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Why you may not be getting results with your skin treatments..

15th May 2023

When you have an intensive, corrective skin treatment, subtle but important wound healing occurs under the surface. You won't see much of this happening to the naked eye. Still, your skin is quietly working on remodelling and producing the most amazing and robust collagen, reforming capillary networks and re-educating cells and systems for long-term skin health and strength. 

At Boheme, we are having these conversations with our clients daily. How to optimise their wound healing and what can prevent them from reaching their skin goals, even when they're doing all of the right things in-clinic. Let's discuss what helps and hinders you from getting amazing results while having intensive skin treatments like IPL, Micro-Needling and Skin Peels.

Here are some reasons why your skin may not be responding to intensive treatments:
  1. Poor nutrition/essential fatty acid deficiency: A diet lacking essential vitamins, minerals and oils can result in delayed wound healing, and your skin results will be slow or less than you'd hoped.
  2. Smoking: Smoking can impair blood flow to the skin, decrease oxygen delivery, and impair wound healing as the cells aren't functioning in an optimal environment. This includes vaping! 
  3. Medications: Certain medications, such as corticosteroids and chemotherapy drugs, can interfere with the healing and repairing process.
  4. Chronic diseases: Chronic diseases such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and autoimmune diseases can slow down the healing process.
  5. Immune system disorders: Certain immune system disorders, such as lupus, can interfere with the body's ability to heal wounds and produce collagen 
  6. Stress: Chronic stress and high cortisol levels can suppress the immune system, create prolonged inflammation and lead to delayed skin improvement after treatments.
Topical active ingredients that can help with skin healing and recovery after treatments like skin peels, micro-needling or photo rejuvenation:
  1. Ceramides: Ceramides will help to restore the skin barrier and prevent moisture loss, which can help to promote healing after intensive treatments. 
  2. Niacinamide: Niacinamide is an antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and promote collagen production. Niacinamide can help strengthen the skin barrier function by increasing the production of ceramides, essential for maintaining the skin's moisture balance and protecting it from external stressors.
  3. Vitamin C: Oil soluble Vitamin C can help to reduce inflammation and promote collagen production, which can help to promote healing and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after a skin peel, micro-needling or photo rejuvenation.
  4. Vitamin A: Retinoids in their esther and alcohol form can help to stimulate collagen production and increase cell turnover, which can help to promote healing and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after an intensive skin treatment. 
  5. Peptides: Peptides can help to stimulate collagen production, it also increases your natural ability to produce ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which will improve the overall texture and appearance of your skin. 
  6. Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps to hydrate the skin and promote healing. It can help to reduce redness, inflammation, and irritation. 
Nutritional supplements that can help optimise wound healing and skin regeneration after intensive skin treatments:
  1. Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps to promote skin cell growth and repair, making it an essential nutrient for cellular strength and collagen production.
  2. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is vital for collagen synthesis and post-procedure healing and collagen remodelling.
  3. Zinc: Zinc is important for cell growth and division, essential for wound healing. Zinc is especially helpful when treating acne skin.
  4. Omega Fatty Acids: Omega fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation, keeping the cell membranes healthy during any skin improvement treatments.
  5. Protein: Protein is essential for the growth and repair of tissues, making it important for wound healing.
  6. Iron: Iron is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin, which is essential for transporting oxygen to the tissues. Adequate oxygen supply is necessary for skin health.
  7. B Vitamins: B vitamins are necessary for cell growth and division, making them important for wound healing.
  8. Probiotics: Probiotics help to promote a healthy gut microbiome, which can help to boost the immune system and improve nutrient absorption, both of which are important for skin health and post-treatment care.

If you need help and guidance with your treatment plan and active skin care at home, reach out! Book a consultation and let's chat; we live for amazing results and seeing our clients with luminous, healthy, strong skin.  

*It's important to note that while these supplements can be helpful for skin health, they should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Additionally, a balanced and nutrient-rich diet should always be the foundation for optimal wound healing and overall skin health.