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LET’S TALK SKIN!

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, its main function is to protect against environmental conditions- keeping you healthy. We at PharmaSolutions recommend safe, effective and affordable skincare products based on scientific knowledge of the Skin. We aim to help you have a healthy, smooth and blemish-free skin. Understanding your skin type helps you identify products best suited for you.

Normal

  • Mostly even pigmentation
  • A healthy glow
  • Barely visible pores
  • Mostly blemish-free.
  • Good balance of water and oil content.

Oily 

  • Very common during puberty.
  • Acne due to excessively greasy skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • High moisture content, oily to touch
  • Dull, as skin renewal is slower
  • Coarse skin with a blemish.

Dry

This can be attributed to illness, poor diet, harsh skincare, poor moisture content, overexposure to sunlight and ageing.

  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Tight feeling (Less elasticity)
  • Small pores
  • Flaky skin
  • Wrinkles and the tendency for sensitivity.

Note: Certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis etc. look and feel like dry skin but are not and they need medical attention.

Sensitive 

Characterised by 

  • · Itchiness
  • · Dryness
  • · Burning
  • · Rashes

Try and identify what triggers your sensitive skin so you can avoid them.

COMBINATION

Your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others such as the T-zone (nose, forehead and chin). Many people have this type which requires different care for different areas.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE- FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: 

PROTECTION FROM THE SUN IS KEY!

Exposure to Sunlight (Ultraviolet rays, UVA & UVB rays) causes premature ageing, burning (UVB), wrinkle formation, dehydration and can cause skin cancer (UVA). 

 The fairer you are the more sun protection required.  People with albinism, in particular, require high SPF for constant protection. 

Sunscreen is also required when using certain Skincare products such as Vitamin C serum, Vitamin A, Retinoids, Skin peeling agents, Alpha-Hydroxy- acids such as Glycolic etc. that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun or their beneficial effects may be reversed by sun exposure. We, at Pharma solutions, highly recommend the Pharma Solutions Sun Screen SPF 50 (which protects against both UVA and UVB).

Routine Body Care 

Avoid abrasion of the skin by the use of strong alkaline soaps, alcohol, squeezing of skin and excessive friction as it causes hyperpigmentation (blackening of the skin). Bleaching of skin is NOT recommended generally (as it damages the skin ultimately) however, if you do so, note that bleaching agents such as hydroquinone are photosensitive so must be used with a sunscreen/sun blocker like Pharma solutions Sun Screen SPF 50.

Routine Face Care 

CLEANSING

Mild soap/face wash of your choice to remove dirt, skin excretions and make-up. Also recommended are washes with salicylic acid that penetrate and remove oils from the skin.

TONING or MICELLAR CLEANSING

Removes extra oil, dirt, grime & make-up left by cleansers. (micellar cleansers are not as drying as toners.) Exfoliating toners (containing Alpha- hydroxy- acids, AHAs, e.g. Glycolic acid and/or Beta- Hydroxy– acids, BHAs e.g. salicylic acid) improve skin texture, exfoliate, increase cell turnover & smoothen skin revealing new radiant skin. Depending on tolerance, use daily or two to three times weekly.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Slow down skin ageing e.g. Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, lycopene, green tea etc.

SUNSCREEN OR SUNBLOCK (SPF 15 AND ABOVE.) MOISTURISING LOTIONS OR CREAMS

NORMAL & COMBINATION SKIN

Avoid facial wash and soaps that dry the skin. Do regular mechanical (scrubs) or chemical exfoliation (AHAs / BHAs). Avoid alcohol-containing toners as they dry and sensitise the skin. Use regular, weekly application of Masks to remove excess oil and congestions and daily light moisturising lotion.

OILY SKIN

Avoid scrubs, astringents and facial massage. Use facial wash containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide or a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acid to penetrate, cleanse and unblock pores, regulate oil production, reduce acne & control bacteria activity. Regular use of clay or mud masks to absorb grease, remove shininess and blemishes.

DRY SKIN

Avoid soap, detergents and alcohol-containing toners. Regular use of hydrating Masks e.g.  Containing Aloe Vera etc. Use a moisturiser with high oil content during the day and nourishing, regenerating and lubricating cream at night.

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