Five of the most common skin problems our patients consult us about are conditions that, in the old days, we would just have put up with. However, with developments in both pharmaceuticals and technology, we can relieve many of these conditions, some of which can cause embarrassment and distress. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer, because there’s something we can do for all five skin problems.
When you feel tightness in your skin after washing, it often means your skin is dehydrated. An easy way to start tackling this is to use moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated by preventing water leaving it.
When we see dehydrated skin, we always recommend using a serum with hyaluronic acid as an ingredient. It will help because the acid acts as a sponge, drawing in many times its weight in water, meaning your skin will not only hydrate, it will also receive fresh nutrients. And with plumper skin cells, your skin will plump up and look a lot healthier. This ingredient should help to elevate that irritating ‘tight’ feeling.
The best way to tackle sun damage is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Using a high SPF daily can help undo some of the damage, as well as preventing any more. So, if you haven’t already, get into the routine of using it every day, even in the winter.
However, if you already have pigmentation or melasma, there are treatments that will help reduce it. The powerful Fraxel laser will target areas of damage which your body will replace with new, healthy cells; it can be used for pigmentation as well as wrinkles and scarring. Clear + Brilliant is a very gentle laser, which uses fractional laser technology to help correct early signs of ageing, including some types of pigmentation, as well as balance uneven skin texture, giving it more of a healthy glow. Melasma and sun-triggered pigmentation can also be treated with Obagi Nu-Derm, which is a prescription-strength treatment programme that must be administered by a prescribing medical practitioner. If you choose to have any treatment to treat sun damage, it’s super important to use a high SPF sun cream daily to maintain your results and prevent new damage.
One of the worst things you can do with oily skin is try and strip it of its oil – you’ll often end up making things a lot worse. For instance, many people use tea tree oil to try and dry their skin, but a dry skin will only trigger the production of even more oil, making the whole process counterproductive.
Mild cases of acne and oily skin can be treated with at-home products. However, if your condition gets more severe and you risk permanent scarring, there are other treatments that your GP or a dermatologist can prescribe. We also have treatments that are not offered on the NHS, such as Regenlite and Byonik that will help tackle some of the causes of acne and help reduce the redness.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and blushing that comes and goes, most often on the face. The cause of this condition isn’t known, but it can be embarrassing to sufferers. There is no known cure for this skin disease however many people successfully manage and control their symptoms with diet, at-home products and in-clinic treatments (often all three are used); some will have broken veins clearly showing under the skin, which can also be accompanied by small bumps. Laser treatment, like Regenlite, will help shut down the blood vessels near the skin’s surface and improve background redness. Alternatively, if thread veins are visible, Veinwave can help by to remove them, alleviating symptoms of the condition.
Pseudofollicular barbae is a skin inflammation caused by hairs which are ingrown as a result of shaving, plucking or waxing. Soprano Ice laser hair removal can help prevent recurrence of ingrown hairs as it uses light to destroy the hair bulbs or dermal papilla, preventing hair from growing at all; many don’t completely remove their beard, some opt to thin the density with this laser hair treatment and find that the condition is greatly improved; you would be able to discuss your personal preferences during a consultation.
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