The summer is here! As the weather warms up, we all want healthy, clear and refreshed skin as we scale back the foundation coverage. But how do we achieve fresh skin with a natural healthy glow? You may feel like you want to revive dull-looking winter skin, so exfoliation is key and a great place to start. Homecare products we use in the summer will differ from the winter, so it might be time to invest in a good quality SPF, combined with some fabulous breathable mineral make-up to avoid blocking pored and causing spots. Being outdoors more often will inevitably expose your skin to air pollution, so daily cleansing is essential, coupled with regular treatments for the ultimate deep-cleanse and hydration.
Our sk:n Senior Practitioner, Gurpriya Matharoo gives us her top 5 tips for healthy and clear skin this summer.
- Exfoliate the skin with enzymes to dissolve dead skin and brighten the complexion. My favourite Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) to use during the summer months is mandelic acid which derives from bitter almonds. Try a Mandelic Peel to freshen up tired and dull winter skin. This peel will brighten your skin and is specifically designed to treat hyperpigmentation. AHA’s are paired with mandelic and azelaic acid which work to deeply exfoliate, lifting dark spots and brightening dull skin. My favourite cleanser is Dermaquest Essential Cleanser which contains pineapple and papaya enzymes – perfect prep before/during facial treatments.
- Change your make-up to mineral make-up with breathable technology as it’s less likely to melt into the pores and cause breakouts. My favourite range is from Lycogel. This is a technologically advances, breathable and water-resistant range of foundation which stays fresh all day. You can even go swimming in this foundation, your skin will be protected from the sun as the foundation contains SPF 30. This can also be used after treatments and procedures as it will not irritate the skin. It contains 12 active moisturising ingredients which combat the signs of ageing.
- Double cleanse your skin to remove make-up and dirt; micellar water is great for oily/combination skin types and milk-based cleansers are soothing for dry/dehydrated skin. Use cotton wool round pads with your choice cleanser as you can see the dirt and make-up coming away. Don’t forget the creases in the face and hairline.
- Monthly facials are recommended to improve circulation and target skin concerns such as acne, rosacea, pigmentation and ageing. During summer months try HydraFacial which has 6 steps to flawless skin; Detox, Cleansing & Exfoliating, Brightening, Extraction, Hydration and Rejuvenation. I always describe this treatment as the ‘personal training session’ for your skin and if you combine it with good food (homecare products) you’re on your way to healthy skin!
- If you have an oily or acne-prone skin use light serums underneath an oil free SPF to avoid congesting your skin. I swear by using a molecule vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) immediately after cleansing. I’d recommend 4-6 drops of SkinCeauticals Serum 10 applied directly to the skin which is great for acne and general skin health.
According to a survey carried out by Hiched.co.uk, the average time from proposal to walking down the aisle is 20 months, 13 months of which will be spent planning your wedding. With so much to think about, such as choosing the venue, selecting the food, dress shopping, and countless other tasks that need to be planned, take some time out to prep your skin so you look and feel your best on the big day. The earlier you can start your skin preparation the better, so you can get the best possible results from your treatments and ensure you have plenty of time to complete your course.
12 months to go
So it may feel like ages away, but if you do have any skin conditions you aren’t happy with, now is the time to start. Laser hair removal is a really popular treatment with the bride to be, the most common areas being face, underarms, legs and bikini. Just imagine not having to worry about waxing or shaving before the wedding or honeymoon! You will see up to 90% permanent hair reduction but need to allow for a course of eight treatments for best results.
Another popular treatment amongst future brides is tattoo removal. You may have an old tattoo you don’t want to show in your perfect dress, or even worse an ex’s name that really needs to go. Tattoo removal can take several months as you have to have a course and leave around six weeks in between treatments.
If you aren’t happy with your complexion and you have acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, you can opt for laser resurfacing. CO2RE effectively targets both superficial and deeper layers of your skin for a smoother, more even complexion. The targeted energy of the laser stimulates collagen formation for continued improvement and younger-looking skin. You will experience down time with this treatment, so best to start as soon as you can.
Six months to go
Skin Peels are the ideal treatment for brighter, smoother skin, so you are looking your best for your wedding photos. A Glycolic Peel is a treatment suitable for all skin types. It penetrates deep beneath the skin surface, exfoliates and encourages cell regeneration and collagen production. Skin Peels can treat sunspots, acne scars and blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, and skin is rejuvenated. Ideally you would have a course of at least three to see optimum results.
Three months to go
If you have a skin condition such a facial thread veins, moles, or milia you would like to remove, three months before is the perfect time to speak to one of our expert dermatologists. We have more dermatologists than any other skin clinic group and can treat a wide range of skin conditions.
1 month to go
You may want to think about anti-ageing injectables or dermal fillers at least a month before. This is the perfect confidence booster when so many people are watching you and the photographer is snapping away. Fillers don’t have to mean a complete change of appearance, they can enhance your natural look and give a fresh and polished appearance.
A special treat a week before the big day…a HydraFacial. Why not take your bridesmaids along for this pre-wedding treat. Its six-step process detoxes, cleanses and exfoliates, brightens, extracts, hydrates and finally rejuvenates, creating wedding-ready skin!
At least two months before, kick start your homecare regime. Our practitioners will carry out a skin assessment and compile a personalised treatment and homecare plan in the lead up to your big day giving you a healthy, glowing and refreshed look for your big day.
If you would like to talk this through with one of our skin experts, book your free consultation today.
HydraFacial is the latest treatment everyone is talking about. And it’s not just the A-listers who are opting for this wonder treatment. Sk:n has an increasing number of male clients are seeing the benefits and returning to us time and time again. So why is HydraFacial so popular amongst men?
- It’s not like any other facial
When you think of a facial, you probably think of a spa or salon with relaxing music, incense burning and a feeling of being pampered. Not that you won’t get a pampered feeling from HydraFacial, because you will. But HydraFacial is so much more than a facial. It’s an experience and a confidence booster focusing on the unique philosophy of ‘Skin Health for Life’. There are five treatments to choose from depending on your skin type which generally follow the same principles – a six-step process which gives many more benefits than just a facial. Steps include detox, cleansing and exfoliating, brightening agent, extraction, hydration and rejuvenation.
- Improves skin health
A recent Mintel study found that improving skin health is the number one driver for men, with 30% stating this was their primary focus. HydraFacial will improve overall skin health and stage one kicks off with a skin detox – a lymphatic draining technique which helps increase circulation eliminating toxins.
- Consistent and immediate results
Our male clients like treatments which give consistent results, there is no downtime and you can see a difference instantly. A recent study carried out by Realself (2018) found that life events are the main influencers for adults in the UK to pursue aesthetic treatments with the top reason amongst men being starting a new job. HydraFacial will give your skin an instant glow. Step two will remove dead skin cells and gently lift impurities and step three includes a gentle glycolic and salicylic solution which will loosen debris from your pores, brightening your skin.
- HydraFacial can prevent spots
Spots were also found to be men’s greatest skincare issue. 46% of men said they feel self-conscious if they have a spot on their face, rising to 63% of men aged 16-24. At sk:n we find a lot of men prefer to invest in preventing spots rather than treating them. Step four of the process will remove blackheads and impurities in congested areas, extracted using honey extract and salicylic acid.
- Maximum hydration
Dehydrated skin can be caused by lack of water, diet, incorrect product use, the weather and so on. HydraFacial’s step five combines hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to replenish, plump up and hydrate your skin.
- Treats lines and wrinkles
The same study also found that 22% of males worry about wrinkles. Step six in the process is rejuvenation, where an LED light is used to stimulate collagen and also reduces redness, leaving you with instantly glowing skin.
- HydraFacial can treat acne
Acne is one of the most common skin problems we see at sk:n. In the UK 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne and 3 million people over the age of 30 are also affected. HydraFacial has two treatments specifically designed to treat acne which follow the same six-stage process as Skin Health for Life and include an additional step – a Glysal Peel which will regulate oil levels caused by excess sebum.
We can assure you our service will make you feel comfortable and at ease. Our service is discreet and confidential and our team of experts work with you to achieve your desired results. Find out more here.
We hear from Lorna who suffered with acne in 2018 and came to sk:n for help when her skin was affecting her confidence and became continually painful. In just 6 weeks after 3 salicylic peels Lorna saw a huge difference and her acne was almost clear.
“I visited sk:n Milton Keynes in March 2018 after I had a pretty severe acne breakout. I’ve always had hormonal acne, but I’d never had active acne on my cheeks. I’d had a stressful time at work and it suddenly broke out almost overnight. I didn’t do anything straight away in the hope that it would clear up on its own but after 2 months it was getting worse. My skin made me feel self-conscious, and worse still it was so painful I couldn’t sleep at night as I sleep on my side. Being a makeup artist for MAC, people almost expect you to have good skin which made it even worse. I was also worried it was going to scar as I have a friend who has acne scarring because she ignored it for so long.
I booked an appointment with my GP. He changed my contraceptive pill and said I had to wait a while to see what happened. I was also prescribed an ointment, but this made no difference. I also tried antibiotics as well as facials and loads of different homecare products. None of this worked either, my skin became really dry and looking back some of the products probably made it worse. I had no idea what I was buying or putting on my skin and the cost was escalating. My skin was so congested and using so many products was not helping.
Trust the experts
As nothing seemed to be working, I knew I had to speak to a dermatologist. Before booking a consultation, I read loads of Google reviews about sk:n from existing customers which reassured me they were the experts. My expectations weren’t high and I didn’t expect it to get better, I just wanted to see a slight improvement to reduce the pain and inflammation. I knew the staff at sk:n were professionals and I trusted them completely.
During my initial consultation with a dermatologist I was asked lots of questions about what I had tried previously and what products I was using. I was told to immediately stop using all of the products. They used a skin scanner to look at my skin in more detail and told me how dehydrated my skin was. I also got to see some before and after shots of other clients which was great to see.
I was prescribed various products to use at home which would also prepare my skin for the first treatment. Products included Dermaquest Hydrating B5 Serum, Dermaquest Essential Moisturiser and sk:n SPF 30. I used these throughout the treatment and still use them now.
After using the homecare products for 2 weeks, I was ready for my first treatment which was the first of a course of 3 salicylic peels. Initially the treatment felt quite uncomfortable (only for a few minutes) and felt like a burning sensation. After the treatment I had quite a lot of peeling and couldn’t wear make-up. Surprisingly this actually didn’t bother me that much, in fact it helped me to talk to people about my experience. Through my job as a make-up artist I would meet people everyday but they wanted to hear about my journey and I would show them my before pictures! And I knew the more it peeled, the more it was working so it was actually quite satisfying! The peeling lasted around 10 days from my first treatment, and my 2nd and 3rd treatment the peeling lasted around 3-5 days.
After just 3 salicylic peels my skin was almost blemish free, it felt soft, smooth and my friends called it my “baby skin”! Now I only have hormonal break outs on my chin and I rarely get spots on my cheeks. The treatment made such a big difference and it was totally worth it. I saw an amazing transformation with very few treatments. After 3 treatments and just 6 weeks my acne had almost gone. It was incredible and I am so happy with the results! I now feel confident and I am so surprised how far my skin has come in such a short space of time. I acted quickly and I’m so happy that I did as now I don’t have any acne scarring. It was the best decision I made.
The service I received in the clinic was exceptional. The practitioners who carried out my treatments were so personable and their service went above and beyond. The receptionist greeted me by name and I was blown away by how comfortable they made me feel. I recommend sk:n to everyone and tell anyone I meet through my job about sk:n in the hope that they too can also benefit from sk:n treatments. sk:n totally exceeded my expectations!
Aesthetics treatments amongst males are becoming increasingly popular. A recent study carried out by Realself (2018) states that life events are the main influencers for men (70%) in the UK to pursue aesthetic treatments. In fact men are nearly three times more likely than women to say getting divorced or ending a relationship influenced their decision to opt for aesthetic treatments. Our male clients at sk:n feedback to us they feel ‘comfortable’ and ‘reassured’ throughout the whole process. Our service is discreet and confidential and our team of experts work with you to achieve the results you are looking for.
So what treatments are we finding are most popular amongst out male clients?
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is increasingly popular amongst our male clients who want to remove unwanted hair from the upper arms, back, chest, abdomen, eyebrows, beard and neck. Laser hair removal means you can say goodbye to ingrown hair and skin sensitivity after regular shaving. You will have a treatment course of 6-8 sessions and see a difference in hair reduction after just a few treatments. The team at sk:n are laser hair removal experts, having treated over 1 million people for laser hair removal. You can have a discreet, no obligation consultation with one of our experts to talk through what you would like to achieve.
If you want to remove or just fade your tattoo to add new ink, sk:n use high grade laser technology which is simple, effective and the safest way to remove a tattoo. The laser light passes through the skin to break up the ink, which is then naturally disposed of through the body. If you need to get rid of your tattoo quickly, visit one of our Tattoo Centres of Excellence where we use the latest most advanced laser technology – The PicoWay Laser, which should remove your tattoo in roughly half the treatment time of a standard laser. PicoWay laser is available in our Glasgow, Esher, Bluewater, London Harley Street and London Wall clinics.
Anti-Aging Injectable treatments
We are seeing an increasing number of men who are looking for a long-term solution to lines and wrinkles. With our Anti-Ageing Ijectable and Dermal Filler treatments, we can create a look which is refreshed and natural.
Many people find the sun has aged their skin and you may not want to look younger, but just good for your age. Anti-Ageing Injectables can address lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and on the forehead.
Dermal Fillers can enhance your facial features and are the solution to a number of concerns. Fillers can reduce dark circles and add volume to hollows under the eyes rejuvenating tired eyes, , reduces lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, lips, décolletage and hands and boosts collagen production and overall skin quality. Our injectable treatments give you instant results and there is no down time, so you can go straight back to work. Our injectable treatments are carried out by doctors and nurse prescribers only, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands.
Acne is one of the most common skin problems we see. In the UK 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne. And its not just that younger age group, 3 million people over the age of 30 are also affected. If you suffer with this condition, remember you are not alone and you should never feel embarrassed about seeking help. sk:n offer a wide range of treatments and products to treat acne and many of our clients have reported a huge difference in just a few weeks. Our experienced practitioners will work with you to find the right solution for you, with a tailored treatment and homepage package to get the best results.
July is a huge month for sporting events! 1st July saw the worlds oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament kick off at Wimbledon with two weeks of grass court action from 1st-14th July. Women’s football which is bigger than ever this year shares the sporting spotlight in the first week of July as we see the final played on Sunday 7th July in France. The cricket world cup also continues throughout July with the final on Sunday 14th July at Lord’s. not forgetting the 106th Tour de France, 21 races over 3460km throughout Belgium and France completing on 28th July.
According to YouGov, almost a quarter of Brits don’t use a sunscreen in summer, and skin cancer rates have more than doubled since the early 1990’s. In fact cancer rates are higher and have risen faster among men than women and when it comes to out-of-date sunscreen, men are again at greater risk of harm than women. While 47% of women are wittingly or unwittingly using ineffective sun cream, this figure rises to 58% among men.
So if you are planning on being a spectator at some of these events, or simply play sports outside, make sure you are you protecting your skin properly. Here are a few top tips to keep you sun safe this spring and summer.
- Pick a good sun screen that has a high SPF which will protect you from the UVB rays that cause sunburn. Also make sure is has UVA (ultraviolet A rays) protection. These rays penetrate the skin more deeply causing premature ageing.
- Check out the product labelling – you will find UVA represented by either a star rating, or the letters ‘UVA’ in a circle. These are often referred to as ‘broad spectrum’. And use a factor above SPF 15, or SPF 30 if you have lighter skin.
- If you’re out in the sun for long periods, it is recommended you apply 1oz of SPF over your skin at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and remember to top up every 2-3 hours. Don’t miss those hard to reach areas! Back of the neck, ears, shoulders etc!
- Where possible, grab some shade and avoid peak times of day (11am-3pm).
- Cover up – wear sunglasses to not only protect your eyes, but the skin around your eyes, which is much more sensitive to the sun as it is thinner. Wear loose clothing with long sleeves to block harmful rays. Going to the cricket? Invest in a hat… you might be thankful of it after a full day out in the sun.
So whatever you are up to, enjoy the sun and enjoy it safely! And may the best team win.
With the holiday season upon us it’s time to ask yourself, are you sun cream savvy? The sun is the biggest cause of premature ageing so its more important than ever to protect your skin. As there so many creams to choose from, we have put together this handy guide to help you select which one is right for you. We have highlighted some of our favourites available at sk:n.
If you have sensitive skin, it’s essential to shop carefully for sun protection, whether it is avoiding irritating preservatives, chemicals or fragrance. As you would with other skincare products, it’s just as important to read up on the ingredients.
For sensitive skin one of our favourites is Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50+ which provides maximum protection for fair and hypersensitive skin which is prone to sunburn. It has an essential water-resistant formula, contains Vitamin E which is a powerful anti-oxidant and the fabulous Avène Thermal Spring Water to heal and soothe the skin with its anti-irritating properties.
Some of us are often in a hurry and find sprays easier to use than creams. Try Heliocare® Advanced Spray SPF50 which gives you essential UV and anti-oxidant skin protection in an easy to apply spray lotion – perfect for use on the face or body.
Loved by our skincare experts, Heliocare® 360˚ Mineral SPF50 is the ultimate, photo and anti-oxidant skin protection in a natural, breathable mineral formulation. This wonder-product will leave your skin feeling silky with a satin glow and is also ideal to use under make up.
To protect your skin against premature ageing, select a sun screen which has a high SPF (protection from UVB rays) and also protects against UVA rays, which can penetrate the skin deeply causing premature ageing and deep wrinkles.
Dermaquest Youth Protection SPF 30 moisturises and protects, and whilst providing high factor SPF, also nourishes the skin with nutrients, reducing the signs of ageing, restoring youthful skin. Use as your daily moisturiser or under your make up.
If you are looking for a bargain, check out our sk:n SPF 30. With 50% off in May this will cost you just £11.25. A light oil-free formulation that protects the skin from damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. The skin will also feel hydrated due to the Violet Rice Extract, rich in amino acids and vitamin B.
Heliocare® Color Gelcream Light SPF50 50ml combines essential UV and anti-oxidant skin protection (SPF 50) with a creamy foundation to match your skin type. The moisturising gelcream provides a natural-looking, even foundation coverage and is available in 2 colours, Light or Brown and is suitable for all skin types. This fab product can also be used as your morning moisturiser.
If your skin is oily or spot-prone, it’s really important you chose a sun cream which is breathable, so that the cream or gel doesn’t clog up pores which can cause spots.
Try Heliocare® 360˚ Oil Free Gel SPF50 which is the ultimate, photo and anti-oxidant skin protection in an ultra-light, mattifying gel that absorbs into the skin leaving it hydrated. Can also replace your morning moisturiser.
Don’t forget, the rays from the sun can easily break through the clouds, so sun protection on your face should be used every day.
Spring is finally here! As the warmer weather approaches, we all think about our Spring / Summer wardrobe, and Spring cleaning our home. But did you know that household cleaning products contain a range of chemicals which can be harmful to the skin, especially if we’re using them on a regular basis? Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Daron Seukeran, sk:n’s Group Medical Director, shares his top 10 tips on how to keep your skin safe whilst cleaning.
- Ventilate your space: Throw open a window to ensure fresh air circulates whilst you’re scrubbing away.
- Wear rubber gloves: Reusable rubber gloves are key for avoiding chemicals coming into contact with the skin, but also over exposure from washing up can cause dry skin and irritated skin.
- Always protect – The products to be most careful of include drain and oven cleaners as well as acidic toilet cleaners, as these often include chemicals such as calcium and sodium hydroxide which can cause nasty burns when they come into contact with the skin. Make sure you wear suitable protection.
- Keep Hydrated: It is important to keep the skin hydrated throughout the day. Never underestimate the importance of drinking water, which helps keep your skin smooth, elastic and firm. Hydrate your skin with a good moisturiser. For maximum results do this when you have just got out the shower using sk:n’s all over calming body lotion as your skin will be extra porous.
- Moisturise – Skin tissue will quickly absorb liquids, especially if the skin is already dry and dehydrated which is why it is so important to use gloves and ensure you are regularly using an appropriate moisturiser, such as sk:n Aloe Vera Gel.
- Go Natural – Fresh, sweet-smelling scents can actually be worse for our health by increasing the likelihood of developing eczema, dermatitis and in some extreme cases psoriasis. Look out for natural or organic cleaning products, as these won’t contain chemicals that are typically found in cleaning products. Not only is this better for your health, but also the environment.
- Homemade – Make your own natural, non-toxic cleaning products using ingredients like vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. You can find loads of information online about homemade cleaning products.
- Allergies – Products such as air sprays and scented infusers, as pleasant as they may smell, could cause problems for people who have a fragrance allergy, and they could start to develop facial eczema if exposed to these products.
If you do encounter any issues:
- Wash off the product asap – If you do come into contact with a cleaning product like bleach, it’s important to ensure you wash the product off immediately with lots of clean water and avoid using soap as this may increase irritation to the skin.
- Soothe your skin – If you experience skin damage such as redness, itching and soreness of the area of skin that has come into contact with the cleaning agent, the best way to soothe any red itchy patches of skin is by using a moisturiser, but in more severe cases such as blistering or bleeding, stronger medication may be needed.
If you have lots of moles, you probably already know the importance of checking them for changes and abnormalities, especially if your skin has been exposed to the sun. But do you know exactly what it is you’re looking for?
Why should you check your moles?
There have been concerning developments around the use of apps to check the condition of their moles. A particular concern of this was highlighted by The Sun, stating that certain apps failed to flag a concern about red, crusty, scaly or ulcerated moles – a common sign of melanoma (read more here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/6704139/skin-cancer-apps-spot-cancerous-moles-claims-risk-deadly-melanoma/)
While some people may think that they are doing the right thing by ‘checking’ their moles via an app, this should never replace the need for a consultation with a doctor or an experienced medical professional in this area if you feel you need to seek advice on a lesion.
An app will not be able to detect the changes in the shape, colour and texture of your moles that can be a sign of a type of skin cancer known as melanoma. Early detection is key: the sooner melanoma is diagnosed, the better your prognosis is likely to be, so keeping track of what is ‘normal’ for your moles is important – and could save your life.
What to look for when checking a mole
When carrying out a mole check, you are looking for specific changes in the mole’s appearance and texture. A good way of remembering exactly what to look for is to follow the ABCDE method, as recommended by the NHS:
Does one half of the mole mirror the other half, or is each side a different shape?
A healthy mole is usually round and symmetrical in shape. An asymmetrical mole (i.e. a mole that is NOT symmetrical) could be a sign of melanoma.
Is the outside edge of the mole uneven or jagged in appearance?
Melanomas tend to have an uneven or irregular edge, whereas a normal, healthy mole is more likely to have a smooth, even edge.
Is the mole an uneven colour?
A normal, healthy mole is usually fairly uniform in colour. A melanoma may have two or three shades of brown, black, red or pink, giving the mole a blotchy appearance.
Is the mole larger than 6mm across?
A melanoma is usually larger than 6mm in diameter, but this is not a definite sign of a cancerous mole; it may be smaller.
Has the mole changed colour or shape?
A melanoma may ‘evolve’ or change in shape, colour, size and texture over time, becoming more raised above the surface of the skin. The actual mole itself may still look normal, but the area underneath and surrounding it could be inflamed or swollen.
Itching and bleeding moles
If your mole is itchy, crusty, or bleeds spontaneously (i.e., without it being cut or scratched), this may be a sign that the mole is cancerous and it should be checked by a doctor.
Keeping track of your moles
It’s a good idea to examine your skin and moles regularly, especially if you are often exposed to the sun, as this greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Remember to keep a check on areas that aren’t always visible, such as the soles of your feet, buttocks and back. If you have lots of moles in hard-to-see places, you might find Mole Mapping beneficial.
Treating and looking after your moles at sk:n
If you have any moles that are worrying you or you don’t like the look of, sk:n offers both Mole Mapping and Mole Removal to put your mind at ease. Mole Mapping is a brand new service available in 5 of our clinics across the country, giving you the benefit of being able to use digital technology to map moles on the body from head to toe. This service will identify any new moles and also check existing moles that show any signs of malignant melanoma or any surface changes. This service is currently available in Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool, London Harley Street and London Wall. Off the back of the mole map, a consult dermatologist will identify any suspicious lesions and discuss with you the potential removal of any lesions.
To launch this new service we are offering the cost of a Mole Consultation and a Mole Map for £200, saving you £95. This offer is available until 28th February.
For more information on the services we offer to help you click here to read more about moles and what we can offer you here at sk:n
Britain’s Next Top Model finalist, blogger and founder of the #FreeThePimple campaign, Louisa Northcote was determined to find an effective solution to her acne. After years of research and trying different solutions, she discovered sk:n’s team of acne experts. Here she shares her story…
My name is Louisa Northcote. I am 21 years old and I have suffered with acne since I was a teenager.
I started getting acne at the age 13, however it got really bad when I was 16. It still sounds weird to say I “suffer” with acne, because it sounds like I have a disease. But that is precisely how I feel. I know very well how acne can consume you and make you feel ugly, especially as many popular media outlets put the image of clear skin everywhere. Just look at Facetune on Instagram and Photoshop on magazines and billboards.
I have been to see many doctors over the years and tried many products to help my acne. I have been on antibiotics three times and, due to a family history of breast cancer, I cannot take the contraceptive pill, which is sometimes prescribed to help with acne. I even changed my diet and became a vegan for seven months to see if that would help. It didn’t.
Under the spotlight
In 2017, I entered Britain’s Next Top Model. Modelling is all about your looks: great skin, good body, good hair. Therefore, on the first day of filming when the first challenge was to go makeup free, it meant I had to expose my biggest insecurity: my acne. In addition, throughout the rest of the time of filming, my acne got worse and worse, and increasingly painful. When I came out of the competition, I was lost, upset and in serious need of help to clear my acne.
To me, the last option seemed to be Isotretinoin (Roaccutane). That is, until I came across sk:n when I was researching online acne treatments (something I have been doing basically every night since I can remember, as I was desperate to find a ‘cure’ and educate myself). I decided to search ‘laser treatments for acne in the UK,’ as I had seen Kendall Jenner had used laser to help her acne.
Before treatment started
I did some more research and found sk:n has over 50 clinics nationwide and 28 years of expertise, in addition to having an amazing choice of treatments for acne. I was sold. I had my first initial consultation with a nurse called Alice, who sat me down and asked about my history. This included what I had used: medications, skincare etc, and she then took a look at my acne and talked me through my options. She explained that I could go on Roaccutane, however, as I had never tried any professional treatments, I should give them a try. We decided to start with a course of chemical peels.
The treatment: what to expect
The next week when it came round to my first chemical peel appointment, I of course felt apprehensive, as I was going into the unknown. However, I also felt excited as I was starting a new journey to help clear my acne. When I got to the clinic, I felt so welcomed and at ease by my nurse Alice, who explained everything she was going to do and let me ask as many questions as possible.
I lay down on the bed and had patches put over my eyes to protect them. Alice gave me a heads up beforehand and then ‘painted’ the chemicals onto my face, asking every few minutes how it felt. It seriously was not bad; it just tingled a bit. Only a few minutes later it was done. She took the chemicals off, again asking if areas still tingled etc, then she put this amazing smelling moisturiser on my face and the treatment was complete. I was then taken over to the skincare products that sk:n stock and my nurse recommended a few to me. These were by Dermaquest, one to apply in the morning, one to apply at night and also a moisturiser by Aknicare. I went over to the desk to make an appointment for my next salicylic acid peel in a few months and that was it – my journey with sk:n had begun.
Midway through treatment
Hardly any downtime
In the following days, I had this idea in my head that my skin would peel like a snake and would be so red that I wouldn’t be able to wear makeup. Instead, the next morning my skin seemed calmer already, the breakouts had started to dry out and I could put makeup on. I needed hardly any downtime.
I was so excited to go back for my next chemical peel. When it came around again, it was the same process and I saw a difference in my skin. Over the next few months, I underwent six salicylic acid peels on my face, continued to use the products recommended and saw a huge improvement in my skin. Clearing acne is not a five-minute job, it takes time and patience. I got so excited every time my appointment at sk:n came around and every time my nurse said she was happy with my results and that it was getting better.
The next step: laser for acne
After we finished the course of chemical peels, I then met Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, who is a dermatologist and laser surgeon as well as an international speaker and trainer in everything skin and acne. I had a consultation and he said I was the perfect candidate for laser, which would get rid of the last bit of inflammation on my skin and reduce scarring. He made me feel so comfortable and at ease and let me ask as many questions as I wanted.
Dr Firas Al-Niaimi
Going into the laser appointment, I was a little apprehensive again as it was something I had never experienced before. I lay down and put these funky goggles on and I couldn’t see anything. He warned me before he did the first laser application. The feeling was not painful or particularly uncomfortable – as strange as it sounds, it felt like an elastic band pinging against your skin repeatedly; a tiny discomfort, but that was it. Again, it was over fast and all I was left with was a rosy face.
I had four vascular laser (595 wavelength) treatments with Dr Firas Al-Niaimi over the course of a few months – and my skin looks amazing. My acne has calmed down so much and the redness has gone. I barely get any breakouts, except for one or two when it’s my time of the month.
Brand new treatment..
As an acne suffer its always interesting to find out more about new acne treatments on the market and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to try a brand new treatment at sk:n – Kleresca for acne. Exclusive to sk:n Kleresca is a fluorescent light energy treatment which helps heal and renew the skin and also kill bacteria from acne breakouts. I have recently started a course of Kleresca and look forward to sharing the results and when I have completed my treatment plan.
This hasn’t been a quick journey; it has taken months to get where I am now, but it has all been worth it so far. I would highly recommend sk:n and the treatments I had to anyone suffering with acne and low self-esteem. I will forever rave about them to anyone I meet!
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