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The Do’s and Don’ts for a Healthy Skin Microbiome

What is your skin Microbiome?

The skin microbiome is all the micro-organisms that live on your skin.  These organisms include bacteria, fungi and mites. It is essential not to consider micro-organisms as good or bad. What changes skin health appears to be an imbalance or dysbiosis of the micro-organisms present. So P. Acnes (the bacteria associated with acne) is present on everyone’s skin. Inflammation in the skin allows changes which see P. Acnes bacteria increase in acne lesions. The process of this is not fully understood. However, what is known is most micro-organisms living on your skin are beneficial to skin health and that when an imbalance in the organisms occur, skin disease can develop.

So what we do know Skin Micro-organisms:

  • The micro-organisms protect against bacteria which would cause harm to our skin
  • Support of our skin immune system
  • Help maintain skin health & beauty

 

Eczema, rosacea, acne, allergies and the skin’s ageing process are all linked to imbalances in the skin microbiome and impaired barrier function.

What determines your skin Microbiome?

Everyone’s Microbiome is as individual as their DNA. The skin microbiome is constantly changing depending on your

  • Age & gender
  • where you live & environment the environment,
  • lifestyle, diet, exercise, pets
  • what products you put on your skin and cleansing
  • inflammation which can be caused by stress, sun exposure, excess sugar, alcohol or cigarette smoke.

 Which microbiota lives in your skin?

Over 250 different types of micro-organisms live on your skin.

Bacteria are the most common with over 1000 different bacteria species present on your skin. Three types, Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium and Propionibacterium, account for more than 60% of the bacterial present.

 

Our micro-organisms living with diversity & harmony is essential.

As stated previously, most microbes on your skin are not good or bad, but part of a diverse community living in harmony with our cells. Our skin cells provide nutrients for the micro-organism, and in return, they help protect our skin barrier.

Diversity is essential, helping protect against an imbalance of a species protects against skin disease. To find examples of this, if we look at bacteria, fungus and mites that can live on everyone’s skin without causing harm. Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), the fungus Malassezia globose (M. globose) or the Demodex mites are all part of the healthy microflora on our skin.

 An imbalance of these microbes underlies common skin diseases.

Staphylococcus aureus – eczema,

Propionibacterium acnes– acne

Malassezia globose – dandruff

Demodex mites – rosacea

 

  • Some S. aureus strains produce toxins and cell-binding proteins that inactivate antibodies. (that protect the skin)So, although they S. aureus live without causing problems when they are part of a diverse microbiome when a dysbiosis develops, S. aureus causes atopic dermatitis in some individuals.
  • Propionibacterium acnes live in the oil-rich region of everyone’s skin. Internal factors allow P. acnes to overgrow. It is the dysbiosis that explains why acne develops in some people by not everyone.
  • The fungus responsible for dandruff, Malassezia globose, is found on everyone’s scalp. Yet is it only in some environments and in some people that dysbiosis develops and dandruff develops.
  • Demodex mites likewise are present in everyone’s hair shaft. However, in some individuals, external triggers cause overgrowth with up to 6 times the average amount and subsequent inflammation in rosacea.

The cause of each of these skin diseases is complex and not understood clearly. However, one thing is that a diverse microbiome living in harmony prevents and helps settle these and other skin woes. The future of skincare is about avoiding factors that interfere with this balance and adding products to take care of your skin Microbiome.

 How to care for your skin’s Microbiome

Protect your skin barrier from damage – the DO’S & DONT’S. Though little is known as to how to protect microflora balance, there is early evidence for the use of some products on the skin and taken orally do contribute to skin health.  Central to this are measures that maintain a healthy skin barrier!

DO’s – For Healthy Skin Microbiome

  1. Use skincare that promotes healthy skin barrier examples include Niacinamide & Ceramides. Barrier repair moisturisers that contain a 1:1:1 ratio of fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterol is the optimum choice for repairing an impaired skin barrier.
  2. Products that protect and support microflora have anti-inflammatory, calming soothing – NIACINAMIDE. SELENIUM containing THERMAL SPRING WATER – thermal spring water contains minerals which help microbiota that live on your skin. SELENIUM scavenges free radicals and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Eat a healthy diet as a healthy gut microbiome affects the health of your skin Microbiome. A healthy gut microbiome is vital in preventing and treating many skin conditions and in reflecting radiant skin health. Eat fermented foods that contain prebiotics, eat probiotics with insoluble fibre and complex carbohydrates.
  4. Protect from UV and blue light damage. We are all aware of the damaging effects of UV radiation. Not only can it cause DNA damage, but it also sets up inflammation in the skin that can trigger rosacea flare. More recently, the role of blue light from sunlight, digital devices (tablets, phones) and indoor lighting in setting up inflammation has been elucidated.  Wear sunscreen and use sun protection as well as measures to protect against blue light stress.

DONT’S – For Healthy Skin Microbiome

The most common skin problems we see is from damage to skin barrier caused by over-cleansing, over-exfoliating, scrubbing or using incorrect skin products.  Interrupting the skin barrier causes an imbalance in microflora and can result in outbreaks of acne, eczema and rosacea.  Likewise, poor diet choices affect your Microbiome.

  1. Don’t use mechanical face scrubs, don’t over-cleanse, do not cleanse with soap
  2. Don’t eat excess sugar, simple carbohydrates, processed foods. Avoid excess alcohol.

The latest trend is formulating skincare with prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics to control dysbiosis. Is this effective and is this promising future for skincare or just a fad. It is too early to know. But yes, using measures that have shown to protect and promote a diverse microbiome living in harmony with your skin is essential for skin health.

 

For advise on skin care that helps protect your skin barrier and microbiome why not book online for a free skin analysis or call us on 33505447.

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We deliver the best Extraction Facial in Brisbane | We challenge any clinic!

We take pride in our extraction facials and believe we deliver the best extraction facial in Brisbane! Yes, that is a challenge.

These are the steps in our extraction facial.

Cleanse  – We double cleanse: For the first cleanse – we start with milk or gel cleanser (suitable to your skin type) to clean the skin of makeup and oil. With the second cleanse – we use an AHA/BHA cleanser to clear the skin of dead skin cells.

[caption id="attachment_12650" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Double Cleanse – first cleanse with milk or gel cleanser, second cleanse with BHA, AHA cleanser.[/caption]

Exfoliate & Soften – we open the pores with a BHA solution and apply desincrustation solution to soften the plug inside the pore. To help the skin to soften we use hot towels, which  helps to prevent trauma to the skin

[caption id="attachment_12654" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Apply desincrustation Gel[/caption]

Extractions – we have a choice of over 15 different extraction tools to remove comedones appropriately. We offer 30 – 45-minute treatments. If you require longer than 45 minutes, we advise splitting this into more sessions. You will need extractions monthly to 6 weekly to keep your skin clear.

Settling your skin afterwards – we apply anti-inflammatory and soothing 10% niacinamide – Proparia Skin Defence Serum. There is also an optional add-on LED Therapy to reduce inflammation.

Adjunct treatments We provide other pore treatments with lasers; Carbon laser facials and Pico laser treatment or Chemical peels; such as Salicylic acid or Jessner peel and skin needling. Our therapists provide advice on additional therapies that can help settle your concerns.

Skincare as aftercare We have excellent affordable skincare to help keep your pores clearer for longer, e.g. The Ordinary Glycolic Toner and Salicylic Mask or Dermaenergy Solve & Dissolve will all keep your skin clearer for longer.

[caption id="attachment_12652" align="aligncenter" width="768"] LED as add on after extraction facial.[/caption]

What is an extraction facial?

An extraction facial describes the process of clearing the skin pore. Skin pore blockages include blackheads (open comedones), whiteheads (closed comedones) or sebum from enlarged pores. Appropriately performed, an extraction facial can last 4-6 weeks before it must be repeated. The addition of laser therapy especially helps if enlarged pores are the main concern.

What can be achieved with an extraction facial?

Extraction facials are part of a month to 6 weekly skincare routine to keep your skin healthy. They provide a temporary solution to pore dysfunction. Generally, if you are concerned with enlarged pores or blackheads, you will need to factor in regular treatments. For more dramatic results, it is advised to add laser treatments to reduce pore size.

What Lasers reduce pore size?

  • For fair skin types: rf microneedling, fractional lasers such as CO2 or Fraxel are safe and effective treatments.
  • For darker & Asian skin types: pico lasers such as Picosure or picocare are safe lasers.
  • Rf microneedling is safe for all skin types.

What is the downtime after an extraction facial?

The downtime from a facial extraction ranges from hours up to a week. The factors that determine this is the difficulty of the extraction. We use desincrustation liquid and heat to open pores before extraction. However, problematic milia or blackhead extraction will cause some surface injury, which will need to heal. With open pores, generally, any redness will settle overnight what this means for you? Plan to get your extraction facial performed at least seven days before any significant event.

 

For the best extraction facial in Brisbane call us on 3350 5447 or book online with one of our therapists.

Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt

Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are both non-invasive body contouring devices. But that is where the similarity ends. Coolsculpting is used to reduce pockets of unwanted fat.   Whereas, Emsculpt is primarily designed to build or sculpt muscle. So think defined abs or butt lift. However, Emsculpt does also have some localised fat reducing properties.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt technology? 

Coolsculpting and Emsculpt have a similar aim, i.e. body sculpting. However, the mode of action is very different. Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis or fat freezing for spot reduction of fat resistant to diet and exercise. In contrast, Emsculpt uses high intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to induce 10 – 20,0000 muscle contractions in one session. It is like doing intense workout and provides muscle sculpting. It can help with fat reducing as long as you maintain a low sugar diet while getting treatment. So once available sugar is used it will turn to fat burning.

Coolsculpting uses a handpiece to suck fat into a cup, where it is taken to a low temperature. The aim to induce fat cell death for permanent reduction of fat. The released fat is then eliminated from your body.

Emsculpt, on the other hand, delivers HIFEM via a handpiece, strapped over the muscle you wish to condition. Tne focused magnetic stimulation causes rapid, repeated muscle contraction. Think of thousands of sit-ups in a single 30-minute session.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt discomfort level 

Both Coolsculpting and Emsculpting cause some discomfort during the treatment. The Emsculpt is much less with an initial period of unease as your muscles get used to the intensity of contractions. Coolsculpting causes pain at the start and end of the treatment. Firstly when the fat is initially sucked into the cup, it can feel like an intense pulling. Once the temperature is lowered; however, the area is numb, and there is no discomfort experienced. Secondly, when the Coolsculpting handpiece is removed, and the fat popsicle is massaged, there can be a more intense pain as the blood returns to the area and warms up.

Length of Treatment CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt 

Coolsculpting and Emsculpt have very different treatment recommendations. Coolsculpting takes an hour to treat an area, whereas Emsculpt is a 30-minute treatment. With Coolscupting, the procedure is repeated at 8 -12 weeks for further reduction of fat. Optimally most people require 2-3 treatments for reduction. Whereas the Emsculpt is recommended as a minimum of 4 performed every three days for optimal results. So with the Emsculpt, you are best to make sure you have dedicated time set aside over a fortnight for optimal results.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt body sculpting results 

Although both Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are body contouring treatments, Coolsculpting focuses on spot fat reduction and Emsculpt focuses on muscle toning, with some little fat reducing benefits. Coolsculpting claims to produce a permanent reduction in fat in the treated area (because the freezing induces apoptosis). In contrast, the Emsculpt results need to be repeated once every 12 weeks to 6 months. If you are wanting to treat yourself, combining Coolsculpting and Emsculpt treatments should give superior results for abs. Firstly reducing the fat with Coolsculpting, then building definition with the Emsculpt.

What areas can be treated Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt

Both can be used in multiple body areas. Emsculpt is primarily used for ab sculpting and non-surgical butt lift. However, it can also be used for the top of thighs, arms or calves. Whereas coolsculpting can be used for the tummy, chin, arms, bra fat, love handles, inner & outer thighs, knees, banana roll, back fat, i.e. most areas of the body which have unwanted fat.

Alternatives to CoolSculpting or Emsculpt for body sculpting? 

There are several non-invasive, as well as liposuction that can be used as alternatives for body sculpting. Some of these have entirely different technology to them, whereas some other options act via the same process. Firstly the other options to Coolsculpting and Emsculpt that uses various methods, including fat heating technologies such as Vanquish and Trusculpt (which use radiofrequency) Warmsculpting with Sculpsure, ultrasound or physical removal such as liposuction. Fat-dissolving injections can also be used to reduce chin fat and can be used off label across many body areas.

Alternatives to Coolsculpting that use fat freezing include Clattuu and Cooltech. Both are established and provide consistent results.

Alternatives to Emsculpt include Telslaformer. Teslaformer uses focused magnetic stimulation to induce muscle contraction. Originally it was introduced as a device for medical purpose and found full acceptance for the rehabilitation of muscle. It is used to treat various muscular pains, as well as stress incontinence. (The Emsculpt also has a device to treat incontinence). However, in the aesthetic market, Tesla provides muscle building for body sculpting.

 

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt for cellulite?

Neither cool sculpting or Emsculpt are indicated for cellulite, though both may have some side benefits to help reduce the fat, increase blood supply and provide some side benefit of skin tightening. For cellulite treatment, you are best to look toward Cellulaze or fat reducing injections such as Lipodissolve.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt side effects?

While both Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are,non-invasive both have possible side effects.

CoolSculpting side effects include pain, bruising, sensitivity or numbness, lumpiness in treated areas. There is also the risk of over-response, which can result in local divots (as the fat is reduced too much in one area). The flip side is the possibility of paradoxical hyperplasia (PAH). Where, instead of fat reducing in the treated area, it increases.

Emsculpt can also give muscular pain in the treated area. (like you have completed a good workout).

The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt? 

The ideal candidate for both cool sculpting and Emsculpt is someone who has BMI 25 or less if you have a higher BMI then treatments like liposuction or BTL Vanquish provide superior treatment.

Cooltech vs FMS Sculpting

We have chosen the alternative technologies for fat freezing and magnetic muscle stimulation because we can deliver these at an affordable price on the market.

We use Cooltech for fat freezing and FMS Sculpting with Teslaformer for magnetic stimulation of muscle contractions.

Our full offering for body sculpting and tightening include Cooltech fat freezing, Tesla former, Vanquish radiofrequency, Lipodissolve, laser for stretch mark treatment & Lipodissolve  injections for cellulite. Skin tightening with radiofrequency.

 

Call us on 3350 5447, email us or book online a free body consultation with our therapists to find out which body treatment will help with your body goals.

 

RF Microneedling vs Skin Needling for Acne Scar & Skin Texture Concerns

Skin needling is a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation. The newest skin needling technique combines radiofrequency (rf) with microneedling, boosting this treatment to a whole new level.

Traditional Skin Needling

Traditional skin needling uses a microneedling pen or dermaroller to stimulate collagen remodelling. It has been used for nearly two decades to reduce acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and other skin woes. More recently, it has been combined with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or mesotherapy, as the microchannels created with needling allow deeper penetration of growth factors and nutrients.

RF Microneedling

RF or radiofrequency energy combined with skin needling takes this treatment to the next level. First, the microneedles are inserted into the skin (after substantial numbing). Secondly, radiofrequency energy is delivered into the dermis. The whole process is very controlled, so the rf energy is given to the skin at a level where it can have maximal therapeutic benefit. The result: more dramatic results.

[caption id="attachment_12004" align="aligncenter" width="600"] CO2 vs RF Microneedling Energy Penetration[/caption]

Who Can Have RF Microneedling?

RF Microneedling is appropriate for all skin types and can be combined with a CO2 laser. It is used to:

  • Reduce fine lines & wrinkles
  • Reduce acne and other scars
  • Tighten skin
  • Smooth and refresh irregular skin texture

 

The Benefits of RF Microneedling

Throughout 3-4 treatments, you expect a significant improvement in skin quality.

  • You can expect similar benefits to ablative, fractional CO2 laser treatment with less downtime.
  • It can be used on darker skin types.
  • Healing occurs quickly and can be used in combination with other advanced skin rejuvenation treatments.

RF Microneedling with Fraxsis Duo

We chose Secret Rf as it came with Fraxsis CO2 laser. The first platform to combine RF microneedling with a fractional CO2 laser.

We still perform skin needling as a superficial rejuvenation treatment. Yet, for specific skin concerns, such as acne scars, stretch marks, self-harm scars, fine lines and wrinkles, the advantage of rf microneedling stands out. The first step is to come in for a free assessment with our laser therapists.  To find out more about skin needling Brisbane or any of our laser treatments call 33505447

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