‘Why does skin get worse in winter?’​ – how to answer what will soon be your most frequently asked question!

For some, the Autumnal months are considered some of the most beautiful and scenic of the year, the landscape littered with beautiful orange and red leaves and the chance to wear your favourite snuggly jumpers that have been left in the cupboard all summer. Some even may already be reaching for the central heating thermostat or gathering a heap of logs for the fire – in short, summer’s definitely on its way out.

But the cold weather can affect more than just your outfit…

Some of your clients may be thinking “Why does my skin get worse during winter?” as the drop in temperature will already be starting to take effect. While everyone’s skin is different, there are some common causes that are usually at the root of people’s winter skin troubles, particularly those who suffer from acne.

With central heating switching on, sebaceous glands will respond and oil production will increase. The cooler temperatures mean you’ll be wrapping up against the cold weather to keep warm, but houses nowadays are much more energy efficient than they used to be and are often being hermetically sealed to keep the heat in, but this also means that the air indoors becomes stale much more quickly.

The result is that there is less oxygen available when you spend time indoors, but also less oxygen getting to your skin through thicker clothes when you go outside, providing a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria to colonise your skin. Combining increased oil production with acne bacteria breeding more easily and you have a recipe for exacerbated acne symptoms and acne becoming even harder to treat.

There are millions of sufferers of acne in the UK alone, and with the impending change in temperature exacerbating acne symptoms across the country, many will be redoubling their search for a solution to resolve their skin issues.

Jumper

The solution:

So how do we get the best from our skin this winter without freezing?

Just like using an SPF in summer, in winter we still need to look after our skin – you’ll probably know first hand the damaging effects it can have on your skin. For many, winter is the worse time of year; the constant change from hot and cold temperatures and exposure to dry indoor provided by central heating and double glazing can enhance skin sensitivity, leading to increased oil production and resulting in acne breakouts.

To combat this, we recommend our all-encompassing SA OSK protocol, utilising EnerPeel® SA.

EnerPeel SA

EnerPeel® SA is a medically licensed remodelling agent for active acne. It contains 30% Salicylic Acid, suspended in a patented EnerPeel® carrier solution, which allows us to incorporate the active ingredients from our renowned Tebiskin® OSK within the carrier, protecting them from the blockage-busting Salicylic Acid.

This means we’re able to send a high-strength, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory dose of OSK ingredients to work deep within the skin.

Clinical studies were based at 5 university hospitals on patients whose resistant acne was defined as ‘unresolved’ even after using prescription medication for 12 months. Patients were prescribed 4 EnerPeel® SA treatments, 2 weeks apart, in conjunction with our anti-acne topical protocol.

This achieved an 80% resolution rate for their acne.

For chronic acne, or acne resistant to other treatments, we recommend TripleLock® to reduce the visible endpoints of acne, spots, oil, inflammation and infection. It restores the environment of the skin, opening up blocked hair follicle ducts by reducing skin thickness to normal levels. Finally, TripleLock® rebuilds the lipids lost from the skin caused by sensitivity to hormones, as well as changes in the environment.

Acne TripleLock

Step 1: Cleanse

Tebiskin® OSK-Clean utilises Pyruvic Acid instead of Glycolic Acid, as Pyruvic Acid will penetrate and break down oil, but also has the unique property of slowing down oil production, and also contains the potent and safe antibacterials Triethyl Citrate and Hexamidine, making it the ideal skin preparation to increase absorption of the TripleLock® active creams.

Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is a delicate cleanser with anti-inflammatory properties and specific soothing and softening actions, recommended for cleansing sensitive and irritated skins. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean utilises a natural molecule MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) to provide a soothing and anti-reddening action. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is ideal to cleanse delicate and intolerant skin, including skin affected by rosacea. It is also for cleansing irritated skin following specific medical procedures such as laser treatments or chemical peels.

Step 2: Treat

Tebiskin® OSK-Lotion is for the medical treatment of acne and seborrhea, especially inflammatory acne. It is an alcoholic lotion that restricts surface sebum levels, slowing down oil production and targeting acne bacteria effectively and more quickly than antibiotics. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect (opens the comedones) to reduce skin thickening, and contains the highest level of active ingredients in a trademarked delivery system to ensure rapid absorption into the pilosebaceous duct.

Tebiskin® OSK targets the visible symptoms of acne and reduces excessive oil production rates by over 50% on average and up to 68% in published clinical studies – the spot, the inflammation, the infection and the excess oil production. The key active ingredients are highly and rapidly active in reducing infected inflamed spots, and have a significant antibacterial effect, while slowing sebum production rates by 40%. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect to reduce skin thickening, hydrates and reduces scarring risk.

Tebiskin® Reticap contains a high concentration of pure micro encapsulated retinol. The active ingredients reduce excess skin thickening by slowing down excessive skin cell production and normalising keratin deposition; two key contributing factors causing the closure of the hair follicle duct creating comedones, leading to colonisation by p.acnes under the blockage resulting in inflamed spots.

Tebiskin® Cera-Boost provides the whole range of 9 ceramides which, in combination with Ethyl Linoleate in Tebiskin® OSK, counteracts the hormonally induced loss of lipids and oils that cause increased Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), triggering the skin thickening process that blocks hair follicle ducts, and works in combination with Tebiskin® Reticap to normalise skin behaviour. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids, which are ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. There are nine different types of ceramides in the Stratum Corneum, and they account for 40% to 50% of the lipids in this outermost layer. Replenishing these is critical in controlling skin water loss.

Step 3: Protect

Tebiskin® UV-OSK SPF 30 has a high protection factor and an optimum UVA and UVB protection ratio – even in the winter, wearing an SPF is vitally important to protect your skin – and is used for sun protection while continuing control of acne symptoms. UV-OSK incorporates slightly lower levels of the same key active ingredients, minus Salicylic Acid, found in Tebiskin® OSK Lotion and Tebiskin® OSK Cream, and is to be used for daily spot free maintenance.

In conclusion…

There you have it; not only how to answer what is sure to become one of your frequently asked questions, but also what to do about it.

Don’t delay, phone us today…

To learn more about our acne protocol, or any of our other bespoke treatments, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, or email clinical1@skinmed.co.uk to speak to a member of our dedicated clinical team.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Let yourself glow!- Why shine-free skin isn’t healthy or natural…

Cosmetics companies everywhere seem to be obsessed with giving you a matt, shine-free finish to your skin, making those of us with skin that tends to be a little on the shiny side – i.e. those of use with natural human skin – scrambling for products that will help us reach these near-impossible standards, especially if you have naturally oily skin. If your skin has a shine to it, either all the time or towards the end of the day, you are not alone, and should not be pressured into feeling bad about your skin.

In fact, letting your skin have a natural shine is perfectly healthy, as everybody’s skin needs a level of surface oil, or sebum, in order to function properly. This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re going to be talking about why exactly your skin needs sebum, what a healthy complexion should look like, and how to manage oily skin in a way that is healthy and safe.

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What is sebum?

Sebum is the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands and then flows onto the surface of the skin. These glands are attached to every hair follicle all over the skin and scalp because, whether cosmetics companies want you to know it or not, your skin really needs the oil that it produces.

While being completely shiny all over your body and scalp probably won’t ever be a desirable look, sebum performs many functions that your skin cannot live properly without. One of these functions is to lubricate your skin and keep it soft and supple – skin without any oil would be completely dry and brittle, and wouldn’t be able to stretch and flex as your body moves. Ouch!

Oil

The original ‘Essential Oil’

One of the most important functions of sebum, however, is that it creates a protective barrier known as the acid mantle, which is an invisible layer on your skin comprised of a mixture of oil and sweat (we know that doesn’t sound too pleasant, but trust us, you don’t want to get rid of it!). The acid mantle has a slightly acidic pH and protects your skin against a portion of the microorganisms that could cause infection, as well as chemical irritants, pollution particles and other ecotoxicants. It acts as your skin’s primary barrier function; its first line of defence to protect and maintain the skin’s integrity – the second part of your skin’s barrier function is lipid bilayers of the epidermis, which hold your skin cells together and prevent moisture from evaporating too quickly.

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Stripping away the acid mantle, either by excessive cleansing for example or by using an astringent toner containing a lot of alcohol, is stripping away this natural protective layer, leaving your raw skin exposed to the elements.

Acne

Remember, your skin is your largest organ and needs to be protected

This exacerbates existing conditions, such as acne, rosacea or dry skin:

– Acne is made worse as your skin is now more prone to inflammation, or you may even make any underlying inflammation worse, making acne break-outs more likely.

– Rosacea sufferers, or those with particularly sensitive skin, will now be more susceptible to reacting to irritants and external triggers

– Dry skin will become even more dehydrated as, without the acid mantle, moisture in the skin will find it more easy to escape.

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How much is too much?

We would ask ‘how much is normal?’, but in our experience, there is no such thing as ‘normal’skin; every individual’s skin is as unique as their fingerprint, and there is no such thing as ‘one-size-fits-all’.

Having said that, those prone to having particularly oily skin will notice a shine first thing in the morning, which will typically cover the majority of the face, if not all of it. Combination oily skin will show this shone mostly in the T-Zone, which is where the concentration and level of activity of the sebaceous glands are higher.

T-Zone

In case you didn’t know, the T-Zone is comprised of the nose and forehead, where you’re most likely to suffer from pimples and blackheads due to excess oil

‘Normal’ skin – if we must call it that – will probably not notice any shine in the morning, but will develop a shiny T-Zone by the end of the day; it may not be very obvious, but can show up more clearly when photographed, or under strong lighting.

Dry skin won’t show any kind of shine, as it produces very little oil, and is usually most common in those over the age of 60, as the skin’s natural oil production gradually declines with age. If you are under 60 and find yourself in this group, it’s more likely the result of dehydration, and not to do with having skin that is genetically drier.

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What can you do about excess oil?

Oil production is regulated by testosterone, a hormone present in both men and women, which activates the oil-producing sebaceous glands. Testosterone is controlled by the highly complex endocrine system, and the amount of oil you produce is determined by your genetics, so it’s very difficult to control how dry or oily your skin ends up being.

You do, however, have some level of control.

You need to remember that your body is all about balance; if you try stripping away any excess sebum, your body will automatically work to produce more, and usually will try to over-compensate and produce more oil than you had in the first place.

Balance

Everything is about balance, and just like training your body, you have to learn to retrain your skin.

If you suffer from acne as a result of having excessively oily skin, invest in a decent acne treatment that will target both the causes and the symptoms of acne – FYI, we’ve written an article about how to best choose the right products for your skin, but long story short, make sure you pick a brand that specifically states that they treat acne. If it doesn’t actually say the word ‘acne’, chances are it won’t work all that successfully.

With the right treatment, you can tackle your acne troubles without the backlash from your skin, keeping your skin healthy for long-term relief.

Acne TripleLock® – Targeting not only the symptoms, but the underlying causes, of acne to deliver successful results in as little as 8 weeks.

Don’t dull your shine!

Forget what beauty and cosmetics companies are telling you; shine is nothing to be ashamed of. Without a counter-top full of mattifying make-up and a professional photoshop artist, there is no one who has natural, healthy, shine-free skin. It just doesn’t exist.

Now, as we well know, excess oil and shine can be problematic, but that doesn’t mean you should try to eradicate it altogether. Remember, oil is healthy, protective, and keeps your skin pliable and wrinkle-free. You may not want oily skin now but trust us, you’ll be glad of it in future when your skin doesn’t dry out!

So keep that natural, healthy glow, and embrace the shine!

Smile

Let yourself glow!

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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Bizarre Acne Remedies the Need to Stay in the Kitchen

As children, I’m sure we were all taught to keep our food in our mouths and off our faces, and (while I may still struggle when it comes to chocolate fudge cake) it’s probably safe to say that we’ve all mastered this little life skill.

So why is it that whenever you go online to seek cheap and easy life hacks for keeping your skin clear, everyone seems to be telling you to just grab the contents of your kitchen cupboard, and smear it all over your face?

This #TopTipTuesday we’ve decided that enough is enough. We’ve compiled a list of the weirdest home remedies we’ve seen this week on the net, as well as why you need to keep them out of the bathroom, and back in the kitchen cupboard where they belong.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar; apparently if you cover your face with vinegar, the acids will eat away at your acne spots. Honestly? I’d rather save it for my fish and chips!

2. Smearing your face with Honey and Cinnamon; this is supposedly because of their anti-oxidant properties. While anti-oxidants are good for the treatment of acne, what these remedy websites fail to mention is that honey and cinnamon contain the wrong anti-oxidants to do the job.

Honey

Save it for your porridge…

3. Tea-tree oil; this is something we see a lot, and often something you’ll find in cosmetic brands’ face washes and spot treatments. This is because tea-tree oil does have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that using it will result in temporary, short-term relief from angry spots, but for a long-term solution, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

4. Green Tea; again, this is due to it’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking green tea is very good for you, and makes a healthy alternative to caffeine-rich drinks, which can affect stress and hydration levels, however, it’s still just tea, not a miraculous magic potion, and won’t get rid of acne all by itself.

5. Witch Hazel; when used correctly, witch hazel can work wonders for your skin, calming acne, as well as other skin conditions like rosacea. However, many of the sources we’ve looked at seem to be suggesting you literally just need to rub some shrubbery on your face to achieve spectacular results, whereas in reality, you’re going to need somethig more refined to see results.

Green Tea

Not a magic potion, just a refreshing beverage

6. Fish Oil; this usually is recommended to be taken orally, in the form of a supplement, and thankfully not a smearing-it-on-your-face job. This is for the omega-3 fatty acids that oily fish contains, which have a variety of benefits, helping to improve your complexion, however, as yet the jury is still out on what dosage of fatty acids you will need to positively affect your skin. In short, it’s a great thing to have in your diet, but not a cure-all by itself.

7. Exfoliating regularly; okay, so this one isn’t food related, but I wanted to include this one because it’s so commonly believed. Check out our previous #TopTipTuesday article, Does having acne mean you don’t wash enough? (LINK) to find out exactly how exfoliating can affect your skin, and how often you should really do it.

Tomatoes

Half an hour covered in tomato juice? No thanks!

So, these home remedies may not sound all that bizarre, but these were the ones we could actually find some sort of reasoning behind – even if that reasoning is mostly misinformed. Lots of the resources we found seemed to have been written by people who have just looked through their kitchen cupboards and thought, ‘yeah, that sounds plausible…’

These included, but were not exclusive to, lemon juice, lavender, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, aspirin, castor oil, orange peels, banana peels, basil, strawberries, garlic, nutmeg, cloves, egg whites, mint, salt and even mushed up cabbage! All of them seemed to involve squishing together one or more of these seemingly random foods and then leaving them on your face, sometimes for hours at a time – not quite how I envision spending my weekend.

At the end of the day, many of the beneficial chemicals used in acne treatments that actually work do originally come from natural ingredients, just like anaesthesia uses chemicals that originally came from willow bark. But if you had to choose between the refined chemicals in an anaesthetic injection, or chewing on a hunk of bark before going into surgery, chances are you’d go for the less rustic option. It’s exactly the same with your skin.

Lavender

The bees probably need it more than you do

So leave the food where it belongs, in the kitchen and off your face, and opt instead for a medically licenced acne treatment, clinically proven to actually deliver results and clear your acne, such as SkinMed®’s Acne TripleLock® range.

Our 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 – LINK

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