Chronic wound care costs the Australian healthcare system an astonishing $3 billion per year – and this figure is rising. The World Health Organisation has declared that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top 10 global public health threats. Antimicrobials include common antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics.
To address this issue, small Australian brand DermaGen has created products that can help. By supporting skin healing and regeneration, it is possible to prevent a minor sore from becoming a major headache. They are beneficial for skin with eczema, dermatitis, minor sores, grazes and abrasions, and effective for wound healing.
With a lifelong passion for plants and botanicals, Karen Cheah uses her pharmaceuticals background to create natural, plant-based skincare products that will alleviate painful and irritating skin conditions in children and adults. She is a mother, a pharmacist and the founder of DermaGen. When her son developed eczema and potent topical steroids wreaked havoc with his skin, Karen set out to formulate a natural alternative. She and her pharmacy team had such fantastic results and feedback from the people who were using the products and DermaGen was born. Their products contain plant phytochemicals that help decrease skin inflammation, and flavonoids and antioxidants to help support skin healing and regeneration.
Two of the hero ingredients used in the range include bee propolis and manuka oil, both of which can help with skin regeneration. They decrease inflammation, soothe pain and preventing infection.
Propolis, known as ‘bee glue’, is produced by honeybees and is known for its medicinal and health-promoting properties. Propolis (and its extracts) are effective in treating various diseases due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.