November 13, 2015

Treating Open Pores in Ageing Skin

Beauty tips - how to remove open pores in aging skin
As the skin ages, the oils flow usually slows down and during menopause it can completely stop in some women. I have seen many mature skins with open pores and women complaining of dryness. You would think as the oil flow slows down the pores would shrink. However what is also happening in a mature skin is the collagen and elastin has been declining over the years, causing the skin to thin and sag. As the skin sags, the surface stretches, causing an elongated opening of the mouth of the pore. When I look under the magnifying lamp I see open pores stretched into a oval shape. 

Once the skin starts to sag, you need to switch to cosmetics that help to firm the skin. Skin care products to look for include cell communicating ingredients to boost collagen production such as retinol, peptides and niacinamide. These  will help to slow down the effects of aging. Cosmeceutical beauty treatments and clinical procedures will enhance the daily skin care regimen and deliver a more dramatic result faster

Resurfacing treatments such as IPL, Fraxel and glycolic peels will help resurface the skin, making the pores less obvious and boost collagen production. Skin needling is another option worth looking into for collagen induction, but to refine the pores, other treatments will be needed such as peels or microdermabrasion.


Beauty tips - intensive professional treatments for aging skin
Radiofrequency - RF is a very effective treatment to boost collagen and tightens the skin. LED phototherapy and microcurrent treatment are other options to consider. 

Needless to say,  a good skin care routine will ensure the skin is in great condition to be able to withstand more dramatic treatments and generate greater results. 

Balance and cleanse the skin with a gentle cleanser for your skin type, saturate the skin with moisture with a well formulated toner, use serums and moisturizers loaded with antioxidants, cell communication ingredients such as retinol, niacinamide, and peptides for a maturing saggy skin. Vitamin C is also a great ingredient to include in your daily skin care routine. Use a good physical block sunscreen every day, and exfoliate regularly preferably with a gentle AHA peel. 

Discover professional advice and beauty tips to treat open pores in the following articles:

1. Oily shiny skin open pores

 
2. Clogged open pores


3. Scarred open pores 


4. Ageing saggy open pores



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How to help clear open pores that have scarred: these tips are also helpful for pitted and atrophic scars

beauty tips for scarred skinWhen you look at open pores closely under a magnifying lamp, they appear even and have a circular shape. From time to time I will see open pores with an irregular shape, and occasionally I see two or more pores merge together. This is the result of the skin not healing evenly after the pores have been damaged from breakouts or physical injury like squeezing. 

One way to avoid this problem is to avoid squeezing your pimples, and treat breakouts with the appropriate skin care products. However, once the damage has been done, there are treatments to soften the scarring and smooth the skin.

To improve scarring, you need to smooth the skin, promote skin healing and regeneration and boost collagen production 
Here are a few options:

Cosmetics: 
- regularly exfoliating the skin can help soften the scarring. Look for serums and nightly treatment creams that utilize a combination of glycolic acid with salicylic acid
- retinol based products help with resurfacing and boost collagen production
- vitamin C products help also boost collagen production, and minimize brown spots such as post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation
Microdermabrasion can help smooth and soften scarring
Cosmetic procedures:
- microdermabrasion helps soften and smooth the skin, great non-invasive option for people with mild scarring
- in clinic AHA and /or BHA peels work at a deeper level producing more dramatic results
- skin needling is gaining great popularity as one of the best and most efficient treatments for scarring, especially helpful for pitted scarring
- Fraxel laser is an alternative to skin needling, combined with laser resurfacing, it smooths the skin and boost collagen production, but not all skins can tollerate this treatment
IPL resurfacing in the right hands can also help improve mild scars- IPL resurfacing in the right hands can also help improve mild scars
- clinical dermabrasion is a procedure performed in a surgery by a doctor to treat many skin conditions, it is carried out under a general anesthetic and can include intensive laser, a deep acid peel, or a combination of an acid and a wire brush so remove the upper layers of the skin

The treatment will greatly depend on how deep your scarring is, and how much your skin can tolerate. A professional consultation with a dermatologist or a qualified skin care expert will help you determine the best course of action for your skin.

Discover professional advice and beauty tips to treat open pores in the following articles:


1. Oily shiny skin open pores

 
2. Clogged open pores


3. Scarred open pores 


4. Ageing saggy open pores



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November 6, 2015

4 Products You Should NEVER Use On Your Face

Soap
avoid using soap on your skinSoap is not only alkaline stripping the skin, but have you seen what it leaves behind in your shower? Soap scum, that sticky residue that is so hard to clean off the walls and glass. What is it leaving on the skin?  Here are more reasons why you should avoid using soap on your skin:




Mineral Oil
mineral oil skincareMineral oil creates a complete barrier on the surface of the skin preventing efficient skin perspiration and respiration, suffocating the skin. Long-term use can cause dehydration, congestion, dull and sluggish skin.
Here are 3 more key reasons to stay well away from mineral oil.




rubbing alcoholRubbing Alcohol is great as a home cleaning product but is should never be used on the face. It contains 70%-90% ethanol which dries and irritates the skin.
Here is an interesting article about the uses of rubbing alcohol, although I would not recommend people use it on the face:






Sorbolene
sorbolene cream, paraffin and mineral oil should never be used on your skin
Sorbolene cream is made with paraffin, mineral oils and water. It is very high in the oil content so it sits on the surface. Experts believe prolonged use of sorbolene may lead to the breakdown of the skin’s normal barrier functions leading to skin irritation and sensitivity. Here is why the key ingredients of sorbolene cream, paraffin and mineral oil should never be used on your skin:


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