Embarrassing Skin Issues & How To Deal With Them
One of my favourite quotes is “Treat your family like friends and your friends like family”. A friend or family member should always be brutally honest and as cliché as it may sound, NEVER let anyone walk around with food in their teeth, or toilet paper stuck to their shoe or a visible foundation lines on their skin. It’s happened to me on a couple of occasions. As much as its embarrassing to have to tell someone to remove the parsley from their front tooth, I think we can all agree we would rather be told than go home in the evening to find yourself staring in the mirror in horror when you discover parsley from breakfast staring back at you.
Do I tell him or do I not?
TELL HIM! “Dude, your mono-brow has got to go! Permanently!” and pass him your laser ladies business card.
April is all about family, friends and freedom! From Passover to Good Friday, Freedom Day and unfortunately, my absolute worst, April Fools Day. Like most, I can’t stand being fooled or worse looking like a fool.
In the spirit of “honesty is the best policy”, I’m writing a blog about how you can take care of some of your friends and family’s embarrassing beauty and grooming problems. At The Laser Beautique, one of our beliefs is that feeling great and confident goes hand in hand with looking great. This blog is all about freeing yourself, your friends or your family from feeling or looking like a fool. Below I have listed a few common embarrassing problems.
1. Free yourself from embarrassing fuzz!
If you aiming to look like Bert from Sesame street, then go ahead, sport a monobrow. However, do consider that, not even Frida Khalo could make mono’s fashionable. Therefore, we beg you, don’t attempt this at home! (apologies to all the die-hard Frida fans, I do love Frida and her art. I’m just not a fan of the monobrow and never will be). Same goes for hairy ears, nose fingers or toes, also, not sexy! For all the ladies out there, the only moustache that’s endearing is a milk moustache on a 3-year-old boy.
I have 3 words for you – laser hair removal!
Has anyone seen a woman with a full-on beard? Or whiskers? As much as I loved The Greatest Showman, I doubt any woman would feel confident in a beard or with wire looking hair sprouting from her face. Whiskers are cute on cats. Whiskers on a mature woman or a little old lady is just not cool. If you love your nan, please do good by her, take her to get electrolysis. It will be a life changer for her, and both of you will be better off.
Remember, laser hair removal only works on dark hair. If you need to permanently remove light, blond, ginger, grey or white hair, you will need electrolysis. New electrolysis devices are not painful at all and treatments are pretty quick.
In addition, make sure you don’t get fooled. There are plenty places out there that have cheap and nasty machines that they call electrolysis or lasers. Buyer beware!
2. Free yourself from those painful ingrown hairs
Strange bumps have sprung up on your skin. They are not exactly pimples, they’re not hives either.
So, what are they?
We call these ingrown hairs, and they can be both unsightly and sore. In this condition, the hairs have curled around and grown back into your skin, instead of rising up from it, as it naturally does. Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle. That forces the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward and outward. Sometimes, cutting naturally curly hair too closely will result causing an ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs aren’t serious. But they can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. Ingrown hair can get infected and, in some cases, one may even need to go to a dermatologist to get it removed.
Both men and woman suffer from ingrown hair, especially after shaving. The result is redness and irritation, plus bumpy skin in place of the silky-smooth feel you were going for. Many women suffer from ingrown hair around the bikini and underarm area and many men suffer from ingrown on the necks.
Free yourself from ingrown hair by having laser hair removal or electrolysis. If you permanently remove the hair, you will permanently remove the risk of having the hair grown inwards. Interesting fact: Electrolysis is the practice of permanent hair removal and the only method recognized as such by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It was invented by Dr. Charles E. Michel, an ophthalmologist, to treat ingrown eyelashes.
3. Skin Tags and Milia
Nothing worse than an extra bit of skin hanging from your neck or anywhere for that matter. Bite the bullet and sort it out. It’s just not attractive. These days you can easily go to your beauty therapist or aesthetician and ask her to remove a skin tag by a treatment called thermocoagulation (life-changing moment here). You don’t have to go to a dermatologist and pay hefty fee to get a straight forward skin tag removed. If you have a reputable beauty therapist or aesthetician, she will recommend a dermatologist if your tag looks suspicious in any way.
Same goes for milia and most other strange-looking skin anomalies. Milia are little white bumps that you may think are whiteheads, but they’re not. Caused by proteins that get trapped within the skin, milia pop up in the hardest-to-cover areas, like around the eyes or mouth. They may physically have the same appearance as comedones, which are fats and skin debris trapped within the pore, but milia are very different. Most people get them from a build-up of sunscreen or a rich moisturizer. Whatever you do, do not pick at a milia or try to extract them yourself – you will only damage your skin. Instead, let your aesthetician take care of this one for you—they need to properly removed by a specialist. A good aesthetician should be trained to use thermocoagulation to remove milia and skin anomalies such as visible facial veins or capillaries, skin tags, angiomas, keratosis, angio keratomes, open pores and even unwanted piercings.
4. Dry, flaky skin
You thought dandruff was bad? Now imagine having that everywhere. Luckily, it’s easy to treat. If you or anyone you know is shedding, go and see or please recommend a good aesthetician. Most offer free consultations. An aesthetician will recommend a good facial and body scrub or a facial and body peel treatment that will remove all the dead dry skin and then start treating and hydrating the skin. A good homecare product which includes hyaluronic acid (HA) is always the way to go. HA is a moisture magnet. It sounds like something you would not want anywhere near your skin, but in actual fact our skin produces HA. Applying HA will repair one moisture level. A regular, monthly, technology facial is the best to treat dry skin. For example, a peel, near-infrared, radio frequency, dermapen as well as CooLifting will help hydrate and manage one’s skin.
Make sure you getting enough antioxidants and essential fatty acids in your diet to stimulate your cell’s oil production from the inside. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking at least 6 glasses of water per day. If you still find yourself drying out, make sure you not showering in hot water, shorten your showers (long showers wash away your skin’s natural moisturisers) and invest in a humidifier. Exercise can also help keep your skin in top condition by enhancing circulation and blood flow.
Breakouts on your face can be embarrassing, but at least you can spot the breakout and cover up. However, when it comes to breakouts on your back, that’s a whole different story.
If you know someone who is suffering from bacne, be a pal and try to help. One should treat body acne the same way they would treat facial acne, by having regular monthly treatments such as acne peels with salicylic acid to decongest the pores. Dermapen work wonders with a combination of Coolclear treatments to further penetrate Vitamin C to clear out the uneven skin tone. I find near-infrared treatments also work wonders as the heat build-up kills bacteria. Many people rush to take Roaccutane. Before you do, try a more natural approach. These days, we have amazing technologies, treatments as well as good home care that can keep acne at bay. Homecare includes making certain lifestyle changes, such as the following:
- Consider switching to cotton bras and avoid wearing tight gym clothes, which don’t allow skin to breathe.
- Make sure that you shower directly after exercise to remove sweat from your skin, and
- always change your clothes. Note to self, if this point is ringing true; make sure you have an aesthetician who has your back!
On a more sensitive note, I’m sure some are reading on and thinking, “surely there are some embarrassing things that one should just keep to themselves to avoid unnecessary embarrassment or confrontation”.
Yes, of course, we all got to exercise our filters in certain instances. For example, it’s not a good idea to tell someone something embarrassing if they can’t fix it or if you know they already know or worse off, loudly in a public space. You got to pick the right moment, be discreet and respectful. When I’m breaking bad, I always start with “I know if I was in your shoes, I would want you to tell me…”
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Who is the writer?
Tzvia Hermann: Female Serial Entrepreneur
Like many woman and men out there, Tzvia had enough of unwanted facial and body hair and had tried everything from waxing, tweezing, threading and over 20 IPL sessions to get rid of it. She is now not only completely free of unwanted hair, but is a successful serial entrepreneur, mother of two children and a loving wife to co-owner Neil. Tzvia Hermann has turned her frustrating and painful experience into a business that will help others gain confidence they never thought possible. Since being established in 2009, The Laser Beautique has branched out to include 12 clinics in Cape Town, Centurion, Johannesburg and Pretoria.