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Biafine Applications and Uses
Biafine cream is used by a vast percent of French people and it's increasing in popularity around the globe for its unique properties. Biafine has non-toxic ingredients and is okay for use by people of all ages. It is in a cream emulsion form, and its manufacturers say it can be used daily without adverse reactions. Thus, almost anyone can use Biafine except in rare cases noted below.
Purified water, liquid paraffin, stearic acid, ethylene glycol, paraffin wax, propylene glycol, squalane, avocado oil, Trolamine/sodium alginate (an active ingredient), triethanolamine, cetyl palmitate, methylparaben (sodium salt), sorbic acid (potassium salt), propylparaben (sodium salt), and fragrance. Biafine is non-comedogenic, because it stimulates tissue debridement, hydration and regeneration.
Categories of Biafine Users
Individuals with severe burns use Biafine in hospitals, by applying up to an inch of the cream on severely burned areas, and then bandaging the area with standard dressings. The dressings are changed in typical fashion and frequency with noteworthy results.
On the other end of the spectrum users also are typical sunburn sufferers spanning from the French Riviera, to Australia, to Florida. The product is featured in fashion editorials about must-have products from France frequently and in testimonials from models and celebrities jet-setting the globe.
Other users include people who have had laser peels during facials which can leave skin quite raw. Biafine is popular thus among cosmetic- and plastic-surgery patients treating large areas, and also wishing to minimize scarring from incisions such as after breast-augmentation surgery. (Another reason perhaps for its popularity among the jet-set in addition to average people.)
Cancer patients make up the third distinct user-group, due to the popularity of Biafine after chemotherapy. The number of individuals searching for post-radiation burn treatments online is staggering and indicative of the prevalence of cancer as a whole in society, unfortunately.
Studies exist regarding the efficacy of Biafine for patients undergoing radiation therapy and in 2006 the United States' Food & Drug Administration approved Biafine. The product has been used in France for more than 25 years and can be found in most medicine cabinets in homes similar to products like Vaseline® in the States. (It is available over the counter.)
Biafine cream is a topical non-steroidal medication also used to treat scrapes. It has an herbal base which hydrates skin tissue, heals tissue, and promotes anti-bacterial processes for less contamination.
Because Biafine is water-based, it can easily penetrate skin to hydrate the layers below it. Plus, it is an emollient which means that it can soften scar-tissue and dead 'superficial' tissue. In technical terms, Biafine increases a process called 'autolytic debridement', by way of increased macrophage recruitment to wounds. The net result is less need for surgically removed dead tissue.
In essence, when used properly, Biafine creates an ideal moist environment for healing superficial wounds, dermal ulcers, donor sites, radiation dermatitis, 1st and 2nd degree burns, minor abrasions, and one former Miss America claims she even uses it nightly as a mask simply for turning back the clocks on wrinkles. It's quite the broad spectrum due to its effectiveness and general safeness.
Biafine cream should not be used for wounds that are bleeding, or skin rashes related to food allergies, or medicine allergies, or when a person happens to be allergic to one of the ingredients.
Of course Biafine should never be ingested, as safe as it is, or used internally. For radiation therapy, it is not supposed to be used 4 hours or less prior to a treatment session. In the case of skin grafts, it shouldn't be used until the graft has taken.
Any 'normal' side effects are quite limited, such as possible tingling following the application of Biafine for 10 to 15 minutes. (This appears to be rare and harmless.)
Topical use of Biafine for most scenarios means applying a thick layer.25 to.5 inches thick to the area. More serious applications like wounds, abrasions, and grafts involve cleaning the area, dampening the dressings, and leaving them on for 24 to 48 hours over the thick layer of Biafine.
For burns and sunburns, Biafine cream should be applied as soon as possible on and around the affected area(s) in the same thicknesses described above. Sans dressings, it can sit on the skin's surface until no longer absorbed leaving a white waxy residue. After this if pain persists additional thinner layers can be applied until pain has ceased.
In the specific case of radiation dermatitis, such as after chemotherapy, Biafine can be applied three times per day, every day of the week to the treated/affected areas, gently massaging the areas until it is absorbed. Biafine can be used until the skin has fully recovered. It is advised to not interrupt applications during the course of radiation therapy even for a day. Again, it should not be applied 4 hours or less prior to a therapy session.
Source: What Is Biafine? by Regina Edwards | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5117966_biafine.html#ixzz1vL5alNDG