In our journey to explore and understand the complexities of skin health. We look into the compelling case study of Ms Andrea Doe. A 45-year-old woman who found herself struggling with a common yet often misunderstood condition; Hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that causes patches of skin to darken and affects millions worldwide. Yet, its impact is more than skin deep, often affecting individuals' self-esteem and quality of life.
Her story shows that even though hyperpigmentation has been there for years. We can diagnose the condition with a personalised treatment plan, and homecare. Clients can manage hyperpigmentation effectively.
In this blog, we will explore Andrea’s journey. The challenges she faced, the solutions we found, and the results she achieved. Offering invaluable insights into the condition of hyperpigmentation. This case study aims to shed light on the complexity of this condition. And emphasise the need for personalised skincare regimes. Through Andrea's story, we would like to empower more individuals to understand their skin health challenges with confidence and knowledge.
Andrea came into the clinic with concerns about hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition. Where patches of skin darken due to an excess of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour. This is caused by sun damage or hormonal changes. Sun damage-induced hyperpigmentation, or photoaging, is typically associated with prolonged sun exposure. Leading to age spots or freckles. It often appears on areas frequently exposed to the sun, like the face, hands, and arms. Hormonal hyperpigmentation, known as melasma, is often triggered by hormonal fluctuations. Such as those during pregnancy or with birth control use. It presents as larger, irregularly-shaped patches on the face. Andrea had hormonal hyperpigmentation. Which was present since her pregnancy over eight years ago and has remained ever since.
Phase 1 - Preparation
Andrea used supermarket products, Simple as her homecare. This meant we had to change them to ensure she was using the right skin care products for her skin. Being above 30, skin can dry out quickly, so a creamy cleanser was recommended to be used morning and night. A serum was made for Andrea’s skin that consisted of brightening actives, a lightweight moisturiser and a sun protection of 50. Sun protection is needed all the time (all through the year). As the sun can raise pigmentation in the skin, then the skin will always need to be protected from it. Once this skin has hyperpigmented, it is always at risk.
After Andrea used the home care routine for a few weeks, we were able to start treatments. Which consisted of LED, brightening peels and micro-needling.
Phase 2 - Treatments
LED (Light Emitting Diodes) therapy can help reduce hyperpigmentation. Specific wavelengths of LED light, especially red and near-infrared, can stimulate skin cells to regenerate and heal. This therapy can reduce inflammation, promote collagen production, and inhibit melanin production. Which can lighten hyperpigmented areas, leading to a more even and improved skin tone.
Chemical peels are effective treatments for hyperpigmentation. They involve applying a chemical solution to exfoliate. This process reveals a new layer of skin that's typically smoother and less pigmented. Helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and improve overall skin tone.
Microneedling is the most beneficial treatment for hormonal hyperpigmentation, like Melasma. By creating micro-injuries, it stimulates collagen production and promotes skin rejuvenation. The controlled healing process helps break up hyper-pigmented areas and even out skin tone.
Over the six-month period, we designed and implemented a customised plan. This involved targeted treatments and personalised home care for our client battling hyperpigmentation. The strategic blend of professional treatments like micro-needling, chemical peels, and LED therapy. Alongside disciplined home care, resulted in a remarkable reduction in her skin pigmentation. Our client was exceedingly pleased with the transformation, visibly restoring her confidence. It's imperative, though, to underscore the continuous nature of this journey.
The success achieved isn't a singular event but a process. To sustain these results, our client must continuously persist with her SPF usage and home-care regime. It will also help to have occasional professional treatment, ensuring hyperpigmentation remains controlled.
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Seborrhoeic warts, also known as seborrhoeic keratoses, are small, scaly skin growths that typically appear on the face, neck, chest, or back. They are benign, noncancerous, and relatively harmless, but many people want to eliminate them for aesthetic reasons. In this blog post, we'll discuss seborrheic warts, what causes them, and how to remove them effectively.
Seborrhoeic warts, also known as senile warts or seborrhoeic keratoses, are benign skin growths that commonly appear with age. They are caused by a buildup of cells in the top layer of the skin, resulting in raised, yellowish-brown patches. Seborrhoeic keratosis typically appear on the head, neck, chest, and back. But can also be found on the hands, feet, and other body areas. They are not contagious and are not caused by a virus. Although they can look similar to warts caused by a virus. Seborrhoeic warts are often hereditary and caused by sun damage.
If your senile wart starts to itch or bleed on its own. You have to get it checked out by a doctor. While seborrhoeic warts are generally not cancerous. It is essential to rule out any possible underlying conditions that could be causing the symptom. Additionally, if you have any other questions or concerns about the wart. You should consult a doctor who can provide more personalised advice and treatment options. Here is some information about seborrhoeic keratosis from the British Assoiciation of Dermamtologists. Click here
In some cases, treating seborrhoeic warts at home may be possible. Commonly used home remedies include the application of over-the-counter medications such as salicylic acid and lactic acid. As well as natural remedies like tea tree oil and castor oil. Although these treatments can be effective in some cases. They may only work for some and should only be used with caution.
Seborrhoeic warts, also known as senile warts, can be removed gently with the electrolysis probe. This method works by cauterising the blood flow while using a low current to remove the seborrhoeic wart. If the wart is superficial, it will generally come off after a single treatment. However, if it is deep-seated, it will require multiple treatments.
It is essential to ensure that the procedure is carried out correctly to avoid further skin damage or infection. If you are considering removing your seborrhoeic wart with an eleyears'sis. It is highly recommended that you seek advice from a qualified professional first. With ten years of experience, I can help you achieve a good result in removing them.
Skin tags can make you feel self conscious and slightly uncomfortable in your own skin. I have had a few and all I have wanted to do is pull them off! Annoying little things. But what are these things and why do we have them and most importantly, how do we remove them?
It is a piece of fibrous tissue, which is loose collagen and blood vessels. Its actual name is fibroepithelial polyp. You know it’s a skin tag by the “mushroom” shape. A thin piece of skin attached and a big bulby head. They are mainly found on the neck, underarms, and groin or under breast area. Any area the skin rubs together. Commonly found in men or women that are older or overweight and pregnant ladies.
Skin tags are harmless and do not normally cause any pain or discomfort. With that in mind, the NHS do call that cosmetic and so anyone wanting them removed would have to pay privately.
There are a few home remedies that can be tried and have been known to be effective.
An old wives remedy was to tie a piece of string around it and eventually the blood flow would stop and it would fall off. I remember my mum helping my Nan with this method. Though I do remember my Nan at one point having lots of string around her neck. I think it takes a while for them to fall off!
Another home remedy is to put lemon juice on the skin tag, this will help to dry it out. I have never known this way, so I can't comment on how effective this method is.
Another way is to go to your local pharmacy and purchase a freezing spray kit, which costs roughly £20. You can then spray the skin tag and it will after two weeks will fall off. (Quoted from Boots online shop).
The method I use and found very effective is electrolysis. I remove the skin tags with an electrolysis probe. The probe will have a current running through it. This will cauterise the blood flow and leaves a tiny little crust in the skin tags place, this will naturally fall off after a week and should leave barely any scar if nothing at all.
Treatment costs are dependent on how many skin tags you may have, for up to date prices check out the page https://positiveskin.co.uk/advanced-electrolysis-skin-blemish-reduction/