If you have been following us or if you know the Porcelain team, you would know that selling “ourselves” or “our packages” is the last thing we love… Hence, in all our precedent entries, they are information centric, and we intend to keep it that way. The Porcelain team is made up with a bunch of people who loves the science behind achieving better skin. We live and breathe skincare!

Once in a while, we do feature our treatments to show how we have applied all that we have known to help you achieve better treatment results.

Since the eye area is the first place where signs of aging will appear, let me start off with Porcelain’s Revital Eyes Luxx and Revital Eyes Treatment.

Porcelain’s Revital Eyes Luxx has been specially designed to reduce dark circles, eyes bags and fine lines. As for Revital Eyes Treatment, it is able to deal with all the above problems as well as the presence of millia seeds and oil bags around the eye area.

With the use of the finest Collagen, Amino, Oxygen & Gold treatment products & masks, Porcelain ensures that you will be able to see noticeable results in just one session!

Here are the steps for Revital Eyes Luxx and Revital Eyes Treatment.

1. Double Cleanse

Double cleansing is done to make sure that the skin is thoroughly cleansed. In this case, a Milky Cleanser is used to cleanse the first layer of impurities.

2. Exfoliation

A second cleanser together with Aloe Vera Peeling Gel is used to exfoliate the dead skin cells around the eye area.

3. Skin Analysis

A skin analysis is performed to determine the exact problem of each individual customer.

4. Precision Extraction (only available in Revital Eye Treatment)

Extraction will be done to remove the oil bags and milia seeds. This special procedure will only be carried out by Porcelain’s Director Aesthetician.

5.Eye Massage

An Oxygenated Eye Gel is then used to massage around the eye area. Different eye massage techniques will be applied to counteract different eye problems.

6. Treatment Eye Mask

A Golden Eye treatment mask infused with nano-technology is used.

7. LED Therapy (only available in Revital Eye Treatment)

LED light is able to stimulate collagen and elastin production as well as blood circulation around the eye area.

8. Moisture Protectant

A generous amount of Aloe Recovery Gel is applied to protect and give the skin its final boost of moisture.

9. Sunscreen(only available with Revital Eye Treatment)

A thin layer of Porcelain’s DOLL Tinted Sunscreen is applied. With SPF 60, it offers protection against UVA and UVB rays. In addition, it is non-comedogenic as well as oil and paraben free.

Suitable for: All skin types

Duration & Price:

Revital Eye Luxx: 45 Minutes | $85

Revital Eye Treatment: 60 Minutes | $120

Try out Revital Eyes Luxx at just $28! Click here to find out more! Also, our treatment is featured on iCompare.

Do note that at Porcelain, the Luxx series of therapy is catered more for maintenance whereas the Treatment series is catered for clients looking for solutions to their skin concerns.

Most of us are familiar with facial acne and its causes. However, acne is not just restricted to our face as it can also appear on the other areas of the body, more commonly on the back and sometimes arms.

Back acne, also known as bacne develops when there is an overproduction of sebum due to sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands found below the surface of the skin produces sebum through the pores of the skin. Hence, when excess sebum are produced, these pores become clogged which prevent the removal of dead skin cells. This eventually results in acne which can appear in the forms of blackheads, pimples, pustules or even cysts.

In comparison to facial acne, it is usually more challenging to treat acne on the back as the skin is much thicker. Also, with larger sebcaeous glands on the back, more sebum will be produced causing the back to be much oiler as well. This is also why the back tends to develop more severe lesions like nodues and cysts, which is hard to treat and likely to scar

Tips

SHOWER REGULARLY

Make sure to use a body wash which has anti-bacterial properties. Whenever possible, try to shower right after any excessive perspiration. This is because perspiration together with the sebum produced can cause further clogging of the skin pores which tends to aggravate the condition.

EXFOLIATE DAILY

With the skin on the back being much thicker than the skin on the face, it is naturally more difficult to get rid of dead skin cells on the back. Hence, regular exfoliation is necessary to promote the growth of new skin cells on the back.

KEEP YOUR FABRICS CLEAN AT ALL TIMES

Things like towels, pillowcases, bedsheets, clothes  and anything else which might come into contact with your back should be kept clean as bacteria present on these fabrics can cause back acne. Sometimes, back acne can be caused by external irritants like the wearing of  tight fitting clothing or the carrying of back pack. Hence, try to wear natural fabrics like cotton instead of nylon and avoid carrying your belongings in a backpack.

TEA TREE OIL

Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol which is responsible for killing bacteria and has been frequently  used topically to acne lesions. Frequent use can help destroy bacterial that causes back acne.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements that are vital for a healthy body. Find out how to prepare home remedies to treat back acne.

ALOE VERA GEL

Aloe Vera helps reduce the redness and swelling that comes with acne rather than destroy it. Best to apply after cleansing, it is able to soothe skin and heal scarring.

RETIN-A

Retin A is used topically to treat acne and requires a prescription by dermatologist. It is not suitable for women who are pregnant or if you are suffering from eczema.

LED LIGHT

Medical grade blue LED light has been proven effective in reducing acne by killing bacteria. Coupled with red LED light that can reduce inflammation, this combination is a documented therapy for the control of acne.

Having back acne can be frustrating. If you are facing severe back acne problems, do consult a professional Aesthetician for advice. In cases where the acne is caused by hormonal problems, you might have to seek treatments with a dermatologist.

PS: Porcelain offers an effective Back Treatment Solution using products meant for the face on your back. Designed to lighten scars and pigmentation, reduce back acne and other skin problems, Porcelain’s “Get Your Sexy Back” Treatment leaves your back feeling silkier and smoother than ever. Try out the “Get Your Sexy Back” Treatment at 50% discount and get a complimentary product. Limited Time only. Click here for promotion details.

-Pauline Ng

Acne is a rather common skin problem faced by teenagers and adults alike. The humid climate we are living in does nothing but makes it worse. We will never have to worry about getting our hands on anti-acne products, all readily available – everywhere.  But the problem once again lies in finding one which really works for us. That’s why in this entry we’ll take a look at 20 medications proven to be effective in acne treatment.

1) Benzoyl Peroxide

An antibacterial agent, Benzoyl Peroxide allows oxygen to reach clogged pores and effectively cleanse your skin, ridding acne-causing organisms.

2) Salicylic Acid

Found in many acne products, Salicylic Acid is an ingredient that is naturally derived from fruits and plants. It is an exfoliant and able to remove dead skin cells, therefore promoting the growth of new skin cells. It can also penetrate clogged pores, keeping them clean and free from acne outbreaks.

3) Topical Retinoids

Topical Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A. It removes acne-causing bacteria and is usually used for treating comedonal acne like blackheads and whiteheads. In addition, it is able to minimize large pores and remove blemishes by exfoliating the skin and preventing clogging.

4) Retinols and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

It has been known that both Retinols and AHAs are able to reduce signs of ageing. Both act as exfoliants and help accelerate the growth of new skin cells. Similar to topical Retinoids, Retinol is also derived from Vitamin A. It helps to reduce wrinkles and increase collagen for skin elasticity. As for AHAs, it can be derived from everyday food like sugar, citrus fruits and milk.

5) Azelaic Acid

Used as an alternative to Retinoids and Benzoyl Peroxide, it is an anti-bacterial agent that can prevent the growth of acne-causing organisms. Commonly found in grain food like Barley, Wheat and Rye, Azelaic Acid is used to reduce swelling and inflammation without causing dryness to the skin.

6) Topical Antibiotics

Generally, Topical Antibiotics work faster and have minimal side effects. The two most commonly used are Clindamycin and Erythromycin. These antibiotics are either used alone or combined with Benzoyl Peroxide. As an anti-bacterial agent, it prevents the growth of acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Moreover, with its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to reduce swelling from acne pustules.

7) Tetracycline

Propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes) is the bacteria responsible for acne growth. When Tetracycline is used, it is able to penetrate into the sebaceous glands to inhibit the action of P. acnes. Its anti-inflammatory properties allow it to reduce and remove pustules papules. The three types of Tetracyclines include Plain or Generic, Minocycline and Doxycycline, with Minocycline being the most effective in the treatment of acne rosacea. It is advised that pregnant women should avoid any kinds of Tetracycline treatment.

8) Doxycycline

A type of Tetracycline, Doxycycline is used to prevent the growth of P. acnes. It inhibits the protein production which is essential for the survival of P. acnes. Doxycycline also aids in treating acne by controlling the inflammatory reactions that take place around the infected areas. By using Doxycycline, it helps remove blemishes and keep the skin free from bacteria. Other uses include the treatment of malaria, cholera and pneumonia.

9) Minocycline

Minocycline is an antibiotic which cures severe acne problems. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties enable it to inhibit the growth of acne and reduce any redness and swelling. Besides treating acne, Minocycline is also widely used in treating respiratory infections, urethritis and swollen joints.

10) Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills help to control the hormones in our body. Since the cause of acne is due to our hormones, Birth control pills will work for the treatment of acne. It is able to help to inhibit sebum production, thereby preventing any stimulation of oil glands which eventually cause acne. By regulating the production of the hormones, Birth control pills are able to help reduce acne breakouts.

11) Isotretinoin

Also known as Accutane, Isotretinoin is used to treat severe acne which has become resistant to topical or oral antibiotics. It effectively decreases sebum production in the oil glands which is a food source for acne-causing bacteria. Besides that, it also helps to remove dead epidermal cells and free up clogged pores.

12) Photodynamic

When the sebaceous glands start to produce more and more sebum, the sebum tends to accumulate and clog up the pores. This will then allow P. acnes, the acne-causing bacteria, to thrive. Photodynamic therapy makes use of a light source and a chemical solution to remove the acne. The blue light used in photodynamic therapy helps to activate porphyrins(a byproduct of P. acnes), which will then destroy these P. acnes.

13) Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is widely used for scar removals. It is a non-invasive surgical procedure which helps to remove the outer layer of your skin. By doing so, it helps to speed up the growth of new and healthier skin. Dermabrasion can also be used to remove wrinkles and moles.

14) Sulfur

The keratolytic properties of Sulfur help in the removal of dead skin cells which prevents any pore blockage. When used, it can also help to curb oily skin as well. Its comedolytic properties help to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. Moreover, Sulfur is also used in the treatment of dermatitis and bacterial infections.

15) Chemical Peels

Initially used for anti-ageing and exfoliation purposes, chemical peels are now gradually used in treating acne. This procedure is usually carried out by doctors and aestheticians and is especially effective in the removal of blackheads and whiteheads. The acid mask used helps to exfoliate and promote the growth of new skin cells. Moreover, it can also be used to slow down the development of wrinkles and even out any skin discoloration.

16) Anti- Androgens

Androgens are hormones that are responsible for causing acne. This is because it stimulates the sebaceous glands which eventually produce a large amount of sebum. Therefore, the consumption of anti-androgen drugs is necessary to inhibit the action of androgens on these oil glands.

17) Hormonal Therapy

When androgens come into contact with oil-producing glands, a large amount of sebum will be produced. This makes your skin prone to having acne. Thus the main purpose of anti-androgens drugs is to reduce the number of free androgens inside the body.  Hormonal therapy can be in many forms and this includes oral contraceptives.

18) Chinese Herbs

In Chinese medicine, the most basic principle is to strike a balance between the Yin and the Yang. As such, the main objective here is to achieve homeostasis. This is essentially the recovery of your body back to its original state. Compared to oral antibiotics, Chinese medicine requires a longer treatment period. For people who dislike the consumption of any synthetic chemicals or find the drugs too expensive, they can opt for the use of Chinese medicine.

19) Ayurveda

It is believed that energy is required for all human activity. The three types of energy include Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Based on this principle, it is said that acne results because of the imbalances of these energies in the body. Thus only when an equilibrium is reached, will you be healthy and be rid of any acne problems. Usually, imbalances are caused by bad dietary choices and lifestyle. So to prevent any acne outbreaks, make sure to live a healthy lifestyle and have a healthy diet!

20) Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy works on the basis that if a substance is able to cause a person to fall ill, that same substance can also serve as a treatment for the other person. There are 6 different types of homoeopathic remedies for the treatment of acne.

21)    Antimonium Tartaricum

This is usually recommended for individuals who have painful and large pustules.

22)    Calcarea Carbonica

As it improves the skin’s resistance to diseases, this is recommended for those who have frequent acne breakouts.

23)    Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum

Normally, this treatment will be used when boils are present. Also, it helps to hasten the healing process of your skin.

24)    Pulsatilla

This is especially useful for teens who face acne problems during puberty as well as women who suffer breakouts during their menstrual period.

25)    Silicea

For chronic acne problems, this will be an effective remedy for you.

 

With a better understanding of how each medicine works, you are now able to fight off acne more effectively. Be sure to choose a product that works for your skin!

 


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As we move through different phases in life, one of the major changes we have to learn to deal with will be our skincare needs. These changes can take place over a week, a month or years. We have to understand that our skin transforms according to hormonal fluctuations, stress, diet, ageing etc. In this entry, we will be focusing on how to deal with skincare by age groups.

Skincare by Age Groups: For the 20s

This is a crucial phase to begin if you have yet to have the habit of developing good skin care routine. Generally in your twenties, gone were the days when you suffered from major breakouts. Now, the main objective is to prevent premature ageing and to treat any scars resulting from acne/pimples previously. For those with adult acne, it would be to focus on reducing sebum production and keeping the breakouts in check.

Tips

1) Apply sunscreen. Understand why from this article.

2) Use the right products to retain collagen and moisture. At mid-twenties, your skin will start to lose its ability to retain moisture.

3) Start exfoliating! Skin cell regeneration slows by around 20%, causing your skin to look dull and lifeless.

4) See a professional aesthetician for advice on what products you should be using.

5) Go for regular deep pore cleansing.

6) Avoid rich products, such as cream-based products or those with high anti-ageing ingredients to prevent pores from clogging.

7) Avoid foundation, concealers and other makeup bases that may clog your pores.

8) You may go for regular LED Light Therapy to increase cell regeneration, fight bacteria and boost collagen production.

9) Quit smoking. Start exercising and change to a healthier diet — it is so much easier to do it when you are still young.

Skincare by Age Groups: For the 30s

At this stage, skin cell renewal would have decreased even more significantly. The loosening of collagen fibres and elastin would have caused the skin to lose its natural texture, tone and color. Your skin will develop wrinkles and light age spots a little more easily as its natural resistance has weakened.

Tips

Basically, you will have to continue doing all the steps above, and add the steps below.

1) Orally consume anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C, D and E as they will help repair your skin and prevent damage by free radicals.

2) Change your skin care products gradually to those with a higher anti-ageing concentration.

3) If wrinkles and pigmentation have already developed, you may begin to seek treatments such as LHE/IPL Light therapy to boost collagen production and reduce pigment colour.

4) If you have been caring for your skin since your 20s, the occurrence of wrinkles and pigmentation would be greatly reduced.

Skincare by Age Groups: For the 40s and above

The outer layer of your skin is now thicker and dries up even further.  With the loss of collagen and moisture, you will develop even deeper wrinkles. In addition, elastic fibres also start to lose its elasticity and thicken into clumps. Thus, your main aim here will be to minimize the loss of collagen, moisturize, fight dull and uneven complexion, prevent further photodamage.

Tips

It will be all the steps above for the 20s and 30s skincare and the following:

1) On top of oral consumption, apply products with anti-oxidants like vitamin A and C. Retinoids(Vitamin A) helps to reverse naturally aged skin and Vitamin C improves collagen synthesis and repair skin damage.

2) Switch to a skin care system to help nourish and moisturize your skin thoroughly.

3) For severe pigmentation problems, you may have to seek peeling, laser or harsher treatments. (Don’t wait till that stage, prevention is better than cure.)

4) For unclogged, but saggy skin, you may like to go for regular Radio Frequency treatments that can help lift and firm up your skin.

The start of good skin care is to protect your skin from damage. Establish your skincare routine according to your skin type starting today, no matter what age you are. Better now than never!

Valerie Yeap

LED light therapy is a non-invasive procedure done with panels of red and/or blue lights. It delivers low-level pulses of light up to three times brighter than the sun to activate skin cells. It was first researched by NASA for use in the U.S. Space Program, as its treatments are non-invasive yet highly effective.

LED Light Therapy - A NASA Skin Treatment

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Red LED Light Therapy & Anti-Ageing

Red LED Light is able to penetrate deeply into skin tissue. It thus stimulates cellular regeneration to create collagen & elastin. Collagen helps plump up the skin while elastin keeps the skin firm, reducing fine lines & wrinkles. It also promotes healing, blood circulation and lymphatic activity.

Blue LED Light Therapy & Anti-Acne

Medical-grade blue LED light has been proven effective in reducing acne by killing bacteria. Coupled with red LED light which can reduce inflammation, this combination is a documented therapy for acne control.

IPL / Laser Treatments VS LED Light Therapy

Most other light-based treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser treatments rely on thermal injuring to the skin’s dermal layers.  This includes blood vessels, nerve endings and such to create changes in the skin’s appearance. LED Treatments don’t rely on thermal energy, being able to produce a diffuse & uniform light that penetrates more deeply without causing tissue damage.

The Cosmetic Benefits Of LED Light Therapy

  • Smooths out and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clears blemishes
  • Reduces pore size
  • Firms and tones skin
  • Smooths out and balances skin texture
  • Increase collagen production
  • Reduces melanin that causes pigmentation, age spots and discolourations
  • Increases blood circulation and moisture
  • Decreases scarring, redness, dry patches, itching and sensitivity caused by eczema
  • Stimulates metabolic functions
  • Decreases puffiness around eyes
  • Kills acne causing bacteria
  • Heals existing acne
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Prevents breakouts
  • Minimizes acne scarring

LED Light Therapy is not suitable for you if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Photo-Allergic
  • Diagnosed with:
    • Epilepsy
    • Thyroid Condition
  • On medication that causes light sensitivity (e.g. Tetracyline)

 


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