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  • Skin Care FAQ
  • What are your top beauty secrets?

    Living in a city it's really important that you do double cleanse, particularly at night time. You can skip that step in the morning. Mainly because there is a lot of pollution around, so air pollution. There is a lot of nitrous oxide, a lots of free radicals than can damage the skin, which can lead to premature ageing but also pigmentation problems. So, it is worthwhile, in your evening cleanse, when you've been out and about all day, to make sure you double cleanse.

  • When is the best time to apply moisturiser?

    So the best time to apply moisturiser is actually after you've cleansed, and the main reason for that is that your skin is A, clean, and secondly your pores are opened, so the product you're putting onto the skin is actually being absorbed properly.

  • How can microneedling improve the skin?

    Microneedling is a technique that creates tiny micropunctures in the skin, and little areas of skin where you created wound injury generates a wound healing response and the production of new collagen overtime. So using regular microneedling can help the appearance of very superficial scars, but it can also just generally rejuvenate the skin.

  • How important is skin hydration?

    It is important to keep the skin hydrated, because if the skin is not hydrated, it doesn't function as its barrier very well. So people that have predisposition to dry, inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, for example, their skin disease can flare up if they are not properly hydrated.

  • How should patients cleanse their face?

    So, I think it's a good idea that you look at your skin type first. So, for example, people that have oily skin, it's a very good idea to cleanse in the morning and evening. So, first thing before you leave the house, last thing before you go to bed at night. In addition to that there can be some benefit in something called double cleansing. So, you use a foaming cleanser, and then you use something like a micellar water with a cotton pad to remove any excess grime or grease. And that can keep the skin very well hydrated and clean.

  • If I've got oily skin do I need to be moisturising or hydrating?

    You do. Because oil isn't the same as water, so actually, even oily skin and acne-prone skin needs moisturiser and hydration, too.

  • Should I test new products on my skin before use?

    A lot of people have sensitive skin. It's a good idea if they do a patch test. So what I mean by that is if they just apply a small area to the inside of their forearm just to make sure they don't react to it, because a lot of the ingredients can make those sensitive skin types break out or cause burning and irritation. But generally, the best was either to get advice, or read reviews, or actually just try the product out.

  • What are your tips for self care for people with rosacea?

    Patients with rosacea can help themselves by using sun protection as sun can often exacerbate the condition. Camouflage can help, so particularly green or yellow tint can disguise the redness. And avoiding exacerbating factors, for example, spicy food and red wine, which can trigger it off in some people.

  • What can cause rosacea to flare-up?

    Rosacea can be really annoying, making flare-ups for no obvious reason. But there are some triggers in certain people. They include sunlight for many people, but not everybody. Alcohol can trigger it, and spicy food.

  • What causes rosacea?

    We don't really know what causes rosacea. There are a number of theories. There is probably a genetic predisposition, although it doesn't necessary run in families. It can be hormonally related. We know it's an immune-related condition, as well.

  • What is the purpose of the skin?

    The skin's essentially a barrier. It's there to keep good things in and bad things out. So it forms part of the waterproof defence of the body. But in addition to that, it's got a number of other functions. So temperature control. It's also very important in the immune system, and regulation of the immune system as well.

  • When does rosacea occur?

    Rosacea typically occurs later in life, between 40 and 60, but it can occur any age.

  • When should someone consult a dermatologist?

    So the time to, again, see a dermatologist if you're worried about any particular skin condition which isn't getting better either by itself or where your GP isn't sure of the diagnosis or needs a specialist's opinion. There are many types of skin condition and there are over 2,000 different types of skin diagnoses, and it can be hard to make, and so consulting a dermatologist can help you both with the diagnosis and treatment.

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