London: An expert has revealed how you can easily heal a variety of skin concerns. Australian cosmetic physician Dr Phoebe Jones said thanks to technological advances and scientific research we now know how to treat skincare conditions like rosacea and pigmentation.
‘The even better news is that we are seeing the way in which treatments at home and at the clinic can complement each other for optimal results in addressing some of the most common skincare problems affecting Australians,’ she said.
Pigmentation Causes and Treatment at Home
Dr Phoebe Jones has shared expert tips for treating six common skincare woes at home and at the clinic.
Skin pigmentation occurs when dark spots appear on the body, often on the face, neck and décolletage. Dr Jones said that for many people it can be a result of excessive UV exposure or imbalanced hormones.
‘When it comes to pigmentation, there is no better form of protection than sunscreen,’ she said. ‘This requires a strict SPF application every single day, even if you spend most of the day in the office.’
She said that reapplying at lunchtime is key and recommends over the counter ingredients that brighten, such as niacinamide, kojic acid, liquorice root extract, retinol and 2 per cent hydroquinone.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that presents itself as a reddish like appearance on the skin usually on the cheeks, chin and forehead. ‘Using water-based lotions and makeup, rather than oil-based ones is great for rosacea sufferers. Also, if you suffer from acne rosacea, I’d suggest using a non-comedogenic sunscreen,’ Dr Jones said.
‘Avoiding triggers such as alcohol, temperature extremes, spicy foods, hot showers and sun exposure will reduce rosacea breakouts, otherwise look out for over the counter topical ingredients that reduce redness and inflammation like niacinamide and azelaic acid.’
‘Enlarged pores are caused by excessive oil production in our bodies, and although there is much reason why this may occur, it usually comes down to genetics,’ she said.
‘In order to remove dead skin cells and prevent the build-up of excess sebum, a topical salicylic acid should be applied after washing the face with a product containing an AHA or BHA,’ explains Dr Jones. ‘Non-comedogenic creams and makeup are your friends,’ she adds.
‘Submental fat that forms beneath our chin is what has come to be known as the double chin. Genetics, weight gain and loosening skin can all be blamed for this happening,’ she said. Unfortunately, some people will always have a double chin even if they lose weight, however, Dr Jones discovered a little tip from non-other than Rihanna in a Vogue makeup tutorial.
‘Rihanna started contouring her double chin, as well as, her jawline with a bit of bronzer – which is quite clever for a mild double chin,’ she said.
While there is a natural ageing process, factors like the environment and certain lifestyle choices can speed up the ageing process of our bodies. Premature ageing impacts our skin’s levels of thinness and dryness and causes fine lines to appear.
Dr Jones advises there are two must-have items: sunscreen and prescription tretinoin 0.05 per cent. ‘Sunscreen with good UVA coverage will prevent damage to the collagen and resulting elasticity, while tretinoin is a vitamin A derivative that functions to increase cell turnover and stimulate the production of collagen,’ she said.