Acne is a skin condition characterised by the appearance of whiteheads, spots and blackheads. They can be sore and painful as well as unsightly. They are most commonly located on the face, but may also appear on the chest and 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 is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments, including acne and acne scarring treatments.
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.
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.
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As we age, the skin’s matrix becomes thin and 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.
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Dehydrated skin is not a skin type as much as it is a condition of the skin. Dehydrated skin typically appears lacklustre, dull, tired and, when pulled tautly, almost seems to wrinkle a bit. Dehydrated skin doesn’t bounce back easily and is more prone to congestion (bumps, blackheads) and acne.
Below are a few symptoms of dehydrated skin:
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 is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments, including dehydrated skin treatments.
DISRUPTED BARRIER FUNCTION
Barrier function is an extremely important concept in skin care and refers to the stratum corneum layer of skin, which is the outermost layer of the epidermis. It describes the strength of the skin barrier and how well it protects skin from the external environment. The barrier is highly impermeable, and is designed to prevent the loss of water out of the skin and to fight off 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 is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments, such as barrier function skin treatments, dry, flaky or itchy skin treatments, irritated or sensitive skin treatments.
ENLARGED AND OPEN PORES
We all want smooth skin and, unfortunately, enlarged and open pores often stand in the way. Pores are essential to your skin’s health by providing oil that keeps it soft and hydrated. Open pores typically develop as a result of blocked pores, insufficient water levels within the skin and an accumulation of dead cell material that has cemented on the top of the skin and clumped up inside the hair follicles. This is characterised by an open pore appearance. In addition, those with large pores can be more prone to breakouts.
LA Skin and Beauty is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments, including enlarged and open pore skin treatments.
LINES AND WRINKLES
Ageing skin droops and develops wrinkles, lines and furrows, the severity of which depends on 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 skin to age. Poor circulation and lymph drainage result in a loss of structural integrity, weakened fragile capillaries, decreased skin density and a decline in collagen production, which ultimately causes the dermal structures to deteriorate and the skin to sag.
LA Skin and Beauty is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments to treat wrinkles, lines and furrows.
OILY AND CONGESTED SKIN
Your skin contains oil glands that produce an oily substance called sebum. Sebum helps provide a protective barrier on the skin's surface to prevent it from drying out and keep the hair follicles lubricated and shiny. However, sometimes overactivity 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 is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments that target oily skin, including acne, blackheads, pimples and congested skin.
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 generally 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 a more even skin tone.
LA Skin and Beauty is a team of 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 with 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. Instead, individuals with sensitive skin will experience a slow breakout that builds 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 is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments, including sensitive skin treatments.
Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder that primarily affects the facial skin and is 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 a 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, but the lesser known symptoms are:
Thinner texture with a translucent appearance
Dehydration on the cheek and forehead area
Excessive dryness, uneven texture and rough patches
Tightness after washing and stinging upon 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 is a team of Melbourne-based experts in dermatological facial skin treatments, including rosacea skin treatments.