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Red marks left after spots?

Whether it is an occasional spot or pimple, or a more serious case of acne, a common feature of many spots is that even when they are gone, they will leave a red mark behind that can least for weeks or even months.

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These marks can even be permanent in some cases – usually when the damage is so deep (as in cystic acne spots) that the full depth of the skin structure is damaged, or due to damage inflicted by picking or squeezing.

Even when the damage is not that deep and you have resisted picking, the red marks can hand around for a while after the original spot is long gone.

What causes them?

When you have a spot or pimple, the body sends healing resources to the area which are transported in the blood. This is why the area initially gets red and inflamed.

Sometimes when the spot is healed there is some redness left behind as the tiny capillaries that carry the blood to the skin have become enlarged and more dense in that particular area, meaning we can see them through the top layer of skin.

Many times this will fade over time as the capillaries return to a normal size. The weaker your skin is in general, the longer this can take. So, in this, as in many other things, prevention is better than cure.

In a skin that has the benefit of a good diet, optimum hydration and appropriate supporting skincare, these red marks will vanish much more quickly than in a compromised skin.

To help them fade faster, you can make sure that your skincare includes Vitamin C (Hydra Collagen Serum), Vitamin A (Age Slowly Serum), and essential fatty acids (Lipid Repair Concentrate).

In our clinic, some superficial acid peels or LED light therapy may help to speed up the fading.

Sometimes, the capillaries remain enlarged and the red area never fades. While this is no harm, most people don’t want this visible damage left on their skin.

In these cases we can consider using diathermy in isolated areas to reduce/remove the red patches where they have visible capillaries involved, or Trifractional resurfacing treatments where the red mark is more scar-like and definite in shape.

For more information call us on 053 9145981, or book a treatment online by clicking the link below:

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What NOT to do before your facial!

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I have done many thousands of facial treatments over the years and yet I can still be surprised by some of the things people will do before their facial.

From arriving straight from a lip waxing appointment to turning up with a coldsore, each time it reminds me that what may seem obvious to me is not necessarily so obvious to everyone.

I think maybe we are all guilty of forgetting that fact sometimes, in whatever area of expertise we operate.

Sometimes too, some temporary medications for a recent illness or even some types of painkillers can preclude treatment, or change the type of treatment that we can do for you on that particular day.

So to help ensure that we can go ahead with your facial service I made the video below covering some of the more common scenarios I come across, to help you get the timing right for your treatment.

I hate having to turn someone away when they turn up looking forward to a lovely hour for themselves so I hope this helps you avoid that situation!

Book your next treatment online or call us on (053) 914 5981.

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Our top three treatments for men

All of our treatments at Skin Essentials, as well as our homecare products, are equally suitable for use by men or women.

We have found over the last couple of years that our male client base is growing really quickly when compared to past years and there are some treatments and products that are in higher demand among our male clientele that others.

So although all of our treatments are open to anyone, here are the top three chosen by the men of Wexford and beyond:

Red vein & skin tag removal: Does just what it says, this is the number one service chosen by the male clientele of Skin Essentials. Performed using either diathermy (electro-dessiction) or cryotherapy (freezing), these quick procedures are in high demand.

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LED facials: Adaptable for skin needs as diverse as rosacea, acne, and dull skin, these light-based facials are particularly popular among our male clients, perhaps because they don’t need to shave before treatment!

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Extraction facials: Targeted at softening and removing visible blackheads and whiteheads as well as those forming under the skin. Includes full face and eye area deep cleanse and hot towel steam.

If any of the above sounds like something you’d like to try, book your appointment online or call us on (053) 914 5981.

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Top 4 Product sets to buy for Free Shipping Weekend

Avail of FREE shipping this weekend for our Thanksgiving special. 

There’s no better holiday we’d rather adopt from the USA then Thanksgiving to say Thank you to our loyal customers!

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Simply use the offer code THANKS18 when in the Cart.

We have lots of great products in our online shop. Below is a list of our TOP 4 product sets over €70.

Free shipping offer ends at midnight tomorrow, Sunday 25th Nov.

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Doing My Own Voluderm / Pyramid Facelift – a super-quick demo

Take a trip inside the treatment room with me in the short video below.

I get in a session of Voluderm on my own skin and answer the most frequently asked questions about our most popular treatment.

Voluderm is one of the new treatments to Skin Essentials this year and along with the other technologies available on this platform (TriPollar Radiofrequency, Pyramid Facelift, TriFractional Resurfacing) have proven to be the most-requested skin therapy by far since the launch.

For my own skin needs I choose the Voluderm option as a tendency to hollowness under the eyes and in the lower cheeks and mouth is my primary concern. Voluderm has completely changed these areas for me!

If skin texture such as bumpiness, pores or lines are your concern then TriFractional is the best choice.

Concerned with your neck? Choose TriPollar Radiofrequency.

Do you have a little bit of everything above (most do!), then the Pyramid Facelift is your best pick, and our most popular treatment.

Read all about the new treatments here

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Products to boost skin health

The most important cell in the skin structure is the keratinocyte.

Certainly all of the other cells are important, and if any one system goes wrong all the others are negatively affected, but for me keratinocyte is king because it repairs the outer, protective layer.

If this layer is compromised your skin will look, and be, unhealthy and all possible skin issues will worsen.

This is why, for us at Skin Essentials, our first concern is always the state of repair of your keratinocytes! When these key cells are healthy they are effecting communication between the skin’s surface and the cells and systems underneath, helping with immune system responses, hydration, natural exfoliation and oil/water balance.

These functions have a direct impact on things such as how smooth your skin looks, how plump it is, evenness of colour, formation of lesions such as milia, redness, reactivity and comfort of the skin.

When the keratinocyte layer is intact and healthy you will experience softer, smoother, more even coloured skin with fewer breakouts, irritations and slower visible ageing.

Taking care of these vital cells means supplying the skin system with all of the building blocks of strong keratinocytes. These ingredients include omega 3 & 6, phospholipids, ceramides, vitamins A, C, E , B3, multiple antioxidants, squalene and many others.

To ensure that your skin is getting these building blocks and to give it the best chance to remain healthy and functioning optimally for many years you can provide these nutrients from inside and out.

In your diet, make sure that you are getting plenty of varied fresh fruit, vegetables and water, include essential fatty acid-rich foods such as oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds.

From the outside supply your keratinocytes with top quality nutrition via your Skin Essentials products. To ensure all of the required building blocks are covered we recommend the following products:

Lipid Repair Concentrate (oil soluble nutrients)

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Hydra Collagen Serum (water soluble nutrients)

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Age Slowly Serum (vitamin A)

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Which Advanced Skin Treatment Is Right For You?

We know,  there are a lot of treatments available on the market, all claiming to erase years from your face or restore your bumpy, textured skin to that of a 5 year old 😂

So, how would you know which to choose??

The good news is that we are here to guide and advise you on what is best for your particular needs and wants, based on many factors including your health, lifestyle, current skin condition and expectations.

All of the treatments we offer have been extensively researched and tested by our team before we take the decision to add them to our current menu of offerings, and many, many more do not make the cut – someday I must write a post about all the weird and not-so-wonderful treatments I have tried along the way!

Even within our own advanced skin treatments there are quite a few that may seem similar to a first glance, so even though we will advise you on the best way forward for you at your complimentary Divine Pro consultation, here is a quick summary to act as an overview of the different capabilities of each of our advanced treatments to give you an overall idea of what you might like to talk to us about trying.

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Microneedling: Best for those who are early in the anti-ageing journey as a fantastic way to keep skin strong and youthful. Can also be taken in a series for those who would like to revise existing signs of ageing but for one reason or another are not suitable for our stronger, deeper treatments.

LED Light Treatment: Used as a stand-alone for acne or as an add-on to any of our advanced anti-ageing treatments, this lovely light therapy enhances the results of any other treatment.

TriPollar Radiofrequency: As a stand-alone modality, a course of radiofrequency facials will give lasting results on tightening, softening and smoothing skin that has lost elasticity. Particularly recommended for those most concerned with neck/jawline areas. As a single treatment this is fab to have before an event or night out for that tightened, radiant look.

TriFractional Radiofrequency: A combination of 2 radiofrequency technologies plus microneedling, this treatment is the one for resurfacing the whole skin. Recommended where texture is an issue whether that is from uneven or rough skin, enlarged pores, lines or old flat/red scarring.

Also great to tighten jawline. Taken in a series this will give you long-lasting smooth, even, more toned skin with reduced lines, scars and pore size. A single treatment is a great re-boot for most skin types looking for a deep revitalisation.

Voluderm: Similar to TriFractional in that it combines 2 radiofrequency technologies plus microneedling. The difference here is that we are targeting deeper in the skin for a plumped, ‘filler’ like effect.

See cheeks plumped up to a much more youthful volume, hollow under-eyes filled out, forehead and eye lines  reduced and nose-to-mouth lines softened. Best in a series, choose this one when loss of volume, or hollowness, is the primary concern. This treatment is also the only non-invasive method to help minimise pitted acne scarring,

Pyramid Facelift: Combines radiofrequency, trifractional resurfacing and voluderm in one intensive treatment to get the benefits of all three.

Choose this one when you are concerned with multiple signs of ageing such as lines, loss of volume and sagging and want to address them all in a fast, effective manner. Our most popular anti-ageing treatment.


Why not call us now to book your FREE Divine Pro anti-ageing consultation to see whether you are a suitable candidate for treatment? Or simply click the image below to book online.

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