Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.
Effective treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and when one begins to go away, others seem to crop up.
Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems.
Acne signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of your condition:
Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
Blackheads (open plugged pores)
Small red, tender bumps (papules)
Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin (nodules)
Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin (cystic lesions)
SEE A SKIN SPECIALIST AND HAVE A CONSULTATION
We have great success with our acne and breakout clients as we look at the whole of the cause and look at long term results rather than quick fixes. We really look at a detailed consultation to get to the underlying cause of the breakout. Take a look at the products and treatments that can really help to clear acne.
Be it frown lines , wrinkles around the eyes , lines appearing on the top lip , thinning skin on the cheeks, sun spots on the hands or those jowls starting to sag we sure notice those changes in our skin as we start to age. Sure ageing in inevitable but the rate at which it happens is debateable.
CELL TURNOVER STARTS SLOWING DOWN
This is your natural exfoliation process responsible for sloughing off dead cells to make way for new cells coming through. Imagine a baby’s skin nice and soft and plump that is partly because it renews itself easily but as soon as we hit 25years old this all starts to slow down leaving it looking a little dull and not quite as smooth as it once was.
Solution -Rather than reaching for scrubs which can aggravate and is only a quick fix, you need to add Vitamin A topically into your regime to correct natural exfoliation and incorporate AHA’s into your routine which will help to smooth the skin.
COLLAGEN PRODUCTION SLOWS DOWN
Collagen and elastin is what gives your skin the bounce and plumpness. From the age of 30 you produce about 1% less collagen each year. Things can speed this process up like sun exposure, smoking, poor diet and stress to name a few.
Solution- Use peptides, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Micro needling to stimulate the skins growth factors and natural collagen production.
THE SKIN STARTS TO LOOK UNEVEN
Noticed any darker patches forming, maybe a few broken capillaries or just generally the tone doesn’t look as even as it used to? This is a result of sun/light exposure over the years. We actually do most damage before the age of 20. The cells become weakend and break and tend to over produce pigment leaving the skin less even in colour.
Solution- Protection all year round. Make sure you use your SPF 365 days a year. Use lots of antioxidants both internally and externally. Vitamin A & C is perfect for correcting and repairing the uneven colour. Have regular vitamin facials so we can target even the deepest layers of the skin.
MOISTURE LEVELS DROP
Skin feeling a little less nourished? As with age most things slow down and in particular we don’t produce as much moisture in the skin. One key ingredient the skin lacks is hylauronic acid and when this is deficient the skin feels less nourished.
Solution- Stimulate the natural moisture by applying hylauronic acid, using Vitamin A and internally take an omega which helps to hold moisture in the skin.
Those darker patches on the skin that don’t seem to fade officially are called pigmentation or hyperpigmentation.
An uneven skin tone is most commonly caused by UV rays from the sun, however, age, hormonal changes, chemicals, and pollutants can also cause this condition. Additionally, the body itself too can cause uneven skin tones and blotchy skin by attacking the cells that produce melanin.
Sun damage, or pigmentation, occurs when patches of skin turn darker in colour causing an uneven skin tone. Hyperpigmentation is a concentrated and often localised increase in your skins melanin (colour), often caused by sun exposure. It is a common and usually a harmless condition, in which patches of the skin become darker than the surrounding skin.
What is pigmentation?
Pigmentation is essentially the colouration in the skin; it’s determined by the amount of melanin (the colour) which the body produces from its melanocyte cells. The amount of melanin produced depends primarily on skin type and exposure to sunlight. Fairer skin is the result of a lower melanin production, while darker tones are the result of higher production. Other than colouring the skin (plus hair and eyes), melanin provides protection by absorbing UVB radiation from the sun. A sun tan (Melanogenesis) is the result of higher melanin production; the body’s own defences against damaging UVB.
Those broken capillaries, flushed cheeks or even rosacea that flares up. It really is a tricky condition to manage but with the right treatment we can certainly control the flare ups. Rosacea tends to start off looking like a flushed skin but can progress to be inflamed, sensitive and even pustules begin to show.
What causes redness?
There are many reasons why the skin will become red, flushed and sometimes inflamed. Sun, allergens, extreme temperature change, pollution and chemicals are just some examples of factors that can impair the skins natural protection barrier.
This really needs an inside out solution so skincare supplements combined with effective products and treatments. A detailed skin analysis and consultation is needed to decide on the course of action but below is some of the treatments that work.
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