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Do Acne Scars Go Away? Learn How Chemical Peels Can Help

For so many adolescents and adults, acne breakouts are uncomfortable, painful and embarrassing. Patients are so relieved when they finally find an approach to manage breakouts and improve the appearance of their skin. However, another issue comes to the fore: acne scarring. So, do acne scars go away? Let’s investigate and we are going to discuss how chemical peels can contribute on helping to treat acne scars.


The Truth About Acne Scars

Acne scars are stubborn, there’s no doubt about it. Whether they are depressed, pigmented or raised scars, they serve as a constant reminder of breakouts that you would probably rather put behind you. 

You’ve probably heard it a hundred times before: don’t pick or squeeze at your spots because they might scar. But you might not have been told that they may form scars regardless of what you do (or don’t do).


Why Does Acne Cause Scars?

Sometimes breakouts may cause the oil glands to collapse. This anchors the skin downward and results in indented scars. There may also be a breakdown in collagen production, which prevents the skin from springing back into shape and position. These are known as ice pick or boxcar scars because of the shapes they make on the surface of the skin. 

Some patients might experience pigmentation scars. This occurs quite commonly in darker tones and is the result of the stimulation of pigment cells which occurs when the skin undergoes trauma or inflammation.

When the skin over-produces collagen, you may end up with a raised or hypertrophic acne scar that is difficult to cover up, and which is noticeable in the texture of your skin. 


So, Do Acne Scars Go Away At Any Point?

Fortunately, there are aesthetic and dermal treatments that are minimally invasive and that can help to improve texture and the appearance of acne scars. Some treatments can address acne breakouts and scarring, refining the surface of the skin and improving its appearance. It is highly unlikely that acne scars will fade without aesthetic intervention, however, particularly if you have had severe acne, and it’s best to be proactive by discussing your treatment options with a medical aesthetician. 


What Can Be Done About Acne Scars?

To change the appearance of an acne scar or two, you need an intensive treatment plan that may involve laser, chemical peels, micro-needling and or dermal fillers. Sometimes a combination of therapies is required, depending on the type of scarring that is prevalent on your skin. 

chemical peels do acne scars go away sydneyIt’s vital that you have a consultation session before trying any kind of treatment. These are professional treatments that need to be used correctly and safely, and some may not be suitable for everyone. It’s also essential that you consult with a professional aesthetician or skin expert. While there may be salons and informal establishments offering these treatments, they may not have the skill level to diagnose and treat your acne scar – and that’s where a lot of horror stories begin. 

Consideration also needs to be given to where the acne scars are present. For some patients, it may only be their faces but for others, areas such as the neck, shoulders, back and arms may need to be treated.


How Can Chemical Peels Help With An Acne Scar?

Chemical peels work by removing the outer layers, to reveal new, smoother skin below it. Peels resurface the skin and can be used at different depths. Light peels may be used more often than medium and deep peels but usually, the deeper the peel, the less likely you will be to repeat it.

Chemical peels may offer other benefits such as smoothing out skin tone, lightening dark spots, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and cleaning your pores out to prevent future breakouts. They do an effective job at exfoliating, without spreading the infection below the skin’s surface, the way that some topical exfoliants might. Significantly, a chemical peel also stimulates the production of collagen in the skin, which is a useful defense to get rid of scars and signs of premature ageing, in a short period of time.


Dermal Fillers For Your Depressed Acne Scar

Patients who have depressed acne scars may benefit from fillers, particularly if the scarring is very deep. Dermal filler can be used to restore volume in a deep acne scar, and also stimulates the production of collagen so the body has a better defense against future scars. 

Dermal fillers may only offer a temporary solution for some patients and may need to be repeated as the filler is absorbed by the body. 


Laser Treatment For Your Acne Scar

Laser treatments work in a similar way to peels in the sense that they remove the outer layers of skin, however, the mechanism for achieving this is different because it uses heat. Laser treatment is especially effective if your scars are painful or itchy.

Laser treatment also promotes the production of fresh, new skin underneath while fading scars. Depending on the type of laser being used, it may not be suitable for patients who still experience acne outbreaks, or for patients with dark skin or those prone to hyperpigmentation. 


Important Considerations About Your Treatment

Whether you have laser treatment, chemical peels or fillers to address your acne scarring, you must stay out of the sun afterwards, otherwise you may develop hyperpigmentation. 

You’ll also need to let your aesthetician know if you smoke or if you are using retinoids, aspirin or vitamin E.



Do acne scars go away? That depends on the quality of treatment you have access to. For a skin evaluation and treatment plan, please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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How To Get Rid Of Crow’s Feet? Find Out These Treatment Options

Crow’s feet or laugh lines, as they are more positively referred to, develop over the course of your lifetime as a result of laughing, squinting, sun exposure and environmental irritants. They generally start quite small but can run deeper as you get older. There are a number of measures you can take on a daily basis to minimise their appearance and delay them coming out, but the best way to address them more permanently is through professional treatments such as muscle relaxants, which are usually administered as injections.


What Are Crow’s Feet And Why Do They Develop?

Crow’s feet are considered to be both static and dynamic wrinkles and can affect both men and women. In fact, they can run deeper in men because males’ skin is thicker around their eyes. When we are younger they are only visible when we laugh or squint but as we get older, they are more noticeable even when the muscles under the eye are static.

This is because the skin loses its natural elasticity as we get older. As we age, the skin decreases its production of elastin and collagen and, because the skin around the eyes may be up to ten times thinner than skin in other parts of the face, it is around the eye area that the first signs of ageing are most noticeable. This means it may be more noticeable to the skin to droop or sag around the eyes.


Preventing The Development Of Crow’s Feet

No one can stop the biological clock completely but there are measures that you can take to slow it down considerably. Some solutions include


Use An Eye Cream

Using a good quality eye cream provides super moisturisation to the delicate skin around the eye area. It also strengthens the skin barrier, which makes this area less susceptible to environmental toxins.


Wear Sun Protection

Sun exposure directly weakens the skin under and around the eyes and also weakens its elasticity which makes it more difficult to repair itself.

Using protective sunscreen will protect the sensitive skin around your eyes from sun damage, which speeds up ageing and exacerbates the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Wearing sunglasses is also a very effective barrier against the sun, and protects your eyes and skin from harmful UV rays. It also makes you less likely to squint.


Try A Silk Pillowcase

Squashing your face against a pillow for a few hours every night can also enhance the appearance of crow’s feet. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is gentler on your skin and causes less friction while you sleep.


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Stop Smoking

While you may not be able to reverse any existing crow’s feet by not smoking, you can prevent the development of more lines and wrinkles.

Smoking exposes your skin and body to toxins which speed up the effects of ageing and is another really good reason to quit sooner rather than later.


How To Get Rid Of Crow’s Feet Using Professional Treatments?


Muscle Relaxant Injections

Having professional treatments like muscle relaxant injections is highly effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and creases around the eyes. 


Dermal Fillers 

Dermal fillers refill and create volume in the areas that are depressed and can counter crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles very effectively. Dermal fillers are also doubly effective because thor continued use may stimulate the production of your body’s natural stores of collagen, which can be an effective defence against the development of new lines and creases. 


Chemical Peels 

If you are not keen on the idea of muscle relaxant injections but still want a professional treatment, chemical peels can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Chemical peels are professionally administered skin treatments that progressively remove the layers of skin that contain the wrinkles skin. 

Chemical peels can be light, to address superficial skin depressions, medium, or deep, for very creased or deeply grooved skin. Your skincare specialist will determine the strategy that is best for your skin and, depending on your skincare needs, may use a combination of peels to address your skin concerns.

Chemical peels may work for you, if you want to address skin concerns on other areas of your face, such as pigmentation or fine lines in other parts of the face.


Laser resurfacing treatments

If you really want to boost your own collagen production but are not keen on the idea of muscle relaxants, laser resurfacing may be an option for you. Laser surfacing treatments work well to address the signs of ageing over the face and are especially helpful if you want to focus attention on targeted areas. Ideal for people with lighter skin complexions, laser resurfacing is also effective for the treatment of scars and hyper-pigmentation. Increased collagen production can delay or discourage the production of fine lines and creases around your eyes in the future.


If you want to know more about how to get rid of crow’s feet it is best to have a professional consultation to weigh up your options. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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Achieving skin health with ZO

ZO skin health offers a multitude of dermatologist approved products that help a variety of skin concerns.


Through applying a protective layer to the skin that helps negate the chronological ageing of skin by promoting cellular function and restoration. The properties emulated in these products not only target the typical signs of ageing however are used as a holistic approach to many skin concerns – for the purpose of today, Rosecea.


Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease that can cause severe redness and emotional distress.


Signs and stages of Rosacea:

  1. Facial flushing
  2. Redness and inflammation of the skin/the accumulation of fluid underneath the skin/itchy and redness in the eyes
  3. Skin lesions and acne
  4. Redness and bumpy skin


ZO skin health products and programs organised by professionals to provide that extra layer of protection to the skin, targeting these stages of Rosacea to bring you a new found confidence to your skin.


While Rosacea is non-harmful there are indiscreet manifestations that we know can cause a serious dent in ones self-esteem.


Rosacea is non-contagious and typically is isolated in the facial region, with little known cause or cure. While no complete and total cure has been found for Rosacea, that does not mean there are not ways to manage the appearance and comfortability of living with the condition. Incurable diseases do not always mean unmanageable.


ZO skin health offers different programs of different intensities to target different concerns including Rosacea. These programs rage from daily skin routines to aggressive skin revitalisation, so different levels of skin concerns can be treated at different levels.


For the extra edge on finding the solution that works for you, there have been different theorised lifestyle changes that can be made to relieve the signs of redness such as avoiding alcohol and limiting sun damage however the principle treatment plan has been laser.


To apply a compounded solution through changed lifestyle choices will more than likely reveal better results in conjunction with a daily skin routine that is targeting your signs and concerns.


Somethings to avoid:


  • Alcohol
  • Hot drinks
  • Coffee and tea
  • Spicy foods
  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional stress
  • Overheating


The emotional toll and psychological distress caused from a visual and indiscreet disease is significant. By doing nothing the effects and symptoms are only being nurtured and feeding into expanding and accumulating more symptoms. It is best if you have any signs of these symptoms to seek solutions to help manage them to the best possibility.

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Finally, a non-surgical solution to those classic signs of ageing

For those who may not be ready for the invasiveness or lengthy downtime that comes with a traditional, surgical face and neck lift, there is now an in-clinic solution which can leave you looking more youthful in as little as one treatment.

Our Thermage treatments at Refine Cosmetic Clinic removes the complexities from surgical skin tightening and lifting procedures, providing patients with natural-looking results and minimal downtime.

Using reliable Radio Frequency technology to heat the skin, Thermage treatments work to remodel your existing collagen makeup deep in your skin’s layers. This technology causes your collagen to tense, lift and tighten. In just one treatment, this contraction improves the appearance and quality of your skin, repairing typical damage associated with ageing and correcting the appearance of sagging skin.

Our patients have described their Thermage treatments as a warm, slightly tingling sensation – completely comfortable and almost relaxing. For those patients who are just beginning their anti-ageing journey and may be a bit nervous about pain, Thermage treatments are a great starting point requiring no anaesthetic and little downtime.

After just one treatment, you will see a distinctive change in the elasticity and tone of your skin due to the contraction of collagen beneath the surface. With a course of treatments, you will not look dramatically and obviously different, but instead naturally rejuvenated and more youthful. Some results may be seen immediately after your treatment, improving over the following 9 months, and lasting for up to 2 years.

Interested in trying Thermage? For a limited time only, treat your full face and neck with Thermage, and receive three follow-up LED Light Therapy Treatments (valued at $300) for just $2,800.

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Rhinoplasty Do’s & Don’t’s

Rhinoplasty, or nose-job, surgery can be one of the more invasive procedures performed. Patients are often surprised that healing and downtime is more lengthy than they expected.

• Take about a week off work
• Sleep upright to minimise swelling
• Prepare for the bruising, black eyes and swelling

• Have your surgery before a big event – everyone has different healing lengths, but time your rhinoplasty so you have plenty of time to give your body the best opportunity to recover and heal
• Don’t smoke – smoking inhibits the healing process, causing you to take longer than normal
• Avoid the sun – your skin will be more sensitive than normal
• Avoid heart-raising exercises – for the following 6 weeks, it’s advisable to not participate in any rigorous exercises that increases your heart rate
• Avoid bending down – the change in pressure can be advised against for the first 2 weeks post-op

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The LED light therapy experience

What LED light therapy treats
• Speeds up the process of wound healing.
• Treats the loss of collagen and elastin that occurs with
ageing skin.
• Minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
• Diminishes bruising, swelling and redness after cosmetic
procedures such as fillers.
• Treatment of post-operative scars
• Enhances the benefits of salon services such as facials,
microdermabrasion, and skin needling.
• Treats pain and inflammation including muscle and joint pain, arthritic pain and stiffness.
• Produces a radiant glow and tones the skin.

LightStim LED Therapy is an FDA approved professional treatment which involves positioning the LED LightStim device over the area of concern. The device emits light energy which is absorbed by the cells in the skin. This triggers the metabolic activity of these cells. As a result the cells synthesize DNA and RNA. The cells also produce enzymes to regenerate old cells and the production of new cells occurs. The LED light reduces inflammation and increases blood circulation in the treated area. The LED light also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin within the cells, plumping and firming the skin.
The client will usually remain under the LED light for approximately 15-20 minutes. The number of treatments varies according to the condition being treated. Regular treatments are recommended for the best results.

Who is LED therapy suitable for?
• Anyone concerned about ageing skin, fine lines and wrinkles
• Anyone who has recently had a procedure done and wishes to speed up the body’s healing process, whilst reducing any redness, swelling and bruising.
• Anyone concerned with the appearance of scars.
• Those who are suffering from joint, muscle or arthritic pain.
• Anyone who is looking to prevent and minimise the signs of skin ageing.
• Those looking to enhance the effects of their salon services e.g. microdermabrasion.
• Anyone who is concerned about dull skin tone.

Current Special at Refine Cosmetic Clinic:
4 Light Therapy sessions for $180 (normally $396). To book your LED light therapy contact Refine Cosmetic Clinic on 8599 7161.

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Poikiloderma of Civatte

What is poikiloderma of civatte?

Poikiloderma of civatte was first described in 1923 and refers to redness and mottled pigment on sides of neck. The area under chin is usually unaffected.
This condition is more commonly seen in women and in areas of high UV exposure.

What causes poikiloderma of civatte?

The cause of Poikiloderma of Civatte is unknown. However, fair skin, sun exposure, hormonal factors and some components of cosmetics and toiletries (photosensitising components) are all thought to play a part in the development of the condition.

What does poikiloderma of  civatte look like?

Skin thinning (atrophy), redness from enlarged blood vessels (erythema) and colour (pigmentary) changes are seen in sun-exposed skin.

Poikiloderma of civatte most commonly affects the sides of the neck whilst the area under the neck remains characteristically unaffected. Poikiloderma of civatte may also affect other areas on the face.

What other problems can occur with poikiloderma of civatte?

There are no known medical problems associated with the condition.

Similar changes on the neck may be seen in genetic skin conditions such as Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, Bloom syndrome and connective tissue diseases (such as dermatomyositis, lupus erythematosus and mycosis fungoides). Similar changes may also be seen in skin that has been treated previously with radiotherapy.

How is poikiloderma of civatte diagnosed?

The diagnosis is usually made by looking at and assessing the skin.  No formal tests are required.

In some cases a skin biopsy and/or blood tests are needed to exclude other conditions which have a similar appearance.

Treatment of poikiloderma of civatte:

While a combination of treatments is often recommended, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments will help reduce both redness and pigmentation. Treatments with IPL will also help stimulate collagen production, thereby improving skin tightening and promoting anti-aging.

Chemical Peels: the hyper pigmentation associated with Poikiloderma often resides deep within the epidermal-dermal layers. A course of skin peels may be useful to resurface damaged skin, improving skin complexion as well as the appropriate use of homecare.

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Antioxidants are important for minimising cellular damage and slowing the progression of photo ageing. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Daily Power Defense and C Bright to assist with hydration, skin barrier restoration, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Pigment Inhibitors and Skin Lightening Agents are great to help even out the skin tone and prevent the formation of new pigmentation, as well as improving the texture of the skin. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Brightenex and C Bright Serums, as both assist with the treatment of hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

Skin Cell Resurfacing Agents and Collagen Stimulants such as ZO Skin Health’s Radical Night Repair (1% Retinol) will support collagen, improve skins brightness and prevent future skin damage, among many other benefits. Additionally, ZO Skin Health’s Growth Factor Serum will promote cell turnover, to help smooth the skin and provide a more even skin tone. It will also provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage, as well as other great benefits.

Sun Protection- It is highly recommended to use a sun block daily, at least 30+. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer as it is fragrance free and provides a 12 hour release of antioxidant protection. It also helps to minimize inflammation, restore hydration and enhance the skins barrier. With a tint and silky matte finish, it will assist in reducing the appearance of skin imperfections.




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Repair and Revive your skin post summer with Invisapeel

Intensive Resurfacing Peel


If you’re looking for a way to do a peel at home then ZO Skin Health’s product Invisapeel is for you. It is a mild home peel, for face and body and is suitable for all skin types.

This formulation uses a unique process to renew the epidermis without any apparent exfoliation, leaving skin noticeably smoother, firmer and brighter. Specialized enzymes enhance and accelerate the repair of most epidermal problems (discoloration, flaky skin and roughness). Skin is able to receive benefits from additional products. These enzymes are particularly valuable for anyone who wants a faster, deeper improvement from ZO Medical therapeutic treatments.


  • Provides enhanced exfoliation without any apparent flaking or peeling
  • Specialized enzymes and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) promote exfoliation to improve the texture and help even skin tone
  • Excellent for facial and non-facial skin such as hands, arms and legs
  • Size:  50 mL / 1.7 Fl. Oz. Professional: 75 mL / 2.5 Fl. Oz. pH: Approximately 4.0
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The Lip Filler Experience

What exactly constitutes the perfect lip shape?  Full, pouty, natural or bigger bottom with thinner top, it can be hard to know what look to choose. With trends changing constantly, it has become easier to achieve a beautifully natural pout without looking over the top. Lip fillers can be the perfect way to enhance your features and provide better facial symmetry without having to undergo surgery.

Lip fillers work to enhance the natural shape of ones lips by giving a more even appearance, filling in any unwanted lines around the mouth and plumping up the lips to provide a more youthful over all look. But what exactly does the lip filler experience consist of? Is it painful, will I look completely different afterward and will I be swollen, are all questions that go through people’s heads for their first time having filler.

When you first meet the nurse or doctor doing your filler for you, they will discuss with you all the details. Sometimes it can even be best to bring a photo in of what you like, that way you can see if that look can be achieved. The practitioner will then place a numbing cream on the mouth area to help make the procedure more comfortable.

Most syringes consist of 1 mil of filler, however some people like to start with less. The filler itself will be injected into various sites in and around the lips to achieve the desired look of the patient. Results usually last between 6-12 months depending on the filler used.
After the treatment it is recommended to ice the area to decrease any swelling and avoid makeup for several hours.


Quick Facts
Time: Normally the procedure takes between 30-45 minutes
Products: Vary depending on what you need and what your clinic offers
Price: Varies depending on product thickness but anywhere from $350-$700
Recovery: Anywhere between 2-7 days to allow any bruising and swelling to subside
Results: Patients will instantly see the difference, however the recovery time will ease and settle the overall appearance and end result.
What to know: No strenuous exercise 24 hours around the procedure, no heat or sun exposure, no alcohol or blood thinning medications.

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Putting the Beauty Back in Beauty Sleep

Someone once told us to always invest in good shoes and a good bed- because when you’re not in one, then you’re in the other. While us ladies may need no encouragement to move a few extra pairs of heels from our wishlist to our shopping cart, we often have some serious commitment issues when it comes to our beds and this can take a toll on our skin and general health.

So let’s take a look at the importance of sleep, and maybe have you reaching for that bedroom linen catalogue.
Time to put the beauty back in beauty sleep!

Why we need sleep?

We all know sleep is important but the true extent of that importance is often underestimated. We need sleep to give our bodies a chance not only to reenergise but also to repair. An adequate amount of sleep is necessary to ensure both a healthy brain and body. It’s associated with improved cognitive, cardiovascular, hormonal and mental health. It assists in muscle repair and weight loss, and there is even evidence getting enough z’s can boost your sex life.

But why does sleep play such a big role in maintaining youthful skin?

The science of beauty sleep

The consequences of not sleeping enough can make their way onto our faces. Most of us are acquainted with the visual signs of sleep deficit- dark circles around our eyes, lifeless skin and early signs of ageing. This is because naturally occurring growth hormones, which may also be associated with maintaining the collagen matrix, are released in the deep sleep phases, phase 3 and 4. The secretion of growth hormone during sleep is associated with an increase in our skin’s ability to create new cells and to breakdown old cells. This is important for repairing and replacing skin cells, as well as ridding our bodies of those damaged by factors such as stress and UV rays.

So just how much sleep is enough sleep? Well the National Sleep Foundation has made this handy infographic to take out the guesswork.

Happy snoozing!


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