Now that summer is coming to an end and many of us feel like we'll miss our daily dose of sunshine, we thought we'd share some information about a skin condition that, more often than not, lasts all year and causes those who have it to revel in lesser sunshine hours.
What is Photosensitivity?
According to DermNet, Photosensitivity refers to various symptoms, diseases and conditions caused or aggravated by exposure to sunlight.
These reactions can range from a hot redness on the exposed area of skin, to severe rashes and papules that span large areas and are very itchy and uncomfortable to the sufferer. It can affect people of all ages and races and usually stems from both genetic and environmental factors including some medications. For some, the reactions can be activated by sunlight, indoor florescent lights or even their computer screen.
Minimizing the effects of photosensitivity
For many, there is no cure to photosensitivity but those living with the condition learn to manage it with careful sun avoidance and applying topical sunscreens even when indoors. In severe cases, the patient may be prescribed ointments to help alleviate itching, inflammation and infections.
Because of the published benefits of Fernblock in the skin, it can often be prescribed as a supplementary aid to help reduce the onset, duration and intensity of these skin conditions.
For example, a recent case study shows an 11-year-old girl suffering from a rare skin condition called, Actinic Prurigo.
Prior & post supplementation with Polypodium leucotmos extract 2x daily
Under pediatric care, she was prescribed Heliocare capsules 2x daily alongside her regular usage of sunscreen and topical steriods for her inflammation. Her doctor reports a significant reduction in the duration and severity of eruptions as well as the time it usually takes for the skin to heal after flair-ups.
In this current world we're all experiencing, it's nice to take a moment to acknowledge conditions that some of us may be experiencing so that we can not only feel grateful in our own skin but also share in the understanding of another's.
If you think you or someone you know may have a sensitivity to light, please visit your healthcare professional for a personal plan on how you can best manage your skin condition.
If you or your dermatologist would like to dive deeper into the benefits of Fernblock, there are plenty of scientific papers online at PubMed or feel free to get in touch with us directly.
As always, we highly recommend talking with your trusted skincare professional to see if Heliocare is right for you. Please remember to take as directed. Dietary supplements are not intended to be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.