Fact Sheets

The Following Fact Sheets can be found below:
Syringoma, Rosacea, Remedial Skin Camouflage, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
More fact sheets are being added all the time so do keep checking.
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FACT SHEETS

SYRINGOMA

Syringoma are small, yellowish eruptions mainly on the face and around the eyes.
They usually appear in adolescence and are more common in girls than boys.
They can also arrive in adulthood, and are then usually on the chest/abdomen.
Treatment Involves applying a little heat to the lesion via a hair-fine, sterile filament. Topical local anaesthetic can be used.
More than one treatment may be required
After treatment Aloe Vera will be applied. The area(s) will be slightly reddened and tiny amber crusts may appear – these should be left alone. Gradually, the treated area(s) will become dry and scaly then slough off. The whole process may take up to around 3 weeks.
Pure Mineral Concealer or Camouflage Concealer may be used to safely cover up the evidence whilst healing is taking place.

ROSACEA

WHAT IS ROSACEA?

Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting the faces of both men and women.

THE SIGNS INCLUDE: some or all of the following, together or separately:

* A rash affecting the centre of the face and possibly spreading to involve the chin, cheeks and forehead.

* Crops of spots and red papules. (Absence of blackheads)

*Dilated capillaries and/or diffuse redness

*Tingling, prickly sensation

* The tendency to flush can eventually leads to persistent redness.

WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?

The cause is not known.
It may be a defect of the blood vessels in the skin.                                Demodex mites (we all have them and they live within the hair follicles) are implicated according to research.

Some sources cite gut bacteria as a possible contributing factor.

Women are more prone than men. (but men are more likely to get thickening of the skin over the nose -‘rhinophyma’)
Fair skin and a tendency to flush are risk factors.
It is not infectious.
Exacerbating factors include sun exposure, alcohol. extremes of temperature, sunlight, spicy food, stress.

THE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

Stinging and sensitivity, burning and flushing.

If EYES become affected, Consult your Dr.
They may feel gritty and itchy, sore and sensitive to light.
This may become Rosacea Keratitis and can affect vision.

It used to be thought that ROSACEA started in middle age but increasingly young people are also reporting the condition.
Central redness deepens and may become persistent.
Papules and spots come and go.
Telangiectasia or dilated capillaries emerge. These are sometimes called “thread veins”.
The face may become swollen and puffy, especially around eyes.
The nose (especially in men) can become enlarged, red and bulbous as a result of over activity in sebacious glands. This is called “Rhinophyma”.

The Effects of Rosacea

Anxiety and Depression are clearly possible results as embarrassment and social isolation occur.
Pain and discomfort.
Eye complications (see above)

Diagnosis

Rosacea is diagnosed by sight. It differs from acne in that the skin is not greasy and blackheads and scarring are not usual.

Treatment

TOPICAL; Skin barrier preservation is first line including the use of light cleansers and moisturisers that don’t strip the surface of the skin or clog the pores.  This involves trial and error, changing one thing at a time and allowing enough time between changes of product for the effects to be apparent. Keeping a diary is essential for this process I would offer.                Prescribed topical medications might include Fungicidal or antibacterial preparations.

SYSTEMIC: Antibiotics may be prescribed. Sometimes different ones are tried sequentially to find one that helps.                                                                  Newer preparations are available which reduce the redness from dilated capillaries.

Acne medication is sometimes tried as are beta-blockers.

SUPPORT GROUPS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rosaceaclub/

ELECTROLYSIS may be useful in treating the TELANGIECTASIA associated with Rosacea.
A sterile probe is used to ‘touch’ and cauterise each tiny vessel.
A small stinging sensation is felt and the vessel(s) disappear, forming unobtrusive healing crusts which will fall away naturally
Repeat treatments are usually required

REMEDIAL SKIN CAMOUFLAGE

WHAT IS REMEDIAL SKIN CAMOUFLAGE?

Highly specialised Creams and Powders in hundreds of skin tone colours for every type of skin.

These are specially formulated to be easy to apply, wear and remove, non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic and waterproof.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Remedial Skin Camouflage is for anyone, male or female, who has any sort of visible skin difference.

DERMATOSES or skin conditions (all types),
Tattoos,
Scars,
Pigmentation disorders,
Dilated Capillaries,
Birth Marks.

WHO PRACTICES REMEDIAL SKIN CAMOUFLAGE?

Nurses who specialise in Dermatology,
Maxillo-Facial Specialists,
Plastic Surgery Specialists,
Prosthetic Practitioners,
Professional Make Up Artists and
Volunteers who undergo special training in order to provide NHS patients with the camouflage services that they need.

This is not an exhaustive list but it gives you an idea of the extent to which remedial skin camouflage is considered a lifeline for people with all kinds of visible skin differences

HISTORY

The founding member of The British Association of Skin Camouflage (BASC) introduced the concept to the UK in the 1950’s.
In 1975, the British Red Cross adopted the concept and in 1985 training of private individuals and NHS practitioners was introduced.
A support network for sharing skills, expertise and techniques was called for and the BASC was born.
The objective of the BASC is to “alleviate the psychological, physical and social effects that an altered image can have on people’s lives by the simple application of specialised products”
They are dedicated to “providing a skin camouflage service for men, women and children, of all ages regardless of ethnicity or religion”
The association provides an e mail and telephone helpline for patients and professionals and they continually campaign for better understanding of the problems associated with an image that may be considered different.
They are a registered charity; no.1123059

For Further Information Please Contact:
BASC, PO Box 3671, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 9QH;
Tel.01254 703107;
e mail:info@skin-camouflage.net;
Web Site:www.skin-camouflage.net

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME

Approximately 25% of women have polycystic ovaries but not all of these will have any symptoms or difficulties.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is diagnosed when the cysts are seen on ultrasound scan AND symptoms and problems are also present.

Signs and symptoms include: HIRSUTISM, ACNE, IRREGULAR PERIODS, OBESITY, DIFFICULTY CONCEIVING and DARKENING of SKIN, especially under the arms.

Blood tests may reveal raised Luteinising Hormone, Androgen levels and Insulin concentration.

Obesity is an important factor in the condition because increased fat cells result in a DECREASE in a BINDING PROTEIN which carries TESTOSTERONE safely around the body. This, in turn, leaves more FREE testosterone to act directly on hair follicles.

Over 33% of sufferers will become diabetic by the 5th decade of life. Psycho-social difficulties are commonplace as is difficulty or inability to conceive.

There is no cure for PCOS but medical management along side psychological & dietary support and expert treatment for excess hair are the way forward.
It is emphasised that weight loss can and does result in significant reduction in symptoms. A BMI of 20 to 30 is generally the target.
Not all sufferers are obese however. A tendency to form two groups has been recognised with this condition: these are divided along the lines of height and weight with attendant typical symptoms.

Medical treatment used consists of a contraceptive pill and sometimes an insulin sensitivity regulator.

“VERITY” is a support group which exists to help and support sufferers of PCOS.www.verity-pcos.org.uk