Ceramides – Understanding these Wonder Molecules

A healthy, hydrated skin with internal moisture control doesn’t need moisturisers, but for those who suffer from dry or oily skin, it is vitally important to address the rate at which water escapes from our skin, otherwise known as Trans-Epidermal Water Loss or TEWL.

Water loss is normal, but can be excessive in people with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis. Losing the ability to control moisture levels in the skin is often an underpinning cause for a myriad of other skin conditions, including acne and rosacea, as well as contributing to the signs of skin ageing by leaving the skin dull and lifeless. That’s why skin hydration and water control management are vital to maintaining a healthy skin environment, and should play an integral role in every skin treatment protocol.

Essentially, most skin troubles have more moisture control as a common denominator.

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The Science

Moisture

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The skin is made up of two key layers, the Dermis and the Epidermis. The top layer of the skin is the Epidermis, and the top layer of the Epidermis is the Stratum Corneum. Despite being incredibly thin, the Stratum Corneum acts as the skin’s main barrier, stopping chemicals we come into contact with from getting inside the body, and controlling the rate at which moisture is able to leak out.

Skin lipid structure is critical in the moisture retaining functionality of the skin. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids that have different chemical compositions and functions throughout the body; cholesterol, free fatty acids, and key nine ceramides, numbered 1 to 9, which account for 40-50% of the lipids in this outermost layer.

Ceramides are important to maintaining a healthy skin environment because they assist in controlling both cellular and skin water loss. This helps to prevent dehydration, impaired cellular function and hastened cell death. Skin that can’t increase skin lipid structure usually reacts in one of two ways; in some the skin will become dry and will crack, whereas in others, oil and skin cell production increase in an attempt to slow the rate at which moisture is leaving the skin. This results in thickened, oily skin that can lead to acne, or an exacerbation of acne symptoms – yes, believe it or not, oily skin is often a consequence of a lack of skin moisture.

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Controlling TEWL is therefore vital to any skin routine that want to encourage a healthy environment; if the skin can control the rate of moisture loss, it won’t end up drying out, or over-compensating with oil and skin production. In short, it’s important to address your skin issues at the root.

The Solution

Hydratime and Nutritime

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The good news is that recent studies have shown that lipids can be replaced with topical preparations. Interestingly, all three lipids (ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids) have to be replaced at a certain ratio to restore the barrier function of the skin; if the incorrect balance of lipids is applied, it actually takes longer for the skin to heal.

This is what we have created in our creams.

Hydratime® and Nutritime® contain a balanced blend of all 9 key Ceramindes, improving skin barrier functions to slow TEWL and restore a healthy environment. Unlike most moisturisers, we don’t simply smear a water-blocking layer on the surface, ignoring deficient water levels deeper in the skin. Instead we improve skin structures from within, controlling moisture in all layers of the skin, so that you can achieve the best possible results from your treatments this winter.

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5 Great Reasons to Visit your Local Skin Clinic

Here at SkinMed®, our ultimate goal is to provide you with the best products and advice for your skin, but we are by no means the only skin experts. We have hundreds of SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country, run by experts who know skin inside and out and can offer advice and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions.

Even if you don’t have a pre-existing skin condition, it’s a good idea to go and see a medical skin expert once a year for a check-up, so you can keep track of things like how your skin is ageing, and make sure you’re not running the risk of developing anything harmful, like skin cancer for example.

That’s why this week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re giving you our top five reasons to go and see the doctor or nurse that runs your local skin clinic so that you can get the right information about your skin, giving you the knowledge to do what’s best for you.

1. You will be seeing a skin expert.

Skin expert

Get your answers right from the experts!

Now, you may think that this goes without saying, but the doctors and nurses that lead our skin clinics are specialised experts in their field and are more well-versed in the world of skin than your GP, with the ability to diagnose over 3000 skin conditions. Despite this, many people, upon finding something about their skin that concerns them, go straight to their GP for a diagnosis, rather than consulting with someone who deals with skin exclusively.

Your GP may refer you to a dermatologist if they want a second opinion, but you may as well save yourself some time and go and speak to the doctor or nurse at your local skin clinic yourself and cut out the middleman.

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2. Find out whats going on with your skin.

FAQ

There’s no such thing as a silly question – remember, knowledge is power!

With your local GP available on the NHS, many people are unwilling to splash out on what they might consider being an unnecessary expense, but many skin clinics will offer a consultation free of charge, or for a small fee that can be redeemed against products and treatments should you want them.

At your consultation, your skin will be assessed in detail, so that you can find out what it needs, what products and treatments would work for you to help you get the results you are looking for, and receive personalised treatment plans so that you can really get the best from your skin.

Remember, the skin is the largest, and arguably most important organ in the body, and should be treated with great care. Seeing a dermatologist can help you look your best, and improve the overall health of your skin.

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3. Undiagnosed, or Misdiagnosed Skin Conditions.

Internet

The internet is an amazing tool, but the best resource for a health concern is always a trusted expert

The skin is often an organ that is misunderstood; if you have an upset stomach, it’s easy to assume it’s because of something you ate, but if your skin starts to react badly, how can you tell whether it’s because of something you have exposed yourself to, or whether it’s something medical that needs treatment?

Many conditions, like rosacea, for example, are widely misunderstood even amongst doctors, and can easily be misdiagnosed and mistreated. A lot of people may not even have the time or inclination to visit the doctor when they have a skin complaint, instead, trying over the counter products to try and treat themselves. But if you don’t really know what you are trying to treat, how can you know what treatments to buy?

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Then there are the more serious conditions like forms of skin cancer or sun damage, which may not necessarily be visible during their early stages, but can develop into something more dangerous if left unchecked.

A consultation with a medically lead clinic can help you with all of these issues, even if it is only to put your mind at ease and tell you that you have nothing to worry about. They can make sure you have the correct diagnosis for any skin complaints you might have, and offer effective treatments that will deliver real results.

4. Over-the-counter-treatments don’t cut it.

Products

All these fancy products may look impressive, but you really need an expert to tell you what’s going on inside, and what’s right for you

Long-standing sufferers of conditions like acne, eczema or rosacea may feel they have tried every treatment on the market with no effect. There are even those who have had products prescribed by their GP and still haven’t seen the results they are looking for. Medical-lead skin clinics, as well as offering a much deeper understanding of skin conditions and how to treat them, can offer products and treatments not available on the high street or in the chemist.

These products are often medically licenced and clinically proven to deliver results and will be recommended to you because they are right for your skin, and your skin expert will be there to see you through your journey to clear skin, offering help and advice along the way

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5. Spend your money wisely!

Money

As my mother used to say, take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves!

With all the ads you see on the tv, on the internet and in magazines, it can be easy to get carried away with all the latest miracle products. But this dazzling array of expensive looking packaging, fancy names and bewilderingly scientific ingredients can lead to confusion and overspending on products you may not even need. Most of these products are just filled with empty promises, their science-y sounding contents are often just terms that have been made up.

With the sound advice from your skin clinic, you can be sure to spend your money wisely on products tailored to suit your skin and deliver results – without all the trial and error!

Find your nearest SkinMed accredited clinic here

SkinMed® provide clinically proven skin solutions, which, unlike cosmetic brands, are medically licensed in the treatment of many skin conditions and suitable for almost all skin types, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK), endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

If you would like to find out where your local SkinMed® accredited clinic near you, all you need to do is get in touch. We have hundreds of clinics country-wide and our dedicated team will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We are also offering free skin consultations at many of our clinics for all our loyal customers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let us know and we can find the nearest clinic to you offering a consultation free of charge.

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The Secret to Glowing Holiday Skin!

Once upon a time, you’d have to go away on a long exotic holiday to get that gorgeous, healthy-looking glow that everyone is after today. But now, with the like of Instagram and SnapChat, everyone needs that glow before they go away, so they can be photo ready for snaps by the pool, on the beach, by the bar…you know, anything to make the folks back home green with envy!

This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re giving you the inside scoop on how to get perfect summer skin before your next big trip, so that you can be ready for anything.

Introducing the EnerPeel® MA

Mandelic Acid is a slow-absorbing, gently exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid. It is originally isolated from almonds, but perfected in a lab, meaning that people with nut allergies can still benefit from treating themselves to an MA. In almonds, mandelic acid protects the nut from viruses, bacteria and fungi, a feature that can also be a great help to our skin too, keeping you free from pre-holiday ‘break-outs’. Its ability to control the hyperdilation of surface blood vessels also makes it ideal for those suffering from rosacea, and as we all know, UV can be a serious trigger for rosacea flare-ups, making EnerPeel® the perfect choice for rosacea sufferers or those prone to reddening.

Almonds

Remember, it’s the fact that it’s perfected in a lab that gives it amazing results – just rubbing almonds on your face will not do your skin any good!

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A lot of people are wary, or warn against, getting a chemical peel in summer due to fear of the effect of the sun on the freshly peeled skin, but EnerPeel® is not your average peel! Its rejuvenating effects are almost instant, delivering fresher, smoother skin with almost no downtime, meaning that with a high SPF sunscreen – which by the way, you should already be wearing every day, see our previous article for more details – you’ll be good to go and enjoy the summer sun. It’s even been called the Lunchtime Peel; that’s how little time it takes!

The beauty of EnerPeel® is that is also increases your skin’s absorbability, meaning that the SPF sunscreen you use will soak deeper into the skin for more even tanning, and the smoother texture of your skin means that your makeup will adhere so much better – and you won’t even need to wear as much because your skin will already look fab! That’s one less thing to worry about while you’re away!

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Now we all know that holidays tend to be times when we let ourselves go a little and leave the diet at the airport to pick up again when you get home. And why shouldn’t you? Holidays are a time to treat yourself, live a little, and maybe have one too many cocktails at the hotel bar. The drawback is the hit that this can take on your immune system, which can often show on your face, potentially ruining your otherwise gorgeous holiday snaps. EnerPeel® MA will prevent these little holiday ‘break-outs’, keeping your skin clear and smooth, while you still get to push the boat out.

Cocktails

Disclaimer: Other side-effects caused by drinking too many cocktails cannot be prevented by having an EnerPeel before you go!

So, to sum up…

It gives you fresh, younger-looking skin, that will better absorb your sunscreen and tan more evenly.

It’s perfect for helping to control rosacea in time for your next summer holiday, and, with the right aftercare, can provide outstanding results to manage your rosacea symptoms long-term.

It prevents holiday break-outs from eating – and drinking! – too much and can be combined with an acne protocol to control acne by fighting all causes and symptoms.

The treatment lasts around ten minutes or less – a perfect little luxury to indulge in on your lunch break before your next sunny getaway.

Your skin will be cleansed, refreshed, brighter, incredibly smooth and soft to the touch, making it the ideal treatment prior to a garden party, holiday or a summers evening ‘get together’.

EnerPeel MA

Your ticket to gorgeous, glowing, summer skin

In short, it’s the perfect all-around chemical peel for summer, to give your skin that extra holiday glow, and that’s only after one treatment! A course of up to four treatments will also offer you the outstanding anti-ageing benefits of using MA, increasing collagen and elastin deposition, smoothing fine lines and tightening skin.

The EnerPeel® range is available from SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country; to find your nearest clinic or for any further information, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, and a member of our dedicated clinical team will be able to point you in the right direction.

Mirror mirror on the wall, what is the biggest skin myth of them all?

So-called ‘Acne-Rosacea’ that’s what!

For those of you who aren’t aware, Acne-Rosacea is essentially the Loch Ness Monster of skin; never proven to exist, never even seen by the human eye, and yet believed in by so many that you could be rewarded with all the riches in Scotland just for finding it…well maybe that last part doesn’t apply to acne-rosacea, but there have been so many people who have thrown their money at ‘cures’ and ‘treatments’ for it, that it would add up to quite a fortune.

Not the Loch Ness Monster

Couldn’t find a photo of the Loch Ness Monster, so here’s the next best thing

So this #TopTipTuesday, we can definitively say, without any shadow of a doubt, that there is no such thing, it is a complete and utter fairy tale. The trouble is, those who believe in it don’t often get a happy ending…

But where did this myth come from? And why do so many people believe in it?

Well, historically the term was first used when describing type II rosacea, otherwise known as Papulopustular Rosacea, a subtype of the condition where the sufferer develops spots or pustules on their skin following a period of flushing or concurrent flushing. The fact that these spots can look a lot like acne is what coined the term acne-rosacea, implying that the two conditions were linked.

Despite the fact that it has been medically proven for some time that there is no connection between type II rosacea and acne, this term continues to crop up, both in out-dated medical literature and misinformed reports to this day, reinforcing the public perception of this imaginary condition, and keeping this skin myth alive. This has led to any sufferers with type II rosacea to self-diagnose themselves with ‘acne-rosacea’, or just plain acne, causing them to seek treatment in all the wrong places.

Old medical books

Ye Olde Medicale Book on the Moste Dreadful Acne-Rosacea

While acne and rosacea do share some common symptoms, we must remember that these are different conditions and as such require different treatments – otherwise, you won’t see the results you expect, at best leaving you disappointed, at worst exacerbating your symptoms even further.

Of course, there are those who can develop more than one sub-type of rosacea, or suffer from other skin conditions like acne at the same time, making it difficult to know what treatment is best for your skin (our Top Tip for this Tuesday though, is that blackheads only occur in acne, so if your symptoms only involve reddening and pustules, it’s likely to be rosacea, whereas if you have blackheads as well, it could be a combination of the two). However, if you’re having trouble figuring out what’s going on with your skin, or aren’t seeing the results you want from the treatment you’re using, we recommend you pay a visit to your GP, to get yourself properly diagnosed and make sure you’re using the right products for your skin.

Once you know what you’re up against, you can start making informed decisions about what’s right for you, and get yourself on the right track to achieving clear skin.

The Right Track

This way to clear skin…

Acne TripleLock® and Rosacea TripleLock® are clinically proven skin solutions, and unlike cosmetic brands, they are medically licensed in the treatment of acne and rosacea, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here, to learn about the Rosacea TripleLock® range, click here.

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when it seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

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Rosacea Causes and Triggers – And Knowing the Difference!

It may sound very obvious, the difference between the causes and the symptoms of a condition, but when it comes to rosacea, you may find that there’s a fair amount of confusion. Rosacea is very misunderstood condition, with continuous research into where it comes from and how to prevent and treat it. But still, the rumour mill keeps turning, and skin myths become widely believed as fact. For example, there is still a nasty stereotype that sufferers of rosacea are often heavy drinkers, implying that drinking too much will give you rosacea – something that is completely false! So, that’s why this #TopTipTuesday we’re here to set the record straight.

Red Wine

We probably wouldn’t advise having this much all to yourself though – sharing is caring after all!

Causes:

One of the main reasons for all this misunderstanding is that the causes of rosacea are still widely unknown, although there are several theories as to where the condition comes from, and why it manifests:

– Abnormalities in blood vessels, although no one is quite sure what these abnormalities would involve or how they would occur

– Skin Peptides; recent studies have shown that the exposure to certain external triggers can lead to the activation of molecules within the skin called peptides. Increased levels of these peptides can affect the neurovascular system within the skin causing the dilation of blood vessels, redness, and blushing.

– Microscopic mites; now I know that sounds disgusting, and the idea of having a population of mites living all over your face is not the most pleasant of thoughts, but these mites are perfectly normal and live on just about everybody’s skin. It has been noticed, however, that those who suffer from rosacea have a higher level of these mites on their skin, although we’re not yet sure whether these are a cause or an effect of the condition – see what I mean about the two being confusing?

– Heliobacter Pylori Bacteria, which are usually found in the digestive system, have also been suggested as a possible cause of rosacea, although no link between the two has been proven.

– Genetics seem to be a fairly safe bet in terms of rosacea susceptibility, meaning that some people have a predisposition and therefore are more genetically prone to developing rosacea. However, anyone who suffers from rosacea should ensure that any children they have should wear sunscreen during their childhood as often as possible, as exposure to UV light is one of the most common rosacea triggers. If the condition is inherited, this protection in early years can have a huge impact how severe their rosacea symptoms are in later life.

UV rays

Trust us, they’ll thank you later!

Whatever the cause of rosacea, one thing we can say for sure is that it is a condition that you either have, or you don’t. It can develop at any time. There is nothing you can do to contract or get rid of rosacea, and there is no cure, although it can be managed long-term. I know that sounds gloomy, but the point I am trying to make is that rosacea does not occur because of bad habits, or because of you having behaviours that caused you to bring the condition upon yourself – mostly it’s just the luck of the draw.

Triggers:

This is the part where people get their causes and triggers mixed up. Because sufferers with rosacea will have periods where their symptoms are not so bad, or sometimes almost non-existent, when the symptoms return, the cause of the flare-up is often thought to be giving the sufferer rosacea, or causing the condition to return. These triggers include, but are not exclusive to; UV light, stress, hot or cold weather, strong winds, strenuous exercise, alcohol, hot baths, spicy foods, hot drinks, humidity, menopause, dairy products, other medical conditions and certain medicines. This is quite an extensive list, I know, but it goes to show that understanding what can trigger a flare-up can go a long way to managing your rosacea long-term; wearing sunscreen for rosacea-prone skin, changing your routine at the gym, or avoiding certain foods can help make your skin calmer and more comfortable.

Bath

But then who doesn’t love a long hot bath?

While these triggers can exacerbate symptoms of existing rosacea, they do not in themselves cause the condition, and exposing yourself to these things will not give you rosacea (i’m talking about you, alcohol!) these are simply factors that can cause chemical reactions in your body that can exacerbate your symptoms. The trouble is, people who don’t have the condition see the correlation between the triggers and the symptoms and put two and two together – the only trouble is, they often add them up to five.

The important thing to remember is that avoiding these triggers will not get rid of your rosacea; you’ll need a specially formulated, medically licensed range of products to provide you with a skin routine that will help to target the underlying causes, as well as the symptoms, to manage it properly.

We at SkinMed® recommend our Rosacea TripleLock® range, as it is clinically proven, medically tested and has incredible 75% success rates, even amongst difficult to treat patients. We even have a 100% money back guarantee on our products, because we appreciate how important it is for you to know that we understand what you’re going through and that we are here to guide you through your journey to achieving clear, smooth, beautiful skin.

To learn more about the Rosacea TripleLock® range, click here

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com