An amateur tattoo artist was recently taken to court in Scotland for performing his ‘art’ on underage school children.
While the tattoo artist maintained that he has the necessary sterilisation equipment and used fresh needles, the case highlights some of the risks associated with getting a tattoo.
In this case, the teenager was tattooed when she was [...]
Unfortunately, rosacea is a chronic skin condition, which means that it cannot be cured or prevented. It can lead to both discomfort and embarrassment, and so it is very important to understand how to manage the condition and find relief from the symptoms.
• Sunlight can make the symptoms worse, so it is a good idea to [...]
When you have a tattoo, ink is driven into the layers of the skin, where it remains trapped. The ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove as it would other foreign bodies.
Intense Pulsed Light Treatment is used to break these particles down into much smaller fragments that can then be [...]
Three in every thousand babies are born with a port wine stain. These stains can appear anywhere on the body, although the face is affected more often. The stains tend to be red or purple and are caused by the abnormal formation of blood vessels within the skin.
Treatment tends to be most successful when undertaken [...]
Port wine stains occur when blood vessels under the skin form abnormally. It is thought that the nerves controlling the vessels do not function correctly, causing the blood vessels to remain dilated.
These stains are usually present from birth, and early treatment is advisable for various reasons:
• Port wine stains can cause some distress, particularly if they [...]
Pregnancy is a unique and wonderful experience, although it does cause significant changes to the body and the skin during those nine months of growth and hormone changes.
Everyone dreads getting stretch marks, which for many go hand in hand with being pregnant. Changes to the levels of certain hormones are thought to affect the skin’s [...]
Rosacea is thought to affect one in ten people in the UK, and yet it is often mistaken for other conditions and as a result, those who suffer from it may not seek diagnosis or treatment until the condition develops. It can be confused with acne or even as a sign of excessive drinking.
Most people who are suffering from acne will not need to have the symptoms explained to them. Having the odd spot does not mean that you are suffering from acne, and teenage skins in particular can suffer from the occasional outbreak without developing full-blown acne.
Mild to moderate active acne is generally considered to describe skin [...]
Laser hair removal offers various advantages:
• It is long-lasting. The IPL treatment destroys the hair root, making it difficult for anew hair to grow back. Top-up treatments may occasionally be necessary, although a yearly trip to your laser treatment clinic is surely less hassle than a daily battle with a razor.
• It is fast. The IPL [...]
As fashions have dictated that women remove more and more of their body hair, the desire for silky smooth and hair-free skin has also been extended to the male population.
Whereas cyclists used to be considered a little strange for shaving their legs, and hairy chests were a badge of masculinity, nowadays men too are removing [...]