Our skin protects us, is vital to our health and part of our persona. See the introduction to a news section focused on evidence based dermatology, including new methods of treatment and diagnosis.
The Covid pandemic brought video apps to prominence but how about the reliability of apps built to diagnose skin conditions. See research to date and practical views on them replacing specialist diagnosis.
See a UV image which shows how the sun ages our skin, bringing wrinkling, blotchiness, liver spots and more. Treatment can set aside these signs, although prevention is the best answer and worth the time.
Advertising aimed at young people has been stopped, for treatment ranging from breast augmentation, to chemical peels. A decision based on the risk of medical damage and adding to psychological harm.
Preventing skin cancer is an important use for sunscreen but as research has shown, this can also control the ageing process. Medical conditions can be stopped from worsening, eye damage be avoided.
A group of images show how varied seborrhoeic warts can be, in appearance and location. Clarity of diagnosis points to the best routes for treatment and avoids risk of confusion with other conditions, such as skin cancers.
The UK centres which carry out research, or make global knowledge available fulfil a vital role. Ensuring our patients receive up to date, safe care and do not miss out on developments which can help.
Clear communication, rather than jargon is vital to effective medicine. This helps to make treatment work, keep patients safe and ensure the future is based on reality, rather than assumptions.