Could you be at risk of skin cancer? And do you know what to look for?

There are different forms of skin cancer – the most aggressive is malignant melanoma. 13,000 people will face a diagnosis of melanoma here in the UK this year and sadly many of them will not survive the disease. Over half of all melanomas develop out of the blue, which is why you should always report a new pigmented mark anywhere …

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Eczema (Brad Pitt is a sufferer)

Body confidential – eczema (Brad Pitt has it) Like Brad Pitt, around one in ten adults suffer with eczema. Here are my top tips on keeping it under control Swap soap for an emollient, such as aqueous cream, which will keep the skin hydrated. Avoid extremes of temperature. Heat causes us to sweat and makes eczema worse whilst cold air …

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I have unexplained bruises, normally on the backs of my hands. I don’t remember knocking myself before they appear. Should I be worried? I’m 62 years old. Probably not. Women bruise more easily than men and it often tends to get worse as we get older. Some drugs like steroids or anti-inflammatories make us more prone to bruising but if …

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I sweat too much

I’ve always sweated a lot, but it has started getting worse (I’m 62). I sweat a lot on my face, back and under my arms. If I’m somewhere hot my clothes can be soaking within half an hour. I have started carrying a spare top with me. Is there any I can do about it? Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, …

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Is my mole normal?

A few hairs have started growing out of a mole on my arm. It looks really ugly. Is it normal and can I get it removed? Most of us have some moles and they can be hairy. Contrary to popular belief, plucking the hairs is not dangerous but signs that you should look out for are itching, bleeding and a …

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How can I get rid of stretch marks?

I had my first baby nine months ago (I’m 32) and I have horrible purple stretch marks on my belly and thighs. Everyone keeps talking about going to the beach when it’s sunny, but I don’t want to strip off in front of anyone. Can I get rid of them? Stretch marks are more common in women than men and …

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Adult Acne

I’m 33 years old and I still get spots on my chin, nose and chest. I wasn’t very spotty as a teenager, but since my mid-twenties the problem has been getting worse and worse. I use medicated soap and special cleansers and moisturisers, but nothing seems to get rid of them all together. What can I do?