• Núria Estapé, science journalist

    The skin and environmental stress

    Air pollution, extreme temperatures, artificial light, ultraviolet radiation, noise, cigarette smoke and traffic fumes: all these environmental stressors threaten the health of our skin. Recent studies show that when the skin is continuously exposed to various forms of environmental stress it ages much faster and becomes vulnerable to diseases such as cancer.


    The skin is the wrapper that connects us to the environment and protects our body from the inclemencies of the weather. This is hardly surprising, as the skin is the body’s organ that suffers most when our living environment is toxic and inhospitable. Our skin reflects everything, whether it comes from within or without, whether it’s psychological problems, the repercussions of what we eat, the air we breathe or what touches our skin. Living conditions in large cities and industrial areas have created new problems for our skin, designed to be able to adapt to temperature and humidity variations in natural habitats. Read More

  • Rosa Taberner, dermatologist

    Cold sores for life

    12 Aug Cold sores for life




    The fever blisters or cold sores that typically appear on the lips are manifestations of the herpes virus, which can also affect the skin elsewhere. Herpes is an extremely common viral infection and, although rarely serious, it causes major discomfort and is also anti-aesthetic. Even more bothersome is the fact that cold sores usually recur over a lifetime.


    Herpes labialis is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, whose symptoms are observed mainly in the skin and the mucous membranes. It is usually acquired in childhood, so by adulthood most individuals have had contact with the virus. Cold sores on the lips are, in fact, just one of the manifestations (although the most common by far) of herpes simplex infection; the virus can also cause eye problems, affect the inside the mouth or the genitals and even cause more serious problems (meningitis). Read More

  • Elisabet Salmerón, science journalist

    How does my work affect my skin?

    Your work may represent a hazard for your skin. Contact with harmful substances and agents, the lack of humidity in enclosed spaces and high levels of stress may causes skin problems and disorders. What can be done to prevent this damage and keep the skin healthy?


    It is popularly said that work is health. But sometimes work has a pernicious impact on the body, especially the skin. According to reliable reports for Spain, for instance, skin disorders are second in the ranking of occupational diseases. The same is true for many other countries. Some skin problems cause chronic lesions that may incapacitate a person for life or oblige them to change jobs, yet these data receive little publicity. Read More

  • Anna Solana, science journalist

    Wrinkles can be avoided

    30 Nov Wrinkles can be avoided





    It’s not just a matter of genetics. Although it’s true that some skins age better than others, genes control only 25% of wrinkling. The other 75% is down to us. In other words, wrinkles reflect our lifestyle. Sun, pollution, smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress and poor nutrition leave indelible marks on the skin. But what can be done to prevent wrinkling?


    There is no way around this fact: life marks the skin. As we get older our skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity, its ability to deal with external aggressions and its ability to stay hydrated. Genes, the force of gravity, lifestyle, hormones and chronic diseases all play a part. Facial expressions that require repeated muscle contractions begin to leave their mark in the form of furrows between the eyebrows and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Although there are no miracles, one solution to mitigate wrinkles is botox, which inhibits muscle movements and, therefore, the expression of emotions. Read More