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Posts by Emanuela Elia

Product Efficacy Down Under

A large portion of the cosmetic products sold in Australia are imported, while a smaller yet significant amount are developed in Australia using either locally sourced ingredients or ingredients developed overseas. Having access to quality products from different countries is certainly an advantage for Australian consumers, but the distinctiveness of this market may need to…

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Scalp Conditions: Dandruff

Dandruff is a common scalp disorder characterized by the formation of flaky white or yellowish scales and sometimes pruritus which affects a large number of the population post-puberty. Dandruff can be due to an altered dead skin proliferation; a disrupted barrier function; a decrease in the level of hydration and of natural moisturizing factors (NMF) in the scalp or a…

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Comedogenicity of Cosmetic Products

Comedoge­nicity in cosmetic products has been analysed for a long time, but it has been more extensively debated especially in recent years. Consumers and skin care professionals have been paying more attention to ingredient labels and have been looking for terms such as “non comedogenic” or “non clog­ging,” hoping that these products will not affect…

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Promising Results for Scar Treatments

Wound healing is an ‘imperfect’ process, inevitably leading to scar formation. The resulting scars have different characteristics to normal skin, ranging from fine line asymptomatic scars to problematic scarring including hypertrophic and keloid scars. Scars can appear as a different colour to the surrounding skin including red scars and scars that are darker than the…

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The Truth About Stretch Marks

Striae distensae (SD) or stretch marks are long, narrow lines or streaks that develop on the skin and look different from the surrounding skin. Stretch marks are very common and may or may not disappear. Although they tend to affect mostly women, men can develop stretch marks as well. The occurrence of striae distensae is…

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Beauty and the Sleep

As the year is quickly wrapping up many of us are longing for a bit of rest after a busy, hectic year. There never seems to be enough time in the day and a lot of people tend to reduce their sleeping time in order to accomplish more of what they have to do or…

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Probiotics and the Skin

Bacteria are often thought of as microorganisms that can cause disease. However, our bodies are full of bacteria, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Probiotics contain live bacteria and yeast which have been found to be beneficial to health, especially the digestive system. Probiotics are often referred to as ‘good’ bacteria, because they help keep the gut…

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Foot Odour

Very often, when someone takes off their shoes, a strong unpleasant smell is released. Foot odour is a type of body odour that can affect the feet of humans. The main cause is related to foot sweat. There are two types of sweat glands on your body: apocrine glands and eccrine glands. Apocrine glands are…

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Assessing Colour Cosmetics

The last fifty years in the history of cosmetics as a means to beautify and improve skin characteristics, have seen an increasing interest in investigating the actual effects of cosmetic products on the skin. As a result of such interest, since the 1990’s, there have been several non-invasive methods and instruments that have been developed…

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