Having just returned from a few days in the sun for a dermatology conference, one cannot deny the benefits of sun exposure, especially when one lives somewhere where drizzle is the norm. We all know that the reason we have blue skies is because the sun’s rays scatter in the Earth’s … [Read more...] about The benefits of blue
Can looking younger than one’s age reflect better health?
Mankind has always been obsessed with eternal youth. In modern times, where we have social media, an ever increasing number of interventions to preserve youthful looks and people living longer than ever, the question as to whether looking younger reflects better health is more pertinent than … [Read more...] about Can looking younger than one’s age reflect better health?
A bathtub diagnosis
I think if I had my time again, I would love to be a historian or an archaeologist or something like that. I really love all things ancient, they show us how and why we have ended up the way we are now and in a way, teach us that we are all transient beings, no matter how great or inconspicuous our … [Read more...] about A bathtub diagnosis
Can your diet improve your eczema?
More and more research is looking at the role nutrition plays in disease. And it is fascinating stuff. At the time of writing, I am looking after my 80-year old father who was discharged from a 3-day stay in ITU only 5 days ago and I can clearly see how important it is that he receives good … [Read more...] about Can your diet improve your eczema?
Menstrual hygiene products and the skin
Virtually every lady of a certain age that I have been seeing in clinic in recent months has been on HRT. And it’s great that supply issues have now, hopefully, been sorted and that GP’s do not need to perform any tests to confirm that an individual is approaching menopause. Moreover, HRT can now … [Read more...] about Menstrual hygiene products and the skin
Laundry sanitisers and the skin
The use of laundry sanitisers increased massively during the Covid pandemic in the thought that SARS-CoV-2 virus might be brought home on clothing. I know we definitely used it to wash my surgical scrubs, the garments that replaced my suits and dresses for work for a 2 year period. We still use … [Read more...] about Laundry sanitisers and the skin
The side effects of wind turbines
It looks like energy, who has it, who has the most and who can create it, is going to be one of the main sources of political strength for the years to come. The war in Ukraine has shown us how dependency on another country lends to vulnerability and so we all are scrambling to ensure energy … [Read more...] about The side effects of wind turbines
Do we really need to wear sunscreen indoors?
I understand this is a somewhat contentious issue, especially on social media. We already know that countries differ in their advice on sunscreen use; the USA advises sunscreen use throughout the year whereas the UK, EU and Australia advise on sunscreen use if the UV index is 3 or more, or if you … [Read more...] about Do we really need to wear sunscreen indoors?
Are you Comfortable In your Skin?
Having had the pleasure of spending more time with my young folk over the summer months, it was quite revealing to me how pervasive social media is in their lives. I think almost everyone I know (apart from my father!) uses social media to some degree but young people tend to use multiple platforms … [Read more...] about Are you Comfortable In your Skin?
Swimming and acne
At the time of writing, we are still on our family summer holiday. With teenagers with acne-prone skin, this has led to problems with skin sensitivity to the sun due to concurrent retinoid use, mild sunburn 🥵(they no longer let me apply sunscreen on them or listen to my prompts to reapply 🙄 – I am … [Read more...] about Swimming and acne