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Dermatology Unit 

Being Safe and Feeling Good

Our specialists can help you keep your skin in good condition so that you can always look your best.

More importantly, they can provide essential healthcare screening to enable you to identify early signs of skin cancer, which is surprisingly common for those of us who live an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Choose a Practitioner to Book

Dr Lauren Knight

Dr Lauren Knight

Dermatologist

Prof Carol Hlela

Prof Carol Hlela

Paediatric Dermatologist

How can we help you?

Acne: You may have troublesome acne or pimples which keep coming back no matter what you do. This can often be successfully treated with skin cream or oral medication.

Eczema: It can be very uncomfortable when patches of your skin are scaly, itchy, bumpy and / or red and in some cases your skin is cracked. This can be treated through both lifestyle changes and the use of ointments.

Skin Cancer: It gives great peace of mind to have your moles and skin checked to ensure that you don’t have any early signs of skin cancer. Where necessary, the skin cancer can be removed.

Warts: These are not harmful but can be unpleasant. They can easily be removed by medication, cold treatment or by cutting them out.

 

Scarring: Get advise on how to reduce scarring, especially for your younger children.

Hair Loss: Alopecia can cause great anxiety so speak to a dermatologist on how to treat and reduce your hair loss.

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Skin Cancer Unit 

Enjoy your outdoor lifestyle but keep safe from the sun

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in South Africa with over 20 000 cases per year. In fact we have the second-highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia.

To avoid skin cancer you need to be sun smart, especially in your youth and make sure you are regularly screened.

Being Sun Smart

We have fantastic weather and many of us enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. But we need to be sun smart especially when we are young. Our skin is often damaged during our childhood and then skin cancer manifests later in our life.

So our top tips are:

  1. Make sure than you use sunscreen when you go out, at least SPF 30. Remember SPF 30 would last for about 2 and a half hours.

  2. Try and avoid being out in the sun in peak hours, which is between 10 am and 3 pm each day.

  3. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing and have a sun hat, it’s a great fashion accessory.

  4. Make sure you wear an appropriate pair of sunglasses, it’s important to protect your eyes from the glare.

  5. Protect your lips and put on lip balm.

  6. Try and avoid sunbeds and tanning salons.

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Screening gives you peace of mind

It is important to have a regular screening of your skin by an expert, to ensure you do not have any signs of skin cancer. If you detect skin cancer at an early stage then it is easier to treat.

You may want to have your moles checked by an expert should you have:

  1. Asymmetry, where a mole or mark has one half which is unlike the other, moles should be symmetrical.

  2. Scalloped or poorly defined edges, common moles have smooth and even borders.

  3. Colour variations and inconsistency, common moles are a single shade of brown or black.

  4. Moles with a diameter of more than 6mm.

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Cosmetic Procedures

Are you looking to rejuvenate your skin or reverse the signs of ageing?

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