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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Marble Hill Features in 'Ask the Doctor' magazine with Dr Christian Jessen

Marble Hill features in 'Ask the Doctor' with Dr Christian Jessen

Marble Hill features in the latest issue of At Home Magazine

The magazine which is distributed nationally around Hospitals and GP surgeries packs in loads of advice to help you get through winter in the best of health, including how to boost your immune system and take care of your bones, heart, weight – and not forgetting your skin.

Dr Maria McGee has contributed an article ‘Natural Born Moisturisers’ that describes Marble Hill’s approach to producing natural skincare that has more than mere cosmetic benefits and extols the virtues of using natural products on your skin.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Granny didn’t use moisturisers

What did Granny put on her skin?

Does this ring any bells?

Granny managed with a bar of soap and maybe some Pond's Cold Cream for her face. Body moisturiser ? It didn't exist.

Many people find that shower gels and other liquid skincare products are too effective at removing the oils from their skin and leave them parched.

If you suffer from dry, itchy skin you really need to ask yourself whether your wash products suit your skin.

Do you know what is lurking in your moisturiser?

 Look out for the words sodium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulphate and cocamidopropyl betaine 
on the labels of your skincare.

The two former are detergents used in washing up liquids and the last was named "Allergen of the Year 2004" by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. None of them are toxins but since their widespread use rates of moisturiser use have rocketed : do the maths!

Look for yourself- I promise you will be surprised and don't let the hype put you off: some of the ranges which contain them are ones you would least expect!

Neem Oil Soap from Marble Hill is made exclusively with shea butter and pure plant oils and was recommended by the Sunday Times as "fabulously moisturising".  It is so rich that when you use Neem Oil Soap you are actually applying shea butter to your skin directly as you wash.

Our motto : Prevention is better than cure. 

Many eczema sufferers use Neem Oil Soap to prevent their skin becoming dry and precipitating a flare-up.  To see what it achieved for a nurse whose job was on the line you really need to read this:
Find out more, visit our website for the full story

Find out what supple , moisturised and conditioned skin can feel like again!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Five FAQ’s and Top Tips on Dandruff

How can I get rid of dandruff?

Getting rid of dandruff flakes can be achieved in a number of ways:

1.    Using the Health Scrub Bar can help get rid of dandruff flakes from the hair as it contains exfoliating seaweed and refreshing tea tree oil. Regular shampooing with the Health Scrub Bar has been helpful for many dandruff sufferers.

2.    Brushing your hair. An oily scalp is related to dandruff and brushing the oil down the hair shafts can help.

How can I stop dandruff?

1.    Keep your scalp warm. Cold weather can make dandruff worse so keeping your head warm may help prevent a breakout of flaking.

2.    The Health Scrub Bar contains anti fungal Tea tree oil so regular use  may be helpful in reducing the flaking if your dandruff is related to Melassezia

     3. Try to avoid unnecessary stress. Stress is linked to dandruff so reducing stress in daily life may help your scalp.

How can I treat dandruff?

1.    There are many types of anti dandruff shampoo available but people often find that their scalp seems to get used to them and they need to swap around between them.

2. Sometimes dandruff can be so severe that sufferers need to see their doctor for advice and to be sure they are not missing a disease that causes flaking of the scalp, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis which is form of eczema or psoriasis.

   3. The Health Scrub Bar is very handy if you are prone to dandruff as      you can shampoo, shower and shave with the one product, it will wash away excess oils and the exfoliating seaweed will help remove flakes of dandruff, saving time and energy.

How can dandruff be cured?

Dandruff can run in families and there is no complete answer to curing it. It can be related to hormones and your age group.

The best option in this case is to find the method that suits you best for controlling it. Regular hair brushing, avoiding cold weather affecting your scalp and reducing stress can all help, as can regular use of a good shampoo.

There are many shampoos on the market and it depends which one suits your particular scalp the best, bearing in mind that it sometimes becomes necessary to change and give the scalp a rest from one type and choose another for a while.

If your dandruff is caused by seborrhoeic dermatitis you may need to see your doctor who can prescribe medication to deal with it.

Is there a Natural Shampoo for dandruff?

The Health Scrub Bar is very popular with anyone who enjoys having the convenience of one single product to wash, shave and shampoo.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Because of this the Health Scrub Bar has been found to be very popular with sufferers from seborrhoeic dermatitis as it is 100% natural and has all the benefits of mineral rich exfoliating seaweed and refreshing essential lavender and tea tree oils, pure jojoba oil and vitamin E. Because it does not contain detergents it can be used all over the body at the same time as shampooing. Flakes are washed away and skin and hair are left conditioned and moisturised.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Marble Hill Helps Nurse Return to Work



In 2013 a grant of £1.4 million was given to Guys Hospital Trust to research the problem of dermatitis among health care professionals.

Dermatitis is a serious problem for the NHS, costing up to £125 million per year. Finding a solution to this problem is a priority for clinical providers and in this study we offer a viable, inexpensive option for treatment.

Here is a short case study showing how Marble Hill’s  Neem Oil soap and PediSalve™ moisturiser helped a NI nurse get her skin ready to return to work.


Nurse A, a staff nurse in her early 30’s approached Marble Hill (MH) seeking advice on how to treat the severe pompholyx on her hands which had arisen following the birth of her first child 15 months before. She had never suffered from any form of dermatitis in the past but the skin on her hands had become inflamed, itchy and developed the blisters characteristic of pompholyx shortly after her daughter was born and she found she was washing her hands more than ever.  Unfortunately the rash, itching and blisters were proving impossible to clear with standard medical options, such as emollients and steroids.

(Pompholyx is a form of dermatitis characterized by the eruption of itchy blisters and is increasingly commonly a result of contact with irritants/allergenic substances including detergent-based skincare products.  Treatment of severe cases usually involves assessment and prescription of emollients and steroids by a dermatologist. Many cases prove intractable. )

Nurse A had been warned that if the condition had not cleared up by August 2015 she risked losing her job as an NHS nurse.

Initial Contact:

Nurse A was advised to contact MH by a friend who had experience of the intensely moisturizing qualities of MH’s range of natural skincare options.

She had developed pompholyx following the birth of her first child 15 months before.
She had a history of eczema but had never experienced dermatitis on her hands previously. She used liquid wash products for both hand washing and bathing... She felt that the frequent hand washing following her baby’s arrival had contributed to the problem.

In spite of numerous GP and dermatology appointments the condition had not cleared up and she was in her 9th month of sick leave.  Her post as a staff nurse was in jeopardy and she had until August 2015 to make a recovery or her employment would be at risk.

Physical Presentation:
Here is a picture of her hands on 7th March 2015.

As can be seen there is an extensive area of inflammation and numerous blisters. The skin is dry and cracked. This is also described as being intolerably itchy and painful.

Apart from the debilitating itch and pain from the rash which she described as feeling as though her hands were “on fire” her main concern was that she would lose her job if the condition did not clear up.


1. She was advised to avoid the use of synthetic detergent-based skincare products such as shower gels and to keep contact with shampoos to a minimum.

2.  She was advised to use cool water and only Marble Hill’s Neem oil Soap to wash and, after careful drying with a clean dry towel, to apply PediSalve™ moisturiser regularly throughout the day.

3. She was advised to improve her hand washing technique, making sure that she rinsed her hands very thoroughly and dried with a dry towel after every hand wash, paying particular attention to the web spaces between her fingers and the backs of her hands, areas which are often missed.

4. She was advised to wear rubber gloves to avoid unnecessary contact with water, in particular hot water.


Here is an email from Nurse A which MH received two days after she began using the MH products.

“I’ve only used the soap and cream for 2 days and I swear I haven't itched once! It's unbelievable how soft and less dry my hands are!!! I took photos of my hands at start of week so I see the difference! I honestly am so happy!!!”

Here is a photograph of Nurse A’s’ hands after using the MH products for one month:


Her problem solved, Nurse A is anticipating a return to work in June.



Although Nurse A is not allergic to synthetic detergents, “syndets” (as they are known in the industry) dried her hands out to such an extent that her skin suffered a severe reaction which was relieved by the intensive moisturising qualities of Marble Hill’s natural additive free products.

This is only one example of the many cases in which Marble Hill products have achieved remarkable results , improving quality of life and allowing ordinary people to continue their everyday lives and in a number of cases their careers.

More about Marble Hill:

Marble Hill is the brainchild of Dr Maria McGee, a medical doctor whose own family had suffered from chronic skin problems for many years.

Extensive research and clinical testing over a period of years has resulted in a range of natural moisturizing creams and soaps which provide intense moisture to the skin during and after cleansing.

Neem oil soap is the opposite of detergents as it actually moisturizes as it washes, unlike syndets which are highly effective at removing all oils from the skin’s surface, including the essential oils such as sebum which form the body’s defences.

PediSalve™, the water-free foot cream developed by Marble Hill is recommended by podiatrists and chiropodists as the best foot cream on the market and is recommended by for diabetics. It is also a highly effective hand cream as Nurse A’s experience shows.

Using only premium natural ingredients such as shea butter, argan oil and jojoba oil, the Marble Hill range has been recommended by health professionals, doctors, surgeons and nurses.

To find out more about Marble Hill products or to make a purchase please visit:

The Marble Hill range is also available on, from and from pharmacies, podiatrists and health stores throughout Ireland: list of stockists on website.