Monthly Archives: November 2017

29 11, 2017

Soap and eczema

2017-11-29T14:06:34+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

Most patients with eczema will know that they should stay away from soaps. Hopefully I can explain why this is. Essentially this is because oil and water do not mix. When dirt and oils accumulate on skin, water cannot easily wash them off. This is why soaps contain surfactants. Surfactants allow the water to bind [...]

29 11, 2017

Which cosmetic treatment first?

2017-11-29T14:03:21+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

The field of cosmetic dermatology is ever expanding, with new advances in techniques and procedures on an almost daily basis. How does one choose between all these options? I always advise an assessment first. There should be an understanding of expectation and outcome between the patient and the specialist. Dermatologists are well trained in this [...]

29 11, 2017

Sunscreen on a cloudy day

2017-11-29T14:00:44+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

It is often said that Cape Town will have four seasons in a day. What is interesting, is that a patient may be exposed to certain types of UV-rays more on a cloudy day than on a sunny day. Sunlight is composed of different types of ultraviolet rays. For our purposes mainly UVB and UVA. [...]

29 11, 2017

Botox as a treatment for depression

2017-11-29T13:57:09+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

The fact that using Botox for frown lines also aids in the treatment of depression is not new information, but there is currently more and more evidence to support this claim. Recent studies have shown that patients that suffer from depression and being treated with Botox, had less relapses of depression! We can only hope [...]

29 11, 2017

Are mole checks worthwhile?

2017-11-29T13:55:26+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

Yes, yes, yes! Not only do mole checks allow dermatologists to diagnose melanomas extremely early in their evolution, they also allow us the opportunity to assess you overall skin health. Often patients will complain about a single lesion and then on a quick total body examination in the office we will pick up other more [...]