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The devices and skincare products/treatments to deal
with pigmentation, acne and acne scars could fill a
magazine in their own right.
Hence we urge you to go to our website to find out more
details from the following companies, but by no means
limited to them (and you will also find many wonderful
products for these conditions in Spotlight, from Page 116):
ADVANCEDCOSMECEUTICALS.COM.AU (for Lutronic,
Healite II and Spectra)
BRANDPOINT.COM.AU (for Purasonic)
CLINICCARE.COM.AU (for Dermastamp)
TRUE-SOLUTIONS.COM.AU (for Omnilux)
ADVANCEDCOSMECEUTICALS.COM.AU (for Medik8,
SkinCeuticals, DNA Renewal)
BRANDPOINT.COM.AU (for Elemis)
CLINICCARE.COM.AU (for DermaQuest)
INSKINCOSMEDICS.COM (for OCosmedics and emerginC)
SKINFACTORS.COM.AU (for Christina cosmeceuticals)
TRUE-SOLUTIONS.COM.AU (for Elizabeth Arden Pro)
VISIT SPACLINIC.COM.AU/CURRENT ISSUE
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC
AND RELATED ARTICLES
Know your ing redients
THERE ARE SEVERAL types of skincare treatment ingredients
that work to treat and control unwanted pigmentation.
Tyrosinase inhibitors such as vitamin C, arbutin, kojic or azaleic
acids, lulberry, liquorice or bearberry extracts block the enzyme
tyrosinase that's needed to make melanin. Products containing
these types of ingredients can take eight to 12 weeks to be seen
to start working because time is needed for the pigment that has
already been made to exfoliate off.
PAR-2 blockers prevent pigment from getting into the top
layers of the skin. Ingredients like niacinamide (vitamin B3) and
soy prevent the transfer of melanin- containing melasomes into
skin cells, keratinocytes from the melanocytes from where they
Lignin peroxidase breaks down existing melanin so there's no
need to wait for exfoliation.
Exfoliants such as glycolic acids and retinols rid the surface of
the skin cells with pigment (melanin). If you speed up the cell cycle
by exfolitaing, sometimes the melanocytes cannot make pigment
fast enough - which leads to a lightening of the skin.
Hydroquinine, a longtime staple in the treatment of
pigmentation, can only be used at professional strengths if
prescribed by a doctor or dermatologist. It is often combined with
other actives such as retinol, vitamin C and glycolic acid.
The pointy end
MICRO-NEEDLING, also k nown as collagen induction therapy
(CIT), introduces ultra-fine needles to the skin to create
microscopic channels. In doing so, the dermis is encouraged to
produce new collagen and elastin, regenerating skin.
The effect is similar to fractional laser treatments, but not as
It is ver y effective for skin rejuvenation, reducing scarring and
breaking up pigmentation (acne scarring is often accompanied by
the post-inflammatory variety).
First generation micro-needling used dermal rollers but these
have been largely superceded by dermal “stamps” or “pens”, such as
DermaStamp and Eclipse Micropen.
“ W ith Dermastamp there is no heating of the skin, unlike laser
and IPL, so there is no risk of burning or tissue coagulation,” says
Sydney plastic surgeon Dr James Southwell-Keely, whose practice
includes non-surgical treatments. “Therefore it is suitable for all
skin types and ethnicities.”
The feeling associated with micro-needling is similar to
light sandpaper being moved across the skin, according to
Stephanie Sherlock of Avention Global, Australian distributor
of the Eclipse.
“ While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of
the reciprocating needle tip reduces discomfort while the applied
hydrating gel makes the treatment more comfortable.
“Eclipse Micropen can be used on all parts of the body: face,
neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.”
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