Male make-up… For King George or Boy George?

September 30th, 2014

Adrian Baker

Adrian Baker RN NIP

Male make-up is often seen as a “no no” to the alpha male persona, yet all it is, is a simple enhancement to blend blemishes or insecurities away.  For centuries male make up has been used, whether in medieval battle to create menacing eyes, or on TV and films for HD perfection.

 I want to enhance my best features with subtle male make-up as age is creeping in, NOT because I want to be the next Dr Frank-N-Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

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Tim Curry as Frank N Furter wearing extreme male make-up! we promise we are more subtle!

I’m not ashamed to admit it that I wear Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer under my eyes over the top of iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex and Fake Bake daily Faux Glo (it blends all my previous sun damage and blemishes and gives me a healthy safe tan) over the top of iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50 lotion, and that’s because I want to enhance my best features as age is creeping in, NOT because I want to be the next Dr Frank-N-Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

It’s Ok guys, we too can now have the advantage women have had for years! Visit us in clinic to get you started or buy online by clicking HERE!  Also, if you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments for men we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL permanent hair removal and dermal fillers, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

 

A different topic – all about cysts!

September 26th, 2014

IMG_1357Adrian Baker RN NIP, Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber on: boils and cysts caused by infected hair roots.

“In my experience, because a ‘boil on the bum’ is a sensitive subject, as people are reluctant to talk about it. At MBNS and Qutis Clinics we decided to cover this exact topic so that we can banish any myths”, says Adrian.

We sometimes see people with infected hair roots on parts of the body that can cause embarrassment. Occasionally a patient may have an unknown swelling which might be a Pilonidal Cyst. These are sometimes called pilonidal abscess, pilonidal sinus or sacral fistula. They mainly occur near the coccyx or tailbone of the buttocks and these cysts often contain hair and skin debris. They are sometimes very painful and sore.

Some interesting facts on cysts

The word ‘pilonidal’ comes from the Latin word for ‘nest of hairs.’ It is the ingrown hairs in this hot and sweaty region which is the start the problem.

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Cysts – aka Jeep Seat was a common occurrence for servicemen during WW2!

During World War Two some 80,000 soldiers reported Pilonidal Sinuses. The condition was termed ‘Jeep Seat’, because a large portion of the soldiers who were being hospitalised for it rode in Jeeps, and prolonged rides in the bumpy vehicles were believed to have caused the condition due to irritation and pressure on the coccyx. A more recent phenomenon is young men who ride long distance on motor bikes are susceptible to developing these cysts too. And if you have a hairy bottom, you are even more prone to developing these problems. All of these issues are caused by infected hair roots.

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Untreated infected hair roots around the buttocks can develop into a pilonidal sinus. A sinus is a tract, or small channel, and it may originate from the original boil or source of infection and open to the surface of the skin. Material from the cyst may drain through the pilonidal sinus.  In the first instance of pain and swelling, we advise sufferers to see their GP, for treatment of the abscess, and to let their GP know, that at our clinics, we can play a part in the prevention of recurring boils or cysts by eliminating troublesome hair roots using laser hair removal.

Treatment for cysts

Treatment may include antibiotic therapy and hot compresses. In more severe cases, the cyst may need to be lanced or surgically excised.

Longer term prevention and what we can do as an independent nurse-led clinic:

Our nurse-led team have 17 years experience with permanent laser hair removal. People choose MBNS/Qutis Clinics for both cosmetic hair removal as well as medical hair removal to prevent ingrown hairs and hair follicle abscesses. We receive referrals from doctors and surgeons for hair removal to help prevent the formation of pilonidal sinus, as well as patients who ‘self refer’ to remove hair around ingrown inflamed hair follicles.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

 

Neck Bands treatment with Botox

September 23rd, 2014

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BEFORE and AFTER neck band treatment

Neck Bands are the vertical neck bands that bulge out when you tighten up your neck or turn your head side to side. They become more prominent as we age and can often be a tell tale sign of our chronological age.

By injecting these bands with Botox, the neck bands will relax and give the overall look of the neck a more youthful appearance.

As we age these bands tighten up as they try to support the structural changes of the falling jowls, and double chin. By injecting these bands with Botox, the neck bands will relax and give the overall look of the neck a more youthful appearance. These bands also integrate into the muscles that cause the downward pull of the corners of the mouth (marionette lines), therefore by treating the neck bands will also help prevent a sad look.

This treatment is available at MBNS and Qutis Clinics after full medical history is taken at consultation by one of our experienced nurse specialists.  If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

Underarm sweating – Hyperhidrosis

September 19th, 2014

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Adrian Baker RN NIP

Adrian Baker discusses excessive underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

I like to think I take great pride in grooming myself, with great skincare from iS Clinical, wrinkle relaxing treatments and daily Fake Bake Faux Glow, but the one thing that has always driven me mad is my underarm sweating. I used to go to all the effort of taking care of my skin, but would be conscious all day long about wet patches in my shirts and that horrible build up of so much deodorant that accumulated in my clothes.

“After a few simple injections, I now do not have to worry about what colour shirt to wear”

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Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating)

I had tried every type of deodorant going, cut down on alcohol and spicy foods, but nothing helped. That was until I discovered a life changing treatment called hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) . After a few simple injections, I now do not have to worry about what colour shirt to wear, or hiding underneath extra layers to soak up sweat patches. I just live freely!

The experienced nurse practitioners at MBNS and Qutis Clinics offer this great service for the relief of excessive sweating.  If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

Adult Acne – help is out there!

September 16th, 2014

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Photo of woman with ‘acne’. Source Mail Online

An article in the Mail Online website recently told a story of a model who had her skin transformed by a make up artist  to look as if she had acne.  She did this as her own sister had suffered for many years, and she wanted to empathise with her.  To read the whole story click HERE.

Only when her clear skin was transformed to an acned complexion by using stage makeup did she begin to feel and understand the pain that her sister had gone thorough for too many years.  She wanted to hide away and felt extremely low and lacking in confidence.  Acne scars can affect the person inside and out.

Here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics have been in the business of skin health for over 17 years.  Our experienced nurse practitioners consult many clients weekly who have reached the end of their tether and do not know what to do to help their skin become healthy again.

Don’t suffer with acne, come and see our experienced nurse practitioners!

So whether it is teenage acne (we treat 18 plus), cystic acne or acne scarring,  our nurses can advise and treat you.   We use a combination of treatments to help to control the acne and get the skin back to a healthy level.  IPL for photorejuvenation, skin resurfacing (also known as eMatrix)medical strength skin care and prescription medicine all play a vital part to tackle acne head on.

So if you would like to find out more about the many other skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

Hair bugbear! IPL hair removal treatment for men

September 12th, 2014

From Aesthetic Nurse Adrian Baker:

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Aesthetic Nurse Adrian Baker treats at both MBNS and Qutis Clinics

Do you find as you are growing in years, that hairs just seem to be sprouting in all areas you don’t want it and losing it in the areas you do?  Well there is little available to replace the hairs you are losing (apart from hair transplantation of course), but if the hairs you are growing and don’t want are bothering you, I have a permanent solution for you… IPL Laser hair reduction treatment.   It can reduce hairs from spouting out the neck, upper cheeks, nose and ears ( I know I had one that my partner was constantly trying to pull out of my neck!), as well as dense hair areas on the back and chest.

In-grown hair

‘I have a permanent solution for you… IPL Laser hair reduction treatment.’

For those who find shaving a chore or extremely painful, full beard laser hair removal is also available. Or do you suffer with in-growing hairs of the buttocks and legs? A treatment often recommended for males who suffer with pilonidal cysts (often caused by in-growing hairs) is laser hair removal to remove the root cause of the problem.

A course of treatments is usually recommended, and an experienced nurse will be able to advise you as to how many treatments you may require depending upon the area being treated.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

 

Melasma

September 10th, 2014

Melasma Treatment – before and after

What is melasma?

Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’, is a light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation, mainly on the face. The name comes from melas, the Greek word for black. It is more common in women and people with darker skin-types who live in sunny climates. Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months.

What causes melasma?

The exact cause is unknown, but pregnancy, hormonal drugs such as the contraceptive pill, and very occasionally medical conditions which affect the hormone levels. Some cosmetics, especially those containing a perfume essential oil such as bergamot, can also bring on melasma. There is research to suggest that it can be triggered by stress.  Sunshine and the use of sunbeds usually worsen any tendency to melasma.

How is melasma diagnosed?

Our experienced nurse practitioners here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics can diagnose melasma  during consultation. It is usually easily recognised by the characteristics of the pigmentation and its distribution on the face.

MBNS and Qutis treatment for melasma?

There are several treatment options which may improve the appearance of melasma.  Superficial pigmentation is easier to treat than deep pigmentation. If melasma occurs during pregnancy, it may resolve on its own within a few months after delivery and treatment may not be necessary.

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Pigmanorm cream available on prescription

We here at MBNS and Qutis may use a combination of the following treatments to treat melasma.  Treatments are both machine and product based:

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SPF 50 by iS Clinical

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Use a wide brimmed hat for protection against the sun

Skin affected by melasma darkens more than the surrounding skin with exposure to sunlight, so sun-avoidance and sun-protection are crucial. Broad-spectrum sunscreens, with a high protection SPF 50 should be applied daily throughout the year, and broad-brimmed hats are recommended.   In particular, avoidance and protection measures should be employed during the period of most intense sunshine.  Sunbeds should never be used.

Self care (What can I do?)

The most important thing you can do if you have melasma is to adhere to the following:

Avoid known trigger factors, such as the oral contraceptive pill or perfumed cosmetics.

Protect your skin from undue sunlight exposure. This involves using sunscreens which protect against both UVA and UVB light, with a sun protection factor of at least 50, wearing broad-brimmed hats, and avoiding direct exposure to sunlight (see the ‘top sun safety tips’ below for more information).

If your melasma improves with treatment, in order for the improvement to be maintained,  you should continue to protect your skin from the sun.

Top sun safety tips to prevent melasma

1.  Protect your skin with clothing, and don’t forget to wear a hat that protects your face, neck and ears, and a pair of UV protective sunglasses.

2.  Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when it’s sunny.  Step out of the sun before your skin has a chance to redden or burn.

3.  When choosing a sunscreen look for a high protection SPF (SPF 30 or more) to protect against UVB, and the UVA circle logo and/or 4 or 5 UVA stars to protect against UVA. Apply plenty of sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply every two hours and straight after swimming and towel-drying.

4.  Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight.

5.  Sunscreens should not be used as an alternative to clothing and shade, rather they offer additional protection. No sunscreen will provide 100% protection.

6.  It may be worth taking Vitamin D supplement tablets (available from health food stores) as strictly avoiding sunlight can reduce Vitamin D levels.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

 

Is there anything Botox can’t treat?

September 5th, 2014

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Botox treatments are extremely varied and not just for cosmetic reasons

 

An article this week in the Daily Mail has highlighted the many uses of Botox for medical as well as for cosmetic reasons.  This amazingly versatile treatment is instrumental in the relief of so many medical conditions.

For example it was firstly used twenty five years ago as a treatment for eye spasms, the active ingredient, botulinum toxin works by blocking the nerve signals that tell muscles to contract, temporarily by paralysing them.

At MBNS and Qutis clinics, after a full medical consultation,  we treat our clients for Hyperhidrosis (injections of Botox under the arms to prevent excessive sweating), for Bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), and for Migraine relief.

It has also been used for many years for children with cerebral palsy. Injections behind the knee allowed the muscle to contract and the child to be able to walk again.

The list goes on.  We here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics have expertly trained aesthetic nurses and two nurse prescribers, who after a full medical consultation administer this toxin for many more reasons than just for lines and wrinkles.  Our nurses treat our clients for Hyperhidrosis (injections of the toxin under the arms to prevent excessive sweating), for Bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), and for migraine relief.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

 

 

Mole vigilance is a must!

September 2nd, 2014

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Mole removal at MBNS and Qutis Clinics

It was reported today on the BBC website that the numbers of skin cancer patients has increased substantially over the past few years.

The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, official figures show.

In 2007 there were 87,685 admissions, while in 2011 there were 123,808.

The data, gathered by researchers at Public Health England, does not include treatment in outpatient units or by GPs.

Experts say cheap foreign holidays and the fashion for having tanned skin are probably to blame for the increase.  (source BBC website)

We remove many types of moles including:   cherry angiomas, skin tags, miliaseborrheic keratoses, and xanthelasma.

 

Our skin health nurses at MBNS and Qutis clinics always advocate mole vigilance, along with the use of a good SPF of at least Factor 50.  We expect our clients to use an SPF EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, not just during the summer or on holiday.

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Fake Bake range

If you have moles that have changed shape or colour, then you should immediately go to your GP to have them checked.  Do not put this off!

If the mole is benign then our nurses can easily remove it by a cautery method.   We remove many types of moles including:   cherry angiomas, skin tags, milia, seborrheic keratoses, and xanthelasma .   The area is numbed with an anesthetic cream beforehand and the mole is removed quickly.

If you really do want to look tanned then fake it!  Fake Bake products are just perfect for giving an all over tan – safely and quickly.  A large selection is available at our online shop.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis

 

iS Clinical daily skincare regime for men

September 2nd, 2014

 

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Aesthetic Nurse Adrian Baker gives his tips on great skincare for men.

Here’s a few words from Aesthetic Nurse Adrian Baker who holds clinics at both MBNS and Qutis gives his best tips on his skincare regime:

“For me it’s important that I have clear fresh skin each day, without blemishes and gives me confidence throughout the day. Here is my skin care routine that I have personalised for my skin and lifestyle”:

iS Clinical AM routine: 

1.  Wash with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex gel– deep cleans for fresh and bright skin. Also prepares for shaving, by loosening dead skin cells, for a smoother shave.

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The iS clinical skincare regime is quick and easy  it only takes a couple of minutes morning and night to get fast effective results for your skin!

2.  Hydra Cool Serum to sooth freshly shaved skin and prevent shaving spots.

3.  iS Clinical Eclipse  SPF 50 – moisturising my skin, soothing inflamed skin and protecting my skin from environmental aggressors such as the sun and pollution.

iS Clinical PM routine: 

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1. Wash with Is Clinical Cleansing Complex again to prepare the skin for my overnight skin nourishment.

2.  Active Serum to rejuvenate and exfoliate the skin following a days hard work!  You exfoliate up to 8 times faster whilst you sleep, so this is just perfect for stripping it all back to healthy refreshed skin in the morning.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.