We might not be dermatologists, but we can still help you


No two peoples skin is the same. It is unique to us, just like our DNA. Some of us have allergies, some of us have sensitive skin that reacts to even the gentlest products, and some may seem like the lucky few who have flawless skin, but we can help you achieve that too!

We are often asked if we can treat a variety of conditions, acne, rosacea, moles, birthmarks, verruca’s…..so we wanted to help clear up common misconceptions between what skin clinics can or cannot treat, and when you need to seek advice from a dermatologist or GP.

Conditions we cannot treatPlusMinus

What does it look like?Why don't you treat it and what can I do?
MolesWe don’t have the ability to for the testing to determine if moles present a melanoma, and therefore cannot be treated. We are able to treat non-mole lesions that have been approved by your GP that possess no risk.
Birthmarks We are unable to treat these as birthmarks are a congenital benign irregularity on the skin. Most birthmarks require a surgical procedure to remove these, of which we do not offer. If you wish to have a birthmark removed, seek a referral from your GP, however this is often known as a cosmetic procedure that may not be offered on the NHS.
Fungal conditions including athlete’s foot and Impetigo These are often conditions that need antibiotics or creams to address the root cause. We do not have the facility to prescribe the needed medication for these. If you wish to have treatment, your GP will be the best option, and often a dermatologist referral is not necessarily needed. Please note these can be highly contagious and can spread throughout the body, so get these addressed as soon as you notice them.
Cysts – Sebaceous Cysts A sebaceous cyst is a hard lump containing keratin (which originates from hair follicles), often a surgical procedure is needed to remove the cyst, sack and its contents, of which we do not have the ability to offer treatment for. However, after the cyst has been removed, we can offer treatment to help heal any scarring and promote healthy skin to prevent further cysts.
Vitiligo (loss of pigment within the skin) Vitiligo is a systemic condition (within your body make up) whereby your skin loses melanin (the colour of your skin) in certain patches. Treatments are minimal, however some phototherapy (treatment with light) and medication can help, which can be advised by your GP. To camouflage the whiter patches, you can use make up and skin tattooing.
Lichen Planus Lichen Planus is a non-infectious itchy rash that can affect multiple areas of the body. A GP can diagnose by examining the rash, and treatment can range from steroid creams and ointments to relieve the itch, and the skin will clear up on its own over 6 – 9 months.
Hives Hives are a raised red rash that can also have the appearance of spots. Hives usually occur due to chemical or allergy related triggers. GP’s will often recommend a steroid cream, antihistamines and cooling lotions. Often the hives will clear up after the cause is identified and addressed.
Allergy Testing An allergy test can establish if you have an allergy and what you’re allergic to. These are done in most NHS hospitals that run an allergy clinic.
Varicose veins Varicose veins are veins that appear blue or dark purple, raised against the skin and can often have a bulging or twisted appearance. These can also cause discomfort in the legs, including a burning or cramping feeling. Varicose veins are rarely a serious condition, however, often unsightly. For treatment of varicose veins, surgery is often needed by a specialist vascular surgeon. We can treat spider veins (or thread veins), which if left untreated, can become worse and lead to varicose veins
Shingles ShinglesShingles is a rash that appears as red blotches that can become itchy, blistered, and usually last up to 4 weeks. This would require a visit to your GP for treatment.
Keloid Scars Keloid scars is when the scar tissue forms over the wound and continues to grow excessively, forming smooth hard growths. We are unable to treat keloid scars, and they also prevent us performing our other ranges of treatments on the skin as well. These often require steroid injections to prevent the overgrowth and reduce the size which can be performed by a dermatologist. We can however perform our other range of treatments if you have hypertrophic scars which are just raised scars from injuries that the skin hasn’t healed as expected.
Ringworm Ringworm is a highly contagious fungal infection, which shows a ring liked red or silvery rash. Ringworm will require medication or anti-fungal creams which will be prescribed by your GP.
Verruca’sVerruca’s usually develop on the soles of feet, are white, and often have a black dot in the centre. These can be contagious, and often a treatment whereby the GP will use liquid nitrogen to treat the core of the verruca. If you have a skin tag however, this can be treated at DestinationSkin, with our skin imperfection removal using a heat current to remove the blood supply to the excess skin.
Cellulite Cellulite affects only females, and is often caused by an imbalance of hormones and diet. Studies show over 85% of females will have cellulite on an area of their body. The appearance of cellulite looks like dimpled or ‘orange peel’ skin. Treatments can range from creams, injections, laser treatments and freezing treatments. However, a level of maintenance is often required and can become costly to uphold.

Conditions we do treat PlusMinus

What does it look like?What can I do to treat my concern?
AcneDestinationSkin Acne Dermatology ConditionsAcne is the single-most common skin condition with nearly 85% of us experiencing it at some point in our lives. We can treat acne with our range of treatments, including skin peels, IPL and Obagi 360 products.
RosaceaRosacea is a form of skin redness/flushing across the face. It often affects both cheeks, the nose and forehead. Rosacea is commonly caused by sun damage, which encourages small blood vessels to appear on the surface of the skin and become hyperresponsive to external stimuli, such as sun exposure, hot foods, caffeine or alcohol. We can help treat Rosacea with IPIPL and Skin peel treatments.
Skin tags Anyone can be affected by skin tags, and most often occur where the skin folds or creases such as knuckles or elbows. They can be hereditary, and also in people who are overweight, diabetic or pregnant. At DestinationSkin our expert practitioners can help treat skin tags with our safe and quick Advanced Electrolysis treatments, meaning you can be rid of Skin Tags during your lunch break!
DPN’s (Dermatosis papulosa nigra) At DestinationSkin our expert practitioners can help treat DPNs with Advanced Electrolysis treatments.
Milia Milia are tiny cysts just below the epidermis – the very outer layer of skin – which is why they appear so white. The cysts are a build-up of trapped oil/minerals under the skin which can’t be squeezed through to the surface. It is often mistaken as a spot or white head around the eye area. We can treat milia with Advanced Electrolysis, a quick and painless treatment that you can have done in your lunch break!
Warts Similarly to skin tags, anyone can have warts. At DestinationSkin our expert practitioners can help treat warts with Advanced Electrolysis treatments.
Excess Hair Every year in the UK we spend around £25 million on hair removal products like razors & waxing which offer a short term solution to a long term problem. Unwanted hair growth is a personal issue for men & women alike. DestinationSkin have experience of treating all skin types & ethnicities with excessive hair growth so you know that you are in safe hands. We also specialise in facial laser hair removal which is a safe treatment to permanently reduce facial hair on the upper lip, chin, side burns, eyebrow area or hairline.
Excess Sweating Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the body produces excess sweat. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. For primary, although it’s not clear why it develops, it’s thought to be the result of a problem with part of the nervous system. It’s possible that your genes may also play a role. Secondary hyperhidrosis can be caused by pregnancy, the menopause, anxiety, certain medications and some infections. The hyperhydrosis treatment we administer works by injecting a toxin. It blocks the signals to the sweat glands and reduces the amount of sweat you produce.
Thread veins on face, body and legs In winter months, it’s easy to hide away our legs in layers. We can forget those insecurities about our legs being a little less toned or those little veins that won’t go away. But as the weather starts to get warmer, we can no longer hide. DestinationSkin can help with our laser vein removal, IPL vein removal or sclerotherapy treatments.
ScarringScarring on the face or body can be caused by acne, surgery, wounds or trauma to the skin. For many of us, scarring can be a cause of discomfort. Not all scars fade away on their own and some need specialist help. At DestinationSkin, our skincare specialists understand that the physical and emotional effects of scarring remain long after the cause and we can help treat your scars with skin peels, microneedling or collagen boosting treatments.
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