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Pharmacies make skincare easy

Wednesday, 11th March, 2020 3:57pm

A number of pharmacies will be offering a free, in-store skin consultations. The offer is part of La Roche-Posay’s 2020 Skin Health Month campaign.

Throughout the month, pharmacists and highly-trained skincare-advisers will be on-hand to advise customers on how best to treat and manage individual skin-types or sensitive skin concerns.

The announcement comes as new research from La Roche-Posay has revealed that over 600,000 or almost one in five adults in Ireland claim to have developed skin sensitivities in the past 12 months alone. Furthermore, 53 per cent of adults in Munster now suffer from above average or hyper-sensitive skin.

The new research also revealed that one in four, or almost 950,000 adults in Ireland, claim to have suffered an allergic skin reaction to a cosmetic product in the past. Of those adults who suffered an adverse reaction, 56 per cent claimed that they had red, itchy skin as a result and over half claimed that they experienced inflamed skin or a rash.

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Niki Ralph has advised that the use of naturally derived products as remedies to allergic skin, could in some cases exacerbate sensitive or allergy-prone skin and lead to symptoms worsening.

“The level of misconceptions around appropriate solutions for allergy-prone skin is concerning as the use of unsuitable products on the skin is one of the most common causes of skin sensitivities. We have seen an increase in the number of naturally derived skincare products in the market and there is often a public perception that if a product is ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ it is inherently safer, healthier and less likely to cause irritation, when in fact the opposite can often be the case.

“There are many skincare myths such as the use of natural remedies like chamomile, lavender, essential oils, tea tree or aloe vera that often go unchallenged and can lead to unnecessary distress and discomfort for skin. In many cases these natural ingredients are known allergens and actually cause symptoms to worsen and in extreme cases, can attribute to an individual developing allergic contact dermatitis,” Dr Ralph concluded.

According to La Roche-Posay, supporting the skin’s protective barrier function or microbiome which is made from natural oils, water, as well as good and bad bacteria, is important not only for effective management of all allergies, but also for preventing their development. Disruptions to the microbiome can lead to the skin’s bacterial culture breaking-down and the skin becoming more susceptible to allergens. Central to ensuring the skin’s microbiome is properly maintained is daily use of replenishing skincare.

La Roche-Posay Skin Health Month takes place in pharmacies until 31 March. Participating pharmacies will also offer a free La Roche-Posay Sensitive Skin Wash Kit when you purchase two La Roche-Posay products, including one facial moisturiser.

· Cork pharmacies: O'Sullivan’s Wilton SC, O'Sullivan Grange Pharmacy Douglas, Hickeys Ballincollig SC, McCausley’s Douglas SC, McCauley’s Blackpool SC, McCauleys Mahon SC, Horgan’s Bandon, Minahan’s Oliver Plunkett St, Phelan’s Patrick Street, Total Health Fitzgibbon’s Mitchelstown

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