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Complexion Risk Management

Updated: Jun 17

Complexion risks are decisions that might compromise or pose a threat to the health and condition of your complexion. A radiant complexion is possible through managing the risks that might impact your ability to maintain a clear complexion. Some risks are more difficult to manage than others like diet and sun exposure, and require discipline, while others are as simple as purposeful product selection. Despite some risks being incurred accidentally, most can be avoided by mindfulness and consistency. Mismanagement of risks can result in a less than desirable complexion for some, but present even more devastating consequences for others. The good news is that there are a few ways you can ensure that you minimize the potential risk you face with your face. Here is a few things that you might consider remaining mindful of in an effort to establish habits that keep your skin on the right path.

Selecting competent credentialed professionals to support you in your skin care selection and treatment plan is beneficial because you won't have to bare the burden of researching what to do when you're experiencing a reaction since you have a reliable professional to best advice you. This also further eliminates the risks associated with DIY attempts that go wrong. Having a professional you can reach out to regarding your skin shortens the length of time you'll experience issues as they occur since you can immediately seek their aid and they are knowledgeable about your skin, effectively removing the risk associated with trial and error.

Selecting quality products that work together to support your skin goals and being consistent with your routine, reduces the risks of acute complexion concerns that might arise as a result of improper oil/moisture balance, and TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss). It's important to be disciplined so your skin can rely on the supplements it needs to succeed. Having quality skin care on hand to respond when issues arise is the closest thing you can have to living with a professional esthetician. This means that when you receive the guidance necessary, you'll already have the products on hand to respond.

Abstaining from social influence, trends, and fads that are inconsistent with your regular routine and treatment goals. Social media and peers are not resources that help you manage risks. more often than not they are responsible for the risks and the reaction may not be as pleasant as you hoped. its important to remember that not everyone who speaks on skin has the expertise to do so, and what works for some may not work for you. The "results" perceived in a post, or on a person can be literal deceit and deception made possible by cosmetics, oils, and even filtered media.

An example can have seen here:

Using products as directed without deviation unless directed by a professional. It's imperative that you use the products purchased for your skin as directed, or otherwise under the direction of a professional. It is quite common that clients presume that if they are experiencing a change in their skin they can overcome it by using common household or pantry items outside of their intended use (like toothpaste, sugar, yogurt, honey etc...), or through the misuse of skin care products; like sleeping in masks or cleansers that should only be in contact with your skin for a few minutes. This is an easy risk to eliminate by simply following directions. Unless you are a compounding pharmacist, the likelihood of you concocting a product superior to those that are stable and have undergone testing is slim.

Don't be left to your own vices. Manage your lifestyle habits that present risks to your complexion. This means minimizing direct sun exposure, staying hydrated, getting adequate rest, maintaining a balanced diet, regular exercise to promote positive metabolic function, supplementing nutrients with vitamins, limiting or avoiding alcohol and smoking which contribute to a dull and dehydrated appearance and wrinkles.

If your skin care is consistent and you experience a breakout this isn’t an indication of bad skincare, it’s an indication of an overlooked need and your skins attempt to communicate a change. This could be an internal or external change. Internal changes are induced by biology like diet, medications, genetics, hormones, parasites, even fungus. While external changes can be induced by habits, product allergy, exposure to unsanitary hands/hair/towels/and sheets for example.

If the change presented becomes your new normal or persist despite use of your regular skin care routine and reactive treatment for over 21 days (average lifespan of the skin cells) you may want to communicate this to your esthetician. Your esthetician might respond by refining your routine or treating you in clinic.

If the symptoms remain after seeing your esthetician lab work may be helpful to identify the culprit. If the condition persist and is unresponsive to treatments it is considered severe or chronic and may be indicative of an underlying disorder. This may be an issue that needs to be evaluated by a Dermatologist. This is the case in less than 5% of breakout related cases which is why bringing it to the attention of your skincare professional at the 21 day mark is beneficial. Treating it professionally through early intervention could eradicate the necessity of further evaluation or Dermatologist assistance.

An esthetician that works with a Dermatologist or Medical Director, and lab to run blood work that can confirm or dismiss concerns related to systemic health (like reproductive disorders or autoimmune deficiencies that may cause breakouts in the skin) put the esthetician in an optimal position to best respond to your concerns.

At Luxe Lair Esthetics we are happy to support our community and clients in navigating the issues they might face with their face and are passionate about providing the support necessary to help you maintain skin that reflects the beauty within. If you find yourself navigating the aftermath of complexion risk give us a call or share your experience in the comments so we can support you!

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