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Can I wear makeup when I fly?

I was recently asked the following questions by beauty journalist Jacqueline Kilikita for an article she was writing for Refinery29. You can read my answers here in full. What happens to our skin in the air? The aircraft cabin is unlike most other indoor environments with exposure to low press...

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ELLE UK February 2018

Keratosis Pilaris, sometimes unflatteringly referred to as "chicken skin", is a stubborn skin condition that causes pesky, dry, rough, red bumps to appear on the upper arms. If you have KP, you're not alone as 1 in 20 of us will be affected at some point and it can be difficult to get on top of. Jac...

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Refinery29 January 2018

Is wearing makeup on an aeroplane actually that bad for your skin? Journalist Jacqueline Kilikita and the team at Refinery29 asked me this very question recently. To see what I had to say on the matter, click on the link below. To be absolutely clear, I am not recommending that you do wear makeu...

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Sunday Times Style January 2018

Beauty journalist, Malena Habers, wrote in last weekend's Sunday Times Style about instant gratification skincare and why we’re so obsessed with rapid results. It was my pleasure to provide a few of my thoughts for the article and I’ll share these here with you too.  There is definite...

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What is the role of diet in acne?

A question that I get asked a lot by patients who have come to see me in the clinic for acne treatment is whether food may be contributing to their breakouts. This is hardly surprising as I can remember being told very clearly when I was a teenager that my spots were caused by eating chocolate....

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Soak smartly

A common concern for my patients is dehydrated skin due to changing weather and loss of humidity. Here are 5 tips to ensure you bathe the right way and prevent your skin from drying out. 1. Shut the door: Keeping the bathroom door closed increases humidity in the air, which will help preve...

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A guide to retinoid creams for treating acne

When I am planning acne treatment for new patients to the clinic, we have a discussion about the most effective management options based on the severity of their symptoms, what kinds of spots they are getting (e.g. blackheads, pustules, nodules, cysts) and what treatments they've already tried....

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My journey with acne

  I get asked all the time about why I decided to become a dermatologist. The short answer is this. Acne. I started to get spots when I was about 12 years old. My dad bought me Clearasil and told me that I would grow out of it. He’d grown out of it when he was my age after all, but not befo...

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What is acne?

      Acne is the medical term used to describe breakouts. For many of us, our first experience of the condition is during puberty when our bodies start to produce higher levels of the hormone testosterone. The sebaceous glands in our skin are very sensitive to even small changes...

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Boots Health & Beauty October 2017

How do you prepare for another crazy Monday? For me, it's doing some exercise, good food (and wine) and enjoying downtime with my family and friends. I like the idea of a long soak in the bath on a Sunday evening, but the truth is that my skin gets very dry if I spend too long in the bath or sho...

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