Sunscreen is a topical cream which can be applied to reduce amount of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that the skin absorbs. Although it is important to remember that sunscreen is not a substitute for sun avoidance or sun protection! Sun avoidance should be practiced during the...

Hello spring! Does it feel like the African sun sometimes forgets that spring exists as we abruptly hop from one season to the next? What often also comes on just as abruptly as the seasons is grass and other plant pollen causing irritation. Summertime for...

Spring heralds a shift in the seasons with the promise of longer and warmer sunny days. This is great if you’re someone who loves the outdoors, but it might unfortunately bring unwanted skin problems. Below are some examples of skin diseases that could be associated with...

Melasma is a common pigmentary disorder that leads to irregular brown patches on the face. The cheeks, central face and jaw may be affected. The brown discolouration is caused by an increased amount of melanin pigment in the skin. Women who have melasma are usually very...

5 May is dedicated to World Hand Hygiene Day. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone much more aware of the importance of hand hygiene, we want to focus a bit on how hand hygiene ties into dermatology and skin care in general.   Hand hygiene is essential to prevent the spread of infections. Many viral, bacterial and other types of infectious diseases are invisible...

With April being Rosacea Awareness Month, we are shedding some more light on this often overlooked, but common, skin disorder. It is a condition that causes significant embarrassment and distressing symptoms to those that have it. Rosacea is a chronic disorder that primarily affects the face....

The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the globe. Unfortunately, this causes many people to experience psychological stress on an unprecedented scale. We have been forced into a lockdown situation where we may not leave our houses – not only for our own health and safety, but more importantly to prevent passing on the virus to those with compromised immune systems...

On 7 April we very appropriately commemorate the World Health Organistion’s World Health Day. It is an annual celebration, but this year we specifically recognise the vital role that nurses and midwives play in keeping the world healthy. The world’s attention is rightfully focussed on...