Skin conditions 2018-08-06T21:42:32+00:00

ACNE

Acne is a skin condition characterised by the appearance of whiteheads, spots and blackheads. They can be sore and painful as well as being unsightly. They are most commonly located on the face,but may also appear on the chest and the back. Acne affects young adults of either sex. While it is occasionally seen in young children or mature adults, it is most common between the ages of 17 and 23. There is a great deal of individual variation in the age at which acne starts, its severity, and its duration; generally, the condition improves through the mid to late twenties, although in some people, acne may persist well into adulthood.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including acne and acne scarring treatments.

ACNE SCARRING

Acne scarring can sometimes develop as a complication of acne. Any type of acne spot can lead to scarring, but it is more common when the most serious types of spots (nodules and cysts) burst and damage nearby skin.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including acne and acne scarring treatments.

AGEING

Ageing is the result of a decline in skin function. Premature ageing, as characterised by symptoms such as pigmentation, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, is effectively a loss of structural integrity within the skin. As we age, the skin’s matrix becomes thin and the skin loses its bounce. Constant exposure to the sun (UV exposure) speeds up this process by disrupting the normal architecture of connective tissue within the dermis. UV decreases collagen and elastin and alters the cross-linked structure of collagen and elastin fibres within the dermis.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including anti-aging skin treatments.

DEHYDRATED SKIN

Dehydrated skin is not a skin type as much as it is a condition of the skin. The dehydrated skin typically appears lacklustre, dull, tired and when pulled tautly, it almost seems to wrinkle a bit. Dehydrated skin doesn’t bounce back easily and is more prone to congestion (bumps, blackheads) and acne.

  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming.
  • Skin that feels and looks rough.
  • Itching (pruritus) which can even become painful.
  • Fine lines or cracks.
  • Grey and ashy looking skin.
  • Skin is sensitive and shows signs of redness.
  • Deep cracks that may bleed.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including dehydrated skin treatments.

DISRUPTED BARRIER FUNCTION

The Barrier Function is an extremely important concept in skin care. It describes the strength of the skin barrier and how well it protects skin from the external environment. The barrier function refers to the Stratum Corneum layer of skin which is the outermost layer of the epidermis. The barrier is highly impermeable, a characteristic designed to prevent the loss of water out of the skin and to prevent the entrance of harmful microorganisms or irritants. When the barrier function is disrupted or depleted by harsh products, handling, or environmental conditions, the skin loses water and becomes more permeable to irritants and allergens. Once irritants or allergens penetrate the epidermis, they may trigger inflammation.

The following are the signs that you may have a disrupted barrier function:

  • Dry, flaky or itchy skin.
  • Irritated or sensitive skin.
  • Skin has an oily appearance but feels dry.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including barrier function skin treatments, dry, flaky or itchy skin treatments, irritated or sensitive skin treatments.

ENLARGED AND OPEN PORES

We all want smooth skin, unfortunately, enlarged and open pores often stand in the way of having that. Pores are essential to your skin’s health by providing oil to keep skin soft and hydrated. Open pores typically develop as a result of blocked pores, insufficient free water levels within the skin and an accumulation of dead cell material which cement on the top of the skin and clump up inside the hair follicle. This is characterised by an open pore appearance. In addition, those with large pores can be more prone to breakouts.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including enlarged and open pores skin treatments.

LINES AND WRINKLES

Ageing skin droops and develops wrinkles, lines and furrows. The severity of these changes in an individual depends on the genetic tendency, skin type and exposure to environmental factors. To act against wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin, we must first understand the processes that cause the skin to age. Poor circulation and lymph drainage result in a loss of structural integrity, weakened fragile capillaries, decreased skin density, a decline in collagen production causing the dermal structures to deteriorate and the skin to sag.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including wrinkles, lines and furrows skin treatments.

OILY AND CONGESTED SKIN

Your skin contains oil glands that produce an oily substance called sebum. Sebum helps to provide a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to prevent it from drying out. It also helps to keep the hair follicles lubricated and shiny. However, sometimes over activity or stimulation of the oil glands can cause them to produce an excess of sebum leaving the skin shiny and greasy. Excessively oily skin can not only be embarrassing but too much oil can cause the glands to clog up and become infected. This clogging up does lead to skin problems such as acne, blackheads, pimples or congested skin.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments targeting oily skin, including acne, blackheads, pimples and congested skin treatments.

PIGMENTATION

Uneven skin tone is one of the most common complaints heard today. The presence of dark spots (known as pigmentation) on the skin can make a person look older than they really are, as pigmentation is associated with the ageing process. Unfortunately, most of the skincare products on the market today focus on moisturising or plumping up the skin, without paying attention to abnormal or excessive areas of pigmentation.

We can treat this problem by minimising dark spots and restoring an evener skin tone.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including uneven skin tone and pigmentation skin treatments.

REACTIVE AND SENSITIVE SKIN

We are led to believe that skin is fragile and sensitive. But skin is a strong organ designed to protect us, it has an amazing ability to regenerate itself. Skin is not sensitive; it is merely reactive when the internal processes are out of balance. An important thing about sensitivity is that it is not caused by an allergic reaction where the skin becomes reactive suddenly. Individuals with sensitive skin will experience a slow breakout that will build over time.

There are varying degrees of sensitivity and at the end of the day, everyone’s skin becomes sensitive at a certain threshold. LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including sensitive skin treatments.

ROSACEA

Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterised by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases, the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. This is the condition, called rhinophyma.

Most people with rosacea have periods when their symptoms are particularly troublesome, followed by periods when their symptoms are less so. The main symptoms of rosacea include flushing, persistent facial redness, visible blood vessels, thickened skin, papules and pustules.

  • Thinner texture, translucent appearance.
  • Dehydration on the cheek and forehead area.
  • Excessive dryness, uneven texture and rough patches.
  • Tightness after washing,and stinging on product application – or even simply when rinsing with water.
  • Broken capillaries across cheeks and nose.
  • Erythema (redness) on cheeks, décolleté and neck, or all over.
  • “Hot spots”, especially on the décolleté, neck and cheeks.
  • Blushing and itching, burning sensations.
  • Small, rash-like bumps or breakouts.

LA Skin and Beauty are Melbourne-based experts in Dermatological Facial Skin Treatments, including rosacea skin treatments.