CaraDerm SkinCare InnovateUs Winning Project
Emma Rankin a HND Beauty Sciences student at Belfast Metropolitan College won an Innovatus Prize for her study on the effectiveness of Caraderm SkinCare in helping to soothe conditions including eczema and psoriasis.
Introduction: CaraDerm , a micro business from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim has one product – a clear, easily absorbed lotion containing extracted carrageen moss seaweed. The seaweed is harvested locally and processed by the proprietor. The healing benefits of seaweed are abundant and used topically caraDerm may help soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rashes and sunburns.
Challenge: The proprietor has plenty of anecdotal evidence and testimonials that the cream soothes the conditions detailed above, but he is keen to gather an evidence base to support this. Under the InnovateUs programme
Project: Under the InnovateUs initiative a student of HND Beauty Therapy, Emma Rankin, met with the proprietor and together they devised a project to allow data to be collected on the effectiveness of his product.
Delivery: Twelve participants suffering from either eczema or psoriasis were recruited for the study. They varied both in age and gender and would therefore be considered representative of the population. Prior to commencement of the study participants were required to complete a patch test to ensure that the product would not induce an allergic reaction. Participants were asked to apply the CaraDerm product twice daily to the affected area over a period twelve weeks. Photographs of the affected areas were taken at the commencement of the study.
Further photographs were taken at the end of weeks 4, 8 and 12 to assess the soothing properties of the product. The participants have completed baseline questionnaires designed to establish their opinion of the product and also their stress levels. They were also asked to complete a final questionnaire at the end of the trial. This questionnaire considered current stress levels, effects on symptoms, product ‘look and feel’, and whether the product would be considered ‘value for money’.
Result: The results of the trial demonstrated that the product was indeed effective in soothing skin conditions associated with both eczema and psoriasis. Emma presented the project at the 2013 BEST Awards in Armagh City Hotel and was awarded the prestigious Cogent Life Science Prize.