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World Thyroid Day


Welcome to World Thyroid Day, a day dedicated to thyroid patients and to all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases worldwide.

Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits at the bottom of your neck in front of your throat. Being a gland, it makes vital hormones that regulate all your body functions, including:

  • Breathing

  • Heart rate

  • Nervous systems

  • Body weight

  • Muscle strength

  • Menstrual cycles

  • Body temperature

You can have lumps (both benign and cancerous) on your thyroid gland, your gland can be over active or under active. A lump might be seen or felt, or can just be discovered on a scan done as a work up of an abnormal thyroid blood test.

 

PEOPLE WITH AN OVERACTIVE THYROID CAN EXPERIENCE;

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Feeling hot and flushed

  • Trembling

  • Hair thinning and loss

  • Itching

  • Less frequent and lighter menstrual periods

 

PEOPLE WITH AN UNDER-ACTIVE THYROID CAN EXPERIENCE;

  • Fatigue

  • Dry skin and dry, thinning hair

  • Itchy skin

  • Depression

  • Feeling cold (and cold hands and feet)

  • More frequent and heavy menstrual periods

  • Joint and muscle pains

Both over and underactive thyroid is diagnosed with a simple blood test from your GP. We might need to do some more tests with various scans or even a biopsy in some cases. Most lumps need scans and over a certain size will need a biopsy as well.

 

HOW DOES THE THYROID GLAND AFFECT YOUR SKIN?

This all depends on what your thyroid hormone levels are doing.

 

AN OVERACTIVE THYROID

There are many skin effects of hyperthyroidism. You might get flushing of your face and hands.

You might develop fine, soft and thin hair. When it comes to nails, they might become overgrown and may even lift off the nail bed altogether. Lot of people with hyperthyroidism have very itchy, blotchy skin.

 

AN UNDERACTIVE THYROID

Skin problems are so common in hypothyroidism that they are often the symptoms that bring someone to the doctor leading to a diagnosis! You might notice sparse and brittle hair, which falls out in handfuls, thinning of the hair at the outer third of eyebrows. Your skin might be itchy. Some people develop pigmentation while many experience slow growing, ridged or brittle nails.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

If we correct the thyroid levels in your body, your skin, hair and nail changes should sort themselves out. So a trip to the doctor ASAP is vital to get the blood tests rolling and treatment happening.

 

IN THE MEANWHILE - YOU CAN CHANGE UP YOUR SKINCARE (NAILS AND HAIR ARE A BIT MORE DIFFICULT TO MANAGE). TRY ADDING IN;

A serum or cream containing Niacinamide can help with reducing skin dryness

B Calm

B Calm

Calm sensitive, oily or acne prone skin with this light-weight vitamin B3 moisturising cream that glides on like silk.

  • Improve skin's barrier function
  • Manage the skin's oil production
  • Improve acne and rosacea symptoms. 

B Quenched

B Quenched

Retain your skin's natural glow with a rich hydrating cream made of Vitamin B3 and Hemp Seed Oil for skin that is sensitive, or dry.

  • Improve skin's barrier function
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Manage rosacea flare-ups

A broad spectrum, gentle zinc-based sunscreen will help reduce further UV damage to the skin.

Zinc Shade

Zinc Shade

Zinc Shade – UV Protection Skincare Product

Zinc Shade based daily moisturiser providing you with the protection you need from both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

  • Protects from UVA and UVB protection
  • Can be used under make-up
  • Rated SPF15

An Ascorbic Acid serum can help reduce pigmentation and make dull skin brighter.

Reverse C Serum

Reverse C Serum

A powerful anti-oxidant serum that hydrates, repairs the visible signs of ageing and protects the skin against further damage.

  • Repair sun-damage
  • Repair & prevent the appearance of ageing
  • Smooth any skin roughness

C Serum Lite

C Serum Lite

Vitamin C in its most potent form to repair the visible signs of ageing, and to protect the skin against further sun damage.

  • Brighten the skin's appearance
  • Reduce fine lines, wrinkles & pigmentation
  • Smooth skin roughness

A brightening skincare product containing 4-n-butylresorcinol can help combat pigmentation, along with a leave on Hydroxy Acid serum and a Retinal night cream.

Enlighten

Enlighten

A gentle yet effective tyrosinase inhibitor to fade pigmentation and age spots.

  • Lighten & brighten skin appearance
  • Even out skin tone 
  • Increase skin elasticity 

Smooth Serum

Smooth Serum

An Alpha Hydroxy Acid exfoliating serum for daily night use.

  • Smoother skin
  • Evens out skin texture
  • Promotes skin cell turnover


Ultimate A

Ultimate A

Vitamins A and B. High strength. Effortlessly improves skin texture and tone for skin that is soft smooth and supple. Also effective in managing acne. 

  • Rebuild collagen
  • Increase skin elasticity
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation

Ultimate A+

Ultimate A+

A Vitamin A (Retinal – 0.1%), B3 (Niacinamide – 4%) and AHA (Glycolic Acid – 2%) based night cream. Vitamin A is the ingredient with the strongest anti-ageing evidence and Retinal is the most effective and least irritating form of Vitamin A. 

A soap-free cleanser instead of soap can help prevent skin dryness and itching.

Hydroxy Cleanser

Hydroxy Cleanser

A soap free, lightly foaming cleanser.

  • Leaves skin feeling clean and soft
  • Doesn't strip natural oils
  • Perfect for normal/oily skin