I love state-of-the-art cosmetics with innovative ingredients in fine, high tech airless containers. But having said that, I still have a weakness for natural substances that have been used for centuries. Simple, pure and often cheap. One such age old ingredient taken from nature is clay. Ancient trend[...]

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I am often asked: can sun cream give you spots? And does the sun help or not with acne? Complaints seem to be less frequent in the summer. Why is that exactly? Sunlight can have both a positive and a negative effect on acne. And that can vary from person to person. Certain wavelengths of sunlight are ef[...]

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Every now and again I struggle with my profession. The average Doctor has studied for a good number of years, however, is very obstinate, extremely self-assured and generally not very flexible in their thinking. And I feel that I can say that; I’m a Doctor myself, have been married to one for years and c[...]

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My children have a small bottle of Yakult with their breakfast each morning. I initiated this routine after a fascinating reading by a Paediatrician about the advantageous effect of probiotics. My only concern is that the contents of the bottle of Yakult are not quite the same as that tested in the resea[...]

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After the episode of Zapp (broadcast on the 6 February 2016) it was again apparent how difficult it is to change those fables surrounding the causes of acne. It’s time to clear up the most popular ones... A matter of outgrowing it? Indeed, one of the biggest misconceptions is that you just need to ‘grow[...]

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As you may have read in my previous blog, thorough cleansing is essential for beautiful skin. But what, for you, may be a good cleanser may not necessarily be so for your neighbour. It is important that your cleanser is suitable for both your skin type and its condition. If you haven’t already done so, i[...]

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The question I mostly get asked in interviews is which products I use on my skin. Maybe not so surprising but... I use my own products daily, morning and night. In the first place I developed them for myself; with ingredients I could tolerate, which had proven effectiveness and in the correct concentrati[...]

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After an around the world trip with husband and kids (lucky me), I find myself sitting behind the computer once again. I couldn’t forget my work altogether on holiday though. Whether it was somewhere in the Jungle of Indonesia, the Australian Outback or a forgotten island in the South Pacific; there was [...]

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Last week I was completely focused on the book that I am writing about skincare. During my 'solitary confinement' I was delving deep into literature searching for the latest news...

Not so strange, as after this week I am unable to change any of the text! Of course, I came across a load of interesting things for my blog; such as a recently published study where the effectiveness of Niacinamide, for the treatment of melasma, is compared to that of hydroquinone... Melasma: one of the[...]

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Acne is more common than all other skin disorders put together and as much as even 90 percent of people suffer from it at varying degrees at some time in their lives. In the blog 'spots: should I go to the Doctor or not?' I have written all about the development of acne and how to deal with it.

Step 1: mild products There are very important rules which need to be observed when treating acne. The skin with acne is, by definition, over sensitive and irritated, and so needs to be treated as such. Avoid perfumed products and products with denatured alcohol. Ensure you have a mild skincare regime. [...]

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