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CLn® provides a variety gentle cleansers for normal and problem skin prone to irritation, redness, eczema, acne and folliculitis. CLn cleansers are ideal for pre and post cosmetic procedure skin cleansing needs. CLn cleansers do not impair the skin barrier, are easy to use, and can be used by adults, and children six months and older.
CLn, a platform technology turning the shower into a therapeutic center and reducing need for antibiotics and steroids. The cleansers and shampoos are formulated with Sodium Hypochlorite, designed to not impair the skin barrier. This will be your new favorite, safe alternative to a bleach bath (which has been a common way to help with Eczema).
What we know | Eczema
While there is no known cure for eczema, there is much we can do to control symptoms and decrease the severity and frequency of flare-ups. Unfortunately, with all the information available online and word-of-mouth, it can be challenging to tell myth from truth. That means that it’s essential to go right to the source: the trained experts. What do dermatologists recommend? Here are a few ways these doctors help patients manage their eczema and enjoy a better quality of life.Avoid Triggers We may not know exactly what causes a person to have eczema, but we have identified several potential triggers that can prompt or exacerbate a flare-up. Because it affects everyone differently, one person’s triggers may be completely different from another’s. When we know what induces our issues, it becomes much easier to avoid them. Some possibilities include:
- Certain Chemicals - Wear gloves when using cleaning products, avoid perfume, air fresheners, and scented candles, and steer clear of smoke.
- Hot Water - Keep showers and baths lukewarm to avoid irritating the skin with excess heat.
- The Wrong Clothes - When possible, opt for loose, breathable cotton and avoid synthetic materials such as polyester and rayon.
- The body’s natural reaction to stress involves hormones that can cause inflammation and irritate the skin, so be sure to manage tension.
- Try to avoid things that are likely to cause allergic reactions, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
- Dry Air - Can make symptoms worse. It’s important to moisturize skin regularly and, if possible, use a humidifier indoors.
- Skin Infections - A bacterial or fungal infection can cause eczema flare-ups, so it’s vital to see a dermatologist if itching or redness is worse than usual.
- Topical Corticosteroids
- Calcineurin Inhibitors
- Oral Antibiotics
Healthy Scalp Tips for ALL
Flakes? Bumps? Itching? Odor? What do these 4 things have in common? They are all very prevalent issues of the scalp. Let's talk about it ....
Dandruff: Many people use the term “dandruff” to describe all flakes. But dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, is just one cause of flakes. Dandruff is very common and is almost always more embarrassing than it is harmful.
Eczema and psoriasis: Both conditions can cause cell build-up or scaly patches on the scalp. Scratching can worsen the appearance, not to mention lead to open cuts.
Infrequent washing: Dry shampoos can work miracles on busy mornings, but skip one too many real shampoo sessions, and cell buildup can result. Shampooing hair and scalps (even if bald) removes excess oils and dead skin cells, and is recommended at least every few days for anyone suffering from flaking.
Dry, cold weather: Arid, chilly air can deplete moisture from any area of the body, including scalps. Cold weather is often to blame if flaking occurs only when the temperatures dip and/or humidity levels decline.
Hot showers or heat styling: High temps can disrupt your skin’s barrier, including your scalp. Excessive heat not only dries out skin, but can also cause your body to overcompensate by ramping up oil production.
Folliculitis: According to dermatologist Jerald Sklar, MD, “Folliculitis is infection or inflammation in the hair follicle or in an open pore of the skin.” Scalps contain 10s of thousands of follicles and pores, so chances are, you’ll end up with a bump or two from time to time.
Barber’s Itch: Have a shaved head or close-cropped hair, and also bumps? You could be suffering from Barber’s Itch. Also known as Pseudofolliculitis barbae, this condition is caused by coarse and/or curly hairs. According to Mark Jackson, MD, “the curl of the hair can make it difficult for the hair to exit through the follicle opening, thus creating a bump, an ingrown hair and more inflammation. Chronic manipulation, such as shaving or scrubbing, creates worsening of the condition.”
Acne: can appear on the body anywhere that oil + bacteria + dead skin cells combine, and the scalp is no exception. Wearing hats or sweatbands or not showering after working out can increase chances for acne of the scalp. Hairline acne is common, and can be painful.
Dandruff, eczema and psoriasis: It is no coincidence that the same conditions that cause flaking can also cause scalp itching. And the more you scratch, the more flakes you may release.
Infection: Tinea capitis, known as ringworm of the scalp, is a fungal infection that can cause circular, scaly, itchy patches on the scalp. In extreme cases, hair loss may occur in affected areas.
Contact reactions: Many shampoos, conditioners and styling products contain alcohol and fragrances. The immediate result might be shiny, delicious smelling hair, but continued use of irritating ingredients can cause itching, tightness of the scalp and even rashes.
Not washing enough: As previously stated, skipping one too many shampoo sessions can cause scalp problems, including odor. Bacteria on the scalp, when allowed to overgrow, can give off an unpleasant sour or musky odor.
Wearing hats too frequently: Wearing hats—particularly if they are not washed regularly—can trap sweat and oil against the scalp, resulting in stale or unappealing odors.
Open sores: Skin conditions can lead to weeping or oozing sores. If left untreated, these sores and their fluids can give off an unpleasant smell.
As you can tell by now, many scalp issues are interrelated. This is actually good news, because it means just a few simple changes could knock out or prevent several issues at once. Here are our top 5 solutions to keep your shoulders flake-free, your scalp smooth, and your confidence high…
- Shampoo the right way: Over-washing with harsh products or shampooing daily may actually dry the scalp, leading to more flaking. Consider using a specialized shampoo and experimenting with the best frequency of application. CLn Shampoo is a clinically tested, hypo-allergenic formula for normal to oily scalps prone to itching, folliculitis and dandruff. It can be used 1-3 times per week. CLn 2-1 gentle shampoo can be used more frequently for dry hair and scalps. It carries the National Eczema Association seal, and is suitable for scalps prone to eczema and psoriasis.
- Clean your razor: Shave your head often? Then change or clean your razor blade often, too. Blades can grow bacteria, which can be introduced to follicles during shave sessions. A 10-30 second dip in rubbing alcohol or peroxide is all it takes, and neither product will damage razors.
- Wash hats, headscarves and headbands: Just as washing hair often enough reduces issues, washing items that cover scalps can reduce issues. A good laundering removes sweat, oil and bacteria from your items, keeping them clean for when they come in contact with your scalp.
- Keep it cool: Avoid hot showers and try to minimize heat styling. Indoor humidifiers can also help prevent moisture loss from skin and scalps during drier months.
- Work with a dermatologist: Don’t dismiss scalp issues like flakes or itching if you think you have a skin condition. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat scalp issues, and many times the solutions are simpler than you’d think!
We hope you found this post helpful. We are here to help in any way we can.
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