Thyme Out

The Furore Surrounding Thyme Out – by Catherine Robinson


  • There is always that moment on holiday where one of my children appears at my sun lounger bursting with cartoon tears with a cut, itchy bite, rash or worse, and I panic and think ‘crikey, did I pack Eurax, Calamine Lotion, E45, Sudocream, anti histamine on top of the eight million other medicines?’ Of course, it’s always the cream I left at home, so, off to the hotel doctor we go. The furore surrounding Thyme Out started with a few whispers, a couple of Instagram posts, and then, boom, it’s a race to buy it before it sells out. Thyme Out is an organic, all natural tincture infused with antiseptic Thyme and calming aloe vera that treats so many different skin ailments, you will have to bear with me while I list them: acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, cold sores, itchy inflamed skin, cuts, grazes, prickly heat and pet rashes. It smells a bit like pizza but don’t let that put you off because it has the healing powers of the God Apollo. In fact, on my next holiday, I might just pack this and my bikini and be done with it. The 200ml bottle comes with a travel friendly 7 ml refillable bottle to be spritzed in times of crisis but don’t forget about it when you are back at home. It’s amazing at clearing teenage spots and most recently calmed and cleared a horrid skin rash caught from a plant after I was dragged into a bush by my new puppy. Thyme Out


Preventing Prickly Heat


Prickly heat, also known as heat rash, is one of those skin problems that few of us give a seconds thought until we’re on holiday and the uncomfortable, itchy rash appears across our chest and arms. It’s a common issue that plenty of Brits suffer with after a long day at the beach or by the pool. With the summer holiday season just around the corner, we’ve outlined the key methods of treatment and prevention to ensure heat rash doesn’t put a dampener on your break.

What is prickly heat?

Prickly Heat, also known as miliaria or heat rash, is a skin condition that occurs in hot, humid weather conditions when small particles of sweat block the sweat glands causing a rash to appear on the body. The rash can develop anywhere on the body, but it most commonly occurs on the face, neck, back, chest and thighs. It is composed of tiny spots or bumps that are surrounded by an area of red inflamed and itchy skin. The trapped sweat causes localised irritation and the characteristic heat rash.

Whilst prickly heat can also occur during the winter months in those that sweat excessively, there is a theory that it is the exposure of the skin to the sun, that in some, causes a photochemical reaction which releases compounds that can cause excessive sweating resulting in the blockage of the sweat glands and the characteristic rash. Read More…

What Are The Dangers Of Silicone In Shampoo?


Q: After suffering with facial inflammation – which was unresponsive to topical steroid creams – I think cyclopentasiloxane (CPS), a silicone found in hair products, is the culprit. I was diagnosed with contact dermatitis but I have read that CPS has been linked to cancer and allergies.

A: CPS is from a family of silicones used to make hair shiny and supple. It is also used in deodorants, sun creams and some skincare items. I understand your concerns about long-term damage, which I suspect may stem in part from the current issues with silicone breast implants. But there is a difference between silicone implants – which if ruptured migrate into tissues of the body – and applying silicone topically.

CPS is a large molecule that is unlikely to get through the skin barrier. A review of CPS and related compounds in the International Journal of Toxicology found ‘minimal percutaneous absorption was associated with these ingredients and the available data do not suggest skin irritation potential’.

‘Cyclopentasiloxane has not been shown to cause cancer,’ says toxicologist Dr Christopher Flowers from the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association. ‘The stringent European cosmetics laws require safety assessments for all cosmetic products before they are made available to the public.’ Read More…