Understanding staphylococcal skin infections

This group of bacteria includes meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is resistant to certain antibiotics that are commonly used for staph infections. It also includes PVL-Staphylococcus aureus, which produces a toxin called Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL), which

Sweat too much?

“Many people who excessively sweat do not realise that they have a treatable medical condition,” said dermatologist Dr Jenny Eileen Murase, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Centre. “If

Healthy skin enables confidence

Oil-based skincare is the best solution for healthy skin. Skin has its own natural outer oily layer, and its purpose is to lock in moisture. It does this because moisture is critical for skin health.

Psoriasis: an understanding of the aetiology

The increased rate of production of epidermal cells outweighs the rate of exfoliation of the skin, causing thick scaling plaques. Psoriasis was previously thought to be a skin disease only. However, more and more evidence

Common bacterial and fungal skin infections

In addition to acting as a solid wall with its various keratin layers, the skin defence also comprises various cytokines and defence cells (like Langerhans cells) guarding us from intruders. However, before meeting the keratin

6 ways to prevent toenail fungus

To help prevent nail fungus, Dr Zeichner recommends the following tips: 1. Keep your toenails trimmed short. This helps prevent debris from building up under the nails and minimizes the risk of nail injuries. Cut

Why treating actinic keratosis is vital

AKs evolve slowly in the basal layer by potentially carcinogenic UV light interacting with keratinocyte DNA when DNA repair mechanisms fail, until they become thicker and clinically evident as coarse erythematous patches in early stages4.

Hyaluronic acid finally explained

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID? First of all, hyaluronic acid is already in our bodies naturally. It’s widely distributed through our connective tissue, skin, joints, brain, and other organs, and it gives our skin its natural

Sunscreen or winter screen

Dermatologists around the world all agree that the best anti-ageing product one should use is a good broad-spectrum sunscreen, meaning UVA and UVB protection, and that this should be used every day – whether you

Shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia

After recovery from chickenpox, the virus can be dormant in a nerve root. Reactivation of latent infection causes shingles – a localised, painful blister-like rash, in the area supplied by that nerve CAUSE VZV causes

Need to treat hyperpigmentation? Peeling is not the answer

MYTH: If you are struggling with hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the skin), you need to exfoliate with scrubs, chemical peels, or both. FACT: That’s simply going to make hyperpigmentation worse. The only way to treat

Acne vulgaris: counselling patients

Marked by clogged pores, painful pimples, and sometimes hard, deep lumps on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, and upper arms, more than 85% of teenagers suffer from acne.