Seeing a skin specialist is an important step towards finding the right treatment for a condition affecting your skin, hair or nails. Dermatologists are experts in diagnosing skin conditions and working out which treatment will be most effective for you. We provide specialist tests, treatments and services that can make a big difference to your care.
Finding the right treatment for a skin condition can be difficult. It can take time and a visit to a skin specialist just to get the right diagnosis. Even once you know what’s wrong, you may need to try several different treatments before you find the one that suits your skin. The average psoriasis patient will see three doctors and try four different treatments before finding one that works for them. Even common skin conditions such as acne can take weeks or months to improve after you begin treatment.
One of the best reasons to see a dermatologist when you have a problem with your skin, hair or nails is that you will get more specialised care. Dermatologists have the experience to diagnose all kinds of skin conditions and can perform specialist treatments that your GP isn’t able to provide. However, some dermatologists can provide even more specialist services.
The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic offers a selection of speciality services to ensure that you get the best possible care. We want you to have plenty of treatment options for your skin condition. You won’t be able to access these services at every skin clinic in London, but they can have a big impact on your health and wellbeing.
The close connection between mind and body is very clear when it comes to your skin. When you are feeling stressed, it often shows on your skin. Conditions such as acne and psoriasis can flare up when you’re feeling worried, anxious or upset. Having a skin condition can take a toll on your mental wellbeing too. Managing itchiness, irritation and other symptoms can be very frustrating. The visible effects of skin conditions can also damage your confidence and self-esteem.
Talking about your feelings can make a big difference. Our psychology service can provide the extra support you need to cope with your skin condition. Discussing everything with an experienced clinical psychologist will enable you to understand yourself, the impact of your skin condition, and what you can do about it. You can learn how to manage the negative emotions that are triggering your symptoms. You can also get support when you are feeling anxious, depressed or self-conscious about your skin problems. Every patient is unique, so the support you receive through our psychology service will be tailored to your needs. It could involve anything from talk therapy to behavioural therapy. Seeing a therapist can be great for your skin and your emotional health.
Light can have a dramatic impact on our skin. If you have a condition such as psoriasis or eczema, you may have noticed that the symptoms can improve when you spend time in the sun. Phototherapy is a treatment that was developed to take advantage of this fact. It harnesses the power of light to treat your skin.
Phototherapy can be used to treat a range of different skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Most skin conditions associated with inflammation will respond well to phototherapy. The treatment will be tailored to your skin type and symptoms so that you get exactly the right wavelengths of ultraviolet light. All you will need to do is to step inside the phototherapy cabinet and wait for the light to do its work. The treatment will need to be repeated several times a week for 1-3 months to get the best results. Our phototherapy service is delivered by experienced dermatologists who will ensure that your treatment is safe and effective. You should see a reduction in inflammation and an improvement in your skin.
Iontophoresis is a specialist treatment for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can happen on just one part of your body, such as your underarms, hands or feet. It can also be more widespread. We all need to sweat to stay cool, but when we sweat too much it can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable. Excessive sweating can even cause problems with everyday activities such as holding a pen or steering wheel. We don’t always know what causes hyperhidrosis, so finding the right treatment can be tricky. Options such as prescription strength antiperspirants don’t always work for everybody and wear off quickly. Our iontophoresis service can provide longer lasting results.
Iontophoresis uses a very mild electrical current to treat small areas of skin. We can use it to treat your hands, feet or armpits. You’ll be asked to place the affected area in a tray of water or to wear wet sponges under your armpits. The electrical current will then be turned on. You may feel a slight tingling sensation. We still don’t understand exactly how iontophoresis works to block the sweat glands, but 85% of patients with foot or hand hyperhidrosis and 70% with excessive underarm sweat will see an improvement. The treatment only takes about 20 minutes and can be repeated every month to maintain the effects. Iontophoresis can be a very convenient and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis so it can have a huge impact on your quality of life.
Skin allergies are very common. Growing numbers of people in the UK are experiencing symptoms such as hives, rashes and irritation. The simplest way to stop these symptoms is to stay away from the allergen that is triggering them. However, this is easier said than done. In order to avoid an allergy trigger, you first have to know what it is. Identifying the cause of an allergy can be very difficult. We are exposed to so many different substances every day and the symptoms don’t always appear immediately. Which specific allergen was responsible for your symptoms?
Skin allergies are often triggered by direct contact. We run a patch testing service that can work out what is causing your allergies so that you can avoid contact. Patch testing is a straightforward process, but it needs to be managed by an experienced dermatologist. We will apply patches treated with possible allergens to your skin and then monitor the effects. The results can tell us which allergens you need to stay away from to prevent problems.
Daylight photo dynamic therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment that can tackle certain kinds of skin cancer and sun damage. We can use it to treat actinic keratoses, Bowen’s disease and superficial Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs). It might seem counterintuitive to use daylight to treat skin conditions that are caused by sun damage, but photodynamic therapy has proven very effective at this. Daylight photo dynamic therapy is a newer alternative to therapies that used artificial light sources. It is less likely to cause side effects and is just as effective when performed under the guidance of an experienced dermatologist.
If your dermatologist thinks that daylight photo dynamic therapy is right for you, the process is relatively straightforward. A special cream will be applied to the area and you’ll then need to expose it to daylight. The light will activate the cream so that it destroys the abnormal cells. Daylight photo dynamic therapy can be very effective. It has a success rate of about 85% and rarely causes side effects such as scarring.