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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 [...]

9 12, 2016

My hair is falling out!

2016-12-16T13:28:20+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

Hair loss is a common complaint at the office. Most patients would suffer from patterned hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. As the name implies, this is often hereditary. Most patients can be treated simply if they present early enough. This treatment often entails lotions and sometimes medications when needed. Hair loss is a huge chapter [...]

9 12, 2016

Skin lightening: Safe or Not?

2016-12-09T18:22:13+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

Skin lightening has taken off in a big way, both locally and internationally. People do it for a variety of reasons. Under the careful eye of a dermatologist, skin lightening is a safe procedure. We commonly use this technique to combat uneven skin tone, certain medical conditions like melisma and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, skin [...]

9 12, 2016


2016-12-09T18:19:20+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

Its summer! Everyone enjoys time in the sun. Sunlight makes us feel better, but also ages our skin. Safe sun practices, including a good sunscreen is always advisable. So which one is best? I always recommend an SPF50+ that has broad spectrum UVA and UVB cover. Most reputable sunscreens will list this label in the [...]

9 12, 2016

Facial Cleansers

2016-12-09T18:10:56+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

Patients frequently ask which facial cleansers should be used. Firstly, I prescribe facial cleansers in patients who need to remove excess sebum and oil from their face. These are often patients with acne. Be very careful not to over cleanse and strip away the natural protective barrier from your skin. Cleansers that pull the face [...]

9 12, 2016

New Beginnings

2016-12-09T17:31:15+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

Welcome to the Media and Blog page at Parker Dermatology. We decided to start a blog, as we often receive frequently asked questions from patients and the public at large. The aim is to keep you updated with the latest advances in dermatology and skin care, including anti-aging medicine, cosmetic procedures and most importantly new [...]