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Acne Mechanica – What is it?

Have you ever noticed breakouts on your forehead after wearing a headband? Or how your backside becomes covered in pimples after a long day of hiking with a backpack?

Although you might blame these breakouts on sweat and bacteria, it’s more complicated than that. In both instances, your breakouts are likely caused by acne mechanica.

What is acne mechanica and how can you prevent it? Here are three of the things you ought to know:

  1. Acne mechanica is a form of acne that is caused by heat, pressure and friction on the skin.
  2. Men who wear sports equipment, tight clothing and backpacks are prone to acne mechanica.
  3. Acne mechanica can be treated and prevented with a few simple changes to your routine.

Acne Mechanica Explained

While we still don’t know the exact cause of acne, we do know that it occurs when excess oil, bacteria and dead skin cells clog the hair follicle. Acne mechanica refers specifically to acne that is caused by excess heat, pressure and rubbing of the skin.

Acne mechanica can be caused by backpacks, chin straps from helmets, shoulder pads and tight-fitting clothing. These items can rub repeatedly against the skin, creating friction and heat.

This friction and heat open up your pores, making them more likely to become clogged with bacteria and dead skin cells. Blocked hair follicles can then become inflamed, resulting in red, angry pimples at the site of the friction.

Who Is Affected by Acne Mechanica?

Acne mechanica is more likely to affect acne-prone individuals, athletes and soldiers. Men may be affected by acne mechanica more than women, given our biological differences.

For example, men produce more oil and have bigger pores than women do, which makes men prone to clogged pores and breakouts caused by friction and heat.

Men also produce more sweat per gland (see claim: “We conclude that physical training enhances…”) than women do. While sweat does not directly cause acne, it can lead to an increased buildup of bacteria and result in blocked pores.

Teenagers and young adults who suffer from hormonal acne are also likely to experience acne mechanica. This is often due to their higher sebum production caused by hormone fluctuations, as well as wearing backpacks that cause friction and heat.

Teenagers and young adults who suffer from hormonal acne are also likely to experience acne mechanica. This is often due to their higher sebum production caused by hormone fluctuations, as well as wearing backpacks that cause friction and heat.

How to Treat Acne Mechanica

Like any form of acne, there is no cure for acne mechanica. However, there are ways to reduce your chances of breakouts caused by heat and friction.

  • Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing. As much as you want to show off your muscles with a tight-fitting shirt, this may be causing you to break out in acne. Wear clothing that gives your skin room to breathe instead.
  • Use Products with Salicylic Acid. This powerful ingredient is an acne-fighting machine. Not only is Salicylic Acid gentle on the skin, it’s also an excellent chemical exfoliant which can penetrate deep into the pores of a man’s skin to eliminate bacteria-causing acne. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we recommend our DermaActive Cleanser and DermaBalance Lotion as they contain a combination of ingredients, including Salicylic Acid, that are clinically proven to help with acne.
  • Choose breathable fabrics. The combination of sweat and certain fabrics can be a nightmare for your skin. Avoid fabrics such as polyester and rayon (which can trap heat and sweat in your skin) and choose breathable fabrics such as cotton instead.

Alright, what if you’ve followed the tips above and you still get acne mechanica? No fear, gentlemen—there are other ways to help.

A powerful acne treatment system for men can step up your skincare game and eliminate stubborn blemishes. Because men have different skin than women do, they need an acne treatment system formulated specifically for their skin.

Elan Medical DermaActives use cutting-edge ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Azelaic Acid to penetrate and heal the skin. We’ve also made our acne system for men super simple because we know that guys want skin care to be easy.

Keep Acne Mechanica at Bay with a Regular Skin Care Regimen

Not wearing backpacks and helmets simply isn’t a practical solution to treating acne mechanica. If you’re struggling with breakouts caused by heat, pressure and friction, the best treatment is preventing acne in the first place.

A daily skin care regime can help reduce acne mechanica and even eliminate it entirely. By keeping your skin clean and moisturized daily, you’re well on your way to achieving amazing-looking skin.

Sometimes over the counter products are simply just not enough and you need to see a dermatologist. Elan Medical Skin Clinic is a registered medical skin clinic.

10 skin care habits that can worsen acne

While it’s important to wash your face, washing too many times a day can irritate your skin, causing new breakouts.

Are you faithfully treating your acne but still seeing new breakouts? Your skin care routine could be to blame. Here you’ll find 10 skin care habits that can worsen acne and dermatologists’ tips to help you change those habits.

  1. Try a new acne treatment every week or so. This approach can irritate your skin, which can cause breakouts.
  2. What to do instead: Give an acne treatment time to work. You want to use a product for 6 to 8 weeks. It takes that long to see some improvement. If you don’t see any improvement by then, you can try another product. Complete clearing generally takes 3 to 4 months.
  3. Apply acne medication only to your blemishes. It makes sense to treat what you see, but this approach fails to prevent new breakouts.
  4. What to do instead: To prevent new blemishes, spread a thin layer of the acne medication evenly over your acne-prone skin. For example, if you tend to breakout on your forehead, nose, and chin, you’d want to apply the acne treatment evenly on all of these areas of your face.
  5. Use makeup, skin care products, and hair care products that can cause acne. Some makeup along with many skin and hair care products contain oil or other ingredients that can cause acne breakouts. If you continue to use them, you may continue to see blemishes.
  6. What to do instead: Use only makeup, sunscreen, skin and hair care products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.” These products don’t cause breakouts in most people. Check out the Elan Medical DermaActive skin care range for acne
  7. Share makeup, makeup brushes, or makeup applicators. Even if you use only non-comedogenic products, sharing makeup can lead to blemishes.
  8. Acne isn’t contagious, but when you share makeup, makeup brushes, or applicators, the acne-causing bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells on other people’s skin can wind up in your makeup. When you use that makeup, you can transfer their bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells to your skin. These can clog your pores, leading to breakouts.
  9. What to do instead: Make sure you’re the only person who uses your makeup, makeup brushes, and makeup applicators.
  10. Sleep in your makeup. Even non-comedogenic makeup can cause acne if you sleep in it. 
  11. What to do instead: Remove your makeup before you go to bed. No exceptions. If you’re too tired to wash your face, use a makeup remover towelette. Just make sure it’s a non-comedogenic towelette.
  12. Wash your face throughout the day. Washing your face several times a day can further irritate your skin, leading to more breakouts.
  13. What to do instead: Wash your face twice a day — when you wake up and before you go to bed. You’ll also want to wash your face when you finish an activity that makes you sweat.
  14. Dry out your skin. Skin with acne is oily, so it can be tempting to apply astringent and acne treatments until your face feels dry. Don’t. Dry skin is irritated skin. Anytime you irritate your skin, you risk getting more acne.
  15. What to do instead: Use acne treatments as directed. If your skin feels dry, apply a moisturizer made for acne-prone skin. You’ll want to apply the moisturizer twice a day, after washing your face.
  16. You also want to avoid using astringents, rubbing alcohol, and anything else that can dry out your skin.
  17. Scrub your skin clean. To get rid of acne, you may be tempted to scrub your skin clean. Don’t. Scrubbing can irritate your skin, causing acne to flare.
  18. What to do instead: Be gentle when washing your face and other skin with acne. You want to use a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser. Apply the cleanser lightly with your fingertips, using a circular motion. Gently rinse it off with warm water, using only your fingers. Then pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
  19. Rub sweat from your skin during a workout. Using a towel to roughly rub away sweat can irritate your skin, which can cause breakouts.
  20. What to do instead: When working out, use a clean towel to gently pat sweat from your skin.
  21. Pop or squeeze breakouts. When you pop or squeeze acne, you’re likely to push some of what’s inside (e.g., pus, dead skin cells, or bacteria) deeper into your skin. When this happens, you increase inflammation. This can lead to more-noticeable acne and sometimes scarring and pain.
  22. What to do instead: Resist the temptation to pop or squeeze acne. You want to treat your acne with acne medication. If you have deep or painful acne, seeing a dermatologist is necessary to help clear your acne.

When to see a dermatologist

Many people can control their acne by following these skin care tips and using acne treatment that they can buy without a prescription. If you continue to see acne after giving these tips a chance to work, a dermatologist can help. Some people need prescription-strength acne treatment.

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex we are a registered medical clinic. Our Dermatology Nurse Consultant is able to prescribe prescription only medication for the treatment of ace.

With the right help, virtually everyone who has acne can see clearer skin.

Tattoo Removal

Unwanted tattoos can be removed gradually over a series of sessions using a laser.

The energy from the laser breaks down the tattoo ink into tiny fragments, which are eventually absorbed into the bloodstream and safely passed out of the body.

This process is rarely carried out on the NHS.

Before you go ahead…

If you’re thinking of having a tattoo removed, you should be prepared for the potential discomfort and the limitations. 

Cost:  At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex we charge £150 a session to remove a small tattoo and up to £800 for a larger one using Plasma Soft Surgery under a local anaesthetic cream.

*Limitations: *

  • It can be a frustratingly slow process: 10 or more sessions may be needed to remove the tattoo.
  • Many tattoos are not entirely removed – it’s quite common to have some fragments left in the skin.
  • Some colours don’t fade as well as others.

Tattoo removal is not recommended for people with dark skin, a suntan or fake tan. It’s not suitable if you’re in the early stages of pregnancy, although there are no known risks for women who are breastfeeding.

Safety:  At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we are a registered medical clinic. We are registered with The Care Quality Commission.

What it involves

If you have hair on the area of skin to be treated, you’d need to shave before the appointment.

The practitioner would then press a hand-held device to your skin and trigger a laser. Some people say this feels like an elastic band snapping at your skin.

The session would take about 10-30 minutes, depending on the size of the tattoo.

The tattoo should become progressively lighter with each treatment, but it’s a long, slow process. Normally treatments are carried out every 6-12 weeks

Aloe vera gel would be applied afterwards, and you may leave with a bandage or patch.

Afterwards

The skin may be red with a raised rash for a short while afterwards. Holding an ice pack to the skin may help (try a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel).

Your skin would also be more sensitive to the sun, so you’d need to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least a week afterwards, and use sunscreen.

As treatment sessions progress, the skin may bleed slightly before scabbing over for about a week.

It may help to regularly apply aloe vera gel, and apply Vaseline if there is any blistering or scabbing.

You should also avoid:

  • soap or perfumed products on the area for the first 48 hours
  • strenuous activities for a couple of days
  • swimming and saunas until the scab has dropped off (as these may slow the healing process)

Risks

Possible risks are:

  • some colours not completely fading – yellow, green and purple ink requires more energy (more sessions) to fade than black, blue and red
  • a small chance your skin may become temporarily darker or palerthan the surrounding skin
  • a slight chance you’re left with a permanent scar (3 in 100 patients develop a scar)

Clinical expertise

Our clinical director, Sue Ibrahim has worked in cosmetic dermatology for almost 20 years and her experience in minor skin surgery and laser treatments is second to none. Sue is a firm believer in a combined, holistic approach. In order to get the most out of any treatment we aim to get your skin in tiptop condition first. Your treatment is then the icing on the cake and your recovery time is quicker.

What happens next?

You will require a thorough cosmetic consultation to book your consultation.

Click here to read what our patients are currently saying about Elan Medical Skin Clinic

How do I request a consultation?

You can either give Elan Medical Skin Clinic a call on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday.Cosmetic consultation


Skin Cyst Removal

A skin cyst is a fluid-filled lump just underneath the skin. It’s common and harmless, and may disappear without treatment.

It can be difficult to tell whether a lump is a cyst or something else that might need treatment. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex, we can make sure that your lump is properly diagnosed.

Cysts are sometimes confused with boils or skin abscesses. Boils and abscesses are painful collections of pus that indicate an infection. A cyst may go on to become a boil or abscess

What a cyst looks like

A skin cyst is a round, dome-shaped lump. It’s yellow or white, often with a small dark plug through which you might be able to squeeze out pus.

Skin Cysts can be removed quickly and painlessly at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

Cysts can range in size from smaller than a pea to a few centimetres across. They grow slowly.

Skin cysts don’t usually hurt, but can become tender, sore and red if they become infected. Foul-smelling pus coming out of the cyst is another sign of infection.

Types of skin cyst

Epidermoid cysts (one of the main types) are commonly found on the face, neck, chest, shoulders or skin around the genitals.

They affect young and middle-aged adults, and are particularly common in people with acne. They don’t usually run in families.

Cysts that form around hair follicles are known as pilar cysts. They’re often found on the scalp.

Pilar cysts typically affect middle-aged adults, particularly women. Unlike epidermoid cysts, they run in families.

A cyst that forms on the eyelid is called a chalazion or meibomian cyst.

Why do cysts form?

Some of the cells in the top layer of skin produce keratin, a protein that gives skin its strength and flexibility. Normally, these cells move up to the surface of the skin as they start to die, so they can be shed.

However, the cells sometimes move deeper into your skin and multiply, forming a sac. They secrete keratin into the middle of the sac, which forms a thick, yellow paste. This can ooze out of the cyst if it’s burst.

Anyone can develop a skin cyst, but you’re more likely to have one if you’ve been through puberty, you have a history of acne, aor you’ve injured the skin – for example, if you’ve damaged a hair follicle.

Skin cysts aren’t contagious.

Treating skin cysts

Cysts are usually harmless. Small cysts that aren’t causing any problems can be left alone.

Holding a warm flannel against the skin will encourage the cyst to heal and reduce any inflammation.

Don’t be tempted to burst the cyst. If it’s infected, you risk spreading the infection, and if the sac is left underneath the skin, it can grow back.

You may need a course of antibiotics if the cyst is infected.

If a cyst is causing problems, such as catching on your clothes, or if it looks unsightly, it can be removed. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we will use a local anaesthetic to numb your skin, before making a tiny cut and squeezing the cyst out.

This procedure will leave a scar. The cyst may also grow back, particularly if it was removed from the scalp or scrotum.

What happens next?

If you would like to ask our Medical Director & Nurse Consultant, Sue Ibrahim a message, by all means do. We provide a responsive service that aims to set your mind at ease and ensure you are fully informed before booking your consultation. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex, all new patients receive a thorough consultation and medical assessment prior to treatment.

How do I book an appointment?

You can either call Elan Medical Skin Clinic on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can book your Mole or Cyst removal appointment in Essex by going to our online booking form and one of our reception team will contact you by phone or email, whichever you prefer. You will be asked to pay your initial consultation fee by credit or debit card on confirming your appointment.

New Year, New Skin, New You

On Thursday 10th January 2019, between 5pm and 7pm, we are holding a New Year, New Skin, New You Event.

Discover the new and exciting treatments on offer at Elan Medical Skin Clinic. Come and meet Sue Ibrahim for an informal chat about your skin concerns.

We are specialists in medical skin conditions and cosmetic dermatology.

Exclusive offers on treatments and treatment packages booked on the night.

If you are interested in attending this event, please give our reception team a call. The Event is completely free of charge and you will not be pressured into pursuing any treatment.

Do you fancy being a model on the night? You will need to attend a Consultation prior to being considered as a model. You must also be over the age of eighteen.

Call 01268 770660 or complete an enquiry form online to register your interest.

Christmas Opening Hours

Have a wonderful Christmas
Season’s greetings! From all of us at Elan Medical Skin Clinic we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2018 has been an exciting and vibrant year for us, and we’re forever grateful for your continued business and eagerness to continue working with you to achieve amazing skin. We hope that 2019 is as electric and successful as 2018 has been, and we can’t wait to see you on the other side.

All I want for Christmas is great skin

Christmas Closure Dates
We all plan on getting merry, jolly, and all that jazz with our nearest and dearest over Christmas, as we’re sure you will be too, so our clinic will be closing from Saturday 22 December 2018 at 4pm and reopening on Friday 28th of December 2018.

Our clinic will also be closed from Monday 31st December to Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Thank you for choosing Elan Medical Skin Clinic for all of your skin needs, and we hope you’re feeling merry and bright!

Skin Specialist in Essex

What is a Skin Specialist?

Skin specialists in Essex are either Consultant Dermatologists or Nurse Consultsnts in Dermatology and it takes many years of studying medicine and many more years experience in diagnosing and treating medical skin conditions for someone to call themselves a skin specialist.

Who is Sue Ibrahim?

Sue Ibrahim started life as registered nurse working within the NHS. Her interest in Dermatology began when she saw how much the psychological effects of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis had on lives of the her patients. This was over thirty years ago.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim.

Over the past thirty years, Sue Ibrahim attended many courses aimed at nurses working within the field of dermatology. She has now reached the level of Dermtology Nurse Consultant, being able to prescribe and treat many conditions involving the skin, the hair and the nails.

As a Nurse Consultant in Dermatology, Sue Ibrahim is also one of highest trained nurses in Dermoscopy (a medical device that acts as an aid in the diagnosis of skin lesions, particularly skin cancers). She is trained in carrying out skin biopsies and she also performs minor skin surgery under a local anaesthetic.

Sue Ibrahim often works alongside GPs, advising them on treatment plans for their patiens. She also works alongside Consultant Dermatologists to provide treatments that are only normally prescribed under specialist supervision.

Highly respected by her peers in dermatology and in aesthetic medicine, Sue has won many awards for her contribution to the speciality of Dermatology Nursing.

Even with thirty years experience, Sue Ibrahim continues to attend at least 10 study days a year. Every six months she attends prescribing update days, aimed at keeping her up to date with the new medication that are being lisenced to treat skin conditions and those that are still under clinicsl trials. She also attrnds dermoscopy and minor surgery update days, which help to improve her skills in analysing skin lesions and performing skin surgery.

Appointments with a Skin Specialist

Unless you have a life-threatening skin condition, it can be extremely difficult to see a Skin Specialist on the NHS, particularly in you live in Essex or Kent. Unless you have private medical insurance, going to see a consultant dermatologist privately can cost between £200-£400 in London and Essex. However, at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, a 45 minute dermatology consultation with Sue Ibrahim, our skin specialist, costs les than £100.

If you have an existing medical skin condition, your dermatology consultation includes a general assessment of your needs and a discussion about the range of treatment options available, both at Elan Medical Skin Clinic and those available elsewhere. A treatment plan will be discussed and if agreed, you will be provided with a prescription.

Elan Medical Skin Skin Clinic is registered with The Care Quality Commission.

Rosacea Update – New Treatments Available

Rosacea is a chronic but treatable condition that primarily affects the central face, and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Although rosacea may develop in many ways and at any age, patient surveys indicate that it typically begins any time after age 30 as flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. Studies have shown that over time the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, inflammatory bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases — particularly in men — the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. In as many as 50 percent of patients the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.

Rosacea

Rosacea can affect women in their mid-thirties.

Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population and all skin types, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disorder is more frequently diagnosed in women, but tends to be more severe in men. There is also evidence that rosacea may tend to run in families, and may be especially prevalent in people of northern or eastern European descent.

What causes rosacea?

Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, various theories about the disorder’s origin have evolved over the years. These have often related to its primary outward signs and symptoms: flushing and redness, bumps and pimples, and the small visible blood vessels called telangiectasia. The range of possible causes has included defects in the immune system, nervous system and facial blood vessels, and the presence of microbes and Demodex mites. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that a susceptibility to developing the disorder may be inherited, and genetic studies are now underway.

Microscopic Demodex mites are a natural part of the human microbiome — the ecological community of microorganisms that live within and on the body. Two species of Demodex are found in humans. Demodex folliculorum live in hair follicles, primarily on the face, as well as in the meibomian glands of the eyelids; Demodex brevislive in the sebaceous glands of the skin.

While Demodex folliculorum are found on the skin of all humans, they frequently occur in greater numbers in those with rosacea. There has been much debate as to whether their increased numbers are a cause or result of rosacea. However, evidence appears to be mounting that an overabundance of Demodex may possibly trigger an immune response in people with rosacea, or that the inflammation may be caused by certain bacteria associated with the mites.

Rosacea can exacerbate causing inflamed spots.

How do we treat rosacea?

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we treat rosacea with prescription only medications and phototherapy.

  1. Oral medication is prescribed to reduce the inflammation in the skin.
  2. Topical medication is prescribed to keep the Demodex folliculorum mite off of the face at night. We no longer recommend topical antibiotic creams such like Metronidazole Gel, as rosacea is not a bacterial infection.
  3. In severe or resistant cases, stronger oral and topical medication is required.
  4. Rosacea Phototherapy can be a useful adjunct to medical treatment as it reduces the inflammatory lesions.
  5. Lasers can be used to reduce the appearance of telangectasias (dilated blood vessels) and thickening of the skin.

Click here to read what our patients are currently saying about Elan Medical Skin Clinic.

Can the weather affect rosacea?

Sun exposure, hot weather, humidity, cold and wind have all been known to aggravate rosacea for many individuals. The following are defense strategies you can use:

  • Always protect your face from the sun. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF (sun-protection factor) of 15 or higher year round. If necessary, use a formulation developed for children to avoid irritation. Wear a broad-brimmed hat. Minimize midday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) exposure to the sun during summer months.
  • Stay in a cool, air-conditioned environment on hot, humid days. If this is impossible, those affected should sip cold drinks and try not to overexert themselves. If necessary, chew on ice chips to lower facial temperature or spray the face with cool water.
  • Combat cold by covering your cheeks and nose with a scarf. In winter, rosacea sufferers also may don a ski mask when participating in outdoor sports or activities, as well as cover up on windy days. If these conditions aggravate your rosacea, limiting your time outdoors in cold weather may also help.
  • Use a moisturizer daily during cold weather. This protects against the naturally drying effects of cold and wind.

Can stress aggravate rosacea?

Stress ranks high on the list of tripwires for many rosacea sufferers. However, in a survey of rosacea patients affected by stress, most of those using stress management techniques said they had successfully reduced their flare-ups. When feeling overwhelmed, try some of the following stress reducers:

Men can get rosacea too and it can get worse very quickly in men

  • Take care of your whole self. Eat healthy, exercise moderately and get the right amount of sleep. It may also help to cut down on caffeine.
  • When under stress, try deep-breathing exercises. Inhale and count to 10, then exhale and count to 10. Repeat this exercise several times.
  • Use visualization techniques. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and visualize a beautiful vacation spot or favourite pleasurable activity or painting to reduce stress. Hold the image for several minutes to feel its peacefulness and beauty.
  • Stretch out and relax all your muscles. Relax muscles starting at the top of the head and work down to the toes for a whole-body stress reliever.

Can foods and beverages affect rosacea?

Steaming hot soup or coffee, spicy nachos, a glass of wine — no matter how appetizing they sound, these foods and beverages may be a problem for some rosacea sufferers. Hot liquids may cause flushing. Spicy foods like oriental mustard sauce or salsa can raise a sweat, and alcoholic beverages may trigger flare-ups in many cases. These tips will help you select rosacea-friendly meals:

  • Monitor how your rosacea reacts to alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages often induce flare-ups in rosacea sufferers. If alcohol aggravates your condition, reduce your intake or avoid alcohol entirely.
  • Avoid “hot” spices such as white and black pepper, paprika, red pepper and cayenne, which are common rosacea tripwires.

Can exercise make my rosacea worse?

While exercise may be part of a healthy lifestyle, it could actually be harmful to rosacea sufferers if it causes their condition to flare up. Moderation is the key. And even then, take these precautions:

  • Avoid heavy exertion or high-intensity workouts that cause overheating and bring on flushing. Replace them with low-intensity exercise routines, which often can be just as effective.
  • Try exercising for shorter, more frequent intervals. For instance, exercise for 15 minutes three times a day, rather than exercising all at once.
  • When exercising outdoors during warm weather, choose early morning or early evening hours when it’s cooler. No matter what time of day, protect your face from the sun and avoid hot weather exercise.
  • When exercising indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated. Run a fan, open the window for a breeze or turn on the air conditioning to avoid overheating.
  • Try to stay as cool as possible when exercising. Drape a cool, damp towel around your neck, drink cold fluids or chew on ice chips. You can also keep a bottle filled with cool water to spray your face.

Bathing and cleansing can also cause flare-ups

Rosacea sufferers often must modify their approach to cleansing and bathing. The following tips can help you adopt a personal-care routine that soothes and calms your facial redness:

  • Avoid hot water, hot tubs and saunas. These can bring on flushing and aggravate your condition.
  • Begin each day with a thorough and gentle facial cleansing. Use a gentle cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive and spread it with your fingertips. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove all dirt and soap, and use a thick cotton towel to gently blot the face dry.
  • Never pull, tug, scratch or treat your face harshly. Avoid any rough washcloths, loofahs, brushes or sponges.
  • Let your face thoroughly air dry before applying any medication or skin-care products. Let your face rest for a few minutes before applying topical medication. Then allow the medication to dry completely for five to 10 minutes before applying any moisturizer or makeup.
  • Men should use an electric shaver rather than a blade. If a blade is preferred, never use a dull blade that requires extra scraping for a clean shave. Avoid shaving lotions that burn or sting.
  • Repeat the cleansing process at night. Gently cleanse your face each night to remove any makeup or dirt accumulated throughout the day. Air dry and apply your topical medication.

Choose your skin-care products carefully

Rosacea sufferers can use a variety of skin-care products to their advantage. Moisturizers can reduce flakiness and makeups can camouflage symptoms and improve appearance. You may have to experiment until you find the products that work best for your individual condition. Here are some general guidelines that will help you select products carefully:

  • Steer clear of ingredients that sting, burn or cause facial redness. Some ingredients to avoid include alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil or clove oil.
  • Select fragrance-free products. If you must choose a product that contains a fragrance, be sure that it appears at the end of the list of ingredients. The further down it appears, the less fragrance the product contains.
  • Use makeup to hide blemishes and cover redness. Spot application of makeup may be used to cover blemishes and visible blood vessels, and green-tinted foundations are available at most cosmetic counters to mask general redness. They can be followed by a skin-tone foundation. Avoid powders, which can make dry flaky skin look worse.

Other medical conditions can make rosacea worse

Physicians have found that some underlying health conditions and temporary ailments can stimulate a flushing response and trigger rosacea flare-ups. The following conditions should be ruled out or treated by your doctor as appropriate to help bring flare-ups under control:

  • Hot flashes associated with menopause. The hot flashes that often occur before or during menopause have brought on rosacea’s first appearance in some women.
  • Fevers, coughs and colds. Although intermittent, these ills may provoke the flushing that begins a rosacea flare-up.
  • Systemic diseases. Occasionally systemic diseases, such as high blood pressure, have been identified as causes of rosacea flare-ups. When flushing is accompanied by itching, breathing difficulties or diarrhoea, seek medical attention.

Certain medications can worsen rosacea

Certain drugs can cause facial flushing, resulting in rosacea flare-ups. If you experience flare-ups as a result of the following drugs, discuss the problem with your doctor:

  • Vasodilator drugs. These drugs are used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease because of their ability to dilate the blood vessels. In some patients, they have been reported to cause symptoms called “vasodilator rosacea.”
  • Topical steroids. Long-term use of topical steroids has been found to aggravate rosacea or induce rosacea-like symptoms. In one study, symptoms improved for patients who discontinued the steroids and were prescribed antibiotics.

Skin Cancer Screening in Essex

Skin Cancer Screening, Mole Checking and Mole Removal Services

Whether you are concerned about a suspicious mole, or keen to keep a close eye on all your skin changes, our Nurse Consultant in Dermatology at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex can provide you with the reassurance that you will receive the correct diagnosis in a timely fashion. Appointments for skin cancer screening or mole checks can normally be booked within a few days. For the small number of patients diagnosed with skin cancer, a proactive approach is more likely to lead to less treatment and an improved cosmetic and overall outcome.

Mole Removal in Essex

Skin Cancer Screening is more than just checking moles with a naked eye

When should I get my moles checked?

If a mole has changed recently, or it has suspicious features, your GP will arrange referral to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who has a special interest in skin cancer. This service is available in the NHS, although waiting times to be seen in a clinic can be many weeks, or privately if you have medical insurance or want to pay for treatment. Mole removal is advised if you have noticed a mole that:

  • Has increased in size
  • Has changed in colour
  • Is over 7mm in size
  • Has an irregular shape
  • Has an irregular colour
  • Is inflamed or oozing

Although the majority of moles that present with these clinical signs will not be cancerous, a small proportion will contain malignant cells and may require further treatment following initial mole removal. Black or dark brown moles may be a sign of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer that can result in patient mortality. If you have noticed any of the above features you should consider seeking medical advice.

Skin Cancer Screening

This service is for anyone with concerns about new or growing moles. This involves a detailed examination of your moles, and a complete skin examination, to give you peace of mind and ensure early detection of any problems.

mole checks

Skin lesions being checked using a special piece of equipment called a dermatoscope

One-Stop Mole Removal

This fast-track service is for anyone that wants a mole removing because it is suspicious of cancer or they feel it is unsightly. You can book an appointment at our Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex. Moles removed within the clinic will be sent to a pathologist for interpretation.

How do I book an appointment?

You can either call Elan Medical Skin Clinic on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can book your skin cancer screening appointment by going to our online booking form and one of our reception team will contact you by phone or email, whichever you prefer. You will be asked to pay your initial consultation fee by credit or debit card on confirming your appointment.

It’s All About The Eyes

Do you suffer from tired eyes, dark circles or crepey, dehydrated eyelid skin? Many of the women that come in to see us for a skin consultation say that it is around the eyes that concern them the most.

Tear Trough Filler

It’s all about the eyes.

Under eye dark circles and crepey dehydrated eyelid  skin

Some patients presenting with dark circles or a loss of volume in the area below the eye have thin, sun damaged eyelid skin, rather than a deep volume loss. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic, we often recommend a course of Eye Booster Treatments, to hydra rejuvenate the thin eyelid skin, which pumps the lower eyelid to improve the apparent ‘tear trough’. An eye booster treatment helps to rejuvenate the thin lower eyelid skin, which can worsen the illusion of under-eye shadows.

Tear Trough Fillers. What to expect….

The tear trough is the area between your cheek and lower eyelid. As we age, we lose volume in this area, sometimes causing under-eye dark circles to appear. An effective tear trough treatment, performed by highly skilled doctors and nurses, can restore the lost volume, reducing the appearance of dark circles.

The injections are usually painless, after suitable topical anaesthesia for 15 minutes. When treating the skin under the eyes, tiny amounts of filler are injected using a very fine needle or cannula. It is normal for the eyes to look swollen and bruised for 3-7 following treatment, but we can recommend products that can cover this up and most people are able to resume their daily routine straight away. The full results of treatment can be seen over 1-4 weeks following treatment.

As the fillers we use are bio-degradable, the fillers will break down over time, which means that repeat treatments are normally required every 6-12 months.

Potential temporary side effects of our Eye Booster Treatment

  • Bruising and redness of the skin at the site of the injection
  • Swelling and Lumpiness
  • Allergic reaction

Tear Trough Filler Cost

Prices are a guide, we will calculate your treatment during your consultation

  • Eye Boost from £450

Why visit Elan Medical Skin Clinic for this procedure:

Our nurse consultant has almost 20 years’ experience of injecting skin fillers. Using advanced injection techniques, most clients report that treatments with Sue Ibrahim are quick, painless and produce instant results. As an expert in her field, Sue will carefully consider your facial structure and profile to naturally enhance your appearance. Read what our clients are currently saying about their treatments at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

If you would like to ask our Medical Director & Nurse Consultant, Sue Ibrahim a message, by all means do. We provide a responsive service that aims to set your mind at ease and ensure you are fully informed before booking your consultation. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex, all new patients receive a thorough consultation and medical assessment prior to treatment.

How do I request a consultation?

You can either give Elan Medical Skin Clinic a call on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can click here to book and pay for your consultations via our online store. One of our reception team will then confirm your appointment by phone or email, whichever you prefer.