Sizzled, Thinned, Chemically Irritated And Ultimately Aged?
Current technology allows us almost instant access to so many things, we can download music, emails and information infinitum and a host of other stuff almost instantly. In this culture of “its available now” it is not surprising that there are a lot of “Hi Tech” skin treatments out there that promise instant results for your face. To broadly categorise these treatments we could say there are thermal treatments and chemical treatments. Thermal treatments heat the skin, this includes things like laser, micro dermabrasion and Fraxel laser. Chemical treatments use acid peels derived from a variety of sources. Both of these modalities have facial treatments claiming to lighten pigmentation, diminish lines and wrinkles, brighten and tighten the skin and generally make you look younger.
What you are not told about Thermal and Chemical Treatments!
According to Florence Barrett Hill one of Australia’s leading skin care technical educators with over 30 years of industry experience covering all areas of professional and para-medical skin care. A large percentage of the general population have complexions that are not suitable to these types of treatments. Based on a tried and true Australian Government approved Skin Typing Methodology the “Fitzpatrick Skin Typing System”. A system that grades different skins based on their susceptibility to UV damage, pigmentation and radiation.
What is a Acne?
Acne vulgaris is an inflammatory disease of the skin that affects those areas which contain the largest sebaceous glands, (oil glands) including the nose, central forehead, medial cheeks, medial chin, back, and trunk. Generally self-limiting, acne is characterised by open comedones (black heads), closed comedones (white heads, as the follicle is completely blocked) and inflammatory lesions such as papules (closed, red small bumps surrounded by inflammation), pustules (middle-size bumps with a yellow or white dot in the centre surrounded by inflammation) and in more severe cases, cysts (are the most serious kind of acne blemish. Cysts are painful, they feel like soft, fluid filled lumps under the skin’s surface) and nodules (are hard painful lumps under the skin’s surface. Nodules are much larger than papules they form deep within the skin and take a long time to heal). Lesions are generally more severe and prevalent in males, but more persistent in females. Acne may appear in neonates and infants, but mostly occurs during adolescence (an estimated 85% of those between 15-24 years of age are affected to some degree), and typically resolves by age 30. Continue reading “Acne Breakouts Wrecking Your Life?”