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Solutions to 5 common skin problems

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.

Dry, ageing skin

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. 

Sun damage

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. 

Acne and oily skin 

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

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

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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18:52 03 Jan 20
Thank you Jane, for the friendly professional way you looked at my skin problem with me, it was certainly a lot more in depth and informative than I was expecting, I started the two products that you recommended, using them last night and this morning. I am looking forward to laser treatment you recommended to reduce the scarring that acne has left on my face. First class service, thank you. — Brandon
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Ian Nixon
13:29 28 Dec 19
I had my consultation with Jane today to discuss best treatment for my skin concerns. she was very knowledgable and informative and gave me the best options for my concerns. I was very happy, definitely recommend "Skin to Love Clinic".
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Pari Nixon
15:29 27 Dec 19
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Annie Lonie
01:08 25 Dec 19
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Ifrah Ali
Ifrah Ali
18:08 17 Dec 19
The nurse who saw me was excellent - friendly, professional and sympathetic to my condition. I was treated with respect and felt extremely comfortable and reassured throughout the appointment. I would thoroughly recommend Skintolove to anyone with a concerning skin condition.
Paul Jones
Paul Jones
16:44 14 Dec 19
Jane is absolutely amazing (as with the rest of the team of course!). She goes above and beyond to make you feel at ease before, during and after treatment and ensures you're comfortable throughout. I love the Skin to Love clinic and all everything everyone has done for me. Always a very happy customer!
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Ella Brearley
18:10 09 Nov 19
Thank you Jane, for the friendly professional way you looked at my skin problem with me, it was certainly a lot more in depth and informative than I was expecting, I started the two products that you recommended, using them last night and this morning. I am looking forward to laser treatment you recommended to reduce the scarring that acne has left on my face. First class service, thank you. — Brandon
Ian Nixon
Ian Nixon
18:57 03 Nov 19
Top class treatment, unique experience from start to finish. Impressive after care service, could not praise enough
Stephen Kendall
Stephen Kendall
17:31 19 Oct 19
I have several issues with my skin and have been working with my doctor to deal with them. He referred me to a Dermatologist who advised on the treatment I needed. It took me a while to find the right place with the level of expertise that I needed and The Skin to Love Clinic ticked all of the boxes. My first experience with The Skin to Love Clinic was about 2 years ago. I had a consultation with Jane and immediately knew I was in good hands. I had a series of Fraxel laser which dealt with the issue as well as improved the quality of my skin. I am now dealing with a different issue and without hesitation made an appointment with Jane. What a relief to know that once again, I will be in the best hands and get the most appropriate treatment for my skin, not only dealing with the issue but also improving the health of my skin at the same time.
Liz Holgate
Liz Holgate
08:35 14 Oct 19
I visited the Skin to Love Clinic today for my fourth and final treatment of Sunekos today. The results have exceeded my expectations. My skin is plumper and lines are definitely diminished. I look younger, healthier and I’m definitely happier. As always the experience was second to none from the moment you walk through the front door, from the receptionist, to all the clinicians, who make you feel welcome and comfortable with their warmth and friendliness whilst still maintaining their professionalism, instilling the confidence needed when embarking on cosmetic treatments. Thank you to all the team! I can’t recommend this clinic enough! Rita x
Rita H
Rita H
06:26 17 Sep 19
I had a consultation today, the clinic is lovely and staff are very welcoming, I’m so happy with the information I was given, I’m quite excited to start using the products recommended for my skin type and see the change that occurs, it was so nice to actually have a in-depth conversation with someone that clearly knows what they are talking about, in the past Iv always made the mistake of trusting a beautician and trying treatments that are not suited to my skin.. yes they are great at some things they do but they are not trained enough to offer the advice and treatment that has been offered to me at the skin to love clinic... it’s also great to see the breakdown of all the skin complaints on the computer as it helps to point out the main issues, i can’t wait to start treatment in the very near future, fingers crossed onwards and upwards... thanks for the help today
Charlotte Harris
Charlotte Harris
13:28 03 Sep 19
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Etoile Marley
16:34 02 Aug 19
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Andrea Davies
20:23 11 Jul 19
My visit today was excellent! and very relaxed. Treatment was explained and shown by jayne in a professional and friendly manner. Thank you to all the team at the skin clinic.
Kaz M
Kaz M
17:19 14 Jun 19
A huge thank you to Jane Lewis at The Skin to Love Clinic for my wonderful treatment today (dermal fillers in my cheeks and lower face). I am in my mid 40’s and was really starting to notice that the area around my mouth and jowls was looking rather droopy and saggy. I am also getting married in a few weeks and was in need of some gentle rejuvenation. Jane gave me fillers in my cheeks to lift up the lines and then gently filled the area around my nose to mouth lines, chin and jaw. What a skilled nurse she is, she was extremely gentle and very reassuring, explaining everything step by step. It didn’t hurt at all, and all I could feel was a tiny scratch when the needle first goes in, but that was it. The results are amazing, instantly I can see that my saggy lower face has lifted, the lines are smoother and I have a little more subtle volume in my cheeks. No bruises or red marks. In fact, no-one would know, I just look better and refreshed, a few years taken off of me in time for my wedding. I am over the moon, thank you so much Jane and her fabulous clinic manager Kerri. I will definitely be back 😊.
Pam Underdown
Pam Underdown
18:14 12 Jun 19
I made the mistake of buying a product called Eyesential; an under eye enhancer which temporarily erases puffiness, fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles in minutes and lasts for up to 8 hours. I used this product for a period of 7 years. During this time, the skin under and around my eyes became thinner, reddened, chronically dry and intensely wrinkled. I thought there was nothing I could do and would be left like this. I felt so depressed. Then one day when I was in The Skin to Love Clinic having treatment for Laser Hair Removal; I was informed about Thermage for the very first time. I now have this procedure done yearly. Jane has brought my skin back to its original state and more. My confidence has come back and I feel a so much happier. This treatment really works!
Bernadette Mc Donnell
Bernadette Mc Donnell
12:51 03 Jun 19
The Skin to Love clinic is the most special clinic in that it offers a personal, comfortable and reassuring service. I have had various treatments and I always love the attention to detail and the way I am made to feel. It really is a very special place and the ladies are extremely knowledgeable and experts, I trust them with everything. My skin and my confidence is thanks to the wonderful team that make Skin to Love! Stacey Turner
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12:34 21 May 19
The Skin to Love clinic is the most special clinic in that it offers a personal, comfortable and reassuring service. I have had various treatments and I always love the attention to detail and the way I am made to feel. It really is a very special place and the ladies are extremely knowledgeable and experts, I trust them with everything. My skin and my confidence is thanks to the wonderful team that make Skin to Love! Stacey Turner
Stacey Turner
Stacey Turner
12:34 21 May 19
I made the mistake of buying a product called Eyesential; an under eye enhancer which temporarily erases puffiness, fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles in minutes and lasts for up to 8 hours. I used this product for a period of 7 years. During this time, the skin under and around my eyes became thinner, reddened, chronically dry and intensely wrinkled. I thought there was nothing I could do and would be left like this. I felt so depressed. Then one day when I was in The Skin to Love Clinic having treatment for Laser Hair Removal; I was informed about Thermage for the very first time. I now have this procedure done yearly. Jane has brought my skin back to its original state and more. My confidence has come back and I feel a so much happier. This treatment really works!
Bernadette Mc Donnell
Bernadette Mc Donnell
06:25 21 May 19
I made the mistake of buying a product called Eyesential; an under eye enhancer which temporarily erases puffiness, fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles in minutes and lasts for up to 8 hours. I used this product for a period of 7 years. During this time, the skin under and around my eyes became thinner, reddened, chronically dry and intensely wrinkled. I thought there was nothing I could do and would be left like this. I felt so depressed. Then one day when I was in The Skin to Love Clinic having treatment for Laser Hair Removal; was informed about Thermage for the very first time. I now have this procedure done yearly. Jane has brought my skin back to its original state and more. My confidence has come back and I feel a so much happier. This treatment really works!
Bernadette Mc Donnell
Bernadette Mc Donnell
12:39 20 May 19
I went to The Skin To Love Clinic for a consultation today with regard to gaining treatment advice for the skin on my stomach after having three children. I did my research and after travelling for over an hour I met with Jane. I could not have asked for a warmer welcome from Jane and her team. She instantly put me at ease with her knowledge and understanding of the treatments that are provided at her clinic. She gave me a thorough run down of what she thought would be best for me and why. From the moment I arrived to my departure, I found the staff and environment to be extremely professional yet inviting. I am looking forward to going back and having my treatments.Having now been back to the Clinic to see Jane for the third time today and I stand by what I have said above. Jane is outstanding in her knowledge of treatments and explains them thoroughly. An outstanding setting which I am so pleased I have found and one that I would highly recommend.
Suzie
Suzie
18:17 16 May 19
I've had many treatments at this clinic which I must say the results have been above my expectations. I'm now enjoying a course of Byoniks- love the way my skin feels and looks after. Im not surprised they have won so many awards. Keep up the good work ladies.
Tj
Tj
12:45 19 Apr 19
I went to The Skin To Love Clinic for a consultation today with regard to gaining treatment advice for the skin on my stomach after having three children. I did my research and after travelling for over an hour I met with Jane. I could not have asked for a warmer welcome from Jane and her team. She instantly put me at ease with her knowledge and understanding of the treatments that are provided at her clinic. She gave me a thorough run down of what she thought would be best for me and why. From the moment I arrived to my departure, I found the staff and environment to be extremely professional yet inviting. I am looking forward to going back and having my treatments.
Suzie
Suzie
16:28 27 Mar 19
I had another memorable day at the Skin-To-Love Clinic in St. Albans on Tuesday 26 March 2019. The founder and her staff including the Skin Expert are always polite, respectful and approachable, which in my opinion is second to none in the industry. I do enjoy making the journey from London to see Sharon, the Skin Expert at the Clinic. I am happy the treatment has worked and I will be submitting a full review of my Obagi skin care regime, shortly.
Cecilia Kadiri
Cecilia Kadiri
15:20 27 Mar 19
Amazing friendly, informative and supportive service. Always a pleasure.
natalie aston
natalie aston
18:13 26 Mar 19
Always a joy at skin to love, professional service which definitely shows results, calming, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, what more could you ask for??!!!
Jody Lloyd
Jody Lloyd
20:27 23 Mar 19
I have been back to the clinic for 2 treatments, one with Jane and the other with Natalia who are both extremely professional and brilliant at what they do, as is all the team. One treatment was new and I was a little apprehensive about it, but Jane make we feel totally at easy and explained what was happening each step of the way. I am really happy with the results and highly recommend them as experts in their field
Maureen Thorlin
Maureen Thorlin
10:07 23 Feb 19
Fantastic clinic. Lovely warm and welcoming team who really are experts in their field. My skin has never looked better! I highly recommend.
Hayley Naunton
Hayley Naunton
22:24 30 Jan 19
I love the place and the treatment, really happy with the results. Laura is really nice and professional.
Noelia Sanchez
Noelia Sanchez
19:06 29 Dec 18
Fantastic clinic. Lovely warm and welcoming team who really are experts in their field. My skin has never looked better! I highly recommend.
Hayley Naunton
Hayley Naunton
14:19 29 Dec 18
Very pleased with service advise and support before, during and after my procedure . Thank you Jane
Beth Mayhew
Beth Mayhew
15:31 15 Dec 18
Extremely professional and attentive staff! I highly recommend the Skin to Love Clinic! Jane the therapist made me feel like a princess! Her approach and treatment are commendable! Thank you all and have a great Christmas, Margarita
margarita germanos
margarita germanos
23:03 14 Dec 18
I tried the new Byonik treatment which was really good. It was the first session so wasn't expecting any big changes to my skin but it looked lovely and fresh afterwards and it was very relaxing. To see better results I think I would need to have another 2-3 sessions. The staff are very professional, very skilled and knowledgeable about all the treatments available and I trust them with my skin. MT
Maureen Thorlin
Maureen Thorlin
12:56 09 Dec 18
Absolutely delighted every time i visit . A faultless professional , service and such a lovely team of ladies
Zoe Harper
Zoe Harper
12:19 02 Dec 18
Very quick procedure, in great location with very knowledgeable dermatologist Dr. Sharon Crichlow. Very happy with the result.
Christopher Keenan
Christopher Keenan
20:55 06 Nov 18
The team is super awesome .. they know what they are talking about, treat you like a friend and do the best. Love it.
kritysharma sharma
kritysharma sharma
17:20 25 Oct 18
The welcome and ambiance of The Skin to Love Clinic was perfect.Jane has a rare skill - she listens! She manages to combine her insight with professionalism , empathy and sound advice. The wealth of her experience and knowledge is obvious and there was no pressure to commit to any treatments - in fact her advice was to go away and think about the options.I feel I have just discovered a real gem of a place and a very special practitioner!
Linda F
Linda F
16:57 22 Oct 18
No false promises, professional and kind staff.I was made to feel completely relaxed, would highly recommend.I just wish I had sought my treatment earlier.
beccy ewen
beccy ewen
14:42 13 Oct 18
I have been a client for the last 4 years and can honestly say that my skin looks better and younger now - love the skin scanner technology to get an objective view. I have done courses of clear and brilliant and am now doing Regenlite course - getting Jane’s expert advise is great and as a result I am actually using less products than before. Everyone at the clinic is super welcoming/friendly - would highly recommend clinic!Brigitte
B vB
B vB
12:51 24 Aug 18
Fantastic clinic. Lovely warm and welcoming team who really are experts in their field. My skin has never looked better! I highly recommend.
Hayley Naunton
Hayley Naunton
20:30 22 Aug 18