by Mark Walton
Chronic skin conditions affect millions of people worldwide, yet a lot of traditional treatments involve the use of harsh chemicals which can do more harm than good to the skin. Sensitive skin responds more favourably to gentle, all-natural products, and seaweed has been proven effective in the treatment and management of a range of skin diseases.
Check out how this marine miracle worker can be used to control the symptoms of these
three common skin problems below.
Acne is a common skin problem that affects an estimated 80% of people in adolescence. Varying in levels of severity, acne is characterised by the presence of blackheads and whiteheads, redness, and inflammation of the skin.
The condition is caused when sex hormones in the blood stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce an excess of oils (sebum) which then combine with dead skin cells to clog or block pores. This build-up of oils creates the ideal environment for bacteria to multiply, which leads to the inflammation of pores and the formation of spots. Seaweed contains natural inflammatory compounds and antiseptic agents that work fast , cleanse surface impurities, reduce the swelling of the affected area and regenerate the skin.
Recent studies show that seaweed extracts are effective in the treatment of acne as they help to hydrate the skin and seal the epidermis barrier, while alginates found in the plant have been found to promote the healing process by modulating levels of growth factors and collagen.
Seaweed can also be used as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and draw out excess fluid and waste products from the skin. The VOYA Love A Scrub facial scrub uses a combination of seaweed extracts and bamboo for gentle but effective exfoliation suitable for acne sufferers.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects over 100,000 people in Ireland with an estimated 125 million sufferers worldwide. The condition is said to arise out of a combination of environmental and genetic factors, with the immune system playing a major role.
Psoriasis is caused by rapid skin cell production, where skin is replaced every 2-3 days in sufferers as opposed to the average 30 days in non-sufferers. This results in the thickening, flaking and scaling of the skin often accompanied by redness, a severe itch, and plaque spots.
Seaweed is used in the treatment of psoriasis as a powerful but gentle exfoliating treatment that removes the plaque in a painless and non-aggressive manner. The plant’s natural anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated skin, while simultaneously delivering deep hydration to prevent further itching and drying.
Eczema is the most common skin disease worldwide, with an estimated 1 in 12 adults in Ireland suffering from the condition according to the Irish Skin Foundation. It is characterised by dry or flaking skin, itchiness, and redness and most commonly affects the face, neck, scalp, hands, elbows, and knees. The direct cause of the condition is unknown, but flare ups can happen when the skin reacts to environmental and emotional triggers such as stress, physical irritants (clothing), and changes in climate.
Mineral-rich seaweed is successful in killing the itch associated with eczema as it calms and soothes irritated skin and reduces inflammation. In fact, studies have shown that the salt and minerals contained in the marine plant improve skin barrier function, augment skin hydration, and decreases inflammation in atopic dry skin (eczema).
Seaweed baths have been proven effective in treating the symptoms of eczema. The oils released from the seaweed contain many skin-loving proteins, vitamins, and minerals that are readily absorbed by the skin and aid in the detoxification process. Impurities on and in the skin are drawn out and replaced by nourishing calcium, zinc, and iodine, which penetrate the epidermal layer and leave skin feeling renewed and rejuvenated.