Thursday, 15 March 2012

Ask a dermatologist (Skin Doctor- for free)!

In the UK, dermatologists are not really seen as a medical necessity unless under extreme circumstances when a referral is made by a doctor.  If we were more like the US and France then a dermatologist would just be a normal part of health care, just like a doctor, dentist, optician and so on.  Your skin can tell you a lot about what is going on under the surface.  Also a lot of skin problems are curable by use of a certain type of product or routine (rather than changing your skin by taking hormone tables as most doctor will easily prescribe these days).  Long time readers will know all about my quest for clear, healthy looking skin.  I have tackled (and still continue to fight (more gently)) spots, scars, pimples, milia, wrinkles, pigmentation, blackheads, oil, dry patches and much more.

What clear skin? On a green detox but need help?


Today I am very pleased to let you know that I have secured the chance for a qualified London dermatologist to answer a few lucky readers questions.  You have one week to post a question a question below (closes 9am GMT Thursday 22nd March).  After this Dr. Sangeeta Punjabi of the private Miravue Skin Clinic will be looking through your questions providing responses to ten lucky readers.  She is an qualified doctor and has a wind ranging knowledge on health issues, so put her to the test!

Do you have a skin problem, or a burning question?  Maybe its sun screen, spots, scars, pores, routines, oil, wrinkles or other things you have a question on?  Simply leave your question in a comment below, and make sure you follow the blog, so you're notified when the response post goes live!  Roll up, roll up! Don't be shy!!


P.s. Don't forget my Mac giveaway is still live and there is a chance I'll add another prize.....

29 comments:

  1. Hi! This is a great idea, thank you for the opportunity of addressing our questions to a professional.
    My question is this: I have a mole (beauty mark, not so much haha) on one side of my nose and I have been looking at ways of removing it. It is raised from the surface of the skin, I would say about 2 mm high, and 2 mm wide. If I have it surgically removed, will the scar look bad and if so, could the scar be laser-treated to improve its appearance?

    my email: inaiosef@yahoo.com

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    1. Miravue say: Shave excision of the mole at such a site generally leaves a very small chicken pox like mark and does not usually need any more treatment.
      The Regenlite laser can improve the appearance of scars as can a treatment called Dermaroller, both of which boost levels of collagen in the skin which help to minimise the appearance of scars or depressions.

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  2. Hii! Great idea, I wish dermatologists were more widely available!
    My question is: I've had moderate acne (genetically) for just under 10 years, been on various tablets, gels and creams both pescribed and over the counter and in the past year it's started to spread to my back and chest and scarring has got worse! Unfortunately my GP does not see this as important and keeps fobbing me off :( what should/shouldn't I be doing and will the scarring be forever? Or is it just something we have to live with? Any help would be appriciated :)

    Thanksss xxxo

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    1. Miravue say: If the acne is spreading to your chest and back you should really be visiting a dermatologist.
      There are effective ways of controlling acne. Discuss with your GP for a referral to the dermatologist, or if you need immediate treatment you can see a dermatologist privately.

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    1. Miravue say: No effective medical treatments seem to help but cosmetic creams help with the under eye appearance making it look better in the way in which they reflect light and also moisturise and hydrate the area.
      Overall the problem seems to be more genetic and ethnic coupled with modern day stress of life.

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  4. Hi! Completely agree with your post about having better access to dermatologists in the UK!
    I would like to know what are the main ingredients in make-up and skincare products that you should avoid when you have very spot prone skin? I know a couple but otherwise I'm very nervous about trying out new products on my face incase I really react to it :s
    Thank you so much! :-)

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    1. Miravue says: Generally mineral make up is preferred and suits most there are companies that do blemish prone skin make up with salicylic acid in the foundation such as Clinique and oil free make up also helps, as do oil free soaps.
      Best to avoid a lot of regular use of foundation and do remove all make up every day.

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  5. What's a good mask that people with sensitive and hypersensitive skin can make with products at home to help calm down our skin (calm down meaning when it's really irritated, red and/or itchy)? Sometimes my skin gets so itchy and while Benedryl and ice helps, I want to slap something on that will cool it down (without having to soak in an oatmeal bath!)

    P.S. For the MAC giveaway, does a Tumblr count as a blog? I have a Tumblr, which I use a way of expressing my thoughts and what not like a blog, but some people don't consider them "proper blogs."

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    1. Miravue says: Aloe Vera may help to cool the skin, but it won’t heal it.
      If Benedryl is helping it may be a mild allergic reaction or intolerance so you may need to investigate to identify the cause or trigger. Your GP should be able to help you with this.
      But I can’t really comment on home-remedies that haven’t been medically or clinically studied/proven.

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  6. What a good idea! I really have to remember to check your blog later to see the doctor's answers. :) And my question would be, what's the best way of treating body acne? I'm not interested in takin medication as I was on the pill previosuly and it was not a very pleasant experience. Nothing else I've tried seems to help! x

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    1. Miravue say: Treatments like Regenlite or n-lite laser can reduce acne on the back as well as skin peels used in conjunction with medication to prevent further outbreaks. Skin peels will reduce any current symptoms you have but will not prevent future outbreaks.
      If you were having a bad experience with the oral medicine there are other alternatives you could discuss with your dermatologist.

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  7. What a fab idea, I would love to know what the doctor thinks is the best non prescribed treatment/cream for eczema of the legs xxx


    www.misslv.com

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    1. Miravue say: I would suggest using an emollient, such as Aderma emollient, if you don’t want to use steroid creams.
      It would also help for you to find out what triggers your eczema , as often it can be your diet or something like a particular type of washing detergent that can cause a flare up. We compiled an extensive list of potential triggers here http://www.miravueskinclinic.com/articles/169-eczema-triggers-%E2%80%93-a-comprehensive-list.html

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  8. My scalp sometimes gets a bit flakey. Not all over, just a couple of patches. I am not sure it is dandruff as I know there are several factors which can cause skin flakes on the scalp. The flakes can be quite big. What are the main causes and triggers of this? Thanks

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    1. Miravue say: A flaky scalp could have a few causes and treatments.
      Dandruff is caused by skin which is either too dry or too oily.
      If the affected area is also itchy it could indicate Seborrhoeic eczema, as this often comes in patches. The flakes are more likely to be yellow in this case.
      Or it could be Psoriasis http://www.miravueskinclinic.com/skin-problems/medical/psoriasis.html which can also develop in patches.
      The only way to know for sure would be to visit a dermatologist, who will be able to advise you on lifestyle, diet and hygiene changes which could help alleviate your condition.

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  9. Hi,i went into a therapie clinic and asked the girl if there was hair on my face and she said the only way she can tel is if she does a patch test so she took hair off the right side of my upper lip and face and its starting to grow back darker than it was,why is this happening.i never wanted anything like that done to my face.can you please help me.i dont no what to do aits making me very unhappy with my self as she had no right to do this.

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  10. Hi,i went in to a dermatologist in ireland and asked her if i had dark hair on my face and she said the only way she can tell me is of she does a patch test with a laser machine so she did and she took hair off the right side of my face and upper lip and now a week later its darker than it was before. it looks awful i would never do anything like this to my face, i even hate it when my eye brows grow back but this its growing back and its dark,will it not grow back the same as colour and way it was before she went near it,its making me very unhappy,i cant go anywhere,can you please help me.

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  11. A couple years ago, while vacationing in the Caribbean, I kayaked solo to a little island where I was the only one. I ended up spending the entire day naked! Sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling - you name it. My question - is skin that's never been exposed to sun more susceptible to skin cancer than other skin? More specifically, is the skin on my genitals (I'm a male, in case that matters) more likely to get skin cancer? Would it have already shown by now, or could it turn up later? I have a skin cancer check-up every couple years but my doctor (a female) does not examine me nude. I have nothing against being examined fully nude but I feel awkward asking for that. Please advise.

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  12. Hi! I'm Mark 17 years old from Philippines. I'm having an acne break out for like 2 years now. A dermatologist help me before, but it still kept on coming back. My acnes are all on my forehead only. What is the right medicine to TOTALLY get rid of this acne or the right thing to do? I tried several facial washes, erythromycin gel, centella gel, ketoderm, cetaphil which are all prescribed by the doctor, but they are all for temporary remedy. Like i've said acne keeps on coming back.. I really do need your urgent help! I would appreciate your answer! Thanks!

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  13. Hi I'm Dee and there is a spot on my scalp about 3 centimeters long that has little to no hair on it. The hair that is growing in the spot is very short and thin. It's also affecting the hair around it. I have not put any chemicals in my hair. The only things I've used in the past year is a flat iron and a blow dryer with a comb. Sometimes that spot tingles and itches.

    What could be causing my hair to fall out and grow back thin in that spot?

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  14. For the past few years i get these itchy spots on my body. Mainly on chest where bra sits, around bellybutton, around waist, and sometimes legs. We i use a tanning bed it clears up and no longer itches. But as soon as i stop tanning it comes back. What could this be?

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  15. HI;
    i am zakky, i am having acne on my face, i am having very sensitive skin and oily skin, so far i tried out with hunny mixed with milk but nothing happen. recently i noticed that i am getting more marks on my face please help me to cure

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  16. "I am 35 yrs and i am facing severe painful acne problem which i didn't faced at my puberty.The treatment i am on since 25 days is Aziwok tab500,Peroduo gel,Clindac gel and Keracnyl face wash.Please help me out ,there is no improvement at all and it is becoming worse day by day."

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  17. This opportunity closed in March and I wont be getting any further answers from Miravue. Sorry!

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  18. I have fine bumps on my neck that has spread to my face, what should I do? (they started to appear about last weekend.)

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  19. Hi, I have a question. I want to get rid of unwanted hair growth on my chin area. Which is the safest way? Since laser is still a new technology and long-term side effects are still unknown. would you advise it? should I go for Laser or Electrolysis or Intense Puluse Light treatment?

    Pls suggest.

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  20. I have these single tiny looking bumps appearing on my arms.. they dont seem to itch or hurt but everyday im notcing new ones popping up. They appear to have a clear fluid maybe in them but they are small bumps. Also when u touch one it kind of has the sensation that your pushing on a tiny tiny blister.. please help

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  21. Dermatologist in delhi will take care of your skin related related issues. You just need to mention your troubles and get the best services from the our experts.

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