It doesn’t matter how old you are, how good your DNA is or how well you look after yourself. Chances are, you’ve had to deal with problematic skin conditions at one time or another. Fortunately for you, we’re here to do what we do best – offer solutions to six of the most common concerns.
You’ve got … Rosacea
The reddening of skin – usually on the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead – is a widespread condition, found mostly in women with fair skin, blonde hair and blue eyes, as well as those who blush easily. It also runs in families, so if a member of your own has it, you may well be hit with it yourself at some point, too. Over time, the redness can become more intense and you may find blood vessels becoming visible, eyes becoming watery or bloodshot and solid red bumps and pus-filled pimples popping up. Other symptoms include burning or stinging, dryness, plaques (raised red patches), thickening of the skin and swelling.
You need … a face peel
A gentle way to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin – helping to speed up cell regeneration – an O Cosmedics facial is the perfect treatment for rosacea. Scientifically proven to exfoliate and help regenerate new skin cells, it’s made up of a balanced combination of natural fruit acids and enzymes. What’s more, their range has something for every skin type and for every condition, and it does so while remaining paraben, preservative and SLS-free, so no unnecessary irritants to encourage a flare up.
You’ve got … Eczema
Otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, this condition is marked by thick, red, itchy and bumpy skin. In darker-skinned people, it can also affect pigmentation, making the impacted area lighter or darker. It’s more common in young children but can hit people of any age. It is also commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma and is most likely to affect the face and scalp, although other areas at risk include the backs of legs and feet. The exact cause of eczema is unknown but it’s thought to be related to an overactive response by the body’s immune system. Eczema may flare up in response to certain environmental factors, such as temperature, household detergents or contact with animals. Stress may also cause the condition to worsen.
You need … LED therapy
Originally developed in the 1990s to fast-track the healing of wounds and scars in the U.S Navy (yes – really – read more here!), the light rays in LED therapy are thought to penetrate the skin by up to 10mm – significantly more than any cream or serum. Once inside, it provides the fuel needed for skin cells to regenerate – helping to shed off any unhealthy skin and create a smooth, glowing texture, thanks to the subsequent production of collagen and elastin.
You’ve got … acne
We’ve all been there and it’s not fun. Yet while for most people, a relatively mild form of acne passes once the teenage years are over, for others, it can be more problematic. When pores become significantly clogged over a long period of time with the oily secretions from the skin’s sebaceous glands (known as common acne), they can become inflamed and turn into cysts (hard and painful swellings beneath the skin’s surface). This severest form of acne is called cystic acne. As well as being extremely painful, it often leads to scarring afterwards, too (more on that soon!). Women are more likely to battle with acne in later life than men and contrary to popular belief, it’s got very little to do with diet, hygiene and lifestyle choices. In fact, genetics and hormones have the biggest part to play.
You need … Cryotherapy
There’s nothing like a chilled facial to ease the pain of and minimise acne. Helping to tighten pores and increase blood flow, you can expect a reduction in red, puffy and inflamed acne-hit skin. And here at Lovoir, we combine our Cryotherapy facial with the powerful actives and vitamins boasted by the Environ skincare range – a gentle formula which helps remove the build-up of dead skin cells, boost hydration and stimulate the production of collagen.
You’ve got … acne scarring
As discussed above, the more severe the acne is, the greater the chance it’s going to leave its mark on your skin permanently.
You need … microneedling
Using the world-renowned Dermapen to achieve best results, microneedling breaks up the uneven fibres making up scars while encouraging the growth of new tissue. It achieves this by making tiny wounds in the skin with fine needles, which helps stimulate the production of new collagen. The result? A smooth, healthy appearance.
You’ve got … hyperpigmentation
This common condition causes a darkening of the skin in patches and is caused by damage to and subsequent overproduction of melanocytes – the cells that produce melanin. Hyperpigmentation is the umbrella term for a number of related concerns, including age spots, sunspots and melasma. Causes of hyperpigmentation include exposure to UV rays, skin inflammation, hormonal changes, medical conditions and good ol’ genetics.
You need … microdermabrasion
A non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment, microdermabrasion is the ultimate in exfoliation. Removing the top layer of dead and damaged skin while stimulating circulation, the delivery of nutrients and cell turnover, it’s the perfect treatment for hyperpigmentation as it helps reset your complexion from the inside out. Quick, gentle and relatively painless, it’s safe and suitable for almost all skin types.
You’ve got … dry skin
Ever notice your skin feeling itchy, rough and flakey? Chances are you’re one of the many living with dryness, which is hardly surprising seeing as a multitude of different factors can help contribute to this, including temperature, water, chemicals, certain fabrics, existing skin conditions, age, hormones and genetics. Common areas of facial dry skin are around the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
You need … electroporation
Also known as an infusion facial, this treatment is pure and utter bliss for getting to the root of dry skin and giving it a healthy dose of moisture. An advanced, results-driven therapy, it allows optimal product absorption into the deepest layers of the skin by using electrical pulses to safely split open skin cells. The most genius part of the whole thing is that it only holds the pores open long enough to allow the product to penetrate the skin fully, meaning the goodness your skin so desperately craves is effectively locked in. Compared to other traditional methods, which only transfer 10% of substance into your skin, electroporation achieves a hit rate of 90%. Non-invasive, long-lasting and with zero side effects, you don’t get much better than that!
So, there you have it. Six problematic skin treatments – all offered by yours truly. You’re welcome!