In particular during the cold season, fear of colds, influenza or other illnesses drives many people to using hand disinfectants. Most of the time, however, disinfecting your hands isn’t necessary and may even be harmful, as the author Juliane Gutmann recently wrote in an article published by the Frankfurter Rundschau. Among others, she refers to
Category Archives: Skin
Some months ago, we advised on this website that the state of our skin reflects what we eat – e.g. as a cause of allergies or skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis. A study conducted at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now investigated whether excessive salt consumption can lead to allergic skin diseases.
Our diet is among the most prevalent causes of skin problems. “Too much sugar, too much wine – often, our dietary sins are evident in our faces”, as the journalist Gloria von Bronewski recently wrote in the German daily Die Welt. But how does food cause spots, acne, blemishes, or skin diseases? And how can
Many of the bacteria in dirt and soil are by no means unhealthy, but rather very beneficial to the human organism. If you come in contact with dirt regularly during childhood, you will be much less likely to develop allergies later in life. [Link http://www.gesunde-bakterien.de/en/natural-diversity-benefits-healthy-skin/]. A study from the University of Marburg supports this theory.
At the end of March, the Society for Dermopharmacy (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology) will hold its annual meeting in Dusseldorf. Dermatologists, medical practitioners, experts in environmental medicine, as well as members of the scientific and pharmaceutical communities will debate issues such as inflammatory and infectious skin conditions, novel sunscreens, and specific anti-pollution skincare. This wide
It’s itchy and angry: How can you get rid of dry skin in the winter? This is how Stern, a German weekly, recently titled a report on the itching and tightness of the skin caused by dry cold and dehumidified indoor air. It was possible do something about these effects, the text said, but “many
Our skin is colonised by vast numbers of bacteria, a normal condition even in the case of atopic eczema and other skin disorders. It is the makeup of this bacterial diversity that determines the health of our skin. The balance between healthy and less healthy bacteria also influences the skin barrier, i.e. the area that
“Dry skin” and “itching” are among the most used search terms on the internet. What to do about dry skin? How can you relieve itching? Or even better: How can we avoid suffering from any of the two? Those who suffer from dry skin and itching may soon become sensitive in other ways. Constant itchiness
Doctors and patients continue their search for an effective psoriasis treatment. As this condition is characterised primarily by abnormal skin, and hence noticed by others, those affected not only suffer from the immediate symptoms such as itching and inflammation, but also psychological consequences. Psoriasis is considered an autoimmune disease – possibly a hereditary form of
The German Association for General and Applied Microbiology (Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie, VAAM) has selected the bacterial species lactobacillus as Microbe of the Year 2018. Every day, these bacteria are ingested by billions of people, for instance in sourdough bread, with cheese, yoghurt, or as sauerkraut, red beets, or pickled gherkins. In our