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 help 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 when teaching my students, as 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 skin 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.
Wood’s 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 show 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 Wood’s 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 skin’s 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 whether they have a diagnostic tool such as a Wood’s Lamp, in order to get the best results from your treatment and healthy, glowing skin.