lesions covered in white scales form and are called Plaques. These commonly show up on the elbows, knees, and lower back, but can show up all over the body, even the scalp. Guttate is the next most common type of Psoriasis, and usually shows up in children and young adults. This is characterized by small red drops, often on the trunk and limbs. It is thought that strep throat might be a trigger of Guttate Psoriasis. Inverse is a little different in that it appears in folds of skin, such as the armpits. It also looks smooth and shiny instead of scaly, but is also red, inflamed and tender. Pustular has pus-filled bumps that form on top of already red and inflamed skin. It usually appears in waves; one outbreak will clear up, and another will start the process over again. It can be localized in areas like the hands and feet, or can cover most of the body. It is rare, since less than 5% of those who have Psoriasis have this type. The last type, Erythrodermic, can appear all over the body, and can lead to hospitalization. This is characterized by red, inflamed skin, and the shedding of white sheets of skin instead of smaller flakes. It can cause dehydration, and impair the body’s ability to regulate body temperature.

But how exactly do people get Psoriasis? No one really knows for sure, but there are a few things that scientists have figured out. First, Psoriasis is not contagious. One will not get Psoriasis by coming into contact with someone who already has it. Second, Psoriasis seems to be caused by a combination of genetics and triggers. People can have genes that make them predisposed to Psoriasis, but that does not mean they will necessarily get Psoriasis. It really seems like a person gets Psoriasis only if they have the right combination of genes and an external trigger that sets it off. These triggers can be stress, medication (or by abruptly stopping a medication), illness, or an injury to the skin.

As of yet, there is no cure for Psoriasis. Researchers and the National Psoriasis Foundation actively search for both a cure and more information about the disease. There are multiple options for controlling Psoriasis, including Topicals, Phototherapy, and Systemics. Topicals are applied directly to the skin, and often include Corticosteroids. Ontos’ Noble Formula, which has proven effective in fighting the symptoms of Psoriasis, would be considered Topical medication. Compounding Noble Formula with prescribed corticosteroid, dramatically increases that effectiveness. Phototherapy involves controlled exposure to ultraviolet light on a regular basis. Even the sun can be helpful, but only if sunburns are avoided! Systemics are medications that are taken either in pill, injection or IV form.

Now that you have had a crash course in what Psoriasis is, here are a few websites with great information about this disease (in fact, we used them to check our facts and figures!): The National Psoriasis Foundation at www.psoriasis.org, and the Psoriasis page on the Everyday Health site at www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/psoriasis-treatment.aspx. Another good source of information is The American Academy of Dermatoloy, at www.aad.org. We’ve placed links to these websites on the main page of our blog to make them easier to find. These are great resources, and we encourage everyone to get informed about Psoriasis. Feel free to ask us questions too!

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