To Pick or Not to Pick?

 

Milia on the skin are small white bumps with a white head. When extracted milia look like tiny pebbles of sand and have the same consistency. It is a condition that is also very common in babies and is referred to as Baby Acne-although it is not acne at all.

In adults, milia are not like blackheads where the pore is clogged and can be easily extracted out. Because the skin cells are trapped underneath the skins surface, this can not be “picked” out with the fingers. I always recommend seeing a professional for this procedure for several reasons:

  • A needle is required to open the skin before it can be extracted. If not performed correctly this may lead to scarring (that is worse that the milia!)
  • The most common area milia are found is the eye area. Not a great area to be using a needle.
  • The milia are small making it hard to be precise when extracting your own skin.

Thankfully, it is a simple procedure that takes only a minute. To prevent milia around the eyes do not use heavy products and be sure to treat the eye area delicately. Milia can also result from trauma, a burn or blistering of the skin.

See iCare for more eye care tips!

I See the Light!

 

I could write all day long about the science behind LED skin therapy. My goal here is to explain the key benefits and why I love and recommend “light” therapy for most every skin type out there. There are many different brands of LED in spa land today; certain brands are far superior to others. Omnilux, by Photo Therapeutics out of the UK is the piece of equipment I will be referring to here. I have seen the results first hand and they have the scientific data to back up their claims.

There are many different colors used in LED therapy but the two most popular and effective are red and blue. Generally speaking, the red light is used for aging concerns and the blue light is used for acne.

Red Light:
Boosts collagen
Minimizes pore size
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Skin feels softer, smoother

Blue Light:
Treats Acne
Reduce the acne-causing bacteria in skin
Reducing Inflammation

Advantages to other treatments on the market:
Non-Invasive and safe
No down time
Non-thermal-(skin is not sun sensitive after the treatment, the opposite happens and cells are actually more protected.)
Pain-free
Great as a combination therapy with other treatments
It works!

Be prepared for an extremely bright light! Just relax and pretend you are sitting on a beach somewhere exotic (that’s what I do!) and relax. Visit the Omnilux website for before and after photos and call to find a clinic near you.