Pigmentation & Melasma
Freckles may look cute on the curly haired 5 year old but any skin discolourations is a bane to any adult’s life. Who would have thought that more people seeking to improve their looks are increasingly more concerned about pigmentation than they are with wrinkles? There are many over-the-counter skin lighteners that claim to even-out, brighten and lighten facial skin. Although they may have some noticeable effect with mild conditions, most hyper-pigmentations needs a little more help.
What Causes Hyper-Pigmentation?
Hormonal or Pregnancy Pigmentation (Melasma or Chloasma)
- Caused by hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or caused by hormonal contraceptive use.
- Can have a mask-like appearance over the forehead, cheeks and upper chin.
- Very common in darker skin types.
Post-Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation (PIHP)
- These dark spots can appear in areas where inflammation was present, such as acne or scars.
- Might occur after peeling or laser treatments.
- Common for darker skins.
Photo-Pigmentation or Sun Damage (Sun-Spots)
- These are dark spots caused by UV (Ultra-Violet) rays. Common for lighter skin types.
Medical Treatments for Pigmentation of the Skin
- Reducing inflammation – Topical natural anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants such as berry extracts or VitC.
- Treating melanin in cells – Laser (intense light) therapies, Chemical Peels or Cryotherapy.
- Rejuvenating old, pigment containing cells – With fruit acids, peels and VitA.
- Prevent further melanin formation – We can administer topical ingredients that are known to inhibit this process (licorice, bearberry, arbutin, kojic acid etc.).
In conjunction, we use our extensive Integrative medicine knowledge to prescribe skin renewal supplements. This may help reduce heavy pigmentation that is not responsive to other treatments. We will apply the latest anti-aging procedures that are available. We’ll also educate you extensively in the origin of your pigmentation and recommend the best preventative lifestyle choices and products.
8thSense understands pigmentation. Careful diagnosis is our priority. We strive to deliver appropriate, holistic and customized facial pigmentation treatments to each individual patient.*
Acne & Acne Scars
Pimples, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads – Teenager’s most feared problem. Puberty is a tough time as it is and teenagers have enough other issues to worry about. Apart from having to deal with growing pains, breaking voices, exams, and the latest tech, sooner or later hormones will make their appearance and manifest with acnes. This, however, is not just a teenager’s condition. Adult acne can hit you from your mid-20s and even up to your 50s.
Treatment of Acne
Don’t wait until the problem worsens. Acne and pimples should be attended to as soon as they appear. Prevention and control are always a better choice if you want to avoid scarring and possible psychological effects. It is never a good idea to “wait” for acne to go away. Scarring can take place which can be costly to treat.
Basic Attack Plan for Acne
- Increase cell turnover to keep pores from clogging
- Introduce oxygen into the pore to stop bacterial growth
- Use antibiotics to kill and control bacteria
- Slow-down natural excess skin oil production
Specific Treatments for Different Levels of Acne
Treat mild acne with non-prescription acne-fighting preparations and cleansers. In most cases, acne prone skin is sensitive and it’s important to use acne-formulated products that will not distress your skin any further.
Mild to mid-moderate acne may need additional treatment resources such as:
- Oral and/or topical antibiotics
- Hormone therapy
- Blue Light acne treatment – A simple pain-free non-medical light-based treatment. The Blue Light kills acne-causing bacteria and will keep your skin blemish-free for long periods of time following the treatments
Myths About Acne
Myth no. 1 : Acne is caused by poor hygiene
Keeping your skin clean is important. However, overly vigorous washing will only cause more oil production and aggravate your condition.
Myth no. 2 : Acne is caused by stress
No – Stress will not “cause” it but it will certainly aggravate the condition.
Myth no. 3 : Acne is caused by diet
There’s no evidence to prove any correlation between diet and acne. However, there has been some studies that removing dairy products from your diet makes a difference. *
Myth no. 4 : Acne is just a cosmetic problem and therefore not serious
Anyone with acne knows this is not true. Acne scars are a result of skin damage and the emotional impact can be very serious.
Our Approach to Acne Treatment
We take acne very seriously. Our patients are treated with individually tailored anti-acne programs that work as quickly and as effectively as possible. In addition, we provide Chemical Peels and Collagen Induction Therapy to improve acne scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Being an aesthetic practice, we mostly treat mild to moderate acne conditions. In addition, we treat adult onset acne which are usually part of Insulin Resistance syndrome, PCOS or high DHT due to various reasons.
African & Asian Skin
Black skin has a beautiful, coffee-coloured look, that exudes a certain rich vibrancy when healthy and clear. Olive skins are sometimes the envy of their pale counterparts who turn from milky-white to lobster-red just by looking at a ray of sun.
Not only are dark skins different to white skins regarding their colour. They are actually physiologically and structurally different too. Due to these differences, black, brown and olive skins need to be treated differently to lighter skins. 8thSense only uses treatments which are safely and successfully tested to work on all skin types*.
Fitzpatrick Scale – Skin Types
The Fitzpatrick Skin Typing Test measures several dispositions, reactions to sun exposure and tanning habits:
- Pale skin, blonde or red-haired with freckles – Always burns, never tans.
- Light fair skin – Usually burns. Will tan with difficulty.
- Sensitive skin, beige colour – It will sometimes burn mildly. It can gradually tan to a light bronze.
- Beige with a brown tint and dark hair (Typical Mediterranean Caucasian skin) – Rarely burns and tans with ease.
- Olive to dark brown skin – Very rarely burns, tans very easily.
- Dark to black skin – Never burns, tans very easily.
All 8th Sense Treatments can be Safely Used on African and Asian Skins*
Pigmentation, acne and post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation
- A series of Glycolic Acid chemical peels, Cryo-Meso Peel facials, and scientifically proven pigment lightening serums can be safely used on all African and Asian skins*
- FDA approved Thermage treatment. It uses radio-frequency waves to penetrate 7.5mm into the dermis to re-contour sagging skin of the face, inner thighs, stomach, etc.*
- Titan for more superficial lift for the facial area. Infrared light will penetrate 2.5mm into the dermis.*
Cellulite and Body Re-Shaping
- Many celebrities use Vela Shape. It uses radio-frequency, infrared and vacuum suction to deliver cellulite-free thighs and circumferential reduction in the thighs and buttocks area. It will visibly contour your body and improve overall appearance. VelaShape is very popular with all our African clients.*
- Ultrasound Cavitation – Latest generation machine used to diminish localized stubborn fat.*
- Mesotherapy – Latest injections that will break down those persistent fat cells.*
Best result will be achieved in conjunction with a prescribed diet and other 8th Sense recommendations for successful fat reduction.
Wrinkles and Deep Nasolabial Lines
- A wide variety of Hyaluronic Dermal Fillers
- Botulinum Toxin A for removal of lines caused by daily facial movement.
We specialise in treatments that are designed to provide nutritional, hormonal and lifestyle changes. The aim is to decrease the rate aging and to make you look much younger for longer.*
Rough & Dull Skin
You may have lovely eyes, high cheek bones, and full sensual lips, but rough or dull skin can spoil even the most perfect features. If your skin feels rough and looks dull, it could be that it is partially dead. Yes, a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface may be spoiling your looks. This problem occurs in all age groups and often during winter. It can also happen during a holiday break when your daily routine gets interrupted, or in times of stress.
What Factors Cause Rough and Dull Skin?
- Aging skin regenerates at a slower pace
- Inadequate nutrition
- Free radicals
Recommended Treatments for Rough and Dull Skin
Mesotherapy uses microinjections of conventional or homeopathic medication and/or vitamins. It injects those into the mesoderm or middle layer of the skin to deliver healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body.* More about Mesotherapy
The main function of skin needling is to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen. It uses a sterile roller comprised of a series of fine, sharp needles to puncture the skin. Performed under local anesthetic, the device is “rolled” over the surface of the face to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin. Your skin will start producing increased amounts of new collagen immediately.* More about Dermaroller
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
IPL is a quick-fix treatment* that will rejuvenate your skin and restore a youthful glow with virtually no down-time*. This allows you to attend to all those important appointments in your diary with no delay whatsoever.* More about IPL