Skin Clinic in Chelmsford – Treating all types of Skin Conditions
The All-Round Skin Clinic in Chelmsford
We can treat skin infections from eczema and dermatitis, to dry skin and acne. Come and have a chat with our friendly, professional pharmacist and get the treatment you need, for healthier, glowing skin.
What is the skin?
The skin, as the human body’s most expansive organ, is composed of water, protein, fats, and minerals. It serves as a barrier against harmful microorganisms and plays a crucial role in regulating body heat. Additionally, the skin’s nerves enable the perception of various sensations, such as warmth and coldness.
The integumentary system encompasses the skin, hair, nails, oil glands, and sweat glands, all of which contribute to the body’s external covering.
The skin is composed of three distinct layers of tissue:
1) Epidermis, the outermost layer.
2) Dermis, the central layer.
3) Hypodermis, the innermost or adipose layer.
How do you keep skin healthy?
1. Shield Your Skin from Sunlight
Maintaining skin health importantly involves safeguarding it from the sun. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin issues, as well as heightened skin cancer risk.
Comprehensive sun protection involves using broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15, reapplying it every two hours or more frequently during swimming or sweating, seeking shade during peak sun hours, and wearing protective clothing like tightly woven, long-sleeved outfits, and wide-brimmed hats.
We sell suns creams of all types! Visit in store to collect yours
2. Stop Smoking
Smoking accelerates skin ageing and contributes to wrinkles. It constricts blood vessels in the skin’s outer layers, reducing blood flow, oxygen, and essential nutrients.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin fibres, which maintain skin strength and elasticity. Repetitive facial expressions made while smoking can also cause wrinkles. Quitting smoking is the best way to protect your skin, and seeking a doctor’s advice for cessation support is recommended.
We can help you quit smoking! From NRT and advice – be sure to visit us
3. Be Gentle to Your Skin
Daily cleansing and shaving can negatively impact your skin. To minimize harm, limit bath time and use warm water, avoid harsh soaps, shave with care using suitable products, pat your skin dry gently, and moisturise if needed.
We sell all types of skin cleansing products and moisturisers. Call in store to find out which ones
4. Consume a Healthy Balanced Diet
A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can improve your overall well-being and skin health.
Some evidence suggests that diets high in fish oil and low in unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates may contribute to a more youthful appearance. Staying hydrated by drinking ample water is also essential for skin health.
We sell fish oils and can advise on the best diet
5. Handle Stress Effectively
Unmanaged stress can cause skin sensitivity and trigger issues like acne breakouts. To promote healthy skin and mental well-being, adopt stress management techniques like getting sufficient sleep, setting realistic goals, reducing your workload, and engaging in enjoyable activities. The positive effects may be more significant than anticipated.
We’re here to support you with stress management. Talk to our team.
Types of skin conditions
There are 100’s of different skin conditions, and some of them are difficult to differentiate. Below are some of the conditions we deal with every day at Colecross, hence the reason we are classed as an all-round Skin Clinic in Chelmsford:
Seborrhoeic dermatitis, commonly known as “cradle cap” in babies, causes greasy, scaly patches to form on the skin, typically on the scalp.
In adults, it can affect any part of the body and tends to flare up and subside periodically. The impacted skin may be red, swollen, and greasy, with a white or yellow crust on the surface.
Individuals with darker skin may observe flower-like scaling and uneven skin tone. Various treatments, including specialised shampoos and medicated creams, can help alleviate symptoms.
We supply and sell treatments for Seborrhoeic dermatitis
Rosacea primarily causes facial redness, which may appear darker and warmer on dark skin. It has four subtypes, each with distinct symptoms:
1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (redness, visible blood vessels, flushing)
2. Ocular rosacea (eye redness and irritation, swollen eyelids, stye-like appearance, foreign body sensation)
3. Papulopustular rosacea (swelling, irregular appearance, acne-like breakouts), and
4. Phymatous rosacea (skin thickening, bumpy texture).
Although there is no cure, doctors manage rosacea symptoms using topical or oral anti-inflammatory medications.
We can supply treatments for Rosacea. Call us to find out more
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by itchy skin patches with an abnormal appearance. The affected skin areas vary in size, severity, and colour depending on the person’s skin tone.
We can supply treatments for Psoriasis. Visit us in store today
Eczema, which usually develops in childhood, includes various types and causes itchy rashes that may become bumpy, change colour, or thicken. Although there is no cure, eczema can resolve on its own or be managed with medications.
We can supply treatments and creams for Eczema.
Acne is a common skin condition with symptoms like pustules, papules, nodules, and cysts. It can affect anyone, but people of colour may develop dark spots known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Acne can be treated with medication, hormonal therapy, or light therapy.
We can have plenty of treatments for the treatment of Acne
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that thrives in warm, damp environments. Symptoms include dry, itchy, peeling skin, blisters, and bleeding, with the skin between the toes or under the foot appearing soggy, pale, cracked, or scaly. Antifungal creams or sprays are typically used for treatment.
We treat athlete’s foot every day. Pop in and speak to us
How our Skin Clinic can help
As you can see from above, Colecross are considered as the holistic skin clinic in Chelmsford. Of course, you may need to go to the doctor for certain conditions, or you may need laser therapy, perhaps. We’ll be sure to counsel you appropriately and triage you if necessary.
We’re conveniently located and there is free parking available:
No appointment is necessary, so you can walk into our private clinic at any time.