Kleresca- The Breakthrough in Dermatology

Achieve Healthy Skin With Kleresca

A breakthrough in dermatology has been getting great results all around the world.

Kleresca® is a non-invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation, rosacea and acne. It involves fluorescent light energy which stimulates the skin at the cellular level.

  • Inspired by photosynthesis 
  • Stimulates skin at a cellular level
  • Increases collagen by approximately 400%
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Reduces pore size
  • Has a high safety profile
  • Is generally perceived as very comfortable (even to rosacea sufferers with enhanced sensitivity).

Another bonus is that there is no destruction of the skin’s natural barrier.

How is the treatment performed?

1. The skin is cleaned and Kleresca® Skin Rejuvenation gel is applied.

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2. The gel is illuminated for nine minutes using the multi-LED Kleresca® lamp; together creating fluorescent light energy that stimulates the skin.

3. The gel is removed and the skin is cleaned and moisturised.

The treatment is based on the interaction between the specially designed photo converter gel and the Kleresca lamp. The fluorescent light penetrates the different layers of the skin, stimulating repair and collagen production.

Kleresca Acne Treatment

Kleresca is a breakthrough treatment that safely improves acne without discomfort or downtime. The treatment combines a specially formulated gel which is applied to the face prior to going under the high intensity multi-wavelength LED light. The combination of which kills the acne causing bacteria and initiate’s healing. It will also help fade acne scaring. A treatment course is recommended – consisting of 2 treatments per week for 6 weeks.

Kleresca fluorescent light energy stimulates the skin’s own repair mechanisms:-

  • Killing bacteria responsible for acne (P. acnes)
    Reducing inflammation
  • Normalising cellular activity
  • Reducing signs of scarring by increasing collagen build-up

Kleresca Rosacea Treatment 

  • Reduces inflammation, reducing the presence of papules and pustules 
  • Reduces erythema and blushing by improving microvascularisation
  • Reduces the overall stress level of the skin, thereby reducing the feeling of burning and stinging
  • Induces a healing response, improving the overall skin quality
  • Is suitable for sensitive skin.

Learn more about rosacea here

Kleresca Skin Rejuvenation

  • Induces collagen production
  • Reduces pore size
  • Helps eliminate fine lines
  • Reduces signs of scars

Clients at Laser Clinics Australia on the Northern Beaches have been describing Kleresca as a pleasant and comfortable experience.

See here for more information

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse / dermatology)

Why Exfoliate?

One of the fastest and most effective ways to brighten up dull skin is to exfoliate — that is, to remove old skin cells, revealing newer skin underneath.

SO …. Out with the old; in with the new

Why Exfoliate?

Exfoliating helps with cell turnover, the natural shedding of dead cells that slows down as we age. If these cells accumulate, skin can feel rough and look dull. Exfoliation helps remove some of that debris, so skin is smoother and reflects light more evenly.

Some of the below extract taken from DermRF

There are two different ways to accomplish this instant New Year’s transformation: Mechanical exfoliators polish away dead cells using granules, such as sugar or salt crystals. Chemical exfoliators, which include glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, dissolve the bond between old cells and the newer ones underneath.

So which exfoliation method is better? Rodan + Fields founders Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields recommend both. “We’re fans of both gentle chemical and mechanical exfoliation, with the key word being ‘gentle,” they explain in their book Write Your Skin a Prescription for Change. “In our experience, it takes the perfect combination of the two to dissolve the bonds between cells without irritating skin and to sweep away dead cells, leaving skin soft and smooth.”

The Doctors’ advice: “Don’t overdo it.” If you don’t exfoliate regularly and want to start, or if you’ve only used one kind of exfoliator and would like to add the chemical or mechanical product you’re missing, give your skin time to get used to it:

1. Start slow, and don’t overscrub. If your skin looks red or feels raw, take a break and give it a chance to recover.

2. Treat your face and body differently. The skin on elbows, knees and heels may respond well to daily exfoliation, while your face may prefer it every few days. And avoid the temptation to use a body scrub on your face; the exfoliating particles may be too aggressive. (If you’re looking for one scrub formulated for both face and body, try R+F Enhancements Micro-Dermabrasion Paste.).

3. For best results, moisturize after you exfoliate.

Why else do we love Enhancements Microdermabrasion Paste?? …because they’re eco-friendly (see here)

Looking for more great dermatological skin products? See here

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse / Dermatology)

Cellulite Fast Facts

In a nutshell ….the dimpled appearance of Cellulite is caused by fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue beneath the skin.

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Physicians refer to cellulite as edematous ‘fibrosclerotic panniculopathy (EFP)’. It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas. Even thin women can have cellulite!

Contributors factors

• Weak collagen structure of the skin

• Hormonal changes

• Being overweight or having increased body fat

• Lack of physical activity

• Poor diet

• Fluid retention

• Dehydration

• Lack of circulation (blood flow)

• Smoking

• Genetics

Why does cellulite effect women more than men?

Cellulite can affect both men and women. However it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. Women’s fat is typically distributed in the thighs, hips and buttocks — which are common areas for cellulite.

As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen. Less estrogen can lead to poorer circulation. This can contribute to a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.

People often think that getting older causes cellulite. However it’s more that the effects of mature skin make cellulite more noticeable. Ie ..it can ‘appear’ worse because as the skin ages, it becomes thinner and loses elasticity.

FACTS

Exercise can decrease the appearance of cellulite

Regular exercise boosts circulation and can help disguise cellulite by increasing muscle tone under the skin. Exercise also improves lymphatic drainage, which carries toxins away from cells. If drainage is sluggish it will contribute to cellulite.

Also, having more muscle makes your skin look smoother and firmer.

Hormones

Hormones can play a role in cellulite development. Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin influence the cellulite production process.

Dehydration

Dehydration can causes thinner (as well as drier & weaker) skin – which has a much greater tendency to show cellulite.

It’s also believed that not getting enough water can cause toxic buildup in the fat cells (that is then difficult for the body to metabolise).

Smoking

Cigarette smoke reduces blood flow and circulation, which weakens and disrupts the formation of collagen. This causes the connective tissue to stretch, weaken and become damaged more easily. As a result, more cellulite will show through.

Genetics

Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.

Treatment?

Cellulite is a difficult condition to treat, there is no procedure on the market that effectively removes all cellulite permanently. However, the appearance of cellulite can be reduced using a combination of lifestyle changes and medical grade technologies.

Some procedures for cellulite really do work, however the results are often temporary.

Laser treatment – Also called Radiofrequency (RF)

May improve the appearance of cellulite for up to a year or more.

Cellfina – This Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared minimally invasive treatment is proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years.

After the area is numbed, a Doctor inserts a small device through the skin near each cellulite dimple. There is a tiny, rapidly vibrating blade on the end of the device, which divides the band causing the cellulite dimple. This is repeated for each dimple until the procedure is complete. The downside: It costs around $4K and you will have some temporary bruising.

See more about Cellfina here.

Cellulaze – Similarly to Cellfina, this procedure is designed to break down the structure of cellulite beneath your skin—except it uses lasers rather than blades.

This popular FDA-approved laser treatment involves a doctor injecting numbing solution (into the area to be treated), then a laser is inserted under the skin. It shoots heat in three directions. A 75% improvement is expected. The small laser helps increase skin thickness, release the bands that create dimples, stimulate collagen production, and flatten out fat. Results are supposed to last for about a year or two.

Cryolipolysis – This treatment can reduce fat by freezing the lipids in fat cells. While it can be very effective for getting rid of small pockets of unwanted fat, it will only slightly (if at all) decrease cellulite.

Velashape – This handheld device uses infrared light to help reduce fat layers. It’s FDA-approved, and is considered a non-invasive treatment (meaning it doesn’t require injections or cuts).  It involves a combination of infrared therapy and mechanical massage to increase lymphatic drainage, while reducing the actual size of the fat cells and fat chambers. The device is pressed on the surface of skin, with results starting to appear after about four treatments.

Subcision – Involves a specialist putting a needle under the skin to break up the connective tissue bands. Results can last 2 years or more.

Carboxytherapy – Involves inserting carbon dioxide gas under the skin. ‘Some’ cellulite might disappear. Side effects include bruising and discomfort after the procedure,

Endermologie – Involves a deep massage with a vacuum-like device that lifts the skin. The (FDA) have approved it as safe, however there is little evidence that it is guaranteed to reduce cellulite.

Skin-firming creams? – There is limited evidence proving creams or scrubs with stimulant ingredients (like caffeine, ginger and green or black tea), help by improving circulation and breaking down fat-cell stores. However products containing Retinol may help create a slightly thicker skin cover that can help camouflage cellulite.

Protection – A skincare step NOT to miss!

In a world where people are spending thousands of dollars on skincare products and treatments (for anti-ageing and pigment correction), it’s ironic that the most simple, yet neglected step is sun protection.

We know that the sun is a major contributor to aging skin. It causes sun spots, wrinkles, dullness, hyper pigmentation, broken blood vessels, enlarged pores, thickened skin and more.

Pigmentation is usually the result of too much sun, creating freckles, age spots or larger discoloured skin patches. Research has shown that it is one of the biggest contributors to looking older – equal to wrinkles.

Fast facts

The vast majority of visible signs of ageing or hyperpigmentation are a result of the sun …and its damaging UV rays. In fact, up to 80% of premature ageing is thought to be attributed to the sun.

Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world (due to our proximity to the equator and frequent blue skies). 

MUST-KNOW FACTS ABOUT SUMMER SUN PROTECTION

1. What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays emit the same amount of radiation from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are stronger in the summer, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

2. Are UVA and UVB rays equally harmful to skin?

Yes, but they affect it in different ways. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and skin redness. (Think “B” for “burning.”) They cause inflammation, surface dryness and excess dry skin buildup.

UVA rays are weaker than UVB rays but pass further into your skin. They stimulate excess pigment, resulting in dark marks, age spots and dullness. UVAs also break down collagen and elastin, causing lines, wrinkles and sagging. UVA rays can penetrate glass, which means they harm your skin even while indoors.

3. What does SPF stand for, and how does it work?

SPF is short for “Sun Protection Factor.” The higher the SPF, the more protection. But exactly how long a sunscreen protects you depends on your skin color and its tolerance to UVB rays.

To get a sense of how long you can stay in the sun, multiply your sunscreen’s SPF number by the amount of time it takes your skin to burn in the sun.

If your skin turns red in 10 minutes without sun protection, your math would look like this:

• SPF 15 x 10 minutes = 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) without getting burned

• SPF 30 x 10 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) without getting burned

…but there’s a little more to it than this. First, no sunscreen can block out 100% of the sun’s rays. Since you can’t rely on sunscreen for complete protection, be sure to cover up your body and wear a big hat and sunglasses.

4. What’s the difference between physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen?

The two types of sunscreens protect skin in different ways and have different properties. Physical sunscreens, such as zinc oxide, reflect and scatter light and are gentle on skin — which is why Rodan + Fields UNBLEMISH and SOOTHE sunscreens are physical sunscreens. Chemical screens, such as avobenzone, absorb light and blend well with more ingredients. Rodan + Fields REVERSE, REDEFINE and ESSENTIALS sunscreens are chemical sunscreens.

Whether physical or chemical, all broad-spectrum sunscreens should be formulated to protect against damage from both UVA and UVB rays.

5. How much sunscreen do I need?

More than you probably think! Apply one tablespoon of sunscreen to your face and one ounce — the amount that would fill a shot glass — to your body for adequate sun protection.

6. How frequently should I reapply sunscreen?

One application of sunscreen won’t protect your skin for the entire day. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours — more frequently if you’ve been in the water. This is true even if you’re using a sunscreen with a high SPF.

See here for another great product which contains SPF

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse / Skincare)

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The Link Between Chronic Inflammation & Our Skin

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. It is our body’s attempt at self-protection to remove harmful stimuli (such as bacteria) and begin the healing process. Inflammation can be beneficial in the short-term. For instance -let’s say we get a cut or a graze to our skin. Immediately, our immune cells step in to protect against pathogens and heal the wound. This is called acute inflammation. Your white blood cells step in to do their job and then go away.

However there’s another type of inflammation that sticks around way longer than it’s meant to. This is called Chronic inflammation and can cause harm to our bodies in many ways.

Chronic inflammation can be the root cause of common skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis & rosacea. It can also contribute to premature aging, some mood disorders, hormonal imbalances, certain autoimmune disorders and disease. 

Our skin is our body’s largest organ, and when inflammation is out of control, it can manifest in multiple skin problems.

Skin Inflammation

Numerous things may fuel chronic inflammation. This includes inflammatory foods we eat, certain medications, environmental factors and stress.  This then leads to systemic inflammation affecting the entire body. See gut blog for more information.

Triggers of inflammation

  • Stress
  • Viruses, bacteria, yeasts or parasites
  • Food allergies
  • Long term use of certain medications
  • Toxins such as mercury and pesticides
  • Lack of exercise
  • Mold
  • Lack of sleep
  • Environment allergies
  • Inflammatory foods

What FOODS cause inflammation and should be Limited?

  • Refined Sugar
  • Too much Omega-6 fatty acids – as mentioned above.
  • High-fructose corn syrup – not only increases inflammation but can also inhibit the anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Processed meat
  • Gluten
  • Too much caffeine
  • Dairy (ie non-fermented dairy)
  • Processed foods, especially those that are high in high-fructose-corn-syrup, sugar and sodium.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • See more on inflammation/ gut health here

Omega-3 Vs Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the body needs for normal growth and development. However these two fatty acids compete for absorption. Our bodies need a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It is Omega-3’s that help reduce inflammation in our bodies. So …an excess consumption of omega-6s (and not enough Omega-3) can trigger inflammation.

Omega-6 fats are derived from linoleic acid and are found in certain oils like peanut, corn, sesame, sunflower, soy, and safflower. These oils need to be limited in our diets. 

A recent study showed a significant reduction in psoriasis flare ups (ie reduced area of rash, and improved thickness and redness of psoriasis) – after supplementing with a high quality omega-3 fish oil supplement (containing EPA & DHA). The study authors suggested doses of 0.45 to 13.5 grams of EPA and up to 9 grams of DHA daily.

Foods which help reduce inflammation 

  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids – such as extra virgin olive oil, oily wild caught fish such as salmon, sardines, t rout, anchovies and mackerel. Flaxseeds, sea buckthorn walnuts. A good quality Omega-3 supplement can also help ease inflammatory skin issues. 
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale. Also other colourful fruit and vegetables (the deeper or brighter the colour the richer it is in nutrients and antioxidants).
  • Fruit esp berries – berries (such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc) contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Note:- Grass fed meat is better than grain fed meat.
  • Foods high in antioxidants help reduce damage caused by inflammation.
  • Probiotic rich foods (or supplements).
  • Turmeric root & ginger
  • See more anti inflammatory super foods here.

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

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Why Does The Beauty Industry Love Hyaluronic acid?

Have you ever wondered why when it comes to anti-aging ‘Hyaluronic Acid’ is at the top of the list??

Hyaluronic acid -is a molecule that is naturally found in our SKIN and connective tissue. This naturally occurring polysaccharide, acts as a hydrating and lubrication agent for our joints, hair, SKIN, nerves and eyes. The reason Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is so unique (and loved by the beauty industry) is because of its amazing ability to retain moisture. In fact in humans, Hyaluronic Acid is capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water. This results in the binding of moisture in the skin. 

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Unfortunately our skins naturally occurring HA starts to deteriorate over time. This is due to general ageing, sun damage and environmental factors. Also, with age molecules in our skin lose some of their ability to bind and retain water. This not only causes dryness, and wrinkles but also a decrease in the skin’s volume.

A decrease in our skins moisture level is one of the main culprits of aging skin. This is why HA (which attracts moisture)—is a must-have when it comes to repairing the skin’s moisture barrier, preventing epidermis water loss and also restoring volume loss. It also helps retain collagen, and provide elasticity and flexibility.

Today, HA is incorporated into different anti-aging beauty and health care products — you can now buy hyaluronic acid serums and specialist Registered Nurses, Doctors and Dermatologist even offer HA in injection form (dermal fillers / Beauty Boosters). 

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Interestingly ….studies have shown that wrinkles and fine lines are usually more visible in low humidity compared to high humidity environments. This is because low humidity reduces the water-holding capacity and elasticity of the skin. 

Hyaluronic Acid Injections AKA Dermal Fillers

It is because of the depletion in HA (as we age) that specialists Registered Nurses or Doctors often inject hyaluronic acid fillers into the epidermis to replenish the loss of volume and structure. 

There are different types of HA filler’s ranging from ‘thicker / denser’ fillers which are used to mimic bone structure or restore volume to larger areas, and there are thinner / ‘softer’ fillers that are used to mimic softer tissue (such as lips). The longevity of a hyaluronic acid filler is determined by the amount of cross-linking of the gel molecules. The more cross-linked the product the ‘harder’ it can be and longer it will last. Typically Dermal Filler product longevity will range from 6 – 15 months.

There is also a more recent form of HA (which is combined with specific high quality skin nutrients) that can be injected more superficial into the dermis to hydrate and replenish. See here for more details.

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Note:- All HA injections must be administered by specially trained experienced Doctors or Registered Nurses only.

Topical Serums

Different brands contain varying concentrations and types of HA molecules. Studies have found that daily topical application of good quality HA serums can lead to significant improvement in skin hydration, wrinkle appearance and elasticity.

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse – Dermatology)

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

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The Anti-Aging Beauty Booster Treatment

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The Game Changer for Skin

 

Is your complexion dull? Is your skin dry? Or thinning with age? Are dreaded lines and wrinkles appearing? If you are looking for a treatment to repair, hydrate and plump up your skin, the Beauty Booster (by Mondeal Aesthetics) could be the solution for you.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally present in our body and performs a fundamental role in keeping our skin healthy and looking youthful. See here for more amazing benefits of HA.

As we age, our skin can loose up to two-thirds of its hyaluronic acid pool. At age 35, the skins thickness has decreased on average by approximately 22%. This results in our skin being more fragile, thinner, less elastic and less hydrated.

What is Beauty Booster?

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The Beauty Booster is a unique skin hydration treatment which targets:-

  • dehydrated skin
  • tired-looking skin
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • crepey looking skin
  • thinning skin

The Beauty Booster can be used to achieve healthier looking skin on the face, under eye area, forehead, neck, décolletage and hands.

Beauty Booster treatments have a plumping effect on the skin

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What does it involve?

The treatment involves fine micro-injections (by a medical professional) of a hydrating formula made up of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. This unique formula stimulates ongoing collagen production, regenerating and nourishing the skin.

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A specialised The injector gun is the delivery device that allows the practitioner (a specialist Registered Nurse or Doctor) to efficiently place the product beneath the skin. It offers precise depth and accurate dosing for a quick and effective treatment with minimal pain and downtime.

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Areas treated

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Hands

What are the results?

The Beauty Booster treatment has a wide range of skincare benefits. The results are visibly lighter, smoother, and softer skin after a few treatments, while the effects are subtle and natural looking. Soon after the first treatment session the skin will appear less creased, more hydrated and supple. The treatment can asist those with Melasma

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For optimum long lasting results, it is recommended to have 3 initial sessions, at 3-week intervals. Then for maintenance, a treatment once or twice per year is ideal.

Does the treatment hurt?

The micro-injections are shallow and performed with very fine needles. For added comfort the product does contain lidocaine. This is a commonly used local anaesthetic. A topical numbing cream can also be applied prior to the treatment.

Downtime?

On average, there is fairly minimal downtime. Directly after treatment the skin will appear pink and blotchy. Some people will have absolutely no bruising post treatment; others, particularly with very fragile skin, may experience slight bruising and blotchiness which can take up to 4 days to settle. Downtime is reduced after each subsequent treatment of Redensity [I] due to the dermis being repaired. We recommend Oxygenetix, a breathable skin foundation, to mask any effects.

For more FAQs regarding Beauty Booster see here

For another amazing less invasive Hyaluronic product visit here

To book a consultation or treatmentwith Victoria (Registered Nurse) please contact:-

Laser Clinics Australia

Warriewood  ph 02 83192078

Brookvale ph 02 80148911

Or Contact Victoria

Please note;-

This treatment should only be performed by either a Registered Nurse or a Doctor.

As we are unable to advertise drug names in Australia the term ‘Beauty Booster’ has been used.

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)