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Show someone you love them this #ValentinesDay by checking their moles! Whether it's a friend, family member or romantic partner, help them check hard-to-see places for signs of skin cancer. ⠀ ⠀ Dr @AnjaliMahto says:⠀ ⠀ Most dermatologists recommend skin self-exam on a monthly basis. The purpose of this is to detect unusual growths or changes early. The ideal time is probably after a bath or shower and should be carried out in a well-lit room with the aid of a full length mirror. It is important to look closely at the entire body including the scalp, buttocks and genitalia, palms and soles including the spaces between the fingers and toes. It may be helpful to seek assistance from a trusted individual to examine the hard-to-see areas. ⠀ ⠀ The acronym ABCDE can be extremely helpful in evaluating moles. If a mole shows any of these features, it warrants review by a dermatologist to exclude melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.⠀ ⠀ Asymmetry: one half of the mole is different to the other⠀ Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined edge⠀ Colour: uneven colour or variable colours within a mole⠀ Diameter: the mole is bigger than 6mm in size⠀ Evolving: the mole is changing in its size, shape or colour⠀ ⠀ Other signs to look out for include any new moles, a mole that looks significantly different to the others (known as the ugly duckling sign), or any skin lesion that bleeds or fails to heal.⠀ ⠀ The most important thing is to seek medical advice early. Any concerns should prompt a visit to a dermatologist who will perform a full skin examination and may go on to either excise a mole or take a sample or biopsy of any unusual growths or patches on the skin.⠀ ⠀ #BritishSkinFoundation #BeMyValentine #Valentine #Valentines #Love #skin #skincheck #skincancer #cancer #molecheck #checkyourmoles #loveyourskin #healthyskin #healthylife #dermatology #dermatologist #GoTeamBSF #alternativeValentine

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4 days ago

Calling all dermatology researchers, applications for the British Skin Foundation Small Grant Awards 2019 are now open. These include: ⠀ ⠀ •BSF Small Grant⠀ •BSF/British Photodermatology Group Small Grant⠀ •BSF/BAD Dermatology Trainee Small Grant⠀ ⠀ Deadline Sunday 28th April 2019. ⠀ ⠀ More info:⠀ ⠀ #BritishSkinFoundation #skin #skindisease #skinconditions #skinresearch #research #whywedoresearch #smallgrant #grants #dermatology #dermatological #BSFresearch #GoTeamBSF #science

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6 days ago

New blog post: 'Accepting my acne' by @mynameisjustP⠀ ⠀ 'Visibly striking acne means turning heads while you walk down the street. It means strangers glaring at you in supermarket queues, acquaintances you run into asking what you've done to your face, and customers you serve recommending you switch to a vegan diet. The way people looked at me felt jarring. Their expressions of shock reflected my own panic at having seen my skin quickly deteriorate with no identifiable cause, and on some deeply rooted level, the looks of judgement – disgust sometimes – echoed my own feelings too.'⠀ ⠀ We'd like to say a big thank you to P for bravely sharing their story. This inspiring blog post discusses self-acceptance and learning to understand that having a skin condition is not your fault. ⠀ ⠀ Remember, there are treatments out there and a Consultant Dermatologist will be able to help you find the right one for you. Don't suffer in silence. ⠀ ⠀ READ the full blog post here:⠀ ⠀ For more info on acne:⠀ ⠀ #BritishSkinFoundation #acne #acnepositivity #acnetreatment #acneproblems #acnejourney #acnehelp #acnecommunity #cysticacne #adultacne #acneskin #CharityTuesday #TuesdayMotivation #skin #skinproblems #skindisease

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6 days ago

Squamous cell carcinoma in situ, often called Bowen’s disease, is a growth of cancerous cells that is confined to the outer layer of the skin. It is not a serious condition, and its importance rests on the fact that, very occasionally, it can progress into an invasive skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma. For this reason, dermatologists usually treat, or at least monitor, Bowen's disease.⠀ ⠀ Most cases of Bowen’s disease develop as a result of long-term sun exposure, and it is more likely in those receiving long term immunosuppression medication.⠀ ⠀ A patch of Bowen’s disease starts as a small red scaly area, which grows very slowly. It may reach a diameter of a few centimetres across. It commonly occurs on sun-exposed skin, especially the face, scalp and neck, as well as the hands and lower legs. More than one area may be present. The development of an ulcer or lump on a patch of Bowen’s disease may indicate the formation of invasive squamous cell cancer.⠀ ⠀ A patch of Bowen’s disease can look rather like other scaly skin conditions, such as psoriasis. For this reason a biopsy (a small sample of skin) may be needed to make the diagnosis.⠀ ⠀ As Bowen's disease is confined to the surface of the skin, there are a variety of ways it can be treated. Find out more here:⠀ ⠀ #DiseaseoftheDay⠀ ⠀ #BritishSkinFoundation #skin #skindisease #squamouscellcarcinoma #skincancer #loveyourskin #checkyourskin #healthyskin #skinhealth #skincondition #sunexposure

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8 days ago

A mother-of-two who felt she had lost her identity due to alopecia has shaved her head to embrace her beauty.⠀ ⠀ Chloe Heaton, 28, of Lancashire, first saw signs of losing her hair in 2017, when a bald patch started off the size of a pound coin.⠀ ⠀ The youth worker felt 'ruined' and wanted to 'disappear' as she lost her long locks, wearing headscarves for nearly two years to cover bald patches.⠀ ⠀ She said: 'I was twenty-seven-years-old at a race event when I ran my fingers through my hair; I felt the most bizarre soft patch on the back of my head... It started out as the size of a pound coin.⠀ ⠀ 'I was absolutely devastated and felt like my world had come to a stop. I've always looked after my hair and took pride in it.⠀ ⠀ 'So, for something to sneak in the night and rob me of, what I thought was my identity, I felt ruined.'⠀ ⠀ Mrs Heaton didn't tell anyone for at least a year and a half to avoid embarrassment. ⠀ ⠀ She said: 'Nobody knew or even realised. I was a master at covering it up whilst I could. I still didn't tell people, even when wearing a headscarf until they asked (which wasn't often).⠀ ⠀ 'All I wanted to do was hide in my house and not leave. I had constant support off my husband and two girls all the time.' ⠀ ⠀ The mother to Miya, eight, and Daisy, one-years-old, decided to turn a negative situation into a positive one by shaving the rest of her hair off to help raise money for charity and raise awareness of the condition.⠀ ⠀ Full story:⠀ ⠀ #alopecia #alopeciaawareness #hairloss #hairproblems #bald #skindisease #bodypositivity #bodypositive #bodyimage

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10 days ago

Skin positivity campaigner @LuissaBurton used to feel 'dirty' and 'broken'.⠀ ⠀ “At school, children used to call me a leper and a lizard and move away from me in fear that they could catch my #skin condition,” she says.⠀ ⠀ Yet today she is an influential figure in the burgeoning skin positivity movement, which is poised to do for people with conditions such as #acne, #psoriasis, #eczema and #vitiligo what the body positivity movement has sought to do for those who don’t fit the oppressively narrow mould of what had been deemed the “perfect” shape.⠀ ⠀ Competing in the Miss Globe pageant in Albania last year Burton strutted out on stage “covered in psoriasis” in a bikini, prompting one judge to congratulate her on her confidence. Some argue beauty #pageants are demeaning but it’s hard to see Burton as anything other than empowered. “I used to feel dirty, broken and wanted to scrub off my skin. Now my psoriasis patches are my ‘logos’ – they are part of me,” she says. “There is no shame in having a skin condition. Beauty isn’t skin deep.”⠀ ⠀ Read more via @theipaper by @surejan777:⠀ ⠀ #BritishSkinFoundation #MissGlobe #LuissaBurton #skinpositivity #bodypositivity #bodypositive #skin #skinconditions #skindeep #loveyourskin

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11 days ago

#Actress and #model @AmberJeanRowan, former contestant of RTÉ's The Model Agent, has been living with #alopecia since age 15. ⠀ ⠀ She has posed for the first time without a #wig on the cover of Irish Tatler for alopecia awareness. ⠀ ⠀ @IrishTatler reports:⠀ ⠀ For anyone, let alone a self-conscious teen of 15, an alopecia diagnosis would serve as a devastating blow. For an aspiring model and working actress, it could have called time on her career. However, for Clontarf-born Amber Jean Rowan (who you may remember from RTÉ's OG model show, The Model Agent) it was to be the making of her. ⠀ ⠀ Some eleven years later, Rowan has embraced her hair-free-life going wig free – and demonstrating her fashion prowess – in this exclusive Irish Tatler shoot, and opening up about the condition that has seen her lose her hair. ⠀ ⠀ Indeed, when Rowan speaks about the condition she has had since a diagnosis at age 15, she displays a wisdom that belies her short time on this planet.⠀ ⠀ “People constantly ask me what it’s like to have alopecia, but I actually can’t remember what it’s like to have hair,” she tells Irish Tatler's Fashion Editor Sarah Macken in an exclusive interview. Being completely bald since the age of 17, it’s been the norm for a long time for the now 26-year-old Irish model.⠀ ⠀ Read the full story:⠀ ⠀ #loveyourself #bodypositivity #hairloss #hairproblems #bosypositive #selfacceptance #inspireothers #amberjeanrowan #irishtatler

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13 days ago

A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer. There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. BCC is a non-melanoma skin cancer, and is the most common type (greater than 80%) of all skin cancer in the UK. ⠀ ⠀ The commonest cause is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or from sunbeds. BCCs can occur anywhere on the body, but are most common on areas that are exposed to the sun such as your face, head, neck and ears. It is also possible for a BCC to develop in a longstanding scar. ⠀ ⠀ BCCs mainly affect fair skinned adults, but other skin types are also at risk. Those with the highest risk of developing a basal cell carcinoma are:⠀ ⠀ People with pale skin who burn easily and rarely tan (generally with light coloured or red hair, although some may have dark hair but still have fair skin).⠀ Those who have had a lot of exposure to the sun, such as people with outdoor hobbies or outdoor workers, and people who have lived in sunny climates.⠀ People who have used sun beds or have regularly sunbathed.⠀ People who have previously had a basal cell carcinoma.⠀ ⠀ BCCs can vary greatly in their appearance, but people often first become aware of them as a scab that bleeds and does not heal completely or a new lump on the skin. Some BCCs are superficial and look like a scaly red flat mark on the skin. Others form a lump and have a pearl-like rim surrounding a central crater and there may be small red blood vessels present across the surface. If left untreated, BCCs can eventually cause an ulcer; hence the name “rodent ulcer”. Most BCCs are painless, although sometimes they can be itchy or bleed if caught.⠀ ⠀ The commonest treatment for BCC is surgery. Usually, this means cutting away the BCC, along with some clear skin around it, using local anaesthetic injection to numb the skin. The skin can usually be closed with a few stitches, but sometimes a skin graft is needed.⠀ ⠀ Read more about detecting and treating BCCs on our website here: ⠀⠀ ⠀ #DiseaseoftheDay #WorldCancerDay #basalcellcarcinoma #bcc #cancer #skincancer #sunsafety #nonmelanoma #loveyourskin #BritishSkinFoundation

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17 days ago

Shout out to Darren Wright @dazwrightbfc who is running the London Marathon this year to raise money for skin cancer research. ⠀ ⠀ His dad beat the disease last year and he’d like to help more people do the same. ⠀ ⠀ Read his story and support him here⠀ ⠀ #GoTeamBSF #BritishSkinFoundation #skincancer #skin #cancer #LondonMarathon #VirginLondonMarathon #helpothers #beinspired #teamwork #melanoma #London #running #ukrunchat

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19 days ago

Justin Brower was in the kitchen baking with his daughter Mya when she said something that made his heart sink.⠀ ⠀ "Mya was making cookies at home so had tied her hair up," Justin, 44, from Raleigh, North Carolina told the BBC. "Her twin sister commented that she should wear it up more often because it looked cute, but Mya said her scar was ugly and people think it is weird."⠀ ⠀ Mya, who is 12, had Chiari decompression surgery four years ago, which left her a long scar on the back of her neck.⠀ ⠀ Justin told Mya that he thought her scar was cool and that other people would too, so he asked for her permission to post a photo of it on Twitter.⠀ ⠀ "I was just expecting the people who I normally interact with to reply," Justin says, "I never expected it to resonate so much with so many people."⠀ ⠀ But resonate it did, receiving more than 60,000 shares and more than 12,000 comments.⠀ ⠀ Many shared photos of their own scars and urged Mya to see hers as a symbol of her resilience.⠀ ⠀ Justin added that he is not interested in telling his daughter how to look.⠀ ⠀ "This should go without saying, but it's her hair and body, she can do whatever she wants. I just want my girls to be confident. Confident in their bodies. Confident in themselves. If I can help teach them that, then I've done my job as a dad."⠀ ⠀ But most importantly, how does Mya feel about it all?⠀ ⠀ "I can't believe how many people responded to my dad's stupid tweet," she told the BBC. "He's not famous so I don't understand how it got so popular."⠀ ⠀ She says seeing other people sharing photos of their scars made her feel differently about her own.⠀ ⠀ "A scar makes you who you are and if people don't like it they can just go away."⠀ ⠀ Full story via BBC⠀ ⠀ #scar #scars #bodypositivity #bodypositive #beconfident #beyourself #skin #skinproblems #chiari #surgery #confidence #confident

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20 days ago

What is alopecia areata? ⠀ ⠀ Alopecia is a general term for hair loss. Alopecia areata is a common cause of non-scarring (does not cause scarring to the scalp) hair loss that can occur at any age. It usually causes small, coin-sized, round patches of baldness on the scalp, although hair elsewhere such as the beard, eyebrows, eyelashes, body and limbs can be affected. In some people larger areas are affected and occasionally it can involve the whole scalp (alopecia totalis) or even the entire body and scalp (alopecia universalis).⠀ ⠀ It is not possible to predict how much hair will be lost. Regrowth of hair in typical alopecia areata is usual over a period of months or sometimes years, but cannot be guaranteed. The chances of the hair regrowing are better if less hair is lost at the beginning. Most people, with only a few small patches get full regrowth within a year. If more than half the hair is lost then the chances of a full recovery are not good. The hair sometimes regrows white, at least in the first instance. Most people get further attacks of alopecia areata. In alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis, the likelihood of total regrowth is less.⠀ ⠀ Find out more:⠀ ⠀ #DiseaseoftheDay⠀ ⠀ #alopeciaareata #alopecia #hairloss #hairproblems #skin #skindisease #skincondition #bald #balding #baldness #BritishSkinFoundation

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22 days ago

@Iomikoejohnson is determined to serve as an inspiration and a role model to others with the condition, as well as other young women around the world.⠀ ⠀ Over the years, Iomikoe has been the subject of racist jokes, people saying that she isn't black and has even been labelled a 'dalmatian' by trolls online. ⠀ ⠀ Iomikoe, who is a mother-of-four and grandmother-of-three has risen above these comments and uses them as an example of how not to treat others and has launched a successful modeling career.⠀ ⠀ It is Iomikoe's passion to help other young girls living with vitiligo and to give them a positive and real-life role model to look up to, after only having supermodel, Winnie Harlow to look up to herself when she was coming to terms with her skin condition and has been working hard to redefine beauty.⠀ ⠀ 'I am inspiring others who look like me, who are different like me to love the skin they're in no matter what stupid people have to say and I thought about the younger generation who have vitiligo because you can get vitiligo regardless of age, race or gender, at any time of your life.'⠀ ⠀ Full story:⠀ ⠀ For more on vitiligo visit our website:⠀ ⠀ #vitiligo #vitiligolove #vitiligolife #vitiligoworld #beinspired #bodypositive #bekind #bodypositivity #skin

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23 days ago

Four women have been photographed with their spots and scars on display, the group hope to wipe out the stigma surrounding blemished adult skin.⠀ ⠀ Mail Online reports:⠀ ⠀ Look at these women. They are stunning, glowing with health, their eyes radiant. Yet their looks have caused them such distress that they've refused to leave the house without make-up — or even called in sick to avoid pitying stares at work.⠀ ⠀ Why? Because they all share the same 'flaw' — acne. And today, they have bravely agreed to be photographed with their spots and scars on display, in the hope of wiping out the stigma surrounding blemished skin.⠀ ⠀ That's the goal of what's become known as the 'skin positivity' movement, in which women are fighting back against the pressure to appear flawless.⠀ ⠀ Poonam Vaja, 32, a PR consultant from Milton Keynes, has had monthly outbreaks since she was in her teens. 'I eat well, barely drink and exercise regularly, so it feels unfair,' she says.⠀ ⠀ But she refuses on principle to cover up her blemishes. 'I rarely wear much make-up, as it clogs pores. I also really don't see why I should conceal something that is completely natural. I'll wear the full works if I want to — but nobody should feel they have to hide behind a mask.'⠀ ⠀ Read their full stories:⠀ ⠀ #skinpositivity #bodyimage #bodypositive #bodypositivity #adultacne #acne #BritishSkinFoundation #acnelove #acneposivity #skin #skindisease #skinproblems #acneproblems #loveyourself

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24 days ago

NEW BLOG POST: Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Ioannis Goutos, explains what keloid scars are and how to deal with them. ⠀ ⠀ 'The term keloid derives from the Greek word ‘chele’ meaning crab’s claw since a proportion of keloid scars have extensions creeping into the surrounding skin.⠀ ⠀ A keloid is a type of bulky scar that develops in the skin as a result of injury, infection or inflammation and spreads beyond the borders of the original field of skin damage. It is essentially an area of excessive collagen deposition.'⠀ ⠀ Follow the link to read more on risk factors, typical features and treatment options.⠀ ⠀ #BritishSkinFoundation #skin #skinproblems #keloids #keloid #keloidscars #keloidscar #scar #scarring #scars #skindisease

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25 days ago

"Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory, scarring skin condition which can affect any part of the body but in females, most often affects the vulval and the skin around the anus," explains Dr Emma Edmonds, consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. The exact prevalence and age breakdown of women with the disease is unknown, but many believe it's underestimated as the symptoms and signs can be subtle and misdiagnosed. Dr Edmonds estimates that up to 3% of women may be affected but that the true figure could be far higher.⠀ ⠀ The psychological impact of the disease shouldn't be underestimated. Nearly nine in 10 (89%) of those surveyed by the British Association of Dermatologists and the Association for Lichen Sclerosus and Vulval Health about the social, professional and emotional damage of vulval health conditions said their condition had affected their emotional and mental wellbeing; 42% said it had affected their social life, 79% said it had affected personal relationships, and 39% said it had affected their work life.⠀ ⠀ The causes of the disease are unknown, but genes and the environment are both thought to play a potential role. Women can make lifestyle changes to reduce their likelihood of contracting it, says Dr Edmonds. "General genital health measures may be helpful such as avoiding using soap, feminine wipes and using a barrier cream to avoid contact between the genital skin and irritants such as urine in sensitive areas."⠀ ⠀ Read the full article and case study via @Refinery29UK here:⠀ ⠀ #lichensclerosus #vulvalhealth #vulval #skin #skinproblems #genitals #BritishSkinFoundation #dermatology #femalehealth #females #dermatologists #skinhealth

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27 days ago

What is acne?⠀ ⠀ #Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by #comedones ( #blackheads and #whiteheads) and pus-filled spots ( #pustules). It usually starts at #puberty and varies in severity from a few spots on the face, neck, back and chest, which most #adolescents will have at some time, to a more significant problem that may cause #scarring and impact on self-confidence. For the majority it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties, but it can persist for longer in some people.⠀ ⠀ Acne can develop for the first time in people in their late twenties or even the thirties. It occasionally occurs in young children as blackheads and/or pustules on the cheeks or nose.⠀ ⠀ What causes acne?⠀ ⠀ The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of people who get acne are particularly sensitive to normal blood levels of certain hormones, which are present in both men and women. These cause the glands to produce an excess of oil. At the same time, the dead #skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles. These two effects result in a build up of oil, producing blackheads (where a darkened plug of oil and dead skin is visible) and whiteheads.⠀ ⠀ The acne bacterium (known as Propionibacterium acnes) lives on everyone’s skin, usually causing no problems, but in those prone to acne, the build-up of oil creates an ideal environment in which these bacteria can multiply. This triggers inflammation and the formation of red or pus-filled spots.⠀ ⠀ Some acne can be caused by medication given for other conditions or by certain contraceptive injections or pills. Some tablets taken by body-builders contain hormones that trigger acne and other problems.⠀ ⠀ Acne can very rarely be caused by problems with hormones. If you develop unusual hair growth or hair loss, irregular periods or other changes to your body, then mention this to your doctor in case it is relevant.⠀ ⠀ Find out more about acne including what it looks like, how it's diagnosed and how it can be treated here:⠀ ⠀ #DiseaseoftheDay #BritishSkinFoundation #skindisease #acne #acnetreatment #acnetips #acnescars #acnecommunity #acnepositivity

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1 month ago

The #BritishSkinFoundation is delighted to accept £190,000 donation from dermatological accreditation organisation, the #SkinHealthAlliance (@SkinHealthAll) which will be put towards research into all types of skin diseases, including skin cancer.⠀ ⠀ The organisation awards professional, dermatological accreditation to products, services and brands around the world. This accreditation reassures consumers that the products have been independently verified as skin safe.⠀ ⠀ James Stalley, Director of the Skin Health Alliance explains, “The Skin Health Alliance had a very successful 2018. The increase in demand from consumers and the industry has allowed us to reflect this success by making record charitable contributions towards skin disease research. We are proud to continue supporting the fight against skin disease."⠀ ⠀ The generous donation will go a long way towards helping find treatment and cures for skin conditions.⠀ ⠀ Emma Daniel, Fundraising Officer said, “Skin research is very expensive, with the cost increasing year on year. This kind of support from an organisation like the Skin Health Alliance is invaluable to a charity like the British Skin Foundation.”⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ #research #skincancer #FridayMotivation #skindisease #whywedoresearch #skin #skinproblems #cancer #eczema #acne #psoriasis #rosacea #vitiligo #helpothers #beinspired

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