Skin Treatment – Truth & Myths

If you’ve ever compared your hand to someone else’s from the same race and noticed the differences in coloration, you may have wondered why two people with the same racial background would have different skin tones. The answer comes down to skin pigmentation.

You may have also received skincare tips to help with skin pigmentation. But how do you know what is the truth and what is myth? At Helios Laser Studio, we have defined what is truth and what is myth and have given you tips to keep you skin as healthy and beautiful as possible.

1. Warm water opens pores: Myth

Your skin’s pores neither open nor close when washed with hot or warm water. The warm water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup found inside the pores, which makes it easier for cleansers to clean out.

2. You don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day: Myth

The UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface regardless of a cloudy day. Applying sunscreen everyday is very important for your skin, in addition to wearing makeup with SPF.

3. Chocolate and olily foods cause pimples: Myth

Your hormones are what cause pimples and acne, not what’s in the food itself. The association may be that stress also causes poor eating habits. So while you’re all stressed out, you eat poorly and break out, it’s an association, not a causation.

4. It’s better to pop a pimple: Myth

You may think that releasing all the pus collected is good for your skin, but a lot of it is just pushed deeper into the skin, which causes a redder and more irritated appearance. When it goes deeper into the pore, it will cause damage and inflammation. People must resist from picking at their face, as scarring will spread underneath the skin.

5. Other reasons for skin pigmentation

– Genetic reason, a genetic trait that runs in your family.

– Feminine hormone, during pregnancy, giving birth, certain stage of menstrual cycle, and menopause, will also increase chance of getting skin pigmentation.

– Aging skin, dead skin cells will cause skin to become thicker and harder to let skin pigment to disintegrate by itself.

– Poor blood circulation, lack of exercise or having repetitious movement will cause poor blood circulation and skin pigment.

– Lack of sleep, staying up all night, insufficient nutrients will affect skin cell regeneration, giving stress to hormone secretion process that causes skin pigmentation.

– Side effect from medicine will also promotes secretion of dark skin pigment that gives skin pigmentation.

How can skin pigmentation be treated with lasers?

One type of laser for treating pigmentation are millisecond pulse width lasers. These lasers emit pulses of light that are attracted to the melanin in the pigment, and this selectively disrupts the pigment by thermally heating it. The length of each pulse in this case is in the millisecond range (1 millisecond = 1/1000th of a second), and although this sounds short, it is actually a long time in this instance.

We invite you to call us on 03 9041 5507 or email info@helioslaserstudio.com.au to book in your FREE, no obligation consultation today.