Step Into Summer with Confidence & Aurora Aesthetic Medical Centre
This summer we’re all hoping to spend as much time as possible showing off our limbs but for many of our patients the warmer weather can bring on waves of anxiety and heightened self-consciousness. Though the skincare industry places a lot of emphasis on our faces, our skin concerns are definitely not limited to this small canvas. Concerns such as psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, acne and ingrown hair extend way past our necklines and can stop us from fully enjoying the glorious warm weather.
Let’s take a look at these body and skin concerns and how we go about treating them at Aurora Aesthetic Medical Centre:
This skin condition is often confused with eczema and though the treatment for both is often similar, they shouldn’t be confused. Firstly, it’s important to make an appointment with a dermatologist or dr. Edinburg for a proper diagnosis which will assist us in creating the correct treatment plan.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin concern that causes the cells to form rapidly in certain areas. The result is thick, scaly and itchy patches that cause severe discomfort. Nobody knows for certain what exactly causes psoriasis but many doctors believe it’s an auto-immune disease. It’s vital for patients that have psoriasis to take care of their overall health as it can be triggered or worsened by things such as stress, smoking, infections and even certain medications.
While it is important to manage a healthy lifestyle, topical treatments can help to gently exfoliate these patches before they become irritated and inflamed.
Regularly referred to as chicken bumps or chicken skin, keratosis pilaris is a build-up of keratin around the hair follicle. The plugs cause little bumps that resemble the skin of a plucked chicken but are not harmful in any way. It has a knack for developing on the arms and can be especially embarrassing during the summer when we want to go sleeveless. Picking at it can cause inflammation and scarring that are even harder to deal with.
Instead, we recommend light and regular exfoliation of the affected area to remove build-up, combined with a good body moisturiser. Also, try and avoid long hot shower that can dry out and irritate the skin.
Backne, chestne and yes even buttne are all forms of acne on different parts of our skin. Unfortunately, acne is not restricted to the face and it can extend way, way past our necks. Acne on the back and chest prevent patients from wearing certain clothing and can be just as disruptive to their quality of life as acne on the face. Buttne or acne on the butt is not acne in the traditional sense, it’s actually folliculitis that appears as acne if it gets inflamed and infected.
If you’re a regular gym junkie, runner or even spinner be sure to remove wet and sweaty clothes immediately after exercising as this can exacerbate these forms of acne. Regular exfoliation of all affected parts can help reduce the possibility of acne forming.
Seeing as we had your attention at buttne, let’s continue the conversation that is folliculitis or ingrown hair specifically. Both men and women are likely to be plagued by this condition that can be uncomfortable, extremely itchy and embarrassing. If ingrown hairs are left untreated, it can become folliculitis but not all folliculitis are ingrown hair related. Are you still with us? Ingrown hair develops when a hair is trapped in the follicle – this is often the result of a clogged pore. The hair curls back into the follicle and causes irritation and inflammation. An infection similar to acne starts to form and if left untreated it can become severely inflamed and require medical attention.
People with curly hair are also more likely to suffer from ingrown hair. Routine exfoliation is advised to get rid of dead skin build-up that can clog hair follicles.
“The skin on our bodies function exactly in same way as the skin on our face, it’s just a bit more resilient but the same principles apply. For beautiful, healthy body skin, we need to cleanse the skin properly, hydrate and/or nourish our bodies, we need to continuously exfoliate dead and/or damaged skin cells and we need to protect it from the sun,” explains Tracy Cheketri.
At Aurora Aesthetic Medical Centre we use Body Peels, much like face peels, to successfully treat all of the above body and skin concerns. Our Body Peels contain gentle yet effective acids that evenly and safely exfoliate dead skin, unclogs pores and follicles to reveal smooth and glowing skin.
For more information on our Body Peel treatments or to book your treatment, please contact us today.