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Have you noticed the appearance of a protrusion, redness or itching on your skin, or an increase in the size of a mole, or unusual hair loss? Make an appointment now with one of our English-speaking doctors.
Located in the heart of Barcelona, our clinic welcome you for all your needs in terms of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail problems, in children as well as in adults.
What are the most common skin conditions?
Eczema is a condition that causes inflamed, itchy, cracked, and rough skin. Eczema can show up anywhere on your skin. In teens and adults, it’s typically found on your hands, neck, inner elbows, ankles, knees, feet and around your eyes.
The exact cause of atopic dermatitis is not known, but researchers believe it may involve genetics, the environment, and/or the immune system. Treatments may include medicines, skin creams, light therapy, and good skin care. You can prevent some types of eczema by avoiding things that irritate your skin, such as certain soaps, fabrics, and lotions.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually affects the face. Common symptoms include facial flushing, raised, red bumps, facial redness, skin dryness, and skin sensitivity.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, although a number of possible factors have been suggested, including abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face and a reaction to microscopic mites commonly found on the face.
See your GP if you have persistent symptoms that could be caused by rosacea. Early diagnosis and treatment can help stop the condition getting worse.
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, scaly patches on the skin due to systemic inflammation. There are many types of psoriasis: guttate, plaque, inverse, erythrodermic, and pustular.
While there is no cure, psoriasis treatment can keep symptoms under control. Your provider may prescribe special creams or shampoos for psoriasis.
Acne, the most common skin disorder in Europe, can be a source of anxiety for every teen. Plus, the incidence of acne is growing in adults, too.
It occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. The most common spots where you might have acne are your face, forehead, chest, shoulders and upper back.
Acne treatment by a specialist is important because acne left unchecked can often lead to permanent scars and dark facial spots.
A fungal infection, also called mycosis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus. Fungi usually make their homes in moist areas of the body where skin surfaces meet: between the toes, in the genital area, and under the breasts.
Fungal skin infections can be itchy and annoying, but they're rarely serious.
Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a localized area. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox.
It is estimated that about a third of people develop shingles at some point in their life.
Shingles is most often diagnosed by your doctor solely based on the appearance of the characteristic rash.
Children and newborn skin care and prevention
Babies' skin is thinner, more fragile and more sensitive than adults' skin. It is also less resistant to bacteria and triggers that can irritate skin (e.g. wool, heat).
The skin includes a barrier that prevents the loss of too much moisture, and protects the skin from harmful germs or irritants. Appropriate cleansing, moisturising and sun protection will help maintain your baby's skin barrier, and prevent skin problems in the future.
It's best to use skin care products made specifically for babies or kids, such as fragrance-free and tear-free shampoos, bath gels, and lotions. With each one you use, be watchful of your child's reaction in case they are allergic.
In general, babies younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct, per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But you can apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on small areas of the body, such as the face, for babies younger than 6 months and all over for older babies.
Our Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin
As the largest organ in the human body, the skin plays a fundamental role in protecting the body and therefore it is important to take good care of it. To help your skin face external aggressions, stay beautiful and in good health, here are some tips from our specialists:
- Protect yourself from the sun
It can be fun to get out and enjoy sunshine, and the vitamin D provided by the sun can help with your overall health. However, too much sun can be damaging.
Avoid sun in the middle of the day, from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ultraviolet rays, which cause sunburn, are strongest during this time. Put on broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher before you go outside. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all exposed skin.
- Wash your face properly
Cleansing forms an important part of any skincare routine. Washing your face helps to get rid of germs, dust, dirt, makeup, oil and other impurities that get accumulated on your face throughout the day.
Know your skin type and choose a cleanser that’s a good match. If you have dry skin you’ll want to avoid cleansers with high alcohol content. People with oily skin need a cleanser with a lower PH level. For sensitive skin you’ll want a basic cleanser free from heavy fragrance and additives.
- Hydrate your skin inside-out
The dermis is 70% water and the epidermis 15%. To take care of it, it is therefore essential to moisturize it properly by using a cream adapted to your skin type every day. In the evening, opt for a richer treatment to nourish your skin during the night.
In addition, make sure you're drinking around 2 litres (8 cups) of water each day to maintain your hydration levels and heal your skin from the inside.
Choose skincare products according to your skin type
Dry skin does not have the same needs as oily skin. It is therefore important to know your skin type in order to provide it with everything it needs according to its characteristics.
- Take care of fragile areas (eye contour, neck, lips, etc.)
The delicate nature of the eye and lip contour area can cause it to show signs of aging more quickly. Use specific products and look for ingredients which help to bind and retain moisture, like humectants such as hyaluronic acid and beta glucan.
- Eat a balanced diet
Treat your skin kindly and optimise your nutrition by eating antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts, and a varied and balanced diet and give up or lower your intake of irritants like dairy, sugar, and gluten.
- Get enough sleep
During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. If we don't get enough rest, our skin can't properly repair itself from damage and inflammation.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults rest seven to nine hours each night. So you know what to do... zzzzz