Useful resources for patients with skin, hair and nail conditions

Find helpful guidance videos on various topics of dermatology and leaflets that you can download below

The following videos and leaflet PDF downloads have been produced jointly by the St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with the British Association of Dermatologists.

How to use topical steroids

In this video we describe the different types of topical steroids, how to apply them and use them safely. For more information you can download our leaflet about applying topical steroids, just click on the PDF icon shown (PDF 132Kb)

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How to use emollients

In this video we describe the different types of emollients and how to apply them to the skin. For more information, you can download our leaflet about emollients and how to use them, just click on the PDF icon shown (PDF 132Kb)

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Treating scalp psoriasis

This video demonstrates techniques to treat scalp psoriasis, including how to apply treatments to the scalp and how to remove hard scale. For more information, you can download our leaflet to help explain the different techniques we use to treat scalp psoriasis, just click on the PDF icon shown (PDF 68Kb)

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Other useful websites with resources for patients

St John's Institute of Dermatology

Provides an overview of the dermatological services offered to adults and children. It contains a number of videos produced by the BAD and St John’s Institute of Dermatology for patients on how to use topical steroids, emollients and how to treat scalp psoriasis.

British Association of Dermatologists

Patient information downloadable leaflets offer expert sources of information across the whole spectrum of skin related topics, including dermatological conditions, symptoms and treatments. The website also has links to various patient support groups.

DermNet New Zealand

Provides an A-Z of dermatology topics, which can be translated into many different languages.

Skin Support (supported by the BAD)

Provides emotional support to patients with psychological distress caused by their skin disease.

Research – Clinical Trials

The severe eczema and psoriasis teams at St John’s Institute are actively involved in clinical research in dermatology. This research provides a better understanding of what causes skin, conditions, provides the newest in skin treatment and personalises available therapies to individual patients to maximise their effect and minimise side effects. The research team run trials with the latest therapies emerging in the fields of eczema and psoriasis.


If you are interested in learning more about our research in eczema or psoriasis or taking part in clinical trials in these areas please click on this link to the Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust website or you can email the team at

Paediatric Dermatology – Unit for Population-Based Dermatology Research

The Unit for Population-Based Dermatology Research is based at the St Thomas’ Hospital Campus and headed by Carsten Flohr, Professor and Consultant Dermatologist, and conducts translational and clinical research into the prevention, epidemiology and treatment of skin diseases, with a particular focus on paediatric atopic eczema. This is done through collaboration on large cohort and intervention studies, such as the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study, the PROmotion of Breastfeeding Intervention Trial (PROBIT), and the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). The Unit also leads a national trial comparing the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of cyclosporine with methotrexate in severe paediatric eczema (TREAT trial) as well as an eczema prevention trial with water softeners (SOFTER), and the UK-Irish Atopic eczema Systemic TherApies Register (A*STAR).

A national cohort study of adult and paediatric patients on conventional and novel biologic treatments for severe atopic eczema is currently in set up.

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