Background/Intro

Glasgow and the UK as a whole face many issues when it comes our skin as the topic itself remains scarce in both Britons themselves as well as society.

It is estimated that over ‘60% of British people currently suffer from skin disease’. In other words ‘2 out of 3 of us will suffer from skin disease’ (The British Skin Foundation, 2021). Yet it is also noted that there is only 610 Skin specialists in the UK to help tackle this huge problem (Statista, 2020)…

In the UK dermatology (the branch of medicine that deals specifically with the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders), has become an overshadowed practise – one that is rarely prominent in the public eye, hard to access, and unknown within the healthcare industry, due to the dominance of general practise’s (GP’s) which is seen as the forefront of healthcare in the UK in terms of overall help. This is something as a society we are taught and brought up to believe – if we think we have an issue, most of us will initially go see a GP first which is our normal response. However, as a nation what we are seeing is that such services are becoming under pressure now more than ever, as they struggle to cope when serving the public. Why should we have to mainly go through a GP first, to then be referred to a skin specialist when suffering with skin related issues? Would it not be beneficial for people to see a skin specialist right away? To be seen and to tackle the issue at hand much quicker by experts in that field…

Therefore, it is through this project that I aim to change and tackle that. To design and propose a different kind of branch (space) – one that deals specifically with issues of the skin, to bring light to this practise we call dermatology and everything skin related, offering a somewhat more alternative, open, educational, experiential, and accessible skin facility space for people to inhabit.

So, what does this entail?