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June 2020

As economies around the country and world re-open, continued hand washing and hand sanitizing practices will be an important part of preventing significant spikes in cases of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. But frequent hand cleansing can cause dry skin that can flake, itch, crack, and bleed without proper precautions. This may lead to open wounds that can allow in bacteria and other germs, increasing infection risk. 

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June 2020

Many suffer from incontinence in silence because of its perceived embarrassing nature, when in fact millions of Americans deal with some form of incontinence on a regular basis. Incontinence rears its head in the form of involuntary or accidental loss of urine from the bladder, or motion, feces or wind from the bowel varying in severity. Patients with incontinence often suffer from Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis that occurs when the skin comes into contact with urine and/or fecal matter.

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June 2020

Acne is a skin condition most people experience at some point in their lifetime. It’s estimated that acne effects 80-90% of teenagers in the Western world. While it’s not life threatening, it certainly can affect one’s self confidence and hinder quality of life. Although acne becomes less common in adulthood, it persists in nearly half of affected people into their twenties and thirties, and even in a smaller group into their forties. There are many different types of treatment options for acne that it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose which product is best. In addition to topical products, long-wear hydrocolloid patches are an effective option for the treatment of mild to moderate acne.

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June 2020

Wound care products like bandages and gauze – often coupled with topicals like antibacterial ointment –are usually sufficient for treating minor injuries like scrapes and cuts. In these cases, the objective is to keep the wound clean and dry it out. However, more complex wounds require advanced wound care (AWC) products, which are usually provided under the direction of a healthcare professional. These types of wounds may include deep cuts and lacerations, puncture wounds, severe blisters, necrosis, and wounds that have become infected. Products used to treat these types of injuries mainly aim to keep the wound hydrated, which has been demonstrated to promote faster natural healing than wounds that are allowed to dry out.

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May 2020

While ostomy surgeries are helping to save lives, ostomates regularly face daily challenges with the ongoing management of their stomas. Some of the main issues include pain, leakage, odor and peristomal skin sensitivity. Trying to improve their comfort, while still ensuring optimal appliance reliability, can be difficult. Adding an assortment of ostomy accessories to your portfolio can help your end-users to find the best balance between efficacy and quality of life.
 

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April 2020

The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic has made people around the world much more cognizant of the many potentially contaminated surfaces they touch every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have heavily emphasized that everyday preventive actions such as hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and the use of hand sanitizers can help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
 

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April 2020

As an industry leader in skin care product formulation, Scapa Healthcare’s R&D team brings a deep understanding of user requirements in order to lead the development of the most effective topical products that can be applied for your customers’ specific rosacea needs.
 

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February 2020

Scapa Healthcare has the full-service capabilities to partner with its customers to bring innovative first aid products to market efficiently – including hydrogel and hydrocolloid wound dressings and topical skin care solutions for first aid applications such as advanced wound care and OTC consumer wellness.
 

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August 2019

Hydrogels have long been a staple for advanced wound and burn care to facilitate debridement — the removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound. They can absorb and retain wound exudates, promoting fibroblast proliferation and keratinocyte migration – which is pivotal for successful epithelialization and healing. As part of wound dressings, they have been demonstrated to support skin healing and protect afflicted areas from infection.
 

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August 2019

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal, leading it to build up into bumpy red patches covered with white scales that can grow anywhere - but are most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Fortunately, there are many topical skin care options that can aid in slowing the growth of new skin cells for psoriasis sufferers, or in other cases relieve some of the common symptoms such as itching and dryness.
 

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July 2019

The wearable adhesives market is growing rapidly, driven by provider and consumer demand as well as advancements in medical devices for personalized care such as continuous glucose monitoring and point-of-care diagnostics. Wearable adhesives are used to attach medical devices to the body for continuous and long-term durations; the ability to properly adhere to the skin is a key factor for an effectively functioning device. The selection and development of this adhesive is challenging and needs careful consideration.
 

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July 2019

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, per the American Cancer Society. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. The overwhelming majority of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen significantly reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. When developing topicals to protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun, it’s important to choose a formulation partner that understands the science and ingredients to incorporate and create products that are both safe and effective for consumers.
 

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July 2019

People suffering from diabetes are impacted by its affects in many ways, including an increased risk of developing multiple kinds of skin conditions. Elevated blood sugar levels, neuropathy, poor circulation, inflammation, immune system function, and infection are some of the factors that frequently impact diabetic skin. Diabetics are also prone to dry, cracked skin as a result of decreased circulation. They are also highly susceptible to irreversible skin ridges caused through glycation - the bonding of a sugar molecule to a protein or lipid molecule without enzymatic regulation. When it comes to developing skin care solutions for diabetics, it is important to optimize a formulation to change the dynamic of compromised skin and mitigate the symptoms of insulin-resistant dermatological conditions.
 

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February 2019

A burn is a type of injury characterized by damage to the body’s tissue caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or radiation. Burns can result in varying degrees of skin swelling, blistering, and scarring and it typically takes three to 20 days for a minor burn to heal properly. Annually in the United States, there are 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injuries and a total of 486,000 burn injuries require medical treatment. Scapa Healthcare’s Scapa Soft-Pro® Hydrogel Burn Treatment Line provides a range of sterile consumer bandages that are highly effective for treating minor burns and scalds.
 

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November 2018

There are 387 million people living with diabetes worldwide today, and more than ½ billion expected by 2035, according to the Center for Disease Control. Up to a third of people with diabetes will have a skin condition at some point in their lifetime, including dry skin, cracked heels, foot ulcers and diabetic blisters that can create complications such as skin infections and delayed wound healing. There are different technologies in the market to help diabetic patients to manage their skin conditions.
 

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