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Skin FAQs

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We have a team of trained therapists and offer excellent skincare advice, fill in our online care consultation form for tailor made advice.

What can I do about Acne Breakouts?

Excellent skin care and hygiene are important to remove excess oils and bacteria that are associated with acne. Follow a strict regime of thorough cleansing. We recommend Anti-Bac Skin Wash, followed with Multi-Active Toner and an oil-free moisturiser. Exfoliate twice a week, and use Daily Microfoliant every day to help the skin rid itself of congestion-causing debris. Medicated Clearing Gel helps regulate oil production, remove follicle-clogging debris and kill acne bacteria.

Always remember never to pick or squeeze spots.  If you think you may have acne, please always complete our skincare consultation form prior to purchasing these products.

Do I have Sensitised Skin?

Sensitive skin is a genetically inherited condition that predominately affects very fair-skinned individuals.

What most people suffer from is sensitised skin, rather than a result of genetics. Sensitised skin is a reflection of your environment, lifestyle and physiology. Polution, stress, hormonal imbalance, cosmetic allergies, alcohol, poor diet and over exfoliation can all trigger the sensitised skin condition.

Sensitised skin can be treated. Unfortunately if left untreated the skin's response can result in permanent cellular damage, which can lead to premature ageing.

A few lifestyle modifications can usually solve most people's skin sensitisation. Maintaining the skin's barrier function is vital, so remember to apply your Dermalogica moisturiser after cleansing and whenever your skin feels tight or dry: our Barrier Repair was developed with this specific goal in mind. Skin Hydrating Booster is the ideal addition to your skin care regimen to optimise the water level of your skin.

How can Exfoliation improve my skin?

Everyone exfoliates naturally. An exfoliation regimen simply helps your body along in the process, which becomes especially vital as we age. Teenagers completely regenerate their external layer of skin, on average every 14 days. By the time you're 40 that rate has increased to 30-40 days. The result is dull, ashy or mottled-looking skin. An exfoliation regimen can reduce that time that dulling skin cells sit at the surface of our skin for a healthier, more vibrant complexion.

What is Premature Ageing?

Far from natural. We don't suggest for a minute that there's anything wrong with growing old gracefully. Premature ageing refers to the unnatural acceleration of the natural ageing process, primarily due to damage from sun exposure and an unhealthy lifestyle. Not only are 99% of wrinkles caused by sun exposure, but premature ageing can add up to twenty years to your appearance!

How can I take control of Premature Ageing?

There are a number of ways in which you can treat the signs of premature ageing. It all starts with regular visits to your skin care therapist, who can work out a prescriptive regime, based on a detailed skin analysis using Face Mapping.

Your at-home regime will play a crucial role. Using vitamin-enriched products, specifically those containing stabilised vitamins A, C and E, can deliver the vital nutrients that the skin needs to help firm and improve elasticity. Dermalogica's MultiVitamin Power Concentrate and MultiVitamin Power Firm for the eye and lip area applied on a daily basis, along with our MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque 1 to 2 times weekly, will very effectively deliver these critical vitamins to your skin. Don't forget your hands, which are the one of the first areas to show signs of premature ageing and sun damage – MultiVitamin Hand and Nail Treatment was developed specifically to counter this.

What can I do about Uneven Pigmentation?

Pigmentation disorders are caused by various factors, which include sun damage, hormonal imbalance, and skin trauma or disease. Of all these causes, sun damage is both the most common, and the most easily prevented! Simply applying a sunscreen with a minimum SPF15 every day, and avoiding peak sun times around midday, will do a lot to prevent the sun damage that can make your skin's pigment act up. Dermalogica's Solar Defence Booster SPF30 provides optimum daily sun protection. Hormonal imbalance, a cause of pigmentation mostly affecting women, can occur during any time that the body's natural hormone balance is disturbed. These triggers can include hormonal changes, such as those that happen during the menstrual cycle, menopause, prolonged stress, pregnancy or even when taking birth control pills. Unlike pigmentation related to trauma or sun damage, hormonally-induced hyperpigmentation generally disappears when balance is restored to the body, and it can be treated during the interim period with topical skin brighteners.

As well as a salon based Professional Regime, your at-home regimen is also vitally important. After cleansing in the morning, use Dermalogica Day Bright SPF15, which contains optical illuminators, and will help protect your skin from further sun damage while actually helping to combat melanin production on the cellular level. At night after cleansing, use Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, a Rice-based powder that smoothes and brightens the skin. Then apply Night Bright, which penetrates deep into the skin and delivers a potent dose of eleven botanical brighteners to regulate melanin production. These three products can be purchased separately or in the Dermalogica Skin Brightening System.

How much you can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation depends largely on what is causing the problem in the first place, as well as how deeply into the skin the pigmentation extends. Generally speaking, most people see results within 8-10 weeks of beginning a treatment program. Keep in mind, however, that all sun exposure must be avoided during this time – even one unprotected day in the sun can completely reverse all positive treatment results.

What kind of ingredients go into Dermalogica formulas?

Key ingredients include natural essential oils and extracts, naturally purifying and calming agents such as Green Clays, Balm Mint, and exfoliating Rice Bran, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and fruit enzymes.

We always use only the finest ingredients available, and all products are non-comedogenic and do not contain any occlusive mineral oil or lanolin, no irritating artificial colours or fragrance, and no drying S.D. alcohol.

Are dermalogica products tested on animals?

Always cruelty-free, we do not test on animals. Developed with the environment in mind, we also ensure that all ingredients are eco-safe sources and are packaged in recyclable containers.

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