Peels and Prescription Skin Care

Here at Allure Derma Cosmetic Skin Clinic, we are proud to offer quality skin care products. We are constantly reviewing and updating products to ensure you have access to proven solutions to skin issues.

Some of our ranges include:

DERMAVIDUALS
Corneotherapeutic and skin-identical with an advanced delivery system. Dermaviduals products care for and support the skin and protect the vitally important skin barrier. Individualised to your needs.

Dermaviduals is 100% free of: Mineral Oils, Silicones, Amines, Preservatives, Fragrances, Colours and Emulsifiers. 

ROCCOCO BOTANICALS
Formulated by Australian Cosmetic Chemist Jacine Greenwood. Roccoco was formulated with acne and sensitive skin types in mind. These amazing products have a strong focus on reducing potential allergic reactions and exacerbation of acne symptoms.

DERMAENERGY
With a great price point, this fun range combines proven active ingredients with ATP to address many daily skin concerns.

OBAGI MEDICAL SKIN CARE
A clinically proven skincare range.

PRESCRIPTION SKIN CARE
In consultation with our Cosmetic Physician Dr May Marr, we are equipped to deal with medical skin conditions that may take a little more persuasion to improve. Prescription skin care contains active ingredients that have proven results.

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FAQS

Apart from the sun, what causes dark spots?

Dark spots on the skin, also called hyperpigmentation, are a common skin problem. There are a variety of conditions and agents that can cause them to develop. One of the most under-recognised causes of dark spots is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This occurs after some type of trauma to the skin – especially infections like acne. This and other skin diseases are listed here:

  • Melasma

  • Riehl’s melanosis

  • Poikiloderma of Civatte

  • Erythromelanosis follicularis

  • Linea Fusca

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Certain medications can also sensitise the skin to the sun, and other medications can cause dark spots without sun exposure. The most common offending medications are:

  • Estrogens

  • Tetracyclines

  • Amiodarone

  • Phenytoin

  • Phenothiazines

  • Sulfonamides

UV light is a major cause of not only dark spots but other types of skin damage. The various types of dark spots caused by UV light are:

  • Melasma

  • Solar lentigines – freckles

  • Ephelides

Other conditions or diseases that can cause dark spots:

  • Pregnancy

  • Liver disease

  • Addison’s disease

  • Hemochromatosis

  • Pituitary tumours

What are some of the symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea can present with only a few or a combination of symptoms.

Not all people will develop all of the skin changes associated with Rosacea,  however experiencing more than one symptom at the same time is typical.

They include redness of the face, flushing, the presence of small blood vessels, acne, surface irregularities of the nose, skin sensitivity and enlarged sweat glands.

Rosacea symptoms can be diminished by; controlling oil production, reducing inflammation, reducing cellular build-up and minimising naturally occurring bacteria on the skin. More recent research indicates that water content in topical solutions to the skin should also be minimised.

Rosacea often begins with an easy blushing of the facial skin. These symptoms may come and go at first. Eventually, redness persists around the nose, extending to the rest of the face. As rosacea progresses, additional facial symptoms such as burning, stinging, pimples, swelling, dry skin, enlarged blood vessels, and eye involvement may occur.

What is Corneotherapy?

Prof. A. M. Kligman (a renowned American professor of dermatology and who first discovered Retin A) coined the term corneotherapy.

Corneotherapy is aimed at the recovery of the stratum corneum.  It improves the skins barrier function and overall homeostasis of the skin.

Kligman showed that persistent corneotherapeutic treatment of disturbed homeostasis as the characteristic feature of atopic dermatitis (using appropriate skin care substances) might achieve substantial clinical effects.

For the purposes of preventive corneotherapy, it is essential to avoid skin care products with harmful substances such as irritants and allergens and to select the appropriate skin care substances to individually adapt the skin care products to the specific skin problems.

What causes Acne?

All acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, which is made up of a hair follicle, a sebaceous gland and a hair. These units are found everywhere on the body except on the palms, soles of feet and the lower lip. Pilosebaceous units are in greatest numbers on the face, upper neck, and chest.

Sebaceous glands produce a substance called Sebum, which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturised. During adolescence, sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more sebum (under the influence of rapid hormonal changes), also called androgens. After about age 20, sebum production begins to decrease.

Acne & Bacteria – a bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes (p-acne), is a normal inhabitant of the skin. It uses sebum as a nutrient for growth, therefore increases in follicles during puberty. People with acne have more Propionibacterium acnes in their follicles than people without acne. The presence of bacteria attracts white blood cells to the follicle. These white blood cells produce an enzyme that damages the wall of the follicle, allowing the contents of the follicle to enter the dermis. This process causes an inflammatory response seen as papules (red bumps), pustules, and nodules. The bacteria also causes the formation of free fatty acids, which are irritants, increasing the inflammatory process in the follicle.

Normal Follicles – sebum produced by the sebaceous gland combines with cells being sloughed off within the hair follicle which “fills up” that follicle. When the follicle is “full”, the sebum spreads over the skin surface giving the skin an oily appearance. When this process works correctly, the skin is moisturised and remains healthy.

Obstructed Follicles – problems arise when the sebum is trapped in the hair follicle.  The sebum is produced, but gets trapped on the way out, and the cells that are normally sloughed off become “sticky” and plug up the follicle.  The process of obstructing follicles is called comedogenesis. It causes some follicles to form comedones, more commonly known as blackheads or whiteheads.

What cause wrinkles and sagging?

Chronological Ageing and Wrinkles.

As people age, their epidermal cells become thinner and less sticky. The thinner cells make the skin look noticeably thinner. The decreased stickiness of the cells decreases the effectiveness of the barrier function allowing moisture to be released instead of being kept in the skin. This causes dryness. The number of epidermal cells decreases by 10% per decade and they divide more slowly as we age, making the skin less able to repair itself.

The effects of ageing on the dermal layer are significant. Not only does the dermal layer become thinner, but less collagen is produced, and the elastin fibres that provide elasticity wear out. These changes in the structure of the skin causes it to wrinkle and sag.

Sebaceous glands start to get bigger but produce less sebum, and the number of sweat glands decreases. Both of these changes lead to skin dryness.

The rete pegs of the dermal-epidermal junction flatten out, making the skin more fragile. This process also decreases the amount of nutrients available to the epidermis by limiting the surface area in contact with the dermis, which interferes with the skins normal repair process.

In the subcutaneous layer the fat cells get smaller with age. This leads to more noticeable wrinkles and sagging, as the fat cells can no longer “fill in” the damage from the other layers.

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