Dermatology

Sunscreens & Sensitive Skin

People with sensitive, acne prone skin must be careful when choosing sunscreens. Some are far too greasy, oily, clog pores and accentuate acne problems. For people with sensitive skin, choosing sunscreens can be more complicated. The best sunscreens are ones with broad spectrum for both UVB (cancer causing rays, sunburn) and UVA (penetrate deeper, cause…

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Melanoma Awareness

melanoma skin cancer

Recently, Lotus Dermatology surveyed a number of patients about the incidences of melanoma in Australia and the Hunter Region. Only 14% of participants could accurately identify that 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a melanoma before age 70. That means 86% of participants underestimated the prevalence of the disease. Melanoma is a cancer of…

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Rosacea

elderly woman with rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterised by its ability to come and go intermittently. Many have observed that it typically begins after the age of 30 as a redness on the cheek, nose, chin or forehead. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp…

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Occupational Skin Conditions

Occupational Skin Conditions

Skin is the largest organ our bodies have and we spend a great percentage of our lives at work so it is no surprise that occupational skin diseases are the most common occupational disease reported. For a skin disease to be work related there must be a causal relationship between work and the skin disease!…

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Products for Sensitive Skin

Products for Sensitive Skin

If you are someone who has sensitive skin you may know the importance of choosing the right skin products for your daily routine. Factors contributing to sensitive skin may include, genetics, preservatives, chemicals, fragrances, sun exposure, dehydration and extreme weather temperatures. Sensitive skin may be a result of a skin disorder or allergic reaction, eczema, rosacea…

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Are you Sun Safe At Work?

No Hat No Play

In a recent survey conducted by Lotus Dermatology, it was found that close to 70% of all participants were unaware of any policy put in place by their employer regarding sun safe practices. Whilst many places of work may not be exposing their employees to direct sun, this was an alarming statistic. There have been sun safe…

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Pityriasis Versicolor

Pityriasis Versicolor Rash

Pityriasis means a type of fine skin scaling, and versicolor means changing colour. This colourful name, also referred to as tinea versicolor is given to a common and harmless rash that occurs due to the overgrowth of yeasts that live on everyone’s skin and is not infectious. These yeasts, called Malassezia, are not related to yeast in food or to those that…

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Warts

Treating Warts at Lotus Dermatology

Warts are small growths caused by viruses which result in a keratin substance, which is a hard protein on the top layer of the skin, to grow rapidly. They resemble a solid blister or a small cauliflower. There are various types of warts and many of them disappear on their own and do not need to…

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Total Body Photography Update

Total Body Photography - Moles

We have been talking a lot about Total Body Photography (TBP) in recent posts. This new service is proving to be a very valuable tool in the clinic as well as at home with many of our patients for monitoring their skin and the appearance of any new moles. Dr Sally de Zwaan talks about…

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Childhood Eczema

Treating Childhood Atopic Eczema

There are many forms of eczema. Childhood Atopic Eczema can lead to a disruption in your child’s sleep patterns meaning a disruption in sleep patterns for the whole family. Eczema often causes a lot of disruption to a child’s comfort, education, nutrition and can lead to secondary infections. This condition can be rapidly improved with the right…

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