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  • Ichthymosis

    Ichthyosis

    Ichthyosis is a term used to describe continual scaling of the skin. Read more →

  • menopause

    Menopause

    The menopause is often called the ‘change of life’ and is not an illness, but a stage in a woman’s life where she stops ovulating and ceases to menstruate. Read more →

  • Vaginal dryness

    Perimenopause

    The perimenopause is an inevitable right of passage leading up to the menopause Read more →

  • Close-up of hyperpigmentation

    Skin Pigmentation Problems

    Melanin is the natural pigment responsible for the colour of our skin, hair and eyes. However, if too much or too little is produced by the body, it could lead to a skin condition. Read more →

  • Malassezia Fur Fur

    Malassezia fur fur is a type of yeast (fungal infection) that that can be found growing on the skin of most adults. Read more →

  • Vitiligo on a hand

    Vitiligo

    A fairly common condition characterised by pale, white patches developing on the skin where pigment cells (melanocytes) are absent, resulting in little or none of a pigment called melanin. Read more →

  • Lichen Aureus

    Lichen Aureus

    This is a chronic skin condition that results in yellowish or golden patches of pigmentation forming on the limbs. Read more →

    I am a 34 female and I have developed, over the course of about 2 years, patchy dark pigmented skin on my face, chest, between my legs, a little on my palms and my feet. I already had white patchy circles on my trunk so to now have dark patches I look very patchy. I have seen my doctor about it and he said that it is chloasma but I have had my hormones checked and tests came back normal, I'm not pregnant and as far as I know not going through menopause. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this patchy skin? It feels exactly the same as my pale skin but it looks like a dark brown irregular patched mask on my face and chest. It is all across my forehead and onto my cheeks and around my mouth. Please Help. Thanks.





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    Hi I got really dark brown circles around my eyes and brown patchy pigmentation on my face. my skin is norally pale looking fair skin. I cover it up using makeup but its costing me a fortune is there anything I can do so I dont have to use so much make up like get rid of it alltogether like sugry ect please can you help me making my life a missery sue





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    I have a patchy rash across my neck it doesn't itch and isn't sore .it is a light beige/skin colour .Im a white female any ideas what it could be.





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    For nearly two years I have been living with a very serious skin condition. I am a 15 year old teenager so it does concern me and bringd down a lot of my confidence, its all patchy, lumpy, red, itchy and very dry skin, I have no idea what it is, as when I go doctors which has been over 10 times for the same reason they seem to never know what it is. They've given me antibiotics and cream and it goes then 3 weeks later it will come back up and its starting to get more and more worse as its forming in more places around my face. I have been using aveeno cream and double bas gel cream and that soothes the red patching itchy bits for over an hour but now I have no I dea what to do. Please help..





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    I have a few very small moles, im considering using a sun bed to tan for a big day it will be the only time ill be using them I struggle using self tan as I have eczema and it goes patchy so sunbeds has become an option as im very pale skined, will using sun beds a few times for 10 mins or so put me at major risk of skin cancer and shoul I cover my moles ?





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    Hi i'm 24 and over the last year I have started to lose my facial hair. I use to have a full beard but now I have bald patches in several places, the worst around my chin. Is this common, and is there a cure for the problem? I am very self conscious about it and people make comments. I've tried to hide it by shaving but the skin looks different in the patchy areas so is still noticable. Please help!





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    Hi Paul. It might be worth a visit to your GP. There are many treatments for this kind of hair thinning such as Rogaine, Procepia and Growthex. For example, Growthex works by putting the hair back in to the 'growth' phase so the hair follicle start producing thicker longer hairs. Have you tried any of these?

    Hi, I have a hairy back and shoulders which I hate. I get it trimmed using clippers now as the last time I used hair removal cream my skin was badly burnt. I'd love to have it removed by laser. Please can anyone share experiences, is it permanent, patchy, actual true costs and if there are any recommended clinics in or around Dorset. Thank you.





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    Just over ten years ago I had an infection under my foreskin which caused damage to parts of the skin on the head of my penis. The infection was caused by a lack of ability to clean underneath a tightened foreskin. I subsequently had a circumcision and the skin on the head of my penis healed. The problem is I am dark-skinned and originally the head of my penis had no pigment, however the healed skin has now developed dark pigment making the head look patchy. Does anyone know of a procedure which will safely remove pigment from such a sensitive area of the body?





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    i am 19 and have dark hair and olive skin a have been using sun beds for about 3 years on and off. when using the sunbeds last year i got to a certain color and then my legs went patchy and looks like (corned beef) so i stop going on in that year i when on holiday and the white patches that would not tan on the sunbeds cleared up and all went brown. i have started going back on the sunbeds a same has happened and they just will not tan.





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    I'm 16 and my vitiligo first showed on my nipple a few years ago. The edge of the nipple doesn't really raise when erect so it's completed covered half of my nipple. I noticed when on holiday that it's spread to my back and stomach in patchy dots (Although I don't stay out in the sun much abroad, stay covered up when out and also apply a high spf lotion too). I know there is no cure - i've tried prescribed creams and I've also got skin camouflage make up from the Red Cross, alongside I've tried fake tanning on the area's but never works...BUT my question is, does the melanin ever "come back" to the pigment? Also, can you (skin) graft on the nipple? Because i'm really insecure about it and would love to have that done if possible. Thank you!





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    I have the exact same problem, I'm eighteen and have had it there all of my life, the rest of my body doesn't bother me but I'm so self conscious about my nipple and I'd love to know if I could get a skin graft or tattoo over it? Would be interested in hearing back from you if you do find a way?

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    hi, I've had Crohns disease since i was born. i am now 26, from the age of 15 though i have suffered very bad acne, it was put down to my Crohns, I've seen a dermatologist but they haven't helped much. It's red patchy skin round my nose and very spotty skin and my skin can get extremely dry and itchy. I also have excema, but this is not it. prednisalone steroids help, but as soon as doctors start reducing them, it gets bad again. Please help.





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    Hi I have the same problem here,I just keep moisturising all day long and my skin is more patchy white and I hate it :((

    hi im 15 and have dry itchy skin on either side of my testicles that are patchy, and it gets itchier when im hot, what can you reccomend to cure it?





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    i am 8munths pregnant and the skin around ma vulva has started goin white and patchy? What is it? X





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    am 21 now, and get the odd spot once in a while, but i have realised is mainly due to a bad diet or sleep and stress. so drinking pleanty of water to clear out toxins and getting a good night sleep can really make a difference. if you are dealing with stress try using vitamins specially made for skin. like everyone else all the counter products typicaly just work for a while and they are bad for you skin in the long run such as scars and patchy dry skin.





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    could you also give me the information on treatment for hyperpimentation , as my doctor prescribed nizarole shampoo which did nothing, so i have to put up with patchy facial skin





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    In Daniel's episode he was prescribed a cream called Pigmanorm for his hyperpigmentation. This cream should only be used under medical supervision and after a correct diagnosis has been made, so please talk to your GP or Dermatologist in the first instance.

    Hi have had skin disorder vitology is there cure please as am struggling to cope as very patchy round. Eyes. An in gential ares





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    There is no cure! I've had vitiligo for 27 years and anyone who says there is a cure are lying.

    Hi i have had marks on my skin from a early child hood and now at age 24 the marks have spread all over due to scratching my skin or mosquito bites. the slightest scratch would leave a mark. The prominant recent ones are round and black in colour while the others over the years of using all sorts of skin cream with hydroquinone are more brown and patchy. i have tried all sorts of creams and thinking of laser but with marks all over my body even on my butt i find it very difficult to go into that direction. what should i use? and is my skin lacking anyhting that causes me to bruise easily? and of course HOW CAN I GET RID OF MY BLACK AND BROWN MRAKED SKIN?





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    I have a slight rash that i have had for 4-5 months now. It's not painful and very occationally itches. I have had unprotected sex with a number of girls before and since having the rash and no-one has complained of any problems. It's patchy and becomes inflamed when i have intercourse. Also the skin on the head of my penis is very dry whixh leads me to believe it's a skin or bacertial related problem not an STD. Am i correct? And if so what is the best form of treatment?





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    I've got the same blotchy appearance on my skin too and I have been desperate to know why. It started on my hands about 11 months ago, as one little pale blotch (I don't tan well..) and slowly spread. All of my hands are pale..I also have pale patches on my arms, the tops of my feet and the inside of the top of my legs. I watched the programme tonight (10th Feb)and seeing someone else with the same patchy skin made me realise that maybe I can do something about it. It has really upset me having this blotchy skin. Thank you for showing it.





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    I'm 39 and I've had vitiligo since I was pregnant with my second child, 3 years ago. I had a chest infection and cough that lasted for 3 months when I first noticed the skin patches. When it was diagnosed with vitiligo by my GP, she said it is an immune deficiency. I have also since read that it can be brought on in pregnancy as your body gives your resources to the baby first. The white patches are on my torso, arms, top of my legs, chest and neck. I'm not embarrassed of the patchy skin but I wish I could say the same for the silly hat I have to wear when I go out. I find using 50 sunblock not only keeps my exposed skin safe, it also keeps my normal skin from tanning, because the darker it gets, the more obvious it is.





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    Hello! I am concerned about a skin complaint that has appeared over the last few years. It first started on my shin as a small patch of dry lumpy flaky skin that has got steadily bigger, at present it is the size of a fifty pence piece. Now they have started to appear on other parts of my body, mainly my back and shoulders and hands. Also I have developed liver spots and brown patchy skin on my forehead, they itch and bleed and take an age to heel. I have been to a doctor but was made to feel like I was wasting his time. Have you any ideas? Thank you.





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    Hi, I have had some skin discolouration to the upper arms chest and neck, this thought was due to the sun, as I spend 3 weeks of the year in Italy, I do wear a high sun factor, but it still comes, its quiet patchy and almost looks like brusing.I would be grateful for any help,thanks.





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    The outer of my vagina has turned colour it's quite patchy and a brown colour, I have no symptoms of any itching or discharge but the skin is slightly dry. I've had it for almost a year and just don't know why it's happened.





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    I am 50 years old and had my last period when I was 42. I have never talked to my doctor about this. I have vaginal dryness but also suffer from soreness and peeling skin in this region. I also have white patchy areas. I have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 2) in the last 18 months. Are these related?





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    I've had vitaligo for about 20 years now when I'm wearing any sleeveless tops I feel so scruffy and patchy and also use a factor 35 or 50 but the creams are so thick to rub in but they do give you protection even when I go abroad I try to keep covered as much as possible I am so conscious when in my costume because all the top of my legs and arms are really patchy and I weigh 12 stone so you can imagine what I look like my family and friends say don't be silly I look ok, But it's easy for them to say they havn't got this problem. So I think we've all got the same problem just have to cope with it. It would be nice to talk to someone with the same problem face to face to see what there thoughts are I live near nottingham. Ps there are people out there worse off than what we are. But it dosn't make me feel any better. Kathleen

    i have a red lump on my right breast just next to my nipple its started off like a bit of patchy skin and within 24 hours it became red and bloody like a love bite its extremly painful and hurts all of my breast and my right arm like a dull acke i am 17 years old and scared please help xx





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    I havn't got really bad acne, but the skin on my face is patchy, spotty red in places, and ive tried facial scrubs, moisturisers, wipes and more. What do you reccomend ? Help! ♥♥♥





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    I have a mole on the side of my left breast which is about 6mm and it can become very itchy now and then. Should I be worried? Having said that,I do have very sensitive skin and I find myself itching all over my body especially my stomach and legs. I also tend to get a patchy red rash on my chest and neck after I have a shower, even when I just wash myself with water.Any ideas as to what this might be?





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    I have a really wierd skin problem and cant seem to find out what it is. Its in the areas I shave such as underarms bottom half of legs and vagina. I don't think it is eczema as its not dry,patchy or itchy. It is a bright red rash that feels like really bad sunburn and it stings. I do have dry skin so I exfoliate anyway and moisturise. I've tried waxing but its the same. I have also found if I sweat or its cold it stings more and also brings the hair back out straight away even if I've just shaved. It looks awful and I have had it for about 6 years now. it will come up at different times not just when Ive shaved. hope someone can suggest something for me.





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  • Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    The doctors revisit famous cases of skin problems, finding out how their patients are getting on now... Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Night terrors

    Episode 2 - London

    This week's Embarrassing Bodies takes on the capital as the mobile clinic hits old London town! Read more →

  • Hypo pigmentation

    Episode 5

    Episode 5 featured conditions as diverse as Gynaecomastia (that's man-boobs to the rest of us), Vaginisimus, hereditary Crohn's Disease, Anal Warts,some problem ears and a skin pigmentation problem. Meanwhile Dr Jessen hit the nightspots of Birmingham… Read more →

  • Athletes Foot

    Episode 1

    The first set of cases through the EI doors included cases of Piles, Flatulence, Athlete's Foot, Skin Tags, Inverted Nipples and Vaginal Discharge. The boys of Moseley Rugby club were on hand to drop their towels for a lesson on testicular self examina… Read more →

  • Acne scarring

    We're Coming to Get You!

    The Docs are back, and this time they're coming to get you! Read more →

  • Episode 5

    Episode 5 - Series 7

    Dr Christian and Nurse Joy Tickle do a double act on the truck in Birmingham tackling some untreatable skin conditions. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Episode 3 - Series 7

    In the clinic this week: a man with the sorest Penis Dr Christian has ever seen, a woman born without a vagina and a builder whose mystery allergy has left his skin weeping all over. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Teeth grinding

    Episode 3 - Rural

    This week's episode includes a woman leaving pieces of skin everywhere, and cases featuring lumpy eyes, boils on the groin and some truly terrifying teeth. Read more →

  • Acne lazer treatment

    Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases back to the clinic to find out exactly how they've been getting on with their treatment, and to find out if they've conquered their embarrassment! Read more →

  • Peridinal Sinus

    Episode 4 - Feet

    This week's episode includes a podiatry roadshow, a mouthful of manky molars and a painful case of cystic acne. Read more →

  • Verrucas on the foot

    Episode 4

    Episode 4's patients included one suffering from the penis bending disease Peyronies, a lady with bothersome Bad Breath and a very surprised owner of a 3rd Nipple. Excess Hair was also on the EI agenda, as were Verrucas that had become a family affair… Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Folliculitis

    Episode 9 - Rally

    This week's episode includes a woman with a hair-raising illness, some unwanted leakage, an itchy scalp and a wake up call for Dr Christian… Read more →

  • Dr Pixie

    Episode 12 - Under The Knife

    In this special episode, the doctors find out what happens when surgery goes wrong... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Episode 6

    Episode 6 - Series 7

    In the clinic Dr Christian helps a man get treatment for a super sore penis and a woman whose bottom cyst had left her wanting 'more junk in her trunk'. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Anal Operation

    Vaginas

    The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the country's busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies! Read more →

  • Beach

    Boys, Boys, Boys

    Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at binge drinking, diabetes and chronic acne. Read more →

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