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Trust Issues: Professional Skincare Consult vs. Internet

by | Apr 20, 2018 | Blog, Skin Care

The Internet is an amazing tool. You can use it to find top-rated movies, tasty recipes, the history of sloths, and so much more. It’s also a resource for DIY skincare suggestions…but should you follow them? Dr Marcells says proceed with caution. “I applaud patients who are proactive about their skin care and use Internet research to learn about ingredients and the like. However, there is a world of difference between having simple knowledge and having the knowledge, training, and experience of an expert.”

Do You Know Who You’re Talking To?

Allure beauty magazine says, “The Internet is great. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a black hole of terrible beauty advice that ranges from tediously ineffective to flat-out dangerous.” Here are three key reasons you shouldn’t take Internet skincare advice at face value:

  • Ulterior motives – A great deal of content written on the Internet is designed to steer you to buy a specific product. Read content published by manufacturers with a grain of salt (or two).
  • Self-proclaimed experts – People with no background and/or training routinely report on their personal experience with a product or treatment. This is known as “anecdotal” information. It applies to one individual, but it may not apply to you.
  • Lies, Lies, and More Likes – “Some sleazy companies are using a deceptive marketing technique to trick people into buying wrinkle creams and diet pills,” reports NBC News. “They’ve created fake news websites with fake celebrity stories and fake product endorsements.”

Skincare Only the Pros Can Offer

Our skincare experts at About Face have access to things that are unavailable to you when you’re shopping at beauty counters or in pharmacy aisles. Led by Dr Marcells, they offer our patients

  • Professional Resources
  • Quality Research
  • Specialty Training
  • Diagnostic Expertise
  • Professional Development
  • Extensive Experience
  • Medical grade skincare

“Some of the skincare analysis tools set up on the Internet are based on science, it’s true,” says Dr Marcells. “However computer algorithms, online beauty tests, and that sort of thing are not designed to offer truly personalised skincare options.” Unlike an online form, our live (and lively) skin pros look at a patient’s skin type, lifestyle, professional environment, and other factors that affect skin health and beauty. Based on what they learn, they are then able to recommend a wide range of treatments, including some which are available only in a medispa setting:

  • Low Level Light Therapy with Healite II – a non-ablative skincare protocol for the treatment of acne, superficial skin lesions, relieving pain, and promoting skin rejuvenation.
  • Eyra Cosmoceuticals – a skincare line designed to combat signs of facial ageing and correct skin problems such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and acne.
  • Dermaceutic Laboratoire – technically advanced products for cosmetic, corrective, and therapeutic treatment of the skin.
  • Dermapen 3 – a micro-needling device that can be used with any skincare treatment to tighten, lift and rejuvenate skin.

Healthier Skin Is Yours If You Want It

At About Face, our experts use their training to create customised skincare regimens for our patients. We hope you’ll contact our practice and give us the opportunity to serve you.

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MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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