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June 23, 2017

The truth about stretchmarks

Stressed out about stretchmarks? You have no reason to be. Stretchmarks are perfectly normal, not harmful. Little white lies Stretchmarks are long, narrow streaks, stripes or lines that develop when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up. This type of scarring is common during pregnancy thanks to rapid weight gain, but can also happen in adolescents who are rapidly growing. They can also appear after you’ve lost a lot of weight, when your skin stretches expansively and can’t bounce back. Stretchmarks are a different colour and texture to the rest of your skin, and can range from…
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Skin
June 20, 2017

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that typically affects your face, causing redness on your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. In some cases, it can also affect your neck, chest, scalp, and eyes. Rosacea usually begins after the age of 30, and is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy. The condition itself isn’t harmful, but if it isn’t treated, it can lead to permanent skin damage and loss of vision. Symptoms A flushed, red face Papules and pustules (pimples with yellow heads) on the red areas Visibly broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin…
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Skin
May 15, 2017

Stop a rash in its tracks

You’ve noticed a patch of redness on your skin. It’s slightly swollen and scratchy to the touch, and itchy beyond belief. It’s a rash. A rash is an irritated area of skin. The affected area may become bumpy, scaly or red in colour. A rash is usually caused by skin inflammation, which can have many causes. These include allergies, medications, cosmetics, and diseases like chickenpox, measles, and eczema. Rashes are common at all ages, and almost everyone will have some type of rash at some point.  Treatment will depend on the cause, but most rashes can be treated at home.…
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Skin
May 5, 2017

Why do I have cellulite?

Every woman dreads the orange-peel monster. The appearance of dimpled skin on your thighs, buttocks and hips is what we call… cellulite. It’s the appearance of fat under your skin that pushes through the connective tissues, making it look lumpy and uneven. Anyone can have cellulite, irrespective of shape and size, even supermodels! When dimples are not so cute… The dimples in the flesh are caused by the layer of fat underneath your skin that’s squeezed between connective tissues from the muscle to the skin. This is relatively normal and no surgical procedures are needed as the appearance can be…
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Skin
May 2, 2017

The right treatment for blackheads

If you’ve ever had acne, you’re no stranger to blackheads and whiteheads. These tiny yet terrifying skin symptoms are common and unwelcome guests. Blackheads Blackheads develop when sebum and debris collect and clog up the pores in your skin. Sebum contains a dark pigment called melanin, which oxidises and turns black when exposed to air. This is why blackheads have a dark appearance. Blackheads are easy to spot. They look like little slightly raised black dots on the surface of your skin. Blackheads are often found on your nose, shoulders and back, but can also lurk on other areas of…
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Skin
April 19, 2017

Five tips for winter lips

Cold and miserable, winter is generally no fun. Worse still when the harsh weather dries out your skin, causing chapped lips which are painful and unappealing. Besides the bleakness of winter, though, other factors can leave your lips a little wrecked. These include biting your lips, licking, or constantly touching your lips (you’re transferring bacteria from your hands, stop right now!), and dehydration. Some types of make-up could also aggravate your skin, so check if that lipstick that you love is the culprit. What to do? Here are simple ways you can battle winter’s worst using simple home remedies. Blast…
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Skin
March 18, 2017

How to fix ingrown hairs

You shave regularly to keep those pesky hairs at bay, but now your skin has little dark bumps. Could it be ingrown hairs? Ingrown bugbears are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin, instead of rising above it. Sometimes, your dead skin can clog up your hair follicles. When this happens, it forces the hair inside to grow sideways under your skin, rather than upward and outward like it should. An ingrown hair irritates your skin and may produce a raised bump (or a group of bumps) that looks like a pimple. Sometimes an ingrown hair…
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Fungal infectionsSkin
February 12, 2017

Ditch the itch of fungal skin infections

Cracked feet? Red? Burning? Itchy? It could be a fungal infection. A fungal infection can form on different parts of your body. Fungi are reproduced by spreading microscopic spores. These spores are present in soil, air and wherever it can be inhaled or come into contact with your body, and specifically your skin or lungs. Strange marks on your feet? Talk to one of our Doctors about it – it’s completely confidential. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually causes cracked, red and itchy skin between your toes. You may also develop red, dry and cracked skin and bumps…
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Skin
November 30, 2016

Did you wear sunblock today?

What is SPF? SPF stands for “sun protection factor”. It is a marker of how well a product will protect your skin from the sun. This factor, which can range anywhere from 10 to 50, measures the sunscreen’s ability to protect against UVB rays only. UVB rays are the ultraviolet rays that cause sunburn, skin damage and contribute to skin cancer. The SPF number does not indicate the amount of UVA protection a sunscreen offers. UVA rays are the ultraviolet rays that penetrate deep into the dermis. However, there are broad-spectrum sunscreens that contain ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium…
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Skin
October 31, 2016

Skin deep

Your latest pimple or blemish may have you running to the closest pharmacy for a facial scrub, but common skin conditions like moles could instead be a mirror into your health and immune system. (more…)
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