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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!

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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

There is nothing like a nice warm bath or shower. Warm water is so relaxing, and nobody can hear you sing, right? Well…maybe they can, but it doesn’t really matter. Showers and baths are still one of those simple, yet wonderful, daily routines. With Noble Formula bar soap, you can clean your skin while keeping it moisturized. But what about your scalp? What if your scalp is itching, flaking, scaling, red or irritated? That is Noble Formula Shampoo’s department.

Like other Noble Formula products, Noble Formula Shampoo has Pyrithione Zinc (ZnP). At its 2% strength, it works to control all those symptoms mentioned above, and helps prevent flaking before it occurs! But why do people get flaking skin, aka dandruff? As with many conditions, there are multiple reasons. According to wisegeek.com (which has information on TONS of stuff), dandruff that is not caused by a specific skin condition, like eczema or psoriasis, can be caused by of a combination of fungus, oil on the scalp, and just plain susceptibility to the condition. While the idea of having fungus on our heads is not something we like to think about, everyone has at least some fungus up there. A fungus called Malassezia (good luck pronouncing it!!) eats fats and lipids that are present on the scalp, and this process can cause the skin to mature and flake faster than normal. Extra oil can also make those flakes stick together and become bigger and therefore, more noticeable. So if you have an oily scalp, there is a higher chance that you will have dandruff. But good news! Shampoo with Pyrithione Zinc has been shown to be effective in reducing the dandruff causing fungus! Score!

Other factors can cause dandruff: stress, heredity, allergies, excessive use of hair dryers, curlers, hair coloring, or hair styling products. Shampoo containing Pyrithione Zinc is still effective against dandruff caused by these factors!

To use Noble Formula Shampoo, shake well (ZnP tends to settle to the bottom of the bottle), apply to scalp and leave on for a few minutes before massaging & rinsing out. It is even safe to use on colored hair. The best results occur when the shampoo is used at least twice a week, or per your doctor’s direction. Maximum control requires using the shampoo daily.

Noble Formula Shampoo may enhance the results of using Noble Formula Spray and/or Cream. So if you’re already using our product, consider trying this Shampoo as well! It comes in an 8 fluid ounce container with a flip lid. It fits perfectly in the hand, making it wonderful for that relaxing shower or bath.

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!

Kid Sister

Sorry we are late on our discussion about Noble Formula Spray’s “kid sister”, Noble Formula Cream. But we’re here now!

By calling Noble Formula Cream “Noble Formula Spray’s kid sister”, we do not mean that it is not as effective, but that Noble Formula Cream is a different, gentler version of our “Big Product on Campus”. The Cream is very effective for use on the face or other sensitive areas where a spray would be less desirable. Want to hear how successful this cream is? It controls itching, redness, irritation, scaling and flaking – it’s great for fighting those symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus, seborrheic dermatitis and other hyperkeratotic skin conditions! And what’s even more exciting to us here at Ontos, with this over-the-counter product, most clients report good results within 4-6 weeks ! We know of no other non-prescription product that works as well.

Just like its big brother, Noble Formula Spray, Noble Formula Cream can be combined with a doctor prescribed steroid (usually clobetasol to .05%) for extra symptom fighting power! This is only available with a doctor’s prescription and compounded by a licensed pharmacist. 96% of respondents claim good to excellent results with this more potent Rx version.

Noble Formula Cream comes in handy sized 4 oz. containers. It contains .25% Pyrithione Zinc (ZnP), as well as Almond Oil, Rose Hip Oil, and Natural Vitamin E. We invite you to check out how wonderful this satisfaction guaranteed product is. Already use Noble Formula? Tell us how it works for you!

Big Product on Campus

If there is one product that rules the roost around here, it would be the Noble Formula Spray.  Not only does it fight the symptoms of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema on its own, but it can also team up with physician prescribed corticosteroid (often clobetasol to 0.05%) to really knock those symptoms  on their…rear.

Noble Formula Spray comes in a 4 fl. oz. pump spray, with an optional applicator tip.  Noble Formula is a pyrithione zinc product enhanced by sodium lauryl sulfate and isopropyl myristate.  It works wonders, controlling itching, redness, irritation, scaling, and flaking!  Being in a spray form makes it easy to apply almost anywhere on the body, but take care not to get it in your eyes.  The cone shaped applicator tip is perfect for use on the scalp.

When that extra punch is needed, Noble Formula can be compounded with a prescribed steroid -creating what we call, for convenience, Noble Formula Rx.   This is only available with a doctor’s prescription and compounded by a licensed pharmacist.  The results are incredible, with improvement of symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis often achieved in a few weeks.   If you go to our website: http://www.4myskin.com and look at the first page, there are multiple pictures of Noble Formula Rx in action.  96% of respondents claim good to excellent results.

The best part about Noble Formula is its guarantee – satisfaction or money back, no quibble.  Come back tomorrow to hear about the Cream form!  But that’s all we’re going to say now…don’t want to spoil the surprise.

They’re Everywhere!

There’s one on every desk, sitting on the table, covering the shelves, and hiding in the kitchen!  What is this?  Why, it’s Emu-Lac!

Part of our Noble Mystique product line, Emu-Lac™ is a moisture replenisher for dry skin that contains emu oil and alpha hydroxy acids (10% ammonium lactate). Alpha Hydroxys actually pull moisture into your skin cells!   It doesn’t take long to become a fan of Emu-Lac, either at the office or at home (just like we have). Use it on your face, body, hands, and even feet!  An added benefit – it smells great, too!

Speaking of dry skin, the sun keeps trying to come out and play here in Chehalis, Washington.  The last couple of weeks the mornings have been cloudy and cool, but before long the sun is shining and reminding us why coats are not needed during the summer.  And when the sun starts showing up, so does the SUN BURN!  Ouch!  But Emu-Lac is a hydrating cream (replenishes moisture), and that means it is amazing on sun burns.  Keeping that sunburned skin from drying out lessens the ‘Ouch!’ and helps prevent peeling. Hydrating ingredients + soothing cream = sun burn relief!