I have a special event (e.g. wedding), when should I see you?
Get your last facial 15 days before the event to allow time for your skin to settle down. Plus if you are using fake tan, you want to definitely perform facial before applying fake tan. If you have never had a facial then make sure you do a “practice” facial because flare-ups post-facials.
I have severe acne - can you help me?
We recommend that patients with severe acne see a dermatologist. Many over-the-counter (OTC) acne products are available to treat mild to moderate acne or periodic breakouts.
Severe acne may not respond to OTC products. If OTC treatments aren’t working after 6-8 weeks then it is imperative to see a dermatologist. If you allow acne to get worse, it can scar the skin. Severe acne is generally defined by having cysts and nodules.
Sadly, there are many people in the beauty industry, including facialists, that offer expensive courses of treatment or products that won’t actually work. They are selling you false hope, not clear skin.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a higher strength skin exfoliant thus it works to remove the top layer of skin. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking.
Everyone is a good candidate for a chemical peel. Chemical peels can improve acne, pigmentation, skin texture, promote anti-ageing and improve skin tone.
We prefer to perform chemical peels to microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion was the preferred skin-refining treatment for over a quarter of a century; whilst we acknowledge what these devices have achieved in the treatment of mild skin disorders, we now have innovative, more effective treatments that provide better results
What is your approach to extractions?
We have a contrarian, gentle approach when it comes to extractions of acne, blackheads (open comedones), white heads (closed comedones), pores, milia, cysts). Extractions are a short-term solution with risks. Large pores around the nose and chin, which will always fill again,
There are inappropriate risks with extraction. Extraction cause mechanical trauma to the skin, creating little cuts and local injuries. Infection, inflammation, pigmentation and scarring are all possible. Extractions can also weaken pores, plus the collagen and elastin fibers supporting them.
So, why the controversy with extractions? Shouldn't we all be extracting our little hearts out, ending up with perfect complexions? We prefer to do regular ultrasonic scrubbing to remove facials following steaming as this makes the skin look radiant while minimising harm and risk.
If you have clogged pores, we recommend that you instead exfoliate by using AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids, e.g. glycolic and lactic acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid) both act to “unglue” the bonds in the skin and unclog your pores