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Aug 13th 2018
Your Love Of Acrylic & Gel Nails Could Be Harming Your Skin, Say Dermatologists
But their rise in popularity is proving to be a cause for concern for dermatologists, who have this week issued a warning that (meth)acrylate chemicals, the key ingredients in acrylic nails, gel nails and gel polish nail varnish, are causing an 'allergy epidemic' in the UK and Ireland, which is "overwhelmingly affecting women."
The 2017 study, conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists, found that allergic reactions are likely to happen when uncured (still wet) substances touch the skin, and that they can involve "the nails loosening, or a severe red, itchy rash, not just on the fingertips, but potentially anywhere on the body that has come into contact with the nails, including the eyelids, face, neck and genital region".
The study took three types of nail enhancements into consideration: gel nails, acrylic nails, and gel polish. It involved 4931 people from 13 UK and Irish dermatology units and tested them for (meth)acrylate allergy. It found that 1.5% tested positive to 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (2-HEMA), the most common (meth)acrylate to cause allergic sensitisation, and 2.4% tested positive to at least one type of (meth)acrylate. It also concluded that women made up 93% of those affected.
The findings might seem negligible, but they are backed up by a separate survey conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists, with the help of Stylfile. The research concluded that out of 742 people, 19% of those had "experienced adverse effects from acrylic nails applied in salons, and 16% from gel polish nails applied in salons". According to the survey, the reactions included "nail damage and allergic dermatitis - itching and swelling on hands, eyelids, cheeks and neck". Although very rare, the study pinpointed breathing problems as an issue, too.
“It is really important that people know they can develop allergies from artificial nails," explained Dr David Orton, of the British Association of Dermatologists. "The truth is that there will be many women out there with these allergies who remain undiagnosed, because they may not link their symptoms to their nails, especially if the symptoms occur elsewhere on the body. It is important that they get a diagnosis so that they can avoid the allergen, but also because developing an allergy to these chemicals can have lifelong consequences for dental treatments and surgeries where devices containing these allergens are in common use."
Dr Deirdre Buckley, from the Royal United Hospital Bath, President of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy and the consultant dermatologist leading the initial study added, “Although the rate of allergy to (meth)acrylates is continuing to increase, many doctors are unaware of the issue, and these chemicals are not routinely included in patch tests. We are now recommending that all dermatologists patch test for (meth)acrylates routinely."
The findings include at-home kits too. "We would particularly urge people to be careful when using home kits," continued Dr. Buckley. "If you do use one, make sure that you use the recommended UV lamp for curing, and read the instructions carefully. Using the wrong lamp may mean that the gel polish does not cure properly, and this means an increased chance of allergy. Also, avoid any direct skin contact with the (meth)acrylate nail product.”
If you're worried or experiencing any of the above allergy symptoms, book an appointment with your GP or an experienced dermatologist, who can advise you further.
Dec 26th 2017
A pioneering gold dust treatment which 'could be the answer' for acne sufferers is being trialled on 50 patients in the UK.
Scientists are looking for patients of all ages to take part in the evaluation trial for the therapy, called Sebacia.
The treatment, which was already approved in the US, involves massaging a cream containing tiny particles of solid gold into skin pores.
A low power laser is then used to heat up the dust particles and reduce inflammation, hopefully causing spots to disappear over a few days.
Dr Howard Stevens, trial leader consultant dermatologist and founder of private London clinic The Skin Care Network, said: 'Acne is one of the most common and distressing conditions for anyone to suffer and while it is most common in younger people, especially adolescents, it can affect men and women too.
'Acne is unsightly and causes embarrassment and can undermine a person's confidence and even lead to psychological problems.
'Stubborn cases may need medicinal creams rubbed into the face daily and some people don't want to use strong medicines on their face or use treatments that don't work or take tablets with a poor safety record.
'This new system could be the answer for these patients.'
Acne is caused by excessive oil, called sebum, being generated by the sebaceous glands. Pores become blocked, leading to a build-up of bacteria which trigger inflammation and unsightly spots.
Some 60 per cent of Britons either have acne or have suffered from the condition at some point in their life, according to the British Skin Foundation.
There is no cure for acne, but spots can be kept at bay using a range of creams and drugs, including antibiotics and oral contraceptives.
Sebacia, made by an American company, is already sanctioned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dr Stevens wants to find out how effective the treatment is.
He added: 'If we can show that the gold particles are as effective as the current treatments, then this could be a real breakthrough for those people for whom topical medicines don't work that well.'
Dec 11th 2017
Some women are immediately identifiable as pregnant due to the fabled “glow” they get as soon as they conceive.
But not all ladies are lucky enough to get the glow. In fact, pregnancy acne can be a massive cause of concern for some. So what causes acne during pregnancy and, with so many products banned while with-child, what can be done about it?
“Pregnancy acne is the same clinically as acne in non pregnant individuals. It may appear as comedones (clogged pores) as well as red papules, pustules and/or cysts, depending on the severity,” Dr Alexis Granite, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, told us. “Acne in pregnancy is most common in the first and second trimesters, and is at least partly due to elevated circulating hormones called androgens. These hormones may cause an increase in sebum production, making the skin more susceptible to congestion, inflammation and bacteria.”
Unfortunately, those with a history of acne, especially hormonal acne, are at higher risk of developing acne while pregnant, Dr. Granite added.
So what can be done about reducing the appearance of spots and acne during pregnancy?
While strong anti-blemish face washes and products are a definite no-no, there are a few all-natural ranges which are entirely safe to use throughout pregnancy. Salcura’s Antiac range, which deeply cleanses, soothes irritation, and prevents infection, is so popular that the makers even offer a 30-day money back guarantee because they’re so confident in its results. Antiac’s star ingredient in the range is Sea Buckthorn, a champion of skincare, containing 25 times more vitamin C than an orange. Sea Buckthorn is also rich in omegas and skin essential vitamins, targeting infection to leave your skin refreshed and revitalised. The Salcura Antiac range includes a Daily Face Wash, Daily Face Wipes, Activ Liquid Spray and Activ Gel Serum, which will all help to keep spots at bay while also keeping baby safe.
For stubborn spots, many women like to use a targeted treatment or cream on the breakout in a bid to make it disappear. And Sudocrem’s Skin Care Cream is the perfect choice for this for pregnant women. It has the same ingredients as the brand’s world-famous Antiseptic Healing Cream but in different proportions, and has the backing from celebrities including Cheryl Cole, who welcomed her son Bear in March (17).
Or if you're thinking of going down the technological route, give light therapy product Lumie Clear a try - the blue light kills the acne bacteria and the red light reduces inflammation. This innovative product has been proven to help with mild to moderate acne and can be used on any part of the body – so if you’re suffering from acne on your chest or back, which is also common during pregnancy, then this could be the answer for you. In trials, participants benefited from a 76 per cent improvement in the appearance of their skin within 12 weeks, using Lumie Clear every day for just 15 minutes – what have you got to lose?
Nov 15th 2017
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Oct 30th 2017
There is very much wrong thinking about this troublesome condition.
And the most common one is that it is caused by people that do not wash properly, there is absolutely no truth in this statement.
Acne is caused by a hormonal imbalance in the body. When the oil glands responsible for keeping our skin waterproof and moist, overreact to produce excessive quantities of sebum, they block the associated hair follicle, causing clogged pores, which develops into acne. In fact, people that try to claim their skin to thoroughly cause more harm than good, just wash your face and gently pat dry with a towel.
And there is absolutely no truth in the idea that acne is caused by stress.Sometimes, acne can arise as the side-effect of drugs taken to treat severe stress. Talk to your doctor to find out if your stress medication is responsible for your acne. Stress can, however, make an already existing acne condition worse.
Acne affects people psychologically. It is known to affect their perception of themselves, their self-esteem and confidence and their interaction with others. It can cause feelings of frustration, depression and social embarrassment.
It was at one time thought that you go acne, you must be eating the wrong full too much cheese too many chips too much fatty food. But has been proved since that this has no effect whatsoever on your skin.
However, eating a well-balanced diet makes sense. So while you don’t have to be concerned as to whether your favorite treat affects your skin (at least directly), do remember that it does affect your overall health.
Consult your dermatologist if you have acne, the fact is that acne can be cleared up with the right medication and a regime specific to your needs. There is no reason why you should have to suffer the agony caused by acne.Home Page - medical - ACNE