The ichthyoses are a family of genetic skin diseases characterized by dry, thickened and scaling skin. Dermatologists estimate that there are at least twenty varieties of ichthyosis, with a wide range of severity and associated symptoms.
The top layer of skin, called the stratum corneum, is made up of layers of flattened, dead skin cells. In normal skin, the stratum corneum renews itself at a constant rate; the cells on top are shed invisibly as new cells are generated. Ichthyosis can be described as a "traffic jam" of skin cells. The skin's natural shedding process is slowed or inhibited and, in some forms of ichthyosis, the production of skin cells is too rapid.
While many of the Dermal Therapy moisturizers assist people wth ichthyosis, we specifically formulated the Alpha Hydroxy High Potency Moisturizer for people with ichthyosis.
This non-fragranced lotion feels cosmetically elegant while containing significant amounts (10%) of both urea and lactic acid.
Our use of 10% urea enhances the ability of ichthyotic skin to retain water and 10% lactic acid improves the exfoliation of dead skin. Combined these two ingredients have proved useful for many people suffering from Ichthyosis.
Ichthyosis scales are typically thick and dry in appearance affecting more than one body area (i.e. elbows, knees, hands or feet). You may also notice subtle changes to your nails such as depressions in your fingernails. This patterned scaling is thick and can cause improper sweating.
Thousands of people with Ichthyosis find our Dermal Therapy Alpha Hydroxy Lotion effective to exfoliate dead tissue while hydrating the underlying skin.
First Skin Foundation http://www.firstskinfoundation.org
European Network for Ichthyosis http://www.ichthyose.eu/
Ichthyosis Support Group http://www.ichthyosis.org.uk/