As your skin ages, it loses resilience. Hormonal imbalances, environmental effects such as air pollution, viruses and UV rays, all contribute to tired-looking and damaged skin. Visiting a dermatologist can help improve and slow down the process of ageing.
Acne is one of the most common issues facing younger people but can affect people of all ages. It is particularly prevalent in the teenage years due to the hormonal changes that occur during puberty.
An excessive amount of sebum production together with an overgrowth of bacteria causes blackheads and inflammatory lesions such as pustules and spots. There is a range of different treatments for acne ranging from topical applications to oral medications, all of which can be very effective to prevent new spots occurring which will in turn minimize scarring.
Psoriasis is caused by over activity of the immune system. Skin cells form too quickly and pile up on the skin surface. The thickened patches of skin are known as plaques and may be itchy and sore and can sometimes crack and bleed. It can appear anywhere on the skin surface but is most common on face, legs, scalp, and elbows.
A wide range of treatments exists for this condition, which can be associated with significant psychological upset. Although psoriasis cannot cure, it can be kept in remission for lengthy periods of time.
Signs of ageing include loss of elasticity and fullness of the skin together with pigment changes often known as age spots. Using an appropriate sunblock to protect your skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light is strongly recommended. Smoking releases free radicals which cause damage to the skin and contribute towards ageing.
Dermatologists can offer advice on the best treatments to use to combat the visual effects of ageing.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting the UK population. There are many different types of skin cancer, many of which are very treatable if caught in the early stages. Most skin cancer is because of ultra violet light.
Routine checkups with a dermatologist are important especially if you notice non-healing lesions or new lesions on your skin that are changing in size, shape or colour.
Hair loss can be a result of many causes, some of which can resolve on their own, whereas others may need input from a dermatologist.
Make sure you have a healthy balanced diet as this may help the health of your hair!
Various infections of the skin are caused by fungus, bacteria, and viruses. A dermatologist can diagnose the source of the infection and provide the most appropriate treatment for the type of infection you have.
Beauty products and allergic reactions
Some beauty products do not suit certain people’s skin and may cause contact allergies, causing redness and soreness of the skin. A dermatologist may be able to isolate the cause of the allergy and will be able to treat any inflammatory reaction of the skin.
Our skin is a great indicator of our overall health. Using the right products and protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is important. Dr. Naila Usmani is a consultant dermatologist who can treat your skin and advise you on the care and attention your skin requires.