Many people have birthmarks, and they usually appear on the skin before or shortly after birth. They do not pose a health risk, although large birthmarks can be rather disfiguring and can cause significant emotional upset later in life. In these cases, birthmark removal should be considered.
Occasionally, these birthmarks can be indicative of underlying [...]
Rosacea is a fairly common skin problem that is thought to affect 10% of Europeans. More women suffer from this chronic skin condition than men, and it is also more likely to develop in those who flush easily.
Despite being so common, many people fail to recognise rosacea, and so struggle to live with a skin [...]
It is important to ensure that you minimise the risks of more thread veins forming by making certain changes to your lifestyle that will help to prevent or reduce the volume of blood left accumulating in your veins.
• It is important to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight puts the body under intense stress and puts [...]
The legs are most commonly affected by venal insufficiency, as the vessels rely on the leg muscles to keep blood flowing back to the heart. As our lifestyles have become more sedentary, and more people are becoming overweight, the pressure put on the blood vessels in the legs increases.
Pregnancy can also be another contributing factor, [...]
Veins, as we all know, are designed to transport the blood back up to the heart. They rely on valves and the squeezing action of our muscles to keep the blood moving upwards. Varicose veins and thread veins tend to form when this process is compromised.
Venal insufficiency occurs when the valves becomes weakened, allowing [...]
When a person has been wounded, the body’s natural response is to kick-start the healing process. If tissue damage has been sustained, often, a scar forms in its place. The tissue differs from the surrounding skin, and tends to be more fibrous, slightly raised, hairless and red (although the colour should fade to a silvery [...]
While skin is vulnerable to the effects of the sun during the summer months, winter brings with it a whole new set of challenges that can leave your skin looking dull and tired if you don’t take the right steps to protect it.
Cold winds can dry your skin out, causing it to flake and crack, [...]
If you did not take enough care of your skin this summer, your face and body may already be displaying the signs of another season of sun damage.
The sun can cause the skin to age significantly, and bring about the formation of various signs of ageing:
• ‘sun’, ‘liver’ or ‘age’ spots
• Thread veins
• Enlarged pores
These may be superficial [...]
Along with stretch marks and sleepless nights, melasma, or the mask of pregnancy, can be an unfortunate side effect of the hormonal changes that your body is subjected to during pregnancy.
The skin naturally produces melanin when the skin is exposed to the sun, and yet it is thought that increased production of the female hormones [...]
To put it simply, stretch marks form when the middle layer of skin, the dermis (below the epidermis) is stretched to breaking point. This layer splits and reveals the layer and blood vessels beneath, hence the purple / pink colour.
There are multiple factors that can cause the dermis to break:
• Growth spurts. If the body goes [...]