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Q&A on facial cleansing with Harley Street dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting - ANSWERS BACK

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LucilleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 24-Mar-14 12:29:01

Are you overwhelmed by the influx of beauty gadgets and facial creams? Confused by what helps your skin versus what is stripping it? Look no further, we're running a Q&A this week all about facial cleansing, with Harley Street dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting.

As a cosmetic dermatologist with a busy private practice in Harley Street, Dr Sam Bunting is used to giving out advice on all skin types and will answer all your facial cleansing questions and will give you tips on how to keep your skin radiant and youthful-looking.

The Q&A is sponsored by Philips VisaPure, a gentle, easy-to-use electronic facial cleansing device that massages the skin to remove make-up, dirt and impurities. The VisaPure is ten times more effective than manual cleansing, giving women more radiant, youthful skin in 2 weeks*.

Post your questions to Sam before 9am on Monday 31st March and we'll send over a selection and post her answers on Monday 7th April.

* 87% of consumers experienced more radiant, youthful skin in 2 weeks

DrSamBunting Mon 07-Apr-14 10:27:18


Since having my son I have really dry skin some days its almost like a layer of dry skin ontop of my normal skin makes me look 100 years old its very itchy drives me mad! Its strange because up until now I have had very oily skin so oily that my skin looked wet. I think I would rather have the oily skin back any advice would be fab thanks

Pregnancy and the hormonal changes that go with it can lead to fluctuations in your skin. On top of that, the subsequent sleep deprivation that goes with having a young child can lead to dryness. You should try using a non-foaming cleanser and nourishing moisturiser – I'd recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and Moisturising Cream, and use tepid water (not hot) when cleansing. Make sure that your diet supports skin hydration – be sure to get plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from sources such as salmon, avocado and walnuts. If these simple measures don't help then you may need to see your GP or a dermatologist for some extra input.

DrSamBunting Mon 07-Apr-14 10:28:02


Which cleansers do you recommend for rosacea sufferers? I have the small bumpy red spot type of rosacea, in my late 30's and fair celtic skin.

Thank you!

I like La Roche-Posay Rosaliac cleanser. I also like Cetaphil's Gentle Cleanser which tends to be well tolerated by most patients with sensitive skin. I would avoid physical exfoliation in those who suffer from rosacea.

DrSamBunting Mon 07-Apr-14 10:28:37


What would your cleansing recommendations be for an 18yo with oily skin, prone to blackhead formation and 2-3 'proper' red spots at any one time? The typical 'teenage' products seem terribly harsh and definitely worsen oil production.

I am a big fan of the Obagi Clenziderm range – their foaming cleanser with 2% salicylic acid is an excellent choice and is less drying that most typical acne cleansers.

DrSamBunting Mon 07-Apr-14 10:30:35


Hi, Dr. Sam! I'm mystified by my face at the moment - in the past month, I've suddenly (for the first time in my life) gotten small patches of little bumps on my chin, at the corner of my mouth, next to my nose and even (yuck!) inside my nostrils. They are not pimples - they never come to a head, and spot cream does nothing to them. They don't itch like eczema, either - if anything, they're tender. I've also had patches of eczema on my hands and inner elbows lately, though (also very uncharacteristic), so perhaps it's that? Have resorted to Betnovate .1% twice a day, which seems to help somewhat, but will it ruin my skin? Any help or advice appreciated!

Oh, and I'm 42, if that makes a difference. :-D

First thing to say is stop Betnovate topical product. From your description you sound like you could have a condition called perioral dermatitis. Topical steroids can make this condition worse. I'd advise that you stop using products that are not labelled non-comedogenic as this condition can arise from using poorly formulated skin care products. It would be worth getting an expert opinion as a doctor really needs to see a skin problem to make a diagnosis and you may need prescription medication to settle it down fully.

DrSamBunting Mon 07-Apr-14 10:31:45


What is your view on using Roaccutane for mild, but persistent acne.

I am 46 now, and have very oily skin still. I have had acne since being a young teen - and have kept it away using the combined pill, Dianette being the most successful. Am currently taking Trimethoprim - which keeps the spots to a minimum - but my face feels like an oil slick. This in itself feels horrible.

When taking no meds, I get some large spots on my face, neck, chest, shoulders and back. I wouldn't say it is cystic, but there are enough to upset and embarrass me.

I have been to see a dermatologist privately - and I am to return for a repeat visit to see how the Trimethoprim is working. however I can't keep taking it for ever, can I?

I am very sympathetic to your story – I see a lot of patients who suffer in the same way with chronic ongoing acne which destroys quality of life. In my opinion, it's important to consider Roaccutane in the context of patient's history and background medical condition. But yes, I feel it does have a place in cases such as yours where other treatments aren't working, assuming you are also using a topical retinoid at present. Spironolactone would also be an option. Here's a useful website discussing the various treatment options.

DrSamBunting Mon 07-Apr-14 10:34:14


Also my dd is starting puberty, she's 10, when should preteens start doing more than just washing face with a flannel in the bath!


The key is to take action once oiliness in the T-zone and those first clogged pores appear. At this point a simple salicylic acid-based cleanser can help. Try Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-free Wash.

LucilleMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 17-Apr-14 10:53:25

You can now see the answers from the Q&A archived here. Thanks again to all who took part.

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