Plagued by eczema? Try taking bubble baths
HAVING dry, itchy and inflamed skin is a surprisingly common ailment in Singapore.
One in five people here suffers from the condition - known as eczema - which causes chronic inflammation of the skin, severe itchiness, recurring rashes and dry, scaly patches.
Even celebrities like Kate Middleton and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been said to pile on the moisturiser to keep their eczema at bay.
It is commonly believed that eczema breaks down barriers on the skin.
But a recent study by Irish scientists found that weak skin barriers, in fact, causes eczema. This is "because foreign substances can enter the body and trigger inflammation and allergy".
In healthy skin with a resilient skin barrier, bacteria and irritants are kept at bay. Proper levels of skin hydration are also maintained.
Eczema, which affects both men and women, is typically a childhood disease that can persist until adulthood, although it can manifest later in life.
Those prone to outbreaks of eczema might want to give SEC Shower Converters - comprising the SEC Shower System or SEC Shower Head - a try.
It is clinically proven by DermaPro Skin & Research Center in South Korea, and is said to improve the skin-barrier function and reduce trans-epidermal water loss by as much as 32.94 per cent.
The systems use ordinary tap water, without having to add chemicals or drugs. Its effectiveness has also been attested to by the Korea Atopy Association.
SEC Shower Converters generate SEC bubbles - ultra-tiny air and oxygen bubbles measuring one to 50 microns in diameter - which penetrate into skin pores and follicles to remove dead skin cells and eliminate bacteria, which are consistently found in eczematous skin lesions.
By generating ultrasonic waves, the SEC bubbles also produce an abundance of negative ions that are said to boost the immune system, speed up skin recovery and reduce fatigue.
They also deliver a greater amount of oxygen into the skin to keep it hydrated.
And it is not just for eczema sufferers. Children and seniors who suffer from dry and cracked skin can also reap the benefits of having refreshed, moisturised skin - simply by taking a bubbly shower.
Prices of SEC Shower Converters start from $399. Check out the systems at SEC International, 1 Pemimpin Drive, #07-09 (tel: 6659-7890).