Witches and Warts … what’s the link?

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Witches and Warts

From around 1300 to 1650, men and women were accused, tried, and punished for the crime of witchcraft. The accused were put on trial and expected to prove their innocence. Throughout the centuries, the evidence required to prove innocence became more and more difficult to obtain, while the evidence required to prove guilt became as easy as a body search.

Witch trials would take the very physical appearance of the accused into account. Not only was the outward appearance of an accused witch judged, but so was the entirety of their body. Accused witches would be stripped and searched for any sign of abnormality on their skin, which became known as witches’ marks, witches’ teats, devil marks, and suck spots. If one of these marks was found on the accused, the proof of demonic influence was evident, and they were convicted of the crime of witchcraft.

Witches’ teats could have been anything from skin tags, moles, warts, an actual third nipple, or even something that would be diagnosed today as a melanoma. Any unexpected or unexplained piece of skin on the body could have been passed off as a witches’ teat.

Later, in the seventeenth century and beyond, witches were believed to be physically ugly because of their diabolic nature. This idea is certainly a reflection of the medieval and Renaissance beliefs about the outer physical appearance of a person’s body matching their inner goodness. The modern notion of witches being ugly hags certainly comes from this concept, and it could be argued that the notion of witches always being portrayed as having warts could be a correlation to the devil mark.

Source: ThinkIR – Sarah Dunn University of Louisville

Thank goodness for education and advances in medical research because we now know that witches’ teats are very common and there is nothing demonic about their appearance. Let us delve into the cause and treatment of such ‘teats’

What are warts, skin tags and moles and how can we treat them?


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Warts are common viral skin infections, affecting around 7–12% of the population at any one time, and are more common in children. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), of which there are over 150 genotypically different types; the most common are HPVs 1, 2, 4, 27 and 57, and HPVs 3 and 10 for plane (flat) warts.

HPV infects the keratinocytes, the most dominant cell type in the epidermis, which results in development of epidermal thickening and hyperkeratinisation. HPV infection is acquired from direct contact, which may be person-to-person or from the environment (e.g. showers and swimming pools; skin penetration increases if the skin is broken or wet) .

Studies suggest that the bovine papilloma virus (which is related) can retain infectivity for months and possibly years, and the same may be true for HPV .

No treatment is required in most cases, especially if the warts cause no functional impairment. Most warts will resolve spontaneously within two years, although some cases can take five to ten years to resolve. Treatment should be considered when the wart is uncomfortable, function is impaired or if the warts affect appearance (e.g. warts on the face).

Source: pharmaceutical-journal.com

Contact us and we can firstly confirm that it is a wart and then easily remove it for you using our Cryopen treatment

Skin Tags

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Acrochordons, also called skin tags, are very common benign skin growths. It is estimated that almost half of adults have at least one of these harmless growths. They occur more commonly in obese or diabetic individuals and in people with a family history of skin tags. Acrochordons affect men and women with equal frequency.

Acrochordons can appear as early as the second decade. Typically after age seventy people do not develop new acrochordons. They tend to grow in areas where there are skin folds, such as the underarms, neck, eyelids, and groin.

They are skin coloured or brown ovoid growths attached to a fleshy stalk. Usually they are small, between 2-5 mm, but can grow to be several centimeters.Acrochordons are not painful but can be bothersome. People frequently complain skin tags get caught on clothing or jewellery.

The cause of acrochordons is unknown, however there are several theories. Irritation or friction to the skin, as occurs with skin rubbing on skin in body folds, may play a role in their formation. Acrochordons are found more commonly in people who are overweight or have diabetes. This may be due to body habitus (more skin folds), but some people think insulin resistance may somehow contribute to the development of these harmless tumors. A study of 49 patients with acrochordons showed that the human papilloma virus (HPV) was present in a high percentage of growths, suggesting the virus plays a role in development. It is also possible that acrochordons are genetic or simply due to normal aging and loss of elastic tissue. There is a genetic disorder called Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome that is characterized by numerous skin tags along with other skin and systemic findings. www.aocd.org

Acrochordons are harmless and no not require removal however, if you are uncomfortable with a skin tag on your body, or perhaps it’s catching on clothing or jewellery, please contact us and we can firstly confirm that it is a skin tag and then easily remove it for you using our Cryopen treatment

Source: pharmaceutical-journal.com


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Moles are small lesions in the skin. They are a collection of melanocytes. Melanocytes are melanin-producing cells. Melanin is a pigment which gives skin its color.

Moles are usually brownish, but some may be much darker, while others are skin-colored. They can be rough, flat, raised, and have hair growing out of them. They are generally round or oval, and have a smooth edge.

Moles can change in appearance and amount. Sometimes they eventually fade away or drop off.

Some moles respond to changes in hormone levels, as may occur during pregnancy, adolescence, and older age. During teen years they usually grow in number, they also get darker during pregnancy and gradually fade away as people age.

The majority of moles appear during the first 20-30 years of a person’s life, however, some may be present when the baby is born. Congenital melanocytic nevi are present at birth, any moles appearing after birth are melanocytic nevi. Dark skinned people generally have fewer moles than those with fair skin.

Fast facts on moles:

    • Most moles are inherited.
    • People brought up in sunny places tend to have more moles than others with the same type of skin who were raised in areas with comparatively little sun exposure.
    • Sun spots, which may be caused by severe sunburn, are not moles.
    • The vast majority of moles are harmless. In rare cases they can develop into an aggressive type of skin cancer called malignant melanoma.
    • If you have moles, you should check them regularly for changes in texture and appearance.

We do not treat moles and will advise you to seek advice from your doctor.

Source: Medicalnewstoday.com

Read our article on identifying early signs of melanoma

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Things That Go Bump In The Night

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Not Ghosts and Ghouls … SPOTS .. eek!

Have you ever gone to bed looking like a flawless princess and woken up to find a spot or two has erupted on your face? Well you’re not alone.

In this blog we explain why this happens and how you can avoid it happening to you.

What causes spots?

Skin contains sebaceous glands that release natural oils known as sebum, which are responsible for keeping your skin hydrated. It also locks in moisture and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier.

Sebum travels to your skin surface through skin pores. However, sebum can also attract dirt and dust, which can settle in the skin pores and block them.

It is common to have clogged skin pores in the face, nose, forehead, and cheeks as dead skin cells, excessive oil, dirt, and bacteria accumulate in the pores.

Clogged skin pores are easily visible on the skin surface, appearing larger and darker and often leading to the development of blackheads and pimples. If your pores continue to be clogged, they may become dilated over time. We highly recommend you adopt a skin care regime to prevent clogging of pores and to keep your skin healthy.

Why adopt a skin care regime?

A skincare regime is simply a collection of products you regularly use to care for your skin. As we are all individual our skin care needs will be different so a one size fits all approach to skin care is unlikely to have consistent results.

Book in for a free consultation and we will provide our expertise to advise you on the best skin care regime for your skin.

As a good starting point though it is important to include the following into your morning and evening ritual. Hover or click on each number to learn more about each critical skin care step.

1. Cleanse Your Face & Neck

You may be tempted to skip this if you cleansed the night before but overnight your skin purges oil and debris (such as any missed make up, etc.).

We can advise you on the best cleanser for your skin which will either come in a lotion or wash depending on your preference.

2. Apply a Toner

Toners may seem unnecessary but they rebalance your skin's PH levels. If your skin's PH levels are unbalanced this can result in redness and irritation.

Some toners can also benefit the texture and appearance of the skin too.

3. Apply a Serum

Serums contain active ingredients to address your specific skin concerns. For example, Alumier's Everactive C&E serum works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also protects against UV damage whilst and brightens the skin.

4. Apply Eye Cream

Eye creams are really effective for reducing dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the visibility of blood vessels, and puffiness. The under eye area is extremely thin and sensitive so we'll work with you to choose the correct product for your skin type.

5. Apply Spot Treatment & Retinoid

These products are extremely individual to your needs so please book a consultation so we can determine the right products for your bespoke needs

6. Apply a Moisturiser

For your daytime regime choose a moisturiser that contains an SPF 30+.

In the evening choose a thicker and more hydrating moisturiser that includes hyaluronic acid that will help your skin hold onto water and leave you with plumper looking skin in the morning.

We Highly Recommend a Hydrafacial to Extract Black Heads & Whiteheads, Oil, and Impurities

Hydrafacial to extract pore impurities

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Hello September

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Hello September from Indulgence skin laser and beauty Daventry

September marks the start of autumn. As the beautiful coloured leaves start to fall we start to prep our gardens and get them ready for winter but have you given any thought about getting your body and face ready too?


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Director of Indulgence Skin, Laser & Beauty clinic Daventry, Tracy Shepherd-Regan, shares three great reasons why you won’t get a botched filler job. Reasons include:

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Plus (LGBT+) PRIDE MONTH

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBT+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBT+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.

Did you know:

The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

By all estimates, there were three to five thousand marchers at the inaugural Pride in New York City, and today marchers in New York City number in the millions. Since 1970, LGBT+ people have continued to gather together in June to march with Pride and demonstrate for equal rights.

Source: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/

Watch documentary footage of the first Pride march, “Gay and Proud,” a documentary by activist Lilli Vincenz:

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Non Surgical Facelift

    • Lift eyebrows
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    • Increase volume around the cheekbones
    • Reduce lines between nose and mouth (nasolabial lines)
    • Increase cheek volume (no more sunken cheeks)
    • Reduce lines between the mouth and the jawline (Marionette lines)
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