Are you prone to hyperpigmentation?

What exactly is pigmentation?

Pigmentation, or hyperpigmentation, refers to dark patches of your skin. They can be big or small patches.

It’s is generally not a harmful concern. Hyperpigmentation may leave your skin looking unsightly or uneven.

Our skin gets its color from melanocytes – cells that produce pigments. These melanocytes produce melanin and that’s what gives your skin its color. If the melanocytes become damaged, or pushed into overdrive, they start producing more melanin, causing dark patches of skin.

What really causes hyperpigmentation?

The culprits vary from environmental factors, to lifestyle, and even hormonal changes.

Acne can cause dark spots once the acne clears. Other culprits include injuries to skin and age spots. Age spots often occur from sun damage due to sun exposure and insufficient sun protection. They are small, dark patches usually found on your face, hands and other parts of the body frequently exposed to the sun.

When hormonal changes are the cause of hyperpigmentation, it’s called chloasma or melasma. The spots look similar to age spots but are usually larger areas of darker skin that appear more often due to hormonal fluctuations. For instance, pregnancy can lead to melanin overproduction, causing what some women call the mask of pregnancy. Also, women on birth control pills may develop hyperpigmentation since their bodies also undergo similar hormonal changes.

Obagi Nu-Derm is here to help

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation and want to control your skin’s pigment, it’s time to try Nu-Derm from Obagi.

The system has been designed to transform your skin’s appearance. With regular use, Nu-Derm can reduce dark spots to reveal healthier and younger-looking skin. This product is perfect for people who suffer from rough skin, age spots, and yellow or reddish complexions as well as hyperpigmentation.

Best of all, you can add the entire kit to your skincare regimen.

How to avoid hyperpigmentation

Besides a careful skincare regimen with Obagi’s Nu-Derm, there are a few things you can do to avoid hyperpigmentation and avoid or lessen the harmful impact of UV light and skin damage.

  1. Always apply sunscreen

Freckles, age spots and other areas of hyperpigmentation are all created and increased by UV light. While you might look and feel healthier with a golden tan, there’s really no such thing as a safe tan. Any change to the color of your skin may result in skin damage. You can avoid activating that melanin production system by using sunscreen every day.

If you’re looking for bronzed glow, use a self-tanner.

  • Use Brightening Actives

If you are prone to breakouts, you should use a brightening active the moment a breakout develops. Aim to use it before hyperpigmentation sets in and you might just avoid darker patches of skin.

What brightening actives so is inhibit the production of melanin.

Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to discuss your skincare needs.

 

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If you struggle with acne-prone skin and enlarged clogged pores, you might want to check into the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance skin peel.

This chemical peel is for all skin types and exfoliates your skin, leaving you looking and feeling smoother and softer. The salicylic acid-based peel can be used as a peel on its own or in conjunction with other Obagi skin care products for maximum results.

How blue peel radiance differs from other chemical peels

Other types of alpha-hydroxy chemical peels and even some other superficial skin procedures don’t always let us control the depth of the peel. Where the Blue Peel Radiance differs is that it gives us so much more control on the depth of the skin being treated.

By choosing how many layers to apply to your skin, we can better tailor a chemical process for each person’s individual skin needs. What’s more, the peel offers a lot more flexibility in treating different parts of the body, including legs, arm, back, face, chest, hands, and neck.

What to expect during treatment

One of the best things about the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is that it gives you an instant glow. When you arrive for your treatment, we’ll cleanse your skin and then apply the peel according to how many coats your skin needs.

The peel stays on your skin for just 12 minutes. Some patients do experience a mild sensation, but it quickly disappears.

For best results, we recommend a Blue Peel Radiance treatment every 4 – 10 weeks.

Blue Peel Radiance is for anyone battling with:

  • Acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores
  • Oily skin
  • Rough skin texture
  • Mild to moderate sun damaged skin

Fast treatment, little downtime

Another major benefit of the Obagi chemical peel is that there’s minimal downtime. After your treatment, your skin will feel a little tight and some areas may be slightly more red and sensitive a day or so. If you do experience some reddening in patches, the skin may flake. This is normal and can be managed with moisturizer.

We don’t recommend having a treatment done before extended sun exposure. A peel treats the top layer of skin, exposing a younger epidermis which is more prone to sun damage and burning.

Improvements quickly

When it comes to Blue Peel Radiance treatments, you’ll find the peel highly effective at treating rough and dull skin. The peel works fast at restoring your natural glow.  The Blue Peel provides, as the name says, instant radiance.  After just one session you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in your skin’s tone and texture.  Optimal results are usually achieved after four to six sessions.

What to expect after a peel

Within about a week, you’ll notice immediate and significant results. You’ll achieve a fast reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size, and even brown spots.

It’s important to maintain a regular skin care regime after your treatment. Aim to wear a chemical-free sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

While the Blue Peel Radiance treatment is relatively gentle, your skin may start to peel within 2 or 3 days and should be completely healed in about 7 to 10 days.

Things  to know about before and after your treatment:

  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun, which can delay healing and reverse the benefits of your peel.
  • Keep protecting your skin from the sun to maintain the peel’s benefits.
  • Stay away from alpha and beta-hydroxyl acid products, facial products containing fragrances and even retinol for at least 3 days after your treatment.
  • Be gentle with your skin. Avoid exfoliating, even if your skin is mildly dry or flaking for a few days after the treatment. Let your dead skin naturally slough off and use a dry towel to gently remove it.

If you want to diminish the signs of aging, reduce clogged and large pores, and restore a natural glow, it’s time to consider a Blue Peel Radiance treatment.

Book your peel at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

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You can beat acne scars!

 

If you suffer from acne or have in the past, the thought of living blemish-free has probably led you to a medicine cabinet filled with creams and medications. These treatments may offer powerful results, but they also have possible side effects.

For those of you looking for alternatives to deal with acne scars, there are a few clever solutions worth considering.

Different Types of Acne Scars

Before we get into the ways to deal with scars, it’s worth noting that there are several different types. Some go away over time and others may be permanent.

  1. Skin Discoloration

Sometimes, healed scars can leave your skin looking discolored. You may have heard these scars called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The skin discoloration can remain visible even months after acne lesions have healed.

  1. Macules

Macules are red, flat spots found where acne lesions used to be. They can last several weeks and then eventually fade.

  1. Loss of Tissue

Acne scars caused by a loss of tissue are common. They go by many names including ice pick scars, soft scars, follicle macular atrophy, depressed fibrotic scars or even atrophic macules. These scars look sunken, kind of like pits.

  1. Tissue Scars

Some kinds of acne may leave scars that look like raised growths of tissue. These are either called hypertrophic scars or keloids and are caused by excess collagen production in the skin.

Now that you know there are a few different types of scars, let’s take a look at ways to deal with them.

How to Deal with Acne Scars

  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer with amazing healing properties. To help get rid of your scars, scoop around a quarter of a teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil into the palm of your hand. Let it melt and then use your fingertips to massage the oil onto the scarred skin, leaving it to soak in.

You don’t need to wash the oil off since the essential fatty acids and vitamins will continue working and improving the health of your skin as long as it’s on your skin.

If the oil feels a little too heavy for your liking, try leaving it on for at least half an hour and then use an all-natural cleaner to remove it.

  1. Rose Hip Seed Oil

When it comes to naturally healthy skin treatments, rose hip seed oil is in a class all of its own. For optimum health benefits, make sure you use organic cold-pressed oil. You can apply the treatment once or twice a day to reap all the essential fatty acid benefits along with the advantages of trans-retinoic acid.

  1. Venus Viva

Venus Viva™ is a non-surgical solution for skin resurfacing that corrects signs of skin damage and improves the appearance of acne scars and other scars, stretch marks, rosacea, enlarged pores, deep wrinkles, and uneven skin texture and pigmentation..

  1. Microdermabrasion

This is a much less intensive treatment compared to dermarolling. During your treatment, a spray of tiny crystals is used to remove surface skin. The good news is that there is no downtime and with several treatments, you can treat those annoying scars.

  1. Gentle Exfoliating Products

Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin. It can also help minimize the appearance of red spots and acne scars. Removing dead skin is important since it can clog your pores and lead to the return of your acne.

Here are a few tips for exfoliating:

  • Before using any products, talk to your dermatologist to determine the right treatment for your skin type.
  • A soft microdermabrasion cloth works well for exfoliation. The microfibers suck the oil and dirt from your pores without added rubbing or pressure.
  • If you have dry, sensitive skin, limit exfoliating to no more than twice a week. If your skin is oily, you can exfoliate once a day.
  • Once you’ve rinsed with a cleanser, dry your face well and gently massage your preferred exfoliator onto your face for three to five minutes before rinsing.

Acne scars can knock your confidence, we know. But there are plenty of ways to deal with them, depending on the types of scars you have.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the best solution for your skin.

 

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Ignore the myths and take good care of your skin

Thanks to the combination of old wives’ tales and the online world of self-diagnoses, there is an abundance of conflicting skin care advice.

Often, it’s not at all accurate.

In fact, some of the so-called advice could be doing your skin more harm than anything.

Below, we debunk 7 of the most common skin myths we regularly come across and offer helpful tips on what to do instead to keep your skin smooth, glowing, and gorgeous.

Myth 1: You should exfoliate your skin at least 2 – 3 times a week

It’s never a good idea to over-exfoliate your skin. The small granules in scrubs are too large to penetrate into your pores. So, they scratch the surface, literally. That makes for thinner skin over time.

Instead, opt for a diligent cleansing routine to remove dead skin cells, surface debris, and makeup for younger, glowing skin.

Lather your cleanser onto a natural sea sponge and massage onto damp skin using circular motions. Remember to rinse well and pat your face dry.

Neocutis stocks a delightfully nourishing and gentle exfoliating range of cleansers.

Myth 2: You don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy, rainy or winter

Even if plummeting temperatures keep you wrapped up and indoors, you still need to protect your skin. When it comes to UVB and UVA, there’s no place to hide and no amount of rain, clouds or cold temperatures will protect you. Even sitting indoors by an open window or under fluorescent lighting is enough to do damage to your skin.

Apply a broad-spectrum SPF, like the excellent range from EltaMD, each and every day, regardless of your layers or indoor preferences.

Myth 3: Acne is always caused by not washing your face

This is one of the most popular myths we come across. Here are the facts: for acne to develop, you need a combination of sebum, bacteria, clogged pores, and inflammation.

Sure, not helping your face will make things worse, but it’s not the sole cause of acne.

To prevent acne, follow a regular regime of moisturizing, limiting sun exposure, and wearing too much pore-clogging makeup without thoroughly cleaning it off every day.

Myth 4: You should always use antibacterial soap to keep your skin clean

It’s normal for your skin to have bacteria on it. In fact, it’s close to impossible to keep skin totally free of bacteria for an amount of time. What’s more, experts suggest that using antibacterial soap could result in even more bacteria.

You don’t need to use an antibacterial soap every day. Thorough and consistent washing with regular soap can help prevent the spread of germs and infections.

Myth 5: Your skin type will never change

Your skin actually changes throughout your lifetime. That’s because it’s prone to a host of hormonal, environmental and seasonal changes.

It’s common for women to have a combination skin, such as dry and oily, and adult acne is often a common occurrence.

Keep your skin nourished with the right moisturizer and serum for your skin type. Seek professional advice as your skin changes to ensure you are using the right products at the right time in your life.

Myth 6: You should always use all your products from just one brand

This isn’t exactly a black and white area. If you want to buy your entire skincare routine from one brand, then yes, it’s easy enough to do and the products are usually designed to work together.

When you use one range, you know that you’re going to get just the right amount of SPF, anti-aging, and exfoliation benefits.

But what if your skin is going through a change? What if you buy an entire range only to find it doesn’t suit your skin?

It’s all about finding what works specifically for your skin. So, if you discover the perfect night cream from one brand and a soothing eye cream from another, it’s okay to cherry pick your selection.

Myth 7: Your skin is dry because you’re not drinking enough water

Dry skin is really a manifestation of inflammation that’s not visible to the naked eye.

One of the best ways to counter the causes of dry and flaky skin is internally with a healthy diet and antioxidant-rich supplements. Also, aim to keep baths and showers short and avoid hot water that dries out your skin. Again, avoid over-exfoliating and use gentle cleansers applied to a sea sponge to gently clean your skin.

As you can tell, the common thread is to keep skin protected from the sun and nourished with the right products for your particular skin type.

Ditch the myths and book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the perfect regime for your skin.

 

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Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.27.33 PMLooking to try a new skincare product in 2016? Treat yourself to the Obagi-C Rx System for soft, smooth and radiant skin. Featuring the benefits of prescription-strength 4% hydroquinone and Vitamin C, the Obagi-C Rx System reduces the visible signs of skin damage and helps keep your skin looking young and even-toned.

FDA-approved for all skin types, the Obagi-C Rx System’s ingredients can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and restore balance and clarity to your skin in just six weeks. The skincare product addresses a wide range of skin conditions. These include:

  • Minimal Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Mild to Moderate Uneven Skin Tone
  • Mild to Moderate Discoloration and Age Spots
  • Dry, Normal or Oily Skin

Perfectly safe to apply to your face, hydroquinone is still the gold standard treatment for facial pigmentation due to chronic sun damage. Better than any over-the-counter product for lightening dark spots, add the Obagi-C Rx System into your skincare regimen to rejuvenate your face. Be sure to supplement this treatment by using sunscreen on a daily basis–keep those pesky brown spots off your skin!

A valid prescription is required, so stop by Envy Skin Clinic to see if the Obagi-C Rx System is right for you!

With warmer temperatures and sunny skies just around the corner, now is the perfect time to rejuvenate your skin with Obagi® Blue Peel RADIANCE™. One of the safest chemical peels on the market, Blue Peel RADIANCE™ offers a wide variety of lasting benefits.

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How it Works

The ultimate goal of Blue Peel RADIANCE™ is to lighten pigment spots and reduce fine wrinkles. Performed by professionally-trained skincare specialists, Blue Peel RADIANCE™ exfoliates your dermis and reveals younger, healthier-looking skin one layer at a time. Blue Peel RADIANCE™ will improve the appearance of your skin complexion and texture with an average of just 5-7 days of recovery time.

Results

This chemical peel’s quick and convenient recovery time is coupled with effective and wide-ranging results. Blue Peel RADIANCE™ offers dramatic improvements in the areas of:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone
  • Skin and Pore Tightening
  • Melasma and Sun Damage
  • Blemishes
  • Acne Scars

Don’t let your wrinkles and blemishes define you. Turn over a new leaf and rejuvenate your life with an Obagi® Blue Peel RADIANCE™ treatment from Envy Skin Clinic!

Looking for an effective laser procedure to fit your busy schedule? Lumenis’ LightSheer Duet will help you save time and money with quick treatments and increased treatment area.

Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser hair removal

Other hair removal procedures entail lengthy prep time as your skin care specialist
numbs the treatment area. LightSheer, however, offers comfortable treatment without the need for topical anesthetic, treatment gel or any other preparation. This reduces laser treatment time by up to 75% and allows your Lumenis LightSheer specialist to comfortably remove unwanted hair in just 15-20 minutes.

LightSheer Duet is equipped with innovative vacuum-assisted technology, which dramatically increases the treatment area size to 22 x 35 mm. This enables your LightSheer specialist to quickly and effectively treat large areas such as your shoulders, back, chest and legs.

LightSheer’s powerful laser is effective for all ages and skin types and is used in thousands of skin care clinics across the world.

Lumenis’ LightSheer Duet offers impressive results for busy people with busy lives. A quick 15-20-minute treatment can be conveniently scheduled into your day, while LightSheer’s large treatment area will help you cut down on appointments. Contact Envy Skin Clinic to try out this brand-new approach to permanent hair reduction!