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Your forum worries answered by beauty expert Jessica Cannell

Destination Skin expert Jessica Cannell has trawled through the You & Your Wedding forum to answer your beauty worries

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I’m looking for some advice about skin products for problem skin. I’m prone to break outs, always in the same places (right-hand side of my face, chin and forehead), and want to get on top of it now. I’ve tried loads of products over the years and am looking for something new.

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Jessica says: You should think of your skin as a diary, recording any past events like severe sunburn or acne scarring, and becoming thicker with the passing years and because the skin takes so long to regenerate, these old memories are never removed, and the fresh new skin is never given the chance to come to the surface. With the process of something like The Obagi® Nuderm treatment, you can speed up the regeneration of the skin and allow the healthy new skin to come to the surface.

In my professional opinion, what makes the Obagi system so special is the active ingredients which stop the melanocytes in the skin from producing any more pigment. The vitamin A-based ingredient takes out any excess pigmentation already in the skin as well as removing wrinkles and rejuvenating the skin. 

I am getting married in six weeks and everything is done so I’m pretty chilled out at the moment. I’ve started to get breakouts on my face – small red spots – which are now starting to appear on my chest.  Anyone else faced any skin breakouts? I don’t know what products to use. Can anyone recommend anything? My diet is pretty good, I drink a lot of water, fresh fruits etc. so I am baffled as to why this is happening – and this is what’s stressing me out more than the wedding! I can just about deal with them on my face but not my chest as my dress is strapless!

Jessica says: If you want a less invasive treatment with visibly quick results then the Omnilux Light Therapy is perfect. Suitable for every skin type and colour, Omnilux™ is clinically proven to stimulate the body’s own natural processes to counteract the effects of ageing and promote healthier skin.

Omnilux Blue targets and neutralises the bacteria responsible for the redness and inflammation of acne. It can be used in combination with other treatments such as microdermabrasion, fillers, facial peels, laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) to further enhance treatment results, however, some of these treatments, for example microdermabrasion can be more severe on the skin.

I’m looking for a make-up artist for my wedding. They would have to be able to come to Lanark, South Lanarkshire. I am self conscious about acne scaring so one that has experience and also uses Clinique. I would so appreciate your help!

Jessica says: Have you thought about using a treatment to eradicate the scarring instead of masking it? 

Dermaroller treatment is a way of reprogramming the skin and changing the structure so it will repair the damage itself. The treatment uses a roller covered in tiny needles which is then rolled over the area in four different directions. The tiny needles pierce the skin causing a pin-prick bleeding (don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds!) and mild inflammation, breaking the connections around the scarring. This allows the new blood cells to repair any damage, causing the scar to flatten and reduce as the skin naturally renews. This mild trauma stimulates the collagen and elastin in the skin, promoting the production of new skin cells which will help to strengthen, plump and tighten the skin. This then helps to refine fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the overall complexion of the skin as the treatment stimulates the natural cell turnover. 

I am having a major panic attack about my skin. I have always suffered from the odd breakout but lately it has gotten worse. I’m tempted to try a facial treatment but scared it will leave me with bright red skin before the big day. Any suggestions?

Jessica says: Which treatment is suitable really depends on how long you have before you get married. When done correctly by an expert no facial treatment should leave you with any long-term effects other than your skin will look smoother and clearer. However, like with any treatment there may be redness or swelling which can take time to subside. We always recommend  you come in to our clinics for a full consultation so  we can determine which treatment will work best for your skin.  

If you want a non-invasive treatment then something like the Omnilux Light treatment is ideal, however if you really want dramatic results then a skin peel treatment will rejuvenate the skin from within. Skin peels help to resurface the skin, improving texture and smoothness using highly-effective ingredients, tailored to your specific requirements on a level that suits you, from mild to more advanced.

By removing dull, dead cells from the skin surface, open pores, blemishes and fine lines are all immediately reduced. The effects of skin peels are superior to facials and you’ll see an instant improvement and long-lasting benefit from a skin peel.  

I’m getting married in a couple of months but I’m really conscious of some of the acnes scarring I have on my cheeks. I have heard a lot of great things about microdermabrasion but I am afraid that it will be too harsh on my skin?

Jessica says: Microdermabrasion can be quite an invasive procedure but depending on how soon you are getting married, the long-term results are worth it.

It’s a deep exfoliating treatment, which uses vacuum and crystal technology. The crystals are delivered at high speed to the surface of the skin and immediately vacuumed away, this technology removes the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing new, living cells, restoring a healthy, refreshed glow.  

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In addition the epidermis layer of the skin is rejuvenated, meaning collagen production is stimulated, leaving your skin feeling plumped, minimising the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It has great benefits for acne prone skin, especially when used in conjunction with a skin peel.