How it all Started

Skin Deep, was born out of my personal experience of my skin condition, 

which turned my world upside down. I had to leave my career as a fashion designer and it left me housebound for 10 years.

It has robbed me of my face, identity, independence and time. My skin condition is yet to be fully understood even after 20 years. Only now has it been diagnosed, but a paper and the name is still yet to be released.

Due to severe episodes of my skin condition; sustaining second degree burns and subsequent 

unfortunate series of events and setbacks all immediate plans to launch Skin Deep Behind the Mask were put on hold.

However, the idea never died and I’m now in a position to take the charity forward with the help and support from my medical team, friends, family and the kindness of volunteers to allow me to deliver my promise of raising awareness and helping provide support and help to other sufferers of skin disease

Shabana Islam

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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