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Dr Justine Kluk - Consultant Dermatologist London

Skin health

Have acids had their day?

Not too long ago you could ask any skincare expert which product or ingredient they’d recommend for glowing skin and nine times out of 10 their answer would be some kind of exfoliating acid. But is the tide starting to turn?

Coming off the pill

“You know the common story: Woman stops taking pill. Woman experiences acne. But, numerous word-of-mouth experiences aside, why does this happen to so many of us?” This question was recently put to me by Lucy Abbersteen of Marie Claire magazine. Here’s an excerpt of her article: “Pill useage declines steeply with age, from two thirds of

Dr Justine in Get the Gloss

I was recently featured on the home page of Get The Gloss talking all about my favourite beauty buys with journalist Judy Johnson. In case you missed it, I’ve posted a copy of the original interview just below. For details of where to find the products I’ve mentioned, click on the link at the bottom

SPF – Get The Gloss

SPF. Sensible, essential and non-negtotiable. So says journalist Anna Hunter this week in her round up of the new, non-greasy, innovative formulations that are making sunscreen easier than ever to adapt into your daily routine. Keep reading below for my full interview with Get The Gloss about SPF makeup. To see my quotes in the

What is rosacea?

What is rosacea? Rosacea is a long term skin condition associated with facial redness and flushing. Although more than 5% of the population are affected, it is frequently misdiagnosed and under-treated as a result. It often appears in the thirties and is more prevalent in those with fair skin. There are a number of factors

Body acne – Glamour

With sunny weather on the horizon for the upcoming bank holiday, off-the-shoulder tops and strappy dresses mean that it’s time to think about how to finally get rid of back acne or “bacne”.  Some of my top pointers are listed below, but you can read my advice in Glamour by clicking here for the full

Acne treatments – Elle

Whether you’re dealing with blackheads, whiteheads or the cystic, under-the-skin kind, spots can be debilitating to live with. You don’t have to suffer though, because there is effective treatment. I was recently interviewed by Jacqueline Kilikita on behalf of Elle Magazine to help readers decode some of the different acne treatments available. In the spirit

SPF makeup – Get The Gloss

Is SPF makeup really worth it? My opinion is that it boosts your base SPF rather than replacing it so should be considered a second line of defence. Read my comments for Get The Gloss this week by clicking here. © 2018 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the

How to use retinol

Retinol and retinoids are both vitamin A derivatives. Retinol is an essential part of any anti-ageing skincare routine and retinoids are possibly the most critical topical therapy for acne because they reduce blockage of pores and also have direct anti-inflammatory effects. Although they are both very useful tools in the management of acne and skin

How to survive teenage skin

  Blackheads are a mix of oil and dead skin cells sitting in the pores. Exposure to air causes them to oxidise and turn black giving them their characteristic appearance. They start to appear in puberty around the same time that sebum production increases and one of the most common complaints I hear from teenage

What is chicken skin?

  Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common inherited disorder of the skin affecting around 1 in 20 of us. It occurs due to an accumulation of keratin at the opening of the hair follicle, leading to stubborn, scaly plugs on the skin’s surface. These are often surrounded by a rim of redness giving a stippled

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 pressure, reduced available oxygen, noise, vibration

Keratosis pilaris – Elle

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

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

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 prevent skin drying

In-flight makeup – Refinery29

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 makeup when

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. Sometimes oral treatment is most appropriate, sometimes creams

Post-summer skin

Your out-of-office notice has been turned off and summer seems to be drawing to an end. Whilst lazy sun-soaked days do wonders for the soul, they can be tough on your skin. If you’re guilty of having let your skincare regime take a backseat to ‘fun in the sun’, now is the time to decide

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 in the level of testosterone

Dry skin – Boots Health & Beauty

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

Spring skincare tips

Spring is upon us. With temperatures set to reach 17 degrees centigrade this week, it won’t be long till bare legs are a reality. In the spirit of new beginnings, I thought I’d get the ball rolling and help you prepare your skin for better weather by sharing my favourite Spring skincare tips. So here

Winter skin saviours

After a couple of long-haul flights, and with it feeling distinctly more autumnal, my skin is now taking the hit with dryness and peeling . So….I have started to adjust my skincare regime to winter mode. This is one of my saviours… @biodermauk Hydrabio solution micellaire. A few drops of this lovely stuff soaked into

How to get your skin wedding-ready

Peak wedding season might be drawing to a close just about now, however if you’re getting married in the next few months like me or if you’re beginning to make preparations for a wedding next Spring or Summer, this is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your skin ready for your big day

Ten commandments for slowing skin ageing

Number 1: Protect your skin from the sun every day. Whether spending a day at the beach on holiday or out and about in London running errands, sun protection is essential. Choose a broad spectrum (UVA/ UVB) sun protection moisturiser with SPF 30 or higher and use it under your make-up every single day without

Why do we get spots and how can we prevent them?

Spots are probably the most common skin concern of all, affecting as many as 85% of teens at one point or another. Unfortunately, research shows that more and more of us are continuing to suffer with breakouts in our twenties, thirties and beyond meaning that spots are definitely not just a teenage issue. In fact,

Skincare tips for blemish-free skin

        Breakouts? I’ll be posting my skincare tips for beautiful blemish-free skin this week. No 1: Cleanse your skin morning and evening. Pick a gentle skin cleanser, such as Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. Wet your face and massage the cleanser into your skin with your fingertips for a minute or so before rinsing

Ageing well – The Telegraph

  How to look gorgeous well into your sixth decade? You could ask Jerry Hall…or you could check out some of the tips I shared with The Telegraph earlier this month. Journalist Victoria Hall selects her top beauty picks to help the cause including Paula’s Choice Anti-Aging Hyaluronic Acid Booster and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

All about skincare ingredients

As you might expect, I am frequently asked for skincare product suggestions. Indeed this is part of the service I provide for new patients to the clinic when we are planning their skin treatment; incorporating a combination of prescriptions, procedures and skincare products to create a programme that will deliver the best outcomes. BBC News

Wearing makeup to work – The Telegraph

Victoria Hall explores the pros and cons of wearing makeup to work out with tips from me http://www.telegraph.co.uk/beauty/make-up/should-you-wear-make-up-when-you-exercise-we-asked-the-experts/ © 2016 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of this post in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with our express written permission, copy, distribute or commercially

Why do I sweat so much?

We all sweat, but some of us much more than others. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Read more about it in this post https://www.doctify.co.uk/blog/articles/sweating © 2016 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of this post in any form is prohibited. You may not,

Excessive sweating – Marie Claire

How to stop excessive sweating from ruining your summer. Lizzie Pook explores the science of sweating with help from me http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/life/health-fitness/excessive-sweating-506302

How to prevent premature skin ageing

We can’t stop the ageing process, however there are a number of environmental and lifestyle factors that we can modify to slow it down. Read my tips here http://www.goodzing.com/remedies/dr-justine-kluk/how-to-prevent-premature-skin-ageing © 2016 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of this post in any form is prohibited. You may

How to choose sunscreen

Do you know what to look for on the label of your sunscreen, how much to apply and how often to top up? Check out my tips on Good Zing http://www.goodzing.com/remedies/dr-justine-kluk/how-to-choose-your-sunscreen © 2017 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of this post in any form is prohibited. You

The best and fastest ways to tackle sunburn

Ouch! The best and fastest ways to heal a sunburn with advice from me on Good Zing http://www.goodzing.com/articles/ouch-the-best-fastest-ways-to-heal-a-sunburn © 2017 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of this post in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with our express written permission, copy, distribute or commercially

Skin changes during pregnancy

Highlights from my talk to St John’s Wood mum’s group Mums in the Wood about skin changes during pregnancy and how to tackle them http://mumsinthewood.com/nurse-them/specialists/skin-changes-pregnancy-tackle-dr-justine-kluk/ © 2017 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of this post in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with our

Protecting children in the sun

Tips for keeping your little ones safe in the sun from my talk to London mum’s group Mums in the Wood http://mumsinthewood.com/nurse-them/specialists/sunprotection/ © 2017 Dr Justine Kluk. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of this post in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with our express written permission, copy,

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