Tackle pigmentation issues

Irregular pigmentation is a common concern for my patients. It can affect people of any ages, ethnicities and skin types, although darker complexions are more prone. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces too much pigment (melanin) – for example in response to UV exposure, hormonal fluctuations and inflammation (e.g. after acne). There are some effective treatments on the market such …

A perfect nose in your lunch break

Everybody now seems to know that you can soften lines and wrinkles with ‘botox’ and fillers, and that cheeks can be nicely augmented with injectable ‘volumisers’. One procedure that most people are still unaware of however is non-surgical nose-shaping – and yet the results are amazing and the procedure is very quick and uncomplicated. Non-surgical nose shaping is a relatively …

Looking Great In 2011

I am pleased to announce that on the 28. January I will be holding an exiting work-shop with two brilliant colleagues on how to look your best in 2011. This will take place in our Chelsea Bridge Clinic. Places are filling up quickly, so to book your place call: Tel. 020 7467 8500 Looking great in 2011 featuring presentations with …

Are you feeling the seasonal itch?

Have you noticed over the past week or so that your skin seems drier? You’re not the only one. Dry skin is an extremely common complaint that affects up to 40% of us. Interestingly, the paler your skin, the drier it’s likely to be although science hasn’t yet discovered precisely why. I’m sure you’ve already guessed that the changing weather …

Can Botox make you happier?

I just read a interesting study performed at the highly reputable School of Psychology at Cardiff University. In this paper the investigators wondered whether injections with botulinum toxin (botulinum toxin is the active ingredient in ‘Botox’) might be useful in cases of depression. It has long been believed in psychological circles that the actual act of frowning itself can make …

The day our skin sins finally give us away

When we holistically access a cosmetic patient in clinic, dermatologists look at three key problem areas – a) lines and wrinkles; b) loss of volume and contour; and c) skin surface and texture problems. While early cosmetic treatments were all about ‘chasing’ lines and wrinkles, over the past couple of years there has been plenty of hype about re-contouring and …

Summer and skin – a love / hate relationship

We so deserve the gorgeous weather we’ve been having recently – even the odd shower doesn’t seem too bad now. But sitting in a London park recently for my lunch break, I couldn’t help but notice all those pale skins turning red in the sun. Surprising? We’re in the UK – not Spain or Italy – after all. Sorry to …

Why no-one should trust those ‘All skin types’ labels

Whenever I snoop around department stores or ‘mystery shop’ at beauty counters, the abuse of the phrase ‘for all skin types’ really annoys me. No matter how many times you read this on packages, to a dermatologist, it’s nonsense. And while I fully appreciate that the more people a product appeals to the better its profit margins, what I don’t …

Chocolate’s good for your skin – we’ve proved it!

A moment on your lips – an outbreak of zits? Chocolate has long been stigmatized as a skin enemy, causing spotty, oily skin. The role of diet in acne remains highly controversial – numerous scientific studies have failed to demonstrate that chocolate aggravates acne, yet many sufferers claim there’s a clear link. Clearly, this is an area that needs even …