Lauren's 'Top 5' from Skin Conference

Posted on 24/07/2017

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The Skin team at the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians Conference - from our Skin Team Leader, Lauren. 

Last weekend Irina and I had the privilege of visiting Melbourne for the sixth annual conference of the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians. Melbourne is the home to Victoria University and its bachelor of dermal sciences, making it, in my view the hub of research, development and education for our industry.

Myself and Irina ready for the conference.

With back to back lectures from world-renowned experts and university lecturers, we discussed the latest research in skin pathology and immunology, in regard to acne.

Both Irina and I were in our element being in an environment that is our passion; we came back feeling supercharged with enthusiasm and confident we are implementing exactly the right treatments and protocols to treat you best.

My 'top 5' take homes from the conference were as follows:

1) Firstly, as with any skin condition, inflammation is a major component. The skin is the largest organ of the body and its first line of defense. This immunity means that the processes in the skin are incredibly complex and will potentially interact and affect the internal workings of the body too.  Did you know when an injury occurs on the surface of the skin it shuts down the lymphatic system for four hours to prevent the spread of infection? Imagine if you had a repeated wound occurring on the body, such as is the case of acne. Think of the long-term affect on the lymphatic system and immunity!

The different types of acne, showing the importance of tailoring treatments the individual. 

2) Another element that was highlighted was the effect on the lipid barrier (the secretions from the skin that help protect it). Once this is compromised, often due to poor skin care and non-mineral makeup, it triggers the skin's immunity and initiates a cascade of immune responses that cause inflammation. Therefore, furthering the breakdown of the lipid barrier causing a vicious cycle to begin. 

3) It was also speculated that the use of tetracycline (antibiotics) is more useful for its anti-inflammatory benefits than its antibacterial benefits; the bacteria involved quickly builds resistance to these antibiotics. The conclusion being that an anti-inflammatory, anti microbial approach without the use of antibiotics is preferable.

4) This brings me to another point of interest,  the use of nicotinamide or vitamin B3. We have correctly prescribed vitamin B3 topically at The Face Place for acne, and it was reassuring to hear the latest clinical data confirmed this. Nicotinamide is an extremely effective anti-inflammatory and reduces sebum so it has it's obvious benefits with acne. As far as general skin health and overall any other skin condition, it improves barrier function which as discussed earlier is fundamental to skin immunity and health. It has the ability to help stop the transfer of pigment to the self-reducing brown spots. Most interestingly for me was its role in reducing actinic keratosis, or the pre-cancerous damaged skin cells seen as we age. It does this by influencing anti-inflammatory growth factors and protecting DNA. I strongly believe we should all be using vitamin B3 from an early age in order to reduce  the effects of New Zealand's high UV index. 

5) Finally the psychological effects of acne and in particular the influence in teenage suicide should also be acknowledged. It is obviously an incredibly tragic event, and one that could possibly be avoided if we address influences like acne contributing to low self-esteem. I would like to consider bringing an effective and financially accessible product to The Face Place that will combat this debilitating condition that can lead to extremely tragic this space! 

Remember the earlier you start topical treatment for yourself or your teenager, the lesser the potential severity of the condition.

We would love to help you and your family at The Face Place! 

From our Skin Team Leader, Lauren. 

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