Aging of the skin can be put into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging happens naturally over time and is determined by a person’s genetics. Mild facial wrinkling, expression lines, and dry, sensitive skin are likely a result of intrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging is a result of external factors like unprotected sun exposure, smoking, alcohol use, pollution and other lifestyle choices. Extrinsic factors are thought to be responsible for 85% of visible aging and are highly avoidable. Sun exposure is the leading cause of extrinsic aging; the suns damaging rays breakdown the skins support structure, leading to discoloration of the skin, wrinkles, sagging and, in some cases even cancer.
When treating visible facial aging, it is important to use products that not only treat existing conditions, but also protect the skin from future damage.
Collagen and elastin break down and their production decreases
Fine lines and wrinkles appear due to a lack of collagen and elastin support
Cell turnover rates and hydrating components decrease, leading to dry, flaky skin
Approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 25 develop acne. Affecting millions each year, acne is the most prevalent skin condition in humans. Typically, acne develops where there is an abundance of oil glands, like the face, scalp, chest, back and neck.
Some known causes include:
Clogging of the pore
Increased oil production
While acne is common, it also varies and can be made up of a complex combination of needs to treat.
Seeing a professional is the best way to ensure that this condition is treated appropriately and specific to each person’s unique needs.
Hyperpigmentation is described as areas of abnormal darkening of the skin.
This darkening can either be one spot or large patchy areas, depending on the cause.
This condition is a result of inflammation and can be triggered by sun exposure, hormone fluctuations or skin injuries (acne lesions, a cut or a burn). People with darker skin tones are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation than others.
It is important to consult with a licensed skin health professional prior to using products to even skin discoloration, as high percentages of strong ingredients can cause further irritation and a worsening of the condition instead of improvement.
Recommended Treatments:Dark Spots Pico Treatment, Carbon Peel, Chemical Peel, Sea salt Microdermabrasion
Dry and Sensitive
Sensitive skin can present itself in a variety of ways. Patients typically experience a combination of irritation, discomfort, bumps, redness and inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis (commonly referred to as eczema), rosacea and psoriasis are classified as sensitive skin conditions. While it is unclear what specific factors lead to a person having truly sensitive skin, it is possible for skin to become sensitized from over-exposure to harsh topical ingredients or climate. Fragrances, lanolin, formaldehyde, latex and menthol are common irritants that contribute to sensitization of the skin and can lead to contact dermatitis. The use of aggressive chemical and mechanical exfoliants can also increase skin irritation. Always consult a licensed professional for a treatment plan tailored to address the underlying causes and symptoms of your unique sensitive skin.
An impaired barrier leads to constant moisture loss
Dry, flaky skin is common
Visible redness is a sign of underlying and superficial inflammation
Blood vessels are larger and, therefore, more visible