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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Reduce Pore Size | Minimise clogged or enlarged pores on nose and face.

How to reduce pore size? Laser therapy, microneedling, extraction facials, skincare and peels are all useful to minimise pores.  Most treatments are temporary and require routine maintenance.  However, some provide longer-term results. These treatments can be divided into three categories.

  1. Laser and microneedling to achieve a longer-term reduction in skin pore size.
  2. Temporary: Treatments that minimise enlarged pores by keeping them clear of sebum. These include extraction facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. These require regular scheduling.
  3.  Skincare such as prescription vitamin A and BHA provide an excellent start to reduce pore size. Once again, skincare requires daily use.
  1. Laser Resurfacing & Other Treatments to Reduce Pore Size

Several lasers are effective in reducing pore size. Fraxel, fractional CO2, ablative erbium and even laser genesis work depending on the depth and skin colour and type. Carbon laser facials using Q switch or Pico laser can be added as part of ongoing treatment to reduce pore size. Radiofrequency microneedling is the best overall technology for pore shrinking results, although combining treatments give the best approach.

  • In people with darker skin colour, Pico lasers or radiofrequency such as rf microneedling are safer choices.
  • Correct application of skin needling can reduce pore size.
  • For deeper skin pores, TCA peels or TCA cross is indicated
  1. Therapies Designed to Clear Clogged Pores

There are a couple of therapy treatments that assist in minimising pores.

  • Chemical peels especially salicylic acid or Jessner peels help clear pore contents.
  • Extraction facials are used to not only clear blackheads & milia, but can also assist in clearing clogged pores.
  • Microdermabrasion uses suction to vacuum out pore contents.

As all of these therapies simply clear the sebum, this will reaccumulate, so routine maintenance is required.

  1. Skincare to Minimise Pores

Excellent products to help reduce pore size are prescription Vitamin A cream, Vitamin B (niacinamide) and over the counter BHA (Salicylic Acid).

  • Vitamin A works in several ways to help shrink or reduce pore size. Firstly, it helps slow oil production, and secondly, it helps stabilise the cell turn over—both of these helps to clear clogged pores.
  • Salicylic Acid or BHA 2% is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant. BHA penetrates the oil in the oil glands, helping exfoliate the pores on nose and face and improve the cosmetic appearance and minimise pore size.
  • The action of niacinamide is not clearly known.

How Long Does Skin Care Reduce Pore Size?

Daily application is required; results are a cumulative, and long-term reduction in pore size can be expected. However, these will both need to be applied daily to minimise pore size.

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What Causes Enlarged Pores?

Acne, enlarged pores, blackheads and whiteheads are all caused by problems with skin pore function and are mainly genetic.  Men and women both get enlarged pores, but there is a higher occurrence in men. The underlying predisposition to clogged pores is the amount of oil produced in your skin and susceptibility to the oil gland becoming obstructed.

Enlarged pores are caused by overproduction of oil and skin cells inside the pore. The pores become clogged with accumulated sebum and dead cells and slowly enlarge. So, treatments to minimise pores should address both of these.

Skincare For Cystic Acne

Many people seek a more natural approach to settling cystic nodular acne. Skincare alone, will not settle cystic acne. Neither will dietary changes, nor taking supplements nor essential oils. However, there are more natural alternatives to oral vitamin A and antibiotics to treat moderate to severe, cystic acne. An entirely new blue light activated gel – Kleresca acne treatment.

Skincare for Cystic Acne, however, is essential and mostly the same for all grades of acne. Why? Because the underlying cause of acne is the same and the difference with cystic acne is only the severity and depth. No skin care can penetrate deep enough to impact on the cystic nodular components. So the idea is once the cystic acne is settled with Kleresca to provide skin care to prevent inflammation and acne formation.

Overview of Skincare for Cystic Acne

1.Use an exfoliant, and we do not mean a scrub which can be harsh and irritating. We mean the cosmetic acid exfoliants like AHA’s and BHA’s.
2. Use vitamins A, B & C in skin care. The Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits of these three skincare essentials. Vitamin A & C also stimulate collagen to assist in skin repair and help prevent scarring.
3. Use sunscreen to help reduce inflammation and prevent scarring.

Skin care for Cystic Acne: Details

1. Exfoliate – to unblock pore obstruction and to encourage skin cell turnover. BHA is the best exfoliant because it is oil soluble and penetrates into the pore to help exfoliate at the site of obstruction. Combinations with AHA especially lactic acid can be useful. Avoid physical scrubs as they can be too harsh.

2. Vitamin A, B & C are core ingredients to help clear and prevent acne.

Vitamin A can come in the form of over the counter retinol or prescription retinoids. They have been shown to decrease cell turnover, helping unblock the obstructed oil glands, to reduce inflammation and may help normalise cellular activity. Prescription vitamin A remains the essential ingredient in skincare for cystic acne. It has the added benefit of assisting healthy collagen growth in repairing the injury from nodular acne, helping reduce acne scarring.

Vitamin B in the form of niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful for all skin types but especially for helping settle inflamed acne.

Vitamin C has antioxidant; anti-inflammatory properties so helps settle acne. Like Vitamin A it has the added benefit of assisting new collagen formation and repair to reduce acne scarring.

The critical thing with skincare for cystic acne is the active ingredients that have been shown to benefit. So seeking out skincare that has the correct percentage, is affordable. We offer some in the clinic. For very detailed information on skin that is prone to acne and the best skincare choices, Dr Lesley Bauman provides in-depth skin typing and ingredients according to your skin type.

A Few Skincare tips for Cystic Acne

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can help fight cystic acne by applying a drop or two to affected areas. It is well tolerated on the skin and not only helps reduce P. Acnes bacteria but may also be anti-inflammatory.

Avoid Excess Sun Exposure

Although small doses of the sun may have beneficial effects of killing P. Acne, sun exposure creates free radicals and inflammation in the skin. Sun exposure can worsen post-inflammatory pigmentation and acne scarring. Use a sunscreen containing Zinc daily as well as hats and avoid the harsh direct sun in peak sun periods.

2. Ice It

As a temporary measure, which painful cysts are bugging you, apply ice cubes directly for several seconds to help reduce inflammation. The cooling effects of ice can provide welcome, temporary symptomatic relief.

Summary of a More Natural approach To Cystic Acne

Skin care for cystic acne alone, will not settle this painful condition. If you want a more natural approach to settling moderate to severe and cystic acne, there is a bright shining light in Kleresca. A new acne treatment approach using biophotonics (fancy word for fluorescent pulsating light treatment)

Kleresca was recently introduced to Australia as a medical device with impressive results in helping settle all acne, but especially more severe acne of cystic nodular type. With this new treatment, it may be possible to treat up to 90% of acne without antibiotics and oral vitamin A.,

It requires a course of 12 treatments At $200 per treatment or $2000 for a package of 12. We do provide payment plan options to assist you in affordably obtaining the therapy.

Call us on 3350 5447 to book a free assessment with our therapists or email any queries.

Can Reducing Inflammation Clear Your Pimples?

Pimple treatment has traditionally used antibiotics in higher doses and for long periods in an attempt to kill skin bacteria. However, the role of inflammation underlying acne and the importance of settling this in treating and preventing acne is a new field of study. A new biophotonic gel, Kleresca, activated by light, works to reduce skin inflammation and is emerging as a promising alternative to traditional antibiotic and oral vitamin A.

Acne is the most common skin condition which causes significant distress both during the active phases and after pimples settle with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne scarring.

Acne lesions form when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This is a perfect environment for overgrowth of bacteria, with Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) being the most common pimple-causing bacteria. It was once believed that pimples and cystic acne were a direct result of inflammation from bacterial infections.

Inflammation Causes Pimples.

Inflammation is the central cause of pimples and cystic acne. And this inflammation is seen in the skin even before a pimple develops. Clogged pores develop inflammation as the sebum is rich in enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMP’s) The bacterial infection then adds further inflammation to form a pimple.

Genetic factors, hormones, stress and high glycemic load foods such as sugar and processed (white) carbs bring on zits because they increase oil production and skin cell turnover and leads to sebum-rich blockage in the pores and an environment for P. acnes to blossom.

Treating inflammation not only helps acne settle but can also help prevent it from developing. It is, in fact, the anti-inflammatory effects of certain antibiotics and not its anti-bacterial effects that are of most benefit in settling acne and preventing acne scarring. Some common antibiotics inhibit the overactivity of the matrix metalloproteinases. So pimple treatment needs to focus on settling inflammation.

The Role of MMP’S Pimple Formation and Inflammation?

Matrix metalloproteinases are enzymes that keep the skin healthy by breaking down old and dying skin structures and building new ones. But when they are overactive they cause damage to the oil gland and cellular matrix (collagen-hyaluronic acid-elastin) with the formation of cystic acne and subsequent acne scarring.

As well as the antibiotics, vitamin A (retinoids) may also act by inhibiting the MMP’s.

Will Acne Settle If The Inflammation is Calmed?

Being able to settle the inflammation will settle the acne and help prevent it.
So what is wrong with the current medical approach? It is not addressing the principal cause – the inflammation. Both conventional higher dose, prolonged antibiotics and retinoids have side effects. Oral retinoids may increase the risk of autoimmune diseases, and antibiotics disrupted gut health and contributed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Perhaps it is time to rethink pimple treatment.

Kleresca – A New Pimple Treatment.

An alternative pimple treatment without antibiotics or oral retinoids is Kleresca.
Kleresca acne treatment decreases inflammation, normalise cellular activity and address P Acne infection. Kleresca is an entirely new light-based treatment for acne. It is called a biophotonic treatment. Unlike old light-based treatments for acne (which addressed bacteria with blue light, and inflammation with red light therapy), Kleresca involves the application of gel to the acne affected area. The gel, when activated by light, turning the light into a pulsating fluorescent light, that not only kills the bacteria but penetrates deeper into the dermis to reduce inflammation, normalise cell activity and stimulate healthy skin rejuvenation. (reducing acne scar formation.)

It is a more natural alternative for treatment of cystic acne and moderates to severe acne. And because it helps stimulate new collagen and skin rejuvenation it is not only a acne treatment, it also treats acne scarring.

 

 

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How To Treat Blackheads

Treating blackhead with conventional treatments of pore strips, scrubs and facials will not work, except to temporarily extract the contents. Blackheads are caused from a build up of sebum (oil) in the skin pores and blockage of the pore with exfoliated dead skin cells. Being open to air, the sebum and clogged material oxidise and turns dark. Hence the term blackhead.

Salicylic Acid Exfoliates The Pore

BHA (beta hydroxy acid) or Salicylic Acid is oil soluble so it will penetrate the oil in the oil gland and exfoliate the contents and pore lining.

Salicylic acid products needs to be concentration of 1-2% in ph approximately 3.

We sell a very good Salicylic acid gel: Cost $42 for 118ml. This can be applied once or twice daily and progressively exfoliate the surface and skin pore. It is safe to use long term as part of skin routine.

We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses and therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

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redirectedAcne Treatment

Acne affects more than 80% of teenagers and many adults.

There is no miracle cure for acne; however a thorough treatment plan with skin care, prescription treatments and physical therapies can settle acne and prevent scarring.

  • Prescription medical treatments can help to treat acne.
  • Skin care and prescription creams can be used to unblock pores and reduce inflammation.
  • Topical and oral antibiotics can be used for infected acne lesions.
  • Severe acne requires referral to a dermatologist.
  • We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses and therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

    We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses and therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

    Call Us On 3350 5447 For A Free Consultation.

    EMAIL Us With Any Queries.

    redirectedDo foods aggravate acne?

    There is a myth that oily foods and chocolate make acne worse. There is no evidence that this is true. There are however foods that have been shown to improve acne. So what diet should you follow to help keep your face clear?

    What foods are believed to help reduce acne?

    Research has shown that a diet low in carbohydrates and relatively high in proteins helps reduce acne blemishes.
    Avoid refined sugars and low GI carbohydrates (lollies, fizzy drinks, white sugar and bread) and include good quality protein in your diet.
    Omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish, nuts, seeds and oils are believed to reduce the obstruction of oil glands.
    Include olive oil, avocado, nuts and fish in your diet or try flaxseed oil supplements to reduce obstruction.
    Foods that are rich in antioxidants assist the skins immunity and protection against infection should be included in the diet.
    Fresh fruit and vegetables and green tea boost skin protection.

    Does chocolate cause acne?

    No, in fact, good quality chocolate because it is rich in antioxidants and good oils may help protect your skin. Avoid lower quality chocolates with excessive sugar.

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    4 Factors That Cause Acne and Treatments to Settle Pimples Quickly.

    Understanding what causes acne will help you settle pimples quickly. Ideally, acne treatments address all of the underlying causes of pimples. Kleresca acne treatment has been a game changer for acne treatment, settling active pimples quickly. It is now possible for 90% of acne to be treated without antibiotics or oral retinoids.

    Acne the 4 factors that contribute to blemish formation.

    1. Increased oil production in the sebaceous (oil) glands- under the influence of hormones.

    2. Increased cell production in the oil glands, accumulation of dead cells causing blockage of the gland. This blockage allows the oil in the sebaceous gland to build up causing blackheads when the pore remains open or whiteheads when the pore opening is closed.

    3. Bacterial infection with Propionibacterium acnes (or P. acnes) which grows in the oil-rich blocked gland.

    4. Inflammation occurs because of the bacterial infection causing redness and swelling- papules. Eventually, the gland can rupture under the skin, and this causes intense inflammation and formation of pustules-pimples. If the blockage is deeper in the skin, cystic nodules can form.

    Treatment Of Acne

    There is no miracle cure for acne; however, a thorough treatment plan with skin care, prescription treatments and physical therapies can settle acne and prevent scarring.

    The recommended treatment depends on the severity and type of acne. Non inflammatory acne with blackheads and whiteheads can respond to peels and extraction facials. Moderate to severe acne can now be successfully treated with Kleresca.

    • Prescription medical treatments such as Kleresca can help to treat acne.
    • Skin care and prescription creams can be used to unblock pores and reduce inflammation.
    • Peels, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy can all help reduce the obstruction or inflammmatory component of acne.
    • Severe acne requires referral to a dermatologist.

    Call us on 3350 5447 for a free analysis to settle pimples quickly.

    Acne Skin Care Program

    The basic essential step in treating acne is to adopt a good skin care plan that will address the underlying factors that cause blemishes. In people with mild acne a good acne skin care plan may be all that is required to keep blemishes under control. Once you have moderate to severe acne medical treatment will also be required.

    Acne skin care program.

    1. A gentle cleanser to remove oil build up, makeup and dirt from the surface of the skin, preparing it for any active product you put on. This should not be overly drying and should ideally be at a ph approximating that of the skin.

    2. An exfoliant to accelerate removal of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin that may clog oil glands and cause blemishes. The best exfoliants to use are Salicylic Acids/ BHAs as these are oil soluble and penetrate the pores and clear the dead compacted cells causing obstruction.

    3. Sunscreen- a gel based or non-pore obstructing sunscreen

    Acne skin care may includes addition of;

    • Non-prescription disinfectants benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil
    • Prescription topical antibiotic creams or retinoids.

    redirected Eliminate Factors That Aggravate Acne

    The first essential and often overlooked step in acne treatment is to eliminate factors that worsen it. People battle with acne blemishes, often not realising that the skin products they are using may be continually aggravating their acne.

    Skin Products that aggravate acne

    Creams and oils aggravate acne by blockage of the pores. This includes sunscreens especially those containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It is best to choose a lotion or gel for sun protection if you are troubled with acne.

    Will makeup worsen acne?

    Young women with acne sometimes wear heavy makeup in an attempt to disguise the blemishes; however this almost certainly will be worsening the acne. The good news is you can wear makeup if you have acne; however the selection of type becomes very important.

    Do not use cream makeup foundations if you have acne

    • Mineral makeup is the only acceptable alternative.
    • Never ever go to sleep with makeup on.
    • Never exercise with makeup on.

    Do not use any harsh or irritating skin-care products if you have acne

    The temptation with acne is to over clean or scrub the face, because you feel you want to get your face really clean, however this will be making you acne worse.

    • Use a gentle cleanser. Over cleaning stimulates oil production and worsens the underlying cause. Using a hydrating face wash gives better results in reducing acne.
    • Do not use soaps. They contain products that can block the pore and often have a high ph that disrupts the natural protective layer of the skin, and potentially increase the presence of bacteria inside the pore.
    • Do not use products that contain overly abrasive scrub particles or astringents. These can all hurt the skin, cause irritation and stimulate oil production.

    Acne is worsened by many products containing irritating substances.

    • Do not use products that contain alcohol or witch hazel, both are drying and cause irritation, disrupting the skins protective layer and potentially increasing the risk of bacterial infection.
    • Do not use products that contain irritating essential oils menthol, peppermint, and camphor, eucalyptus, lemon or grapefruits oils. These ingredients are extremely irritating and impair the skin’s ability to heal itself and prevent infection.

     

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    * DISCLAIMER: Results may vary from person to person.