Dr Sharon Belmo MBBS MRCP MRCP Derm is a UK trained Consultant Dermatologist who sees and treats adults for all skin and hair conditions. She has specialist interests in skin of colour and hair loss, particularly Afro textured hair, and has undergone additional training in ethnic skin and hair in both Paris and the United States. She is the co-founder and clinical lead of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology Skin of Colour Resource, in which she launched in 2016. She is also the medical advisor to the Scarring Alopecia Foundation UK CCCA support group. Dr Belmo frequently lectures at national and international conferences and is very much involved in dermatology for skin of colour education in the UK.
Why you should see Dr Sharon Belmo
Dr Sharon Belmo is a very friendly, chatty, and empathetic doctor. She understands that skin and hair conditions can often be overlooked and therefore really takes time to listen to her patients worries and concerns before formulating management plans.
Dr Sharon Belmo is a medical dermatologist and treats several dermatological conditions such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, moles/skin lesions and eczema, in all skin types, as well as hair loss conditions such as androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata and lichen planopilaris. She is also experienced in dermatology surgery, performing procedures such as skin and scalp biopsies, removal of skin lesions including skin cancers, and removal of skin tags and warts.
As one of the only skin of colour experts in the UK, Dr Belmo understands the nuances of darker skin types and is experienced in treating conditions that are more common in those of colour, such as keloids, hyperpigmentation, and razor bumps. Passionate about Afro-textured hair, she is also experienced in treating conditions such as Traction alopecia, CCCA and folliculitis keloidalis.
Dr Belmo is also passionate about skincare and regularly addresses skin concerns such as uneven skin tone, premature ageing, textural change, acne, and hyperpigmentation. With in-depth knowledge of the skin, Dr Belmo can provide you with personalised skincare plans and advice to suit your skincare needs and budget.
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Dr Sharon Belmo is registered with the GMC and on the specialist register for Dermatology. She is a member of the following professional bodies: British Association of Dermatologists, American Academy of Dermatology, Royal college of physicians, British Hair and Nail Society, British medical association, Skin of Color Society (USA) and the National Medical Association (USA).
Dr Belmo is recognised by all major UK private health insurers including BUPA and AXAPPP.
Education and Training
Dr Sharon Belmo trained at the University of Dundee, Scotland, where she gained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. She completed her postgraduate medical training in Liverpool and her higher speciality training in Dermatology at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. After completing her Dermatology training, Dr Belmo underwent an Ethnic skin and hair observership at Hôpital Saint Louis, Paris, France, before settling in London. She has since undergone further skin of colour and hair loss observerships in the United States.
In 2021, Dr Belmo wrote the first dermatology for skin of colour syllabus for the UK dermatology specialist training curriculum, setting a precedence for future dermatologists’ experience and training in darker skin tones. She has been guest editor for MIMS Learning, producing a skin of colour matters special edition magazine which won the content excellence category of the Haymarket Business Media awards, 2022. She is a UK Dermatology clinical trials network (UKDCTN) steering committee member, has been a reviewer for both Clinical experimental dermatology and Skin health and disease medical journals, and has been published in peer reviewed medical journals.
Dr is also regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences, including the following:
- MIMS Live, 2022
- Skin of Colour Training Day, 2022
- British Association of Dermatologists Annual Dermatology Course for Consultants, 2021
- British Association of Dermatologists Annual meeting, 2021
- Clinical dermatology update meeting for speciality and associate specialist doctors, 2021
- Irish Association of Dermatologists Autumn meeting, 2021
- Royal college of General Practitioners Learning: Clinical issues affecting ethnic minority patients, 2021
- Primary care dermatology society, 2021
Publications and Press
Dr Sharon Belmo is well published and some examples include the following publications:
- Finlay AY, Griffiths TW, Belmo S, Chowdhury MMU. Why we should abandon the misused descriptor ‘erythema’. Br J Dermatol. 2021 Jul 28.
- Salam A, Aryiku S, Dadzie OE. Hair and scalp disorders in women of African descent: an overview. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Oct;169 Suppl 3:19-32
- Aryiku SA, Salam A, Dadzie OE, Jablonski NG. Clinical and anthropological perspectives on chemical relaxing of afro-textured hair. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2015 Sep;29(9):1689-95.
- Belmo S. Ethnic Dermatology: The Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology Skin of Colour Resource. British Association of Dermatologists Newsletter 2020. Vol 23 (3)
- Belmo S. Dermatology for skin of colour. Expert opinion. MIMS Learning dermatology. 2021 Mar; 17(1):7-8
- Belmo S. Central Centrifugal Cicatrical Alopecia. MIMS Learning dermatology. 2021 Mar; 17(1):20-21
- Belmo S. Dermatology for skin of colour: learning resources. MIMS Learning dermatology. 2021 Mar; 17(1):41-42
- Mathe N, Belmo S. Keloids. MIMS Learning dermatology. 2021 Mar; 17(1):29-31
- Bello O, Balogun M, Applewaite R, Belmo S. Common dermatological conditions in skin of colour. The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, June 2021, Vol 306, No 7950;306(7950)Textbooks
- Aryiku S: Ethnic skin diseases: chapter as core reading, with associated higher order thinking assessments, for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology.
Middlesex University, London and the Rila Institute of Health of Health Sciences, London (2015)
- Belmo S. Dermatology for skin of colour. Dermatology Training: The Essentials, Edited by Mahbub M.U. Chowdhury, Tamara Griffiths, and Andrew Y, Finlay. 2022 The British Association of Dermatologists. Published 2022 by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.