Thursday, 2 March 2017

Acne and Rosacea skin

Acne is associated with  teenage skin  and although the majority of acne sufferers tend to be younger men and women, 80% of people develop the condition at some point in their life and make you feel less confident in your own skin.

What is Acne?

Acne is caused when oil secreting sebaceous glands and hair follicles in the skin are blocked due to hormonal, with possible genetic influences. The obstruction leads to an increase in bacteria, known as P.acne, in the glands which becomes inflamed, causing blemishes such as black heads, spots and pimples to appear. The most common result is facial acne, however back acne can also occur.. In some cases acne can lead to scarring which is difficult to treat with home remedies ,  there are non-surgical and clinically effective ways to treat acne scarring. 

Acne Rosacea.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea, also referred to as Acne Rosacea because of its similar appearance to acne, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the face. It is not known what exactly causes Rosacea but common factors involve malfunctioning of the facial blood vessels, sun damage, genetics and abnormal immune reactions, and is most prevalent amongst women as opposed to men. Early symptoms typically being sensitivity to skin creams and products, resulting in redness and spots on the face, usually across the nose and cheeks. Due to its similar appearance to acne, it is often misdiagnosed .If left untreated Rosacea can lead to dry flaky inflammed skin and papules, which may sting and cause a burning sensation or tightness which can be aggravated by sensitivity to heat, cold  alcohol, spicy food, stress and hormones.
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A damaged skin barrier could be the root of your skin sensitivity. The stratum corneum is outer, ultra thin (almost the thickness of a strand of hair) top layer of the epidermis,  protects against bacteria etc plus is also meant to keep things in, specifically, moisture.

When the barrier function is disrupted, skin can become dry, irritated, sensitive or acne prone, as the barrier is unable to keep moisture (water and lipids) in and irritants out; leading to TEWL (trans epidermal water loss; an evaporation of moisture in the skin) and inflammatory breakouts from penetrated bacteria and irritants.

If you’ve been applying acne products or moisturisers to no avail, it may be because you’re not getting to the root cause of your skin issues – a damaged skin barrier.

So, what causes a damaged skin barrier?

  • Air pollution and cigarette smoke
  • Excessive UV exposure
  • Poor diet and alcohol
  • Hormones and stress 
  • Medical condition (Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema,Dermatitis)
  • Over exfoliating (using a harsh scrub, the Clarisonic brush and regular retinol or AHA?)
  • Disrupting the pH balance of skin with harsh, drying chemicals, prescription topicals or soaps
  • Allergies 
  • Reactive to skin care products etc / Skin treatments.
  • Avoid harsh synthetic chemical exfoliants (AHA, BHA, retinol, retin-A) for two weeks, as the lipid barrier requires 14-17 days to restore itself. 
  •  Avoid physical exfoliation.) Let the skin build back up again and restore a normal lipid barrier. 
  • Avoid common irritants found in some skincare products, like alcohol, fragrance, and silicone.
  • Restore depleted moisture by using plant oils that mimic the natural oils found on human skin and capable of blocking 98% of water loss from skin. (Also, when applying something that resembles skin’s natural oils, the skin is less likely to over-produce its own pore-clogging sebum. Triple Lipid Restore by SkinCeutical contains ceramides, natural cholesterol, fatty acids)
  • Reduce inflammation with oils, serums and moisturisers that contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, soothing ingredients, like chamomile, oats, green tea, bamboo sap, aloe, etc. 
  • Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated internally can help cells function properly for repair
  1. Lacklustre or dull
  1. Prone to congestion in the form of closed comedones
  1. Feels very dry and tight.
  1. You may have an oily appearance, but  your skin also feels dry

The most common culprits
Hoe to restore a damaged skin barrier

How can you tell if your barrier is damaged?

Skin might appear;

Triple Lipid is also the ideal partner for aesthetic treatments which disrupt the skin barrier –such as peels, retinoids, and volumising or resurfacing treatments – for both pre-treatment preparation and post-treatment recovery and repair. 
Immediate Results with Long-Term Benefits: The difference can be felt from the first application, with data showing a significant 40% improvement in skin texture and smoothness and 18% improvement in pore appearance. An 8-week clinical study demonstrated statistically significant improvements in the key signs of accelerated ageing, such as skin clarity, evenness, radiance, smoothness, laxity, and pore appearance.
Triple Lipid Restore is proven to:
1. Refill Essential Skin Lipids – more than doubled levels of ceramides (57%) and cholesterol (52%), and increased triglycerides by 13% after 8 weeks
2. Restore External Barrier– 39% improvement in hydration after just 24 hours, with 8x faster barrier recovery following tape stripping on treated versus untreated site
3. Support Natural Repair– 2x increase in mature versus immature corneoctyes (stratum corneum cells), signifying improved barrier quality and reduced susceptibility to external aggressors

The treatment for Acne and Acne Rosacea, which has proved particular effective, is LED 
Phototherapy. Red light has an anti-inflammatory, healing effect whilst the blue light destroys P.acnes bacteria. With light treatment, free radicals are neutralised and skin becomes more resilient, circulation is increased and new blood vessels replace damaged ones. LED Phototherapy is a great treatment for men and women who do not respond to over the counter creams, and who are antibiotic resistant.

We address Acne and Rosacea with the following recommended Treatments

Jet Peel.
The Jet Peel is the ultimate skin detoxifying and deep cleansing treatment. This painfree treatment replaces separate lymphatic drainage, microdermabrasion, peels, extraction, infusion and hydration treatments and combines cleansing, exfoliation, detoxification, extraction, hydration and protection to leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking great. This treatment forms the basis of healthy skin  to ensure that your skin continues to look its best every day.
LED Phototherapy

Antyage LED Phototherapy offers one of the safest, most effective tools in the maintenance of healthy looking skin. It is a painless, non-invasive skin treatment that uses non-thermal light energy to keep skin youthful, alongside treating a variety of specific skin concerns. LED accelerates the skin’s natural repair process, to promote a healthier looking complexion.
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The stratum corneum: structure and function in health and disease
Skin barrier in rosacea

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