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Running Into Trouble – Dr Lauren Dwyer

2014 June 5 by

Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is a frictional overuse injury causing pain on the outer knee and hip; affecting beginners and seasoned runners alike. So before hitting the streets, newly inspired by this past weekend’s Comrades marathon, follow these quick tips to help prevent the onset of ITB syndrome:

1) Change is good, but too much change can be a shock to the system
. Follow the 10% Rule by only increasing your mileage or time on the road by 10% each week to allow your body time to adjust to the demands of running.

2) Mind your step.
If running on surfaces that are flat and relatively straight is not possible, try changing the side of road or the direction in which you run on the track. This way you ensure you counterbalance the uneven forces on your legs affected by the camber of the road or bends in the track.

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Ways to Care For Your Hands and Feet This Winter

2013 May 8 by

Winter is hard on your hands. Hands that are smooth, supple and soft in January, become red, chapped, and rough by May.

The main culprit? Lack of moisture.
During winter, the humidity in the outside air plunges. Inside, things are even drier, thanks to indoor heating. If you’re washing your hands frequently to avoid catching a cold or the flu, you could sap whatever natural oils are left in your skin.That can leave your hands so dehydrated that they crack, peel, and bleed.
People visit our Specialist Skin Center complaining of dry chapped hands and feet and are desperately looking for a solution. It’s a simple one to fix as we simply need a combination of a therapeutic hand and foot treatments that focus on removing the excessive dry skin and then repairing the barrier function of the skin to allow the skin to protect itself.

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The A-Z about acne

2011 April 8 by

What do Cameron Diaz, Bill Murray, Britney Spears and Brad Pitt have in common? Believe it or not, they’re all acne sufferers.

Gone are the days when acne was associated only with teenagers. Nowadays more and more adults are suffering from the condition. East Coast Radio Life has asked Durban skin expert Shana Sandri for the lowdown:

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All you need to know about Omega-3’s

2011 April 8 by

Three years ago I was introduced to the idea of Omega-3 when under the employment of The Dermal Institute of South Africa. It was a topic my boss was newly passionate about and being the leaders in Post Graduate Education for the Skin Care Industry, it soon became a class topic on its own.

The industry was buzzing with excitement around these new findings in essential fatty acids and when I began to research and understand their impact on our bodies, I realized how the lack thereof could explain why so many illnesses were so prevalent in our community; they soon became one of my most favorite supplements.

Three years later everybody knows that they need Omega 3’s but the question is: Why or how much ?

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A brighter future for skin..

2011 April 8 by

Appearing on her vocational yacht in the 1920’s looking bronzed and no doubt fashionable, Coco Chanel set forth a movement that made the darkening –or- tanning – of skin a sign of health and affluence. Thanks in part to awareness that UV light causes skin aging and cancer, tanning is falling out of favor as a sign of skin health. Consumers worldwide are more interested in obtaining lighter, brighter skins and research has indicated that those with uneven skin tone perceive their skins as looking ‘aged” whilst those with even complexions feel far younger!

Skin Lighteners are the fastest growing area in the skin care arena . In fact there is over 170 brands of different skin lighteners on the African market alone! The average consumer spends R1800 on whitening/lightening products and editors state that it is the most important trend of today!

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Skin Cancer: Prevention is better than Cure

2011 April 8 by

Most skin cancer can be prevented by practicing sun protection, according to numerous research studies. Research also shows that not only does sun protection reduce one’s risk of developing skin cancer; sun protection also may decrease the likelihood of recurrence.



Even if you have spent a lot of time in the sun or developed skin cancer, it’s never too late to begin protecting your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) recommends that everyone protect their skin by following these sun protection practices:



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Sun Protection Practices

2011 April 8 by

Spring is in the air. Summer knocks on our door and I love this time of the year! A new season, a new chapter and new beginnings. You have got to love it!

This perfect weather is of course the beginning of our sun season and with that comes a need to understand why sun protection is a man’s best friend. There is not a week that goes by where I don’t send one of my clients to a dermatologist for some suspicious lesion that has announced itself on their skins. These days one can never be careful enough! The problem with skin cancers is that it is less than likely to kill you but it will disfigure you and you’ll remember it every day when you look in the mirror.

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The changes you should be making to your skin care routine this winter

2011 April 8 by

Although winter in Durban is by far the lesser harsher climate in South Africa, you can still expect to notice that your skins needs are somewhat more demanding!
I for one noticed that my summer time face moisturizer is just not enough and it doesn’t matter how much I mask my skin, it still feels quite parched.
In the skin center we are seeing more sensitivity and allergic type skins too. Why you ask?

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What happens to your skin in winter?

2011 April 8 by

Environmentally Sensitized Skins

You would have noticed that your face and body skin needs have changed significantly over this winter period. Environmentally stressed skin is one of the worlds fastest increasing skin phenomena’s and the chances are you are experiencing some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Increased sensitivity especially on the cheek area
  • Dehydration
  • Accelerated ageing lines
  • Itchy skin or a skin that suddenly reacts to anything or everything
  • On your body: fine rash or ever thirsty skin that no moisturizer seems to quench
  • Eczema sufferers are probably at their worst

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