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Why YOUR skin would benefit from a course of peels.

Posted on October 11, 2016

What is a peel?

A peel is an in Salon treatment using specific exfoliating agents to smooth and re-surface the skins texture. There are quite a variety of peels that can treat a number of different skin conditions. Peel treatments can vary in the depth they penetrate ranging from superficial skin peeling with little to no down time to medium depth peeling which can have a shedding effect on the skin. Not all peels cause “peeling” or are uncomfortable. Many are simply skin smoothing and intensely hydrating.

What skin types are best suited for a course of Peel treatments?

There are many treatment peels available for your skin therapist to select from, so a course of peel treatments would benefit almost anyone. However peels are an ideal way of treating the following skin conditions:

  • Acne Peeling using salicylic acid is an ideal way of treating acne that has not responded to other treatments. It dissolves the sebum and has an anti-inflammatory affect on the skin.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles Because AHA Peels attract Hyaluronic Acid (a substance that holds a thousand times it’s weight in water) there is a wonderful plumping effect from the peel that lessens the visual signs of lines and wrinkles considerably. 
  • Superficial pigmentation A noticeable reduction in superficial pigmentation and a brightening of the overall appearance of the skin.
  • Rosacea That has not responded well to simple treatments.
  • Dry, sallow skin Treatments will help to level out your skin’s texture giving a smoother appearance and radiance.

What can I expect at my initial consultation?

On your first visit your skin specialist will ask you to fill out a consultation form to assess whether there are any contra indications to treating your skin. They will discuss YOUR skin concerns and talk you through what to expect over the duration of treatments. Together you will be able to customise a plan that would best suit your skin to maximise its appearance and texture. Your skin specialist will also talk you through the sensation of the treatment and any specific after care. You may be able go forward with your first treatment at your initial consultation.

Things to consider

Here at Bloom Skin and Beauty Boutique you can be assured all of our Skin Specialists are highly trained in skin analysis and diagnosis of conditions as well as the various peeling techniques. Typically a course of peels is done in a block of six treatments every 2-3 weeks depending on the depth of the peel and exfoliating agents that are used. Some peel therapies are also done as a one off peel as a skin maintenance treatment.

A single peel treatment is $95 and is booked as a 30 minute appointment. Customised peel courses are available from $475 (pay for 5, get one free). Contact us to make a booking.

 

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Pigmentation: Everything you need to know and how to treat it

Posted on July 15, 2016

 

What is Pigmentation?

Melanin is a pigment which is produced in the skin cell that causes skin coloration. Tyrosine (an amino acid) is converted to melanin through a series of complex thermal steps in the skin cells. Pigment is produced in a group of cells called Melanocytes, which manufacture the pigment called Melanin. While this is responsible for your tan, it can also cause unwanted dark patches and age spots. 

What are the common types of pigmentation?

MelasmaMelasma (also known as Chloasma) appears as a blotchy, brownish pigmentation on the face that develops slowly & fades with time. Usually noticed on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip. Triggers for this condition include pregnancy and hormonal contraceptives. Sun exposure and heat can worsen Melasma; if left untreated can lead to Hyper pigmentation. Melasma is believed to be oestrogen driven, only effecting women.

Hyper Pigmentation appears as brown patches or macules, often with a poorly defined border. Common causes for this condition include heredity, inflammation, certain medications, Hormonal changes (such as Pregnancy or Menopause), Acne scarring, picking at the skin & sun exposure.

Post inflammatory pigmentation appears as brown macules/patches, often with a poorly defined boarder with little skin surface change. Predominately appears in darker skin types (Although lighter skins can suffer from PIP). Maori, Polynesian, Indian, African and even the lighter Asian skin types are mostly effected. PIP presents after an alteration to both the immune cells and Melanocytes occurs. Causes of PIP come from inflammation or trauma caused to the skin such as acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis or injury (e.g. triggered by chemical peels, laser or dermabrasion therapies)

What can be done to treat the appearance of facial pigmentation?

Over the duration of my carrier as an Aesthetician in the beauty industry, treatments as well as Cosmeceutical skincare products have vastly improved and it is now much safer and a great deal easier to treat these conditions. 

DermaFrac, a Facial treatment performed only by a trained skin specialist. The procedure uses a vacuumed hand piece to pull the skin into contact with hundreds of micro-needles creating pathways for an infusion serum to penetrate the epidermis above the capillaries and nerve endings. There is no down time and is pain free. DermaFrac is best done as a course of 6 treatments at 4 weekly intervals: Check out our DermaFrac treatments...

IPL, (Intense Pulsed Light) can treat Hyper pigmentation easily. This is a non-invasive treatment which uses specific wavelengths of light to accurately target the darker pigment on the skin. It may be necessary to have 3-4 treatments for optimal results. Bloom Beauty Boutique has the “Nasa” of IPL machines: Check out our IPL treatments... 

Peels, a Procedure in which a solution is applied using specific pigment fighting and Tyrosine inhibiting ingredients. There are many levels of skin peels available which cause surface or medium depth skin peeling. Some offer no down time while others may cause considerable “peeling” of the skin. Your skin therapist will talk with you on which treatments will work for your skin. Check out our Facials and Skin Teatments...

Cosmeceutical skin care, it is greatly recommended you use a results driven prescribed skin care regime while you embark on treatment and to prevent future pigmentation from developing. Not to mention this will give you optimal skin health in all aspects of your skin. Bloom Skin & Beauty stock Aspect & Cosmedix skin care products which are highly recommended.

Take home message…

  • There are many types of triggers & causes for pigmentation.
  • It is important to distinguish the type of pigmentation you have as Melasma can be a little more difficult to treat.
  • Always use an SPF, even if you aren't going to be in direct sunlight
  • Start using a pre scripted Cosmeceutical skin care regime

If you are concerned about pigmentation and want to discuss possible treatment, contact us for a full skin analysis at Bloom Skin & beauty boutique.            

 

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