Daily Express – Is a Suntan Safe?

Dr Ross Perry Gives Expert Skin Advice

sunburnA feature in the Daily Express explores the issues around tanning and sunburn with opinion from Dr Ross Perry in a feature entitled ‘Is a suntan really safe or is sun exposure ALWAYS damaging to our skin?’

Having a tan looks healthy and is something that many people aspire to achieve, but sunburn remains a common problem, with half of the population estimated to have had some degree of sunburn last year, according to the article.

Dr Ross Perry Answers Sun Safety Questions

Daily Express

Is a tan healthy for our skin?

“A burn is when the skin is damaged by the sun which creates redness, inflammation and pain.

“A tan is when the melanin’s natural colourant darkens. A tan is not unhealthy or dangerous, as long as it’s achieved gradually and slowly.
“It all depends on skin type. But those who are fairer need to tan slowly over a longer period. The worst habit to fall into is to burn because you are hoping it will turn into a tan.”

If you burn but the skin goes brown, is it still a sign of damage?

“Yes. Your skin is still damaged from the burn so even if that has healed and turned into a tan, that tan will not usually be long lasting. It’s not a tan worth getting if it means damaging your skin.”

If your sunburn blisters or peels, what’s the best and worst way to treat it?

“Just add a cold compress as soon as you notice the burn. Cool the skin. Keep moisturising the area with something like aloe vera gel. Avoid getting back in the sun until your skin is healed. And if your skin peels, don’t feel tempted to exfoliate this. Let your skin heal on its own.”

Does burning our skin increase our chances of skin cancer? And if so, by how much?

“Burning is a big health concern with children. A bad sunburn on a child can DOUBLE their risk of skin cancer in later life. This isn’t so severe with adults. Nevertheless, a big build up of burns throughout the years can increase your risk of developing skin cancer so be smart about lying out in the sun.”

What are the best tips for avoiding sun damage?

“Find a sunscreen that works for you. I know many people say they hate suncream because it leaves their skin greasy and spotty. But there are many on the market that cater for oily skin. It’s important you wear it and top up throughout the day.

“In an ideal world, we’d be able to lie in the sun with no problems. But different skin types suffer more than others. Fair skin tends to suffer the most but every skin type needs to stay safe.”

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Find the article in full at: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/671880/suntan-really-safe-sunburn-skin-cancer-exposure

Mole Checking and Removal

Cosmedics Skin Clinics team are experts in the field of moles, which are associated with sun exposure.

Dr Perry advocates regular self-checking for any mole which is ‘suspicious’. This many mean it is simply different to the others in appearance (size, shape, colour, symmetry) or that it is changing quickly. Anybody who has concerns about a mole or skin blemish is advised to see their GP in the first instance for a professional opinion. If there is a concern, referral on the NHS should be made.

Nowadays, any moles not considered to be ‘suspicious’ are now unlikely to be removed on the NHS, so patients wanting a mole removed can seek treatment in the private sector. Cosmedics’ team of skin doctors have removed literally thousands of moles. Services include:


Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors. The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email info@cosmedics.co.uk to book an appointment.

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