When looking at skin concerns, it appears that overall, both men and women are paying more attention to the ‘what’ and the ‘how to resolve it’. A recent study of 92 dermatology clinics found a 200% rise in the number of adults seeking specialist acne treatment (whatclinic.com).
Skin conditions on the rise include rosacea and pigmentation. Rosacea treatment enquiries are up by 92%, double compared to the year before. Hyperpigmentation, caused by the overproduction of the pigment Melanin, resulting in darker patches on the skin, makes the skin look uneven and ages the skin.
60% of British people currently suffer from or have suffered from a skin condition at some point during their lifetime.
So, what has caused this rise in skin concerns?
DIET – sugar and processed foods
Diets high in sugar, lacking nutrients and full of processed foods, can lead to a host of adverse health issues, including heart disease, weight gain and skin problems. Yet, as a nation, we are consuming more sugar and processed foods than ever before. The World Health Organisation has stated that people should aim to get just 5% of their daily calories from sugary goods. However, the average is 12.3% for adults under 65 according to the national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS). Sugar can trigger a spike in blood sugar levels. This increases levels of insulin that can cause skin problems such as acne and rosacea. In fact, an overview of research carried out over the past 50 years has found that eating foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) not only aggravated acne, but in some cases triggered it too. (Acne: The Role of Medical Nutritional Therapy – Journal of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
HORMONES and stress factors
A survey carried out by AXA Insurance of 4000 people found that 4 out of 5 adults feel stressed during a typical week, while almost 1 in 10 were stressed all the time. There is now a greater understanding of the link between stress and adverse effects on skin health. For example, stress hormones trigger overproduction of sebum that can create or worsen acne. Raised levels of stress hormones promote the loss of water from the skin (Transepidermal Water Loss – TEWL) resulting in dry and dull skin. And hormonal imbalances such as PMS, pregnancy, puberty and menopause equally cause havoc to the skin.
Daily exposure to free radicals, including pollution, UVA/UVB rays can also lead to various skin issues. UV damage is the number 1 cause of disturbed functioning skin. Some damaging results are not seen on the surface until years later e.g. pigmentation marks, excessive wrinkles, leathery texture. Although more than eight out of ten people are worried about skin cancer, 72% have been sunburnt in the past year (British Association of Dermatologists).
Air pollution leads to premature ageing by accelerating wrinkles and age spots according to emerging scientific research (Journal of Investigative Dermatology: Traffic Related Air Pollution Contributes to Development of Facial Lentigines)
These situations and conditions can be helped and improved with the support of a Skin Aesthetician and a personalised programme of skin repair and rejuvenation.
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