April marks Rosacea Awareness Month, a month designated by the National Rosacea Society in the US and adopted by many people here in the UK to educate the public on this common but often misunderstood facial skin disorder.
In Britain, it is estimated that a staggering one in 10 people suffers from rosacea, and that about one in 600 people are diagnosed with the condition every year. Yet, despite how widespread rosacea is, the condition is still widely misunderstood.
If you have rosacea, you’ve probably come into contact with some of the myths and assumptions associated with the skin disorder. People often associate rosacea with heavy drinking, or assume that bumps and pimples caused by rosacea are the result of poor personal hygiene. As you no doubt know from personal experience, this is untrue. Rosacea has nothing to do with personal hygiene and, although alcohol can trigger a flare-up for some people, many teetotallers suffer too.
From Dermatological Surgery, March 2016:
Enlarged pores is a common cosmetic problem affecting the face of male and female individuals. Potential factors that contribute to enlarged skin pores include excessive sebum, decreased elasticity around pores, and increased hair follicle volume.
Because various factors cause enlarged facial pores, it is important to identify the underlying causes to be able to select the appropriate treatment.
Treatment options include topical and oral treatments to reduce sebum production, light and laser treatments targeting sebaceous glands or hair follicles and intradermal botulinum toxin injections.
Please call us on 0207 435 7521 for more information.
WASHINGTON, DC — An investigational anticholinergic topical gel is safe and effective for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis, according to results from a phase 2b study.
Sofpironium bromide (BBI-4000, Brickell Biotech) is one of several topical products currently being investigated in clinical trials, said David Pariser, MD, professor of dermatology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, who is founding president of the International Hyperhidrosis Society.
While everybody loves things that smell nice there’s good reason to avoid fragrance and perfumes in your skin care and makeup – especially if you have sensitive skin or conditions such as rosacea, eczema and acne.
Whether from synthetic or natural origin (including essential oils such as lavender and citrus ingredients too) fragrance is a skin irritant. They are sensitising and the most common cause of allergic reactions. Irritation and inflammation inhibit skins ability to heal and encourage collagen to break down leading to redness, rashes, wrinkles and seriously unhappy skin.
The effects are cumulative so may not show on the surface straight after applying if you have normal skin. However skin that’s already compromised by conditions like rosacea or sensitive post laser treatments, fragrance is bad news.
High concentrations of fragrance are now the norm in most skincare and many makeup products. So it can take quite a bit of time, research and reading labels to discover which ones are truly free from fragrance. Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you and recommend these brands to get you started.
These brand products are all fragrance free:
These brands include mostly fragrance free products but not all so check the labels:
- La Roche Posay
For lots of us, facial thread veins are a fact of life. Around one in five women in their 20s have thread veins and half of women in their 40s. By the age of 70, 70% of women have thread veins on their face and/or legs. That’s not to say that men are immune – men now account for 40% of procedures carried out to remove thread veins; many of these treatments are for ‘drinker’s nose’, red spider veins on the nose often caused by alcohol consumption.
A question we’re asked a lot is whether facial thread veins are preventable?
Certainly, some varicose and spider can’t be prevented – factors such as genetics, age, and hormones all play their part in whether or not you’ll suffer from facial thread veins. Women, in particular, are prone to facial thread veins because of the hormone fluctuations caused by pregnancy, childbirth, and the menopause.
That being said, there are steps that you can take to help prevent some facial thread veins from developing.
Although it’s been an exceptionally mild winter here in the UK, the chances are that you haven’t really started thinking about your summer beauty regime yet, unless you’re counting down the days to a holiday in sunnier climes.
If you would like your legs – or any other part of your body – to stay hair-free and silky smooth for the summer, then you may be considering laser hair removal, which is currently the most effective way to reduce your hair growth over long intervals without the need for plucking, waxing, threading or shaving.
If that’s the case, winter is the time to take action!
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body but it can also be one of the most neglected or vulnerable to damage. As well as being affected by genetics, your skin is prey to your lifestyle, environment, hormones, diet, age, and much more. This unique combination of factors means that you need a unique approach to finding the best skin treatments.
One of the reasons that The Private Skin Laser Clinic is in demand is that we’re based in the Dermatology department of the Royal Free Hospital in North London and staffed by a team of consultant dermatologists and laser clinicians. This enables us to combine a medical and cosmetic approach to the skin.
Although acne is one of the most common skin conditions, experienced by people throughout the world, it can also be one of the most troubling. Not only can active acne look and feel unpleasant but it can also leave scars that act as a lasting reminder of this confidence-draining condition.
A number of treatment options exist for treating acne and acne scars – some are more effective than others, and individual responses can vary widely.
Laser treatments are now part of the growing arsenal of treatments attempting to banish acne. Laser therapy works particularly well when preventing the papules and pustules associated with acne but may be less effective with non-inflammatory acne and severe lesions. As every case is different, it’s important to speak to an experienced dermatologist and laser treatment practitioner to get their advice about your individual case.
While everyone knows that women are no strangers to hair removal, laser hair removal is by no means a women-only procedure. In fact, men are now estimated to make up about 17% of all laser hair removal patients.
Whereas male body hair was once have been regarded as a sign of masculinity, there’s been a recent shift to silky smooth chests and even hair-free legs. Men often seek hair removal treatment here at our London clinic to remove excess hair, especially on their back or shoulders.
Some of our male patients tell us that having a very hairy upper body, for example, has held them back from activities such as swimming and even dramatically impacted on their sex lives. Being excessively hairy can damage a person’s confidence and self-esteem.
One of the problems that people frequently come to us about is facial thread veins. If you have them, you may feel that they are ageing your appearance or giving you an uneven complexion that makes your skin look less healthy than it could.
In this week’s blog, we’re talking all things facial thread veins, what causes them and how to get rid of them:
If you are someone who suffers from rosacea, you may not have pinpointed the cause or found the best way of managing the condition yet. In our recent blog, Understanding and treating rosacea, we looked at factors such as stress, sun exposure, extreme temperatures, and strenuous exercise that can exacerbate the condition. We also explored common treatments, such as:
- Topical medications for treating papules and pustules
- Oral antibiotics
- Oral isotretinoin
- Brimonidine Tartrate for facial redness and flushing
- Oral treatments such as clonidine, beta-blockers, and anxiety medications
- Laser and IPL
In this week’s blog, we wanted to look at IPL treatments for rosacea in more detail.
One of the most common misconceptions about how laser tattoo removal works is that the treatment burns away the tattoo ink using the heat from the laser. In fact, there is no burning involved. If done correctly by a laser tattoo removal specialist such as The Private Skin Laser Clinic, you should not experience any burns or scarring.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that mainly affects the face. At this stage, the medical profession’s understanding about what causes it as well as finding a definitive cure is a work in progress.
Several factors have been attributed to causing rosacea, including abnormalities in the facial blood vessels and a reaction to microscopic mites commonly found on the face. We also know that, if you suffer from rosacea, it may become worse as a result of:
Unwanted hair may be the bane of your life and removing it at home is often time consuming, uncomfortable and can lead to unpleasant in-growing hairs that can even become infected. If you’re looking for an alternative, you may be interested in laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is a popular and proven method of effective long-term hair reduction. It has been used for over 20 years and has a number of benefits over other hair removal methods.
The launch of the all-new The Private Skin Laser Clinic website marks a new chapter for our clinic. Don’t worry, we’re staying true to the ethos our patients know and trust and we are as committed as ever to helping patients smile with confidence, and to providing an environment where the emphasis is on your comfort and wellbeing. The new website gives us a fantastic tool to showcase some of our many success stories, and to better communicate with prospective and existing patients.