Might be Mites

rosacea mites

Soooo… One theory on the cause of rosacea is mites. Rosacea comes in a few forms, but mostly it is redness of the cheeks and nose, sometimes mistaken for acne and is common in people of celtic origin who have white skin and blue eyes. The theory goes that tiny (0.3mm long), eight legged slug-looking beasties bury themselves into skin follicles on the...

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Does Paw Paw Cream Treat Skin Cancer?

paw paw cream

Today’s blog idea came from a patient this morning. During his skin check we found a sunspot on his arm. He informed me he had been treating spots like that for years with paw paw cream, quite successfully. Pawpaw cream?! Half of my dear readers by now are scoffing – ‘pawpaw cream! May as well use crystals or something!’ , and the other...

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Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections Right for Me?

wrinkle relaxers brisbane

You are starting to notice them more and more — those creases that line your skin. They usually appear anytime you smile or squint but recently, they seem to be entrenched within your skin. They are wrinkles and they are making you look and feel older. Treating the natural signs of ageing has come a long way. Plenty of treatment options are...

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What is Photo Dynamic Therapy?

photodynamic therapy redland city

Hello BCMCers, It's Spencer again! This time I'm going to tell you about PDT. You may have already seen the photos, but I underwent photo dynamic therapy a few days before Christmas. I had a few solar keratoses (sunspots) on my face that I needed to fix. Gertrude was the one who suggested the PDT with a mischievous grin.   I had read about the...

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Niacin and the prevention of Squamous Cell Cancer

squamous cell cancer

The hot weather has been brutal. The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has been tweeting to stay in doors during the heat wave and keep an eye out for our elderly. The company “Banana Boat “ has been in the news and not in a good way; it has been alleged that their sunscreen has been ineffectual. The Beareau of Meterology announced today...

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Talimogene, The First Ever Melanoma Vaccine

Talimogene

Talimogene, the therapy know as T-VEC was recently approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use. Rodney Sinclair , director of dermatology at Epworth Hospital said it is in essence the first ever melanoma vaccine. The vaccine is injected into each melanoma lesion and the virus which is within the vaccine then replicates within the melanoma cells and kills them. This is exciting...

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Dr Spencer’s Blog

Hello Skin Spotters, my name is Dr Spencer Behan and this is my first blog!! I was inspired by a study published recently on melanomas. The study was printed in the prestigious Journal of American Medical Association but written by Australian doctors and performed on Australian patients. The study is titled ‘Clinical Features Associated With Individuals at Higher Risk of Melanoma’. It gathered...

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The Importance of Sun Protection

Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce

Our very own Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce has recently been treated for skin cancer on his face for the third time this year. He encourages the use of sunscreen and wide brim hats whilst out in the sun. He also told the ABC that Australians working in the sun should be more vigilant with their sun protection, especially given the country...

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