Dry skin? Choosing a moisturiser

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At this time of year many of us suffer from dry skin. Choosing a moisturiser can be challenging with so many options, branded and packaged to tell us they are “hypoallergenic” or “dermatologist approved”, but what does that mean and does that matter? The price differential between products can also be huge – will we get a better quality, safer product if we pay more?

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Vitamin B3 for skin cancer prevention

Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) has been shown to have protective effects against damage caused by ultraviolet radiation and to reduce the rate of certain skin cancers.

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Acne and Diet

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Acne is one of the most common skin diseases and affects approximately 80% of teenagers. It is generally believed that excessive oil production by the skin, hormones, bacteria, inflammation and increased proliferation of hair follicle cells are the main causes of acne. Therefore, the treatment of acne is usually targeted against these factors. However, one question that acne sufferers often have is if diet has any role in acne.

There is now emerging evidence from recent studies that a high-glycaemic index diet may make acne worse. The evidence is limited and more studies are required. However, following a healthy eating lifestyle with plenty of vegetables, fruit and wholegrain products seems not only good for health, but may make acne better at the same time! Despite this, it is important that you talk to a GP or dermatologist about acne, as other treatment modalities remain the standard of care and early treatment is key to prevent scarring.

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Scurvy and Your Skin: Sailors and Sydneysiders

Scurvy and Your Skin: Sailors and Sydneysiders

It is said that the skin is a window to your health. As such, your dermatologist may be able to pick up signs of systemic disease and nutritional deficiencies based on your skin examination. This is true in the case of vitamin C deficiency, better known as Scurvy, which has recently made headlines as a re-emerging phenomenon in Sydney hospitals1

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Clinical Trials Currently Recruiting at The Skin Hospital

 

  • Trial of a new topical treatment for patients with mild to moderate plaque type psoriasis.

This trial will be running from both the Westmead and Darlinghurst clinics with A/Prof Pablo Fernandez-Penas as Principal Investigator.

  • Trial comparing two non-surgical treatments for lentigo maligna when surgery is not indicated or has previously failed.

This trial is running from the Darlinghurst clinic with A/Prof Pablo Fernandez-Penas as Principal Investigator and further information can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/koZbMP3W-DM

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Will my child grow out of eczema?

Will my child grow out of eczema?

For the parents of a child suffering with eczema, the most eagerly anticipated question is whether their child will grow out of eczema.

 

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What is a safe tan?

What is a safe tan?

Research conducted by our team at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia suggests that Australian adults continue to experience sunburn. In our study, with over 650 participants, 57% had been sunburned within the previous year alone.

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What is Dermatology?

What is Dermatology?

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Almost one person in five who consults a general practitioner will do so because of a skin complaint. While most cases are easily dealt with, the GP may decide to confirm a diagnosis or gain assistance with management. This is when the patient is referred to a dermatologist.

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Using phototherapy safely: understanding your treatment

Using phototherapy safely: understanding your treatment

Recent research undertaken at The Skin Hospital has shown that we can use technology to help improve patient understanding of the responsibilities and key safety issues for patients starting phototherapy (narrowband ultraviolet B therapy [NB-UVB]) for various skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and vitiligo.

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Do you have Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia is conducting a clinical trial investigating an ointment for the treatment of Atopic Dermatitis (eczema).

 

Are you aged between 18-65 years and generally healthy?

• Do you have mild to moderate Atopic Dermatitis?

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What is Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. There are various modalities available for treating skin cancer. MOHs surgery, a highly precise technique developed  by Fredrick MOHs in the 1930s, has the highest cure rate for skin cancers.

In this surgical method, a specially trained dermatologist, progressively removes skin cancer and surrounding skin and immediately reviews the histology under the microscope, to ensure the skin cancer has been removed in its entirety.  This technique allows for instant review of tumour margin to ensure the skin cancer is cleared with minimal healthy tissue removed in the process. Traditional surgical techniques use standard bread loafing methods whereby only 1-3% of the margin is microscopically visualised. However in moh's surgery the surgeons view 100% of the margin. This results in superior cure rates of 98%.

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No Sweat

No Sweat

There are ways to reduce this problem!

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Psoriasis Research

Psoriasis Research

Do you have Psoriasis?

Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia (The Skin Hospital), in conjunction with Akaal Pharma is conducting a clinical research study investigating a topical medication for the treatment of Psoriasis. We are seeking volunteers to participate in this study who have mild to moderate plaque type psoriasis.

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Enjoying the summer

Summer is here again. It is very nice to get the benefits of the sunlight (Keep right our vitamin D levels, enjoy outdoors activities with family and friends.) However, staying out in the sun too frequently or for too long exposes our skin to multiple harmful consequences.

These consequences include:

  • Sunburn
  • Photoaging
  • Sun-related rashes such as photodermatitis.
  • Pigmentary changes due to chronic sun exposure (white/brown spots)
  • Worsening of skin conditions such as Lupus, Rosacea
  • Premalignant skin lesions such as Actinic keratoses
  • Developing a skin cancer.

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Psoriasis - A New Era

The therapeutic landscape in Dermatology has been transformed with the advent of new biologic agents that specifically target key cytokines in the pathogenic inflammatory process inherent to several cutaneous inflammatory diseases, a key player of which is psoriasis. While these drugs have potentially revolutionized psoriasis management there are other critical elements to management that deserve equal attention as our understanding of this disorder continues to evolve.

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Current Clinical Trials


 

Clinical Trials Currently Recruiting at The Skin Hospital

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Hyperhidrosis is a skin disorder characterised by excessive seating that often causes significant impact on social, occupational and emotional wellbeing.

The various treatments available for Axillary hyperhirosis are

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LentigoMaligna

Summer is approaching and as we are planning beautiful outdoors activities, we are concern about how much sun is safe for our skin. Ultraviolet radiation exposure is reflected in our skin as sun damage.

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Eczema - Itchy skin in winter

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Winter is often a busy period for dermatologists given the burden of itchy skin conditions made worse by trying to keep warm and toasty. Here at The Skin Hospital, we have dermatologists who are experienced in managing these conditions such as atopic eczema. Eczema is a condition that is complex in its cause but can be simplified into 3 components; a barrier defect, a change in the normal 'microbiome' that live on our skin, and an overactive skin immune system. Triggers that affect these include over washing especially with the use of hot water, use of soaps and perfumed hygiene products, and electric blankets or anything that causes overheating.

The skin is akin to bricks and mortar, containing natural 'oils' which functions as an effective barrier to the outside world. Over washing with soaps and hot water strips the skin of these 'oils', causing it to become dry and itchy. Scratching and changes in the skin 'microbiome' causes it to become inflamed and ultimately results in eczema.

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Mohs Surgery at The Skin Hospital

credit Terese Winslow

 

As a dermatology trainee, I was fortunate to observe and assist in the specialised surgical technique of Mohs surgery during my time as a registrar at The Skin Hospital, Westmead.

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