Can the sun make my acne worse?

I hope you all enjoyed the sunny bank holiday in London. One question I often get asked in clinic is whether the sun is good for acne. Well, let’s have a closer look! Most acne sufferers will actually report an improvement of their condition when they are in the sun, for example on holiday. The reason for this is that …

Are retinol and hydroxy acids thinning our skin?

I am sometimes asked whether vitamin A such as retinol and/or hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid thin the skin. The answer is – these ingredients actually THICKEN the (living!) skin, not thinning it. It’s a common misconception that these ingredients are thinning the skin, but they actually only thin the dead layer of horn cells (corneocytes) on the skin …

The truth about facials oil!

I just can’t understand the increasing popularity of facial oils! Personally, I do not recommend the use of facial oils. I think they are greatly overrated and, in many instances, the actual cause of many, many skin problems we see in clinic. In fact, we often get patients coming to clinic who used facial oils at home, that triggered acne …

Why it’s important not overload your skin with heavy skincare!

There seems to be a trend to over-use rich, deeply hydrating skincare, including the ever so popular facial oils. As a cosmetic dermatologist, I’m against overloading the skin with heavy and occlusive textures, because for one they will clog up your pores. However, did you know that this habit will also slow down the skin’s vital, natural surface renewal? There …

What’s the difference between men’s and women’s skincare?

Men’s and women’s skin differs in certain aspects such as hair growth, sweat rate, oil production, pH and other factors. Until the age of 50 years, men’s ‘transepidermal water loss’ (invisible water evaporation via the skin) for example is significantly lower than that of women of the same age. That means the skin’s barrier function is better in men, which …

How do you plan to age gracefully?

In my opinion, ‘ageing gracefully’ is one of the most misconstrued phrases in our time; when I hear it, I invariably feel worried. Often, what people mean by ‘ageing gracefully’ involves a prejudice against procedures such as BTX (‘botox’) and fillers. The assumption is that should you ‘cave in’ and accept the help of aesthetic procedures, you will inevitably end …

Why does drinking more water not improve dry skin?

I get this question in clinic a lot. “I drink lots of water, but my skin is dry – how can that be?” It’s a myth that drinking lots of water will improve skin hydration and gets rid of dry skin. The main problem in dry skin is not that you don’t drink enough water, but that you loose too …

Alcohol and Skin – what do we know?

Does alcohol cause premature skin ageing? There are no clinical studies to confirm that alcohol causes premature skin ageing … yet. However, there is a lot of evidence to show what excessive alcohol consumption does to our skin on a cellular level and many of these cellular effects have a known connection to skin ageing, so it doesn’t look good. …

What is the right age to start anti-ageing skincare? ​

Starting effective anti-ageing skincare at the right age is very important. However, it’s the skin age determining that, not the number of candles on your last birthday cake! On the one hand, you don’t want to start with collagen supporting active ingredients such as vitamin A derivatives too early, when there is no collagen decline happening in then skin yet. …

HOLIDAY SUNBURN 101

Be aware that no sun cream can give you 100% protection, even one with very high SPF and if applied correctly. Nobody should rely on sun cream only, and certainly not use it as an excuse for excessive sun exposure. The first and foremost measure should always be sun avoidance (eg sit in the shade instead of direct sun etc.). Second measure …