Do you have real skin concerns?

Then a thorough facial analysis is important, if you want to diagnose skin conditions correctly.

For the purpose of this series, I’m going to look at both the visual face analysis and the verbal questions asked during the analysis process, which helps to give a better overview of the skin.

There are also some really good technical tools, that can be used to analyse the skin.

The wood’s lamp, otherwise known as fluorescent spectroscopy, I often use it when teaching my students, it’s a great way, of carrying out an in-depth analysis on someone’s skin.

It is a method that relies on ultraviolet light to assess skins conditions.

Ultraviolet light can provide a lot of information about physical and chemical properties in the skin.

This is because the rays can penetrate under the surface, to the deeper layers.

Woods Lamp Analysis

Skin conditions actually show up as different colours on the skin:

  • A thick coarse stratum corneum, can mean sun damage which shows as white
  • Layers of dead skin cells that require regular exfoliation, shows as white spots
  • Oily areas or comedones are shown as yellow, orange or pink
  • Sensitive thin and very dehydrated skin, shows as purple
  • Pigmentation and sun damage, shows as brown spots
  • Normal skin, rare to find! Shows as white or blue
  • Hypo-pigmented areas, look sharp white
  • Dehydration, shows as a light purple
  • Healthy skin shows as blue

When assessing a client’s skin, the woods lamp, helps me to identify underlying pigmentation.

I can assess whether the skin is dry or oily, and what the oil distribution is like in the skins open pores.

Basically I can get a lot more information out of the consultation process, which would not be possible with just the naked eye.

This helps me to design a better skin care program, for my client.

So next time you book a facial treatment, why not check to see, if they have a diagnostic tool such as a woods lamp, in order to get the best results from your treatment and healthy glowing skin.

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