Acne is a four-letter word. And is that a coincidence? It certainly sums up how most sufferers feel about it. Acne is the most common skin complaint of all – mostly prevalent among teenagers, and usually disappearing in the 20s. However, some types of acne may persist into adulthood – bringing considerable misery. (And actually, in the past few years – for reasons I don’t really understand – I’ve seen several friends who’ve previously been clear-skinned suddenly develop spots, in their 40s and beyond. Hugely confidence-draining it is, too.)

My professional observation as a professional, though (not just as a friend), is that spot control has to be a combined programme from inside out and outside in. Let’s sort the basics first – the internal bit. To be honest, there’s not much more I can add to the incredibly comprehensive in-depth look at acne which Shabir took in his editorial Take Control of Your Acne, here, in terms of the reasons for breakouts, and the supplements which can make a difference. Read More…

Rosacea Uncovered


Rosacea is a skin condition that causes a persistent redness on the face, in particular on the cheeks, nose and forehead. There are millions of people worldwide that are affected by rosacea and it tends to affect mostly fair-skinned people between the ages of 20 and 60 and is nearly three times more common in women. Although rosacea is a harmless condition, it often has a high impact on the quality of life.

What causes rosacea and what are the symptoms?

Small areas of blood vessels on the face that normally blush become dilated, inflamed and visible through the skin as small red lines. These dilated blood vessels tend to get larger in size over a period of time. Often these symptoms may be accompanied by papules (red bumps) and pustules (pus-filled bumps), which resemble acne hence why rosacea is often referred to as Acne Rosacea. However, there are no whiteheads or blackheads in rosacea. Read More…

Gill Meets Natascha McElhone


Gill meets HealGel

HealGel was founded and created by five of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons, including your late husband, Martin Kelly. What was the inspiration behind HealGel?
Martin, along with the other surgeons wanted to find a formula that would heal scars even more effectively than the products that were already on the market.

Tragically, Martin passed away before the potential of HealGel was fully realized in the public domain. How important is it for you to carry his legacy?
Nothing would make me happier than to see all his hard work come to fruition even if it is posthumously…

What is your life philosophy?
I’ll steal Martin’s “Work hard, expect nothing, celebrate!”

What is the philosophy behind the brand?
That there is no substitute for hard work and commitment to excellence, the importance of passing on specialist knowledge to customers as it is developed and an ability to change and improve regularly. The scientific approach, combining up-to-the-minute research with the highest quality ingredients brings serious value to a market filled with empty promises. Read More…