Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 63 October 2015 Contents AESTHETICS
By Rachel McClutchie*
My client, Cathryn, had experienced bad
acne over a 6-12 month period. She used harsh
ingredients in an attempt to clear it but instead
removed all her natural oils. She ended up
stripping her acid mantle and caused a major
imbalance, leaving her skin inflamed and infected
with severe blemishes, which later developed into
deep purple scarring.
Cathryn had previously used chemist acne
solutions to dry out the affected areas, she visited
her GP and was prescribed an acne medication,
which had no effect at all.
She then visited a local cosmetic clinic where they treated her with two
aggressive laser treatments.These also had little effect.
Cathryn also advised me that her skin had become scarred due to picking and
squeezing at her blemishes.
She felt really embarrassed about her skin condition and would often cover
her face with multiple layers of foundation to try and conceal her deep purple
scarring and red, inflamed blemishes.
I prescribed six sessions of clinical dermal needling and LED (once a month)
with Medik8 products to use at home.
Her home care plan was Beta Cleanse in the morning, followed by CE Thione
Serum and sun protection, and Beta Cleanse used twice at night followed by
Retinol 6TR three nights a week.
"I could see improvements from the first session and after a few more I started
to get positive feedback from people at work," Cathryn tells SPA+CLINIC.
"I have my confidence back. I am amazed at what a difference she has made,
especially when I look at the before and after photos [before taken in November
2014; after in September this year]."
* Owner of and senior dermal therapist at Essence Medispa, Perth.
By Helen Anton*
There is a fundamental connection
between health and appearance, and as
soon as a patient achieves one it is not
unreasonable that they will expect the
other," says Helen Anton,.
At this year's annual conference in August
The Skin Triad - An Integrative Approach to
Skin Health was a very important workshop
to identify how we can build a bridge between
internal medicine and external/aesthetic
medicine, thus ensuring better cosmetic
outcomes for patients.
It is by using integrative treatment
protocols and combining nutrition,
pharmaceuticals and skincare that we will
help achieve optimal skin health for common
skin conditions and achieve more successful
outcomes pre- and post- cosmetic treatments
and procedures and more comprehensive
and successful anti-ageing outcomes.
* Director of the Australasian Academy of
By Vivien Gardner*
There is some really cutting- edge
research being carried out by academic
dermatologists at leading US universities
such as Har vard and Johns Hopkins.
The research is focused around the
microbiome [the micro-organisms in a
particular environment] of the skin.
Just as the gut is now known to harbour
trillions of bacteria that keep it in a state
of homeostasis (balance), so too is the skin
an organ which is responsible for filtering
environmental exposure via a thriving
colony of micro -organisms.
When we talk about skin "balance"
we should understand that this is not just
chemical but microbial.
The most important skin micro-organism
is Staphylococcus epidermidis which is part
of the skin's normal microflora.
Together with keratinocytes, they
produce a large proportion of the skin's
main defense mechanism, anti-microbial
peptides (AMPs). AMPs are small protein
chains that bind to receptors on pathogenic
or opportunistic micro- organisms and
disarm their harmful potential through a
complex series of mechanisms.
Because most people use too many
ELIZABETH ARDEN PRO
This 73-year-old lady with severe
sun damage (wrinkling and
pigmentation notably) achieved
dramatic results after seven multi-
functional Elizabeth Arden Pro Peels,
one a month. At home she used
High Definition Radiance Peel Pads,
Moisturising Facial Cream and Triple
Action Protector with sunscreen, and
also Perfecting Minerals makeup.
VITAMIN B IS A+
By Sean Abel*
Inflamed skin will age you quicker and
inflammation increases with skin ageing.
You have to break the cycle.
Inflammation is the body's attempt at
self-protection; the aim being to remove
harmful stimuli, including damaged
cells, irritants or pathogens and begin the
It doesn't mean infection, even when an
infection causes inf lammation.
Vitamin B3 such as in DermaQuest's
Niacinamide Youth Serum is a
wonderful ingredient to calm skin, reduce
and ideally eliminate redness and help
stimulate essential fatty acids. EFAs are
vital to youthful-looking, healthy skin.
Vitamin B3 helps strengthen the skin
barrier and immune function by increasing
the natural emollients that protect and
condition the skin.
* Director of Clinic Care, distributor sin
Australia of DermaQuest
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