Category Archives: Medical Treatments

Sensitive skin, allergies, what kind of skin care is needed?

An enquiry from a viewer of the SkinCareTV channel on the YouTube video Scar Repair and Wound Healing.

Question from Believe-in-you 123:

ok. I have had several very deep allergic reactions on my face in the last 3 Months. The wounds are deep and pitted and I am having a hard time getting them to close up. I have finally lowered my histamine levels. Usually I heal pretty fast, and I do eat healthy. I have had to debris my wounds several times because no matter what care I have taken, it’s like they want to fester and get itchy. I shower, and gently wash with warm water and a cream cleanser for sensitive skin. Then I cool my face because with my histamine levels being so high, I’m wheeling or getting hives just from too hot of water and scratching. Then I apply a cortisone cream. let that dry.. tgen I apply a vit c, and regeneration cream. let that soak in . then a strong antibiotic.. and bandage. grrrrrrr

Answer from SkinCareTV:

Yes, allergic reactions are hard to control. Anti-histamine (diphenhydramine) pills really help to lower histamine levels and thus the irritation…however they also can cause drowsiness and dryer skin. The steroidal cortisone creams will also lower skin irritation – topically – but they will weaken the skin barrier with sustained use, and also dry the skin.

It’s a hard place to be in – you need to lower the histamine reaction in order to stop the stinging and itching. From a skin point of view i prefer the use of anti histamine pills if possible – but you’d need to discuss that with your allergist/doctor.

Keep your face out of the shower water! Only use cool water on your face….never hot or even warm water. Irritated or allergic skin is naturally hot because of the histamines involved in the inflammation cascade happening in the skin. Heating or warming irritated skin just makes it worse. Only ever have cool water on irritated allergic skin!

Use a soothing product like hyaluronic hydration serum or aloe vera. Vitamin C can be irritating – the least irritating form will be esterized vitamin C – and regenerative creams generally will be irritating by the nature of the ingredients they are formulated with. Stop using both of them if your skin is irritated. Deal with the irritation/allergy first, once under control you can slowly and gently add in regenerative anti aging products. Don’t do antiaging until your skin is strong and balanced after the allergic reaction – otherwise you’ll just start the vicious cycle all over again. Sorry, but it’s realistic…

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.

Reverse or reduce damage and hyperpigmentation from laser treatments

A laser burns the skin. That’s what it is designed to do. Acute burning and killing of skin cells will stimulate new cell growth. It can help reduce wrinkles. It can help reduce the depth of acne scars. It can help reduce hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage in your youth. BUT it can also INCREASE hyperpigmentation in the skin. It can also leave you with more sensitive skin….

The natural process of the skin is to produce more melanin (your skin colour cells) to cover any inflamed tissue because inflamed tissue is more easily damaged by the sun than non-inflamed tissue. This is particularly important for people with colour in their skin…whether it be Mediterranean, Latino, Middle Eastern, Asian or Equatorial African….etc.

If you have an inflamed acne pimple, the chances are you will have a dark spot on your skin when the swelling reduces and the pimple goes away. So too with laser treatments on skin with colour.

Even though you may have very light skin, and have the lightest skin tone in your family, the chances of having dark pigmentation after laser treatments is still a very real threat. Check out and see if previous generations on your mother’s and father’s side had naturally dark skin…you may have inherited those genes, and will scar quite deeply after laser treatments.

Unfortunately, laser technicians (who are supposed to be medical professionals) don’t know who will pigment the most – and besides, they want to make money so won’t be too concerned about your particular genetic inheritance….

For some clients I’ve seen, essentially the pigment is deep seated due to the laser treatment that traumatised the skin and created the pigmented response… It will be impossible to remove deep seated pigmentation, but we can lighten it and maintain it in a lighter form. Sun exposure will cause deep seated hyperpigmentation to get a lot darker.

So, here’s what I suggest (assuming your skin may still have some low level sensitivity as a residual of the laser treatment):

We start with a nightly Vitamin C Serum plus Decircling Serum treatment. I  blogged about how to use it as a solution for the hands – that’s just an example of where this treatment can be used…it is definitely suited to the face and neck etc… if you feel sensitivity, reduce the frequency of application.

You will use it in the same manner on the face/neck, at night, after cleansing the skin using a gentle cleanser (extreme + sensitive cleanser) and only with cool water. Use 2 – 3 pumps of the C + Renew Serum and apply firstly to pigmented areas and then spread out to all other skin on the face. You will need 3 – 4 pumps of the Decircle + Firm Eyes, and apply it over the C + Renew Serum. Do this about 30 – 40 minutes before going to bed, or anytime in the evening after you cleanse. Leave it on over night.

After a few months you will begin using an alpha hydroxy acid like Age Limit at night before the application of the Vitamin C. I don’t rush this step because it’s best not to re-sensitize or traumatize your skin…the glycolic combined with the vitamin c will be instrumental in lightening the darker pigmented areas even more than the above mentioned step. It will still be slow, so be patient.

For now, if you want to even out skin tone during the day, use the TINTED 20% zinc sunscreen for a subtle evening out of skin tone, or the Zinc and Titanium Tinted sunscreen if you prefer a little more definite coverage.

Always remember to keep your face out of hot or warm water. Use cool water only. Only use sensitive skin products.

By the by, all medical treatments are tested on animals, in case you are opposed to painful and torturous experiments on unwilling caged lab animals…

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 antibiotics, or a holistic approach?

Medically, a common approach for anyone complaining about experiencing acne, is to prescribe antibiotics. After all, bacteria play a vital role in the development of acne related pimples right? Yes, but there is waaaaaaay more to acne than just bacteria! And with it being common knowledge that antibiotics create many more problems in the body, why are adults constantly being prescribed antibiotics for a few pimples?

Maybe you read recently about the Dangerous C. Difficile bacteria that infects half a million Americans each year…and how it is enabled by the use of antibiotics? Based on this and other common-knowledge facts, using antibiotics for acne is a stupid solution as far as I’m concerned… Most of the clients I see found out that antibiotic use did not solve their acne problem. So why are so many adults still being prescribed antibiotics for acne? I believe it’s because the medical profession does not take the time to inform you of all the elements that combine to enable acne…..

There’s genetic acne and there’s incidental pimples…but the medical profession, drug manufacturers and acne cosmetics manufacturers prefer to lump it all under the term acne. After all, it’s easier to market products to the general population who have been conditioned to use the term acne to describe all types of pimples. I’ve had clients who have been prescribed antibiotics because they ‘break-out’ after hair removal by waxing, for resulting ingrown hairs, and some take antibiotics for keratosis pilaris… Yikes! There are better, simpler, more realistic, less dangerous solutions for these problems….

And if you still suffer from a few pimples even when you are on antibiotics, then you can be pretty sure that the reason for your pimples is not bacteria! Real acne requires a holistic approach to cover all factors implicated in the medical condition known as acne.

A complete acne program will have to address the following factors:

1. The over stimulation of the sebaceous glands – so creating more sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’)

2. Dry flaky skin that helps clog pores

3. Strong keratin growth that enables pools of sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’) to be caught under the skin

4. An unbalanced level of natural bacteria living on our skin

5. Hormonal influences that impact the sebaceous glands…and that is not just monthly hormonal cycles for women, it definitely includes the stress hormone cortisol, and food related hormones due to the typical bad diet of our modern society…

But then that’s waaaay too much for most people to have to consider – it’s just soooo much easier to just pop antibiotics into ones mouth…right? Or just buy up all the ‘acne’ products in the drug store. Rest assured, the marketing hyped ‘acne’ products will not solve the problem either…they usually have a short term result that makes you believe it’s working, then all the old problems return. The solution is to deal with ALL the aspects of acne as listed above. There are cruelty free approaches to acne. All medical solutions are tested on animals!

Check out the real facts of acne via this 2 part acne video. It’s important to note that teenage acne and adult acne are similar, but different, conditions and require different solutions.

And finally, a few pimples here and there, and infrequently appearing, does not mean you have acne. You have a few pimples because of maybe 1 or 2 of the aspects listed above. Check out the other articles in the acne category. Skin care treatments at Blue Turtle Spa will help you to properly address the factors causing pimples on your skin.

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.

Adult acne is very different from teenage acne, so the solutions should differ too.

Acne is a pretty complex medical condition, (it is not right to refer to a few pimples on your face as acne)….and adult (or mid-life) acne is a very different condition than teenage acne… especially for women.

The big difference in the prevalence of acne today versus a few decades ago is the level and type of stress that women are under these days… Topical acne skin care solutions will help, but a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, will be the best solution.

Here is a really good article on adult acne written by Dr Christiane Northrup. It is comprehensive and well worth the read – if you are interested in knowing more about your skin condition. Be warned though, it is longer than any article the average ADD person can handle!

Of course, being a doctor she goes through all the medical types of solutions, but later on in the article she also talks about lifestyle, food/diet, and holistic approaches….(it is so gratifying to see medical people step outside their pharmaceutical dominated world)….

My tried-and-true approach to adult acne is described in this article, and if you want to learn more about acne (teenage and adult) then watch this SkinCareTV 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.

Acne products increase your chance of allergic reactions

Most people who know me, know that I am absolutely opposed to the marketing hyped acne skin care solutions prevalent today…you get bombarded with the marketing spin and hype on TV and magazines, even doctors offices and medical magazines….hey, some of the worst acne products are marketed under a Doctor’s name….that’s because we are all programmed to believe that marketing hype from a doctor is akin to being the truth….but NOT SO!!!!

Check out this really interesting WebMD article about these high profile acne skin care solutions….see if your well known brand is amongst those that the FDA registers as being potential agents for allergic skin reactions….

If you want to know my approach to Acne, which delivers great results (though in a more natural, wholesome, non-medical/aggressive manner) then check out my recommended products and home care regimen in this blog article.

To learn more about acne, see the 2 part Acne: New Strategies video at the SkinCareTV channel.