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An Acne Case Study

See how Ella Harvey from Harvey’s Skin and Beauty managed to beat her battle with acne. See the acne case study below where she used ZO Skin Health products and the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™ to achieve the clear skin she’s always wanted.

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Acne Case Study Participant Profile

Name: Ella Harvey

Age: 21

Location: Guernsey and London

Employment: Founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty

Bio: Ella suffered from acne for 3 years and was unsure of the cause of it. She used a number of different skincare ranges but none alleviated the symptoms of her acne. Following a consultation with a ZO Skin Health specialist, Ella was given a regime of ZO Skin Health products and a ZO Medical peel.

Below was the ZO regime she had to carry out every day for 4-6 weeks prior to the peel, to enhance results and prep the skin.

ZO At-Home Skincare Regime

Oilacleanse

AM + PM

Vitascrub

AM

Cebatrol Pads

AM + PM

Daily Power Defense

AM + PM

Tretinoin

AM + PM

Melamin

AM + PM

Melamix

AM

Glycogent

AM

Restoracalm

PM

Smart Tone SPF50

AM

ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™

For this particular acne case, Ella was recommended the 3-Step Peel™.

This peel is a solution of 17% salicylic acid, 10% trichloracetic and 5% lactic acids to remove the outer layers of the skin. A 6% retinol crème is then applied following the peel solution to stimulate deeper layers of the skin maximising collagen production, cellular renewal, anti-oxidant benefits and DNA protection. The retinol stimulation is continued with an at-home application at least 5 hours after the peel solution is applied in the clinic. A calming crème, which is hydrating and anti-inflammatory, is also given for at home application 3 times daily.

Find out more about the 3-Step Peel™.

Ella’s peel story

Ella experienced redness and peeling skin for 8 days following the peel, hear about her experience of the peel and the amazing results:

“After suffering from acne for the last three years, in November 2015 I had finally had enough. I had tried to clear up my skin with every method you could imagine, I even found out what my blood type was and kept to a very strict diet. So I turned to ZO for help. I was advised to have the 3-Step Peel™ and told I would have to prepare.

I was advised to have the 3 Step Peel and told I would have to prepare my skin before treatment, so Dr Shirin Lakhani prescribed Tretinoin and Melamix and told me to use this every day.  On the 20th of January, I had my 3-Step Peel™ at Wigmore Medical.

I arrived at Wigmore Medical and had a numbing cream applied for twenty minutes. The doctor then talked me through the treatment and asked me some questions to ensure that I had been using my products correctly. There was only a slight bit of discomfort when the 3-Step Peel™ was applied but I found on the second and third day the skin very tight and uncomfortable. The results are worth everything I went through with the preparation and the peel. I am very happy with the results and would definitely recommend this peel and I cannot wait to have my next one!”

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Ella Harvey is founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty.

Harvey’s Skin and Beauty offer the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™.

For other stockists of ZO products and peels visit: https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/find-zo-2/

How Severe is Your Acne?

Everyone has heard of acne but did you know there are different types and levels of severity to it? Spots appear when your pores get clogged and filled with sebum and dead skin cells. But not all experience the same level of this condition. acne

The 4 Stages of Acne

  • Mild 

The first stage usually presents a small concentration of pimples or blackheads or a combination of both on the skin. Inflammation is not usually associated with it and it does not happen on a daily basis.

  • Moderate 

It occurs in men and women at any age. Blackheads, pustules, papules and pimples may form on the skin. It occurs more frequently and with more redness or inflammation around the affected area.

  • Moderate-severe

Inflammation is the most obvious change in the third stage. The area becomes red, irritated and inflamed. Cysts, papules and nodules may also be present.

  • Severe 

This stage is extremely painful with numerous pustules, cysts, papules and nodules in the affected area or in various parts of the body.

ZO Skin Health and Medical offers a wide range of products designed to remove oil, normalise pore size, help smooth skin’s surface, and reduce inflammation and irritation.

The Difference Between Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals

How many times have you looked for reviews online in the hope of finding a cream that really keeps its promises? One of the most common questions, when we try to choose from the hundreds of shiny, little jars is “will it work?”

So, rather than wasting your money over and over again through a trial and error process, we think it would be better to understand the difference between products, before buying them. This way you can ensure you go in with a full knowledge of what different products can do for your skin.cosmeceuticals

Cosmetics vs. Cosmeceuticals

A cosmetic product can only be applied to the outer surface of the skin and so it cannot directly treat a specific disease. It cannot pass through the dermal-epidermal joining, which is the area between the epidermis and dermis. However, it can maintain, protect, clean, add fragrance to, and change the appearance of any area of the epidermis’ surface that it is applied to.

In contrast, cosmeceuticals are able to penetrate the epidermis. The active principles are able to pass through the epidermis and act deep within the dermis. Although, due to its composition, a cosmeceutical product is not classifiable as a drug, despite being formulated with highly active principles.

A product classified as a drug is any substance or combination of substances that has the ability to cure or prevent a specific disease. Its main purpose is to restore, correct or modify the physiological functions through pharmacological action.

Where Can You Find Them

Another difference between cosmetics and cosmeceuticals is where you can purchase them. If a product contains ingredients that can penetrate or change the functioning of the skin, it cannot be sold over the counter. These kinds of products require a medical prescription. When a product must be prescribed by a doctor it is classified as a therapeutic product.

Although cosmeceuticals contain ingredients that can penetrate the skin, they are not classified as therapeutic products. This is because they only have a mild effect on the skin in comparison to the stronger medical products.

Why Not Try ZO

ZO Skin Health products offer a wide range of cosmeceutical solutions. Their purpose is to maintain the results of therapeutic treatments and support daily skin health and protection from the environment.

ZO Medical includes therapeutic solutions that can treat a wide range of skin disorders and chronic conditions. These products can only be provided by skin health professionals.

Secret anti aging solutions

Over the years, your skin starts to change at both its cellular and structural level. Resulting in a gradual and slow change of its appearance. External conditions affect the skin more than any other organs. Sun exposure, pollution, temperature fluctuations, stress and hormonal changes are just a few of the factors that can impact the skin. The initial modification happens at the dermis level, with a gradual degeneration elastin and collagen production. This then causing visible changes on the surface such as dryness, dehydration, wrinkles and sagging skin. So what is the solution to dealing with ageing skin?

 

Slowing Down Ageing Skin

In order to slow down the signs of ageing, it is necessary to lead a healthy and balanced life. This means everything from no smoking to engaging in regular exercise. Alongside a healthy lifestyle, the use of anti-ageing skincare plays an important role in protecting the skin from aggressive external factors. Having a solid daily skincare routine is crucial. Learn what products you should be using for your skin type on a daily basis here.   

Anti-Ageing Power Product ageing skin

ZO Skin Health and Medical offer a range of products that keep the skin healthy, preventing premature ageing and avoiding future skin damage. However, one of our favourite products for battling ageing skin has to be the Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair. When it comes to anti-ageing, Dr Obagi doesn’t mess around and this product proves it.

Retinol is the most effective topical ingredient for ageing skin but for it to be truly effective, it has to reach a concentration in the skin of at least 0.6-0.7%. Typical over-the-counter retinol products only contain about 0.15% which is not enough to make a difference to the skin. Which is why Dr Obagi was formulated a truly effective over-the-counter anti-ageing product.

Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair has a 1% concentration of retinol. This can effectively activate and stimulate your skin cells. It repairs and rebuilds collagen, brightens the skin, minimises redness and defends against future damage, to name a few benefits. If you pick one product for ageing skin, let it be this one.

Redefining Skin Rejuvenation with Dr Zein Obagi

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The Rise in Skin Rejuvenation

The popularity of skin rejuvenation procedures has increased drastically over the past decade. The access patients have via the media and the internet has undeniably had an influence. It has allowed them to become better informed and educated on all the different treatments that can be offered. Furthermore, more practitioners are now offering skin rejuvenation procedures of varying degrees in clinics, salons, spas and even on the High Street.

However, it could be disputed that this wide-spread information has resulted in patients becoming overloaded and overwhelmed with information, leaving them unsure where to start or what treatment to choose for the most effective result. Dr. Zein Obagi explains that in fact, genuine skin rejuvenation cannot work with just one type of procedure or a single topical treatment. Rather, that one should have a collective approach and create a treatment plan.

The Optimal Skin Rejuvenation Plan

Practitioners should design a treatment plan with both short and long-term goals, formulating a topical protocol and overall strategy that is suitable for each patient’s needs. Patients should be made aware of the overall plan and be informed on the reasoning behind each step.

The main objective should be returning the skin to its original state. This can be achieved through the use of topical agents to restore general skin health as well as for the treatment of existing skin conditions (i.e. acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation) when they are present. Procedures such as lasers, energy-based devices, chemical peels, fillers, and/or neurotoxins should be included when topical agents alone cannot completely repair and return the skin to its original state.

Once the skin has been restored, practitioners need to then design a bespoke protocol and treatment plan to ensure the maintenance if the patient’s skin health.


Reference: Body Language

Best Anti Ageing Ingredients

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If you want to keep ageing skin at bay, regardless of whether you are 25 or 65, it is essential that you follow an effective skincare routine. Wash, scrub and oil-control/tone are your 3 main steps. Although, depending on your age, you will need particular ingredients in your anti-ageing purchases.

What are the Best Anti-Ageing Ingredients that you Need?

Your products should evolve with your skin as your skin will need different things at varying stages of your life. Below I’ve created a table to simplify what ingredients you should look out for when buying your anti-ageing skincare.

 Age Range

 What You Need

What You Should Avoid

20s to 30s

Make sure there is retinol, vitamins C and E and antioxidants in your skin products.

Avoid alpha-tocopherol (an oil formulation of vitamin E, which can cause breakouts).

40s

Use peptides, ceramides, humectants, retinol and growth factors. Avoid drying acids and products with low percentages of actives.

50s & above

Your best friends are at least two different types of antioxidants, peptides, retinol and SPF. Avoid anything that is designed for acne skin or that is simply too drying (essentially avoid products targeted for oily skin).

Find the perfect anti-ageing product for you, here!

The 6 Types of Acne Skin

Acne skin is caused when hair follicles become blocked. Hair follicles are tiny holes in the skin from which an individual hair grows out of. Attached to these hair follicles are sebaceous glands which can be found near the surface of your skin. Sebaceous glands prevent your hair and skin from drying out by producing an oily substance called sebum. However, these glands can sometimes produce too much sebum which then mixes with dead skin cells which consequently blocks your follicles and thus causes acne.

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6 Different Types of Acne Skin

The plugged follicle can react in different ways, which is why your spots can appear different. There are six main different types of acne breakouts:

  • blackheads – appear if the plugged follicle is open to the skin, creating small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; they are not filled with dirt but are black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigmentation
  • whiteheads – are caused if the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, which then bulges outwards. They have a similar appearance to blackheads, but they can be firmer and will not empty when squeezed.

Furthermore, normally harmless bacteria that lives on the skin can then contaminate and infect these plugged follicles forming:

  • papules – which are small red bumps that may feel tender or sore
  • pustules – which are similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre that is caused by a build-up of pus
  • nodules – are large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful
  • cysts – are the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they are large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring

Proven triggers

  • Testosterone – Teenage acne is thought to be triggered by increased levels of a hormone called testosterone, which occurs during puberty. The sebaceous glands are particularly sensitive to hormones. It is thought that increased levels of testosterone cause the glands to produce much more sebum than the skin needs.
  • Hereditary – Acne skin can run in families. If your parents had acne, it’s likely that you will also develop it. One study has found that if both your parents had acne, you are more likely to get more severe acne at an early age. It also found that if one or both of your parents had adult acne, you are more likely to get adult acne too.
  • Periods & Pregnancy – More than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women. It is thought that many cases are caused by the changes in hormone levels that many women have at certain times from their periods or during pregnancy.
  • Medication – certain medications, such as steroid medications, lithium (which is often used to treat depression and bipolar disorder) and some anti-epileptic drugs (used to treat epilepsy) can cause a flare-up of acne.
  • Smoking – is often a cause of acne found in older people.
  • Accessories – regularly wearing items such as a headband or backpack, which places pressure on a targeted area can sometimes be the cause of an acne flare-up.
Source: nhs.uk

Introducing Dr. Askari – Our New Trainer

Askari Townshend

As of September, Wigmore Medical is thrilled to announce that Dr. Askari will be running all Basic and Intermediate courses for ZO Skin Health in London. He will begin this new role from the courses that begin on the 13th and 14th September.

Background on Dr. Askari

Dr. Askari Townshend BMedSci, BMBS, MRCS, qualified as a doctor in 2002 and gained MRCS in 2006. Already with several years of injectable experience, he opened his first aesthetic clinic in 2008. Dr. Askari then went on to spend 5 years with the largest chain of laser & aesthetic clinics in the UK during which time he held the position of Director of Medical Services.

Dr. Askari launched his latest project, ASKINOLOGY, in the City of London in July 2015, comprising of an advanced cosmeceutical boutique, 3 room laser & aesthetic clinic and the UK’s first (award-winning) facial & makeup bar.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Askari is the UK Medical Consultant for Sculptra and a national trainer and speaker for both Sculptra and Ellansé. He has taught on the UCLan MSc Course in Facial Aesthetics and is an enthusiastic speaker.

What His Courses Will Be Like

Apart from his long list of impressive credentials, Dr. Askari is an enthralling speaker with a keenness to deliver the most effective training for all attendees. His unique focus on integrating and relating his knowledge to real life in clinical practice is unmissable. What’s more, he will apply his extensive business experience from both large national chains and running his own clinic into his training sessions.


All upcoming dates for ZO Skin Health Training

London Dates 2016

Dublin Dates 2016

Manchester Dates 2016

Basic

19th Jan, 9th Feb, 8th March, 19th April, 17th May, 28th Jun, 12th July, 9th Aug, 13th Sep, 4th Oct, 8th Nov, 6th Dec 26th Jan, 16th Feb, 25th Apr, 9th Jun, 20th Jul, 29th Aug, 20th Sep, 12th Oct, 15th Nov, 13th Dec 21st Jan, 10th March, 7th June, 22nd July, 15th September and 10th November

Intermediate

20th Jan, 10th Feb, 9th Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 29th Jun, 13th Jul, 10th Aug, 14th Sep, 5th Oct, 9th Nov, 7th Dec 27th Jan, 17th Feb, 26th Apr, 10th June, 21st Jul, 21st Sep, 13th Oct, 14th Dec 22nd Jan, 11th March, 8th June, 23nd July, 16th September and 11th November

Advanced

11th Feb, 21st April, 30th Jun, 11th Aug, 6th Oct, 8th Dec 27th Apr, 30th Aug, 16th Nov 12th March, 17th September

For more information or to book into the next training:

Visit: www.wigmoremedical.com/events Email: training@wigmoremedical.com | Telephone: 020 7514 5979 | Fax: 0207 493 9989

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