More often than not, the best way to tackle your specific skin concerns is by booking an appointment with a dermatologist. Be it acne, rosacea, eczema or pigmentation, the country's most qualified skin doctors will be able to solve all your queries, make any diagnoses, and set you off on a treatment plan that delivers real results.
Here, see Bazaar's pick of the best consultant dermatologists in London. Not based in the city? No problem: many now offer virtual consultations, so you can book in some face-time from anywhere in the country.
Dr Sam Bunting: for rosacea, acne and eczema
Whether you're battling with acne, need a remedy for rosacea or want to reduce your pigmentation, Dr Sam Bunting has the answer. Following an extensive skin consultation in which she considers your skincare regime, diet and lifestyle, you will leave with not only a refreshed routine (quite often, she strips back and simplifies your approach), but you'll also be more informed about your skin. If the skin concern requires it, Dr Bunting will send you for further tests. (We also love her excellent product range of 'perfected basics', self-named Dr Sam's.)
Skin consultation, £450; follow up appointments, £285 at Dr Sam Bunting's clinic, 41 Harley Street, W1G 8QH
Dr Susan Mayou: for mole monitoring (and more)
With over 30 years experience, consultant dermatologist Dr Susan Mayou knows everything about skin. Specialising in mole monitoring, skin cancer, acne and eczema, plus cosmetic dermatology, she can cover all bases - whatever your concern. She is co-founder of the luxury Cadogan Clinic in the heart of Chelsea, where she practices.
Appointments from £250 at the Cadogan Clinic, 120 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BW
Dr Anjali Mahto: for acne and scarring
Based on Harley Street, Dr Anjali Mahto is a highly regarded consultant dermatologist, and author of The Skincare Bible, a no-nonsense guide to great skin. Her areas of specialist interest include rosacea, moles and scarring, – but it's her approach to acne that has gained her a loyal client base in recent years. Mahto approaches the subject with a particular sensitivity, offering common-sense advice with a positive and personal – never judgemental – attitude. She also offers anti-ageing therapies including injectable and laser treatments (though you will never feel under pressure to go down that route).
Appointments from £375 at 55 Harley Street, W1G 8QR
Dr Stefanie Williams: for non-surgical specialisms
The founder and medical director of multi-award winning clinic Eudelo, Dr Stefanie Williams practices cosmetic dermatology in addition to treating the entire spectrum of skin diseases and common concerns. The medical doctor's special interest lies in non-surgical aesthetic procedures to rejuvenate the face, hands and chest.
Appointments from £515 at Eudelo, 10 Harley Street, W1G 9PF and 63 Bondway, SW8 1SJ
Dr Nick Lowe and Dr Philippa Lowe: for rejuvenating treatments
Internationally-renowned authorities on all things skin, Dr Nick Lowe and his daughter Dr Philippa Lowe both practice at the Cranley Clinic on Harley Street. With over 30 years of experience, Dr Nick – a consultant and professor of dermatology – is a pioneer in studies into skin problems and ageing. Dr Philippa is a specialist skin physician, with multiple research studies in the areas of anti-ageing injectables, facial fillers and lasers. In addition to addressing all kinds of skin concerns in-clinic, the two have a range of skincare products and have authored a book, Perfectly Clear: The Perfect Guide to Clear Skin which offers acne solutions.
Appointments at Cranley Clinic, 106 Harley Street, W1G 7JE, price on request
Dr Justine Kluk: for acne (and a sympathetic ear)
Having experienced acne herself, Dr. Justine Kluk truly understands the psychological toll of tackling a visible skin condition – and so her approach is especially sympathetic. She's also acutely aware of all the 'miracle' cures flooding the industry, and aims to tackle misinformation with her proven approach and prescriptive treatment plans. If you're feeling frustrated or despondent about your skin, trust Kluk to change the way you view and treat it.
Appointments from £350, 25 Harley Street, W1G 9QW
Get Harley: for virtual appointments, wherever you are
Get Harley is one of the most impressive new business ventures to come out of the pandemic. Existing entirely online, the service pairs you with a renowned aesthetician or dermatologist – including Dr. Amiee Vyas, Dr. Sophie Shotter and Dr. Maryam Zamani – who will see you virtually for a comprehensive consultation. Your treatment plan may include in-clinic services and prescription products, and your complete recommended routine can be packed and shipped straight to your home, so you don't even need to write a shopping list.
Appointments from £30, visit getharley.com
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