Is Free From Skincare For You?

Many with allergies and sensitive skins will be only too aware of the difficulties of finding suitable, helpful and non-reactive cosmetics and toiletries. Could free from' skincare products - which are free from some of the many allergens or irritants often responsible for triggering sensitivities and reactions - be a help? Or is it [...]

Tips On Establishing A Healthier And Allergen Free Home

Maxima Skelton, founder-director of The Healthy House offers Tips on establishing a healthier and allergen free home. The very title is a bit of a misnomer I since everyone's allergies and sensitivities are so individual. However, we can offer some general guidelines which will help not only to reduce exposure to allergens but also [...]

The Eczema Education Programme

An innovation to help families of children with eczema Karina Jackson, Consultant Nurse, St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St. Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, London We know childhood eczema is a common condition affecting 15–20% of children under 7 years in the UK1 which can significantly impact on the quality of life of both [...]

Titanium Sensitivity and Safety – by Alex Gazzola

It’s not an allergy which many people, including experts, have heard of, and yet for some, titanium – in the form of the colouring and UV absorber titanium dioxide – could be causing sensitivities and other problems. Alex Gazzola reports. Named after the Titans of Greek mythology, titanium is an extremely strong metal, highly resistant to corrosion, [...]

Chemical Allergen In Skin Care Products To Be Removed

Manufacturers of skin care products and toiletries are being advised to remove from products the chemical methylisothiazolinone (MIT), which has been used as an effective preservative since 2006, following a safety review, authorised in accordance with the European Cosmetic Products legislation. Since then, however, there have been steadily increasing concerns from dermatologists about the sharp [...]

The role of food in Nickel Allergy – by Janice Joneja

The role of food in NICKEL ALLERGY explained by Janice Joneja PhD, RD Food allergy caused by nickel was first suspected when dermatologists noticed that some people exhibited symptoms of dermatitis on skin surfaces that were not in contact with any known allergen. These dermatologists suspected that the allergenic source might be in something ingested [...]

Desensitisation – an alternative treatment – by Dr Damien Downing

Described by Dr Damien Downing MBBS, MSB, President, British Society for Ecological Medicine. Over the past 30 years we have been living through an epidemic of allergies and autoimmune diseases (and cancers). Our genes cannot have changed enough to account for this; the one thing that could explain all three and which has changed dramatically [...]

The Growing Problem with Fragrance – by Alex Gozzola

A 2012 report recommended that the number of fragrance allergens subject to compulsory individual labelling when they are present in cosmetic products should be increased from the current 26 to around 130 – and that three should be banned altogether. Alex Gazzola reveals the 300-page report’s key findings, looks at how those sensitive to fragrances [...]

“Good” versus “Bad” Plants for a low allergen garden – by Dr Tim Wreghitt

At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-26) the Royal College of Pathologists will showcase which plants to choose when creating a garden area to minimize the risk of respiratory allergies such as hay fever and asthma caused by exposure to wind-borne plant pollens. As well as low allergen plants, the garden [...]