Primary care doctors can assist you with any general health issues, however, if you have a more specific chronic complaint, it would be more beneficial to seek the advice of a medical professional specifically trained in that field. This is true when it comes to skin diseases which are common and sometimes, can be deadly too. Whether a skin problem can be easily treated or requires a specialist’s treatment, you should see a dermatologist. The thing is, many people shrug at the idea that seeing a dermatologist regularly is just as important as going to the dentist for a periodic check-up.
Over-active sebaceous glands that produce excessive amounts of skin oil called ‘sebum’ are what causes an oily skin. The occurrence of oily skin is a natural process that you cannot stop which can also bring you advantages such as being less prone to wrinkles and other signs of ageing. However, if uncontrolled, an oily skin can cause problems such as clogged pores, shine and runny cosmetics. This can be mitigated and balanced by having a good skincare routine and being gentle with your skin.
Stress causes a chemical called cortisol which makes our skin sensitive and reactive. Our bodies are constantly creating cortisol as it is critical for the regulation of our metabolism. An increase in cortisol after a stressful event can lead to a plethora of negative health effects.
Most people are looking forward to summer as this is the season they can bask in the sun while enjoying lazy beach days and festivals. However, between the hot, humid weather and all those sweat-inducing outdoor activities and pool chemicals, acne tends to flare up during the summer months.
I have both male and female patients come to see, often in a state of great distress and embarrassment, because although we all sweat, excessive underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis) interferes with everyday life.
The condition ruins their shirts and they live in black and white tops or clothing which will not highlight the condition. They are often highly embarrassed by what has become a debilitating medical condition – it’s inconvenient, affects their quality of life and restricts activities which the majority of us take for granted.
I’ve had patients come along and tell me they’ve been prescribed medical deodorants, yet applying these causes pain. Another aspect is that they are embarrassed when they have to give presentations in the workplace or are out socialising.
Using Botox to treat Hyperhidrosis requires a higher dose than for cosmetic treatments. It works on the sweat glands rather than muscles and I have a 100% success rate to date with this treatment. It can also be used on the forehead to combat excessive sweating.
I see patients from Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and further afield. Some are referred to me by fellow medical practitioners, others get in touch because they have researched Botox for Hyperhidrosis and know it is a quality of life treatment.
We are very sympathetic to your needs here at the face and skin clinic and delight in seeing patients go on to lead a fantastic quality of life after treatment, which lasts approximately eight months.
Please get in touch if this is an issue which affects your life. I really enjoy carrying out this treatment because it is truly life-changing.
Blog soon, Leanne