The skin is our largest and most visible organ, yet it’s one of the easiest to neglect on a day-to-day basis. As we age – so too does our skin. Age spots, blemishes, dry, scaly skin and fine lines become commonplace, impacting not only on our confidence but also on our health. Whilst we can’t do much about the genes we inherit we can do something about the external factors we’re exposed to, restricting our time in the sun and using optimal products to protect, repair and maintain the health of our skin.
Dr Doug Grose from allmedic believes that, by using skin repair and protection products containing the correct ingredients in active concentrations, you can assist in decelerating the skin’s normal ageing process.
‘everyone should have a core range of skincare products they use every day, including a cleanser, exfoliator and sunscreen,’ says Dr Grose who, alongside a number of key dermatologists and skin cancer specialists from allmedic, has developed a range of skincare products containing quality ingredients at biologically relevant concentrations.
As well as a core cleanser, exfoliator and sunscreen, the skincare range includes supplementary products designed to specifically target skin complaints such as acne, sun damage and ageing.
‘These products have specifically been designed to help restore and maintain the function of the epidermis,’ says Dr Grose. ‘for example, skin normally has a slightly acidic pH. Soap and cleansers that don’t contain optimum ingredients can disturb the acid mantle, which ultimately results in “leaky”, dry skin.’
Dr Grose therefore advocates the everyday maintenance of the acidity of the acid mantle. ‘The allmedic face and body cleanser and non-soap bar bring the skin to the correct pH,’ he explains. ‘They effectively remove dirt and makeup and importantly assist in maintaining the natural physical and lipid barrier of the epidermis without causing further dryness.’
According to Dr Grose, both mechanical and chemical exfoliation is key to increasing cell turnover and thickening the epidermis. ‘If left untreated, rough, dry sun-damaged skin can turn into a skin cancer. Once a skin cancer is detected, there is a greater risk of further skin cancers occurring in the surrounding area,’ says Dr Grose. ‘The allmedic exfoliating scrub is pH balanced to bring and maintain the skin at the correct pH and contains medium sized cellulose beads that work as a mechanical exfoliator to gently remove dead skin cells.’
According to Dr Grose, chemical exfoliation can be best achieved with the everyday use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). ‘Of all the AHAs, Glycolic Acid is the most effective as it penetrates the deepest,’ says Dr Grose. ‘The allmedic face repair cream and body repair cream contain active concentrations of Glycolic Acid in a low pH cream to maximise the effect of the AHAs.’
The skincare range developed by allmedic is packed with antioxidants designed to supplement the body’s ability to neutralise harmful free radicals and therefore protect against their damaging potential. ‘It’s essential to use products every day that contain key antioxidants such as niacinamide, retinol and venuceane in active concentrations,’ says Dr Grose.
Of all the steps you can take to protect your skin, wearing a daily sunscreen is perhaps the most important, says Dr Grose. ‘Most women know they should be applying a sunscreen that is also a moisturiser,’ he says. ‘Because of changes in Australian legislation, we’re now able to promote our sunscreens as SPF 50+, and men and women should be encouraged to wear a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30+.
’ allmedic SPF 50+ sunscreen offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protections, containing powerful antioxidant niacinamide.
According to Dr Grose, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) can also be used in conjunction with the correct every day skincare regime to treat sun damaged, blemished and aged skin on all areas of the body. ‘By using PDT’s non-invasive light technology, doctors can now treat a range of skin conditions in a fast and affordable way with minimal side effects and downtime,’ he says. ‘PDT has many benefits for your skin to help improve its overall health, look and feel and it is also very effective in bringing new life to aged skin in areas that in the past have been hard to treat such as the chest, arms, hands and legs.
’By combining therapies such as PDT with a complete skincare range designed to target specific skin issues, Dr Grose believes patients can look forward to healthy, youthful skin. ‘At allmedic, we have built a complete skincare solution that allows patients to target specific skin issues such as sun damaged and aged skin, rosacea, acne, large pores and skin discolouration due to sun damage with nonsurgical procedures like PDT and every day maintenance skincare products that are science-based, effective and affordable,’ he concludes. csbm