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A blog about psoriasis and associated conditions and topics.

How a skin condition like psoriasis can affect your body image and what to do about it

27Jul

Your body image is how you perceive yourself when you look at your reflection in the mirror or when you think about the way you look.  How accurately your body image matches the way others actually see you is dependent … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis Shout Out – Guy’s Hospital Event

5Jul

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On Friday 24th June talkhealth went along to Guy’s Hospital to support Psoriasis Shout Out’s afternoon of talks and performances. The event was chaired by Catherine Smith, Professor of Dermatology and Therapeutics. The other clinicians present were Dr Eleanor Higgins, Consultant Dermatologist; Dr … Continue reading

  

The Psoriasis Shout Out Roadshow

3Jun

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This June talkhealth will be advocating for an exciting new venture for Psoriasis Shout Out. Between the 18th and 24th of June 2016, the Manchester-based charity and research initiative will be embarking on a roadshow around different regions and cities … Continue reading

  

Facing the world with psoriasis

2Jun

I have much admiration for those who are able to face the world, psoriasis and all.  It takes a kind of courage I often lack.  I’ve had lots of unpleasant encounters due my psoriasis, not to mention the sympathy and … Continue reading

  

Mindfulness for psoriasis

17May

The exciting news is that mindfulness can help if you have psoriasis. But what is it and how does it work? Mindfulness is a meditation technique where you focus your mind on the present moment and appreciate now rather than … Continue reading

  

Your Immune System – The First Line of Defence against Infections

8Dec

Growing problems of immunity to antibiotics

On 6th December 2015, there was some disturbing news in the Daily Mail.  The headline ran thus: “Superbug that beats antibiotics heading our way” Basically, superbugs have breached the last line of antibiotic defences for the first time.  A drug, Colistin, … Continue reading

  

Epaderm Twitter Chat

28Oct

Twitter chat

On 16 September 2015, talkhealth and Mölnlycke Health Care collaborated to run a Twitter Chat. Using talkhealth’s hashtag #talkskin, talkhealth, a number of specially-selected skin care experts, and members of the talkhealth community all took part in a lively discussion … Continue reading

  

Is beauty only skin deep?

14Sep

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  Today marks the the start of Talkhealth’s week long clinic on skin problems. The skin is an amazing organ. The largest in the human body, providing a number of functions including protection from infection and water loss, insulation and … Continue reading

  

Winter skin and emollients

19Jan

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Many people have naturally dry skin, and this can be made worse by cold weather, central heating at home and air conditioning at work. Dry skin is often rough and scaly, feels uncomfortable and tends to be itchy. Coping with … Continue reading

  

Holidays With Conditions In Mind

30Oct

It’s true that having a health condition really finds it’s way into all kinds of facets of your life. As I’ve mentioned previously, my chest reacts incredibly badly to the cold, which makes winter something of a pain. So I’m … Continue reading

  

September’s online clinic on skin conditions

8Oct

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We hope you managed to catch our talkhealth online clinic on skin conditions. It was a lively clinic with questions being answered by experts Dr Alison Layton, Dr Jonathan Bowling, Dr Christopher Bridgett, Dr Walayat Hussain and Dr Stephen Kownacki. … Continue reading

  

Perceptions of living with a Skin Problem

3Sep

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Alongside our online clinics we run monthly surveys. August’s survey was on skin conditions. We wanted to find out about how living with a skin condition can affect someone’s life. From our results, we found that living with a skin … Continue reading

  

94th BAD Conference in Glasgow

4Jul

94th BAD Conference, Glasgow 2014

On Wednesday this week talkhealth was invited, via our lovely client Intrapharm Laboratories, as their guest at the 94th BAD (British Association of Dermatologists) conference, held this year in Glasgow. The day started early with a 9am flight from Southampton … Continue reading

  

talkhealth visit the Natural & Organic Product Show

21Apr

Silicol Gel

          Last week talkhealth went to the very busy Natural & Organic Product Show up in Olympia.  We were so pleased to see so many friendly faces including Pravera, silicolgel and Salcura to name but a … Continue reading

  

A Self-Hypnosis Sensory-Imagery Technique For Skin Conditions

18Sep

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Further to my previous blog entry here, citing some of the research supporting the use of hypnosis for help with skin conditions, as promised I am going to share a couple of self-hypnosis techniques in coming days. Today is one … Continue reading

  

The Evidence for Using Hypnosis with Skin Disorders

18Sep

As of today, I am again part of the online clinic here at the TalkHealth Partnership. This particular online clinic is looking at skin disorders. Those familiar with this site will know that the clinics offer lots of support from … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis and me

6Sep

So I haven’t written on this blog for a while and to be honest it’s because my psoriasis has been surprisingly calm for the last few months. Last time I wrote about how I was looking for different ways to … Continue reading

  

The magical benefits of Salt for Asthma, COPD, Sinusitis and other respiratory and skin conditions

5Sep

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We are all familiar with the benefits of sea air and natural salt caves, but did you know that salt has also been used for over 200 years as a natural therapy for respiratory ailments and skin conditions? Salt therapy … Continue reading

  

A study that’s found the chemical that makes us scratch

30May

Researchers find the chemical that causes itch

A story on the BBC News website last week reported that researchers have discovered the chemical that is necessary in order to feel the urge to scratch and itch. This could be good news for people with chronic skin conditions … Continue reading

  

Don’t Let Them Bring You Down

17Apr

I must say that I have reached a stage in my life where I have managed to come to some kind of terms with the fact that I suffer from severe eczema. I’ve stopped giving a damn about how I … Continue reading

  

All In My Mind

16Apr

One of the strangest and perhaps most irritating aspects of psoriasis is the fact that it is so closely linked to how we are feeling. I’ve started a new job and the whole process of interviews, resignation and starting with … Continue reading

  

The FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2013 shortlist is announced!

14Mar

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Almost 80 products from over 50 skincare manufacturers have made the shortlist of the second annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards, which has been announced today. Five brands lead the way with three shortlisted products each – Barefoot Botanicals, Botanicals, Green People, … Continue reading

  

London takes its place among healthcare innovation elite cities of the world

13Mar

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Jeremy Hunt launches London Centre of Innovation Excellence and new app library to help people live well. The UK’s worldwide reputation for innovation in healthcare will be sealed today as Jeremy Hunt launches London’s new centre of innovation excellence established … Continue reading

  

I’ll take the high road; you take the low road.

2Jan

My psoriasis has so far, this winter, stayed in remission and for that I am very grateful. But I have found myself thinking back to the times its been bad and reactions people have had to it. Aside from the … Continue reading

  

Chelsea Physic Garden

4Dec

In deepest Chelsea, London UK, there is a gem often overlooked by international visitors. In the picture DrB stands between the Psychiatry and Dermatology beds in Chelsea Physic Garden. Containing almost 5000 plant species from all over the world, the … Continue reading

  

Itching has a visual trigger, new research reveals

23Nov

Watching another person scratch causes itchiness without any physical trigger, new research suggests – a finding which could be of benefit to skin disease patients. Most people are familiar with the ‘contagious yawn’ sensation, where watching another person yawn causes … Continue reading

  

Was it the ham or just a hot flush?

3Oct

Recently something really weird happened to me. It’s never happened before and it was slightly unnerving for someone who has had their fair share of anaphylactic allergic reactions. With allergies to all nuts, dairy, tomatoes and celery I am a … Continue reading

  

The Patient Patient

26Sep

Last time I wrote on this blog I was in the middle of one of the worst flare ups I’ve had in a decade. I explained that it was largely due to stress and my despair at being unable to … Continue reading

  

What to Avoid in your Body Washes & Shampoos

4Jul

If you are interested in natural beauty products you’ll no doubt have a keen interest in the ingredients that go into your body washes and haircare products. If you have skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin then it … Continue reading

  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

23Jun

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis and shame

20Jun

I’ve been mulling this blog post around in my head for quite a long time but an article about one woman’s experiences of psoriasis I read in the Daily Mail online, highlighted by fellow psoriasis blogger Jessica (@jessnpsoriasis) had spurred … Continue reading

  

Allergy Support Group – Bucks – 21st June, 7-9pm

14Jun

Have you got allergies and or intolerances or have a child who does? Do you feel lonely? Like you’re coping all alone and noone else really understands? This Allergy Support Group needs you! Comments from previous attendee: “It was great … Continue reading

  

Love in the time of psoriasis

30May

There is one aspect of having psoriasis that no one really talks about – the feelings of nervousness and embarrassment it can create when it comes to matters of love. To love and be loved is to expose yourself and … Continue reading

  

Centre for Appearance Research International Conference

24May

The Centre for Appearance Research is pleased to announce Appearance Matters 5. This two day international conference will be highlighting the current research and good practice around psychology and appearance, including body image, visible difference, the role of the media, … Continue reading

  

Dying for good hair?

16Mar

As you can see from my picture I have short blonde hair. I don’t mind confessing, while being naturally fair, that is not my natural hair colour. I noticed on the forum people had been asking for advice about going … Continue reading

  

Why Do I Have Sensitive Skin?

15Mar

I have always had sensitive skin from a very early age and dread to think how much I have spent over the years. Buying the latest claimed product for sensitive skin to find that I react and it goes into … Continue reading

  

Is your life affected by acne, eczema or psoriasis?

24Feb

IWC Media make intelligent and thoughtful documentaries including Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer’s and The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive with Stephen Fry, as well as blue chip science programmes such as Brave New World and Stephen Hawking – … Continue reading

  

My own private Up Helly Aa

3Feb

This week the Shetland Isles celebrated their fire festival Up Helly Aa. The tradition, which started in the Victorian era, is a reference to the Isles connection to their Scandinavian neighbours. It is also seen as a marker for the … Continue reading

  

Does makeup really cover up spots and disguise eczema no matter how thick you apply it?

25Jan

When I was a teenager I was one of those unfortunate people who suffered with both acne and eczema. My spots were fairly mild and the eczema was mainly round my mouth. My eczema always flared up with stress and … Continue reading

  

Your A to Z of nasties in the chemical world

13Jan

Skin allergies are often triggered by the use of chemicals on the skin and in the home and workplace. Around 6 million Brits,  that is 1 in 5 children and another 1 in 10 adults,  all suffer from Eczema. Why … Continue reading

  

The Skin I Live In

3Jan

“Is that a birth mark?” This was the comment made to me by the slightly intimidating man who had just asked for the time while I walked towards my local shopping area. I realised his interest in the time was … Continue reading

  

Seaweed bath could help your skin

19Dec

Having a seaweed bath could do wonders for your skin including relieving the symptoms of psoriasis. Seaweed has antiseptic, skin soothing properties which make it a popular natural treatment for temporary relief from itchy or painful skin conditions. It is believed that … Continue reading

  

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

13Dec

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr Mike Evans explains …. Dr Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li … Continue reading

  

Silent Night; Itchy Night

12Dec

Argh! That is the sound that comes out of my mouth at pretty regular intervals as I sit at my desk trying to ignore the itching on my scalp, ears, back, legs and sides. It feels as if little imps … Continue reading

  

Eczema and Immunology – The Sleeping Secret …..

8Dec

Hello everyone, it has been a while since my last blog and much has happened in the household of the girls of 82! As you are all aware my little angel Issi-May who suffers very badly with her eczema on … Continue reading

  

All of the lights!

1Dec

It’s well known that psoriasis can develop or be exacerbated at times of stress. When I was 17 I was studying for my A Levels like many teenagers. For most this is a very stressful time and I was no … Continue reading

  

Could you have psoriatic arthritis?

25Nov

If you, or a member of your family suffers with psoriasis and you are experiencing joint pain and swelling you may have psoriatic arthritis. The National Psoriasis Foundation are aiming to make psoriasis sufferers aware of the signs of psoriatic … Continue reading

  

First blog

25Nov

Hi I’m Lisa and this is my first blog for TalkHealth. I have very sensitive skin, particularly on my face. Certain facial creams cause aggravation resulting in areas of itchy, dry eczema which now has been diagnosed as Rosacea along … Continue reading

  

It’s not catching!

23Nov

I’m 28 years old and I’ve had psoriasis for as long as I can remember. There was never a moment where I saw a red scaly patch and wondered what it was, as I always knew I had this thing … Continue reading

  

Could fish help you beat psoriasis?

9Nov

Channel 4’s The Food Hospital looks at whether diet can help improve various conditions. One of the participants was 7 year old Callum and his mum Karen, both psoriasis sufferers. Experts suggested a diet of oily fish, turmeric, cinnamon and … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on psoriasis opens today

28Oct

An online clinic on psoriasis with NHS Choices, Psoriasis UK and British Skin Foundation and sponsored by mumsnet opened this morning. Clinical experts will be available to answer all your questions about issues surrounding psoriasis, offering advice on caring for … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on psoriasis coming soon

25Oct

Psoriasis Association and British Skin Foundation have teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an online clinic on psoriasis. Clinical experts will be available to answer all your questions about issues surrounding psoriasis, offering advice on caring for … Continue reading

  

Stress & Skin……..

24Oct

Ladies & Gents…. What a week, you normally see me blogging about my children’s skin be it eczema or acne. You read about my antics on the beach with my girls or my constant endeavours to combat the compliance issue … Continue reading

  

Fish foot spas may spread disease

19Oct

A new pedicure craze is sweeping the nation but is it safe? Fish foot spas are a nibbling treatment where dead skin is removed from the feet by fish. However Britain’s health protection agency have warned that this could be … Continue reading

  

1 in 4 people with psoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis

14Oct

A study by the National Psoriasis Foundation has discovered that as many as 1 in 4 people with psoriasis may also have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the joints and tendons. 30% … Continue reading

  

Get gorgeous autumn skin

14Oct

At this time of lower humidity, with less water carried in the air, cold and often windy days add new challenges to your skin. All heating creates a dry air environment – with central heating at home being the main … Continue reading

  

Stop scratching! a sad poem about eczema

7Oct

My eczema has flared up just lately, and along with this, a delightful cold sore is bubbling away just under the surface, but I was reminded how far I’ve come in just a few years.  Whilst my skin has got … Continue reading

  

Do I Really Need Botox….?

6Oct

Hi Everyone I am a little jaded tonight hence my question around Botox , I can’t believe just how much my face has dropped over the duration of this week. At one point today I actually thought I would need … Continue reading

  

Yahoo for the Change in Weather

4Oct

I am sure that everyone else is really sad to see the sun change to wind and some rain but come Monday late afternoon when the weather in the Southwest changed, I found myself running around the kitchen table …….with relief! … Continue reading

  

The battle against childhood skin disease takes to the airwaves

3Oct

Skin disease research charity the British Skin Foundation (BSF) is taking the battle against skin disease in children to the airwaves by producing a series of radio shows aimed at children and parents. The charity has teamed up with the … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis linked to increased stroke risk

27Sep

People with psoriasis have nearly three times the normal risk of stroke and abnormal heart rhythm, according to scientists in Denmark. The researchers believe this may be because the skin and blood vessels may share similar sources of inflammation. However … Continue reading

  

Attempt at record breaking in aid of the Psoriasis Association

16Sep

Sean Mc Gahern, 35, plans to break the world record for the worlds longest dive in warm open waters. The dive is due to run from Saturday 24 September until Monday 26 September in aid of the Psoriasis Association. Sean, … Continue reading

  

Peaches Geldof has suffered with psoriasis since childhood

15Sep

Peaches Geldof defends her weight loss and the marks on her arms by insisting they are the result of healthy eating and psoriasis. The model says she has suffered with psoriasis since she was a child and is not taking … Continue reading

  

Kim Kardashian diagnosed with psoriasis

28Jul

Kim Kardashian, of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’, has been diagnosed with psoriasis. Kim sought the opinion of her dermatologist after she saw flaky red patches on her legs. Kardashian’s mother was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 30. … Continue reading

  

Standards aim to improve care for millions with skin diseases

27Jul

Commissioners and providers should involve patients and the public in decisions about the services provided for the millions of people with a skin disease, standards published this week emphasise. Some 24% of the population visit their GP about a skin … Continue reading

  

Five more sun cream mistakes to avoid

25Jul

According to the Daily Mail today,  people are still making mistakes when using sun creams. The article explores whether you are really protecting your skin from the sun as much as you should be. To read more follow this link … Continue reading

  

Skin season

8Jul

Don’t be afraid to bare your soul in skin season: start the conversation now! CSPA launches new tool in recognition of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s 86th Annual Conference. EDMONTON, AB (June 23, 2011) – Dermatologists from across Canada are meeting … Continue reading

  

NHS Choices Online Clinics

8Jul

talkhealth are proud to be collaborative partners with NHS Choices. Each month talkhealth hosts exclusively ‘Online Clinics on …’ partnering with NHS Choices and a national charity associated with the clinic’s topic. The clinics are run across all talkhealth websites … Continue reading

  

16 to 30s worst at skin cancer prevention, new research reveals

7Jul

16 to 30-year-olds are the worst at protecting their skin in the sun, despite melanoma being the second most common cancer in this age group, according to a new study out this week. The research, due to be released at … Continue reading

  

Games consoles

24Jun

The Sun warned today that “kids as young as eight are suffering crippling arthritis-like pain from using consoles and phones.” It said that experts have called for warnings to be shown on gaming boxes. The news reports are based on … Continue reading

  

Need for more support

24Jun

Results of a recent survey revealing that 94 percent of GPs don’t have sufficient time to ask psoriasis sufferers what impact the condition is having on a patient’s life, are worrying according to leading psychologist and prolific academic author, Dr … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Skin Cancer & Sun Safety

6Jun

SKCIN (The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity) has teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an Online Clinic on Skin Cancer & Sun Safety.  SKCIN is the only national skin cancer charity. Clinical experts will be available to … Continue reading

  

How to apply sunscreen

3Jun

An expert explains, in an NHS Choices video, why it is important to protect your skin from sunburn to help avoid skin cancer. She also gives advice on how to apply sunscreen correctly and what to look out for when … Continue reading

  

An online clinic on Hay Fever

2Jun

Last month a lively and informative forum for people suffering from Hay Fever was held in conjunction with patient support charity Action Against Allergy, the Allergy Academy, NHS Choices and other leading experts.  Although the forum is now closed it … Continue reading

  

Free samples & offers

26May

FREE samples and offers that are available across our talk sites. Be up to date on our offers by joining FREE today one of our sites – it is very easy and quick, just click here … Welcome Packs – … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis during pregnancy

23May

Moderate to severe psoriasis is an independent risk factor for a variety of adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to Dr. Jennifer C. Cather. Yet much remains unknown about the impact of psoriasis and its treatment in pregnancy. For this reason, every … Continue reading

  

Extremely obese children

23May

Children who are overweight or obese have a significantly higher prevalence of psoriasis, and teens with psoriasis, regardless of their body weight, have higher cholesterol levels, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics.  The … Continue reading

  

Severe hypertension

19May

UC Davis dermatologists have found that people who have high blood pressure as well as psoriasis – a condition that causes patches of irritated, itchy red skin – are more likely to have more severe high blood pressure and require … Continue reading

  

Articles about psoriasis

12May

Within the ‘articles‘ section of talkpsoriasis, items about psoriasis have been written by doctors, specialists, journalists and individuals from professional bodies and organisations.  You can read articles such as: Psoriasis study will target stress and state of mind Psoriasis patients: … Continue reading

  

NICE recommends golimumab for psoriatic arthritis

6May

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has today issued final guidance recommending golimumab (Simponi) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. Golimumab joins a list of treatment options already recommended by NICE for this condition. The guidance recommends … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis patients: benefit of long-established treatments

6May

For patients with severe psoriasis, a new class of intravenous and injectable biological medicines known as “biologics” has brought about a near revolution in treatment. But doctors at the University of Michigan Health System note that patients and their doctors … Continue reading

  

Mindfulness

6May

People with psoriasis could benefit from a new study that aims to improve symptoms through the psychological concept of ‘mindfulness’. Researchers at The University of Manchester will be asking 40 volunteers with psoriasis to participate in a therapy group to … Continue reading

  

FREE 500g Balneum Cream – 28 Day Survey

5May

talkeczema and talkpsoriasis are looking for 200 volunteers, living in the UK, with eczema or psoriasis to take part in a 28 day survey using Balneum Cream manufactured by Almirall. We would like to hear your general feedback on how … Continue reading

  

Poster downloads for patients, sponsors and the media

3May

talkhealth invites you to download copies of its pdf posters.  The posters are a mixture of future events to be run on the sites and the talkhealth conditions such as eczema, acne, allergy, psoriasis, menopause and asthma. From this page … Continue reading

  

Severe psoriasis

20Apr

Severe psoriasis linked to major adverse cardiovascular events. Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease, and if severe, has been demonstrated to be a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. However, the degree to which psoriasis is associated with major … Continue reading

  

An open clinic on Hay Fever

8Apr

From 20-26 May 2011 patient support charity Action Against Allergy has teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an Open Clinic on Hay Fever.  You will have the opportunity to post your questions to our panel of clinical … Continue reading

  

FREE Health Fact Sheets

19May

We’ve now launched a range of FREE downloadable Fact Sheets on our sites. Visit each of our sites for the relevant Fact Sheets: www.talkeczema.comwww.talkallergy.comwww.talkasthma.comwww.talkmenopause.comwww.talkpsoriasis.comwww.talkacne.com We will be adding more Fact Sheets over the coming months. +356   

  

Calm Inflammed Skin with Oats

7Oct

Oats contain anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce skin flare ups. Simply add a few cups of oats to a warm (not hot) bath and soak for 15-20 minutes to calm the skin. Some of our TalkEczema visitors have … Continue reading

  

Clinical Trial – Benefits of Using a Water Softener if you have Eczema

6Oct

A research study through Nottingham University is looking at whether water softeners help reduce the severity of eczema. All water in the home is softened, except at one tap for drinking water. Results are expected in early 2010. For more … Continue reading

  

Moisturiser in the Fridge

25Sep

Did you know that if you put your moisturiser/emollient in the fridge it will act as a cooling agent on your eczema as you apply it – this may help to reduce inflammation and itching. For more information on how … Continue reading

  

Applying Emollients Correctly

21Sep

As winter sets in it’s time to think about how much more our skin dries out and for those with eczema it is particulary important to moisturise regularly and correctly. Make sure you use a moisturiser that suits your skin. … Continue reading

  

Social Effects of Skin Disorders Survey

6Jul

We are conductng a survey to look at the social effects of skin disorders (eczema, acne, psoriasis etc) on children and their parents. Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey. There’s also a chance to win £25 M and … Continue reading

  

Four Out Of Ten Skin Disease Sufferers Bullied

23Jun

According to a recent online survey conducted by the skin disease charity the British Skin Foundation, 23% of those who participated said that they had suffered from an isolated incident of bullying, with a further 18% revealing that they suffered … Continue reading