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Mapp & Hession Pharmacy Blog

Looking behind the reasons for wrinkly skin

Posted by mapphess on 3 November 2011

It took almost half a century for the health risks of cigarette smoking to be widely recognised. Sadly, some young people, especially young women, still take up smoking – probably because of peer pressure and issues related to low self esteem. Older smokers, who remain smokers, almost certainly do so because of nicotine addiction.

It appears that many Australians are also addicted to another form of high risk behaviour – that is: excess exposure to the sun.

Really wrinkly skin is one of the less than appealing side effects of excess sun exposure. This effect on our skin is confirmed, according to dermatologist Hugh Roberts, by the fact that those areas of our body most exposed to the sun (such as our face) become lined and wrinkled, whilst those areas least exposed (such as the buttocks) retain a smooth, wrinkle free texture well into old age.

More serious consequences of overexposure to the sun is skin cancer. Skin cancer, the most common of all cancers, is almost always cause by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation – that is, sunlight. Generally, the cancer is caused by excessive childhood sunburn or by blistering sunburn even in older age groups.

Also, the adverse effects of sunlight on the skin are cumulative. The damage on and beneath the skin is building up, even without burning. Research undertaken by the Cancer Council and the Australian Department of Health and Ageing shows that it’s not just the day, or even several days, at the beach that causes the most sun damage to our skin. The many days spent involved with everyday activities, without adequate protection from the sun, might be even more dangerous. And with most states in Australia now “saving daylight”, there is the possibility we will have more usable leisure time in the sunshine.

Around 70% of Australians will have at least one skin cancer during their lifetime. It’s important that we are all aware of the best strategies to prevent skin cancers as well as early warning signs and symptoms so we can seek prompt and effective treatment.

It’s timely, therefore, that a new health education program has recently been launched to encourage all Australians to get to know their own skin. The Know Your Own Skin campaign is particularly aimed at people over 40 years of age who, due to previous sun exposure, are at significant risk of developing sun spots – known medically as solar (or actinic) keratoses. The program has been stimulated by new research which shows that whilst over 90% of Australians in the 40 plus age group have suffered from sunburn, more than a third don’t think they are at risk of sun damage because they currently avoid the sun and/or use sun protection.

Former Iron Man champion Guy Leech is the “face” (and body) of the education and awareness campaign and typifies the generation of Australians who grew up in the sunshine before the Slip, Slop Slap era and were never aware of the dangers of spending too much time in the sun.

In addition to Guy Leech a number of leading health care experts have been involved with the development of the campaign including consultant dermatologist Dr Stephen Schumack, who said at the campaign launch that all “baby boomers” should have an annual skin check to detect any early signs of skin cancer.

You can get more information about maintaining a healthy skin from the website or from Mapp & Hession Pharmacy. And don’t forget the routine use of an appropriate sunscreen on those exposed areas – including the backside, too, if necessary!

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Spring Clean Your Skin

Posted on 20 September 2011

Spring is here and it’s time to shed the long clothes of winter and let your skin breath! If you’ve been taking the view that out of sight is out of mind, the warmer weather can be a scary proposition.

You can take heart that Jurlique skin care is here to ease you into the summer months.

Think of the longer days and the warmer evenings sitting outside as the last rays of sun disappear. Nothing says Spring like the beautiful fragrance of Jasmine, and Jurlique have put together a delightful pack of Jasmine scented products just for you.

Based in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia since 1985, Jurlique source their herbs for their skin care products from their own biodynamic farm. Because they control the raw ingredients, you can be assured of the highest quality in everything they do.
The skin care products consist of Jasmine Shower Gel, which is a gentle shower gel that leaves the skin feeling soothed and refreshed with the sensual, floral aroma of Jasmine flowers. The shower gel also uses grapefruit seed extract to provide a clarifying and refreshing effect on the skin and contains soy protein and honey to help soothe and soften skin and rebalance dryness.

There is also Jasmine Body Care Lotion, a light, hydrating lotion with Safflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed, Green Tea, Avocado Oil and Honey all to increase the skin’s softness and suppleness, provide antioxidant protection and long lasting moisturisation and hydration.
This will have your skin looking it’s best in no time at all and give you the wonderful scent of spring.

Jasmine Hand Cream rounds out the special gift pack offering and provides all the benefits of the body care lotion with a special emphasis on protecting the hands and restoring smoothness.

The Jasmine collection is valued at $100, but is available as a limited edition spring special of $69! Come in to Mapp & Hession Pharmacy in King St Murwillumbah today and experience the subtle, wonderful aroma of Jasmine with Jurlique.

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No Guts No Glory

Posted on 22 August 2011

Are you bloated after a meal? Suffer abdominal pain? Constipation or diarrhoea? Flatulence? Heartburn or indigestion? Itchy or inflamed skin?

Your gut could be lacking essential nutrients required for optimal health.

Ever since probiotics were discovered over 100 years ago, researchers have been fascinated by the relationship between the gut and our general wellbeing. They have moved on from a supplement you take after a course of antibiotics, to reducing the symptoms of a range of medical conditions:-

• Prevention and treatment of a range of diarrhoea
• Symptomatic relief of candidiasis
• Manage allergies, including eczema
• Prevent respiratory infections
• Reduce dental caries
• Support and strengthen the immune system
• Maintain healthy urogenital flora and manage urinary tract infections

There are several new and different strains of probiotics now available to treat gastrointestinal symptoms. There is a multitude of products, and professional advice is needed to make sure you get the right one for your particular symptoms.

Probiotics are not the only solution to the complex problems that your digestive system can produce. Supplements with strange names such as Glutamine or Quercetain as well as Fish Oil are important in the three stages of healing the gut.

1. Healing the inflamed intestinal mucosa
2. Preventing further damage
3. Re-establishing healthy intestinal flora

For further information log on to and click on the “Health” link for a range of gastrointestinal conditions.

Better still, call into the pharmacy in King St Murwillumbah and have to chat to Paul, Greg or Colin about the best way to get you back to feeling your best. Remember, “No guts, no glory!!”

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Itchy and Scratchy

Posted on 20 July 2011

Itchy and Scratchy

Winter is well and truly with us. the days are cold & short and as August arrives, so does the dry weather and winds that remove the moisture from our skin.
It is at this time in the pharmacy that we see the highest rate of dermatitis like symptoms of inflamed, itchy skin, and it quite often stems from people letting their skin get too dry. Because it is not hot at the moment, we tend to ignore our 2 litres of water a day, which contributes to our general state of dehydration.

Did you know your skin is the largest organ in your body?

For the average adult, skin has a surface area of 1.5 – 2.0 square metres.

It is a complex organ, being responsible for helping regulate body temperature, synthesise essential vitamins, protect the body from harmful, cancer-causing UV rays and also ward off infection from viruses and bacteria. All this is achieved in an organ that is only about 2-3 mm thick.

To maintain skin health, you should first help your body from the inside. Drink plenty of fresh water and take a good quality fish oil such as Bioceuticals Ultraclean every day. The fish oil contains an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps with red, inflamed skin and it also moisturises your skin from the inside.

Prevention is better than cure and a good quality moisturiser such as the Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream is an easily absorbed moisturising cream for dry skin that works to protect skin. It contains all natural ingredients grown in the Barossa Valley. Marshmallow intensely hydrates and softens the skin,Violet and Calendula help soothe and rebalance any skin sensitivity and Macadamia and Avocado Oil aid in long lasting moisturising of the skin and protect against moisture loss.
If your skin has already started to get inflamed, a product such as Dermaveen is a wonderful moisturising product that comes in cream, lotion, pH balanced shampoo and soap-free wash.
Dermaveen contains the active ingredient colloidal oatmeal, which has been shown to be naturally cleansing, moisturising, anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and protective.
The skin is a complex organ and the right advice is very important, call in and see our pharmacists Paul, Colin or Greg to ensure you get the right product for your skin.

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Oils aint Oils

Posted on 21 June 2011

"Oils ain't Oils"

Fish oil is the natural oil found in the body of fish. It is different from fish liver oil because it contains high concentrations of essential omega-3 fatty acids. The human body is not able to produce these fatty acids itself, so we must get them from our diet.
The essential fatty acids are called EPA & DHA and they work on all the cells of the body. They have anti-inflammatory properties as well as specific benefits for our brain, heart and joint health.

How often do you eat fish?

If you’re not eating oily, cold-water fish at least 2-3 times a week, you are probably missing out on the health benefits of this wonder food. Fish oil plays an important role in all stages of our life from birth through to old age.
Because fish oil is something you should take over the course of your life, the source of the fish, the purity and concentration of the oil should be a major consideration. Mapp & Hession Pharmacy recommend a practitioner-only blend of UltraClean fish oil with the lowest levels of mercury and other heavy metals as well as protection from oxidation and no fishy aftertaste.


When we are young, the DHA component of fish oil plays a vital role in the structure ad function of the brain and the immune system. Considering children rarely, if ever, eat cold water oily fish, it is not surprising that learning difficulties and allergies are some of the major challenges that parents face these days.

Heart Health

Fish oils contribute to healthy heart function by helping to manage the healthy fat (triglycerides) levels in our blood and increase the amount of HDL or good cholesterol. Fish oil also helps to maintain a healthy heart rate.
The National Heart Foundation of Australia has made the following recommendation:-

“To lower their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), all Australians should:
Consume about 500 mg per day of combined DHA and EPA through
a combination of the following:
• two or three serves (150 g serve) of oily fish per week
• fish oil capsules or liquid”

The heart foundation also recommends all Australian Health Professionals should advise all their patients with Coronary Heart Disease to double this recommendation.

Active Joints

We all know that to keep healthy we have to stay active, but if your joints don’t agree with you then this task becomes very difficult. Luckily fish oils have a strong anti-inflammatory component, so they’ll help calm the inflammation and pain of arthritis and get you moving again.

Call into Mapp & Hession Pharmacy for the right advice on the best fish oil supplement for you. As they say “oils ain’t oils”!!

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