Eight Common Skin 'Concerns' Unpacked
This April, we will dissect the eight most common skin ‘concerns’ we see; what exactly they are, what are the causes, how they look and feel and discuss easy ways to combat these concerns. By highlighting these issues we hope you can gain more knowledge about your skin, why you might be experiencing these issues, and to let you know you’re not alone, and you definitely don’t have to experience these alone! Let’s face it as a team.
The eight most common skin ‘concerns:
- Loss of elasticity
- Visible pores
- Sun damage
For this blog, we will be discussing acne, anti-ageing, loss of elasticity and obvious pores. Check back next week to uncover pigmentation, redness, sun damage, and wrinkles.
To put an un-simple topic simply, acne is caused when your hair follicles become blocked by your skin’s oil supply and dead skin cells. Here comes the complication, this can be fundamentally caused by our hormones, which is why acne can show up at any stage of our lives. At the same time, it can be influenced by genetics, lifestyle, diet and inappropriate products. So, it is a tough concept to grasp or ‘control’, but it is important to mention that more than 85% of people will experience acne at some point in their life, so, it is a completely normal experience. It’s about learning what works for you and your skin, what your skin responds to and what it doesn’t. So, we recommend booking a free consultation and discussing your personal acne ‘story’ – judgment-free, solution-full.
* Skin myth debunked: “Only teenagers get acne.” – False! *
Aging is inevitable (sorry, if you were trying to blissfully ignore this) and as we grow older our body and skin go through natural changes, alongside developing issues due to environmental factors, for example, sun damage. Anti-ageing is a preventative and preservation technique alternative to damage control. It is more than just a buzzword – it is a big part of skincare and one that demands attention! When it comes to skincare for anti-ageing, we target the second layer of skin (dermis) where you find two proteins; collagen and elastin. This will make the layer nice and springy and resistant to folding.
Loss of Elasticity:
Loss of elasticity, what exactly does that mean and where has it gone? Elasticity is our skin’s ability to ‘snap back’ when stretched, it is when the skin is taut and firm – what we all desire. Loss of elasticity is something we face as we age or spend more time in the sun (some can even blame genetics!) as our skin loses this desired ability and in return, sags. Similar to anti-ageing, we need to use preventative tactics. What is the best preventative tactic you might ask? Use SPF daily – yip, daily. For the older crew, we know SPF is a new reform but better late than never! Hot tip: An easy way to ensure your SPF’ing every day, invest in an SPF moisturizer. In terms of skin treatments, we recommend skin needling – book a free consultation today to discuss this option.
Everyone has pores, while they carry a bad name, they have an integral role in keeping our skin and body healthy. So, what exactly are pores? They are tiny openings around your hair follicles and sweat glands that help gasses and liquids drain and move through the surface of your skin. While there are different types of pores, the more visible pores cop the hatred and are more common for our younger friends but can still appear in adulthood. When it comes to preferred skincare for obvious pores, good exfoliation is important to ensure the pores don’t get clogged. We also recommend using retinol/Vitamin A.
Dermalogica SPF moisturiser
Example of loss of elasticity. Photo by Borciani London