Common sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Q) I have lots of old-age warts. They are different shapes and shades of brown, raised, crusty and hard to the touch. The GP says they are harmless but they are unsightly – is there any way of removing them?

A) Consultant dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe of the Cranley Clinic in London says these seborrheic keratoses (SKs) are very common as people age. They are not related to damage and are not precursors of skin cancer. However, SKs may coexist with precursors of skin cancer so should always be checked by a doctor or dermatologist (for more information, visit healthline.com and search for ‘seborrheic keratosis’). Dr Lowe removes the top layers of larger SKs with a laser. It usually takes one to two sessions. He then prescribes tazarotene gel, a topical retinoid drug, to be applied to the lasered sites and any remaining small warts. Use two to three times a week for five minutes then clean off with a moisturising wash (eg, Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser, £3.69, boots.com, or Salcura Bioskin Body Cleanser, £12.99). This will help treat existing SKs and prevent new ones. Tazarotene can be used once a week for maintenance. Read More…

How To Get Rid Of Warts


Warts are small protrusions or raised lumps, which are caused by a viral infection often arising as a result of broken skin or a compromised immune system. The virus responsible is the human papillomavirus, HPV, of which there are many strains.

There are many different types of warts varying in shape and the site of infection; ranging from the common wart (verruca vulgaris) to genital warts and each type of wart comes from a different strain.

Warts are viruses living within skin with the blood vessels actually feeding the virus ensuring it carries on thriving. This is the reason why removal of warts can often be painful because it is attached to the capillaries and embedded in the skin. Often you can see black dots at the site which are clotted blood vessels feeding the wart. Read More…

Simple steps to a healthier mindset

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Last week saw the launch of the latest edition of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, the seventh book in the series by Jo Fairley and me. Beauty isn’t just about products: it’s about a healthy body, a calm mind and taking joy in life. There are lots of strategies we have found over the decades.

  • Be loving to yourself. Relying on others for your self-esteem and making decisions based on other people rather than what you really want can cause grief all round. Tell yourself you are a good person, not perfect – no one is – but you try your best. Then give yourself permission to get things wrong, acknowledge it and move on.
  • Count your blessings before bed. Think of three nice things that happened today. They can be as simple as seeing the sun rise, receiving or giving praise at work, or a great cup of coffee. You will sleep sweetly.
  • Don’t ponder problems or make decisions in the middle of the night. Your brain can’t process things then. Write a reminder for the morning, then do this breathing exercise.
  • Inhale for a count of four, hold for seven, then exhale very slowly to a count of eight. Repeat four to six times, feeling your breath going in and out of your body.
  • When you wake, decide that just for today you’ll be as happy as you can. Whatever happens. This doesn’t mean you won’t notice difficulties but that you’ll live in the solution, not the problem.
  • Never lose hope. If it seems to be slipping away, phone a supportive friend and share the problem. But don’t dwell on it afterwards.
  • Make things fun. Wear bright colours, put on make-up, do your hair, play music during tedious chores, reward yourself with flowers or a movie.
  • Examine any wobbles. If you have done something wrong, put it right. Take a few drops of Bach Rescue Remedy and count up the positive things in any
    situation. If the wobbliness persists, consider talking therapy or homeopathy.
  • Reach out to other people. Be nice, pay compliments. Listen, really listen.
  • Cultivate peace. Ask yourself what makes you feel peaceful and do more of it. Remember: it may be a case of ‘being’ Read More…