Monthly Archives: February 2013

Laser and Anti Aging treatments…dealing with Sensitive Skin

According to a CNN report, baby boomers are under going more facial procedures than those for breasts or butts…. Read the report.

The more aggressive you are about wanting to look younger the more likely you are to end up with sensitive skin….it may look younger but does not act young…it reacts to products, tends to get red and irritated, and makes your ‘younger’ looking face appear ‘uncomfortable’.

To deal with this frequent outcome of laser treatments and surgery you have to treat the skin sensitively. It needs to be strengthened and nurtured, so that it becomes more balanced and less sensitive. Using truly gentle products made for sensitive skin, like Sensitive Skin Clinic, will help make your investment in your anti aging treatment that much more pleasing.

If you undergo surgery, it is very important to help you skin heal well and reduce the potential for scarring. Follow the home care regimen for wound and scar healing.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Wound healing products help Anti Aging in the skin

It is miraculous how the body works and it all goes according to plan….except maybe not so great or fast as we age For people suffering severe health conditions like diabetes, wound healing takes far longer and consequently could result in amputation of limbs or loss of other organ tissue.

Medically, there is research that is trying to speed up the wound healing process for such severe medical conditions, and it involves the mimicking of our natural growth factors – in this case the bFGF (basic Fibroblast Growth Factor). The fibroblast cells are critical to the repair and replication process that happens in each the body. If you are interested in the scientific article, you can read it here.

In the meantime, there are topical solutions for anti aging and wound healing in the skin.

Enabling faster skin repair leads to younger looking and acting skin. Anti aging skin care will therefor also need to stimulate your immune system. For repairing the skin, the growth factors and repair mechanisms are part of the immune system, so while the immune system is ‘securing’ the site and eliminating bacteria and microbial activity, the growth factors start rebuilding and repairing. Keeping your immune system healthy and active is a good thing to do as we age.

Topically we can stimulate the process by using small fragments of yeast proteins, called ‘Oligopeptides’. This can be used to repair and strengthen the skin after an acne breakout, a rosacea flareup, a scape or accidental cut, irritation from an allergic reaction or ‘dermatitis’, or even serious surgery. An ideal product for performing this task is aloCell Gel by Dr Gimmelsberger. For aging skin, this is the kind of stimulation it needs in order to repair well and look great….

Because a topical gel like this stimulates the growth factors in the skin, it therefore also stimulates collagen and elastin growth that will make aging skin look younger, stronger, and more vibrant.

Another important anti aging product is Hydrate + Serum from Sensitive Skin Clinic. The hyaluronic in it helps bind water (essential in any cell) plus the biosaccharide-2 which reduces inflammatory conditions in the skin and increases the release of Beta Endorphins. Another way to naturally help your skin look and act more like the way you feel….

Helping aging skin act more youthfully, will make it appear more youthful.

You may want to check out my other blog entries concerning this topic of wound healing… suggested home care for post surgery wounds and scars, as well as healing the skin after tattoo removal.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Acne and Diet – there is a permanent and definite link

A recent article Medical News Today once again hi-lights the fact that so many medical practitioners and nutritionists know…that there is a definite link between Acne and Diet…especially high glycemic (think processed carbohydrate food and junk food) and dairy intake….

I always emphasize this to my clients with acne – because everything we put into our body will impact the acne way more than what we put on the skin.

The pharmaceutical industry goes to great lengths to debunk any Acne/Food theories because big pharma cannot make money out of people simply changing their diets. And all the junk food corporations definitely don’t want anyone think that they are directly linked to acne (like the tobacco industry postulated that smoking was not linked to cancer).

But the name of the game with acne is not about expensive pharmaceutical company products and cheap junk food….it is about eating a healthy diet of 5 fresh and organic fruit and vegetable servings every day, increasing Omega 3 intake, eliminating dairy and red meat…..

I have blogged about this numerous times, see Acne Case Study – the success of nutrition and skin care products, the other articles in the Acne Category of the blog, as well as The Clear Skin Diet by Logan and Treloar.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

The WORST things you can do to Sensitive Skin

Your skin is red, irritated, inflamed, painful, uncomfortable, tight? Do you experience just some of those or all of them? Yes, you definitely have sensitive skin…

There are numerous myths that we all hear concerning what we should be doing for our skin, BUT many of them are things you definitely SHOULD NOT be doing to sensitive skin….like…..

No detergent cleansers
No Vitamin A type products
No Tea Tree Oil

Read the whole list of 12 WORST things for sensitive skin, or watch the video…

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

The 3 Levels of Sensitive Skin

Many people suffer from sensitive skin, but the term covers a broad range of sensitivities. There are generally 3 levels of sensitive skin. Which level are you? – read about it and watch a video explanation.

The most sensitive skin types are generally genetically predisposed to sensitivity, or are as a result of injury or severe medical treatments (like radiation or chemo-therapy). Laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and similar aggressive treatments will definitely result in more sensitive, and unbalanced skin.

For most people, using the incorrect skin care products will exacerbate the problem, so choosing products that are specifically for sensitive skin will help. Most anti aging solutions are not suitable for sensitive skin because anti aging products are invariably going to ‘stimulate’ the skin, and that generally means more redness, irritation, and discomfort for sensitive skin sufferers.

If you have sensitive skin, then treat is sensitively. It is, after all, the only skin you will ever have so try to make it stronger and more balanced. A stronger and more balanced skin will definitely be less sensitive.