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Dr Justine Kluk - Consultant Dermatologist London
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Sun damage

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What is sun damage?

I spent the first half of my life in sunny South Africa so this is a concept that is very close to home. In those days, sunscreen was something you applied at the beach. In fact, it was more likely to be referred to as “suntan lotion” giving the impression that you put it on in order to go out and get a tan. I can certainly recall being sunburnt as a child. This isn’t because my parents or teachers were careless or negligent. This was the norm. No one knew what SPF actually meant and so my hastily smeared factor 6 was expected to see me through the entire day. These days we are much more clued up about the dangers of the sun, particularly in regards to our children. Some adults still have a bit of catching up to do, but overall we’re getting better at protecting our skin in the sun and seeking early detection of sun damage from specialists.

Whilst sunburn is clearly a painful warning that your skin has been damaged by too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation, there are other undesirable consequences of excess sun exposure further down the line including premature ageing of the skin and, even more worryingly, skin cancer. After specialising in dermatology, my own personal interest in sun damage led me to undertake an extra year of study in order to complete a post-qualification fellowship in melanoma. People who have had sunburn are more than twice as likely to get melanoma than those who have not and the risk is even higher if you have had sunburn several times in your life. All good reasons to know how to protect your skin properly in the sun and how to spot the signs of skin cancer.

So what can you do about it?

  1. Check your skin at home once per month when you get out of the bath or shower so that you are familiar with what is normal for you.
  2. Cover up, seek shade or stay out of the sun if possible between 10am and 2pm.
  3. Be extra careful near water, snow and sand as they reflect UV rays which can increase your chances of sunburn.
  4. Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet and vitamin supplements if necessary. Do not use this as an excuse to sunbathe and never use sunbeds.
  5. Wear sunscreen between April and September in the UK if you’re spending time outdoors or by a window with sunlight streaming through. You can be caught out on cloudy days so don’t be falsely reassured if the weather is overcast.
  6. Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours if you’re continuing to expose your skin throughout the day.
  7. Don’t be put off by the the sunscreens of yesteryear which were thick, sticky and left yellow marks on your clothes. I have been able to convince lots of cynical patients to use sun protection on a daily basis throughout the year by introducing them to products that look and feel just like a moisturiser or BB cream. This includes acne sufferers who need a bit of guidance about products that aren’t going to make their breakouts worse.

Are you concerned about sun damage or would you like to arrange a mole check?

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I now see foundation as a choice, and not a “need” like I used to, and I feel so comfortable in my own skin. Dr Kluk is so kind, understanding and knowledgeable.

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Dr Kluk is beyond amazing. I haven’t seen my skin like this for years and she’s helped me regain my self-confidence. I would highly, highly recommend this clinic!

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Justine is a complete expert about skin. She is so professional and friendly at the same time and I always know I’m in good hands with her. My skin dramatically improved after seeing her, giving me more confidence.

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I can’t recommend Dr Kluk enough. Her friendly, professional & warm manner instantly put me at ease. A sensible, steady approach has given me improvements beyond my expectations & continues to do so. I feel so lucky to have found her.

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Dr Kluk really listens and gives you an entirely bespoke plan, unlike some of her contemporaries who roll out a one size fits all plan for everyone, which fails to address more nuanced needs. I couldn’t recommend her enough.

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Justine is very professional and offers a personalised service to treat all skin conditions. I couldn’t recommend her enough. She’s the skin guru!

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Dr Kluk completely transformed my skin. I have never seen my skin so clear, and it has improved my confidence immensely. She is the only person now that I would ever trust to work on my skin.

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The big difference with other clinics is that Dr Kluk went into great detail about how each cream should be used, in order to treat spots but avoid making my skin sore and inflamed. Couldn’t recommend more highly.

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Went to the practice for a full skin examination. I really appreciated the thoroughness with which Dr Lucy Thomas examined me, the detail she included in her report and the considerate advice she gave me.

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Professional, friendly, clean with an an excellent knowledge of skincare medically and aesthetically. Dr Thomas addressed all my skin concerns and helped transform my skin to how it should be. Very grateful for this practice. Highly recommend it.

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Justine was so reassuring and kind in her approach. She also clearly explained my treatment, so I feel really comfortable using the products. Fingers crossed it makes a difference – we’ll see in three months! Thanks Justine.

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5 stars are NOT enough for the wonderful Dr Kluk. She is truly professional, honest in her opinion and she takes great pride in the happiness of her clients. The best dermatologist!

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Dr Justine has completely changed my skin. From advice on products to use, to prescribing and adjusting medication, she has made such a difference. Would happily recommend her to anyone!

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Justine is approachable, efficient and knowledgeable. She is by far the best Dermatologist I have seen and has resolved issues that others have been unable to.

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Justine was absolutely excellent. Wonderful bedside manner. Totally professional and in the know of so many different issues.
My treatment has already worked brilliantly and I would happily come back with any other problems. Thank you!!

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Justine is very happy to answer all of your questions and concerns. She has given me a great skin routine tailored to my individual needs and I am very happy that I was recommended to her.

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I had a very pleasant and informative skin consultation with Dr Kluk. She provided lots of practical advice and recommended affordable products for me to use. Highly recommend.

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I have recently started seeing Dr Kluk and am highly impressed by her professionalism, wealth of knowledge and friendly, approachable nature. I would definitely recommend her to others.

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I was very impressed with Justine’s knowledge and advice and am seeing improvements in a very short space of time. I feel very confident being under her care and will continue to see her on a regular basis .

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Dr Justine is approachable, efficient and knowledgeable. She is by far the best dermatologist I have seen and has resolved issues others have been unable to. I would highly recommend her.

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