DNA and The Skin
DNA is like a blueprint for our cells. It expresses how cells should perform produce certain proteins and conduct certain functions to keep us healthy and acts as a kind of instruction booklet on how to replicate cells correctly when they reproduce. Basically, like the blueprint of life. So, as you can imagine the DNA of our cells is quite an import part about what makes us who we are and what keeps us working healthily.
While DNA does break down overtime due to our normal aging process, a number of external factors can increase damage to our DNA contributing to accelerated aging and other effects such as the potential to develop skin cancers.
If Regina George’s thoughts are constantly spinning around in your head, you may be on the lookout for anything that can help make your skin pore-less and flawless. But unfortunately, the age-old idea that you can shrink pores using anything from a splash of ice-cold water to an egg-white mask is a rumour juicy enough to rival those found in the ‘burn book’ themselves.
Each pore on the surface of the skin is actually an opening to a canal called a follicle. The follicle also contains a hair and an oil gland (sebaceous gland).
Individual pore size is determined genetically and generally correlates with skin type, (eg generally oilier skin = larger pores) and unfortunately, you can’t make pores physically smaller or open and close them.
Pores are more noticeable on parts of the face, like the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) where the sebaceous glands are bigger and more oil in produced. Several other factors can also affect pore size. Dead skin cells and trapped sebum can fill pores to the max accentuating their size. Excess sun exposure from UV rays also breaks down the collagen that supports the structure of the skin keeping the pores tight resulting in larger looking pores. Similarly, the collagen loss that comes aging can also increase the appearance of pore size. And lastly, picking at or squeezing pimples can cause trauma to the skin, which may lead to scarring permanently widening the pores. However, there are certain things you can do to minimize the appearance of your pores which can help give your complexion a major boost.
The best way to minimise pores is to keep them a clear as possible. Try to stick to noncomedogenic products and makeup and avoid clogging ingredients like petrolatum and mineral oil. Regular gentle cleansing can also help to keep the skin clean and free of excess oils and particles which may clog up over time. However, by far the best way to keep your pores as clear as possible is using a gentle, regular chemical exfoliant.
While the word chemical may sound scary, chemical exfoliants are actually one of the gentler ways to exfoliate. Scrubs and other physical exfoliation methods such as facial cloths, brushes and tools are often very easily overdone and can over exfoliate the skin resulting in an impaired barrier and inflammation. Facial scrubs are also often larger in molecular size relying on the mechanical motion of scrubbing to remove dead skin cells on the surface, meaning that they can also sometimes miss particles trapped deeper in the pores. Chemical exfoliants, instead of mechanically removing skin cells gently dissolve the chemical bonds holding the cells together and can often penetrate deeper inside the pores to help unclog them.
One of our favourite chemical exfoliants is Ultraceuticals Pore Refiner – a powerful blend of AHA, BHA, Willow Bark Extract and Niacinamide to refine the appearance of large pores, smooths skin's texture and improve overall skin luminosity and radiance. These ingredients also help to reduce surface sebum and exfoliate the dead cell build-up in the follicle decreasing breakouts and helping to fade pigmentation.
In Clinic, Skin Needling is one of our most effective treatments to reduce enlarged pores. This treatment while sounding scary is anything but! It involves using a pen-like device to make thousands of tiny holes in the skin efficiently stimulating the skins wound healing response to increase collagen + elastin production to tighten and refine the skins texture. We can also infuse specialised serums into these micro channels which enhance this process further and helps deliver powerful ingredients easily to the deeper layers of the skin. Our top pick for enlarged pore sufferers includes our MG-CLR serum, containing Antimicrobial peptides and bio-compatible extracts to help clear problematic breakouts and enhance the visible complexion of skin troubled by acne, blackheads/comedones or open pores and oily skin. As well as our MG-RAS serum a powerful blend of antioxidants, vitamins, peptides and botanical extracts renowned for their anti-ageing effects including Retinaldehyde, which is considered the most active form of retinoid (Vitamin A) without a prescription to stimulate maximised collagen synthesis.
If you’d like more expert advise on how to reduce enlarged pores and attain skin even Regina George could be jealous of, we’d love to see you! Give us a call on 0899654737 or book your free skin consultation online today!
- Skin x
So, you’ve had a fantastic result post AFT IPL and your skin is glowing, rejuvenated, and looking as even as a baby’s bum, but what now? Pigmentation or sun damage is one of the most common forms of premature aging and skin concerns here in Aus and can return very easily if we don’t look after our skin properly post treatment. Correct aftercare in the long term, not just the days following the treatment can help to prolong results saving you significant time and money and keeping you flawless for as long as possible.
Foaming, gel, micellar, oil? A great cleanser is an essential first step to building a fabulous routine and can set you up for a future of beautiful skin, or a future skincare disaster. Yet while it may be simple, finding the best one within the seemingly never-ending skincare aisle can feel no short of overwhelming. But don’t stress, the Skin team is here to help you find the perfect cleanser for skin care success!
The Down-low on Makeup: Are Cosmetics Truly Cause for Concern When it Comes to Skin Health?
In the last few 100 years, makeup has come a long way from poisonous powders and pigments to something that has become a much-loved staple in many of our morning routines. However, makeup still holds a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to skin health. Gospel truths such as ‘makeup causes acne and clogs pores’ to ‘it also causes irritation and enhances aging’ have been thrown around by everyone and their mum for years, but is there any truth to these statements? And is going makeup free really the secret to perfect skin?
Tune in to any latest fashion show and you’ll most likely see the humble face mask standing proud and centre of any collection. Once only reserved as hot couture from the hospital hallway, they now can be seen on the runway from Gucci to Dior and beyond, as the pandemic has seemingly modified the mask into the latest must have trend. However, not all masks can be considered as stylish. Melasma, otherwise referred to as the ‘pregnancy mask’ is a very common skin condition that effects many people around the world and is something that makes us feel not so much like a supermodel.
Skin needling is one of the best skin treatments available on the market today. It helps to treat almost every skin concern from acne to aging to pigmentation. However, not all types of needling are created equal and the difference between an at home dermal roller and an in-clinic high-oscillating needling pen, can make an exponential difference in the health of your skin and the outcome of the treatment. Even though at home dermal rollers might sound like the best thing since sliced bread; they may not be all they’re cracked up to be. Various factors such as the ability to change the needle depth, mechanical action of the device, ability to sterilise or dispose of equipment, as well as education and understanding of the procedure, it’s interaction with the skin and aftercare, are the main differences between an at home dermal roller and an in-clinic needling pen. These differences make a huge impact to the quality of your results and the overall success of your treatment. While dermal rolling sounds like a fabulous, cheaper alternative for giving yourself at a home needling treatment, it truly can’t be compared with an in-clinic procedure.
Beach days, Christmas, summer barbies, and test match after test match; summer in Australia sure is debatably one of the best times of the year. However, while the hot weather makes for endless days of fun in the sun, the summer climate and festivities can be harsh on our skin. Airconditioning, excess sun exposure, chlorinated pools and salt water are very dehydrating to the skin, which results in dryness, redness, irritation and overall skin damage. Lollies, sweets, changes in our diet, an increase in alcohol consumption, as well as, the increased stress over the Christmas period, can also wreak havoc on our skin, causing breakouts, redness and inflammation. But before you hop on the next boat to Antarctica, don’t despair, there are plenty of simple tips and tricks that can help keep us flawless all summer long.
The way our skin looks can be a major confidence killer. In our younger years we seem to take our skin for granted as premature aging creeps up on us. One day we’re feeling gorgeous and living life with hydrated, plump skin and that golden tanned glow, and before we know it, our face is starting to look more like the Grand Canyon, with more cracks and crevasses and strange brown patches then we ever thought possible. While it may be tempting to book in to peel your whole face off to start again, or to book for a one-off laser rejuvenation session, long-term results require more than just a one-off treatment. When thinking about skin treatments we have to remember the five keys to success otherwise known as the five P’s: Patience, Persistence, Products, Prevention and Professionals.
If you take a look on the back of any of your Ultraceuticals products and you’re likely to see Panthenol or vitamin B5 sitting proudly in the ingredient list. With its hydrating properties, it’s no wonder this ingredient has become so well loved in the skincare industry. However, Panthenol is more than a one trick pony. Not only does it act as a moisturising humectant, but it also provides many other skin benefits, such as, helping to decrease inflammation, supporting wound healing, as well as providing benefits to the hair and nails just to name a few.