You Ask, I Tell – October 2017 Edition
Thank you all for the beauty questions submitted through DrGL®’s Instagram and Facebook. We’ve rounded up three of our favourite questions amongst the many interesting questions for Dr Georgia Lee to answer. Congratulations to our winners @Jo Ann, @Tarnponton and @4u_n8. Find outmore about their questions as well as Dr Georgia Lee’s answers below.
Q: Hi Dr. Lee, my skin is dehydrated but oily. When I put moisturiser, my skin becomes super oily and if I don’t my makeup becomes cakey. Can you enlighten me on what products I should use or what ingredients to look out for? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!
Submitted by: @Jo An
Dr Georgia Lee: The trick is to ensure that the intended moisturising ingredient gets right into the dermis. This can be ensured with various homecare delivery systems if one is diligent.
A good and easy way is to ensure that the skin is properly exfoliated with a Glycolic acid if the skin is not sensitive. Exfoliate regularly to remove the dead skin as dead skin cells form a barrier between the product and the end targeted depth.
Try a Hyaluronic acid based moisturiser as it helps lock in water. Squalene and Jojoba are also good ingredients to have.
However, there is always that bell curve in terms of response versus the product. Try the layering technique, which means using moisturisers of different intensities to manage differing skin types on a day-to-day basis. For the ladies; adjust according to different parts of the monthly cycle and different climates. Layer on additional moisturisers that are more enhanced over drier areas or when the skin is drier, according to circumstances and travel.
DrGL®’s suggested skincare:
Remove dead skin cells with Post Cleanser Step 2. Remove the dead cells that form the outermost layer of skin, revealing fresh new skin ready for your skincare regime.
Restore Gel Mask packed with healing botanicals brings skin back to equilibrium. Can be used as a mask for intensive healing or as a gel moisturiser.
Super moisturising Hyaluronic Acid in Moisturiser All Skin Types plumps up skin and restores its elasticity at the cellular level.
Q: I’d like to ask what the best way to treat and prevent chin acne
Submitted by: @Tarnponton
Dr Georgia Lee: First, it will be great to identify the cause. Some believe that gastrointestinal (poor digestion, constipation), hormonal (polycystic ovarian syndromes) and dietary issues (due to certain foods like peanuts and dairy) are to blame.
Whatever the cause may be, investigate t seek the root of the issue. If there is an association between diet and acne – make a mental food diary to shed light onto the food and acne association. Eliminate the suspected culprit from the diet. It may sometimes take up to 3 months before the full benefits of abstinence comes into play.
If there is associated weight gain, hirsutism, (increased facial and body hair) or irregular menstrual cycle, get your doctor to exclude hormonal issues.
In the midst of seeking out the issue, it will be a good idea to start treating the acne with skincare and changes in regime. Use acne control cleanser, toner and serum over the affected area and reduce or avoid moisturiser over the affected sites.
Should the change in skincare regime not yield the expected results – seek medical help as antibiotic based topical or oral contraceptive pills (if it is hormonal) and other modalities do not yield good results.
There is a novel method that helps the medical practitioner to cauterise the recurrent acne sites right down to the sebaceous glands. The results are supposed to be long term. This can be used as a backup plan.
DrGL®’s suggested skincare:
Keep sebum in check while removing impurities and excess oil with Cleanser Oil Control. Low-foaming, soap-free and fragrance-free formula keeps skin clean and comfortable
An exceptional serum that lives up to its name, Skin Repair penetrates deep within to deliver intensive, skin-revitalising benefits.
Q: If you start to notice growth around the eye area like oil seeds or others, besides stopping eye cream, what else can we do? Do you recommend not using any eye serum or cream around the eye area?
Submitted by: @4u_n8
Dr Georgia Lee: I would advise using a gel based eye serum and to rely on device based treatments for the maintenance or improvement of fine lines and skin quality.
For persistent syringoma ( overgrowth of sweat glands ) or sebaceous hyperplasia ( overgrowth of sebaceous glands ), there are also treatments involving very fine needle cauterisation right down to the deeper gland component to control the condition on a longer term basis.
This should be performed by a trained medical practitioner. There is some initial downtime of mild swelling. Makeup can be used if needed the next day. It takes a few weeks for the treated sites to yield results and the treatment can be repeated months apart if there is a need to optimise the intended result.
DrGL®’s suggested skincare
Cleanser Makeup Remover removes long-wearing makeup and waterproof formulas in a flash. Effective and gentle enough for use on the eyes and lips as well.