Skin

Look after your skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects you, heals itself and lasts a lifetime. Find out how to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Dealing with acne

Around 80% of teenagers and many adults have acne. Find out what causes it and what treatments are available

Protect your skin and eyes in the sun

Protect your skin against sun damage (including sunbeds) and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Warts on fingers

Common skin conditions

The facts about five common skin problems, including causes and available treatments.

Keloid scars and hypertrophic scars

Raised, shiny scars are known as keloid scars. Find out who gets them and how they're treated.

Tan at 16, cancer by 26

Rachel loved sunbathing – until she found an odd-looking mole on her toe. It turned out to be cancer.

Skin-lightening risks

Many non-prescription skin-lightening creams contain illegal and damaging ingredients.

Psoriasis: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Actor and comedian Toby Hadoke talks about living with severe psoriasis and gives his tips for taking control of this unpleasant skin condition.

'I was petrified of passing psoriasis to my children'

Mum of three Ros Foreman explains how she copes with the day-to-day burdens of living with psoriasis.

Botox, peels, fillers and dermabrasion

Find out what non-surgical cosmetic procedures are, and the importance of using a qualified practitioner.

Skin camouflage: Maria's story

Maria Angel talks about growing up with a facial birthmark and how the Changing Faces skin camouflage service has helped.

Treating birthmarks

Advice on getting treatment for birthmarks, such as port wine stains and haemangiomas.

Rebecca Lindsay

'My daughter had birthmark surgery'

Gillian Lindsay talks about the surgery her child had to remove a facial haemangioma.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Tools promotion

Scars: skin camouflage

An expert explains how skin camouflage is used to cover marks and scars. Dina, who has hyperpigmentation, describes how it improved her confidence.

Media last reviewed: 22/11/2013

Next review due: 22/11/2015

The nurse who looks after your looks

Thousands of patients have benefited from Daren Edwards' skill in his 30 years' service to the NHS

'My baby's birthmark'

Claire Lewin talks about bringing up her daughter Eloise, who was born with a haemangioma

Is cosmetic surgery right for you?

Ten questions to ask yourself if you're considering cosmetic surgery

Healthy eating

Information on how to achieve a balanced diet, tips to help you get your 5 A DAY and advice for vegetarians

Travel health

Advice for people travelling abroad, including malaria, travel vaccinations, EHIC, travel insurance, DVT and jet lag

Health and fitness

Boost your health and fitness with fun and practical ideas to get active and improve your general health

Couch to 5K

Tips on getting started with the Couch to 5K running plan, including podcasts and real stories to motivate you