The Importance of a Strong Skin Barrier

The below is a great extract from ‘Mind Body Green’ written by Amy Chang (2018). It really highlights the importance of a strong skin barrier. For years I personally suffered from hormonal adult acne. Having dry skin meant that the products I was using to treat breakouts were making my dry skin worse …and the products to (supposedly) nourish my dry skin were increasing my breakouts. I was suffering from product overload and a severely compromised skin barrier.

The breakthrough for me came after I switched skincare products. I was then able to fortify my skins natural moisture barrier. This meant my skin became more resilient,  less prone to irritation, and had fewer breakouts.

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Extract below from Mind Body Green 2018

Note: The author Amy Chang is a Los Angeles-based influencer and founder of BOND EN AVANT, a beauty and wellness blog dedicated to sharing her journey exploring nontoxic skin care and makeup etc

The Skin Care Routine That Helped Clear My Adult Acne

If you get a pimple or two, is your first reaction to reach for something drying? It was always mine. But somehow, every time I approached treating my adult acne this way, all it did was make things worse. Much worse. I couldn’t understand why these prescriptions and products marketed as “acne treatments” weren’t working and were actually exacerbating the situation. I figured maybe I hadn’t found the right one. So, one after the other, I tried them all, desperately hoping one would work. Finally, after almost a decade of riding the acne roller coaster, I discovered how to clear up my adult acne. The first and most important step was realizing my acne was not a result of excess oil but rather dry skin, inflammation, and a disrupted skin barrier.

The Importance of a Strong Skin Barrier

‘The Acne Answer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Clear, Healthy Skin’, written by organic skin care founder and chemist Marie Veronique, was actually instrumental in bringing this understanding to light. In her book, Marie breaks down the importance of strengthening the skin’s barrier and rebalancing its microbiome, which many acne sufferers have severely—and unknowingly—disrupted due to prescription topicals, preservatives (i.e., parabens, phthalates) that can have microbiome and endocrine-disrupting capabilities, and overcleansing or overexfoliating the skin.
“With the skin microbiome,” she explained to me in our interview, “if you use a topical antibiotic for instance, clindamycin, it will kill all of the bacteria on your skin, disrupting the balance. It may work for a while, but once you stop, the bacteria can come back with a vengeance and can be very difficult to treat. We have been taught that when you start getting a breakout, you must use oil-free products, that you want to cleanse to get rid of the bacteria, but all you’re doing is drying out the skin, stripping it of the oils that are actually going to help keep your skin microbiome in balance and creating dry skin, which may invite more pathogenic bacteria to overcolonize. What started out as a little problem can quickly become a large problem.”

What finally worked to heal my cystic acne

Upon learning this from Marie, I decided to make an effort to avoid harmful synthetic preservatives and began employing a skin care routine aimed at strengthening my skin’s barrier and rebalancing its microbiome. Within weeks, my skin drastically improved.

Key tips to take away:-

Focus on reducing inflammation.

Even (adult) breakouts are commonly ‘inflammation’ in need of soothing, not something to overstrip and dry out. Re think your skincare products as you may be doing more harm than good!

Gentle Cleansing

Cleansing needs to be about removing impurities, without the use of harsh surfactants -which strip our skins natural (and beneficial) moisture. Two great options are R+F Soothe Gentle Cream Wash or Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask (with Koalin Clay). Click here to find out more or purchase.

Gentle physical exfoliation 

Exfoliation is absolutely essential in every skincare regime because it sloughs off a whole layer of dry, dead skin cells (causing dullness). This allows other products to then work more effectively. HOWEVER there’s a catch;- Most of the granulated exfoliants on the market are very harsh. In fact it is not uncommon for them to have apricot seeds (pits) as an ingredient.  The small sharp edges can easily create micro-tears in the delicate lipid barrier, allowing distress. This is not something we want to experience.

One of my favourite products is the R+F Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. This dermatologically developed product features Vitamins C & E + ‘sugar granules’ that melt away leaving the skin silky-smooth.

Ideally, an exfoliant should only be used 1-2 times per week instead of cleanser. To purchase click here.

For information on certain problematic skin issues please visit:-

Common Skin Conditions

Rosacea

Perimenopause & your skin

Adult Acne

Melasma & Pigmentation

😌 Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse – Skincare)

 

 

 

5 of the WORST things you can do for your SKIN.

1) smoking

Nicotine reduces blood flow to your skin, which means it doesn’t get an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients. The chemicals in tobacco also damage collagen and elastin proteins (which give our skin its structure).

Smoking and your skin

In addition, years of puckering the lips to hold a cigarette, or squinting your eyes to keep out smoke – deepens lines and wrinkles in those areas.

2) Going to bed without washing your face.

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It can be tempting to skip the evening Skincare Regime after a long day of work (or a night out). However -not cleansing your face before bed (especially if you’re wearing makeup or sunscreen) leads to clogged pores, breakouts, dullness, rough skin texture, bacterial buildup and sometimes irritation.

In the evenings, it is very important to start your skincare regime with the removal of makeup or sunscreen. Otherwise your facial mask, scrub, or cleanser will purely be removing makeup rather than doing its job of removing impurities from your pores etc.

SO for healthy and vibrant looking skin, cleanse morning AND night.

3) Taking long, hot showers

Hot showers dry your skin

Steamy showers may be comforting on cold winter days, however they also tend to dry our skin out. Hot water can strip skin of essential moisture and natural oils. For some this can result in dry, scaley, and itchy skin. This is especially bad news for those who already suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. SO for the sake of your skin, turn the temp down to moderately warm, try and avoid letting the stream of water directly hit your face AND exit before your skin starts to prune. Then after your shower, always apply hydration/ moisterising products as soon as you have dried yourself.

 

4) Not getting enough z’s

Studies have shown that while we sleep, our skin repairs and regenerates. New Skin cells are also created and old or damaged ones are shed. Our skin also makes the most of any night serums and creams that are applied.

Sleep and your skinA lack of sleep also causes an increase in our stress hormones (cortisol etc) which as previously discussed (see here), can lead to many Skin issues such as acne, rosacea and psoriasis. Cortisol can also cause disruption to our collagen cycle, and also a lowered immune system in general.

The average person should aim to snooze for approximately eight hours a night. Establishing a good nighttime routine will help you get a better night’s sleep. This includes avoiding caffeine in the afternoon, avoiding blue light (from devices) an hour before bed time, sleep in a dark & quiet room, and try to go to bed at a similar time each night (well at least midweek).

Lastly ….sleep deprivation also leads to dark swollen under-eye areas.

5) Not using sunscreen – all year         round.

UVB rays—the ones responsible for burning—are much stronger during the summer, but UVA rays tend to remain pretty constant all year long. SO don’t just reserve your SPF for summer days at the beach. It should be included in your skincare regimen pretty much every day.

Sunscreen for anti-aging

A daily moisturizer with SPF built in is the easiest solution for a lot of people.

Visit here for more information on sundamaged skin.

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Need help with your skincare regimen? Please feel free to contact me OR visit the Solutin Tool.

☺️ Victoria

Rolling Back The Years – With Skin Needling

Anti-aging secret weapon

If acne scarring, ageing, pigmentation, stretch marks, sun-damage or wrinkles are a problem for you (or if you want to get better results from your existing skincare products) – then you need to know about Derma Rolling (aka Skin Needling).

Skin needling stimulates the production of collagen to create smoother, healthier skin. A variety of skin conditions can be reduced such as scarring, stretch marks, fine lines, pigmentation, enlarged pores and acne scaring.

Microscopic needles create channels within the epidermis and dermis to encourage an organic renewal and regenerating response.

Some of the Benefits

  • Visible skin rejuvenation due to collagen induction
  • Softer and smoother skin
  • Anti-aging
  • Pigmentation & sun damage
  • Acne scarring
  • Stretch marks
  • Enlarged pores
  • Rosacea
  • A dramatic increase in the effectiveness & penetration of skin care products.

Treatment Options

At Home

At home derma rollers have tiny microscopic needles and can be used 2-3 times per week (or more). They should ideally be used in the evening after cleansing and toning (if using a Toner), and prior to Night Serum / Retinol. As the roller only penetrates at a microscopic level within the skin, it is a completely comfortable experience.

Derma Rolling

See more here

In Clinic

After a thorough skin analysis, a professional Skin Therapist will perform a non-invasive needling treatment using a derma roller which has slightly bigger needles (although still microscopic) which allows for a deeper penetration. These (in-clinic) treatments have increased benefits – especially for scaring, stretch marks and enlarged pores. Clinic Needling treatments can be performed every 6-8 weeks.
The treatments are also performed at a microscopic level within the skin. SO, there is minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can however be used to provide comfort.

Want to Amp Up Your Results Even Further?

1) See the Beauty Booster Treatment

 Fractional Mesotherapy

2) Fractional Mesotherapy

Fractional Mesotherapy is an advanced skin needling treatment that stimulates collagen production even more. It has an amplified effect on the improvement of skin texture, fine lines and scaring.

This unique process combines micro needling with Mesotherapy (the introduction of various vitamins and complex ingredients to the dermis).

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Increased Collagen Induction (anti-ageing) +
• Pigmentation reduction
• Reduced appearance of rosacea
• Pore size reduction
• Scar tissue reduction
• Reduced appearance of stretch marks
• Fast, safe and comfortable
• Minimal downtime, speedy recovery
• Chemical free treatment for all skin types

How the treatment is performed?
Fractional Mesotherapy is also a non-invasive (in clinic) treatment delivered via a Tri-M micro needling device, which looks a bit like a large pen. The device uses medical grade stainless steel needles that vertically pierce the skin, essentially working down to the dermis, leaving the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, intact. The electronic device uses a powerful motor allowing the needles to move quickly in and out of the skin. This creates micro channels in the skin, stimulating the body’s natural collagen production while also dramatically increasing the bioavailability of topical treatments and further enhancing their absorption.

Why not book a Skin Consultation at Laser Clinics Australia:-

https://www.laserclinics.com.au/skin-care

 

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Big Tip:-

For best results, use REDEFINE Intensive Night Renewing Serum (with powerful Retinol and Peptides) at nighttime after derma rolling. It’s the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without the awful drying effect. This intensive Renewing Serum harnesses the skin’s own renewing powers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.

To Purchase please visit here

For more information on derma rolling visit

https://www.allure.com/story/rodan-and-fields-microneedler

https://www.skinstitut.com/skincare/treatments/derma-rolling

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Can There Be A Downside To Some “Natural” Skincare Products ?

Don’t be fooled by some products (or the company’s) name. Words like ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ don’t necessarily mean what you think.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not have strict guidelines for ‘cosmetic’ (grade) skincare labeling or marketing definitions  -such as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. This basically means that anyone can create a synthetic-based beauty product with just one plant derivative (that may do nothing for your skin), and put a label on it that says ‘natural product’.

Also, if a dodgy batch is released on the market (containing a nasty bacteria etc), the FDA does not have to recall the products. In fact, the Cosmetic manufacturers are not even required to register their cosmetic products or report cosmetic-related injuries to FDA at all.

‘Clinical’ grade skin products on the other hand are subject to FDA approval. In order to be approved, these products undergo months and months of rigorous testing and clinical trials.

Something else to consider

Natural is not always good for the skin. Apricot seeds (pits) are a natural way to exfoliate, but small sharp edges can create micro-tears in the delicate lipid barrier, allowing distress. Mould, bacteria, and fungus are natural but you don’t want them growing in your skincare? Poison oak is natural, but you wouldn’t want to rub it on your face?  Although red irritated skin, stinging and swelling are natural reactions to some of these “natural products” —it is not something we want to experience.

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SO …..Organic labels on your food means something, but when it comes to skincare products, it is better to embrace science and technology over hype and false promises. Remember, just because products are labeled “organic” or “natural”, there is no guarantee that they are safe.

Rodan + Fields (skincare company) follow all FDA guidelines and constantly review ingredient information and testing data. They are also members of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) which initiated the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel as an independent, nonprofit, scientific body that assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics and skincare products. In addition, irritant testing is conducted on all products and all regimens undergo dermatologist-run third party clinical testing to ensure safety and efficacy. The products are all cruelty free, meaning they are NOT tested on animals.

Rodan + Fields skincare products do contain high botanicals and other natural ingredients such as licorice and chamomile. However 100% natural ingredients do not address skin concerns and change the skin. Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields have over 50 years of experience as dermatologists witnessing the power of prescriptions and OTC-Over the Counter medications. They know that it takes a combination of natural products and real medicines to change skin. These results can not be achieved with 100% natural products. Some natural and botanical products found in Rodan + Fields products include;-  Chamomile, Licorice Root Extract, Avocado oil, Jojoba, Tea Tree, Ginseng Root Extract, Olive Fruit Extract, Macadamia Seed Oil, Lavender Oil, Aloe, Kaolin Clay etc..

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Unfortunately    ….100% natural products often rot in the container before they get to you!!

SO ……always check products are ‘clinically tested’ and make sure it refers to the entire product, not just single ingredients.

If you are looking to improve your skin this year, why not try the Solution Tool (below website) and get your very own personalised Regime of clinical grade products.

https://visherwood.myrandf.com/au

ALSO …See below link for a great read

Why I Switched from Natural Facial Products to Rodan + Fields

 

Exercise for Healthy Skin

Exercise helps keep our skin healthy and vibrant. The multiple benefits of exercise include:-

1) Increased circulation, including blood flow. This
results in oxygen and nutrients being delivered to
our skin.
2) An increase in blood flow, also helps waste products
to be carried away from our skin.
3) Endorphins (our feel good hormones) are produced. This subsequently helps reduce stress levels and cortisol. This can result in an improvement of acne, eczema and other skin conditions.

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Other Benefits of Exercise

  • better sleep
  • stronger bones
  • better mood
  • live longer
  • decreased risk of heart disease & certain cancers
  • increased energy
  • increased self esteem