Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category

Monday, June 1, 2015

Emollient v. Moisturizer v. Humectant v. Healing Cream v. Moisture Barrier

photo (1)What is the difference between all of these cosmetics? The terminology for all these healing creams and skin products can get confusing. So, treatment let’s get go through what each of these different products are:

Emollients – The words “emollient” and “moisturizer” are often used interchangeably, viagra 60mg though an emollient can also be a term used to describe an ingredient within a moisturizer.

An emollient keeps water from evaporating through the outer layer of skin. It creates a protective covering that keeps skin moist and resilient. And it can be available as a cream, for sale ointment or lotion.

According to the National Eczema Society, “One of the most important elements in managing all types of eczema is to keep the skin soft and supple by frequent and generous use of emollients.” Many people who have eczema or psoriasis use emollients consistently.

Emollients are also found in many skin and beauty products from lipstick to foundation. What every emollient has is an ingredient that acts as a humectant, a lubricant, and an occluder. The humectant enables the skin’s surface to hold more water. The lubricant helps the skin to slide more easily when it rubs against something. And an occluder reduces water loss by adding a layer of oil.

Some examples where emollients can be found are in silicone, in vegetable oils, in vegetable butters like shea, jojoba and cocoa, and in petroleum jelly.

Moisturizer – Like an emollient, a moisturizer keeps water from evaporating through the outer layer of skin. It creates a protective covering that keeps skin moist and resilient. It can be available as a cream, ointment or lotion.

Good moisturizers tend to have a combination of an emollient and a humectant.

Humectant – As described above, a humectant enables the skins surface to hold more water. But how does it do this? It actually bonds with water molecules to increase water content in the skin by a) drawing it from the environment (when there’s a lot of humidity), or b) enhancing water absorption in the skin’s outer layer. Some examples of humectants are sugars, proteins, glycerin (one of the most popular in skin care products), elastin and collagen.

Healing Cream – We’ve discussed what a healing cream is in previous posts. The definition of this can extend from medicated ointments to simple moisturizers. Generally, a healing cream does include some form of moisturizer, along with at least one ingredient known for promoting healing and regeneration to damaged skin tissues.

Moisture Barrier – Also known as a skin protectant, a moisture barrier often contains dimethicone, zinc oxide, lanolin, or petrolatum, which forms a protective barrier on the top layer of the skin in order to shield it from irritants or moisture caused from physical problems like incontinence or perspiration. This can give a wound the protection it needs to heal, free from further aggravation from friction or fungus (a problem in the case of too much moisture). A moisture barrier works with the skin to restore and strengthen it’s own natural barrier, and it also helps keep toxins or irritants out.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What Is the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?

jc - plastic surgeryIncreasingly, we have more and more customers purchasing Jeans Cream for post-cosmetic surgery care. We weren’t sure exactly what the difference was between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery, so we thought we’d do a little research. Here is what we found:

Cosmetic surgery is an elective process that involves surgically or medically enhancing any area of the head, neck or body to match an aesthetic ideal. Plastic surgery, on the other hand is dedicated to reconstructing body or facial defects caused by birth disorders, trauma, burns or disease.

What’s interesting is that it can get a little tricky to find a medical professional who has been properly trained in cosmetic procedures. There are currently no US residency programs dedicated exclusively to cosmetic surgery, so this has to be an additional training that the doctors seek out after they have completed their residency training. Even surgeons who have done their residency in plastic surgery may not have had training in the cosmetic procedures they are being asked to perform.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NECN News Boston Cover Story: Jeans Healing Cream Helps Cancer Patients

A while back, NECN News Boston did a cover story on Jeans Cream. If you’ve ever wondered how the healing cream came to be, or even if you have wanted to create your own product to help cancer patients or others with illness, this segment offers some great insight.

“Jeans Healing Cream Helps Cancer Patients”

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Where a Healing Cream Can Help

IMG_2059Let’s face it. The skin handles a lot. It protects us from a constant barrage of pathogens and environmental toxins. It provides insulation, regulates temperature and moisture, alerts our brains to different sensations, synthesizes vitamin D, and more. It’s no wonder that people can develop challenging skin conditions – whether those last for a few days or for years. A good healing cream used at the right time can help soothe, nourish and heal the skin when it is dry or hurting.

Here are some of the areas we most see with problems that a good healing cream can often help:

Elbows and heels! Sometimes elbows and heels can be so dry that layer after layer of skin begins building into a lifeless callus. We’ve heard of people applying Vaseline or a good emollient, healing cream to these areas at bedtime then covering them with socks (heels) or wraps (elbows) to let the moisture sink in and soften hardened skin.

Dry skin – anywhere! Most dry skin can be attributed to the environment (including weather, heat, overexposure to sun, harsh soaps and detergents, etc.) certain skin diseases can also rob vital moisture from the skin and dry it out. Some of these include eczema and psoriasis. Particularly in cases where outside factors have dried out the skin, a healing cream can be used to form a moisture barrier, as well as provide deep nourishment and moisture.

We have hundreds of customers who use our cream just for this cause – dry skin. So, we know it’s a problem that lots of people face – particularly during the height of summer and winter, when people are inside with heaters or air conditioning on.

The face, neck and hands! The face, neck and hands are all typically exposed to more sun than other areas of the body. This can lead them to dry out, which encourages the skin to wrinkly prematurely. Using a good healing cream can help keep skin moist and encourage cells to regenerate, which would result in less wrinkles

Any area that has a mild burn! When skin is burned, depending on how bad the burn is, it usually does much better with the assistance of a soothing, healing product. Creams with ingredients like aloe Vera and Vitamin E have been shown to be particularly helpful in calming redness and pain, and helping the skin to heal and recover.

Eczema! Eczema is a skin condition that can have different causes and be quite tricky to heal. Some people have found relief – although sometimes it’s only temporary, with a topical product, while others have found the biggest relief to come from staying away from food or environmental allergens. Some food allergens that people have reported as causing bad eczema outbreaks are kale, eggs, dairy, wheat and broccoli, though there are many more as well. Some environmental triggers can include petroleum based detergents and other chemicals.

Psoriasis! This is another skin condition which can be particularly frustrating. Most people manage it with medication rather than heal it for good.

When have you used a healing cream? Is there anything else you’ve found particularly useful for taking care of your skin and helping it to be as healthy as possible?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Healing Cream for Hot Spots on Dogs

file3171294275105Over the years we have had an increasing number of customers telling us that they purchase Jeans Cream as a healing cream to use on their dogs’ hot spots and other skin problems. So, we thought we’d dedicate an article to this aggravating skin condition that often has dogs licking and scratching more than is helpful.

A hotspot (also known as moist dermatitis) is when an animal’s fur falls out in a little patch and the skin becomes inflamed and infected. The skin tends to look moist, red and may be oozing. It is usually painful to the animal and can be very itchy, which encourages the dog to lick and scratch at the area. If your dog has a hotspot and won’t stop fussing with it, you may need to get a cone of shame from your vet and have your dog wear it until some healing has taken place.

So, what causes hot spots in the first place? Hot spots are much more common in dogs with thick coats, dirty skin, and/ or moist skin. Allergies including environmental or food allergies, fleas – even one bite can do it! – and other insect bites and skin wounds can all be triggers. Sometimes an odor can be present, which could indicate further cause for concern.

On occasion, a hot spot can be created by the dog if he or she is experiencing underlying pain. For example, if the dog has a sore hip or knee joint, he or she might begin gnawing at the skin over that area to try and create relief. If the dog’s vet doesn’t know about this underlying issue, they may label it a hot spot when the problem is deeper than that.

There are also some mental or emotional issues that can cause dogs to begin chewing on their skin. If the dog has separation anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder, they might resort to aggravating their skin by chewing and the same thing could happen where he or she is diagnosed with a hot spot, but the real cause is the distress underneath.

When it comes time to treat the dog, vets often begin by shaving the area to help see what is happening on the skin and also to clean the affected area and enable it to dry out. Then topical ointments, healing cream or sprays are used to disinfect and prevent further infection. Anti-histamines may be recommended to relieve itching. Sometimes oral antibiotics can be prescribed. And if the dog seems to be in a lot of pain, the vet may administer a prednisone shot (corticosteroid).

Most of our customers who are using our product with their dogs’ hot spots report applying it after the wound has dried out somewhat. Obviously, if the problem is too much moisture which is exacerbating the possibility of infection, you won’t want to add any kind of moisturizing element. When it’s just a matter of healing the skin more quickly, they’ve reported our product as a wonderful healing cream.

We recommend applying the cream for dogs the same way someone would for a human. Apply it to the area 3-5 times a day and especially at night.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Choosing the Right Healing Cream for Your Child

Hand-careIf your child has ever had an itchy rash, a minor wound, a sunburn, or simple dry skin, then you’ve probably searched for a good healing cream that can actually soothe skin and ease your child’s suffering. But when there are so many different products, how do you know which one will be most helpful for your child’s situation? On the shelves and online, you’ll find simple moisturizers, anti-aging creams, and more advanced scar-removal and pain-relieving creams. Each therapeutic ointment has a particular purpose and the cost can vary a great deal from product to product.

Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking to select the right healing cream for your son or daughter:

1. What is the purpose and how long will they need it? If you want an ointment that specifically targets pain relief, that would be a very different product than one for overall soothing of the skin. A product for pain relief is something you’d select in more acute cases, and you’d probably use it less frequently after your child’s initial pain subsides, whereas a general skin salve could be used often on everything from dry, cracked feet and hands to skin recovery from a summer sunburn. So, your first step is to clearly determine what you need the product to do for your child.

Below are a few different kinds of very specific healing creams you might want to consider, depending on what your child has going on with his or her skin:

– Anti-fungal and rash control creams (kills microbes, reduces redness and itching)

– Burn cream (cooling, reduces redness and inhibits scarring)

– Bruise creams (generally include vitamins K or P to promote healing of blood vessels)

– Sunburn relief creams (cooling, lessens redness and inflammation)

– Wound healing creams (regenerate healthy skin rapidly, Neosporin is a great one!)

– Anti-aging creams (moisturizing, intended to reduce wrinkles and scars)

– Acne creams (intended to dry up the skin)

– Feet and hand creams (extra moisturizing for dried, cracked skin areas on the feet and hands)

– Anti-pain creams (for muscle and joint pain, include menthol to create a cooling effect)

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2. Do your research. Every kid’s skin is different so online reviews won’t be a foolproof way to ensure that a specific cream will work for your son or daughter, but it can provide some important insight about a products’ positive and negative qualities. You could do a basic web search for the keywords or product you’re looking at, or you could read customer reviews of creams on Amazon.

3. Take your child’s special needs into account. If he or she has allergies be sure to read the ingredient labels thoroughly to ensure the product won’t trigger any reactions that could have been prevented. If you would like to use a more natural product for your child, you should have no problem finding ones that include natural components such as Vitamin E and Aloe without all of the toxic fillers.

Our skin is one of the most used organs in our body, so when it comes to our children’s health and wellbeing, we can support this vital organ by helping them to drink plenty of water, avoid getting too much sun, and give their skin the right healing cream when they need it. Hopefully our recommendations above will help you find the best possible product for your chid’s situation!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Using a Healing Cream for Burned Skin

fire-12Our skin is one of the most important organs we have because of its many functions. The skin protects us from a constant influx of germs and environmental toxins. It also offers insulation, regulates moisture and temperature, tells our brains about different sensations, makes vitamin D, and does even more. It makes sense that the skin needs some attention and care when it’s recovering from a trauma like being burned. A healing cream used at the right time can help soothe, nourish and heal the skin when it is on the mend.

After a burn has healed, there is some continued skin care, which can help encourage skin to return to its healthiest possible state, minimize scarring and increase comfort.

First, you can apply a healing cream and massage the area. To choose a good healing cream, you’ll want to first consider the purpose of the cream (in this case, it’s to help skin after a burn has healed) and how long you will need it. You’ll also want to do some research on different products and take your own body’s special needs into account.

Some health and burn care centers recommend massaging the area with a healing cream for about ten minutes. You’ll want to press on the skin hard enough for it to turn white. Do this a few times a day in order to soften and flatten scar tissue.

In addition to direct, hands-on care, be sure to avoid bumping or scratching the skin. Since it has recently healed, the skin in this area is new and so more delicate and fragile than skin that has had time to develop and strengthen. Another part of caring for this new skin is to avoid sun damage by consistently applying SPF 30 sunscreen on the area that had been burned. You can further protect the skin from the sun’s rays by covering up with a hat, long sleeve shirt and long pants whenever possible.

Finally, wear loose fitting, soft, flowy clothes because tight or rough fabrics can rub the new skin too hard and irritate it.

Sometimes skin can itch as itis healing. If this is the case for you, you can try taking a cool bath, and continue applying the healing cream to keep your skin moisturized and supple. Do you best to avoid scratching yourself and wear pressure garments as advised by your healthcare provider, as these can minimize itching.

To help your body and skin repair for the damage, try to eat a diet higher in protein and higher in calories (within reason). Also, supplementation with zinc and Vitamin C has proven helpful in some cases.

If at any point you develop a high fever, or you find red around the edges or white bumps develop, or the skin breaks down where healing had occurred, then consult with your physician immediately. Or, contact your doctor if any other questions arise that will help you better understand the healing process and how you can care for yourself and your skin moving forward

Monday, May 5, 2014

Healing Cream for Hot Spots on Animals

DSC_0071Over the years we have had an increasing number of customers telling us that they purchase Jeans Cream as a healing cream to use on their animals’ hot spots and other skin problems. So, we thought we’d dedicate an article to this aggravating skin condition that often has our animal friends chewing, licking and scratching like mad.

A hotspot (also known as moist dermatitis) is when an animal’s fur falls out in a little patch and the skin becomes inflamed and infected. The skin tends to look moist, red and may be oozing. It is usually painful to the animal and can be very itchy, which encourages your dog or cat to lick and scratch at the area. If your animal has a hotspot and won’t stop fussing with it, you may need to get a cone of shame from your vet and have your pet wear it until the sore has healed a bit.

So, what causes hot spots in the first place? Hot spots are much more common in animals with thick coats, dirty skin, and/ or moist skin. Allergies including environmental or food allergies, fleas – even one bite can do it! – and other insect bites and skin wounds can all be triggers. Sometimes an odor can be present, which could indicate further cause for concern.

On occasion, a hot spot can be created by the pet if he or she is experiencing underlying pain. For example, if the dog has a sore hip or knee joint, he or she might begin gnawing at the skin over that area to try and create relief. If the dog’s vet doesn’t know about this underlying issue, they may label it a hot spot when the problem is deeper than that.

There are also some mental or emotional issues that can cause cats and dogs to begin chewing on their skin. If the animal has separation anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder, they might resort to aggravating their skin by chewing and the same thing could happen where he or she is diagnosed with a hot spot, but the real cause is the distress underneath.

When it comes time to treat the animal, vets often begin by shaving the area to help see what is happening on the skin and also to clean the affected area and enable it to dry out. Then topical ointments, healing cream or sprays are used to disinfect and prevent further infection. Anti-histamines may be recommended to relieve itching. Sometimes oral antibiotics can be prescribed. And if the pet seems to be in a lot of pain, the vet may administer a prednisone shot (corticosteroid).

Most of our customers who are using our product with their cats’ or dogs’ hot spots report applying it after the wound has dried out somewhat. Obviously, if the problem is too much moisture which is exacerbating the possibility of infection, you won’t want to add any kind of moisturizing element. When it’s just a matter of healing the skin more quickly, customers have reported our product as a wonderful healing cream.

We recommend applying the cream for animals the same way someone would for a human. Apply it to the area 3-5 times a day and especially at night.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How To Choose the Right Healing Cream

DSC_5599Anyone who has ever had a sunburn, an itchy rash, a minor wound or simple dry skin understands the longing for a good healing cream that can actually sooth skin and make a difference. But with so many brands to choose from, how do you know which one will be most effective for your current circumstance? There are simple moisturizers, anti-aging creams, and more advanced scar-removal and pain-relieving creams. Each therapeutic ointment has a specific purpose and cost that varies widely from product to product.

Below are a few things to consider when looking for the right healing cream:

1. What is the purpose and how long do you need it? If you are looking for an ointment that specifically targets pain relief, that would be a very different product than one for overall soothing of the skin. The pain relief product would likely be used in more acute cases and be used less frequently after the initial pain subsides, whereas a general skin salve could be used often on everything from dry, cracked feet and hands to skin recovery from a summer sunburn. So, your first step is to clearly determine what you need to product for.

Here are a few different kinds of particular healing creams you may consider:
– Anti-aging creams (moisturizing, intended to reduce wrinkles and scars)
– Acne creams (intended to dry up the skin)
– Feet and hand creams (extra moisturizing for dried, cracked skin areas on the feet and hands)
– Anti-pain creams (for muscle and joint pain, include menthol to create a cooling effect)
– Anti-fungal and rash control creams (kills microbes, reduces redness and itching)
– Burn cream (cooling, reduces redness and inhibits scarring)
– Bruise creams (generally include vitamins K or P to promote healing of blood vessels)
– Sunburn relief creams (cooling, lessens redness and inflammation)
– Wound healing creams (regenerate healthy skin rapidly, Neosporin is a great one!)

2. Do your research. Everyone’s skin is different so other people’s reviews won’t be a foolproof way to ensure that a specific cream works for you, but it will give you some good insight to as to the products’ strengths and weaknesses. Some good ways to research are by doing a basic web search for the keywords or product you’re looking at, or by reading customer reviews of creams on Amazon.

3. Take your own body’s special needs into account. If you have any known allergies be sure to read the ingredient labels thoroughly to be sure you can avoid triggering any unnecessary reactions. Additionally, some people prefer to use products that are more natural – in recent years there has been a large increase in manufacturers of all-natural and organic body care products. So it shouldn’t be too hard to find one of these.

Your skin is one of the most used organs in your body, so it’s important to treat it well by hydrating yourself often, avoiding overdoses of sunshine, and giving your skin the right healing cream when you need it. Hopefully the tips above will help you find the best possible solution to your skincare needs!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Using Tattoos To Write a New Story

After the surgery, drug chemo, cialis radiation side effects, buy and other treatments, there are often pieces to pick up. There is healing to do and a re-orienting of oneself to a new body and a new way of viewing themselves in the world. Some women opt for having tattoos created over the areas affected by surgery so that they can put their own beautiful stamp over a difficult experience in their lives. Check out the way this one woman chose to do that: 47-year-old breast cancer survivor Molly Ortwein gets a seven hour chest tattoo from artist Colby Butler of Unfamous Miami. Visit http://www.P-ink.org for more of the story.