December 30, 2014

Best Ways To Get Rid of Ingrown Hair

ingrown hair
After hair removal, as the hair grows back, it can sometimes become blocked and trapped in the hair follicle turning into bumps or even infected pores. As the hair grows it can either just curl up, and look unsightly from the surface, or it can "dig" into the surrounding skin. This will cause the skin to regard it as foreign material, and it will try to push it out, hence the infection and inflammation. 

Prevention is the key. Moisturising the skin daily is important to keep it soft because when the skin is dry, it pulls tight at the surface, tightening up the mouth of the follicle, blocking the hair. 

A thin film of dead cell build-up on the surface can also block the hair, so exfoliating 2-3 times per week  will help prevent the problem and even help "release" the blocked hair before it becomes a problem. A good loofah or a body scrub can do the job nicely. 

salicylic acid
If the hair follicles have become infected and inflamed, treat the infection by dabbing on an anti-bacterial toner, serum, cream or lotion. Your beauty therapist can recommend a good anti-bacterial product we usually use to treat infected acne. Anti-bacterial ingredients to look out for include willow bark or willow herb, Centella Asiatica, uva ursi (bearberry) extract, calendula, tea tree oil, magnesium, gentian extract, boric acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Matricaria (chamomile) oil, chaparral extract, zinc and salicylic acid which also doubles as an exfoliant to help release the trapped hair from the hair follicle. All of the above are also anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce the localised redness and swelling surrounding the infected ingrown hair. Some of these ingredients may be too strong and very irritating on intimate areas, so please consult with your beauty therapist for advice. 

To draw out a stubborn ingrown hair, I found zinc based acne spot treatments very good. Another option I found great is Ichthammol Ointment in a carrier such as paraffin or beeswax. The best ones also contain natural ingredients such as arnica, vitamin E or comfrey, which can further aid in healing. Apply on the ingrown hair, cover with a band aid, and allow it to draw the hair and any infection out to the surface. When the hair is ready to pop, you can gently ease it out with sterilised tweezers. If you're not sure how, or need help, your beauty therapist may be able to tweeze or lance the stubborn hair out. 
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December 6, 2014

Did you cleanse your skin last night?

Here is what happened to one woman who did not cleanse her skin at night for a month. I imagine she cleansed in the morning, I can't fathom her walking around with a dirty face all month. 

During the night, your skin repairs and regenerates, having a dirty skin will disrupt and interfere with this natural healing process. So it is REALLY important to clean your skin after a big day out and about. 

Just as an experiment, soak a cotton pad with a toner and wipe over the skin, and see how much muck comes off even if you are not wearing make up. Its not good for the skin to sleep with this on. 

So clean your skin at night with a creamy cleanser selected for your skin type. And here is a tip, no matter how good is the cleanser, you need to use a face washer/towel or cleansing sponges to thoroughly remove it and all the dirt. Rinse off cleansers struggle to get everything off, especially heavier foundations or powders. 

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November 4, 2014

CLEANSING AND TONING, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

Your corrective skin care starts with EFFECTIVE cleansing routine

The biggest mistake people make is not cleansing their skin properly; they tell me they either just splash their skin with water, or use soap (cringe), or just a cheap and ineffective cleanser that dries their skin out or clogs the pores and causes breakouts. Anything the apply after an ineffective cleansing will cause the serums or creams to NOT penetrate effectively. Dirt, grime, skin’s own oils and dead cell build up will prevent the products from penetrating where they are needed.
 
A professional strength cleanser and toner will prepare your skin for infusing essential nutrients. A correctly cleansed skin will feel softer, appear brighter, is free of pore-clogging impurities, and most importantly will be pH balanced and rehydrated, improving absorption of important actives. Modern toners are designed as instant re-hydrators, loaded with antioxidants and corrective actives enhancing deeper and more efficient penetration of skin care applied directly after toning. 

So if you want to make the best of your high quality serums and treatment creams, prep your skin with the very best professional cleansers and toners. 

Ask your Beauty Therapist for a recommendation on the best cleansing system for your skin.

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October 13, 2014

Skin allergies? Hay fever causing havoc in your skin?




Have you had a problem with a product that you were fine with before and you’re not sure what happened?

Are you lately experiencing itchy, red, reactive skin or have suddenly come up in hives or a rash from hay fever? 

Here in Australia we are in the middle of spring, flowers are blooming, and the occasionally windy days don’t help at all. It is a high pollen season and you may be having a histamine reaction, which is very common at this time of the year.

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What can happen is that if you are exposed to high amounts of pollens and allergens you may get elevated histamine in your system. Most people cope with it fine, but some not so good. You may or may not have been displaying symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as a runny nose, itchy watery, or puffy eyes, sneezing or headaches and blocked sinuses, or even skin rashes.

Using very active skin care or having an invasive treatment done that you are usually fine with, may be just the tipping point for your skin if you have elevated histamines in your body. There is nothing wrong with the product or the treatment, it’s just that if you have high histamine in your body, your skin may react to products you are usually fine with. 

When I deal with skin care clients who are predisposed to seasonal allergies, I suggest they see a pharmacist and seek advice on how to reduce and better manage their allergies. Regarding skin care and professional treatments, I advise they stay away from anything that activates or stimulates the skin for example AHAs, retinoids, and highly perfumed products. In treatments, I focus on reducing inflammation, improving hydration, and repairing & strengthening the barrier. For home care and professional treatments I recommend products that are anti-inflammatory, hydrating, skin repairing and choose fragrance free where possible. 

Here are some ingredients I look for in skin care products that are anti-irritant:

• Hyaluronic acid – hydrating and cooling
• Aloe vera – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, healing
• Bisabolol – chamomile extract, soothing, anti-irritant
• Allantoin – soothing, decongesting
• Beta-glucan – soothing, hydrating, antioxidant
• Polysaccharides – hydrating, soothing
• Green tea – anti-inflammatory, soothing, antioxidant
• Borage seed extract – anti-inflammatory, soothing
• Co-enzyme Q10 – antioxidant, soothing
• Cornflower – soothing
• Evening primrose oil – soothing, barrier repair, emollient
• Glycyrrhetic acid – extract from licorice, soothing
• Licorice – soothing
• Linoleic acid – emollient, soothing, barrier repair
• Mallow – soothing
• Matricaria flower extract – soothing
• Niacinamide – soothing, barrier repair
• Oatmeal - soothing, anti-inflammatory
• Soy extracts – barrier repair, soothing, antioxidant
• Zinc & zinc oxide – antioxidant, soothing, anti-inflammatory
• Saccharides – hydrating, soothing, barrier repair
• Shea butter – soothing, barrier repair
• Squalane/squalene – soothing, skin repairing, antioxidant

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August 7, 2014

CONSIDERING SKIN PEELS?

alpha hydroxy peels
A comment on my Facebook page by one of my readers got me thinking. She was writing about her experience to the long term use of peels and how her skin is now so thin and it reacts to most products. This is not the first I have heard of this sadly, I have been hearing these kind of stories more and more lately. 

Peels can be fantastic tools when we are correcting imperfection and are great for skin results, if treated with respect. However, I think peels are way over prescribed these days. It reminds me of a story in the news how doctors over prescribe antibiotics and the problems that it has created. I wonder what problems are we creating in the long run with all the peels that people are having? 

Peels are not THE solution to all skin problems. Certainly, not the ONLY solution. Peels should not be done long term. For any skin. Most importantly, peels should not be done without a thorough consultation and a complete commitment to preparing the skin at least two weeks before the peel. 

If you are considering peels, your skin needs to be hydrated and in good condition first to withstand the treatment without long-term damage. This means using quality skin care every day to get it into top condition. If you don't like to wear sunscreen, or you forget to wear it every day, forget about the peels, and for that matter any other invasive treatments such as lasers, microdermabrasion or needling. Peels thin the skin, making it more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun. So you absolutely MUST get in the habit of wearing a strong sunscreen every day first. 

If you are treating certain conditions, pigmentation for example, you need to be using a tyrosinase inhibitor serum (such as vitamin C or B3) for at least two weeks before you commence your course of peels to get good results and support skin regeneration. 

There are many other considerations, this is why a thorough consultation is essential before you do peels. Your skin may not be ready or may need other treatments to get it into optimum condition first. There are also many contraindications to peels that your therapist needs to go through with you. 

After a course of peels (generally 5 -10), one or two mild to medium peels a year as maintenance is fine. In the meantime, you should have facials on a monthly basis that focus on rebuilding a healthy skin, loaded with vitamins, minerals, peptides, cell communicating ingredients, anti-inflammatory, anti-MMP, anti-glycation and of course antioxidant ingredients for your skin type and skin concerns. 

Look after your skin and don't be too aggressive with it. Your skin is the only skin you will ever have, so treat it with respect. I know, we all want quick results, but to have a healthy beautiful skin for the long term, it pays to be patient. Remember, 80% of the results you get is what you do to your skin at home, every day. Using quality products prescribed specifically for your skin every day will give you far better results in the long run.

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July 29, 2014

Best beauty tips for minimizing open pores for a beautiful smooth skin

orange peel skin open poresOpen pores are probably the most misunderstood skin type or skin condition I have come across. Everybody would love a smooth, pore-less skin like you see on the beautiful models in magazines or on TV.

Sadly, pore-less skin is an illusion, a beautiful piece of artwork achieved by skilled make up artists, clever photographers and advanced photo editing software.

As a beauty therapist I have come across only a handful of people over the past 23 years that had a perfectly smooth skin with barely visible pores. It was almost always in a young skin, that peaches and cream type. But these people had their own problems. They suffered with thin, delicate, dry skin, sensitive skin, premature aging, redness, capillaries and sun damage.

The truth is, we all have pores because pores are there for a reason. Granted, some people have smaller pores and other people have larger pores. We all have pores, and very few of us have a skin that may appear pore less, but that's just an illusion and I'll share some tips on how you can minimize your open pores and make your skin appear smooth and more even. But first, let's find out more about open pores. 


There are two different types of pores in our skin. Sweat pores and hair follicles.

Sweat pores excrete sweat to cool us down, and expel excess waste from our body. There are other functions for sweat but let's just keep it to that for now.

Cross section of the skin hair follicle
Hair Follicle
Hair follicles are pores where hair grows out of, which provides our skin with insulation and protection. Hair follicles have an attached gland that secretes sebum, a natural skin oil which lubricates the hair and our skin. It is a type of natural skin moisturizer.

Open pores are very important for our skin health. Yet we have this aversion to open pores. I believe this is mainly driven by cosmetic fashion, and cosmetic companies promoting their products using images that have been airbrushed.
Do pores open and close? No, pores do not have muscles to allow them to open and close. Can you get rid of your pores completely? No, it is physically impossible to remove open pores. But is it possible to reduce the size of our pores so they are less visible? Of course you can! 


So here is where the truth lies. You can minimize and smooth, but if you have open pored skin you will never completely get rid of it. It's just not possible. And knowing the important function of our pores why would you?

I have come across several different types of 'orange peel' or open pored skin and each had to be treated differently if my client wanted to achieve a smoother, more even textured skin.




types of open pores how to minimize open pores

So what are the options to treat open pores?

Discover professional advice and beauty tips to treat open pores in the following articles:

1. Oily shiny skin open pores
 
2. Clogged open pores


3. Scarred open pores 


4. Ageing saggy open pores



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July 19, 2014

6 TOP MISTAKES WOMEN MAKE AS THEIR SKIN AGES




1. Not doing anything at all for their skin

The Younger skin may get away with neglect, and due to the nature of the skin being young, it is plump, firm and bright, it does not start showing damage until later. However, an aging skin undergoes many changes that impact on its ability to repair and regenerate, hydrate, lubricate, and protect itself from the damaging effects of free radicals, glycation, and inflammation. 

How you age is really up to youBeyond teenage years, the skin's natural oil production starts to slow down, and most women experience very dry skin after the symptoms of menopause kick in. The collagen production slows down by the time we hit our mid-20s, and the skin starts to look visibly thinner by middle age. The amount of elastin in the skin peaks in early adulthood then starts to decline. 

Factors that accelerate aging include free radical damage from UVA, smoking, stress, and toxins; glycation as a result of high sugar diet; and inflammation of the tissues due to poor lifestyle choices and skin care abuse or neglect. Environmental and lifestyle factors can affect how quickly the skin ages, and not adapting to the changes, or not caring for the skin at all, can accelerate the aging process. Once the symptoms start to appear, the damage has already been done.

5 good reasons to apply sunscreen every dayOne of the best anti-aging creams you can ever use it a well formulated, high protection sunscreen. Look for sunscreens formulated with physical blockers such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Physical blocks reflect the UV whereas chemical filters absorb the UV and convert it to heat, which can contribute to skin inflammation. The best formulas will also contain antioxidants, no matter how high the SPF is, some UV still gets through, around 3%. This explains how you can go on a holiday for a couple of weeks, wear your sunscreen diligently, yet still manage to get a mild tan. So antioxidants will act as a backup system to the sunscreen ingredients, helping to neutralize free radicals from UV, and as they are also anti-inflammatory, will help towards keeping inflammation down. 

Did you cleanse your skin last night?
See what happened when this woman did not clean her skin at night for a month
One last thing, going to bed with makeup can be detrimental for any skin, but an aging skin even more so. Because the skin no longer repairs and regenerates as well as a younger skin, having the extra burden of makeup clogging it overnight will make the skin look sallow, tired and can contribute to breakouts and skin sensitivities. Eye lashes are especially vulnerable, mascara left on overnight can contribute to eyelash breakage, and because our lashes get thinner as we age, we should really protect all the lashes we have. I find as I am getting older my eyes are more sensitive than they used to be, and I need to use a specifically designer eye make up remover. 
Read: Did you cleanse your skin last night? 

2. Using the same products they did when they were younger 

As the skin changes, so do the skin needs. Basic moisturizers are no longer enough to support the aging skin and to protect it's depleting collagen and elastin. Using foaming and gel cleansers or soaps may have been fine while the skin was young, oily and hydrated, but as the skin dries and thins out, harsh cleansing can lead to the skin being stripped of its protective oils, dehydration, and skin inflammation, and contribute to the breakdown of the skin barrier, which will just accelerate the aging process. 

We all heard what happens when the young woman borrows her mom's anti-aging moisturizer, she breaks out. It's just too much for a younger skin. The same applies in the reverse, skin care formulated for younger skin is just not enough to support the needs of an aging skin.

What should you look for in a good poisturizer
Ingredients to look out for to slow down or protect an aging skin are Vitamin A to stimulate cellular turnover, vitamin B for anti-inflammatory action, Vitamin C for collagen production and pigmentation problems, Vitamin E for its potent antioxidant and skin softening effects. Peptides and skin communicating ingredients are a must, as are cell repairing and skin-identical ingredients such as ceramides and fatty acids for barrier repair and protection.  

Mature skin benefits from regular gentle exfoliation, because as we age, the rate the skin turns over slows right down and can cause an accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface. This will make the skin look dull, make the open pores and wrinkles appear deeper and more pronounced. However, aging skin should avoid harsh or strong exfoliants, as the inflammation they cause can accelerate aging. The rule of thumb is, if it hurts, if it's uncomfortable, if it makes your skin red, or flaking, choose a gentler option. Preserving the skin's barrier and keeping it healthy is even more important as the skin ages. Be patient, results will be a bit slower to show, but the skin will reward you in the long run. 

3. Not getting enough sleep

not getting enough sleep
Aging bodies can no longer cope as well with having to stay up all night and working all day. Every hour of sleep you miss will show up on your face. Because the skins defense systems and repair mechanisms are depleted, the body need a longer and more consistent period of rest. 







4. Skipping on exercise

how to stay younger with exerciseIf you are waking up in the morning all puffy, the only thing that will help is to get the body moving. Muscle movement pumps the lymphatic system which regulates the fluid in the tissues. Exercise not only flushes excess fluid from the skin but helps drain away toxins and waste. The increased blood circulation delivers fresh nutrients and feeds the skin from inside out. Muscle movement keeps the muscles toned and provide a good base for a firm skin. 

5. Overdoing Botox and fillers

botox and fillers
Botox and fillers can be very helpful to soften the signs of aging, but sadly some people think more is better and end up achieving quite the opposite of what they intended. Overdone Botox and filler can actually age a person well beyond their years. This is especially true when I have seen younger women in their mid-twenties have so much Botox and fillers, they look like a woman in her mid-40s trying to look younger. It instantly ages them and it is such a shame. We can easily get caught up in overdoing things, so listen to your friends and family, they will be the first to let you know if you start looking strange and nothing like yourself.  

6. Using the wrong makeup

make up aging skin
Skin care is not the only thing that will need to be adapted to the aging skin; makeup will also need to be looked at. As the skin ages, heavy makeup is very aging, powdery foundation no longer flatters it, nor do strong, bright and vivid colors. Aging skin looks it's best with fine textured, lightweight foundations that will not look cakey and collect in skin's creases making wrinkles look that much more obvious. A silky, lightweight foundation with good coverage and light reflecting technology to cover up brown spots, capillaries and uneven skin tone works best. 

make up tips for aging skinLipstick colors in deep and dark colors no longer work on thinning lips, so choose beige/browns, berry or peach colors. If you really like dark colors, choose sheer tint lipsticks. 

Concealer is a must once we pass a certain age. When the shadows start to appear, a good concealer will take years off the look of the skin. 

Smoky eyes may be too much for a mature skin and can emphasize wrinkles and sag of the eye lids. Softer colors in browns work best. 

The best mascara for thinning eye lashes is a lengthening formula with a fine brush to separate and define each lash. Thickening mascaras just look clumpy on sparse eye lashes, instantly adding years. 

As the skin ages, it starts to lose some of its color and luminosity, and as the skin looses elasticity, the cheeks drop. A great way to give an instant lifting effect is to use a soft blush just under the cheekbones. 

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July 4, 2014

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June 14, 2014

My ESSENTIAL weekly skin care ritual:

weekend skin detox ritual

The weekend is the perfect time to give your skin a treat with a beauty ritual that will leave it looking and feeling fresh, rejuvenated and revitalized. 

Here is my step-by-step beauty ritual. I tend to do this on the weekend when I am more relaxed and can really enjoy the process. 

Step-by-Step Beauty Ritual


1. Cleanse  - In the mornings I enjoy using an enzymatic cleanser.

2. Complete the cleansing ritual with a lotion (an active toner) to hydrate and treat skin conditions such as pigmentation, open pores and ageing.

3. Next, I exfoliate. I use gommage paste as I found it's more effective than scrubs; once every couple of months I might do a gentle AHA peel, but as I exfoliate weekly I rarely need it.

4. Desincrustation - optional step, for people with clogging or blackheads. I use a deep detox cleanser based on enzymes, salicylic adic and exfoliating grains to unclog, dissolve impurities and decongest the skin.  I use a product that is activated by steam and dissolves all clogging and congestion, so I apply then fill my sink with hot water, partly cover my head with a towel to catch the steam, and let the steam do it's magic. 

5. Mask - I adapt depending on what my skin needs at the time. A choose from a hydrating plumping antioxidant mask or drawing deep-cleansing detox mask or anti-aging firming brightening mask. I love using masks so I have a few on hand. 

6. After a mask, I lotion again. It helps with penetration of products. 

7. Apply a vitamin C serum to protect the skin from free radicals and pollution.
8. I apply a line-relaxing eye cream and a peptide and antioxidant-rich face cream.

9. I finish off with and tinted Sunscreen at least SPF30

10. Finally I relax and enjoy a herbal detox tea to make the skin sparkle from inside out!

I love how my skin just glows after my little weekend ritual. Occasionally for something extra special, I run a bath, use scented detox bath salts and or bath oil or milk, and enjoy a luxurious soak instead or a shower. Here is a great article on how to detox your body

What is your weekend beauty ritual? 


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May 20, 2014

Is it ok to use cosmetics after the expiry date?

Cosmetics, especially AHA or BHA peels is not something I would take a chance on. Actives such as Vitamin A ( retinol) and Vitamin C are also highly unstable and should be used as soon as possible. 

Remember, strength and efficacy of peels and cosmetic formulations is not only determined by the type of ingredients you use, the percentage of actives, but also the activity or pH. 

pH is especially difficult to stabilize and normalize in a cosmetic formulation. If it's old, or worse, has been exposed to too Hight heat or extreme cold temperatures, humidity, change of pressure, or the product is exposed to air, the formula will de-stabilize a lot quicker. 

At the very least it is no longer efficacious beyond the expiry date, has gone rancid, or at the worst, the chemical compounds have changed and could cause adverse reactions.

 I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 7 years, and have had experience with manufacturing of cosmetics, drugs, medicines and nutritional supplements. 

Expiry dates should NEVER, ever, be taken lightly. 



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May 11, 2014

FILAMENTS AND MICRO COMEDOS




People with oily skin types are prone to clogging of the pores. This photo shows the first stage of clogging, where the pore is filled with an accumulation of dead skin cells and oil, causing a tiny plug to form on the surface. As the skin is stretched, part of the clogging is pushed out and can be seen and felt as tiny spiky plugs. 

These are relatively easy to treat, but if left untreated can continue to build up and eventually turn to blackheads or pustules (pimples). 

To remove the filaments, use a professional strength exfoliant adapted to your skin type. Look for products that contain either enzymes or salicylic acid as an active ingredient. Both are very efficient at dissolving the plug and removing the clogging. 

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Some professional skin care companies offer specialised exfoliants and deep cleansers that target clogging. Talk to your beauty therapist for best product recommendations. 

In-salon treatments will help to clear the problem quickly, but should only be done once your skin has been prepared with good home care products and your skin is in good condition. You will get much better results from professional treatment if your skin is well hydrated and healthy. 

Some professional treatments to look out for are:
1. Desincrustation with a galvanic machine - where a specially formulated serum is applied to the skin and infused deep in the pore with the galvanic machine. The serum dissolves the clogging, allowing it to flow freely to the surface. This also works very well on blackheads and congestion.

2. Some professional strength products do not need to be infused with galvanic, and only require steam. These products contain similar ingredient to the serum above, but are in a formula that easily penetrates  into the pores. Ask you therapist to use a desincrustation product on your skin during a deep cleanse facial. (note, fillaments are not ripe for extractions so please avoid)
3. A gentle, diamond microdermabrasion treatment. I found diamond better for giving the skin a very smooth, silky finish without any trauma. 

4. A professional enzyme peel will be a little stronger than what you can use at home, and can deliver excellent results. Many enzyme peels are made from natural ingredients such as papaya, pumpkin or pineapple. 

Prevention is better than cure so make sure you cleanse your skin twice a day with a cleanser prescribed to your skin type and exfoliate 2-3 times a week to keep the follicles free of clogging. 


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April 24, 2014

SYRINGOMAS, LUMPS AROUND THE EYES AND UPPER CHEEKS

Skin coloured or sometimes yellowish lumps often found around the eyes and upper cheeks. A biopsy will confirm diagnosis. 

SYRINGOMAS are caused by enlarged sweat glands. 

Treatment would be performed by a doctor, and may include excision, cauterisation with a fine needle, or burning off with strong acids. A doctor may try different treatments to find which works best for that particular person. 

If you think you may have SYRINGOMAS, see your dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment advice.



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March 20, 2014

CONGESTION: a cluster of small, deep, skin coloured, painless, stubborn lumps / bumps on the skin

Congestion can be a stubborn problem to clear, it can linger and be a real nuisance.

In oil related congestion, the sebum is thick and waxy and has settled deep down in the hair follicle. Usually found around the chin and cheeks, it feels like a cluster of small, deep lumps under the skin. Congestion is usually skin colored, is not painful and does not itch. Once it appears, it usually just sits there and does not clear on its own. The waxy sebum can be a result of poor nutrition, certain food intolerance, a sluggish metabolism, hormones,  not drinking enough water, etc. and  if left untreated, can potentially lead to ruptured follicles, papules and painful lesions or acne. 
To clear it, the waxy sebum has to be broken down, liquefied, and allowed to flow freely to the surface. 

If congestion occurs around the jawline and cheeks, and occasionally on the neck, then it is either caused by over nourishing products or it's an internal problem, where the body is eliminating toxins via the skin. Check the products you are using, that they are not too rich. Makeup can sometimes be the problem, and poor quality skin care full of petrochemicals which literally suffocate the skin. If it is not the skin care, it's internal. The skin is sluggish, the body may be sluggish. You may not be drinking sufficient water, or suffer from constipation or sluggish irregular bowel movements, food intolerance or lack of exercise. If it is a persistent problem, I would refer my client to see a naturopath for a consultation and a detox. 

So what can you do? 

Professional treatment options: after cleansing, use an exfoliant with salicylic acid or enzymes. Salicylic acid is the only hydroxyl that has the ability to penetrate into the follicle, get deep down, break down the waxy sebum, and exfoliate the follicle from inside out. Exfoliants containing enzymes digest and break down the waxy sebum and hard keratin plugging up the follicle. Both are keratolytic, meaning they are drawn to and break down keratin therefore are very efficient exfoliants. Used with steam, the heat of the steam will aid in warming and liquefying the sebum. Enzymes are also activated and more efficient with steam. 


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Desincrustation with the galvanic machine is an excellent add on option to treat congestion. The galvanic current draws the specialised ampoule (serum) deep into the follicle, and through saponification, breaks down the waxy sebum. 

Lymphatic drainage is also very useful to stimulate skins own detoxification processes and particularly effective for congestion located on the jaw line and cheeks. 

Masks and treatment creams containing yeast extract are excellent at breaking down stubborn congestion, and deep painful lumps under the skin.

I would advise against trying to extract the congestion as it is so deep, it's not very successful and causes to much pain and trauma on the skin that may lead to scarring. The products are so efficient at clearing it up, there really is no need. 

If you do all of the above, you should see results within days. Good luck! 

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