If you don’t already, you should take your skin’s health very seriously. If you didn’t already know, it’s the largest organ in or on your body. I personally have contact dermatitis, which means the slightest scratch or bump into a wall will cause a red rash. I’ve had friends take their fingers and write on my skin. Five minutes later the word appears. It’s embarrassing.
So what would you do if you woke up one morning to find reddish, scaly rash all over your body? Well that’s what approximately 17% of the population has to deal with everyday. There are over 20 million people in the U.S. (approximately equal in the number of men vs. women) who are suffering from either eczema or psoriasis, with many more suffering from dry skin in general. If you’re like me I am constantly lathering lotion on. But for women suffering from psoriasis, it can play host to a lot of problems.
The most prevalent type of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis occurs as inflamed red, scaly patches over the skin, concentrated in the joint regions of the body. Even though the disease occurs equally across women and men in the population, women tend to be at a higher risk of both emotional and physical complications. Women with psoriasis are 63% more likely to develop diabetes and 17% more likely to develop higher blood pressure. Also, in a survey of over 5,000 patients with psoriasis, The National Psoriasis Foundation reported that 20% of women stated their psoriasis is a very large problem in their lives with 60% of women saying it interferes with their enjoyment of life.
As a women it is hard to feel sexy and empowered when you are covered by a rather unappealing and noticeable rash. How do you wear summer clothes where so much more skin is showing? Or do you explain it or feel comfortable when you are in a relationship? For women under 40, “It’s very important how other people perceive them. If their psoriasis is in a place that makes them uncomfortable, that can impair their confidence and ability to form the key relationships and activities that are the foundation for their lives” states Dr. Julie Nelligan, a Portland, Oregon psychologist.
To help the sufferers of all irritated skin conditions, both men and women, Adam Grossman, a psoriasis sufferer himself, developed The Seaweed Bath Co, an all natural line of gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free and dye-free skin care products infused with wild bladderwrack seaweed. Grossman stated that, “After countless hours of online and offline discussions and research, which included many hours soaking in the bathtub, I found that certain varieties of seaweed effectively and dramatically reduced the redness, dryness, scaling and flaking of my irritated skin. The brown seaweed, which we use in all our products, is known to be a potent natural anti-inflammatory. After using seaweed-based formulas for only a short period of time, my flaking and scaling diminished and the redness of my skin faded. Over the course of months, I completely stopped my topical steroids and have not had to go back on them since.”
But Seaweed Bath products are not just for psoriasis suffers. The Seaweed Bath Co. has made it their mission to provide a wide array of products for anyone with dry, flaky skin who wants to treat their skin with affordable, all natural products.