Skin Health Magazine Issue #6 / Winter 2018 - Page 12

tant to keep the skin smooth and to regularly exfoliate using a mild AHA face wash.” DIJA’S PICK: Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish “Used twice a week, this combination of physical, chemical and enzyme exfoliators loosen dead skin cells to keep skin smooth. It’s great for men who also suffer from discolouration of the skin as a result of razor bumps.” KELOIDS When the skin suffers a trauma and the surface is broken, collagen production goes into over- drive to seal the wound before too much damage is done. For Caucasian skin, this usually results in scarring and a slight bump over the area where the trauma occurred. For darker skins, the healing process is more complicated, with a large number of people developing what is known as a keloid scar. These thick, often rubbery lesions can keep developing months and even years after the initial trauma, but most sufferers are unaware of what their options are when it comes to treatment. “This is a poorly understood and researched skin concern, but ethnicity, genetics and melanin intensity are the main contributory factors,” explains Dija. “Un- fortunately, there is no conclusive treatment pathway for keloids. The first therapy is to avoid unnecessary trauma such as ear piercing and tattoos, but surgical removal is an option, es- pecially for bulky and uncomfortable keloids, however, the healing of the skin post-op must be monitored carefully.” With the launch of Black Skin Directory, Dija hopes to change the aesthetics industry for the better. “With these very specific skin concerns of darker skin tones, it’s easy to see how a service like this can play a major role in con- necting patients and experienced practitioners,” says Dija. “It opens up the best skin care treat- ments to skin of colour patients from all corners of the UK.” To find out more about Black Skin Directory, visit their website: ISSUE #06 | 2018 | 12