Eczema is a skin condition where the skin becomes itchy, dry, red and cracked. It is not only uncomfortable, but also causes unsightly marks and scars.

To give you a better understanding of what eczema is about, below are some common symptoms of eczema:

1. Skin may appear cracked and dry
2. Some may experience itchiness and if scratched, the skin will be raw
3. Inflamed areas may also develop blisters or have pus
4. There may be small and raised bumps
5. Skin at the affected area may also be thickened

If you have eczema, you should also have noticed that the following may worsen your skin condition: 

1. Hot showers
2. Stress
3. Sweating
4. Dry air
5. Certain fabrics such as wool
6. Dust
7. Sand
8. Smoking
9. Hormonal levels

What is the treatment for eczema:

1. Avoid scratching:
As simple as this may sound, scratching is really a natural response and often done unknowingly. It is important to pay special attention to this, and avoid aggravating your skin any further and make the symptoms worse. Scratching also increases the risk of skin infections and inflammation, and we certainly do not want that to happen.

2. Keep your skin hydrated:
People with eczema have very dry skin, which also results in the itching and cracking, making it very uncomfortable to deal with. To help with the skin condition, we recommend keeping your skin hydrated at all times.

To keep your skin protected and hydrated, you can consider trying Porcelain’s Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel. This light, ultra soothing gel heals & hydrates your skin and eases irritation. It is specially formulated with pure aloe extracts to soothe skin and shield it from environmental aggressors. It is also able to pamper and calm stressed skin, and helps to improve your skin’s moisture balance and promote your skin’s natural resilience.

3. Prevent skin inflammation & irritation:
The reason why your skin is bumpy, red and cracked is that it is highly irritated and inflamed, and you should get eczema treatment products that can help you alleviate the problem.

Porcelain’s Pure, Botanical Soothing Gel has anti-inflammatory and healing properties to calm irritated skin, it is also highly effective in treating eczema and other skin irritations. Using it daily on affected areas can allow you to observe better results.

4. Keep your skin clear off other aggressors
Things like dust, sand and sweat are highly likely to worsen your eczema problem. We’re not saying that you should not exercise or go near the beach or sea, but it’d be great if you could minimise your skin encounters with these aggressors and keep your skin clean and fresh!

5. Look for soap substitutes & bath oils:
Normal soap is alkaline and can further dry out your skin. Soap and detergent based shampoos should also be avoided. We would also recommend slathering on some bath oils after your bath, to help lock in moisture and treat dry skin.

What are Milia Seeds?

Pretty as they sound, these are not flower seeds. Also known as oil seeds, milia seeds are keratin-filled bumps that usually develop around the eye and nose area. They’re the bane of every quest to silky smooth skin because they cause a rough and uneven skin texture. Commonly found in people of all ages, milia seeds are formed when the skin does not slough off normally and are trapped in pores. No so pretty now, are they?

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What Causes Milia Seeds?

Milia seeds are often caused by overly rich creams or oil-based skin care products. For some people, milia seeds are hereditary or caused by hormonal changes. Certain medications and pollutants also result in milia seeds. However, before you start panicking about those little white bumps on your face, do note that milia seeds are fairly harmless.

How To Prevent Milia Seeds?

Avoid using creams that are too rich for your eye area as the richness might cause pore blockages. Rich concealers are often silent causes of milia seeds as people use them often to cover up dark eye circles. Consider using an oil-free lotion or cream and possibly change products altogether, as an allergy may also be a cause. Sunburns may also cause damage leading to the cysts, so be sure to wear sunblock if burning is a problem. Most importantly, keep your hands off your face to prevent excess bacteria from getting onto your face!

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How To Get Rid Of Milia Seeds?

Common ways of treating milia include the use of a topical retinoid cream such as tretinoin, tazarotene or adapalene; removal with a sterile lancet or scalpel followed by the use of a comedone extractor, a tool used to remove whiteheads and blackheads; a series of fruit acid peels or microdermabrasion procedures; and carbon dioxide laser treatment. You should consult a dermatologist or aesthetic specialist for the appropriate course of treatment. Most importantly, do not try to remove them by squeezing them yourself, as it will very likely lead to scars.

PS: Porcelain The Face Spa’s Precision Facials helps to effectively remove milia seeds. For targeted milia seed removal, check out our RevitalEye Treatment. Enjoy your first treatment with us at 50% off. Book now or call 6227 9692 or SMS us at 9721 1008 to find out more.

Having acne or pigmentation problems? You might want to consider adding an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment to your current facial treatment. Generally, IPL therapy serves as a good compliment to facial treatments as it speeds up the recovery process, which tends to produce better results as the IPL technology allows deeper penetration into the skin, rejuvenating and enhance renewal of collagen which helps in the absorption of products.

The IPL system releases yellow, green and red lights that are emitted in a series of short pulses. The yellow/green light destroys the bacteria which causes acne that thrives in our skin, while the red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause outbreaks of pustules (pimples). The light conversion to heat is targeted accurately to the cells deep in the skin, initiating shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands which helps to prevent over-production of excess sebum. Additionally, IPL treatment is effecting in correcting common skin pigmentation problems such as age spots, sun-induced freckles, and symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, and unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes.

IPL – Black Magic for Skin Rejuvenation

If you are looking for skin rejuvenation, consider the Black Magic™ IPL Treatment instead. Black Magic™ treatment does not target pigments, but aims to rejuvenate the skin instead, by tightening the pores and reducing sebum production. Black Magic™ treatment uses a proprietary formula created in Korea, known as The Photo Reborn Gel or Plasma Magic Gel.  Unlike conventional IPL Gel, which has a clear colour, the Plasma Magic Gel is black.

 

Normal IPL treatment uses an IPL gel that helps prevent light from scattering during the treatment. During a normal IPL treatment, there may be some loss of energy during travelling of light when it’s penetrating into the skin. However, the formulated Plasma Magic Gel can greatly reduce the energy loss and better absorb the light for better results using less energy. Thus, the Black Magic treatment therefore works effectively by diminishing the look of pores and reduces oiliness of skin.

LED Light Therapy

An IPL session at Porcelain includes the use of LED lights to target various skin problems. The LED Light Therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses non-invasive, non-ablative Red Light Therapy & Blue Light Therapy, and Infrared Light treatment for anti-aging skincare, facial wrinkles, acne treatment, stretch marks and more. It is very common to see that red light therapy associated with anti-aging and blue light therapy to fight acne. The following light colours used in a typical LED Light Therapy treatment tell you the benefits associated with each colour:

 

Red

  • Encourages collagen & elastin regeneration
  • Increases oxygen & blood flow hence perfect to prevent inflammation + acne

Blue

  • Kills bacteria, hence helps with acne

Green

  • Reduces hyper pigmentation
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Smoothen fine lines and wrinkles

Yellow

  • Helps treat sunburns, redness, swelling and eczema

 

Want a certain colour to zero in on your problems? A typical treatment at Porcelain will have our friendly therapists selecting the right combination of colours to cater to your unique skin type.

If you are currently undergoing facial treatment for acne or pigmentation, adding on IPL treatments will be a great compliment as technology enables deeper penetration of the products compared to normal facial treatments. For the treatment of problem skin, this means achieving expected results in a faster and more effective manner.

PS: In conjunction with our 3rd birthday, Porcelain is having 1 for 1 promotions for IPL and Black Magic™ IPL Treatments. Click here to book now! Offer ends 31 July 2012.

By Jenny Teng, Director Aesthetician, Porcelain The Face Spa

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Anti-Aging is….

Achieving a balance within your skin between moisture and sebum level. It means maintaining a high level of collagen and elastin production, and low level of oxidation within the skin hence, reducing signs of aging.

2. How do I stop the clock?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to do so as chronological aging is part of life. We can prevent the signs of aging from showing by increasing our level of anti-oxidants to prevent free radical damages, stimulating collagen, elastin production and skin’s natural regenerating ability with technology such as Radio Frequency, Intense Pulsed Light, LED and reduce our sun exposure by applying sunscreen.

3. At what age should I start my anti-aging regime?

You should start your general skincare regime during puberty. Anti-aging should not be separated from your routine skincare regime. Revise your home care and professional treatments with your aesthetician or doctor every year to evaluate your changing needs. The skin begins to age around 25 to 30, however, many young skin display signs of premature aging due to improper care and lack of sun protection.

4. How do I prevent premature aging?

The number one cause of premature aging of the skin is caused by sun overexposure. It causes skin dehydration and discoloration of the skin’s pigment, which results in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, freckles and other forms of pigments. We recommend that sunscreen to be applied daily prior to sun exposure, even when you are spending most of your time indoors. Next, frequent exfoliation of your skin can reduce dead skin cell buildup and stimulate cell regeneration.

That will help prevent and reduce existing signs of aging. Keeping your cells moist keep skin looking plump and firm. Use products such as Hyaluronic Acid to enable that and eat foods that are high in water content to keep your skin well hydrated at the cellular level.

Book an Age-Defying Quintessential Facial with Jenny Teng now!

Introducing our new OxyRevive Treatment…

This treatment incorporates the physics of the high-velocity jet stream targeted at a point-size area of your skin to achieve the functions of dermabrasion. Using Sodium Chloride, a saline solution closer to the pH of the skin, as a medium, this treatment ensures skin is well hydrated and pumped with Oxygen while we remove congested pores and dead skin cells.

Oxygen therapy is a treatment that provides you with extra oxygen, a gas that your body needs to work properly. Normally, your lungs absorb oxygen from the air. However, some diseases and conditions can prevent you from getting enough oxygen. Oxygen therapy can help ensure that you get enough oxygen which may help you function better and be more active.

As a delivery mechanism, the oxygen is compressed and sprayed at high pressure directly on to the skin surface. A “serum” of active ingredients such as nutrients or vitamins etc are introduced to the oxygen stream just before the skin, and the combined oxygen and ingredients in the form of a high-pressure jet force its way past the skins barrier defence systems and into the lower levels of the epidermis.

The oxygen used during the facial actually provides therapeutic effects from a topical application, and the premise that we can increase the energy in the skin’s cells by topical application of oxygen is flawed for a number of reasons. We need to consider the following factors:

– The human skin does not respire to any perceptible degree; in fact, the skin does not require being in an oxygen environment other than respiration via the lungs.

– The skin barrier defence systems effectively render the skin waterproof, as nature limits our exposure to a specific concentration of oxygen for good reasons.

Marketers of oxygen therapies often refer to the proven effects of oxygen on unhealthy or damaged tissues to state their case, with the vasoconstrictive effects, reduction of inflammatory cytokines, increase in growth factors, and antibacterial effects mentioned.

There is indeed a degree of truth to those statements, as oxygen has been successfully used to assist wound healing for over fifty years. It is, however, the increase in oxygen concentration in the cells via the pulmonary vascular system introduced by the oxygen-rich environments in hyperbaric chambers and oxygen tents rather than direct contact of the wound with the oxygen.