Treatment for Premature Ageing & Sun Damage
According to Associate Professor Goodman from Monash University…
“Australian women reported more severe signs of facial ageing sooner than other women and volume-related changes up to 20 years earlier than those in the USA,” he said.
Have you seen how quickly an apple starts to brown after you have taken a bite? The apple is suffering from “Inflamm-ageing – the culprit – free radical damage or oxidative stress. And oxidative stress is happening all around us and has a major impact on the bodies ageing process.
This inflammatory process impacts how fast our skin ages and is further accelerated by external sources such as…
- Sun Exposure
- Computer Screens
And often the first signs of “Inflamm-ageing” appear on our skin in the form of;
- Fine lines
- Sagging skin
- Reddened skin
- Brown spots
And of course, in Australia, the number one cause of premature ageing is sun exposure. Our ideal climate, short winters, long summers, outdoor lifestyle and beach culture significantly contribute to our exposure to UV radiation and its unwanted effects.
While our past can often catch up with us there are few things we can do to reduce the premature ageing process.
Our recommended treatments include …
Intense Pulsed Light – a fast effective and safe method to remove the visible signs of premature ageing
LED Light Therapy – helps boost collagen and elastin production by stimulating skin cells
Microneedling – stimulates collagen production and helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles
Mid Strength Skin Peels – effectively promotes dead skin cell turnover.
At home we recommend skincare ingredients that include Vitamin A and C as well as daily use of sunscreen.
Treatment for Facial Redness and Rosacea
Rosacea refers to a range of symptoms that generally begin with modest redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin.
As the condition progresses, symptoms typically worsen to include persistent redness and small blood vessels begin to become more prominent.
At these later stages, watery pustules or papules many become apparent ( that is why Rosacea was often referred to as Acne Rosacea).
Diffuse redness can become permanent, often worsen as a result of aggravating factors include but not limited to
- Spicy foods
- Extremes of temperature
- Hot showers and
- Prolonged exposure to UV rays
These triggers can accelerate the redness and blushing.
Typically treatment and symptoms can be reduced with treatments including
- Intense Pulsed Light
- LED Light Therapy
Lipid Repairing Skin Treatments
There is no cure for Rosacea however symptoms can be managed effectively with a combination of correct skincare ingredients that do not aggravate the skin, daily sunscreen and daily intake of essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6 is important to improving the condition.
Treatment for Acne
At Brenwood we understand can not only has physical manifestation of papules, pustules and comedones (blackheads) but this skin disease can also have emoting and psychological effects on the sufferer. Early and intense treatment is advocated to reduce both the physical and emotional impacts of acne.
Our primary concern is to reduce the risk of scarring.
There are many causes of acne with the predominate case being hormonal fluctuations where excess sebum is produce and when mixed with dead skin cells, will block hair follicles to cause comedones. Other aggravating factors include
- using incorrect skin care products
- poor quality makeup
- poor skin cleansing habits
- UV Radiation (sun exposure)
Acne can also be genetic and the severity of acne can be increase with a rise in stress levels.
Treatment includes and effective Homecare program …
Cleanse morning and night with a non-stripping cleanser
Repair the lesions and breakouts with a benzoyl peroxide-free, treatment serum containing BHAs (Salicylic Acid) to decongest skin
Protect – Daily use of sunscreen with a mattifying formula to reduce oil flow.
Clinic treatments include…
LED Blue Light Therapy
Clearing Skin Workouts
Micorneedling to help with acne scarring
Hyperpigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone
Skin tones can range from dark, golden brown to the pale, pinkish-white hues. The term ‘pigmentation’ refers to the skin’s natural colour, irrespective of any sun exposure. In our skin we have pigments called melanins that are produced by melanocyte cells to provide natural protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.
Dark spots, skin discolouration, blotchiness, ephelides (freckles) and melasma, are all common skin concerns that are associated with excess
pigmentation, also called ‘hyperpigmentation’.
Hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of melanin resulting in darkening of the skin. Often this excessive melanin production forms clusters in localised areas resulting in patchy skin tones or dark spots.
WHAT CAUSES HYPERPIGMENTATION & AGE SPOTS?
The sun is the most common cause of excessive pigmentation production, as ultraviolet rays stimulate the production of free radicals* that in turn, stimulate the production of melanin. The excess melanin forms clusters, which result in uneven patches, forming freckles, liver or age spots, or general blotchiness on the surface of the skin. This type of hyperpigmentation is usually located in areas of the skin most often exposed to the sun, such as the hands, face, arms, shoulders and forehead.
Hormonal changes in pregnancy and menopause can also cause hyperpigmentation, as the hormones can stimulate melanocytes to produce more melanin. This is known as melasma and manifests with patches of hyperpigmentation on the face including the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and chin. There is often a family history of melasma and it usually first occurs during pregnancy.
*Free radicals are simple molecules with an electron missing. To try to become ‘whole’ again, they steal an electron from other molecules within the body and in so doing, cause small changes to our physiology each time.