GIVEAWAY: Spring Cleaning with Atopalm

cleansingfoamIf you’re joining in on the yearly tradition of spring cleaning, why not extend the same thought to your skin? To celebrate the arrival of spring, we’re giving away our Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam.

Atopalm Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam is a rich face wash designed to remove dirt, makeup, debris and pollutants without stripping the skin. It will protect your delicate skin from becoming overly dry while gently purifying with a paraben-free formula.

The lush foamy texture feels heavenly on both dry skin and sensitive skin, but it’s light enough for all skin types and conditions. After washing with this dry skin cleanser, your skin will feel refreshed, soft, and ready for further treatment.

Entry Details
To WIN our Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam, simply comment on any blog post. That’s it! All new comments posted between now and Sunday will be batched, and a winner will be randomly selected from the group! One note: spam comments will be deleted and discarded.

Head back to our blog’s home page to find your favorite post and leave a comment. Good luck!

Ingredient Spotlight: Glycerin

Source: flickr.com user Jeff Kubina

Source: flickr.com user Jeff Kubina

One of the most common skin care ingredients today is glycerin. Sometimes listed as glycerolglycerin is a simple sugar alcohol compound that’s used both for cosmetic purposes and to treat a range of skin care conditions.

Glycerin is a humectant. This means it attracts water, which makes it a great ingredient for use in dry skin care products. When a skin care formula containing glycerin is applied, it actually draws moisture in from external sources (like the air), while also sealing moisture into the skin.

In addition to attracting and sealing in water, glycerin also helps to maintain the skin’s natural water balance. This is obviously extremely important for dry and sensitive skin, but it can also help to treat and prevent visible signs of aging by “plumping” the skin and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

On a more medical level, glycerin is a great psoriasis treatment. One article published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology stated that glycerin is actually able to signal the skin cells to mature and exfoliate in a normal fashion. For psoriasis sufferers, this means that skin that would normally become thick and scaly can instead take on a normal, healthy, and more comfortable tone and texture. Similarly, glycerin can also work to speed wound healing, and may even help prevent or reduce the appearance of scarring.

On a very surface level, skin care glycerin just makes the skin look healthier. When skin is properly hydrated, it takes on a brighter and more radiant appearance. Immediately after applying glycerin, your skin will have this appearance. Over time as the glycerin provides its benefits, your skin will begin to look brighter and more radiant all the time!

As you can see, we love glycerin at Atopalm. Because we cater to dry and sensitive skin types, as well as those with psoriasiseczema, rosacea, and similar conditions, glycerin is a huge help to our clients. When glycerin is used in conjunction with our proprietary MLE formula, even extreme cases of dry, sensitive skin can find relief and beauty with Atopalm.

Featured Product: Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream

CreamFor dry skin, makeup application can be a chore. Too often, rough or flaky areas cause makeup to look unnatural, and makeup formulas can cause skin to feel even drier. That’s why Atopalm offers Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream.

Designed for dry skin or sensitive skin, but truly great for all skin types, Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream is the perfect way to hydrate skin while smoothing the skin’s texture for perfected makeup application. The lightweight, paraben-free formula is less intensive than some of Atopalm’s other face cream formulas, but it adds just enough extra hydration to keep skin feeling and looking great under makeup.

Although the skin care product is lighter than many of our other products, it still contains MLE, the ingredient that makes Atopalm so great for dry skin types. MLE perfectly mimics the skin’s natural lipid layer in order to thoroughly seal in hydration for long-lasting moisture. In addition, it actually helps the skin to function as normal, healthy skin would, providing relief rarely offered to true dry skin types.

For normal to moderately dry skin types, Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream may provide enough hydration to act as your daily face lotion. However, for most skin types, it should be used as a makeup primer after your daily face cream to ensure that your skin is getting enough moisture to stay comfortable all day.

With Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream, you’re ensured comfortable application and wear of your favorite makeup formulas, as well as a smooth, flake-free texture for a complexion that looks healthy and radiant.

Oil Pulling for Dental and Skin Health

Source: coconut oil photo from flickr.com user Susy Morris

Source: coconut oil photo from flickr.com user Susy Morris

Oil pulling may be an ancient Ayurvedic technique, but it’s only recently stolen the spotlight in the health and beauty industry! You may have heard of oil pulling once or twice before (from that crunchy friend we all have…), or it may be completely new to you; either way, we hope our oil pulling for dental and skin health post will help you to understand and appreciate oil pulling a little better!

What it is: oil pulling is a process in which you take a spoonful (somewhere between one teaspoon and one tablespoon, depending on your comfort and preference) of organic oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. Yup, 20 whole minutes. After 20 minutes, you spit the oil into the trash.

How it works: the idea is simple — oil is sticky. When you swish the oil around your mouth, all the yucky bacteria in there gets caught and dissolves into the sticky oil. When you spit the oil out, away goes the bacteria! This includes the bacteria that causes bad breath and cavities, as well as any other potentially destructive bacteria that would normally enter into your system.

Remember, after 20 minutes in your mouth, the oil is filled with bacteria. Never, ever swallow your oil after oil pulling! Spit it into the trash (or a baggie if spitting into the trash grosses you out) when you’re done. Spitting into the sink or shower could potentially clog your pipes.

What it does: those who practice oil pulling absolutely swear by its effectiveness. There are many reported benefits, but the most common benefits of oil pulling include the following…

  • Whiter teeth
  • Fresher breath/reduced halitosis
  • Stronger tooth, gums, and jaw
  • Reduced risk of cavities and gingivitis
  • Relief from headaches and even hangovers
  • Improved sleep
  • Clearer sinuses (allergy-sufferers swear it helps!)
  • Body detoxification
  • Reduced general pain
  • Hormone balancing actions
  • Reduced tooth sensitivity

Aside from overall body benefits, everyone who oil pulls mentions at least some form of skin care benefits. Reports from oil pullers include reduced acne, reduced eczema, reduced psoriasis, healthier skin moisture levels, improved radiance, and more. Those who don’t normally experience skin care issues can still see the benefits of oil pulling in overall skin health and comfort.

If you’re interested in oil pulling, the first thing you need to do is choose an oil! Types of oil for oil pulling most commonly include coconut oil, olive oil, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, or sunflower seed oil. What you choose is entirely up to you; just be sure it’s organic! Most people choose coconut oil because it has a pleasant flavor and texture and has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which will boost the benefits of oil pulling.

The next step is to get over the shock of having oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. It seems like such a long time, but choose 20 minutes that makes sense for you, and you’ll be fine! Check emails, read the latest People, watch a favorite show…Anything to keep your brain active for 20 minutes will make it seem like no time. In fact, many oil pullers find the 20 minutes of “nothingness” very relaxing!

Lastly, a note on when you shouldn’t oil pull. Opinions and experiences vary when it comes to exemption from oil pulling, so the best thing is to do your own research and decide what you’re comfortable with. That said, some sources state that women shouldn’t oil pull while pregnant or breastfeeding.

People also disagree on whether one should oil pull if they have braces, crowns, fillings, or dentures. Let’s look at each of these separately…

  1. Oil pulling with crowns should be avoided. Some people report that the oil loosens their crowns, sometimes even causing them to fall out. Simply put, you’re better safe than sorry when it comes to oil pulling with crowns.
  2. Oil pulling with braces is technically safe and could help resolve common issues seen with braces like bad breath. However, oil pulling may cause teeth to whiten around the braces, which may leave an imprint on the teeth after the braces are removed.
  3. Oil pulling with fillings has mixed reviews. Some state they’ve never had a problem, others say they experience discomfort or even feelings of illness after oil pulling with fillings.
  4. Oil pulling with dentures is safe; however, the dentures should be removed before oil pulling.

So, there you have it! Oil pulling, while seemingly odd and a bit crunchy-sounding for some, seems to have some true benefits. However, please note that while we are interested in oil pulling and believe that it could benefit one’s health and skin, our opinions are never meant to replace the advice of a doctor, or be taken as medical advice. We’re skin care lovers and experts — not doctors!!

Have you tried oil pulling? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experience! 

Psoriasis Types and Treatments

plaque-headerPsoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S., with as many as 7.5 million Americans suffering from psoriasis symptoms. It is estimated that 125 million people worldwide have some form of psoriasis, with roughly 10 to 30 percent of those people also suffering from psoriatic arthritis.

While many people consider skin psoriasis to be a strictly cosmetic problem, those who actually suffer from the disease are usually quick to disagree with that viewpoint. Well over half of psoriasis sufferers say that the disease negatively impacts their day-to-day life, as well as their finances. Between medical costs, work loss due to the disease, and “comfort costs” like psoriasis skin care and proper clothing, psoriasis can be a heavy financial burden.

Most forms of psoriasis appear between the ages of 15 and 25, though it can develop at any age. Psoriasis can develop randomly, or be passed down by family members. If a child has one parent with psoriasis, that child has roughly a 10% chance of developing the disease. If both parents have psoriasis, the likelihood of the child developing psoriasis jumps to a whopping 50%.

Here’s a look at the different types of psoriasis and how treatment of each type may differ. Please note that our advice and opinions are in no way intended to act as or replace the professional opinion of your doctor or dermatologist. If you suffer from psoriasis, or suspect that you’re developing psoriasis, please seek the medical guidance of your doctor.

Plaque Psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris, is the most common form of the disease. It appears on the skin as raised, red patches with a silver or white buildup of dead skin cells. (These silver-white patches are often referred to as psoriasis scales.) Plaque psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but is usually found on the scalp, knees, elbows, or lower back. Psoriasis vulgaris patches are usually itchy, painful, and extremely dry; it is also common for them to crack and bleed.

Guttate psoriasis (pronounced GUH-tate) is the second most common form of psoriasis. It usually occurs during childhood, and generally affects the trunk and limbs only; though the scalp, face, and ears are also susceptible to developing lesions. With guttate psoriasis, the lesions are small, red, and not as thick as those seen with plaque psoriasis. The lesions typically develop in the hundreds, giving skin and odd, leopard-like appearance.

Guttate psoriasis can occur suddenly and spontaneously, or can be triggered by upper respiratory infections, tonsillitis, stress, skin injury, streptococcal infection, or certain prescription drugs. Streptococcal infection of the throat (known to most people as strep throat) is a very common guttate psoriasis trigger.

Inverse psoriasis, also known as intertriginous psoriasis, is a type of psoriasis that usually accompanies another form of psoriasis, such as plaque or guttate. It appears as large, smooth, and shiny red lesions found within folds of the body, such as behind the knees or under arms. Patches of inverse psoriasis are very prone to irritation, mainly because body skin folds tend to rub and sweat more than other areas of the body. Inverse psoriasis can be experienced by anyone, but is more common in overweight people and those with deep skin folds.

Pustular psoriasis is characterized by a harsh cycle of reddened skin followed by white pustules of noninfectious pus and skin scaling. It is not an infection, and it is not contagious; rather, pustular psoriasis is usually triggered by external factors. Common triggers include medications, topical products, overexposure to UV light, pregnancy, systemic steroids, infection (though pustular psoriasis is not itself an infection), and stress. Withdrawal from systemic medications and topical steroids can also cause pustular psoriasis.

Finally, erythrodermic psoriasis is a very inflammatory form of the disease that usually affects the entire body at once. It is a very rare form of psoriasis, and is usually only seen in those who have an unstable case of plaque psoriasis. Erythrodermic psoriasis is very itchy and painful. Signs to look for include severe redness, exfoliation of dead skin cells in large “sheets” peeling away from the body, skin with a burned appearance, increased heart rate, unstable body temperature, and severe itching and pain.

Important: if you are experiencing erythrodermic psoriasis symptoms, call your doctor immediatelyErythrodermic psoriasis can be life-threatening. This form of psoriasis completely throws off your body’s chemistry, causing protein loss, fluid loss and more. Extreme swelling, infection, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure are all possible complications of erythrodermic psoriasis.

The true cause of erythrodermic psoriasis is not known; however, some known triggers include severe sunburn, infection, stress, alcoholism, systemic treatment withdrawal, allergic rash caused by drugs, and the use of systemic steroids.

Each form of psoriasis has its own set of recommended treatments. You’ll need to speak with your doctor to figure out which form of treatment is right for you. For now, here’s a look at the most common ways doctors treat psoriasis.

  • Systemic medications are prescription drugs that are usually prescribed for moderate to severe psoriasis. They work  throughout the body to fight psoriasis.
  • Phototherapy or light therapy uses UV light to combat psoriasis. Some people choose to spend a little more time in the sun; however, true phototherapy is done in-office under a doctor’s supervision.
  • Biologic drugs or biologics are injections or IV treatments that are given to those with moderate to severe psoriasis that isn’t responding to other treatments.
  • Alternative medicine and homeopathy is a somewhat controversial route that many take to treat psoriasis and other diseases. These forms of medicine are not considered to be as effective as conventional or Western medicine, and may even prolong or worsen one’s psoriasis.
  • Topical psoriasis treatment, including psoriasis skin care, is typically the first course of action against most forms of psoriasis. Topical treatments are easy to acquire either by prescription or over-the-counter, and can go a long way toward soothing and healing psoriasis lesions.

Atopalm’s sister brand Psoriapalm offers a clinically-proven topical psoriasis treatment that includes Atopalm’s revolutionary MLE Technology. Psoriapalm non-greasy psoriasis lotion was proven to be an effective way to reduce visible scaling, plaque elevation, and skin redness. These three actions resulted in skin that was more beautiful, more comfortable, and less likely to worsen over time.

You can learn more about Psoriapalm lotion on the official Psoriapalm website, or by following Psoriapalm on Facebook to stay up-to-date on psoriasis tips, information, sales, and product giveaways.

 

Over-the-Counter Skin Care Products

Source: flickr.com user Ian Broyles

Source: flickr.com user Ian Broyles

At Atopalm, our main focus is treating dry skin and sensitive skin conditions with our flagship MLE products. However, while our day-to-day skin care products make up the largest portion of our site, we’d like to bring your attention to our over-the-counter skin care products!

Our OTC products are expertly formulated topical products designed to treat a wide range of skin and body concerns. Think of the aisles in your local big box or drug store where you’re able to buy medicated topical products without a prescription — that’s what our over-the-counter section is! However, unlike your big box or drug store, your purchase of OTC products from Atopalm.com is discreet and highly affordable.

While our over-the-counter section may seem limited, it actually features products designed to treat the most common skin and body concerns that are able to be treated topically. Here’s a look at our OTC options:

  • Psoriapalm, a targeted psoriasis treatment for relieving psoriasis symptoms and restoring health and beauty to the skin
  • Anti-fungal creams, each with a unique active ingredient, for fast relief from the burning, itching, cracking, and scaling caused by all major types of Athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm fungi
  • First aid antibiotic ointments for protecting wounds and promoting healthful healing
  • Many fast-acting pain relief creams and gels for soothing muscle and joint pain
  • Diaper rash cream with zinc oxide for soothing chafed skin and irritation while sealing out wetness
  • Soothing hemorrhoidal ointment which rapidly relieves itching, discomfort, and burning sensations caused by hemorrhoids while reducing the swelling of hemorrhoidal tissue
  • Multiple anti-itch skin care creams and ointments, designed to reduce redness and itching caused by external factors and histamines

The best part of our OTC section is that each product is priced to be highly affordable, especially when considering the quality of the formulation. Plus, you’ll be able to order your over-the-counter skin care and your daily Atopalm skin care products all at once, saving you time and money!

To check out our full OTC range, please visit the Atopalm OTC Products page! If you have a question about a product, active ingredient, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here to let us know!

Intensive Moisturizing Cream: Choose Your Size!

Intensive Moisturizing CreamWe have a lot of great skin care products at Atopalm.com, but our most popular by far is the Intensive Moisturizing Cream. Rich yet easily absorbed, highly active yet completely gentle, it’s the perfect daily moisturizer for those with dry skin, sensitive skin, and tough-to-treat skin conditions.

Our customers love Intensive Moisturizing Cream so much that we now offer it in three different size choices to meet the needs of everyone looking for a great face moisturizer! Here’s a look at all the sizes and how they differ.

First comes our sample size Intensive Moisturizing Cream, which is a FREE product — you only pay $4.99 shipping and handling, or add it to any $50+ order for free shipping within the U.S.! At 0.25 fl. oz., it’s a baby product, but it’s perfect for those who want to see how their skin will react to the formula before buying the full size.

Next up is our travel size Intensive Moisturizing Cream. At 1.0 fl. oz. and $9.00, it’s perfect for on-the-go use whether your travels take you across the ocean or just to the office. It’s also a great skin care gift choice, as it allows your friend or family member to test the formula for an extended period of time without you (the gift-giver) breaking the bank.

Then comes the full size Intensive Moisturizing Cream. A whopping 3.4 fl. oz. for only $30.00, it’ll moisturize your skin deeply and thoroughly without ever upsetting dry, sensitive skin types. The MLE formula works to repair the skin’s natural lipid layer, resulting in skin that truly feels hydrated and cared for. Safe and effective for those with rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and similar skin conditions.

Three size choices, one fantastic formula. But, don’t think that’s all we have for you today…we’re currently offering our full size Intensive Moisturizing Cream with a FREE package of Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes! A $42.00 value for only $30.00, this buy one get one free pair will cleanse and moisturize the skin without ever causing or increasing irritation, making it suitable for all sensitive skin types. Hurry to claim this great offer while it lasts!

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