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Do you suffer from chicken skin?

What Is Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a common harmless skin condition, that causes small, hard bumps on the skin that make your skin feel rough. It is commonly referred to as ‘chicken skin’ or ‘goose flesh’. Keratosis pilaris is a result of a build-up of keratin forming a plug in the hair follicle. They are more commonly seen on the outer of the upper arms, thighs, buttocks and occasionally on the face.

Who can it affect

Keratosis pilaris equally affects both men and women. It can start early in childhood  and peaks at puberty. From then Keratosis pilaris will either improve into adulthood or continue and be persistent. If your skin is dry, you will find that you are more prone to having keratosis pilaris

  • Keratosis pilaris does not cause any harm medically. In fact most people dont even know they have it.
  • The actual cause is unknown, although research shows there is a genetic componenent
  • There are several different forms of keratosis pilaris each with there own unique features and visual characteristics

Treatments

There is no cure or gold standard treatment for keratosis pilaris, although there are many options for an effective treatment.  The appearance and texture can be treated  with resurfacing skin peels which increase cellular turnover and soften the keratin plugs. Laser treatments can treat the redness associated   Also what I find gives excellent results is homecare products with high percentages of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s).

Tips

  • Moisturise skin daily
  • Don’t scratch or pick bumps
  • Shower in warm water rather than hot
  • Exfoliate regularly
Pic:  http://www.lasermelbourne.com.au/index.php/keratosis-pilaris/

5 things your skin needs everyday

Your skin is a mirror of whats going on inside your body!

1.Water

Our bodies are made up with approximately 65 % water. Water is needed for our cells to be fully hydrated and working to there best potential. Water will help flush out any toxins, keeping your skin looking fresh.

2. Cleansing

One of the most basic elements in a skin care routine but essential for skin health is cleansing. Cleansing twice a day will remove any oil/dirt/makeup trapped in your pores. All cleansers are different, so choosing one that suits your skin type is important.

3. Sun Protection

Sunscreen will help protect your skin from skin cancer along with photo damage caused from the UV rays. UV can cause sun spots, pigmentation and your skin to age sooner.

4. Moisturising

Moisturisers are important as they boost the hydration in your skin and protect your skin from looking dull and drying out. They are important for every skin type to protect the skin’s barrier. Your skin will feel softer and more supple.

5. Antioxidants

Antioxidants are so beneficial to the skin. Its like giving your skin a bowl of veggies to eat. They help reduce the signs of ageing, revealing a more youthful appearance and brightening your skin’s complexion. Some of the stand out antioxidants are vitamin c, vitamin e, vitamin a and resveratrol.

 

pic: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/antioxidants-counterproductive-in-fighting-skin-cancer-100715

Get more glow and less shine!

Oily Skin

Our skin has many sebaceous glands which produce sebum, they are found all over your body except for palms of hands and soles of feet. Different parts of your body have different amounts of sebaceous glands eg. your face has a lot more than your body.

The secretion of sebum is a natural and important way of keeping our skin moisturised and healthy.  An excessive amount of sebum can lead to an oily skin, enlarged pores and acne.

Some of the main causes of oily skin are: genetics, hormones, medications, humidity and incorrect use of cosmetics. Oily skin can sometimes be a challenge to get under control topically especially when its controlled by hormones.

A diligent skin care routine is essential in balancing an oily skin 

Love-Hate relationship

Your skin requires the correct amount of oil flow in able to protect itself.  Having too much oil can lead to acne and having to little oil will give you a dry skin !!

Cleansing

Cleansing twice a day (not more and not less) is an effective way to manage oily skin. A gentle cleanser with active ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid will help reduce the excess oil and clean deeper into the pores

Exfoliation

Exfoliating the skin once or twice a week will help loosen dead skin cells and remove excess sebum in your pores.

Moisturising and sun protection

It is important to keep the skin hydrated even with a oily skin type. Using a oil free light non-comedogenic moisturiser and oil free sunscreen is most beneficial.

Stripping too much oil from your skin can lead to your skin trying to protect itself and  then creating more oil

 Its best to avoid:

  • Harsh products,
  • Alcohols and Astringents
  • Over cleansing
  •  Heavy cosmetics


Tips: 

  1. Oil and dead skin cells transfer onto your pillow case when your sleeping, change your pillow case every 2-3 days.
  2. Always remove make up before bed
  3. Salicylic peels are a great skin treatment for an oily, congested skin
Picture credit: http://www.women-info.com/en/oily-skin-care/ 22/04/2017

My face feels like it is on fire!

Do you suffer from flushing, persistent erythema (redness), papules and pustules (lump and bumps) and telangiectasia (dilated blood capillaries)???

These are symptoms of Rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Rosacea usually presents itself between the age of 30-50. It is more common in women but more severe in men. Rosacea more commonly affects people with lighter skin types.

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown!  However, research suggests it can be due to a combination of factors including genetics and trigger factors.

Avoiding The Trigger Factors

It is thought that certain environmental and lifestyle factors contribute to the exacerbation of these triggers

  •  UV Exposure
  • Temperature changes
  • Exercise
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Cosmetic formulations
  • Emotional stress

What can I do?

Rosacea can be controlled and managed.

Skin care and advice – Find someone who is highly qualified and knows skin well. A skin care regime with high quality ingredients can make a huge difference.

Avoid the trigger factors – If you know a certain triggers factor flares up your skin, try to avoid it.

Moisturiser and SPF – Rosacea is believed to change enzyme levels in your skin allowing your skin to lose more water then normal.  A good moisturiser can be your life saver.

Dermal skin treatments – Dermal clinicians offer many skin treatments to help manage your rosacea including diathermy, laser and resurfacing treatments.

If you think you have Rosacea it is best for you to see someone qualified in the skin indusry who can help you manage and control your symptoms

Please comment below if you have any questions or if your suffer from rosacea? I would love to hear how you manage your symptoms?

Picture: April 2017 http://www.prima.co.uk/fashion-and-beauty/anti-ageing-and-skincare/a35399/what-is-rosacea/

How to survive your first chemical peel!

The word chemical sounds so toxic and harsh. If you haven’t experienced a chemical peel before then your probably thinking of the Sex in the city episode where Samantha was left with a red, hot and raw skin after her peel. However, these peels are simply a deep exfoliating skin treatment which can be performed to penetrate at different levels for different skin types.

Chemical peel treatments should be performed by a highly qualified skin therapist. They are a safe and effective treatment which gives great results. One of my personal favourite skin treatments!!

An in depth consultation is given to decide whether you are a suitable candidate to receiving a chemical peel. There are many factors that will be taken into consideration including history, medications, lifestyle, healing capabilities and skin type.

Everybody’s skin is different and will respond in a different way!

Chemical peels can help improve many skin conditions

  • Skin texture
  • Increase hydration
  • Rosacea
  • Fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Scarring

And so much more!

What to expect during your Peel!

Tingling – tingling sensations are felt initally but generally settle. This will vary from person to person

Temperature changes -some peels can feel warm or cold directly after they are applied.

Questions from the therapist – throughout the treatment your therapist will be monitoring you making sure you are comfortable.

Don’t expect a fluffy massage or mystical waterfall music while you are having your peel these are specific skin treatments targeting skin concerns

After your peel!

You may experience some erythema – this is redness that can last up to 24 hrs

It is normal for your skin may feel taught, dry and possibly flake in the days coming

Avoiding sun exposure this is very important, always use at least a SPF 30+ Broad spectrum sunscreen

No waxing on the area for the next 5 days

Avoid make-up and exercise 48-72 hours

I hope you found this information useful, please comment if you have any questions about chemical peels?