The Image Counsellor

Archive for January 2010

Modern ladies in their early 20s are already at the stage of preparation for the onslaught of pigments in this hot climate of Singapore. They are armed with sunscreen, sunblock, vitamin E supplements and so on. So what have you done for yourself lately?

Most common cause of pigments in different age groups consists of caused by excessive production of melanin (colour pigment) in the body.

The “Youthful” stage – The love for outdoor activities. Yes those who loves to beach party, you might enjoy it now but your skin texture and elasticity will wear down and therefore you would be prone to tiny brown pigments especially around the cheeks and bridge of the nose.  Pigments cause by the sun can be removed with perhaps some lightening cream containing Arbutin and niacinamade. I had a client who had two huge patches of pigments around the cheeks because of 6 hours of golf under the hot sun almost every weekend with no hat or sunblock!

The “Mature” stage – Caused by the pregnancy and hormonal changes.  This is the sacrifice that women have to make when we want to have children. Sorry ladies, if age catches up, we have to face the reality. Some times, pigment might be caused by the liver damage because the liver is no longer in the condition to cleanse the blood in the body. The body becomes “unhealthy” ; we age faster and pigments will show in the long run. In these cases, solutions come in the form of miracle creams Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and laser.

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Recently there is a rise of male clients visiting my salon. Their utmost concern? Acne scarring. How are they formed and what can we do about it?

During the formation of an acne cyst (the huge red ones), the neck of the sebaceous gland expands and it being filled up by cells and bacteria which are unable to pass through the skin’s surface. Eventually when the cyst ruptures, these bacteria will be deposited into the pore, reaching the (deeper) dermis layers where they will be attacked by white blood cells responsible for fighting infection. This inflammation results in the loss of tissue as the collagen which forms the support structure of the skin is destroyed. And this is when scarring occur, resulting in pockmark face (like dents on the skin).

Solutions to scars

However it requires some investments. Beauty salons and dermatologists offer a wide range of treatments. To name a few, Intense-Pulse Light (IPL), dermabrasion, dermal fillers etc. Please read up on this before visiting the professionals so that they will not be selling you short-term solutions base on your sense of urgency. Do not expect an overnight miracle, because these miracles might do more harm to your skin in the long-run. Be patient and give yourself some time for the treatments to work for you. Also, remember that in-take of vitamin C (found in fruits and filled with anti-oxidants) helps to lighten the scarring in the long -run. Again as prescribed on the bottle.

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