I have battled with acne over 20 years and really struggled to find a sustainable solution. Years of prescription medicine really damaged my gut, caused my skin to age prematurely and not to mention the damage it caused my self-esteem. I was also burnt-out from various life changes and felt very tired. My immune system [...]
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“When I contacted Debbie I was at an all-time low, a first time mother with a chronic skin infection. My dermatologist advised a course of Tetracycline but as I was breastfeeding this was not an option for me. After months of struggling, and multiple courses of antibiotics, I had just about given up on ever [...]
Most people with psoriasis want to know how and why they got it. Though it can be triggered by many factors there are some commonalities seen in the case histories of people with this skin condition. Let me start by explaining the difference between healthy skin and psoriatic skin. The skin has many important roles [...]
Psoriasis is a chronic (long-term), non-contagious, inflammatory skin disorder. It usually appears as small or large salmon-pink coloured plaques or lesions, with large silvery scales attached that flake off. It is common on the elbows, knees, trunk, scalp, ears and nails but can occur anywhere on the body. Psoriasis can start at any age [...]
The word 'dermatitis' means inflammation of the skin. The terms ‘dermatitis’ and ‘eczema’ are synonymous. The word ‘eczema’ comes from the Greek for ‘boiling’ and refers to the tiny vesicles (bubbles) that are often see in the early stages of disease. There are several types of eczema, but the causes and symptoms are very [...]
Acne is a skin disorder that affects the sebaceous glands (acne vulgaris) and/or the underlying blood vessels (rosacea) of the skin. Sebaceous glands are cells full of lipid called sebum. Sebum is discharged by sebaceous glands to lubricate and waterproof the skin, protecting it from drying. It is also mildly antibacterial and antifungal. Hormones [...]
Tinea is a contagious fungal infection caused by one of three types of fungi – trichophyton, microsporum or epidermophyton. The course of the disease depends on the site and strain of the fungus involved. Fungal infections are contagious thus quick resolution of the condition is important. Types of Tinea Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) is [...]
Folliculitis is characterised by inflammation of hair follicles and can occur anywhere on the body where there is hair. Folliculitis can be triggered by bacterial, fungal or parasitic infection, specific medications, topical agents, immunosuppression disorders, or other inflammatory skin diseases. It typically results in sore, inflamed pustules, similiar to acne. Types of Folliculitis: Bacterial [...]
Nail conditions commonly occur in patients with other skin conditions because they are also epithelial (skin) cells. The distal part of the fingers and toes are protected by plates of hard, keratinised epithelial cells, the fingernails and toenails. The nails consist of the visible nail body, the hidden nail root, and the nail bed [...]
Candida infections result from the overgrowth of the fungal bacteria Candida albicans. It can occur at any age. The presentation and course of the disease depends on the site of the body involved. Fungal infections are contagious thus quick resolution of the condition is important. Candida albicans is an opportunistic bacteria that can affect anyone, [...]