Acne & Breakouts

Causes

  • Over production of sebum

    Sebum is an oily waxy substance produced by the sebaceous glands to protect and moisturise the skin. When they go into overdrive, often influenced by hormonal changes and stress, they produce too much sebum and you get breakouts and in severe instances, acne. The solution is to cleanse the skin without stripping and use topical and products.

  • Over Keratinisation

    This is a build up of dead skin cells that eventually blocks the pores.

  • Bacteria

    Can cause an infection in the pore that then produces a pustule.

  • Diet

    Your diet can affect how your skin behaves. Alcohol, sugar and dairy products in particular can contribute to the inflammation and bacteria in the skin.

Solutions

  • Cleanse your skin with a product that doesn’t strip the skin (face wipes are a definite no no!)

  • Exfoliate but not with a granular product as this will make things worse. Use a Beta Hydroxy Acid to dissolve the build up in the pore

  • Sterilise the skin, using ingredients like lactic acid, tea tree and colostrum to kill the bacteria and reduce inflammation, or have a professional peel

  • Limit or cut out dairy to see if it has any effect on your skin. Make sure you eat plenty of oily fish, nuts and seeds and drink plenty of water.

  • Up your vitamins when you are stressed and find ways to destress or practise mindfulness

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Ageing: Wrinkles, Lines & Sagging

Causes

  • Cell renewal slows

  • Collagen production slows

    Collagen and elastin give your skin plumpness. From the age of 30 this slows too, while sunlight, pollution, smoking, poor diet and stress can slow it even more.

  • Skin gets dryer and starts to thin

    Hormonal changes mean the skin produces less hylauronic acid which moisturises the skin and the muscles can slacken causing the skin to sag

Solutions

  • Use peptides, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and SkinPen micro needling to stimulate the skin’s growth factors and natural collagen production

  • Use colostrum gel to thicken the skin

  • Use an SPF every day

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Rosacea & Redness

Causes

  • Rosacea and redness are quite different so it’s essential to have a skin analysis and consultation to ensure the right products are used. Rosacea can start off looking like mild redness or a flushed complextion but it can develop so the skin becomes inflamed and sensitive and, in severe cases, pustules appear. Rosacea cannot be cured completely but we can control it and we do understand some of the triggers that cause a flare up .

  • Fatty acid deficiency

    A lack of good fats can affect the immunity of the skin and barrier function making it harder to fight infection.

  • Vitamin deficiency

    A lack of vitamins A and C can makeblood vessels sensitive to UV and more reactant.
    Solution- Use AVST Gel or Face and Body oil topically and Skin Vit A and Skin Vit C internally to top up your vitamin levels.

  • Genetics

    Rosacea can run in families

  • Triggers

    Stress, alcohol, harsh soaps, dairy and spicy foods, environment, medical conditions and dermodex mites that live on the skin, can all trigger a flare up of rosacea.

Solutions

  • Eat anti inflammatory foods such as oily fish, nuts and seeds and take a Skin Omega supplement.

  • Try to cut down on dairy, alcohol and spices and keep a food diary so you can identify which particular foods cause a reaction.

  • If the skin is inflammed we can use a light peel to sterilise the skin.

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Scarring

Causes

  • As the skin ages, wounds take longer to heal and collagen production slows down so a scar may develop. There is also a greater risk of scarring if the skin’s DNA is damaged.

Solutions

  • There is no quick fix, especially if the scar is deep, but we have produced some very good results on old scars caused by acne, chicken pox or injury. If treatment is started as soon as possible on new scars, again the results are good.

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