The key to healthy skin is a consistent skincare regime. Medical-grade skincare products are tried-and-tested clinically to provide patients with the very best means to address any skin concern that they have. Not only this, but they work well to complement any other treatments that you may receive at Māyura Medispa, to enhance and maintain the very best results for you.
Benefits Of Medical Grade Skin Care
At Māyura Medispa, we are not only interested in helping patients achieve the appearance that they want, but also in the lifestyle that they lead and how they feel. We like to encourage our patients to strive for a more full and healthy lifestyle and encourage not only clinical, but holistic ways of achieving the outcomes that they desire.
To help your skin look better and to help you feel better, here are some simple changes you can make to be on your way to healthier looking skin:
- Staying hydrated
- Getting a good amount of sleep each night
- Exercising regularly
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting alcohol consumption
About Medical Grade Skin Care
There are many differences between over-the-counter skin care and medical-grade skin care. A medical professional is the only person that can recommend and prescribe medical-grade skincare products for you. Over-the-counter skincare products can contain some active ingredients, however, the ingredients usually do not have enough clinically proven ingredients to be adequate.
Is Medical-Grade Skin Care Something That I Need?
Medical-grade skin care complements your lifestyle, and used in conjunction with a health lifestyle base, it can greatly assist with your current signs of ageing and is strong enough to aid in further damage.
Why medical-grade skin care is different from over-the-counter products:
Over-the-counter products usually have a restriction on their ingredients and pH levels which medical-grade skin care does not have
There is a minimum of 5 times the amount of active ingredients in medical-grade skin products in comparison to over-the-counter products
The quantity of medical-grade skin care product is much smaller than the amounts required with over-the-counter skin products making them more cost-efficient.
At Māyura we recommend and only use the Aspect Dr range of products from Advanced Skin Technology. This is a range of skincare products that is not available to be purchased over-the-counter in department stores, nor can it be purchased online. The higher concentration of biologically active ingredients means that purchase can only be made from a medical professional. This high concentration of botanicals ensures optimum results and represents better value for money, as much smaller quantities are required. We also support the fact that none of these products are tested on animals.
What Are Clinically-proven Ingredients And How Will They Target My Area Of Concern?
There are many active ingredients in medical-grade skin products which include:
A) Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) :
This is an active ingredient that targets repeated sun damage and aids in fading pigmentation marks.
How Does It Work?
By removing damaged and dead skin, AHAs stimulate new cell growth. Your skin will have a more even skin tone with a smoother feel.
What Is the Concentration That Would Suit Me?
A pH concentration from 2.8 to 4.8 is recommended. With products purchased over the counter a 10% concentration cannot be used. With your doctor’s supervision, a stronger concentration can be prescribed and this is beneficial for photo-ageing.
Important information: When using AHAs, it is recommended to use sunscreen and try to stay out of the sun as the ingredients make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
B) Retinol (Vitamin A)
Skin is stimulated by using Retinol and it has been an active ingredient in skin care for over 40 years.
How Does It Work?
Retinol boosts collagen in your skin which turns back the visible signs of ageing. It diminishes fine lines and age spots.
What Type of Retinol Therapy Would I Benefit From?
Retinol is recommended to be used in conjunction with AHAs. If you are worried about your age spots, then a brightening agent can be used with Retinol. Retinol can be used over time and ending your treatment will make your skin revert back to pre-treatment. For patients concerned with age spots, Retinol use should be paired with a brightening agent. Use should be continued. Stopping therapy will cause skin to return to pre-treatment stage.
C) Brightening Agents
With repeated exposure to the sun, your skin can become sun-damaged. A brightening agent can be used to reverse the damaging effects of the sun and work to lighten sun damage.
What Is Sun Damage Caused By?
The core reason for sun damage is repeated exposure to the sun. With exposure to the sun, your skin begins to produce melanin. Increased melanin produces age spots and skin pigmentation.
How Does It Work?
Tyrosinase is an enzyme which forms melanin. By blocking Tyrosinase, brightening agents stop the overproduction of melanin.
What are Common Brightening Agents?
Kojic Acid, Kinerase, Tyrostat-Rumex Occidentalis, and Azelaic acid .
D) Topical Antioxidants e.g. vitamins E and C
Antioxidants such as vitamin C and E stop collagen from breaking down, this in turn slows the ageing process and protects the skin from free radicals.
How Does It Work?
When tissue is damaged and your skin ages, the cause can be free radicals. Even though free radicals are a normal part of life, pollution and ultraviolet radiation can also cause them. They are what is called an imbalanced molecule. What imbalanced molecules look to do is to find other molecules so that they can bond. When this process occurs, the molecules quicken the process and damage is spread to surrounding cells. Antioxidants block free radicals and once they do this, they stop them from harming skin further.
What Sort of Benefits Can Vitamin C Give Me?
Fine lines and wrinkles are helped by using vitamin C, which triggers the production of collagen. A slight tingling sensation can be felt when applying vitamin C, which is completely normal. At Māyura we would usually suggest that you start by using a solution of between 15% to 20%.
E) Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) applied topically and used in conjunction with avoiding repeated exposure to the sun and wearing a sunscreen is paramount in protecting your skin from cancer.
How Does It Work?
Whilst preventing sunburn, most sunscreens no not cancel the risk of skin cancer. Niacinamide curtails the immunosuppression created by ultraviolet (UV), that has been associated with forming skin cancers.
It is important to include sunscreen in your everyday skin care routine. Sunscreen protects your skin from the harsh effects of the sun thus helping prevent ageing, skin cancer and sun damage.
What Should I Look For In A Sunscreen?
UVA protection to help prevent photo-ageing and skin cancer.
UVB to combat sun burn. This is calculated in SPF. We recommend 15 SPF or higher.
Zinc or titanium dioxide to give you a broad protection against UVA and UVB.
What Causes Skin Ageing?
Unfortunately for us, when we reach the age of 30, the signs of ageing start to become apparent from the loss of elasticity in our skin, our skin becoming thinner, with redness and broken blood vessels. In some cases, all the time that we spend in the sun is extremely damaging to our skin and can have worse effects on us, such as skin cancers showing up later in life.
There are also many lifestyle factors that cause visible ageing, such as:
- Regular dehydration
- Constant exhaustion
- Unhealthy diet
- Sun damage
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Repeated facial expressions
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Meet the Experts
Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian trained and fully certified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Dr Kumar completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995 at the University of Queensland. He subsequently went on to successfully complete a Masters Degree in the field of Burns Surgery in 2004 – MMedSci (Burns)
His advanced surgical training commenced in the specialty of General Surgery in which he trained for four years. This gave him a solid foundation of technical knowledge and surgical perspective upon which he then built his considerable skills, once he commenced his advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Australasian training scheme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the most thorough and rigorous in the world and upon successful completion of this training, over a period of ten years, Dr Kumar was awarded his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – FRACS (Plas).
He thus brings over 15 years of surgical experience to his practice having been involved in over ten thousand procedures in that time.
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When Would I Be Able To Start Using New Products?
Because medical-grade skin care comes in high concentrations, there are some simple instructions that are required when first starting to use a product. It is important to test the product on a small area of your skin over 24 hours and monitor any signs of irritation. Only one product should be introduced at a time. A very small amount of product is required for your entire face and neck. When using Vitamin A, you can sometimes have a reaction and so an acclimatisation phase is needed. A skin specialist at Māyura can explain this further to you.