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Exercise aggravates my breakouts – what can I do?

Yes, exercise with sweating and friction may aggravate acne in susceptible people, especially on shoulders, back and chest. One important step is to shower straight after the workout (don’t travel home first and shower at home!). It is also important to use a cleanser suitable for your skin type. I can recommend NeoStrata’s Clarifying Facial Cleanser*, which is perfectly fine for …

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Do facial exercises help my face looking younger?

I consider regular facial exercises to prevent or improve facial winkles as complete nonsense. This will only make your mimic lines worse! In Aesthetic Dermatology we use products such as Botox and Bocouture to reduce (i.e. normalise!) facial over-movement, as this is the root cause for most of our facial lines and wrinkles, especially on the upper face (we call these ‘dynamic’ or ‘mimic’ lines). …

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Is summer smog harmful for our skin and what to do to protect our skin?

Studies have confirmed that pollution leads to free radical generation in our skin, which significantly contributes to development of lines, wrinkles and irregular pigmentation. Pollution has also been shown in studies to increase the number of emergency room visits with skin related problems such as eczema, urticaria (hives) and cutaneous infections. This might be related to the known ability of pollution to …

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Holiday season special – Is jet lag bad for my skin?

It is well known that stress makes our skin age prematurely. One of the mechanisms of action is an increase in cortisol levels (one of our main stress hormones). However, what most people don’t know is that not getting enough sleep is arguably one of the most significant forms of stress. … and a major consequence of jet lag is …

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Can running make me age quicker?

Countless scientific studies have confirmed that physical activity increases longevity. Exercise has also been shown to increase telomere length. However, for maximum benefit there are a few things to consider. Here at Eudelo I occasionally see people who are passionate long distance runners. In the majority of cases I find that their faces look much older than their chronological age, …

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Can I still use last year’s sun protection creams?

Most sunscreens are formulated to keep their original strength for two to three years, if stored at room temperature. That means that you can normally use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next. If however they have been exposed to higher temperature (which naturally often happens on sunny holidays!), they might expire quicker. Also, you never know how long …

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Should I use self tanners before going on holiday?

Using self tanning skincare products can be a double-edges sword in my opinion. On the one side, no doubt they are better than actually tanning in the sun (or using sun beds of course). As all dermatologists will tell you, you should not only avoid burning in the sun, but also tanning. Tanning in fair skin types is actually your …

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The Clean Eating Myth

The recent media outcry against ‘clean eating’ is really not helping. To imply that ‘clean eating’ means a low-fat vegetarian or vegan diet is of course completely misunderstanding the term. ‘Clean eating’ simply means to try and avoid processed and packaged foods as much as possible, which is fully in keeping with our FuturApproved eating plan, to support longterm skin …

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When can a Facial harm my skin?

Having a facial treatment on the high street or at a spa can surprisingly be a bad idea for your skin, as these treatments haven’t been developed by dermatologists who really understand the skin’s needs. A high street or spa Facial might be particularly dangerous for people with problem skin such as acne or rosacea breakouts, who need to make …

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Homemade Cosmetics – are they a good idea?

As a dermatologist I would advice against using home-made cosmetics. They are not evidence based and in my opinion are usually inferior in their effects. Or even worse – in some cases they might be harmful for your skin. I have seen patients in clinic who tried all sorts of home remedies – mostly not effective, some even aggravating their problem …