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Protocol for Rosacea

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Skin Conditions

Rosacea is a common yet complex skin condition, unique to people of Northern European descent. Rosacea has a number of subtypes with contrasting presentations. These include permanent redness, sensitivity, blood vessel abnormalities (enlargement, “broken” capillaries or telangectasia), flaky skin, papules and pustules, and thickening of the skin.

Protocol for Sun Damaged Skin

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Skin Conditions

Excessive sun exposure causes premature ageing, including changes to skin colour, texture and hydration. It can also cause more serious changes to the skin’s immune functions that may lead to skin cancer. Daily sunscreen use is one of the most important factors in treating sun damaged skin. Today’s “new generation” sunscreens actually utilise the power of sunlight to synthesise Vitamin D and re-firm skin support structures. New "Superfluid" sunscreen technology also allows for incredibly high coverage with minimal dosage, providing the perfect layering medium to increase your SPF protection. Topical Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) is now a mainstay in boosting skin immune functions, while antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E offer environmental protection and enhance skin softness and firmness. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids rejuvenate sun damaged skin by recalibrating pH to more youthful acidic levels, restoring smoothness, firmness and clarity.

Protocol for Acne Prone Skin

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Skin Conditions

Acne is a condition that involves over-active oil (sebum) glands that can affect the face, neck, chest and back areas. Sebum, along with dead skin cells and other debris, builds up inside pores, causing blackheads and whiteheads at the follicular opening. The black colour you see is actually a layer of dark skin pigment Melanin, not dirt as commonly believed. It cannot be scrubbed or washed away. If the follicle becomes inflamed, the follicular wall can rupture, resulting in infection. After several days, pus may be seen and a pimple (pustule) has formed.

Protocol for Sensitive Skin

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Skin Conditions

Sensitive skin can be related to impaired barrier function of the skin’s surface layers. Without this protection, skin becomes dry and easily irritated. Barrier function can be diminished through intrinsic ageing, sun exposure climatic conditions and the use of skincare products that remove skin lipids (sebum) and cause irritation.

Protocol for Pigmentation

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Skin Conditions

Pigmentation describes a range of conditions where skin becomes discoloured with blotchy brown spots. A common example is melasma, which mainly affects young women. Pigmentation can be caused by hormonal factors, skin trauma and excessive sun exposure. Successful treatment depends on understanding the depth of the pigment and the underlying cause of the condition. Accurate skin analysis with your Doctor or Skin Therapist will help you decide which treatment options are best for your type of pigmentation.

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