Why do I keep getting Acne?

Why do I keep getting spots?

Spots, or acne vulgaris, is common in teenagers and young adults, but can occur throughout adulthood for some people.  It is a condition which cannot be cured but which can be managed for most people, although for some this may involve strong medications obtained via a dermatologist, after referral from your GP. Continue reading

Dermal Filler advances offer new facial treatments

I learn about new Dermal filler Treatments

As an advanced aesthetic practitioner, I attend a number of training events each year to maintain my skills and learn what’s new in aesthetic practice.  Dermal fillers is an area which is evolving very quickly, as new techniques are allowing us to treat the face in different ways, restoring it’s youthful contours with high cheekbones, pert chins and restored temple area, in addition to the traditional and rightfully popular treatment of nose to cheek lines and downward turning mouths. Continue reading

Eliza Clark on the BBC!

With aesthetics treatments becoming more and more popular, they are attracting the attention of academics in various fields, including psychology.  The BBC wanted to do a peice on this in the local news, and asked me as a well known clinician to participate in a piece on Wales Today, along with a willing client.  I’ve not actually seen the piece, but I hope it’s going to be interesting, and will let you know how it turns out when it’s been on.  I’m told it’ll be on Wales Today this week sometime, and will update you when I know exactly when.  I hope I didn’t look like a rabbit in the headlights, if you see it, let me know what you think!

Does Botox make you sad?

Some of you may have read in the daily mail an article which suggests having Botox to treat your crows feet might make you more likely to feel depressed. On the face of it, this makes sense, as there is reliable research that preventing frowns may make people happier. However, I would like to see more details of the research, including who paid for it, numbers of subjects, whether it was a double blind trial etc, before I would give it credibility. In the meantime, this is what I tell my clients; Continue reading

Only qualified practitioners should use fillers and Botox

Qualiifed filler practitioner

Only qualified practitioners should give filler and botox treatment

I’m so pleased about the findings of the Keogh report into standards for provision of cosmetic treatments.  It will mean the public are much better protected from unqualified practitioners, both for surgical and non surgical treatments.  All practitioners will need to be properly qualified to administer treatments, and have a medical background. Putting dermal fillers on a prescription only basis will mean that someone can’t just buy a filler and put it in someone’s face without knowing what they’re doing. It also recommends that consumers of all private health services (including non surgical cosmetics procedures) should have recourse to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, further increasing the protection of the public.  I look forward to these measures being finalised soon, and an end to dodgy botox parties.


And just so you know, I’m a qualified nurse practitioner and independent nurse prescriber, now with eighteen years experience both within the NHS and private practice. I’ve run my own clinic since 2010, having previously worked for one of the biggest chains of aesthetics clinics in the country. I’m properly qualified to administer a wide range of non surgical cosmetic treatments, and encourage new clients to come for a free consultation and then go away and think about what they want done, so there is never any pressure to go ahead with something you’re not sure of.  If you want to find out more you’re welcome to contact me for a free, confidential, no-obligation chat.

How to manage ageing in women’s skin

How to care for ageing skin

We’re all aware of how repeated expressions  and gravity can cause wrinkles to appear on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. That’s why Botox is so popular.  However, as we reach our forties a whole host of changes in our biology start to affect our skin tone, elasticity and vibrancy. Whilst this all adds up to the unavoidable ageing process there’s a lot we can do to keep our skin healthy and youthful for longer. Continue reading