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Do the changing seasons affect your skin?

Do you simply love the changing seasons? As a new season approaches, do you feel a sense of hope and excitement? However, the drastic fluctuations in temperature and humidity that come with the various seasons can play havoc with your skin. Here is how the changing weather can affect your skin and what our cutting-edge innovations at the Miravue Skin Clinic can do to help you.

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Top Tanning Myths Busted

Top tanning myths busted; There's a lot of controversy about whether tanning is safe or not, which is why we're here to set the record straight! Here are the top tanning myths busted:

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Age Spots: What are the symptoms?

Age spots are a term you have likely heard of before, but are you aware of the symptoms? In other words, could you identify one if it appeared on your skin tomorrow?

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6 Skin Care Myths We are Happy to Bust for You

6 Skin Care Myths We are Happy to Bust for You: Having the wrong information can cause real problems when it comes to caring for your skin. Here are 6 skin care myths we are happy to bust for you.

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5 Celebrities with Shocking Sun Damage

5 Celebrities with Shocking Sun Damage: Watch out Hollywood because there are at least five celebrities with shocking sun damage! Check out how direct sun and tanning beds have taken their toll on the skin of these stars.

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A Quick Guide to Psoriasis

A Quick Guide to Psoriasis: What causes it, how to treat it and what it looks like on the skin.

Body Temperature If the word psoriasis sounds familiar, but you're not sure exactly what it is, or what its causes or treatment options are, you are not alone. Read on for a quick, easy-to-understand guide to the chronic skin condition.

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Surprising reasons your eczema is flaring up again

Surprising reasons your eczema is flaring up again: If you suffer from eczema, then you know all about the red,itchy skin that is caused by the skin condition – but, have you heard of these surprising reasons why your eczema is flaring up again?

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Why does skin age?

Why does skin age: The skin ages naturally, but have you ever wondered exactly why it does that?

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Top secrets of anti-ageing hands

Top secrets of anti-ageing hands : Younger-looking hands are only a secret, or two, away! Find out how to rejuvenate your skin with these top tips for anti-ageing hands.

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Moles versus freckles - How are they different?

Do you ever wonder how moles and freckles differ?

Although they are both types of skin pigmentation, they contrast in many ways. By knowing the differences, you can better understand your body and detect any warning signs.

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Quick Procedures To Rejuvenate Your Skin

Quick Procedures To Rejuvenate Your Skin. Anyone can take steps to improve their skin. The only issue is that an improvement in your skincare regime will take time for any beneficial effects to become noticeable.

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5 Surprising Celebrities with Acne!

5 Surprising Celebrities with Acne! Even celebrities get acne! Check out these five celebs that battle skin issues and hide their pimples surprisingly well.

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Pox marks: Can they be removed?

Pox marks: Can they be removed? Pox marks can occur anywhere on the body and these pitted scars often leave sufferers feeling self-conscious about their complexion. If you've ever wondered whether pesky pox marks can be removed then this article is for you.

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Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Over the last few years, it has become increasingly common for men to use cosmetic procedures to improve the condition and appearance of their skin. They no longer need to just accept what they have and there now more pressure than ever for men to look good!

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Dark skin correctors: What you need to know

What are dark skin correctors and do they really give you clear skin? Get to the bottom of the dark issues with this helpful guide of must-know details.

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Dangers of removing skin tags at home

Skin tags are small pieces of skin that are harmless and painless, but you may want to remove them for aesthetic reasons or if they feel uncomfortable. While you may be tempted to remove them at home, rather than at a dermatologist's office, there are dangers of doing so.

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Top 5 benefits of laser hair removal

Laser hair removal treatments are all about getting rid of unwanted hair, for that smoother, cleaner look you want. The popular cosmetic procedure uses highly-concentrated beams of light to damage targeted hair follicles and prevent future growth. Here are the top five awesome benefits of laser hair removal, and they might just surprise you!

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What is Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion?

What is the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?

While both dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are cosmetic treatments, they're really different in method and when to use them. By following your dermatologist's guidance, you can get clearer looking skin with these treatments. They're often used for facial skin – that's right, fewer pimples and more smiles are coming your way!

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5 Celebrities you didn’t know have eczema

You've likely heard of the skin condition called eczema, but did you know that some of your favourite celebrities have it? Eczema is a term used to describe a whole range of skin conditions, and it's usually characterised by dry skin with red and itchy patches. Can't think of a celebrity who you've seen with inflamed skin? You may be surprised which five celebs make the list:

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8 Morning Rituals to Give You Healthy Looking Skin

Impress the world with your healthy looking skin!

If you want to impress the world with your healthy looking skin, there are some effective morning rituals that you should consider adding to your routine. You don’t have to adapt all of these suggestions to see an improvement, but some of the things you might try would include:

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Why do we sweat?

Do you ever wonder why you sweat after a workout or on a hot day?

While sweating can be embarrassing when it causes underarm stains on your shirts and creates funky odour, it actually has benefits for the body. Find out below why sweat really is good for the body.

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Dermal fillers for scars

Dermal fillers for scars: Do they work?

Dermal Fillers, a popular choice of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, are now being used for scars - but does it work?

The treatments target scars caused by acne, surgery and more, with the goals to get smoother-looking skin and increase self-confidence.

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Sleep is essential for a healthy skin

Why getting enough sleep is more important for healthy skin than ever before

You've likely heard it time and again – sleep is related to skin health. But did you know its not just a myth and that it's more important than ever to get enough sleep?

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Myths about acne: Setting the record straight

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Let's face it – acne is embarrassing. But what's also embarrassing is how many myths are out there about acne. Find out the truth about acne so that you can figure out how best to treat it.

Myth – Acne is caused by not taking care of your skin.

Fact – Actually, acne starts within the pores, so even a regular care routine of regularly

washing the skin won't help. Acne-prone pores shed dead skin at faster rates than regular pores, causing spots, so the key is to use products that prevent acne from even starting.

Myth – Eating chocolate causes acne.

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Moles: Causes, Risks and Treatments

Moles were once seen as a sign of beauty!


Moles were once seen as a sign of beauty gracing the faces of famous film actors such as Marilyn Monroe and Julia Roberts. But more recently, moles have been portrayed as ugly marks disfiguring the faces of villains and witches and has become more of a curse than a blessing. It seems today's beauty

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What is Skin?

The skin is the body's largest Organ


The skin is the body's largest organ and accounts for about 15 percent of body weight. It consists of three main layers, an outer layer known as the epidermis, the layer below called the dermis and the deeper layer named hypodermis. The skin protects the body from many external forces such as bacteria, physical injury and UV radiation. It performs a range of different functions that include regulating body temperature, permitting the sensation of touch and protecting from wear and tear.

Like every vital organ, the skin loses some function as we age that causes a change to it's complexion and texture. This change can sometimes bring about a decline in the production of important

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Plump Up The Volume

Brimming with chubby cheek envy? It's time to discover dermal fillers


Nothing radiates health quite like youthful, flushed, plump cheeks. But if, like me, you've already spied the beginnings of volume loss that will inevitably give way to the dreaded deflated balloon effect, now is the perfect time to ponder a boost.

We all understand that a little bit of wilting is a natural part of ageing. But be warned, for some this inevitable process of feeling a bit slack, can also be fast tracked by lifestyle choices such as smoking and crash dieting. Its sods law that the uber fit can also suffer from volume loss leaving that healthy bod in need of a matching equally healthy full face.

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Deluxe Microdermabrasion

iStock 000019210653XSmallWhen it comes to specialist treatments we go the extra mile, delivering a luxury experience with the best medical equipment and training.

Our Deluxe Microdermabrasion takes only 30 minutes start-to-finish, and has 7 important steps.

Cleanse the face

We use specialist cleansing lotion to clear the skin and prepare it for a deep exfoliation. This ensures you get the full benefit of the treatment.

Medical Microdermabrasion

Our medical-grade Microdermabrasion exfoliates deeply, removing blackheads, dead skin and clears pores giving you the deepest clean you’ve had all year!

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Quick treatments with no downtime

People want great results, quickly and with no downtime which is why we provide premium-grade Medical Microdermabrasion!

The treatment itself takes less than thirty minutes and due to the great recovery creams and products we use during the treatment you’ll be ready to go straight back to doing what you do best – looking fabulous!

We use a medical-grade device which gets rid of dead skin cells, stimulates the lymph nodes giving you a fresh feeling and gives your face an extreme deep-clean.

Microdermabrasion increases the effectiveness of any creams put onto the face directly after treatment which is why we put the best skin recovery creams and facials on; rejuvenating your face and giving it a smooth, healthy glow.

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Harness ‘safe’ skin virus to fight acne

Experts have isolated a ‘harmless’ skin virus which could help treat certain kinds of Acne

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Pittsburgh have found ‘harmless’ viruses living on the skin that target Propionibacterium acnes. They are testing them to see if they can be used as a treatment for acne. Professor Robert Modlin is the lead scientist on the current work at UCLA: “Harnessing a virus that naturally preys on the bacteria that causes pimples could offer a promising new tool against the physical and emotional scars of severe acne.” (bbc.co.uk)

Acne occurs when the hair follicles in the skin become blocked with a substance called sebum. The skin produces sebum to prevent itself from drying out, but sometimes it produces too much. Once blocked, the follicles can then become infected by a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes. These bacteria usually live harmlessly on the skin, but when they infect blocked hair follicles this leads to inflammation, which causes acne spots to appear.

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Miravue supports new sunscreen regulations

The US regulator Food and Drug Administration has announced new rules for sunscreen labels. Under these new rules sunscreens  will carry a "broad spectrum" label to show they offer some protection against ultraviolet A radiation (UVA ) as well as ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation .

Though the US administration is taking steps to rectify the situation, it remains unclear in the UK, where  sunscreen bottles only show Sun Protection Factor (SPF), which only blocks UVB rays.

There are two types of ultraviolet (UV) light that could harm our skin — UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum, sunscreen is designed to protect us from both. 

UVA rays can penetrate deeply into our skin and suppress our immune system. This increases the risk of wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn our skin. Too much exposure to both UVA and UVB rays raises the risk of skin tumours, including a form of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. The best sunscreens, now prescribed by the FDA, would offer protection from all UV light. 

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We miss the Olympics!

olympic-torch for siteThe Olympics has brought us the greatest sporting moments of 2012, showcasing our incredible British Olympians – Especially Hounslow local Mo Farah who shook the world by taking Gold in both 5,000 and 10,000 meter race.

In the build-up to the greatest sporting event of the Millenium Miravue Skin Clinic cheered on the Olympic flame as it passed through Southall and Ealing.

Support for the Olympics has been huge all over the UK and Southall was no different, with thousands of people spilling out into the roads to watch the passage of the flame.

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Public unable to recognise signs of skin cancer

skin check upA recent study by Nuffield Health has found that half of the British public do not believe they are at risk of skin cancer, with over a third saying they did not know how to identify the symptoms. 

Although everyone has heard the warnings about the link between sunburn and skin cancer, a third of people admit to getting burnt at least once a year and, even more shockingly, nearly a quarter of parents let their child get sunburnt at least once a year as well. This is particularly worrying as most skin damage from UV exposure occurs before the age of twenty and can take up to thirty years to manifest.

Perhaps because the British climate is stereotypically cloudy and rainy, people in this country are more complacent than elsewhere. However the NHS advises people to wear sunscreen every day, and reapply regularly, regardless of the weather or season.

A minimum sun screen factor of 30 is recommended. And remember everyone can get sunburnt, whether fair skinned or dark.

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Keith Lemon’s new film: Starring Miravue Skin Clinic!

keith lemon the film posterKeith Lemon: The Film premieres on Friday 24th August and features several scenes shot right here at Miravue Skin Clinic.

Earlier this year our clinic was taken over by Keith Lemon (Leigh Francis) and his entourage, including the glamorous Gracie Lewis, as well as the entire filming crew to shoot scenes in our modern treatment rooms.

The film-crew needed a high-end hospital treatment room to shoot the hilarious scene in and we were more than happy to help out. We can’t reveal what the treatment was, so you’ll have to find out on the 24th!

Keith Lemon is well known for his entertaining antics, with award-winning shows like Celebrity Juice, and the film will be no different, promising some of the funniest scenes of 2012.

The number of props the team had with them was astounding, including the infamous Bo ‘selecta mask making an appearance (whether they’ll be in the film or not we won’t know til Friday!)

All of us here at Miravue were pleased to see Keith in high spirits (and in character the entire time) asking our clinic manager whether she “were on Tweeter” with his trademark cheekiness. 

Enhance Skin Elasticity & Look Younger

Poor elasticity in ageing skin can lead to lines, wrinkles and sagging. Thankfully, advances in skincare and new treatments can slow this down.

Skin elasticity is the skin's ability to stretch and then return to its normal state afterwards. Like wrinkles and grey hair, reduced skin elasticity is a fact of aging for most people.  

In order to test the elasticity of your skin pinch the skin of your cheek and pull it softly. Then wait to see how quickly it returns to its normal position. You will see that in younger people the skin returns to its normal state very quickly, because a young person’s skin has more elasticity. As you get older it will take longer and longer for your skin to "ping" back into place.

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How to Keep Your Children Safe in the Sun

With the summer sun finally shining, more and more families are heading for the beach or spending more time outdoors. But while spending time in fresh air and sunshine is great for both children and adults, it's important to take precautions to prevent damage to the skin. The sun's ultraviolet rays can cause both painful sunburns and lasting damage. This damage can take the form of lines and wrinkles, known as photoageing. Even more seriously, prolonged unprotected exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. Over 70,000 new cases are reported every year, according to the British Association of Dermatologists. Although skin cancer is rare in children, the prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays that causes skin cancer starts in childhood, with the majority of skin damage from UV happening before we turn 20. Preventing overexposure to the sun in children is particularly important, firstly because children usually lack the foresight to protect themselves and secondly because a child's delicate skin is especially vulnerable to damage from the sun's rays. 

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Laser hair removal can't treat dark skin?

A recent news story has caused a stir among readers, particularly among those who make use of laser hair removal treatments. The story in question is concerned with the case of a black woman who was refused laser hair removal treatment at a Bristol-based beauty salon, on the grounds of her skin colour.

According to the salon manager, the decision not to treat this particular client was not based on her skin colour, but rather on her skin type. The laser hair removal treatments offered at this clinic use IPL (Intense Pulse Light) laser technology, which is not suitable for certain skin types, including Afro–Caribbean skin and other dark skin types. It is claimed that the use of IPL laser treatments on these skin types may cause severe burning to the skin, as heavily pigmented skin absorbs more energy from the laser equipment, therefore resulting in skin damage.

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Un-even skin tone: Creams vs Treatments


iStock 000019210653XSmallWe already know that un-even skin tone has been scientifically proven to make someone appear older, but what you might not know is, not all treatments are equal when it comes to un-even skin tone.

Un-even skin tone creams

There are some new creams on the market that do a great job of concealing un-even skin tone, but it is important to understand that they are superficial – just like any make-up – and won’t be dealing with the underlying issues.

Even the best skin creams can only act on the surface layer of the skin (the epidermis). The problem with this is that most of the pigmentation which causes un-even skin tone is in the deeper layers of the skin.

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Are light bulbs damaging your skin?

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Scientists have shown that some energy saving lightbulbs leak UV radiation that can damage your skin.

Energy saving light bulbs are great for saving energy and cutting power bills so it’s a win-win situation, right? 

It’s not necessarily so; scientists in Europe and the US have carried out research into the potentially harmful effects of energy-saving light bulbs, or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) to give them their proper name. The upshot from both studies is that this type of bulb may be harmful to human skin in certain conditions, due to UV radiation “leaking” out of the bulbs.

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Get rid of your hairy back

There are women who prefer men with hairy chests, and there are others who prefer their guys to be smooth, but if there's one thing that unites almost all of them it's that hair does not belong on the back. As well as being unsightly, a hairy back can make you look prematurely old.

Some women even see it as looking dirty or unhygienic. And indeed it is true that back hair can trap sweat, increasing body odour as well as making you feel uncomfortable, hot and prickly.

Why has hair started growing on my back?

It's a sad fact of life that men get hairier as they age, with back hair often starting to appear in the mid-twenties and get worse from then onwards. This is due to increased sensitivity to, or levels of, hormones like testosterone , and in many cases there is a genetic factor: if you have a hairy dad, odds are you'll be hairy yourself.

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Waxing versus Laser Hair Removal

waxing vs laserSome people are still choosing dated methods for hair removal like waxing, without realising there have been great leaps forward in hair removal technology. Nd:YAG laser hair removal allows for safe, effective and long-lasting hair removal for all skin types.

The NHS uses the medical-grade Nd:YAG laser hair removal machine for hair removal for people suffering from PCOS and hirsuitism.

Waxing

Waxing removes hair from the follicle using molten wax to physically pull the hairs out. 

This is a temporary hair removal solution with results typically lasting between 2 to 4 weeks, depending on your hair type and other factors.

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Cheap Mole Removal Warning

iStock 000008418948SmallSome back-room clinics have been offering cheap mole removal to unsuspecting patients, subjecting them to unsanitary conditions and potentially putting their health at risk.

People tempted by the low cost don’t realise that the techniques used are not medically sound and, most importantly, they don’t provide vitally important after care like Histopathology (study of tissue to check for irregularities)

The rooms these treatments take place in are often not kept clean and sterile instruments are not used so there is a significant risk of infection. 

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The shocking power of the sun

asymmetrical skin ageingThis striking photo shows us why you should wear sun screen every day!

Truck driver William McElligott had one side of his face bombarded by the sun for 28 years while the right side remained protected in the shade, resulting in the exposed side showing damaging signs of photoageing.

Children are at the highest risk of sun damage while outside without sun screen. Experts say the most sun damage is done to our skin before we reach 20 and you should wear sun screen every day.

Deep lines and wrinkles, sagging and un-even skin tone you see in the picture are all caused by UVA destroying the skin’s important support structures, elastin and collagen.

Drivers feel protected from the sun behind the glass of their windows as glass blocks UVB rays (which cause tanning) however they still let UVA rays pass through, which can destroy your skin’s support structures.

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Hyperhidrosis – Don’t have a sweaty summer!

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating) is a condition that most people don’t know they have, and few people like to talk about.

This is a condition that gets worse with hot weather so if you’re concerned about how much you sweat now is the time to seek treatment – a treatment now should last until the end of the summer!

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5 Steps to Smooth Summer Skin

Summer is just around the corner, and will be upon us before we know it!
To help you prepare for your best summer yet we’ve put together the five steps to smoother, clearer looking skin.

1. Laser hair removal

If you’re planning on spending any time on a beach this summer you will want your legs looking their smoothest.
Using our medical grade Nd:YAG laser we can safely and effectively remove hair on any skin type. However, you’ll need to start your treatments soon as a course of 6-8 treatments is recommended for the best results!

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Regenlite laser acne treatments

Regenlite lasers can effectively treat acne, acne scars, skin blemishes, port-wine stains and spider veins. Regenlite is a pulse dye laser and comes recommended by top dermatologists for a range of treatments.


Clinical results, before and after 3 treatments

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Who can you trust with laser hair removal?

With the rise of social-buying sites like Groupon and Living Social we’re all used to seeing Laser Hair Removal offered at rock-bottom prices, but BEWARE! Take the time to check who is offering the treatment and whether it will actually work! The service being offered is often ineffective and in the wrong hands dangerous!

How do they get away with it?

Salons and beauticians offering Laser Hair Removal will normally be using an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) system. It is less powerful and not a medical grade laser so many people complain about unsatisfactory results, as well as a hole in their pocket.

As it is far less effective people end up having 15 or more treatments, with little to no hair reduction. To make matters worse it can also be dangerous for people with dark skin, often leaving them with loss of pigment, keloid scars and in severe cases infected blisters!

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Eczema triggers – a comprehensive list

Eczema is a common skin condition, affecting one in nine people in the UK. It is characterised by red, itchy skin which becomes dry and 

In severe cases eczema can become raw and even bleed. This can cause great discomfort and distress to the sufferer.cracked in appearance.

There are two main categories of eczema;

Atopic Eczema sufferers are simply prone to developing eczema due to their genetics. People with Atopic eczema are far more likely to have Asthma, Hayfever and Allergies as they share many of the same genetic markers.

Contact Dermatitis is caused by irritations and allergens coming into contact with the skin, which in turn can trigger eczema. There are many types of triggers and it is also dependant on how they come into contact with the individual.

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Are you a hairy chick?

Don’t feel the need to hide away this Easter! Miravue Skin Clinic offers Laser Hair Removal, clinically proven to be the best method for permanently reducing the appearance of unwanted hair.

If you have excessive unsightly hair in embarrassing places that you want removed, we can do that for you without breaking the bank.

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin a course of treatments to get beach-ready and smoother skin.

The most effective clinical laser around

We use the only laser proven to work safely and effectively on all skin types and skin colours, the Nd:YAG laser. Other lasers can carry higher risks of burning and hyperpigmentation and do not guarantee effective results.

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Hyper-pigmentation

If you find parts of your face are becoming darker than others, especially around the forehead, apples of the cheeks and jawline you most likely have hyper-pigmentation.

What is hyper-pigmentation?

Hyper-pigmentation describes any disorder where the melanocytes (Melanin pigment-producing cells in the skin) have become over-active and are producing too much pigment, causing a patchy or un-even appearance in skin tone.

It has been scientifically proven that un-even skin tone makes a person look much older and less attractive than they really are.

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