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So, you've been wrestling with a skin complaint for what feels like an age. You've been religiously applying creams, lathering up with expensive foamy cleansers, and militantly changing your pillowcases at every opportunity. Something just isn't right.
With an absolutely whopping 45% of the population suffering from intolerances, you certainly wouldn't be the only one attempting to fight back against a skin complaint that seemingly has no rhyme or reason.
Harley Street Skin want to take a further look to help you truly understand your body. After all, it may just be a case of what is happening on the inside rather than happening to the out...
The remarkable difference a Harley Street Skin Clinic treatment can provide
Intolerance tests with Harley Street Skin are extremely thorough, testing for an extensive list of over 200 food and drink ingredients. They also have the added benefit of working alongside treatment plans prescribed by highly experienced skin specialists, helping you form a truly comprehensive plan of attack on problem skin!
At it's most basic, a food intolerance is when you have difficulty digesting a certain food or ingredient. Unlike an allergy, responses are often more gradual and less severe, meaning that we can sometimes live without them ever being officially diagnosed. Unless you happen to have a laboratory tucked away in your spare room - the chances of you knowing definitively on your own are slim.
Unfortunately, that then normalises symptoms such as bloating, upset stomachs, psorasis, acne and even weight gain. When you’re trying to stick to that new diet, intolerances can just make feeling good that much harder. We are still not sure why people are intolerant to certain foods - we simply know that everyones internal processes and nutritional requirements are different.
The trouble is, with such varied and diverse foods available at every shop, store and supermarket, it can make finding the particular culprit(s) difficult. That's where we come in. Our intolerance tests are particularly thorough and scan for specifics - meaning you can really adapt your diet without making unnecessary sacrifices. Finally you can have your cake, and eat it too!
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The answer to some of the most common questions you may have
It's only natural to have questions if you are considering pursuing a treatment for the first time, and at Harley Street Skin, it's important to us that you feel confident and comfortable at every stage of your journey. To help you find the answers you need, here are a few of the more common quibbles that we find our clients frequently ask...
Having a food intolerance test might seem daunting, but this simple and relatively pain-free procedure can deliver results worth much more than the quick test itself. Once a small drop of blood is taken - just like how diabetics test their blood sugar levels - it is placed in a vial which is sent off to a lab. The scientists then do all the hard work. They test for over 200 substances, and find out what your body was reacting to. You can even do them from home!
Here’s the science behind it: food intolerances come about when undigested food particles enter your bloodstream. Your body treats them as a foreign substance, releasing antibodies to attack the offending particles. The scientists’ job is to figure out the antibody levels produced in response to these chemicals. They then get a sheet back explaining what was reactive, and thus what you are intolerant to. Simple as that!
The short answer is: the severity of the reaction. If you have an allergy, you are likely to already know about this as it involved a rather swift trip to hospital!
Intolerances are responses to allergens on a much smaller scale. These reactions are, essentially, a coping mechanism your body has put in place when faced with a particular ingredient that it finds very difficult to digest. Over time, buildup of this ingredient in your gut can cause larger food particles to enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation.
When we process foods normally, enzymes help us break the proteins down into small fragments that the body can absorb. When we struggle to break down certain foods, large particles can leak out undigested. Our bodies, then, try to protect us by fighting the undigested particles with antibodies.
Since everyone's body works a little differently, it is difficult to know what will cause this type of response. Intolerance tests help us decipher what your body is telling us from a biological perspective. That way we can help restore the body back to optimum function!
At Harley Street Skin, we only offer our patients the best of the best. That is why we only stock the most extensive testing kit around.
Lorisian Gold checks for responses to an astonishing 208 food and drink ingredients. This includes everything from grains (Gluten, Malt, Wheat, Barley etc.) and Nuts (Almonds, Peanuts, Walnuts, Coconuts etc.), to more obscure irritants such as Aloe Vera, Cardomom, Goji Berry and Pumpkin.
To read the list of ingredients checked for in its entirety, you can do so here.
At-home testing kits can be purchased from Harley Street Skin (or via our webstore!) for £249, however, to get a more in-depth analysis of these results at an appointment with a Harley Street practitioner will cost you just £499. We find that most of our patients opt for this as it gives them ample opportunity to discuss treatment plans and other ways to optimise their skin moving forward!
Our intolerance tests are always timely - we certainly aren't going to have you waiting for months to get some answers. The test itself can be completed in a matter of minutes, and your results conclusive in 5-7 working days.
Test results come complete with a comprehensive list of any items which flagged as reactive in the lab. This list broken down - for your reference - into 3 categories of severity: Red (meaning highly reactive), Amber (signalling slight activity, which may suggest items to be wary of), and Green (no visible response).
Intolerance tests simply help you identify which items are causing your body to work extra hard to process (and are causing harm to your internal functions). That means that strictly speaking, you won't have to avoid these things forever if you don't want to.
Food intolerances are a result of sustained damage to the gut. This means, in theory, we are able to reintroduce foods slowly once there has been a prolonged period of abstinence to allow the gut to recover.
Many people find they are able to begin gradually reintroducing foods they have cut from their diets once their body has had the opportunity to heal itself from the years of buildup.
Symptoms of intolerances are extensive - and not just in regards to skin. You can be looking at anything from bloating, headaches (or migraines) and tiredness; to nausea, IBS and stomach cramps. Even hyperactivity, joint pain and breathing problems.
In terms or skin: visible symptoms might include conditions such as: eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, as well as blemishes, severe redness, itchy or flaky skin and more generalised rashes.
It's important to remember that it is very easy to experience these without spotting any correlation to food, too. This is because symptoms can show themselves at very different times - from a few hours after you eat up to 3 whole days afterward! In actual fact, it is not even uncommon for sufferers to have developed a coping mechanism to help deal (or conceal) these symptoms!
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We understand that deciding to go forward with cosmetic treatment can feel like a huge decision. One that we certainly wouldn't expect you to go ahead with without hearing a little bit about us first. Here is exactly why people around the world are happy to put their trust into Harley Street Skin Clinic.
Since 2004, Harley Street Skin has been on speed dial to some of the world's highest flyers thanks to the expertise of cosmetic tour de force, Dr. Aamer Khan and wife Lesley Reynolds.
With their flagship clinic based on the world’s most famous medical strip, Harley Street Skin quickly became a medical and cosmetic frontrunner, drumming up a pristine professional reputation and impressive roster of celebrity clientele. The clinic was in fact so thriving that it gained the attention of television network SkyOne, becoming the focus of hit documentary series Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me.
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But that's not all. Harley Street Skin are also pioneering skincare specialists, offering solutions to everything from anti-ageing and resurfacing, to colour correction and hydration.
Carefully formulating the perfect regime for even the most stubborn and unusual of skin complaints, Harley Street Skin boast an acclaimed skin care range frequently making an appearance in beauty mag must-haves, health and lifestyle columns, and celebrity handbags around the world.
With highly skilled practitioners, doctors and surgeons on hand at every turn, Harley Street Skin can help you attain the aesthetic you've been dreaming of - whatever your cosmetology needs.