5 Great Reasons to Visit your Local Skin Clinic

Here at SkinMed®, our ultimate goal is to provide you with the best products and advice for your skin, but we are by no means the only skin experts. We have hundreds of SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country, run by experts who know skin inside and out and can offer advice and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions.

Even if you don’t have a pre-existing skin condition, it’s a good idea to go and see a medical skin expert once a year for a check-up, so you can keep track of things like how your skin is ageing, and make sure you’re not running the risk of developing anything harmful, like skin cancer for example.

That’s why this week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re giving you our top five reasons to go and see the doctor or nurse that runs your local skin clinic so that you can get the right information about your skin, giving you the knowledge to do what’s best for you.

1. You will be seeing a skin expert.

Skin expert

Get your answers right from the experts!

Now, you may think that this goes without saying, but the doctors and nurses that lead our skin clinics are specialised experts in their field and are more well-versed in the world of skin than your GP, with the ability to diagnose over 3000 skin conditions. Despite this, many people, upon finding something about their skin that concerns them, go straight to their GP for a diagnosis, rather than consulting with someone who deals with skin exclusively.

Your GP may refer you to a dermatologist if they want a second opinion, but you may as well save yourself some time and go and speak to the doctor or nurse at your local skin clinic yourself and cut out the middleman.

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2. Find out whats going on with your skin.

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There’s no such thing as a silly question – remember, knowledge is power!

With your local GP available on the NHS, many people are unwilling to splash out on what they might consider being an unnecessary expense, but many skin clinics will offer a consultation free of charge, or for a small fee that can be redeemed against products and treatments should you want them.

At your consultation, your skin will be assessed in detail, so that you can find out what it needs, what products and treatments would work for you to help you get the results you are looking for, and receive personalised treatment plans so that you can really get the best from your skin.

Remember, the skin is the largest, and arguably most important organ in the body, and should be treated with great care. Seeing a dermatologist can help you look your best, and improve the overall health of your skin.

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3. Undiagnosed, or Misdiagnosed Skin Conditions.

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The internet is an amazing tool, but the best resource for a health concern is always a trusted expert

The skin is often an organ that is misunderstood; if you have an upset stomach, it’s easy to assume it’s because of something you ate, but if your skin starts to react badly, how can you tell whether it’s because of something you have exposed yourself to, or whether it’s something medical that needs treatment?

Many conditions, like rosacea, for example, are widely misunderstood even amongst doctors, and can easily be misdiagnosed and mistreated. A lot of people may not even have the time or inclination to visit the doctor when they have a skin complaint, instead, trying over the counter products to try and treat themselves. But if you don’t really know what you are trying to treat, how can you know what treatments to buy?

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Then there are the more serious conditions like forms of skin cancer or sun damage, which may not necessarily be visible during their early stages, but can develop into something more dangerous if left unchecked.

A consultation with a medically lead clinic can help you with all of these issues, even if it is only to put your mind at ease and tell you that you have nothing to worry about. They can make sure you have the correct diagnosis for any skin complaints you might have, and offer effective treatments that will deliver real results.

4. Over-the-counter-treatments don’t cut it.

Products

All these fancy products may look impressive, but you really need an expert to tell you what’s going on inside, and what’s right for you

Long-standing sufferers of conditions like acne, eczema or rosacea may feel they have tried every treatment on the market with no effect. There are even those who have had products prescribed by their GP and still haven’t seen the results they are looking for. Medical-lead skin clinics, as well as offering a much deeper understanding of skin conditions and how to treat them, can offer products and treatments not available on the high street or in the chemist.

These products are often medically licenced and clinically proven to deliver results and will be recommended to you because they are right for your skin, and your skin expert will be there to see you through your journey to clear skin, offering help and advice along the way

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5. Spend your money wisely!

Money

As my mother used to say, take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves!

With all the ads you see on the tv, on the internet and in magazines, it can be easy to get carried away with all the latest miracle products. But this dazzling array of expensive looking packaging, fancy names and bewilderingly scientific ingredients can lead to confusion and overspending on products you may not even need. Most of these products are just filled with empty promises, their science-y sounding contents are often just terms that have been made up.

With the sound advice from your skin clinic, you can be sure to spend your money wisely on products tailored to suit your skin and deliver results – without all the trial and error!

Find your nearest SkinMed accredited clinic here

SkinMed® provide clinically proven skin solutions, which, unlike cosmetic brands, are medically licensed in the treatment of many skin conditions and suitable for almost all skin types, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK), endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

If you would like to find out where your local SkinMed® accredited clinic near you, all you need to do is get in touch. We have hundreds of clinics country-wide and our dedicated team will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We are also offering free skin consultations at many of our clinics for all our loyal customers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let us know and we can find the nearest clinic to you offering a consultation free of charge.

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Beware of Bacteria on Mobile Phones Causing Skin Problems

We come into contact with bacteria all day every day but our mobile phones are growing them out of control.

Mobile phones are not only covered in germs, they are also harbouring bacteria resulting in the possibility of major skin problems, which isn’t the best news to hear as most of us are now pretty much dependent on our mobile phones.

 

Mobile phones can be covered with a variety of different things:

 

·         Sweat

·         Make-up

·         Anything on your hands

·         Germs from places you’ve put your phone

 

Mobile phones are contaminated with more bacteria than a toilet according to one study.

Dermatologist Christine Stanko from Bryn Mawr Dermatology explains how mobile phones are more dangerous than you think and that the germs on them are linked to a number of different skin problems. Stanko says “staph and strep are the two most common, when someone talks on their cell phones its occluding their face, all that bacteria is getting on to their skin surface and it’s microscopic.”

This is the kind of disgusting bacteria that can clog pores causing acne and melanoma, two things that can strike at any age.

Mobile phones can also trigger an allergic reaction in some people causing a rash as they are allergic to nickel which is used to make mobile phones. If you suffer from this type of rash, try our Sensicure Cream Gel which reduces the feeling of skin tightness that is often associated with burning and stinging sensations through its powerful soothing, desensitising and hydrating action.

Most of the skin issues related to cell phones can be resolved with topical treatments and we advise cleaning your phone with an anti-bacterial wipe at least once a day. We recommend our Aknicare range for the treatment of acne, the superb antibacterial action stops new spots forming and has a spot reducing & calming action without using antibiotics.

Men with Rosacea May Be 25% More Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s

Recent research now shows that men who suffer from the common skin condition rosacea may be 25% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who don’t.

Here’s how the two conditions are linked and how you can protect yourself:

According to a new study in Annals of Neurology, rosacea sufferers may be at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Researchers spent time analysing the medical records of 5.5 million people and discovered that people diagnosed the rosacea, the skin condition which causes sufferers to blush or turn red easily, were 7% more likely to develop dementia and 25% more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in later life than those who did not suffer from the skin condition.

What seemed to be two unconnected conditions has left researchers now to believe that there might be a common thread between the two.

Study author Alexander Egeberg, M.D., Ph.D. explains how inflammation and antimicrobial peptides are often found in people with rosacea and also been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These proteins are vital to your immune response.

To fully determine whether treating rosacea whilst sufferers are young can help protect your brain against dementia when you’re older still needs to be carried out.

However, the proteins in the brain thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, beta-amyloid and tau protein might actually suppress as a result of certain rosacea treatments, like the antibiotic tetracycline.

If you think you might be displaying symptoms of rosacea which include:

  • Facial redness
  • Swelling
  • Acne-like breakouts

We recommend Rosacure, which offers a revolutionary, clinically tested, complete solution to treat your Rosacea. It contains special patented ingredients which can only be found in the Rosacure Range which target the underlying causes of reddening skin as well as itching, burning and soreness.

When someone eats spicy food or drinks red wine and gets a flushing response, then this is why, the trigger of the food or wine triggers sensory nerves in the stomach wall, this nerve response sends a message to the face which triggers the release of millions of tiny peptide molecules in the skin. These peptides attach to receptor sites which then triggers stinging, burning, reddening. Rosacea sufferers are known to have a hyperactive stimulation of these receptors sites.

Rosacure also contains MSM, an ingredient which rapidly reduces the release of the chemicals released by this peptide stimulation. These chemicals can damage blood vessels increasing the number of veins on the face and also chemicals which can lead to thickened lumps on the face and nose and also the key reddening trigger chemical. The second important way Rosacure limits Rosacea.

Rosacure also works in a third way to desensitise the skin against reddening triggers such as UV and wind making the skin more tolerant. It also increases the skins resistance by improving the lipid structure in the top layers of the skin.

Last but not least inflammation and peptides leads to a lot of free radicals being formed which prolong the redness and inflammation. Rosacure contains powerful antioxidants to mop these up and so this adds a fourth way Rosacure targets the symptoms of Rosacea.

Unlike other standard antibiotic or antioxidant formulas, Rosacure has all the SPF, moisturising qualities expected of a high class cosmetic but is medically licensed. Evidence and Success Stories available.