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朋友的护肤品




欣蒂今年五十六岁,更年期刚过,也许是荷尔蒙的变化,她的双颊长了色斑。色斑又称为黄歇斑(Melasma),是表皮和真皮上的黑色素沉淀引起的,常常不容易处理。

双颊上的色斑让欣蒂懊恼不已。道听途说下,试过了各种各样的偏方,尤其是各种各样的美白护肤品,不过情况不但没有好转,反而有变本加厉的趋势。

听朋友说镭射可以祛除这个斑,我想要试一试。她脸上满怀希望。

询问了一些病史,再详细的检查之后,才发现欣蒂的问题不轻。除了黄褐斑,欣蒂的脸上还有其他的色斑。比较棘手的问题是欣蒂脸部的皮肤很薄,微血丝浮现。

你做过果酸换肤疗程吗?” 针对皮肤表层的色斑,果酸换肤就可以了。

没有,我大都用的都是美白霜等护肤品。欣蒂回答。

可以看看你使用的护肤品吗?

哦,我都带来了,你看看,这是洗脸霜,精华液,润肤膏,还有这一个美白膏。欣蒂如数家珍。

我看着一堆的护肤品,开始头痛。市面上的护肤品我们可以简单分为三个类型:一,柜台类:在百货公司柜台或商店可以买到;二,美容院类,美容院或SPA才可以买到和三,医疗类:只有在医学诊所或药剂行才能获得。一般上,他们主要的差别在于成分的浓度。当然,医疗类的护肤品成分浓度往往最高,没有按照医生给的指示敷用,万一方法不当,副作用或后遗症也更高了。

欣蒂的护肤品都是医疗类,但居然从没见过医生,因为贪方便,她是透过朋友的帮忙私底下购买的。

这一个美白护肤品内有果酸成分,使用后会去处皮肤表层的角质,而让皮肤回复娇嫩光泽,不过若使用过久没有节制就会有反效果

是啊!我就是看了朋友使用后效果很好,我才叫她买同一套给我的,价钱不菲,可是效果好象没有看到的。欣蒂一脸无辜的说。

护肤品不一定是价钱越贵或成分越高就越有效,最重要的是适合自己当下的皮肤状况。皮肤长了斑,不让医生诊断,怎么对症下药呢?朋友使用得好的护肤品不一定对自己也有相同的效果。错误的使用方式损伤了皮肤表层真层容易造成皮肤色泽不均、炎后色素沉着或微血丝浮现等后遗症。

你必须停止这些含有果酸成分的护肤品,而改换成修复和滋润类型就好,现阶段也不适合进行镭射疗程。我对欣蒂说。

镭射不是魔术,要有好肌肤,必须让皮肤细胞修复,恢复健康。健康的皮肤就是最美的皮肤。



本文刊登于《红番茄周报》
周末专栏-医生看人生
William Hoo

Michelle's dark eye circle


I sensed trouble in the air as Michelle walked hurriedly into my office without an appointment. Well, Michelle is a close friend of mine and she has a successful career and an appearance that make her peers envy.  She came looking for me for an “emergency”. She is due for a photo shoot and she has dark eye circles from her previous weeks of hectic schedule working on a project. “You have got to get rid of this dark eye circles and make me look stunning,” she said with a grin.

Well, dark eye circle is not something uncommon, but it is truly embarrassing problem. It makes people appear tired and it steals the gleam in the eyes. It remains one of the problems that rattles around our brain albeit us trying hard to ignore it. 

Why, oh why do we have dark eye circle? The causes are many. Some people have it because of the underlying inflammation at the nasal sinuses; while some others get it because of hereditary pigment problems. More often than not, people get it because of the loss of the tissues around the under-eye area or the so called tear trough. The skin under eye thins out in the same time. When light shines, a deficient tear trough would be cast dark hue making it darker than the surrounding tissue.

Well the loss is part of aging. We cannot stop aging, but we certainly can prevent causes that accelerate it.  Unhealthy eating habits, lack of rest, smoking and drinking are some of the shenanigans that we so badly adore which may affect the tear trough. Peering on screen (computer or the television) for long hours is one of the culprits too. Logic tells us that if the cause for it is lacking in underlying tissue, a quick fix, though not permanent, will mean to replenish the under-eye tissues, giving it volume to prevent hue from building up at the eye trough.  This can be done using ultrafine needles which leave mosquito sting-size marks.

Two sessions of under eye hyaluronic acid injections later, Michelle was seen beaming with big smile. “I know you can fix this,” she said while looking satisfactorily in the mirror. “Stop the fags and the effect of the injections will last even longer,” I nagged like a grandmother.
“I will try, but no promises,” as she walks out of my office feeling chirpy as usual.



by Anna Hoo