The Real Downside of Osteoporosis: Treatments and Side Effects of the Medications

The following article talks about the various side effects and treatment options available to osteoporosis patients.


What are the medications that are being given to millions of men and women globally to deal with osteoporosis? Mainly, there are 3: alendronate, Boniva® and Actonel®. There are additional ones that are given intravenously but this article will focus on the three most common.

A Few Osteoporosis Medications

Certain osteoporosis medicines are categorized as bisphosphonates, which is an component being utilized for several years in plant food, soaps, dishwashing detergents and heavy-duty lubricating substance. Alendronate, the most popular of the three bisphosphonates, is Merck’s second best selling medicine. It has exceeded four billion in gross sales and millions of orders are scripted annually.

Furthermore, Merck has already reserved an enormous amount of money for a defense monetary fund for cases associated with the side effects that, for several individuals, are extremely debilitating.

Actonel® is the second most booming medicine in this class and coincidentally, Proctor and Gamble, who produces Actonel, also manufactures laundry detergent and toothpaste. Boniva® is a given once a month.

The bisphosphonates in the medications work by lessening the pace at which a person’s bones decrease their density. The bones collapse and then construct back up, in their normal rhythm of development. When people are younger their bones develop more rapidly than they crumble, and of course as people age this system slackens.

Side Effects of Common Osteoporosis Drugs

The most frequent side effects of the bisphosphonates include gastrointestinal issues. They include responses like:

  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Redness of the esophagus
  • Ulcer of the esophagus
  • Pyrosis
  • Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)

The list carries on with a host of additional signs that include dental issues, blood coagulation issues, fretfulness, anemia, joint issues, muscle infliction, and vision decline. These harmful side effects are permanent and can be associated with osteonecrosis, which is the death of bone due to inadequate blood supply.

This disease is extremely painful and may produce ulcerations, infection, open bone and sores.

The trouble with all the side effects is that additional medicines are then given to treat them. People begin using an acid reducing agent to treat the gastrointestinal issues, an anti-inflammatory to treat the inflammation issues, and a pain reducer to care for the joint and muscle issues.

Is this actually the best way to care for a disease which until a view years ago was not even categorized as a disease? The Mayo Clinic declared that thirty-seven percent of females older than fifty don’t meet the real criteria of osteoporosis and are somehow mistakenly diagnosed.

How Nicolas Winding Refn Gambled on Pusher II and III

A look at director Nicolas Winding Refn’s sequels to his cult hit ‘Pusher.’

 


Having found himself in debt after directing Fear X (2003) Nicolas Winding Refn made two back-to-back sequels to his breakthrough movie Pusher (1996) to get out of financial trouble. Refn felt Fear X was his “best and most ambitious film” to date and was wounded by its perceived failure. The documentary Gambler (Phie Ambo 2006) covers Refn’s struggle with bankruptcy and how making more Pusher movies was the only real choice for Refn. The original ended with Frank’s (Kim Bodnia) fate unresolved as he found himself out of cash and being hunted down by Serbian drug dealer Milo (Zlatko Bulic) and his associates. Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands focuses on Frank’s former friend Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen) as he tries to get his life back on track after spending time in prison.

Pusher II: With Blood on my Hands

Hapless skinhead Tonny might have RESPECT tattooed on the back of his head, but nobody respects him, especially not Smeden (Leif Sylvester), his estranged father who regards Tonny as a clown and wants nothing much to do with him. Smeden owns a garage and operates a car thief ring so Tonny steals a Ferrari to impress his father, but is too daft to realise the opportunistic theft of such an expensive item attracts too much heat.

 
 

Tonny then teams up with the equally hopeless Kurt ‘the Cunt’ to conduct the worst, and quite possibly the funniest drug deal in history. Unfortunately this transaction is with Milo, who may see the funny side of Kurt flushing his stash down the toilet, but still demands to be paid. There is a vague hint at Frank’s fate with Milo asking Tonny if he’s seen his old friend around recently suggesting he may have escaped Copenhagen. Tonny is also having trouble with his ex, the mother of his child who hates him for impregnating her and treats their child as a burden.

Winding Refn likes to put his characters in situations where they are cornered and finding a way out seems impossible. Using the same low-key gritty style as the original, Refn mixes social realism with moments of transcendence. Though unremittingly bleak, Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands is also very funny. Mikkelsen is able to make Tonny sympathetic despite his criminal tendencies and the various humiliations heaped upon him. It all leads to a tender, moving finale with Tonny finally gaining a measure of respect and perhaps a new start.

Pusher III: I Am the Angel of Death

With the success of Pusher II assured Winding Refn was able to make another sequel, this time focusing on Milo as he deals with drug addiction, Albanian gangsters, and his daughter’s birthday party. Milo gets a shipment of ecstasy instead of heroin and reluctantly agrees to sell it. There is a new generation of dealers on Copenhagen’s streets and Milo is a little out of his time. He has no idea how to deal ecstasy, or even that what he is trying to sell is actually confectionary. Now in debt to the Albanians Milo has to work for them and finds himself under the kind of pressure he’s used to putting other people under.

Though not as good as the earlier films Pusher III: I Am the Angel of Death still holds the attention. Much of this is down to Zlatko Bulic’s performance. Milo is no longer as fearsome and must turn to his enforcer Radavan (Slavko Labovi?) from the first film. In Pusher Radavan was the kind of guy who would tear your kneecaps off, but there is a remarkable scene where this terrifying enforcer sweetly explains to Frank how he dreams of opening his own restaurant. Now older and bespectacled, Radavan has realised his dream of being a restaurateur and he is wary of returning to his former life.

Pusher Spin-Offs

Both sequels did well enough at the Danish box-office and through international sales to get Winding Refn back in the black. After a brief detour into British television directing an episode of ITV’s Miss Marple series Winding Refn made Bronson (2008) and reunited with Mads Mikkelsen starring Viking movie Valhalla Rising (2009). Pusher has inspired a couple of British remakes; a low-budget version set in Leicester amongst the Hindi community directed by Assad Raja, and a forthcoming film by Luis Prieto starring Richard Coyle as Frank. Zlatko Bulic will apparently be reprising his role as Milo for the latter.

Fibroids: Leiomyomas – Benign Muscle Tumors

Fibroids are benign muscle tumors. They are the most common gynecological pathology. They are treatable, although it is not always necessary.


Fibroids are diagnosed in 20 to 25% of women over the age of 30. They are generally non-cancerous muscle tumors of the uterus that may or may not produce signs and symptoms. Malignancy may occur in .2 to 1% of cases. Some women have small fibroids while others may develop fibroids that are as big as grapefruit. Pregnancy often causes fibroids to grow, a process that may be reversed after childbirth.

Types of Fibroids

Fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are classified into one of three categories, although a fibroid may become large enough to be classified in two or all of these categories.

Submucosal

Submucosal fibroids growth within the endometrial cavity, which is the inner cavity of the uterus, or impinge on the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus that is shed during menstruation.

Intramural

Intramural fibroids grow in the muscular, middle layer of the uterus. They do not touch the endometrium or the outer layer of the uterus.

Subserosal

Subserosal fibroids occur in the outer, or subserosal layer of the uterus. They can cause bumps on the surface of the uterus or become pedunculated, becoming a growth that hangs off of the outside of the uterus.

Signs and Symptoms

When fibroids become large enough, any type of fibroid can cause pelvic pressure, pain, cramping, or urinary urgency and frequency. Submucosal fibroids can cause irregular bleeding ranging from mild spotting between periods to continuous, heavy bleeding. Fibroids growing on the backside of the uterus may cause back pain. Uterine position can affect symptoms as well. Women with uteruses that tip towards the back may experience back pain more so than women with uteruses that tip forward.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Pelvic ultrasound is used to diagnose fibroids. Due to the varying degree of size and density among fibroids, abdominal and transvaginal ultrasound are used. The size, location, and fibroid classification is determined. If fibroids are too dense for adequate ultrasound analysis, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used for further diagnosis.

Fibroids that do not cause significant problems are often closely watched with subsequent ultrasounds. Symptomatic fibroids may be surgically removed from the uterus, a procedure called a myomectomy. Hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, may be another option when the uterus is mostly fibrotic. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a process in which the arteries supplying the fibroids with blood are blocked, causing the fibroids to shrink.

A Lesson in Life

I work too much, too hard and too many hours. It is a responsibility thing. I have always had an overdeveloped sense of responsibility. I have never considered it to be a virtue, but I never looked at it as a fault either. I guess I just never thought much about it at all. The last six months have been hard around here. A bitter, unexpected divorce threw us into a emotional and financial maelstrom. I responded by working more and more. The kids have been wonderful. They have never complained or been difficult. They have stayed close to me to be available for the few cuddles and strokes I could find time for. Always trying to comfort and help as best they could.



It all exploded on me Christmas Day. Far too many hours and far too much physical effort took its toll. The exhaustion opened the way for double pneumonia to set in. I could not even sit up. I do not remember much about that first couple of days. I remember not being able to breathe and the pain…..but mostly I remember my babies. I remember them cuddling close to me and touching my face with their paws, I remember their soft encouragement in my ear as I lay struggling to breathe. The one memory I will never be able to forget is the abject terror on their faces when I was taken to the hospital.

I spent six days in the hospital. During that time, my babies did not eat or play or hardly even attend to bodily functions…they waited. Period, they just waited. My daughter was getting as worried about the kids as she was about me. No amount of consoling worked. On the 4th day I was able to talk to them on the telephone. They still would not eat, but at least they seemed a little less devastated. The other memory that I will never forget is the pure, unadulterated joy when I walked through the door, home at last. Both babies screamed in joy and threw themselves onto me. They will barley leave my side at all. They are permanently attached, and that is fine with me.
I learned a valuable lesson in this, nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important than the ones you love. I don’t know yet what I am going to do to keep us in “treaties” since my doctor says I cannot go back to my job, things my really get bad financially, but what ever happens, I know now that the important thing is that I love and I am loved. No amount of material possessions in the world will ever mean as much as the love and need I see in my babies faces every time I look at them. We may be short on “treaties” but we will be long on and time spent together.…

What to Consider When Organizing a Baby Shower: An Quick Guide to Stork Party Protocol

Baby showers are for showing new parents that there’s a circle of people that cares about them and the new life they are bringing into the world. Whether it is an intimate gathering or an elaborate affair make sure that there is lots of caring and fun going around.


There are no rules in organizing a baby shower. In making decisions about a baby shower keep in mind that the parents-to-be should feel loved and cared for at their shower.

Who Should Host the Baby Shower?

Any person could host a baby shower for someone close to them. It might be a good idea to consult the parents-to-be about what they would like. Do they want it to be a surprise? Who would they like to invite? In some instances it might be better to have two baby showers for the same couple.

What Will We Do at the Stork Tea?

Choose a theme for the shower based on the preferences of the parents-to-be. The host of the baby shower should know them well or work closely with someone who does. Not everyone is comfortable with guessing- or group games and might rather prefer a subdued atmosphere with classical music and informal chatting.

One option is to structure the decorations such as flowers, table cloths and gift wrap around whether the couple is expecting a boy or a girl. Choose white lace and anglais for a girl and go for earthy colors and rough textures for a boy. If the gender of the baby is unknown, choose a color like orange or green.

Plan the menu accordingly – dainty petit fours for a girl and an earthy homemade soup or quiche for a boy. The aim is to create an ambiance in which the parents-to-be and guests will feel at home.

Should the Baby Shower be a Surprise or Not?

It is not always easy to keep a surprise from a new mom who will put Sherlock Holmes to shame with her snooping. Take the cue from her, if she would rather know, let her. Keep in mind that pregnancy hormones plus surprise parties may equal volatile emotions. While a bit of crying may be expected at a baby shower, one doesn’t want to cause an eruption of sadness or anger at her partner who lied to keep the secret.

Suitable Gifts for a Stork Tea

Gift registries, nappies-only, 3 – 6 months size only, no newborn size, consumable baby products only, cash only, gifts for mom only – the possible list of ways to request particular gifts is inexhaustible. Let the prospective parents decide how they would like to structure the gift giving, then make sure that you communicate it clearly to the guests.

Whatever limitations the invitation may place on gift giving, make sure the gift are thoughtful and personal. A handwritten card with a classic quote on parenting presented with a beautifully wrapped gift will certainly fulfill any requirements. For women who are expecting their second or third child, a gift for mom with a ‘baby sitting voucher’ attached may be the best choice. Steer clear from bath products for expecting moms for the risk of infection.

When Should we Have the Baby Shower?

Traditionally baby showers are held in the last trimester of pregnancy. A current trend is to have the baby shower after the baby is born. The advantages of having if after the arrival of the baby is that the gender of the baby would be known (in the case of parents who chose not to know before hand) and that all close friends and relatives will have an opportunity to see the new baby at one time which will curb the stream of visits to the house with the new arrival. The parents-to-be will also have a more realistic idea of what they still need and what the guests can bring as gifts.

Where Should we Have the Stork Tea?

If the parents-to-be have strong preferences – follow their lead. If not, there are a few options to consider. Baby showers at home have a more personal atmosphere, but having it at a restaurant or coffee shop may be a special treat. Hosting it at a place other than home means the hostess has less work, but may make the budget more complicated and limit the number of guests. A small and intimate baby shower with only a couple of friends may even work well in the form of a day-at-the-spa with the expecting mom

Hosting a baby shower involves numerous decisions. In all, it is best to put the preferences of the parents-to-be first. Try to be creative in decision making and give the parents-to-be a stork tea that they will fondly remember.

Tips for Making a Butterfly Conservation Garden: How Gardeners and Farmers Can Help Conserve Butterflies

Butterflies by planting a Buddleia Bush or by letting the nettles grow? Government encourages gardeners and farmers to conserve butterfly habitats.


Is Britain entering a post-butterfly era? This fear has been expressed by Sir David Attenborough, much respected naturalist and TV broadcaster who for 50 years has been bringing the natural world into UK living rooms.

Survival Zones will be Grant Aided

He has thrown his weight behind a campaign to rescue native butterfly species from extinction. During an interview on BBC TV he announced 20 “Survival Zones” where farmers and growers will be eligible to apply for grant aid in order to create conservation areas by restoring habitat that has been destroyed for agriculture.

Butterflies under threat include the high brown fritillary and marsh fritillary that are found on Dartmoor, the Adonis Blue that is found on the Downs of southern England and the Swallow Tail that lives in the shrinking fenlands of the Norfolk Broads area.

Butterflies Are a Rarity in British Countryside

Sir David commented “Much of Britain’s countryside is a no-go area for many favourite butterflies. Habitat has been ploughed up or become overgrown. Anybody who’s been for a country walk recently will tell you that butterflies are a rarity.

The importance of butterflies is that they tell us if the land is healthy or not. If there is an absence of butterflies it means the land is endangered or sick.”

Restoring the Balance in Favour of Butterflies

The government has agreed to finance this initiative through grants to farmers, enabling them to restore land to provide the correct habitat for endangered species. Hopefully this will reverse the trend towards extinction.

How Can Individuals Help to Conserve Butterflies?

Individuals can do a lot to help save the butterfly. One simple initiative is to provide food and host plants for the butterfly population. A food plant provides nectar for the adult butterfly and so blossoms are important.

The butterfly then needs to lay its eggs on the leaves of a host plant such as the humble nettle (Urtica). After hatching the caterpillars will feed on the leaves of the host plant which also provides shelter for the chrysalis stage.

Some Butterfly Friendly Plants Include:

  • The Buddleia Bush
  • Honeysuckle – a fragrant climber that can be trained up a post or drainpipe
  • Hebe (common name Veronica)
  • Sunflower
  • Echinacea purpurea – common name Purple Coneflower
  • Herbs such as Sage and Marjoram
  • Monarda (common name Bee Balm)
  • Lilac
  • Achillea

or if you don’t have the time or energy for horticulture why not just allow a clump of nettles to grow in a corner of the garden.

A few more Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do find out about your local species, what plants they feed and lay eggs on
  • Do provide moist mud for the butterflies to drink from
  • Do leave some leaf litter around and plant shrubs where butterflies can hibernate
  • Do clump several plants together for visibility
    • Don’t use pesticides

A New Way to look at the New Year.


First I’d like to say “Happy New Year” to you all. Around this time every year TV and magazines start sending out their list of the best and worst of our culture. It is always fun to look back upon our year and see what happened. Often they remind us of events we forgot about or they reinforce our personal beliefs of what we considered to be the highs and lows of the year. Everyone gets ready for New Year’s Eve and starts making their resolutions for the new coming year. I am not a personal believer in resolutions because they often inspire us to fail. We sit down and write a few goals for ourselves. We want to start on January 1st because that is the first day of the New Year and the first day of our New Life! That is what we tell ourselves. And then we go to our annual New Year’s Eve party and have a little champagne and then a little chocolate. What the heck, right? We are starting a new life tomorrow! Soon the chocolate and the champagne are flowing, and you wake up the next morning feeling like instead of having consumed a dozen champagne bottles, you were beaten with them. You resolve to start the next day, and then the next day slips away and then another day goes by until several weeks have passed. Guilt overruns us and we give up on our resolutions before we even start. It is too easy to get caught up into the whole spirit of the New Year without really thinking about the dedication that is involved in having to change your life. That is what we want after all isn’t it? To change the things we don’t like about ourselves. I think we are going about it all wrong. Resolutions tend to focus on the negative parts of ourselves like to stop smoking, to stop overeating, to stop losing your temper so quickly. Resolutions play into our guilt about ourselves. My solution to these resolution guilt traps is to do what these TV and magazine year end reviews do and write up a list for you. List all the accomplishments you achieved this year. If you can’t think of any ask your spouse, friends and family. Look around your home, in your closet, or reflect on your job. Christmas time usually brings a lot of cards your way. Look them over and see who thinks you are a special person in their life. Did you finally read that book you meant to read over the summer? Or did you finally clean out the closet of all your old clothes and give them to good will? It doesn’t even have to be something big. How about all the times you cleaned the kitchen or did a favor for a friend? You need to give the little accomplishments just as much attention and praise as the big ones. Make your list a moment of reflection on the good things you did over the year and want to continue to do.

Use Toys to Inspire Imaginative Short Stories: Language Arts Lesson Using Creativity and Favorite Childhood Item

Need a creative idea for a writing assignment? Ask students to find their favorite childhood toys to help them write interesting stories. They will need to create an imaginative setting, a task or conflict that the main character needs to complete or resolve and a happy ending or resolution before they write the first draft.


Fun Homework: Find Old Toys

Assign students to go through their old toys. They must bring a well-loved one to school. It should be an item that brings back positive childhood memories. It could be a stuffed animal, a doll, a truck, a ball, a blanket, etc.

Brainstorming Descriptive Ideas

Ask students to place their toys on their desks. Tell students to write down the following in a brainstorming list:

  1. descriptive words that describe the item
  2. memories of the item
  3. where the item currently is stored or placed

The brainstormed list can help students think of ideas for their story elements before they begin writing the story draft.

Choosing Story Elements

Now that students have a brainstormed list for the toy, they need to choose story elements that use the item in a creative way. The story elements can be written on the same paper as the brainstormed list.

Students need to choose a setting. It could be in the present day, fifty years ago or an imaginary place. The important thing is that the students describe the setting well.

Characters need to be developed. The toy could come alive magically and become a main character in a short story. It is best if students keep the number of characters to two-or-three. Generally, middle school students cannot develop more than three characters in a story.

Choose a Great Conflict

Ideas for a conflict are as follows:

  • journeying to a destination
  • fighting an evil foe
  • surviving a storm, hurricane, volcanic eruption, or blizzard
  • growing up or becoming an adult
  • relationship conflict — friend or family
  • fighting a supernatural foe

Once students choose a conflict, they need to write it down and tell how it will be used in their story.

Putting it All Together

When the students have made decisions about the setting, characters and conflict, they need to decide how the story will end. Choosing the resolution before writing a draft will help the students not to ramble on for pages.

Writing a Draft

After all of the story elements has been decided, students can write their short story based on their favorite childhood toy. They should share their draft with a peer. After the draft is peer edited, the student should write a final copy.

Assess the story with a rubric. Criteria for the rubric could be content, use of the favorite item, organization, creativity and writing conventions. The stories should be imaginative. The best part is that the students’ childhood toys inspired the stories. These stories will hopefully be loved as much as the toys the students brought to class.

What is Hyperthyroidism? Features and Treatment of Thyroid Hyperfunction

Because of their widespread effects on body function, excessive production of thyroid hormones gives rise to symptoms in almost all body systems.


The problem affects around 1% of the UK population and women are ten times more likely to suffer from it than men.

Like many endocrine glands the thyroid gland can produce too much hormone or too little. Through its hormones thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine the thyroid plays a major role in body metabolism. It pretty much controls the rate at which energy is used in processes such as utilisation of glucose, fats and proteins and much else. Adequate dietary iodine is a requirement for the manufacture of these hormones.

Both hyperthyroidism – too much hormone and hypothyroidism – too little, are characterised by different but widespread effects on the body.

The thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland which lies just under the brain. This gland controls all the body’s endocrine glands. The pituitary secretes thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which regulates the amount of thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine produced.

Signs and Symptoms of Hyperthyroid Function

Most of the features of hyperthyroidism result from an increase in metabolic rate.

Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can result in swelling of the thyroid which produces a goitre – a visible swelling in the front of the neck.

  • Heart: palpitation, fast pulse, cardiac failure in the elderly
  • Muscles: weakness and wasting
  • Digestive system: diarrhoea
  • Nervous system: anxiety, tremor
  • Eyes: bulging or staring appearance
  • General: heat intolerance, sweating, weight loss
  • Reproductive system: menstrual disturbance

Causes of Hyperthyroid Function

  • Grave’s disease: the most common reason for hyperthyroidism. Autoimmune in nature, the body produces antibodies which mimic thyroid stimulating hormone.
  • Toxic nodular goitre: much more common in the elderly usually due to long-standing low-level malfunction of the thyroid. Occasionally due to a (normally) benign thyroid tumour. The characteristic bulging eyes of hyperthyroidism are not usually seen in this condition.
  • Thyroiditis: inflammation of the thyroid, probably due to a virus. Also known as De Quervain’s thyroiditis

Treatment of Hyperthyroidism

  • Anti-thyroid drugs: there are several drugs which block the production of thyroid hormones, carbimazole is an example.
  • Surgery: a large part of the thyroid is removed. It’s generally very successful. Occasionally patients will develop an under active thyroid.
  • Radioiodine: this treatment is possible because of the thyroid’s need for iodine to make its hormones. Patients are given a drink containing radioactive iodine which is taken up by the thyroid where the radioactivity sets about destroying the gland’s cells. As with surgery some patients will later develop hypothyroidism.

This article is for information only. If you have any health concerns you should consult your doctor.

The Power of Topical Probiotics

The term probiotics has long been a buzz word in the nutrition world, but it’s increasingly being used in skin care and makeup products.


Probiotics, when taken internally, help regulate the digestive system. The skinny on topical probiotics is that they are said to help restore balance to the naturally-occurring bacteria found on our skin and reverse the underlying causes of skin irritation such as rosacea and redness. Probiotics ensure that good bacteria keeps the bad bacteria in check, which can help normalize acne prone skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

The theory behind the benefits of probiotics is that each day our skin is essentially under attack from aggressors such as the sun and pollution, which leads to skin that is out of balance and susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles and acne. Products containing probiotics help balance skin’s pH and return it to a healthy state, according to trade journal Inside Cosmeceuticals.

If you’re like me, you’ve been ingrained to think that all bacteria is negative, and that it’s actually the cause of skin conditions like acne, rosacea and skin damage. According to dermatologist Lisa Haynes, who helped develop SK1N Probiotic Systems, a complete range of products that feature prebiotics and probiotics, keeping the good bacteria actually protects against premature skin damage and aging, and improves acne, rosacea and dermatits.

SK1N Probiotic Systems is an eight product line featuring a cleanser, day cream, night cream, booster serum, hand cream, body lotion, masque and eye cream. All products contain SK1N Probiotic Systems’ clinically-proven probiotic actives combine with prebiotic nutrients for products that work to help reduce skin irritation such as redness and rosacea, clear acne breakouts and fight the signs of aging. I’ve personally used the Booster Serum and it cleared up my mild redness in just three days. It also helps keep my skin breakout free and balanced.

Popular makeup and skin care brand Clinique recently introduced Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 with Probiotic Technology to help conceal redness while also diminishing it over time. Probiotic technology helps strengthen skin’s barrier so it’s less prone to redness flare ups, while SPF 15 and antioxidants protect from sun damage and environmental aggressors.

Nude Skincare is a luxe line of face, body and supplements that harness probiotic technology to help reduce cellular damage by up to 50 percent, activate cellular renewal by up to 70 percent and reduce irritation by up to 35 percent, according to the company. The probiotics in Nude Skincare help to rebalance skin by regulating excess oil production and protect against over drying.