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How can you REALLY get rid of brown spots and uneven pigmentation?

Irregular pigmentation (brown spots) is caused by a combination of individual susceptibility and sun exposure. There are three types of facial pigmentation, which are common concerns for my patients. The first type is chronic sun damage (‘photo damage’), with lots of tiny freckling type pigmentation all over the face. Unfortunately our skin doesn’t forget past sun exposure and ‘clocks up’ …

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How often should you check your moles?

I stress to all my patients how absolutely vital regular mole checks are. Once per month, you should self-examine your entire body. Here are some tips on how to do it and what to look out for.  Step 1: When coming out of the shower, stand in front of a large mirror and carry out an upper body examination. …

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Is there anything we can do to prevent premature ageing, but still enjoy sunbathing?

You really can’t have the cake and eat it, I am afraid. Sun exposure induces a group of enzymes called MMPs (‘matrix metallo proteinases’). One of them is collagenase, who’s job it is to break down collagen – ultimately leading to lines, wrinkles and reduced skin elasticity. Sun exposure also increases free radical generation with oxidative stress in your skin, …

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Hormones and Skin

There is a close connection between our hormones and our skin. The most well known sign for this is the typical flare-up many female acne sufferers experience just before or during their menstruation. At this time of the month, women often observe development of pimples and spots, caused by a change in the levels and ratios of sex hormones in …

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Are there any foods that can help shield our skin from sun exposure?

Antioxidant rich foods such as plenty of colourful vegetables may contribute to some extend to help protect your skin from oxidative stress including that from sun exposure, but should never be seen an excuse to be able to sunbath or not wear sun protection! You still have to apply an SPF 30 to 50 every singe day, especially in the …

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Anti-perspirants versus deodorants – what’s the difference?

With the recent hot weather, you might have noticed that you sweat a little more than usual. You might have increased the use of your deodorant or anti-perspirant. But did you know that there is a difference between deodorants and anti-perspirants? So what is that difference? Deodorants usually contain antibacterial ingredients such as alcohol to reduce body odor inducing bacteria …

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Miracle skincare – Too good to be true?

You have probably heard about the new ‘miracle’ wrinkle and eye bag reducing product with instant effects. In fact, there are dozens of videos on YouTube showing its immediate effects in reducing bags under the eyes and softening wrinkles – much to the amazement of the viewer. However, does it really live it to its claims, if we have a …