Category Archives: Sun Damaged Skin

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.

Did your Summer skin look this bad?

Summer is the time most people think about sunscreen, but it should be all the time….whether you are in the tropics or cooler temperate environments.

A friend of mine was at a beach on an equatorial island in February and he looked like this… even though he said he applied sunscreen…

Sunburn Jesse Feb 23_2015

Painful eh! You think that your skin gets over it….but the damage is set and will appear later on in life when the mechanisms in the skin are unable to continue to mask it. The damage will appear for you, and all the world, to see.

And there is also the fact that you may need to deal with America’s #1 cancer – skin cancer. Maybe even have to deal with the deadliest form, Melanoma, like President Carter does? (and this is a great article in the BBC about the president’s cancer and information about melanoma).

The general rule is to stay out of the sun, and reapply your sunscreen often (even under the umbrella or sitting in the shade). If you swim, even water resistant sunscreen will give you less protection. There is no such thing as water proof sunscreen. Sunscreen can never be a sunblock…sunblock is an illegal and incorrect term because it can never block all the sun’s rays. If you sweat and wipe the sweat off, you need to reapply sunscreen, likewise if you dry yourself after swimming.

The most protection will come from inorganic sunscreens (where the active ingredients are Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium DiOxide). Any other type of active ingredient in the active ingredients list….is organic…and that is bad…because it will break down in the presence of ultra violet light from the sun. Yes, there are mineral sunscreens that don’t make you look white/pasty/chalky/ghostly. And they are not thick and greasy to wear. Check out these sunscreens. SPF is a mathematical formula and should not be relied upon as a deciding factor when choosing a sunscreen. Check out this video about sunscreen facts to make sure you know how to make sunscreen decisions.

People complain about ineffective sunscreens, as they did recently about Alba Organics, but if you comply with the suggestions in the previous 2 paragraphs, you have a much better chance of being sun safe, and reducing your potential for skin cancers.

And it is advisable to apply a multi-level antioxidant before the sunscreen. Antioxidants help defend your skin from the infra red spectrum from the sun, while mineral sunscreens help defend your skin from the ultra violet spectrum from the sun. You need to do both, not 1 or the other…

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.

Using Vitamin C and Decircle + Firm to rejuvenate the skin on your hands

Hands show ones age. They have sun and age spots. The skin begins looking thin and transparent. Don’t despair, it is possible to do a renovation job on your hands (and arms and chest and neck etc) using the amazing 17.5% esterized version of Vitamin C as found in C + Renew Serum from Sensitive Skin Clinic plus the peptides and decircling ingredients in Decircle + Firm Eyes from Sensitive Skin Clinic.

Every night before bed, apply 1 pump of C + Renew Serum on the back of each hand and smooth it over the skin. Then apply 2 pumps of Decircle + Firm Eyes and smooth over the vitamin C. The esterized Vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) is able to penetrate the lipid barrier of the skin and stimulate collagen development, act as an antioxidant, as well as support the reduction of sun spots. In Decircle + Firm Eyes there is the amazing antiaging ingredient ergothioneine from mushrooms, as well as peptides and hydroxysuccinamide that help break down oxidized elements stuck in the skin (age spots), and ‘flush’ them into the lymph system to be ‘trashed’. These two products work so well together. Use the same technique on other areas of the body that look older and ‘weathered’.

After 1 month you will notice the lightening of dark spots on your hands, and after 2 – 3 months you will be amazed at how much ‘younger’ and more attractive they look.

It’s still important to add moisturizer if you have dry skin on your hands, and always apply a mineral sunscreen every day (reapply after washing your hands).

Note that the skin on the hands can be sensitive…they are exposed to sunlight every day and they are frequently washed with water and soap that is way more alkaline than the skin…so they may not be strong and balanced. If you experience any sensitive reactions utilizing this hand care regimen, reduce the application to just 3 nights per week (like Mon/Wed/Fri), and once the hands are stronger and not reactive, increase the nightly application to 5 nights (Sun/Mon, Wed/Thu/Fri), and then increase it to 7 nights a week when you feel comfortable doing so.

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.

Drinking coffee reduces chances of melanoma – REALLY

Recently the media gushed that coffee may reduce your risk for deadly melanoma skin cancer as if this was a fact and that it will enable you sleep easy at night – especially if you drink as much coffee as possible every day….Nobody can really take this seriously…only unscientific news networks will make a big deal of this.

Yet, as reported in TIME magazine January 19, 2015, Health briefing Page 22, most cancer is out of our control because random DNA changes are usually to blame. Melanoma is just such a cancer.  So how can any epidemiological study about coffee consumption have any relevance to random DNA changes in skin cells? And that’s the problem with epidemiological studies – they show coincidence – not cause. These are not clinical tests. They use existing data, get a super computer to churn the data, and spit out all the coincidences that are present in the data. The epidemiological studies don’t tell you how many of those coffee drinkers also wore sunscreen every day (and it should always be a mineral sunscreen)…nor whether there was a history of cancer in their family. What one also has to look at is who paid for the study and report?  perhaps the coffee industry? perhaps some large international marketing companies who sell instant coffee by the ton through Costco and other mass retailers?

The TIME magazine article quotes the scientific study done at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine….quite a different approach to the coincidence approach of epidemiological studies…and way more believable. Sure there are cancers that are greatly influenced by an individual’s lifestyle choices – like lung cancer and smoking, but the vast majority of cancers are outside of our control…

Skewing facts to suit a marketing message is not new – marketers have been doing it for decades.  You need to be 1 step ahead of them by not allowing yourself to be swayed by any type of epidemiological study. To understand more of how they do this skewing of facts, I really recommend that you watch a funny (yet serious) video by the comedian Tom Naughton. The video is about the food industry, but you can very easily interchange food and cosmetics…

You have way more sun damage than you think, and it just gets worse

You’re young, you’re tanned, your skin looks great – healthy – gorgeous – impenetrable… ????

THINK AGAIN!

Your skin has aged by the time you get into your teens, by the time you’re 20 the sun damage is set for future aging to show on your skin as you move past 35….brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, maybe some white (no-colour) spots, and then further sun damage to DNA in some skin cells could eventually accumulate to turn the cell cancerous (carcinomas and melanomas).

On this planet, everything will age because of the sun, and our skin ages the fastest because of all our sun exposure during our lifetime. So wear a mineral sunscreen everyday already!!!!

Check out this video to see (and be shocked) at how the damage is in your skin – even though you cannot see it with the visible eye…. and then see how sunscreen on the skin helps protect it from too much sun (note, they are sunscreens not sun blocks – because nothing but a cardboard box can block some of the sun’s rays from penetrating your skin.

Yes, there are many sunscreen myths out there… but there are undeniable facts about how the sun damages the skin…. and that is why so many people (especially white/pink/brown skin tones) have to deal with sun spots/brown spots/age spots as they move past age 35… and…even very dark skin tones (equatorial region) have a great potential for age spots as they get into their 60’s and 70’s…and even they can end up with skin cancers…NOBODY is immune from the damaging effects of the sun while they reside on planet Earth!

Oh, and the sun will always increase the level of sensitivity you experience in your skin…not just from sun burn, but from damage to the immune cells in your skin, to the weakening of the skin barrier function, to increased vaso-dilation and advancement of serious skin conditions like rosacea…

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.