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.
Good fuel and taking care of your skin on the outside is likely to give you that amazing glow. I thought I’d make this post about taking care of your skin from the inside – the food you eat! So here are a few important superfoods to assist with anti-aging:
As one of the richest sources of Omega-3, salmon can help plump up your skin. Not only that, but there is research to suggest it can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
Not only do nuts feature in many diets to assist with weightloss, they are also great for your skin. They are full of healthy oils, fibre, vitamins, minerals and arginine.
You remember that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, apples are full of vitamin C, which speeds up skin’s cell production. It makes your skin look radiant and strengthens hair and nails! Apples also contain B5 and B9, which are proven to combat acne and irritation.
We all know spinach is a superfood because it is full of phytonutrients, antioxidants (vitamins K, C and E, plus folate, iron and carotenoids) – it helps to promote collagen production. You can use it in many things including salads and smoothies!
High in antioxidants, blueberries help to protect the skin from damage that leads to wrinkles, and mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage. Another great source of vitamin C.
Garlic does more than repel vampires, it also promotes white blood cell growth, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It also helps to reverse cellular decay.
Low GI foods like chickpeas are important for vibrant, clear skin. Legumes in particular contain iron which is needed to make collagen (there’s a pattern here).
As a source of monosaturated fats, olive oil helps to keep your skin smooth and supple. It contains vitamin E and polyphenols to protect skin against radical damage.
Natural yoghurt (without added sugar or flavours) is a great source of vitamin A, protein and calcium. It’s great for your digestive system and assists the body to absorb ‘wrinkle-preventing’ nurtirents and maintain skin’s pH levels to boost its natural glow.
Restylane topical skin care products are well-known in the United States, and they are working their way slowly onto the Australian market. While the original products are are dermal fillers and injections, Restylane have made a range of topical products for use at home. They work really well to balance out your skin hydration levels and create a healthy, protective skin barrier.
Like I always say, these products should be used in combination with a healthy diet to really bring out your natural glow. The products themselves really nourish and rejuvenate your skin as they are kind to the natural structure and constitution of your skin.
I recommend these products for those looking to start the anti-aging process and take excellent care of their skin on a daily basis.
We offer these products from the Restylane skincare range:
The recent sunny (and unseasonally warm) weekend, as well as the Ekka, prompted me to think about sun screen. I think sun protection gets left by the wayside during the cooler months because a lot of people think the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, and all the cloud makes it easy to forget.
Without sun screen, I feel naked. For the last 25 years, there have been very few days where I haven’t put sunscreen on my face at the very least – the days I didn’t wear sun screen were the days I didn’t leave the house.
Your skin is so important and not only does unprotected sun exposure prematurely age your skin, but it also increases your risk of skin cancers. A recent study showed that 42% of the population get sunburnt at least once a year. Yikes!
So here are some easy sun protection tips for looking after your skin all year round (not just in summer!):
#1 Wear sun screen: even if your body is covered up, at least put some on your face and the back of your hands. This will ensure your skin is not harmed when you walk around outside. There are some great moisturisers out there with SPF 15+ and 30+. Remember: check the expiration date on the container.
#2 Accessorise: wear a hat – whether you’re out in the garden, shopping at the markets or having a coffee with friends, a stylish hat will protect you from the sun and make you look fabulous.
#3 Stick to the shade when you can: no sun screen protect your skin 100% so avoid being out in full sun for too long.
#4 Fake it: if you must have a tan, faking it is the safest option – even tanning beds are not good for your skin.
Keep that skin healthy!
Some products we recommend for sun protection are:
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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 producing 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.
PS. We have a special just for students on micro-dermabrasion sessions – only $60.00 instead of $110.00. You can book here.
Known 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.