Epilyt Lotion Fights Dry Winter Skin

Filed under: Daily Skin Care

If winter causes you to suffer with dry skin, then you’ll be interested to hear about Epilyt Lotion. Formulated with effective ingredients to help soothe irritated, red and itchy dry skin, Epilyt Lotion contains active ingredients in a special formulation that delivers results:

  • Lactic acid. This alpha hydroxy acid works to exfoliate dry, dead skin cells that sit on the skin’s surface leading to softer, smoother skin. In addition, lactic acid prepares the way for increased absorption of other active ingredients found in Epilyt Lotion.
  • Propylene Glycol. This humectant ingredient helps to attract moisture to skin. It has also been shown to help increase absorption of active ingredients into skin.
  • Glycerin. Another humectant, glycerin delivers much need moisture to dry, irritated skin. By increasing skin’s protective barrier, dryness and scaling are reduced.
  • Oleic acid helps to thicken the formulation and delivers emollient (moisturizing) properties to Epilyt Lotion.

Excellent used as an all over body moisturizer, Epilyt Lotion may be used on any part of the body that suffers from dryness including the hands, feet and legs. A winning addition to your winter skin care arsenal.

 Epilyt Lotion can be purchased online at PharmacyMix.com.


Voltaren Gel: Pain Relief In a Topical Gel

Filed under: Wellness

Voltaren Gel (marketed as Voltaren Emulgel) is a new pain relieving topical gel indicated for the relief of pain associated with osteoarthritic joints as found in the knees and hands. It may also provide relief in areas such as the hip, spine or shoudler in some individuals.

Voltaren Gel contains the active ingredient diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). Depending on where you reside, it may be purchased over the counter without a prescription or it may require a prescriptioon. Oral diclofenac has been used for years to manage the pain associated with arthritis. And while it has been proven to be an effective treatment, oral consumption of diclofenac has been associated with stomach upset and even stomach bleeding in susceptible individuals. Applying diclofenac topically (as with Voltaren Gel), results in absorption of  only 6% of the active ingredient as compared to 100% of the equivalent oral dose. With Voltaren Gel, pain relief can be targeted to where it is most needed, with less exposure to the rest of the body.

How To Use Voltaren Gel

Voltaren Gel comes with detailed directions for use. In general, it is recommended that it be applied 4 times daily in order to obtain maximum relief. Results do vary from person to person with some individuals experiencing relief sooner than others.  

Voltaren Gel Safety Information

As with any medicine, there is always the risk of side effects. Voltaren (diclofenac) is an NSAID and NSAIDs may increase the risk of cardiovascular events. It may also increase the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects including bleeding and ulceration. Please check with your physician prior to using if you are at risk.

Some individuals experience irritation where the gel is applied.  

Voltaren Gel should not be used if you have a known sensitivity to diclofenac. As well, if you’ve experienced asthma, urticaria, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, Voltaren Gel probably isn’t right for you. Lastly, Voltaren Gel should not be used in conjunction with other NSAIDs.

 Read all safety information and instructions fully before using.


So You Have Dandruff - How To Beat The Flakes

Filed under: Daily Skin Care

Many of us are only too familiar with dandruff – that scalp condition that presents with white flakes dotting our shoulders and clothing. Dandruff isn’t serious or contagious, but it can cause embarrassment and it may not be easy to eradicate.

Dandruff isn’t caused by dry skin, contrary to what many people think. It is a condition associated with seborrhea, which causes cells on the scalp to shed and turn over more often than normal. Under normal circumstances cells will shed and be replaced in about a month, but with seborrhea this process is speeded up. The skin cells mature much faster than normal. It can take as little as 10 to 15 days for this to happen, resulting in the dead skin cells, clumping and flaking that appears as dandruff.

A Fungus May Be Responsible

Malassezia furfur (also known as P. ovale) is a fungus that ‘s found on normal, healthy skin. It feeds on oil secreted by the sebaceous (oil producing glands). Generally P. ovale is not a problem, but certain circumstances, including illness, hormonal changes, stress, etc may cause an overgrowth in P. ovale leading to dandruff.

If P. ovale is the culprit and it very often is, then dandruff may respond to treatment with an anti-fungal shampoo. While zinc pyrithione does have mild anti-fungal action (it also helps to reduce the rate of skin cell turnover and provide exfoliating action), a more effective anti-fungal agent is ketoconazole. Ketoconazole may be found in an over the counter preparation such as Nizoral shampoo. Nizoral shampoo is available in both a 1% and 2% concentration, with the 2% delivering more efficacy.

Other ingredients including coal tar, salicylic acid and phenol can also be helpful in managing the symptoms. It takes time to find out the correct combination of products to manage the symptoms. Read more about managing dandruff here.