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Goodbye bad skin!

Our newest service offering is Skin Needling! We’re very excited about this because it is only very new in Australia and your favourite celebrities in Hollywood use it to get rid of their skin flaws. Sessions at AAA Skin Solutions are only $148.00.

Here is a little about skin needling:

before and after skin needlingWhat are the Benefits?
The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Eclipse Micropen also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin.

What areas of the body can I treat?
Eclipse Micropen™ can be used on all parts of the body; Face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.

How is the procedure done?
A sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the Eclipse Micropen. Your skincare professional will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs. Next, in a single motion, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.

What does it Feel Like?
The feeling associated with the Eclipse Micropen is similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more tolerable.

How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.

What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin.
The total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing the Eclipse Skin Revive System, or other quality skincare products, provided by your skincare provider, can help to speed up the healing process.before-after-2

When will I see the results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues.

How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment, once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals.

 

If you have any questions about skin needling don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Beth xx

Wrinkles, pimples and dark circles, oh my!

 

A few weeks ago on our Facebook page we asked what your top skin concerns were. We got a great response and wanted 20130623-1231200458-1204to give you some hints and tips to help.  So here are your top skin concerns and along with what you can do and how we can help:

 

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a major concern for many women as the years go by. The important part of managing wrinkles is understanding what causes wrinkles: As many know, sun damage is to blame for 90 per cent of damage to your skin (regardless of your complexion). Second to that is smoking as it damages the skin’s collagen, and then air pollution – all those toxins in the air can affect your skin by breaking down the vitamin E.

Of course, the natural process of aging can’t be stopped, but it should be noted that as skin ages it loses the ability to defend against the above nasties.

What we can do: AAA Skin Solutions has a range of wonderful topical products, and of course treatments such as micro-dermabrasion and IPL. We offer free consultations to discuss your concerns.

What you can do: Wear sunscreen, take care of your body and avoid stress.

 

Dark circles and bags under eyes

Many women suffer from dark circles and bags under their eyes. These can have a number of causes, so it is important to look into it.  In some cases, these are hereditary but in other cases there may be medical issue including nasal congestion, your monthly cycle, an allergic reaction or a kidney infection. We suggest popping into see your GP to double check. Outside of that, it could be your diet, lack of sleep, lack of water or too much time in front of the tv.

What we can do: We have some great topical products great for the under eye area, the ingredient to look out for is Q10. We suggest Synergie Practitioner Revitaleyes Eye Treatment Serum.

What you can do: Ever heard the saying, ‘you are what you eat’? It’s very true.  Make sure you have a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Also, we suggest taking some time away from the tv screen.

 

Pimples

Pimples aren’t just a concern for teenagers, many men and women have acne problems of varying degrees even into their later years. They are usually caused by sebaceous glands becoming infected with bacteria causing them to swell up.
 

What we can do: We can assist with microdermabrasion sessions once you have been to see a skin specialist. All acne is different.

What you can do: Healthy diet and follow the skin regimen prescribed to you.

 

Skin texturemen3

The texture of your skin is affected by a number of things including sun damage, acne, rosacea, eczema and various medical conditions. Even being prenant can change the texture of your skin. No one’s skin is perfect and there is no point being jealous of those celebrities who look picture perfect in the magazines your read, those photos go through a long retouching process before we even see them! However, there are a few things that can be done to make the texture of your skin look much better.

What we can do: Microdermabrasion sessions get rid of all those dead skin cells resulting in gorgeous smooth skin. We also have great scrubs, sun screens and moisturisers good for evening out that texture.

What you can do: As with many skin problems, eating a healthy diet is part of the solution, as is a good skin regimen that includes using a scrub containing AHA. We recommend Aspect Exfol L 15 (Exfloiating Serum). Also, get a good sun screen and keep your skin hydrated.

 

We’d love to hear from you about your skin concerns so feel free to drop us a line.

Beth xx

I can’t help but have a little giggle at a few of the suggestions that come up online for taking care of skin, particularly acne. Here are our favourites:

 

1. Toothpaste works to prevent or quickly heal a pimple.

Sorry everyone, this is definitely not true! There are no ingredients in any toothpaste that can have a positive effect on acne or change a blemish once you have it. In fact, you may very well make it worse. The bacteria in your mouth and pores are different, which is why the products used for each a different.

 

2. Blackheads relate to cleanliness and can be scrubbed away.

Wrong! While blackheads may make your skin look dirty, they are unrelated to dirt. Blackheads form when hormones cause too much sebum to be produced, dead skin cells get int the way and the path for the oil is blocked. The mixture of oil and cellular debris oxidizes and turns black once it reaches the surface of your skin. Instead of scrubbing, try using a product containing BHA (salicylic acid) as it will exfoliate inside the pore lining, dissolving oil and dead skin cells.

 

3. If you clean your face better you can clear up your acne.

While we’re talking about scrubbing your skin, this is wrong. In fact, over-cleaning your face can actually make your skin worse as it triggers inflammation that makes acne worse. See a skin specialist to find the best option for you.

 

4. You’ll eventually outgrow acne.

Sorry, this one is sadly false. Unfortunately, not everyone who had acne as a teenager will grow out of it and not everyone who was lucky enough to avoid acne as a teenager has missed it altogether. Feel free to shake your fists in anger at hormones!

 

5. Wearing sunscreen will aggravate acne.

If you skip the sunscreen, you may find you’ll be dealing with worse skin problems. Just make sure you pick the right sunscreen.

 

 

Over the last few years, I have been doing a lot more microdermabrasion treatments for teenagers. Often parents are so heartbroken seeing their children unhappy about unsightly spots they make the appointment for them and sit in the waiting room. Sometimes, teenagers make the appointments themselves because they just want to feel good about themselves with clear skin. It is something I can understand, both of my own children struggled with acne as teenagers (as have many others).

So what is acne? Acne is a build-up of infected sebum (oil) under the skin’s surface which is blocked by dead skin cells. This results in both the bacteria and dead skin cells causing inflammation and microdermabrasion-acneproducing the white top of the acne pustule or small cysts. It can be caused or triggered by a variety of contributing factors including hormones, food sensitivities, genetics, poor diet, stress, fatigue and an obstruction of the pore by dead skin cells and sebum. As the cause is largely due to blocked pores, using active skin products daily in conjunction with crystal free microdermabrasion sessions can remove dead skin cells and unblock the pores, decreasing the build up of sebum and reducing the acne and redness over a course of treatments.

When teenagers come in for their appointment, I start off by explaining what acne is, then I go through the microdermabrasion process with them and explain how it works. After that comes the part many get frustrated by – one session unfortunately won’t clear up their skin, they will need to come and see me a few times to really make a difference.

Then, I take them through a skin regime, because consistency is important when dealing with acne. I suggest products that I know will work and explain that it is up to them to keep the regime up. I also like to ask a few questions about diet and suggest changes because great skin only happens when you’re looking after it on the outside and the inside.

Please keep in mind that patience is the final step, nothing will change overnight (though, it would be nice), but it will change. Some come back, others don’t.

If you’ve seen ads on television for certain skincare brands you’ll notice that the celebrity always talks about how much more confident they feel with clear skin, and that is very true. Acne can really bring down confidence levels. If you have a teen struggling with acne, please come and see me.

Beth xx

PS. We have a special just for students on micro-dermabrasion sessions – only $60.00 instead of $110.00. You can book here.

Crystal free microdermabrasion at AAA Skin SolutionsKnown as the ‘instant facelift’ medical grade crystal free microdermabrasion vacuums the top layer of skin cells and stimulates the production of fresh new skin cells, collagen and elastin which diminishes skin imperfections and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.

Crystal free microdermabrasion used by AAA Skin Solutions is suitable for all skin types and conditions and is a solution to a number of skin complaints.

Microdermabrasion provides visible results in successfully treating acne, uneven skin tone, fine line and wrinkles, sun damage, blackheads, whiteheads, pigmentation, Milia, Rosacea, age spots and more.

Crystal free microdermabrasion is safe to use on skin effected by Rosacea.

Crystal free microdermabrasion is a medical, cosmetic procedure which exfoliates the outermost layer of the of dead skin cells from the dermis stimulating collagen, elastin and blood flow.

With crystal free microdermabrasion, the initial result is smoother, softer skin but after one, two, three and four weeks, skin is visibly improved, brighter and more youthful looking with a clearer completion, more even skin tone and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

Medical grade crystal free microdermabrasion is a popular skin treatment as no other facial treatment of the same price offers the short and long term results and benefits of microdermabrasion.

At AAA Skin Solutions, a course of 2 to 3 treatments are recommended and represents true value for money treating the face, neck, décolletage and top of the arms.

AAA Skin Solutions recommends using sunscreen every day, and an active skin care routine at home. Micro-dermabrasion can give skin the fresh start it needs to make the products used at home more effective

When deciding on microdermabrasion choose a trained, qualified practitioner as damage caused by an inexperienced practitioner may be difficult or impossible to repair.