Skinfresh Clinic


July 2014

Pigment buster treatments at Skinfresh Clinic

Skinfresh Clinic has a range of facial, chest and neck treatments that can reduce or even eradicate red and brown pigmentation.

As the national trainers for Cutera medical lasers and Allmedic photodynamic therapy, you can be assured that Skinfresh’s nurses are experts in these treatments.

Many people have a condition called poikiloderma that is a combination of brown and red pigmentation on the neck and chest as a result of accumulated sun exposure and damage.

Surface layer treatment

When treating poikiloderma, it is important to tackle the different pigments in the correct order to get the best results. Skinfresh Clinic has a range of technologies that allows us to target several layers of the skin, thus obtaining a more effective clearing of these pigments.

Skinfresh Clinic’s intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment called Limelight can clear up the brown and red discolouration in the uppermost layer of the skin. Importantly, Skinfresh Clinic does a no-charge set of IPL test shots before the treatment to assess which settings will give the best and safest results. This means that we can get all the pigment reduced in fewer treatments.

Note that there are different qualities of IPL machines and operators. Skinfresh are the trainers in the field of medical IPL, light and laser treatments, so you can be confident that at Skinfresh Clinic these treatments are performed by people who know what they’re doing.

Deeper layer treatment

The deeper layer treatment is called Laser Genesis. It can treat the deep redness that IPL just doesn’t reach. The bonus with this treatment is that it is painless, can be used on dark and suntanned skin, and there is no downtime! It can also treat the larger red veins that IPL doesn’t affect.

If your skin discolouration is associated with a history of skin cancers, obvious sun damage, solar keratoses and scaliness, then Skinfresh’s photodynamic therapy procedure may reduce the scale and risk of skin cancers along with a reduction of pigmentation.

All of these treatments also rejuvenate the skin by increasing collagen.

Comfort and great results

So Skinfresh Clinic has all the angles covered when it comes to pigmentation. At Skinfresh Clinic, you will discover a new world of comfortable aesthetic treatments with great results.

Phone 09 486 0030. 2a Dodson Ave, Milford, Auckland.


Introducing Titan™ with Laser Genesis boost!

At Skinfresh Clinic we have decided that our Titan™ patients will receive a Laser Genesis top up for no extra charge.

While Titan treats the deep skin layer to tighten skin and stimulate collagen production. Laser Genesis treats the mid skin layer. Adding the extra Laser Genesis on top of Titan promotes more deep heating of the skin for potentially better results.

Book with our nurses to see if your skin type is suitable for this treatment combination.

Rashes from your computer

With computers now such an important part of our lives, it’s not surprising that there are a number of health conditions associated with working at a computer. This includes back, neck and arm pain, occupational overuse syndrome, etc. Computer users also complain of visual problems or headaches.

A somewhat lesser known health risk associated with computers is getting a rash from typing on a computer.

Dermatitis from chemical contact

Contact dermatitis is a rash caused by touching the computer, mouse, mouse pad, wrist rest or other surfaces that contain particular chemicals.

Some people have been found to react negatively to dimethyl phalate and diethyl phalate, additives which are commonly found in the plastics computer mouses are made of. Phalates are added to plastics to make them flexible.

Resorcinol monobenzoate, a stabilising ultraviolet absorber added to protect plastics from sun damage, is an irritant for some computer users.

Neoprene rubber is another common culprit. This can is usually found on the mouse pad and wrist rest pads. Contact dermatitis can also be caused by dialkyl thiourea.

Whatever its cause, contact dermatitis presents as a rash on the part of the skin that regularly touches the chemical that causes the problem. Looking at where the rash occurs can help identify its cause.

Erythema ab igne

In the past, this condition was typically found when someone habitually kept a hot water bottle against a specific body part, or exposed part of their body to heat repeatedly, for instance with their feet near the heater. It is commonly called “toasted skin syndrome”.

Nowadays doctors often encounter this reaction on people’s thighs when they rest their laptop computer on their legs for too long – hence the new name “laptop leg”.

Rashes from friction

These rashes are caused by the way in which a particular person uses the computer and mouse. Some people may develop a thickened, perhaps slightly pigmented rash where their arm or hand rubs against the keyboard, the mouse pad or even the edge of the desk. This is often not painful at all.

When it affects the fingers, the rash has been called “mouse fingers”. This typically arises by the repeated friction and pressure between the fingers and the mouse or mouse pad.

Screen dermatitis

Chronic exposure to the computer screen can cause some people to develop a rash on their face that can look a bit like rosacea. It can include an itchy or hot feeling, bumps, redness or even pustules.

The exact cause of “screen dermatitis” is still not clear and is still being investigated. There does seem to be a possible link to the kind of skin damage that occurs due to ultraviolet light and ionising radiation such as x-rays.

Medical attention for computer rashes

With awareness of the possibility that your computer can cause rashes on your skin, you’ll be better placed to know when to seek medical attention. When you consult a doctor, do let them know how often and for how long you have been using a computer and alert them to the possibility that the rash may be related to the computer.

This article is partly based on one by Dr A.C. Huntley, published in Dermatology Online Journal 2010;16(12):3




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