Our purpose is not to hinder the physiological processes of the organism. Ours is a holistic approach. An approach that encourages the ristoring of the physical balance, by facing the causes as efficiently as possible and by ensuring a fast relief of all the symptoms.
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The skin is one of the largest organs of the human body: in fact, if stretched out completely it can reach 2 square metres and in terms of weight it makes up 16% of the total body weight. Its main function is to protect organs and internal tissues from aggressions of the “world outside” and therefore constitutes a physical barrier covering the entire body surface. It plays a fundamental role in protecting the body from heat and cold (thermoregulatory function), from injuries and from aggressions of external pathogenic agents. Last but not least, it is seat of nerve endings of the sense of touch.
The surface of the skin is not uniform: it has a very complex design that varies due to the presence of parallel patterns along its surface that determine, particularly on the fingertips, typical figurations (called “fingerprints”) that vary from individual to individual. The skin is formed by two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. In the human species, skin colour depends on many variables (thickness of the corneous layer, level of blood perfusion, presence and optical absorption of melanin, vitamin A dimer, hemoglobin). For this reason, colour varies not only according to the ethnical group but also with individuals and, even though in small nuances, it also changes in different body regions of the same individual.
The epidermis is the outer part of the skin, formed by several layers of cells, of which the most external ones are basically dead but resistant to external agents. The principal functions of this layer of skin are: to form a physical barrier against external agents; prevent dehydration of the body; prevent penetration of bacteria or other pathogenic agents; protect the body from sunburns by means of special cells called melanocytes, which produce a protein called melanin, responsible for skin coloration; rapidly repair the skin in case of injuries.
The dermis is the layer right under the epidermis. Its principal function is to support and nourish the skin. In fact, it contains blood vessels carrying nutrients to the skin itself, as well as the sebaceous and sweat glands, in charge of regulating the body temperature; nerve endings that receive impulses coming through the epidermis; hair roots.
The skin is a very delicate organ that can incur several problems, either injuries or irritations. The most frequent are pressure sores, ulcerations, burns, injuries, bruises, erythema, abrasions, cuts, etc. The skin undoubtedly performs essential functions for the health and well-being of the entire organism: it is therefore important to maintain its integrity and functionality adopting correct hygiene habits that include specific cleaners and, in case of pathologic events, using appropriate natural remedies.
Dermatitis caused by diapers and affecting groin, buttocks and perianal areas are very frequent in nursing infants (considering their delicate, thin and sensitive skin) and in incontinent adults. These tend to develop on convex body parts, particularly when the patient remains seated for long. Diapers generally cause continuous rubbing against the skin; by holding faeces and urine they moreover create a hot and humid environment with poor transpiration, a situation which favours:
- skin maceration
- proliferation of germs and bacteria
The resulting situation involves skin irritation, red dots and reddening in varying degrees. Only in more rare, serious cases, red plaques or small pustules appear cause pain and itching after breaking. Diaper rashes should not be neglected, despite often being only temporary disorders, since they can potentially lead to microbial infections causing fever.
Diapers need to be frequently replaced, allowing for accurate cleansing of the skin with lukewarm water. Avoid soap and other cleansing agents that might further irritate the skin, as well as greasy or absorbent ointments, potentially hindering perspiration; leave irritated parts unconvered as much as possible
Treatment of diaper rashes with conventional medicine
For treatment of skin affected by diaper rash, conventional medicine resorts to repeated applications of cortisone-based creams and ointments, which surely reduce the inflammation immediately but cause relapses and suprainfections due to their typical immunosuppressant action. This is why it is so important to have valid alternatives available for the solution of diaper rash symptoms.
Nature can help you solve the problem of diaper rash
A natural and effective approach
Diaper rashes, caused by diapers rubbing against the skin, stagnation of urin and faeces, perspiration, maceration and potential microbial proliferation, appear as a typical reddening in the groin, buttocks and perianal areas. Nature can once again be helpful, with the association of different plant active constituents for topical use together with the extraordinary properties of Grapefruit Seed Extract, thereby ensuring simultaneous, broad spectrum antimicrobial activity.
GSE and diaper rash
Broad spectrum antimicrobial efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) has been proven by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide. Numerous testimonies confirm its validity and in terms of both efficacy and speed of action it remains unrivalled in nature. Moreover, as a “selective cleanser”, it does not bear any negative impact on the physiological flora of skin and mucosae, preserving their essential, defensive functionality. GSE therefore represents a very valuable aid in resolving the problem of diaper rash, as well.
Due to the above considerations, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an extraordinarily effective approach towards this particular skin affection. Its association with specific plant extracts enables to provide for the following:
- accurate cleansing to restore the natural, self-defensive balance of the genito-urinary mucosae
direct action on the affected area by means of a filmogenic barrier which is protective, emollient and soothing, as well as being antimicrobial
This approach, combined with a healthy lifestyle (in terms of diet, but not only), includes the use of natural remedies that are well known in folk tradition and the efficacy of which in providing a definitive solution has been confirmed by recent studies.
Accurate cleansing to restore the natural, self-defensive balance of the genito-urinary mucosae
Nature can help you with…
Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighted, results obtained regarding the efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) against over 100 strains of yeasts and moulds, including Candida Albicans, supported by numerous field applications, confirm the value of GSE as an exceptional remedy for vaginal Candidiasis. Its association with other specific plant-based ingredients, to be used locally, boosts GSE’s efficacy and speed of action.
Calendula: belonging to the family of Asteraceae, it is native to Europe, North Africa and South-east Asia. Calendula has significant emollient, disinfecting and antiphlogistic properties for both skin and mucosae. Polyacetilenes, phenolic acids, polysaccharides and triterpene saponines contained in the plant exert an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and disinfecting action, while inducing leukocyte activity and thereby promoting rapid healing from inflammations.
Aloe vera: belonging to the family of Aloeaceae, the plant prefers dry, hot climates. Characteristic constituents are polisaccharides, with marked emollient, cicatrizing and soothing properties at skin and mucosa level. Its phytocomplex is moreover rich in substances with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, such as mineral salts (among which potassium, sodium, iron, copper and chromium), vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E, essential and non-essential amino acids, organic acids as well as phospholipids.
Lactobacillus sporogenes and acidophilus: to restore self-defensive balance of the microbial flora in the vaginal environment, thereby countering the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria at the level of mucosae in the intimate parts.
Lactic acid: in normal, balanced conditions, lactic acid is naturally produced at vaginal level by microbial flora, physiologically bringing vaginal pH to 5 – 5.5, which is the optimal condition to contrast pathogens and promote natural, self-defensive balance of the mucosa. Actic lacid can therefore be included to regulate natural physiological pH.
The ideal formulation for physiological cleansing of the external intimate parts is a specifically devised solution based on Grapefruit Seed Extract, Calendula and Lactic acid. Physiological cleansing is ensured by the presence of a particularly delicate surfactant, namely Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, ideal for use on the intimate parts. The use of such formulation is indicated both in case of acute or relapsing uro-genital affections, as well as a preventive measure in the daily cleansing of the intimate parts.
Direct action on the affected area by means of a filmogenic barrier which is protective, emollient and soothing, as well as being antimicrobial
Nature can help you with…
Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighted, results obtained regarding the antimicrobial efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), together with its harmlessness, confirm it to be the ideal remedy to solve the problem of diaper rash, particularly if aggravated by microbial infections.
Its synergy with specific plant extracts is particularly useful, making the formulation even more effective and safe to use, even when reddening is caused by irritative or allergic factors.
Vegetable Polyglycerols: a specific blend of polyglycerols, 100% natural of exclusively vegetable origin, mainly based on linoleic and linolenic acid, essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that carry out a fundamental role in maintaining and restoring the integrity of the skin barrier.
Selected polyglycerols are multifunctional active ingredients that carry out a really effective filmogenic barrier action, capable of offering protection from external irritant agents while reducing transepidermal water loss, with an ensuing hydrating and emollient effect. They represent an excellent natural substitute for slack wax and lanolin and unlike these elements they are safe and non irritating. Moreover, they make the product rich and soft in texture.
Camomilla: its flowers are rich in plant active constituents, such as chamazulene, α-bisabolol, apigenin, luteolin, providing decongestant, soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory actions (several studies have highlighted the fact that such activity is connected to the ability of inhibiting the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes).
Calendula: rich in triterpene derivatives, mainly responsible for its marked anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Other essential ingredients are: carotenoids, several resins, flavonoids, polysaccharides and mucilages, markedly bioadhesive on skin and mucosae and therefore making the plant particularly useful for health purposes. The most significant actions carried out by this plant are: anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, cicatrizing, analgesic, soothing and decongestant.
Olive oil: obtained by pressing of drupes, olive oil is rich in polyunsaturaed fatty acids, among which oleic acid (75 – 80%), linoleic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, arachidic acid and myristic acid. It moreover contains an unsaponifiable fraction, consisting mainly in squalene, hydrocarbons, triterpene and aliphatic alcohols, sterols, tocopherols and vitamins (K, A, E, D), making it very similar to cutaneous sebum. Owing to its particular constituents, olive oil forms a protective barrier on the skin and carries out an emollient, antioxidant, anti-reddening and rebalancing activity on the hydrolipidic film of the skin. In addition, it proves to be an important agent for cutaneous trophism, by stimulating the reparative processes of epidermis and dermis.
Wheat-germ oil: obtained from cold pressing and lacking solvents of caryopsis embryo (noble part of the grain) of common wheat or corn, wheat-germ oil is characterized by an extremely high concentration of Vitamin E (in the form of natural tocopherols), provitamins A, D, B, lecithin and most of all unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (of which 55 – 60% consists in linoleic acid). Considering its composition of active constituents, wheat-germ oil features the following properties: it creates a protective barrier on the skin and reinforces altered hydrolipidic film; it acts as an antioxidant protecting membrane lipids; it nourishes the skin, protecting and restructuring irritated and peeling skin. Topical application of wheat-germ oil is therefore ideal to restore healthy conditions in irritated and peeling skin.
Almond Oil: this oil is obtained from the cold pressing of Sweet Almonds (Prunus dulcis). It is particularly rich in group B vitamins (B1, 2 and 6) and vitamin E, as well as in proteins, mineral salts (zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium) and most of all fatty acids. Owing to its being rich in fatty acids, it creates a hydrolipidic film that forms a protective barrier on the skin against external agents. Moreover, the plant active constituents contained in almond oil imbue it with the following properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, soothing action on itching skin, emollient, nourishing and elasticizing, particularly in case of sensitive skin. Finally, when blended with other oils, almond oil promotes their absorption and conveyance of their particular ingredients.
Shea butter: a substance obtained from the seeds of Butyrospermum parkii, a herbaceous plant reaching over 10-15 metres in height which belongs to the Sapotaceae family, native to Africa. It has numerous beneficial properties for several apparatuses of the organism, among which the skin: in fact, this is why it is also called “fruit of the health and youth tree”.
Owing to its composition of plant active constituents, among which vitamins (A,B,D,E,F), triglycerides (stearic and oleic) as well as an unsaponifiable fraction, rich in terpene alcohols (karitene) and a small quantity of phytosterols, it exerts a protective, filmogenic, emollient, nourishing and hydrating action in formulations for topical application.
Natural Vitamin E: a highly liposulible compound, capable of penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin, promoting absorption of other active principles ingredients in the same formulation. The particular property of vitamin E is that is protects the skin from attacks of free radicals generated by cellular metabolism (as well as from sunrays and external agents); moreover, it has a hydrating, anti-inflammatory, soothing and re-epithelising action, suitable for a formulation aimed at topical application, specifically devised to treat skin irritations and reddening caused by diapers and other factors.
These plant ingredents are artfully conveyed in a product in vegetable oil, in cream form and for local use, to be applied on the area affected by the inflammation.