Slow down skin aging – is the SPF in your moisturiser or make-up offering adequate UV protection?


Are we adequately protecting ourselves from ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun Most people use moisturiser to slow the aging process of the skin, but this is not enough on its own One of the best things we can do to slow skin aging, is to protect it from ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and never use sunbeds We want to prevent photoaging  Photoaging is premature aging of the skin...

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Covid-19 and Skin Conditions – Expert Q&A


This video was recorded on 1st April 2020 with Professor Anne-Marie Tobin, Consultant Dermatologist at Tallaght University Hospital and HSE Clinical Lead for Dermatology, and Professor Brian Kirby, Consultant Dermatologist at St Vincent's Hospital and a global expert on psoriasis, to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions that the ISF has received in recent weeks about Coronavirus...

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ISF to join Irish Cancer Prevention Network


The Irish Skin Foundation is set to join the Irish Cancer Prevention Network (ICPN), which brings together collaborative working between organisations with the aim to reduce cancer risk for the people of Ireland The network was established by the National Cancer Control Programme, Marie Keating Foundation, Irish Cancer Society and Breakthrough Cancer Research The ISF will join the group...

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International registry of outcomes for COVID-19 and people living with psoriasis


ISF joins efforts to support a new international initiative, specific to psoriasis, has been set up as response to the COVID-19 pandemic PsoProtect is an international registry (ie a sophisticated database that will provide a real-world view health information like clinical practice, patient outcomes, safety, and comparative effectiveness) for health care providers to report outcomes of...

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Rosacea: The curse of the Celts


 April is dedicated as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the impact of this chronic and widespread skin disorder What is rosacea Rosacea is most frequently seen in people who have fair skin, especially those of Celtic origin and northern European descent It is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition, which mainly affects facial skin Rosacea can be recognised by...

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Event Cancellation – Dermatology Study Day 2020


The ISF have taken the decision to cancel the Dermatology Study Day 2020, on 21st March in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin, due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 virus The ISF are conscious that as healthcare professionals, delegates have critical infrastructure roles in healthcare and have taken this decision to decrease any unnecessary risk to them or to their...

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Managing Scalp Psoriasis


What is scalp psoriasis The scalp is one of the most common sites to be affected by psoriasis, and sometimes is the only area of involvement Almost 80% of people with psoriasis will have scalp involvement at some point in their lives, and it is not unusual for the scalp to be the first site to display symptoms of psoriasis Some people suffer with mild psoriasis of the scalp whilst others...

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Phototherapy service opens in Naas General Hospital


A phototherapy service has recently opened in Naas General Hospital to serve the needs of patients in Kildare and West Wicklow This will facilitate the delivery of the service which requires weekly attendance closer to home     Ultraviolet light is found in sunlight Phototherapy is a form of artificial ultraviolet light treatment, comprising of either ultraviolet A (UVA) or...

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This Valentine’s Weekend Love your Skin and Avoid an Eczema Flare


Our tips to avoid an eczema flare this Valentine's weekend! We know that some of you may be buying lovely gifts, having a cosy night in, or heading out on a romantic date, so we’ve put together some tips to ensure an eczema flare doesn’t spoil your Valentine’s weekend Presents for your Valentine  When buying a Valentine’s present for people with eczema, here are some tips to...

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Make skin visible in Election 2020


ISF calls on voters affected by skin conditions to 'Make Skin Visible' in Election 2020 Election 2020 will be held on 8th February Over the next few days and weeks your election candidates will be calling to your home to ask for your support This is a great opportunity to highlight the need for more resources for the public dermatology services that serve people living with distressing...

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Dermatology Study Day for GPs, Nurses and Pharmacists


CANCELLED Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 virus, we regret to inform you we have taken the decision today to cancel the Dermatology Study Day 2020, on 21st March next   The Irish Skin Foundation is delighted to announce its fifth annual Dermatology Study Day for hospital, community-based, GP practice, public health nurses, pharmacists and others involved...

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Update on Alopecia


What is alopecia Alopecia is also known as baldness or loss of hair from the head or body On the scalp, it may manifest as rapid shedding or gradual thinning of the hair It could present as a patch or a more diffuse pattern When facial hair is involved, it is called madarosis Sometimes, there could be other related symptoms with scalp alopecia such as redness, presence of scale,...

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