Welcome to Skins Matter

My skin matters. Your skin matters. Our Skins Matter.

Skins Matter is an online magazine and blog concerned with skin and skincare from a health rather than ‘beauty’ perspective.

We focus specifically on skin allergies, such as to PPD, fragrances, preservatives and other sensitisers to which we are commonly exposed, in both cosmetics and household chemicals.

We cover problem skin conditions — such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and others — and important issues such as sun protection.

And we also report on ‘free from’ skincare — skincare products free from some of the ingredients cosmetics consumers wish or need to avoid, such as allergens, animal-based ingredients, artificial colourants, petroleum-based ingredients and many others.

We run the annual Free From Skincare Awards, open to cosmetic brands throughout Europe.

Who we are

Alex Gazzola is the editor of Skins Matter, and joint Director of the Free From Skincare Awards.
He is a writer specialising in allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. He blogs at Allergy Insight, and has written several books, including IBS: Dietary Advice to Calm Your Gut, and Coeliac Disease: What you need to know. For more information, see his personal website.


Michelle Berriedale-Johnson is the editor of Foods Matter, and Director all the Free From Awards, which also include the Free From Food Awards.
She is a writer and cook specialising in ‘free from’ food, and the author of two dozen books, including many recipe books for those with coeliac disease and food intolerances. She blogs at the eponymous Michelle’s Blog.


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