Party Season & The Skin 2019

– Dermatologist Top Tips by Dr Stefanie Williams We all dream of our skin looking picture perfect at Christmas, whether for the office party or for that special moment under the mistletoe. However, the reality of the non-stop party season – otherwise known as December – can take its toll on our skin. Increased consumption of alcohol and indulgent party …

Single Ingredient Skincare Products? No, thank you!

I am often asked by patients, journalists and colleagues what I think about all those single ingredient skincare products on the market. Unless you have been living on the moon, I am sure you will have noticed the seemingly never-ending release of skincare products containing a single ingredient at a defined, often comparably high concentration (e.g. 30% Vitamin C in …

White ‘freckles’ on my arms – what are they?? 

White ‘freckles’ on my arms – what are they?? At the end of the summer, you may have noticed tiny white spots on your forearms and maybe also your shins. These are called idiopathic #hypomelanosis guttate and are very common. In fact, they were likely already there before the summer, but often become more obvious with tanning). The white spots …

About tummy tightening and butt lifting creams – sense or nonsense?

We hear a lot about skincare for the face, but what about products for the body? With the summer in full swing and more body skin on show, let’s talk about body skincare. While the choice is still much bigger for facial skincare, body skincare products are getting better and have truly come a long way. People are no longer …

Our skin’s internal clock

The circadian rhythm is an endogenous time-keeping system that monitors a daily cycle of roughly 24 hours. It’s our body’s master pacemaker, regulating most of the physiological functions in our body, including hormone release. What most people don’t know is that our skin is subject to a circadian rhythm as much as any other organ system. So, our skin cells …

Why do I get breakouts after eyebrow threading?

‘Breakouts’ after eyebrow threading are usually one of two things – irritation or folliculitis.  If you develop some minor redness and a few tiny little ‘bumps’, this may be a simple irritant reaction. For mild irritant reactions, a soothing aloe vera gel might be all you need (wash your hands before applying it!).  However, if this doesn’t help, a couple …

What is psoriasis?

You may have recently heard that Kim Kardashian suffers with psoriasis, so I thought you may want to find out more about this condition. What is psoriasis, how does it look and how can it be treated? Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting 2–4% of the population. It runs in families in about a third of patients. Psoriasis …

What are retinoids and how do they work?

Retinoid is the family name for all vitamin A derivatives, both prescription versions such as tretinoin and adapalene, as well as over the counter (OTC, non-prescription) versions. Three of the best-known non-prescription retinoids are retinol (vitamin A), retinaldehyde (retinal) and retinyl-palmitate (an ester of Vitamin A). Retinyl-palmitate is the most commonly used retinoid in skincare, as it’s easiest to formulate. …

Teenage acne

1. What are the main causes of acne ? Acne is caused by multiple factors including hormonal imbalances (that’s why it’s often worse in teenagers, during this hormonal adjustment period), overproduction of oil, clogging of pores by keratin (now the excess oil is trapped!), genetic predisposition and a tendency for inflammation in the hair follicle. The first step is always …

The Eudelo January Face Fix

I am sure we all had a little too much alcohol and sugar and too little sleep (think Christmas parties…) over the festive season. So, in today’s blog post, I am going to talk about what we can do to minimise the damage! But first a quick recap on why the above could be a problem for our skin in …