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health & beauty with Angela Bartlett


Q. I have quite a few little pieces of excess skin under my arms and they look unsightly when I am wearing sleeveless tops. What are they and what can I do about them?


A. It’s difficult to say without seeing the area, but most probably what you are describing are ‘skin tags’. A skin tag is a small benign tear drop of skin that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, groin, face and even on the eyelids, anywhere where there is friction between skin and skin or skin and clothing or jewellery. They are harmless and typically painless, but tags may become irritated by shaving, clothing or jewellery so most people want to remove them. They have been reported to have an incidence of 46% in the general population, so they are very common.


Years ago a common home remedy was to knot a piece of thread around the base of a skin tag, which cuts off circulation of blood to the tissue and causes it to fall off. I use short wave diathermy to cauterise the blood supply to the tag which causes them to drop off in a few days


with little or no surrounding discoloration or after effects. It’s quick, relatively painless and aesthetically pleasing which is what our clients want.


Q. What is ‘photoaging’?


As time progresses, our skin ages and loses its youthfulness. Wrinkles start to appear around the eyes, fine lines surface around the lips, and age spots emerge on the surface on the hands. While some of these factors are natural and unavoidable, many of the visible signs of aging are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, and can be avoided.


The best way to combat photoaging is through prevention with a daily application of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to areas vulnerable to photoaging. Also reducing your exposure to UV radiation will lower your risk of developing skin cancer or precancer. Visit our website www.angelabartlett.co.uk to look at treatments which can help reduce the signs of premature ageing from photo damage, such as IPL, dermal rollering and AGEsmart facials.


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Angela Bartlett is a highly qualified Advanced Aesthetician with almost 30 years of experience in the beauty and holistic industries. She is a Director and Past Chairman for BABTAC and CIBTAC. Her expertise is called upon to examine Nationally and Internationally and to judge competitions such as Young Make-up Artist of the Year Award at Clothes Show, London.


She is also a regular contributor to a variety of consumer magazines and trade journals in the health and beauty sectors. Angela has a beauty, grooming and wellbeing clinic at the Wild Boar Hotel, near Tarporley.


Previous, informative articles on a range of health and beauty topics can be found at www.angelabartlett.co.uk


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