Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Skin tips - Just for Teens

We want to do our part and make sure teenagers go back to school with clean skin !Acne is not easy to tolerate. It causes low self-esteem, withdrawal, depression and more. Addressing your teenager’s skin is an important part of back-to-school preparations. Let us create a customised and effective Acne Program for your teen. Give them confidence and happiness for this new year!
 In order to treat acne successfully, a series of weekly/bi-weekly facials is most beneficial. Your Skin Therapist will determine and design a plan for you with your initial visit.If you're a teen, chances are pretty good that you have some acne. Almost 8 in 10 teens have acne, along with many adults. Scars from acne can seem like double punishment — first you had to deal with the pimples, now you have marks as a reminder. It helps to understand the different kinds of acne so you can figure out what to do about different types of scarring: Acne lesions or pimples happen when the hair follicles (or "pores") on the skin become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. A plugged follicle is the perfect place for bacteria to grow and create the red bumps and pus-filled red bumps known as pimples.
Acne comes in different forms:
Mild acne, which refers to the whiteheads or blackheads that most of us get at various times
Moderate acne, which includes red inflamed pimples called papules and red pimples with white centers called pustules
Severe acne, which causes nodules — painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps — to appear under the skin.
Most serious scarring is caused by the more severe forms of acne, with nodules more likely to leave permanent scars than other types of acne.

The best approach is to get treatment for acne soon after it appears to prevent further sever

What Is Acne and What Causes It?

Acne is a condition of the skin that shows up as different types of bumps. These bumps can be blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. Teens get acne because of the hormonal changes that come with puberty. If your parents had acne as teens, it's more likely that you will, too. The good news is that, for most people, acne goes away almost completely by the time they are out of their teens.
The type of acne that a lot of teens get is called acne vulgaris (the meaning of "vulgaris" isn't as bad as it sounds — it means "of the common type"). It usually shows up on the face, neck, shoulders, upper back, and chest.The hair follicles, or pores, in your skin contain sebaceous glands (also called oil glands). These glands make sebum, which is an oil that lubricates your hair and skin. Most of the time, the sebaceous glands make the right amount of sebum. As a teen's body begins to mature and develop, though, hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands to make more sebum, and the glands may become overactive. Pores become clogged if there is too much sebum and too many dead skin cells. Bacteria (especially one called Propionibacterium acnes) can then get trapped inside the pores and multiply, causing swelling and redness — the start of acne.

If a pore gets clogged up and closes but bulges out from the skin, you're left with a whitehead. If a pore gets clogged up but stays open, the top surface can darken and you're left with a blackhead. Sometimes the wall of the pore opens, allowing sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells to make their way under the skin — and you're left with a small, red bump called a pimple (sometimes pimples have a pus-filled top from the body's reaction to the bacterial infection).

Clogged pores that open up very deep in the skin can cause nodules, which are infected lumps or cysts that are bigger than pimples and can be painful. Occasionally, large cysts that seem like acne may be boils caused by a staph infection.
Acne is so common that it's considered a normal part of puberty. But knowing that doesn't always make it easier when you're looking at a big pimple on your face in the mirror.

Here are some tips to help prevent breakouts and clear them up as fast as possible:

1. Wash your face twice a day with warm water and a mild wash made for people with acne. Gently massage your face with circular motions. Don't scrub. Over washing and scrubbing can cause skin to become irritated. After cleansing, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying an over-the-counter lotion containing benzyl peroxide. This will decrease oil and bacteria.
2. Don't pick at pimples. It's tempting, but here's why you shouldn't: Picking at pimples can push infected material further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness, and even scarring. If you notice a pimple coming before a big event, a skin therapist can often treat it for you with less risk of scarring or infection.
3. Avoid touching your face with your fingers or leaning your face on objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone. Touching your face can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup.
4. If you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose.
5. If you get acne on your body, try not to wear tight clothes. They don't allow skin to breathe and may cause irritation. Scarves, headbands, and caps can collect dirt and oil, too.
6. Remove your makeup before you go to sleep. When buying makeup, make sure you choose brands that say "noncomedogenic" on the label. Throw away old makeup that smells or looks different from when you first bought it.
7. Keep hair clean and out of your face to prevent additional dirt and oil from clogging your pores.
8. Protect your skin from the sun. It may seem like tan masks acne, but it's only temporary. A tan may worsen your acne, not improve it. Tanning also causes damage to skin that will eventually lead to wrinkles and increase your risk of skin cancer.
If you're concerned about acne, talk to a dermatologist or a good Beauty Therapist who is expert in the treatment of skin conditions.

The correct skincare;

Skinceuticals’ Blemish and Age Cleanser, which contains exfoliating acids and non-drying cleansing agents to remove impurities and excess oils. It’s designed to target blemishes and photo-ageing.  Toners are not something I’d normally use nor recommend, but this line has one: the Blemish and Age Solution, is a bit more than your average offering as it contains acids to resurface skin and de-congest pores.
The star of the show here is the Blemish and Age Defence product. It’s where the real anti-ageing comes in. The brand says that where blemishes meet ageing meet sun damage, the effect of the damage on skin is magnified because you’ve got other issues at play like hormone fluctuations to complicate matters.
So this product is targeted, oil-free and is applied post-cleansing to treat the acne issue but to also address the ageing problem.  Containing a 2% dioic acid blend, with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation, glycolic and salicylic acids, it’s designed to prevent the formation of new spots but also minimise hyper pigmentation and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

SkinCeuticals - Clarifying Clay Mask.

This non-drying mask combines kaolin and bentonite, the highest quality natural earth clays, with botanicals and minerals to help heal and calm the skin, while a 5% hydroxy acid blend gently exfoliates.
•5% hydroxy acid blend gently exfoliates dead skin cells
•Natural earth clays, kaolin and bentonite, decongest pores, lift impurities and help remove excess oils
•Zinc oxide soothes and heals the skin
•Aloe provides anti-inflammatory properties
•Chamomile calms and soothes the skin
Salon Skin treatments to treat Acne.
Acne is unfortunately an adult issue also – listed are some specific treatments that effectively treat acne at all ages.
A good deep cleansing treatment is important to clean out pores and aid skin recovery. Ideally, you would have a course of facial treatments (which range in price from around €65-to-€100 depending on treatment) and your treatment schedule would be set for you at the salon, where you can purchase the products to use at home for aftercare.
This is the perfect peel for acne prone skin and problems such as inflammation, excess oil, and congested pores. It is appropriate for the face, neck, chest, back, and arms.
Combined, salicylic and Glycolic acid work synergistically to exfoliate the skin while decongesting pores and reducing irritation.

Dermaceutic Mask peel

  1. Improves the appearance of oily skin
  2. Evens out skin tone
  3. Contributes to skin turnover

You are a good candidate if you have oily, acne prone skin and have not taken Accutane in the past 12 months. This peel is best for sensitive, acne prone, hyper pigmented, or sun damaged skin and has no downtime. It makes your skin feel refreshed and retexturised. With a series of these peels, leathery skin is softened and the frequency and severity of acne breakouts are lessened.

Led light Therapy for Acne;

LED Light Therapy is based on research by NASA showing that certain frequencies of light significantly increase new tissue growth, stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
This breakthrough technology does not use heat or any kind of “invasive” process, but triggers the body to convert light energy into cell energy without thermal heat. LED light therapy is non-invasive, causes no inflammation, and requires no special post-treatment procedures.
It is proving to be an effective treatment for ageing skin as well as particular conditions such as Rosacea and other skin conditions.

Benefits of Red LED Light Therapy include: Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, reduction of age spots and sun damage, increase in collagen, reduction of overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries. Results are often immediate.
The Blue LED Light attacks a substance called PP-9, producing singlet oxygen. This form of oxygen is very toxic to the bacteria that cause acne therefore decreasing acne drastically with absolutely no downtime. BLUE/ RED LED LIGHT improves acne prone skin. It penetrates into the superficial dermis and has a calming and regulating effect on the sebaceous gland.
Blue/Red light treatment consists of three 30-minute treatments per week for two weeks. Then the treatments are cut back to two per week for 4 more weeks; Maintenance treatments are recommended every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on client’s UV exposure and lifestyle.
Blue-Red LED Light Benefits:

  1. Normalises Sebum Production 
  2. Kills Acne Bacteria 
  3. Repairs the Skin tissue 
  4. Heals the post-inflammatory change caused by acne


Microdermabrasion refers to a cosmetic procedure in which the stratum corneum (dead, outermost surface of the skin) is partially or completely removed by light abrasion. Dull, damaged, ageing skin is removed, revealing vibrant, smooth, even textured skin beneath. Microdermabrasion also stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and new skin cells, restoring the skin to a more youthful state.
Additional benefits:
•Requires little or no recuperation time
•Results are immediate
•Very quick “lunchtime” procedure

Jet Peel to treat acne.

Jet Peel is a natural, non-invasive treatment that unblocks, cleans and revitalises the skin. It is a painless treatment that dramatically improves the condition, tone and texture of your skin leaving it looking and feeling refreshed and glowing.
How It Works
Jet Peel Treatment exfoliates your skin, by comfortably and effectively removing layers of dead cells that adversely impact your skins natural lustre. Jet Peel also hydrates your skin through a gentle, moisturising jet stream that cools and comforts your skin. It infuses oxygen into the deep dermis to recharge and revitalise these cells, thus helping your body to produce new collagen for truly effective skin rejuvenation results

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