Since I wrote my post about Leaky Gut and how I have been managing it with the help of Dr. Graham at Skin Renewal, I have been getting tons of questions on what I have been doing to decrease my breakouts and keep my skin as clear as possible. While changing my lifestyle and diet played a huge role in easing my symptoms and all-round unhappy skin-tone, I have also been going for regular treatments at Skin Renewal which has made the world of difference in fighting existing spots and lightening stubborn pigmentation. Today’s post is a bit of a mix of my top 5 treatments from the clinic and how they can make the world of difference to you.
While I have had a few peels in the past, I found that this round of treatments, coupled with my diet has worked much better and allowed me to feel comfortable wearing as little makeup as possible. My fantastic therapist, Liza, started each session with either an Azelan or Radiance peel which was dependent upon the situation of my skin that month. I have written about both treatments before but basically, the Radiance is a combination of Salicylic, Glycolic, and Lactic acid coupled with a few calming ingredients such as willow bark and liquorice root. The peel is applied to a cleansed face and works by loosening the cells on the outermost layer of the epidermis which increases the cells turnover rate and inhibits the growth effect for acne. The Azelan on the other hand, is specifically designed for acne and pigmentation and leaves your skin smoother, softer and more radiant. The benefits of each are noticeable after a day which is simply amazing, especially if you struggle with a dull and lacklustre complexion as I do. I don’t really have a favourite between the two as they are both simply amazing. I’ve had great results with each and love the fact that there is minimal downtime after both treatments.
After my peel, Liza would do a quick bout of Laser Genesis which is a fabulous non-invasive laser treatment that helps to improve the appearance of acne scars, sagging skin, sun damage, redness and uneven texture. There is absolutely no pain at all and instead, the treatment feels as if warm water is dripping down your face, which can start to feel a little odd after a while. In my case, the laser is used to target pigmentation by destroying the pigment with the skin cells through the heat it produces. It’s usually advised to have about 6-8 treatments of Laser Genesis depending on your concern but after the treatments, you can expect to see a less red, uneven and dull skin tone with a reduction in pore size. The first time I had it, I was incredibly nervous and thought that it would sting – which it definitley does not. The treatment is also fantastic for collagen production and can be used to plump up lips, drastically improve the appearance of stretch marks and leave you with an all round younger and more radiant skin tone.
After my Laser, Liza sets up the Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) machine which I have a nice nap under for a couple of minutes. This treatment is a combination of super bright red, blue and yellow light and works to stimulate the deeper skin tissue. It’s a fantastic form of treatment and the benefits are endless. These range from improving swelling and bruising, reducing inflammation, reducing redness, aid in treatment of precancerous skin lesions and speeding up recovery after more intense treatments. I will admit that I was a bit skeptical about this treatment as essentially, you are lying under a really bright light. However, according to Skin Renewal, recent studies in light therapy prove that red and blue light is absolutely wonderful for the treatment of acne. The blue light is known for destroying the bacteria that causes acne while the red penetrates into the tissue and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Consequently, substances are then released that induce fibroblast activity and growth factors. A combination of red and yellow light in specified sequences over a period of 5 weeks softens fine lines, improves skin’s softness, smoothness, tone and clarity all with no downtime or pain.
Interestingly, the PDT works with your body’s natural process to counteract the effect of aging and each different light targets specific cells which are responsible for the repair of your skin’s supportive structures.
After my skin barrier was somewhat repaired and improved (after about 4 peels), as per Dr Grahams advice, we moved on over to Dermapen which, if you read my previous posts know that this is my absolute favorite treatment of all time. I only had one so far on the new treatment plan so won’t go into too much detail about it just yet but will be sure to post new updates as to how my skin handles it in combination with the PDT.
If you are interested in finding out more about the treatment offerings at Skin Renewal or if you would like to book an appointment to see a doctor, then be sure to visit their site and find your nearest branch.
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