Skinfresh Clinic


May 2017

PhotofacialPhotofacial is on sale!*

Men and Women...

Now is the time to clean up your skin.

Age and sun damage causes fine lines, veins, red and brown blotches, uneven skin tones and Rosacea.

Winter is a good time to tackle your chest and neck.

Photofacial treatments can help by gently treating and reducing the appearance of these conditions.

Photofacial treatments combine the benefits of Limelight, Laser Genesis and Vascular laser in one treatment session.

You get 2 or 3 treatments for the price of one!

*Have your first treatment in May and pay only $550 (per session). You can pre-book for a total of 3 "sessions at this price. All 3 sessions must be finished by the end of August 2017.

Book your treatment now.


Product of the Month

Red less

Product Description:

Sea Buckthorn Anti-inflammatory and Anti-oxidant Serum

Ideal for the cosmetic management of:

All irritated skins
Post Peel, laser or Surgery
Burns-to protect wound (not on the day of burn)


Wound healing
Protective Barrier

Key Ingredients:

  • A synergistic blend of 21 botanicals-particularly-Sea buckthorn fruit Oil - Anti-Oxidant
  • Co-enzyme Q10 - Anti-Oxidant
  • Tetrahexyl decyl Ascorbate - Anti-Oxidant
  • Mixed Tocopherols 95% - Anti-Inflammatory
  • Botanical Complex LSCD - Anti-Inflammatory

Preservative Free


Over the top of other serums
Eg: Pigment Punch, Extreme C 20, Extreme B 17 or Jungle Brew
1 Metered pump depending on skin type warmed between fingertips and pressed on to face.
Ideal for at home use, especially post peel, IPL, Laser etc



Watch videos from Dr Pitsilis

Does your face suddenly turn red after a glass or wine, being in the sun, or eating spicy food? You and one in 20 other New Zealanders could have acne rosacea or rosacea, which is the common term for it.

Rosacea is a red facial rash that commonly affects 30-60 year olds, especially those with fair skin, blue eyes and Celtic origin. When it affects the nose it becomes thick and irregular and is called 'a drinker's nose'.

Rosacea can affect the eyes and cause blepharitis which is an irritation of the eyelids. Sometimes it can look a bit like acne but there are no blackheads or blocked pores.

We don't officially know the cause but we do know there is inflammation in the skin that causes dilated blood vessels and red lumps. There is a theory about a skin mite called demodex as a cause.

There has also been a controversial association with Helicobacter pylori, which is often the cause of stomach ulcers and even stomach cancer. Apparently when this stomach bug is eradicated the rash disappears. This is not thoroughly proven in the scientific literature, however, it is known that low stomach acid and B vitamin deficiency are associated with rosacea. And, as low stomach acid is often associated with overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori, this could be the possible association that scientists are currently considering.

This condition can range from mild redness to being extremely disfiguring. This is why it needs to be diagnosed and treated early. If it is allowed to develop into a chronic and severe condition it can cause scar tissue.

The main treatment firstly is to avoid all the triggers:

  • Alcohol
  • Spicy Foods
  • Strong emotion and sunshine - actually, anything that is hot!

Keep a sunblock on the skin. Never put a steroid cream on it because it will get worse. Oily skincare tends to irritate this condition so use sunblocks or makeups that are water based.

Omega 3 fish oils may help a little by reducing inflammation caused by processed foods.

Oral antibiotics can be taken to reduce inflammation. There are also some special medical creams that can be prescribed.

Laser and light treatments can be helpful in reducing the problem.

It is important to get a firm diagnosis and to treat this condition early to prevent it from becoming chronic and causing scarring.

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Rosacea PDF (56KB)


Why you should "Eat Like a Greek"

The traditional Mediterranean diet has been found to be associated with a long life span and significantly reduced disease. What is this diet and why does it work?

A typical middle aged Greek man is 90% less likely to develop heart disease, stroke or hypertension than the same man in the west.

Benefits of the Mediterranean diet:

  • Lose weight safely and reduce obesity
  • Reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, diabetes type 2 and metabolic syndrome, bad LDL cholesterol, alzheimers disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, cancer
  • Reduce inflammation and its markers
  • Keeps blood sugar down.
  • Raise the healthy HDL cholesterol

Scientists have given the following statistics:

  • Reduction of all causes of mortality by 48%
  • Women showed 40% reduction of bad estrogens in urine that increase breast cancer risk.
  • Replacing the Western diet with the Mediterranean diet could reduce colorectal cancer by 25%, breast cancer by 15% and prostate, pancreatic and endometrial cancer of the uterus by 10%
  • Children have less allergy and asthma which returns when the diet changes or if margarine is consumed.
  • This diet is better than a low fat diet at lowering LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

What is the Mediterranean diet?

Although diets around the region vary, there is a general theme. The diet is rich in whole grains, legumes (beans, chick peas, lentils), fruits, vegetables, lean protein, fish, olive oil, tomato paste.

This gives a high fibre component from the legumes and whole grains. The olive oil has cancer preventing and vascular protecting qualities from its components (see my article on the benefits of olive oil). The fruits and vegetables provide many antioxidant compounds.

It is important to note that there is not a high amount of red meat, and that there is an abundance of plant foods in this diet.

What is the Mediterranean lifestyle?

What is important is to do the whole thing and include the other components of the lifestyle. This includes enjoying meals with friends and family in a relaxed way with plenty of time for conversation. Stress management and daily exercise are also a key component. The afternoon siesta is also part of that lifestyle.

So now you know how to eat and live like a Greek and live a longer, healthier life!

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