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Dr David talks pigment...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

It has been a long time since I was in a nightclub, but you never forget the way the lights pick up your freckles. You can look positively infectious in this environment!

This is a practical demonstration on the way melanin in the skin absorbs UV and blue light. Melanin actually forms clusters around the DNA in the nucleus of our skin cells protecting it like bodyguards around a gangster!

Unfortunately, many of us are born with very little protection and our skin suffers with sun exposure.


Mottled and irregular pigmentation in the skin is a sign of UV damage and photo-ageing. Think of the Queen. Her skin shows age but no pigmentation - indeed natural pigment decreases in the skin with age.


But we get out of the palace a bit more than she does, and develop lentigines (flat irregular pigment spots), seborrhoeic keratoses (raised sometimes warty pigmented papules), naevi (moles), and melasma (hormonal pigmentation).

   
   

So prevention, we need to can the tan...you know how! We recommend that you use some form of sun protection every day. This might be in your makeup if you’re indoors all day, an SPF 30+ as a moisturiser when you are in and out, or an SPF 50+ for outdoor activities.


Skin Resus can help treat the abnormal pigmentation too. Intense Pulsed LIght (IPL) is excellent for superficial pigmentation and large areas such as full face and decolletage. For focal pigment issues we use our Revlite laser - this targets melanin selectively and safely and is excellent for lentigines. Thicker pigment spots may need our Erbium laser or cryotherapy, and diffuse pigment such as melasma does best with our Fraxel laser.


And lest we forget, we must put on our vitamins! Whilst there is pretty slim evidence that taking vitamins by mouth has any use, topical (applied to the skin) vitamin A, C and B3 have a growing body of evidence to support their benefits to the skin for anti-ageing and reduction of pigmentation problems.






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Four Steps to Healthy Skin for Teens

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Hysterical mood swings, crying, screaming, door slamming! It's completely understandable that you do all of these things when parenting your teen. God knows you're already the cab driver, negotiator, lion tamer and feeder, so let's make their skin care as quick and painless as possible. 

The Teen Aspect Starter Kit was designed to create an uncomplicated skin care regime for the busy teenager. Best perforned morning and night, this simple regime will kick off a lifetime of healthy habits. 

Teen Aspect Starter Kit (Cleanser, Toner, Lotion and Spot Stop) is this month's special at Skin Resus. For March only, you can order this pack for your troublesome/terrific teen for $45. (RRP $60)

Androgens (sex hormones) increase in boys and girls in their teens. Androgens cause the oil glands to become larger and produce more oil, or sebum.  When there's too much sebum the pores or hair cells become blocked with skin cells. These become reddened and inflamed and are prone to infection. Teen Aspect works to control the oil production, exfoliate dead skin cells, reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria.  

Step 1: Cleanse

First, wash away the sweat, dirt, makeup and grime of the day. Teen Aspect Cleanser is a gentle foaming cleanser that removes all of these particles from the follicles. Simply apply to damp skin by rubbing in a circular motion, then rinse. It won’t strip or dry out the skin and is perfectly suited for oily, normal, problem skin types. 

Step 2: Tone

Apply toner on a cotton swab and gently wipe over the face. Designed to effectively cut through residual oil and grime, Teen Aspect Toner ensures that key skin-changing actives reach their target. Mild on the skin, this toner won't strip or irritate and is fine for most skin types, except sensitive irritated skin. Pop in and see us and we'll advise you and your teen on something more suitable. 

Step 3: Moisturise 

Just two pumps of the Teen Aspect Facial Lotion onto the fingertips and gently massage into the skin. A light moisturiser, the Facial Lotion is packed with bacteria-targeting ingredients and soothing botanicals that provide teenagers' skin with additional protection, hydration and bacterial control. Great for all skin types. 

Step 4: Spot Stop 

Finally, Stop Spot is designed to be dabbed on to spots to quickly and affectively target them as they appear. 
 
Take a closer look at the Teen Aspect Kit in store or order online for $45 for March only!  

Severe Acne

For more severe acne, we may recommend prescription skin care and a course of Dimalux LED Light Therapy. Come in for a free consultation with one of our Registered Nurses and they can advise on the best treatment for you or your teen.  


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