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Urticaria: Causes and treatments

Urticaria, also known as hives, is an inflammatory autoimmune skin response to a known or unknown stimulus. Urticaria is often thought to be due to allergy, but allergy is actually not a common cause. The mechanism causing Urticaria is the release of histamine from the mast cells of the skin. It results in the formation…

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae And Keloidalis Nuchae

Pseudofolliculitis barbae and keloidalis nuchae are two chronic disorders that affect hair follicles. The conditions are particularly common to men with dark skin tones of African descent. The conditions are not well known, despite being quite common. Treatments can be challenging and require a multi-faceted approach and even so, the treatment efficacy varies from person…

Make up: The different types and their uses (Part 2)

The purpose of make up is to highlight our most attractive facial features. This also means concealing flaws and imperfections. We want to draw attention to the eyes, the shape of the mouth, and add arching and full eyebrows for a striking look. Some of the trending videos on social media depicting ways to add…

Make up: The different types and their uses (Part 1)

Makeup has received fairly negative coverage in the media. However, it is still the most popular way to hide imperfections and achieve smooth and healthy-looking skin. Many people get trapped in a cycle: they wear makeup to hide a skin condition. Due to their choice of makeup, the symptoms associated with the condition worsens and…

How To Treat Thinning Eyebrows And Eyelashes

Treatment of Eyebrow Conditions Thinning eyebrows and diminishing eyelashes can be deeply upsetting. It is tempting to try and remedy the situation with cosmetic treatments and “quick fixes”. Many of these treatments may hide the symptoms of thinning hair without addressing the underlying cause and while placing added stress on the hair follicles, which are…

Vitiligo: Knowing the signs

Vitiligo is a disease affecting the pigment cells in the skin, causing patches of skin to fade and lighten. The symptoms can appear in one area of the body, or affect many areas at once. The cause of vitiligo remains unknown, although it is generally believed to be an autoimmune condition that causes the body…

Tinea versicolor: Facts and fundamentals

Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin that disrupts pigment cells, causing small patches of discolouration to develop. This condition commonly develops in the teenage years, and can also occur in early adulthood. Like other forms of pigmentation, tinea versicolor does not cause physical pain or harm, but it does affect the emotional…

The Truth About Eyebrows and Eyebrow Shaping

Eyebrows serve an important function. Primarily, they are there to protect the eyes, diverting moisture such as sweat and other impurities – like dirt – away from the eyes and down the sides of the face. This is true for the unkempt eyebrow that hasn’t undergone eyebrow shaping, in its original state. Today, eyebrows also…

10 myths not backed by dermatologists

On our quest for beauty, we’ve been fed many misconceptions. Some beauty hacks have been passed down over generations. From egg white to bicarbonate of soda, potato peels to lemon juice, turmeric to avocado. Women seem to put almost anything on the skin, any quick fix that promises beauty is always so tempting to try.…

Understanding and treating psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition characterised by an overproduction of skin cells. The result is scaly patches on the skin’s surface that are itchy, uncomfortable and very noticeable. So the condition is not only physically debilitating, but emotionally debilitating too. It’s common for sufferers to experience low self-esteem and feelings of guilt and shame…