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The skintoskin project was launched in collaboration with EU member states to explore alternate methods and natural substances, using knowledge and expertise from many sources in an effort to find new and effective treatments.

The funding for the skintoskin® project came from the Portuguese government via O Novo Norte - North Portugal Regional Operational Programme 2007/2013. This is a financial instrument which supports regional development in the north of Portugal. It forms part of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007/2013 for research and development.

The technology and expertise used in skintoskin has been developed through collaboration with many centres of excellence.

Universities
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (USA)
Cambridge University material sciences. (UK)
University of Minho. (Portugal)

Medical institutions
Hospital De Sao Marco Braga. Leading dermatologist Dr A. Sousa Basto. (Portugal)
The National Health Service. (UK)
Clinical evidence and medical studies
Invivo and Invitro studies. Department of Dermatology, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, (Germany)
Clinical trial. JAS Farma® (Portugal)
Clinical trial. Servico De Dermatologica e Venereologica Hospital De Sao Marco Braga Portugal.

Private sector
Smartfiber AG (Germany)
New Textiles Lda (Portugal)
Effjey Group Ltd (UK)

Regulatory affairs and conformity/safety.
Phagecon – Pharmaceutical Services and Consulting, Ltd. (Portugal).
Infarmed Lda. EU Regulation Notification body (Europe)
Regulatory Affairs department National Health Service (UK)
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency MHRA (UK)
Okeo Tex (Standard 100) accreditation. (Europe)

Skintoskin fabric is made from 3 naturally occurring ingredients,
70% cotton, 20% Seaweed extract and 10% Silver ions.

As our clothing and textiles in general are in contact with our skin on a daily basis there is no doubt textiles can have an adverse effect on chronic skin conditions. Applications to the skin tends to wear away or be removed by our clothing as well as our busy day to day lives and routines. This began a train of thought, if our clothing, the very thing we all have in direct contact with our skin on a daily basis could deliver therapeutic effects it would allow that effect to be in place for a far greater time, with excellent therapeutic effect and with great ease in our daily lives.

The concept of Bio-functional clothing was born.

Cotton was chosen as the basis for skintoskin as it is generally regarded as being one of the most tolerable fabrics when placed next to eczematous skin. Cotton is readily available; it is durable, renewable, natural and widely accepted. Cotton is also suited due to its structure to modern manufacturing techniques.

Seaweed extract is already widely used in health organisations. The natural anti-inflammatory effects are well documented. Dressings and creams containing seaweed extract have given excellent results when used on burns victims for example giving good irritation relief and assisting in the healing process. The seaweed extract used in skintoskin is derived from Aschophyluum Nodosum seaweed.

Why silver? Bacteria infection is a serious problem with a condition like eczema which can present with an open wound. The irritation caused by the condition leads to an itch scratch cycle with the sufferer causing further opening the skin. The infection level if needed can be controlled by the application of anti-biotic creams or oral anti-biotic dosing. Silver is fast acting and highly effective against Gram + and Gram – bacteria, as well as for several fungal infections, especially those of the Candida strain,

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