These common skin conditions affect a large percentage of the adult UK population and, whilst not all have cures, there are a number of treatments and therapies that are not openly available through mainstream healthcare providers that can manage and minimise the symptoms of these conditions - giving you healthy, gorgeous skin and restoring your confidence.
Healthy skin is the ultimate sign of youth, and I'm a firm believer in seeking and achieving healthy skin inside and out over aesthetic quick wins.
It's no longer all about looking '10 years younger', and more about understanding and caring for our skin health - this will pay dividends long-term in the overall texture, tone and general appearance of your skin. Your skin is your largest organ - it's incredibly resilient, but it's important that we care for it appropriately.
When we talk about the signs of ageing - we're talking mainly about:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Uneven skin tone
Age spots / pigmentation
Rough skin texture
There are certain lifestyle aspects that can have an effect on how quickly your skin shows the visible signs of ageing - such as diet, smoking, excessive drinking, UV exposure and exercise to name a few.
Whilst, of course, ageing is inevitable - by creating a bespoke skincare and treatment plan, we can work together to understand your skin, boost your skin health and target specific ageing concerns to give you healthy, youthful skin.
Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions I’m asked about in clinic. It's a chronic long term condition which affects mostly women, but is more severe in men and those with lighter skin tones.
The symptoms of rosacea are:
Broken red veins
Pink or red spots
These symptoms are commonly present on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin.
Sadly, there’s no known cure for rosacea, and to this day scientists aren’t entirely sure of the cause, but there are some well-known triggers:
Outdoor lifestyle (cold and hot temperatures)
Whilst there is no known cure, rosacea can be successfully managed long-term with a number of treatment options with very high success rates - improving your skin tone and texture and overall health.
Acne is a very common skin condition identified by the presence of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules).
Usually starting during puberty - acne ranges from a few spots on the face, neck, back and chest, which most teenagers will have at some time, to a more severe problem that may cause scarring and reduce self-confidence.
For most, it tends to go away by the early to mid twenties, but it can go on for longer. Acne can also develop for the first time in people in their late twenties and beyond.
The affected areas present a mixture of oily skin, blackheads, whiteheads, red spots and puss-filled pimples. Occasionally - larger, deeper bumps known as nodules or cysts can develop - affected skin can feel hot, painful and tender to the touch.
Whilst the physical symptoms of acne are well known, the effect on our self-esteem is often not discussed. Support through the NHS can be limited, however, following a thorough skin analysis - there are a number of products and treatments that I can use to help alleviate the symptoms of acne, improve the tone and texture of your skin and give you back your skin confidence.
Acne can often create longer-term issues such as acne scarring.
Any type of acne spot can lead to scarring, but it's more common when the larger, deeper spots (nodules and cysts) burst and damage nearby skin.
Scarring can also be a result of scratching or picking acne spots so it's vital that if you can, you resist the urge to do this.
There are 3 main types of acne scars:
ice pick scars – small, deep holes in the surface of your skin that look like the skin has been punctured with a sharp object
rolling scars – caused by bands of scar tissue that form under the skin, giving the surface of the skin a rolling and uneven appearance
boxcar scars – round or oval depressions, or craters, in the skin
Acne scarring can be dramatically reduced through a number of treatment - an in-depth skin analysis will help me to identify which of these treatments will be most effective for your scarring and skin type.
Facial Thread Veins
Also referred to as spider veins, thread veins are commonly found on the face and legs but they can appear anywhere on the body.
This condition can develop in anyone at any age and can be treated quickly and effectively with the right advice and treatment. Facial thread veins are not dangerous, but they can give a 'flushing' appearance and have a negative impact on self-esteem.
Facial thread veins are tiny blood vessels which run close to the surface of the skin. They look like thin red lines. They appear when blood vessels become enlarged which cause the veins to appear broken.
There are a number of causes including sun exposure, temperature fluctuations, excessive alcohol consumption, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, sudden changes in pressure such as severe vomiting or sneezing, or they may simply be genetic. People with rosacea often find they suffer from facial thread veins as the skin is red and flushed.
Sun Damage and Pigmentation
Living in the UK, Spring and Summer bring with them the sunshine and the longer, fun-filled days. Spending time in the sun can be beneficial for Vitamin D3 and our mood, but overindulging in time spent in the sun without appropriate skin protection can result in our skin becoming sun damaged.
Whilst the majority of damage caused by those dangerous UV rays can't be seen by the naked eye, there are also visible signs of sun damage - the most common of which is pigmentation - which can contribute to the signs of ageing and making us look and feel older than we are or would like.
UVA rays stimulate pigment cells called melanocytes to produce more melanin. Melanin gives us that coveted sun-kissed look, but overexposure to the sun can also cause melanin overproduction, resulting in unwanted dark patches (age spots or pigmentation). Prevention is always better than cure and so I would always begin by recommending a broad spectrum SPF which can be built into your at-home skincare routine - AlumierMD have one of the very best broad spectrum SPF products on the market which can be ordered through my clinic.
Melasma and pigmentation can also be caused by hormonal activity, and often women will experience this during pregnancy.
I offer a range of treatments that can reduce the visible and invisible effects of sun damage - restoring skin health and appearance. These treatments are also highly effective for those that experience pigmentation as a result of their pregnancy.
One of the most common signs of ageing, sagging skin can occur almost anywhere on the body but is most common on the eyelids, jowls, chin and throat.
As skin ages, it loses two important proteins manufactured in the dermis — elastin and collagen.
As its name suggests, elastin gives skin elasticity. It provides firm skin with the ability to bounce back when stretched.
Collagen is produced by fibroblasts. When skin is taut and firm, it has collagen to thank. Collagen is comprised of tightly-constructed fibres, which help skin maintain its structure and firmness.
Both elastin and collagen production decline as we age. The speed at which these two proteins deteriorate can also been increase by factors such as:
pollutants in the environment, including cigarette smoke
certain lifestyle factors, such as excessive alcohol consumption and poor diet
A skin consultation will allow me to assess the degree of skin sagging and your skin type and will help me in advising you on the treatment plan that will provide the greatest results for you.
As your skin is your body's largest organ, naturally at times it is going to reflect periods where you're feeling under the weather and generally not your best.
If your skin is persistently dull in appearance then there is a need to dig a little deeper and understand the root of this.
Some of the most common causes of dull skin are body dehydration, lack of moisture in skin, build up of dead skin cells, smoking and ageing.
I have a toolkit of treatments that can help to improve skin tone and texture, however, the long-term results of these treatments will depend upon your ability to make simple lifestyle changes that will support continued improvement and results.
My skin consultations will provide not only treatment and product advice but also lifestyle advice to help you gain the very best results from your treatment plan.
Enlarged pores affect both men and women, of all ages and are more common than you might think.
Pores are the small openings at the top of your hair follicles. Our pores release our body’s natural oil,- sebum - to naturally moisturize our skin to help keep it soft and supple. Although large pores can be frustrating and affect our self esteem, pores are necessary for maintaining healthy skin and so there's no 'cure' as such as they serve a very important purpose.
There are a number of potential causes of large pores. Your genes are the greatest determining factor in your pore size - if you have larger pores, you'll most likely find that others within your family do, too.
Your age can also impact the size of your pores. As you grow older, your skin loses it elasticity, which causes your skin to stretch and sag, making pores appear larger. Your skin also thickens as you age, which causes miniscule skin cells to gather around your pores, making your pores look bigger.
Years of sun exposure can also make pores appear larger. Sun damage can thicken the skin, which leads to bigger pores. Prolonged sun exposure can also remove collagen, elastin and water from your skin, which causes the tissue beneath your skin to shrink and pull at the edges of your pores, making them sag and look bigger.
An excess amount of oil and dead skin cells gathering in your pores, causing them to clog can make your pores appear larger than usual.
While you can’t reduce the size of your pores, you can reduce how large they appear to be.
My skin consultation will allow me to work with you to understand the cause of your enlarged pores and how simple lifestyle changes, skincare products and treatments can help you to reduce the appearance of your pores.
Skin blemishes come in many shapes and sizes and include nodules such as warts, verrucas, skin tags and milia.
These can be caused by viruses, continued irritation/rubbing of the skin and when oils and dead skin get trapped beneath the skin.
Whilst skin blemishes don't often pose any health issues, they can be uncomfortable or have a negative impact on our self-esteem.
I have a range of treatments that are quick and simple that can remove skin blemishes for good.
What My Clients Say
"My skin has transformed since having microneedling! Full of life and the acne has slowly gone away and I feel better going to the shop all natural! Whilst it is expensive, Rosy is so experienced, it's worth paying to be at the hands of a real professional! There are too many treatments out there that are carried out by people that have done little more than an online course. Rosy's years of nursing really add to my confidence in her. At the end of the day, it's your face and you can't afford to go cheap!"