Eczema is a form of dermatitis which means ‘inflammation of the skin’. More that 4 million Australians will suffer from various degrees of eczema. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is not contagious but may be hereditary. Dependent on the person internal and external factors which contribute include medication, food, alcohol, stress, smoking, chemicals, weather conditions, air-conditioning and allergens.
You should seek medical advice for this condition if:
- there are signs of infection, such as a weeping area or puss;
- the skin is broken;
- the skin is very red and inflamed;
- there is a burning or hot sensation;
- the rash is spreading or lasts for more than 3 weeks;
- there are vesicles (little pimples with clear fluid);
- the area has white patches or silvery scales;
- the skin has become tough and leathery; or
- the person affected is a child.
Psoriasis cannot be caught from other people, nor can it be transferred from one part of the body to another. It is thought to be a genetically inherited disease. Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. The most common areas affected by psoriasis include the scalp, knees, elbows, hands and feet, but the condition can occur anywhere on the body.
The three hallmarks of a plaque of psoriasis are: thickened skin, red skin and skin scales. The thickness of a plaque (a raised skin lesion more than 1cm in diameter which can be felt) can vary from barely perceptible to several millimeters thick. They range in color from a faint pink to deep beefy red. In patients with darker skin types, there may be less redness and more darkening of the skin. Scales can range from virtually absent to thick oyster-shell like adherent plates.
It's a chronic skin disorder that is characterized by periodic flare-ups of well defined, red patches covered by a silvery, flaky skin on the body. Those with psoriasis need to take special care in selecting toiletries. Ingredients in some soaps, shampoos, deodorants, perfumes and colognes can bother sensitive skin.
Psoriasis can occur at any point in the lifespan, affecting children, teenagers, adults and older people. It affects males and females equally.
The Geoff Graham Story
Geoff was reported as one of the worst cases of eczema as a 3 month old baby in the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Having lived with this terrible condition throughout his life, it wasn't until his son Ryan was 14 months of age and was covered from head to toe with eczema that Geoff decided to do something positive about it!
Geoff knew that they now needed to find something that could be bathed in to restore moisture back into skin. "We then developed Grahams Bath Oil which has gone on to be very popular and effective, used in conjunction with Calendulis Plus cream."
I said to my wife, "Shannon, we have to do something, I cannot let Ryan go through what I had!" Geoff and Shannon started researching Eczema everywhere they could.
"Over the years I had seen every doctor and dermatologist and used every product available on the market." Geoff and Shannon started mixing different raw materials that Geoff knew had helped him before.
"With a lot of trial and error we finally developed Calendulis Plus cream for relief of Eczema and Psoriasis. We got amazing results, both for Ryan and myself."
"We listed Calendulis Plus cream with the Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA) in Australia." Geoff and Shannon continued their research into eczema and psoriasis. "The more research we did, the more we found eczema and psoriasis were not only an external problem, but also an internal one."
Geoff found clinical studies showing both diseases indicated a lacking in Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3, 6, 9. "We developed Mega Oil TM which is an internal oil covering the essential fatty acids, omega 3, 6, 9 at the correct ratio of 2:1:1"
"Our products have had huge results. I have appeared on several National T.V. programs with Ryan to tell our story."
Geoff and Shannon are constantly researching Eczema and Psoriasis. " We are in the process of testing other great skin care products for the face and body."
"I hope you will find our products a great success. We will continue to develop amazing products."