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Nourish It from Within: The Best Supplements for Your Skin

We all want beautiful skin. Peek into any woman’s bathroom cabinet, and you’ll see a collection of creams, serums and gels designed to target all kinds of concerns – from oiliness to dry patches, pimples, wrinkles and age spots. But, sometimes beautiful and healthy skin takes more than rubbing in 3-4 layers of products on the surface. If you don’t see any desired results after months of religiously sticking to a 12-step skincare routine, then, you might want to try supplementing.

We all want beautiful skin. Peek into any woman’s bathroom cabinet, and you’ll see a collection of creams, serums and gels designed to target all kinds of concerns – from oiliness to dry patches, pimples, wrinkles and age spots. But, sometimes beautiful and healthy skin takes more than rubbing in 3-4 layers of products on the surface. If you don’t see any desired results after months of religiously sticking to a 12-step skincare routine, then, you might want to try supplementing.

You’re probably wondering, how can some powder or a little vitamin pill possibly help the look of your skin. So, allow me to explain. Skincare starts at a cellular level. And what you feed your body with, eventually shows up in your skin. However, some of us might not get sufficient nutrients for skin health through our diet alone. Luckily, some of these nutrients are available as food supplements which you can conveniently take for optimum skin health. Here are the best supplements that can help you achieve a healthy, glowing and smooth complexion.

Collagen – Prevent and Reduce the Signs of Aging

If you’re over 30, you may want to consider supplementing with collagen, one of the most popular food supplements for skin health. As you age, your skin will gradually lose collagen. According to research, collagen production decreases by roughly 1% each year, starting around the age of twenty. As a result, your skin will lose some of its elasticity and fine lines and wrinkles will begin to appear.

If you already noticed that this has started to happen, or simply want to prevent it, taking a daily collagen supplement can help. You can opt for a collagen powder which you can add to your morning coffee, smoothie or any other drink or simply toss it into your salad. In addition to boosting elasticity, collagen can also improve the skin’s hydration and may help prevent acne, although there isn’t sufficient scientific evidence for this claim. Additionally, besides being great for the skin, collagen supplements can help relieve joint pain, treat osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and boost muscle mass.

Vitamin A – A is for Anti-Acne

People with acne-prone skin may find relief in taking a vitamin A supplement. Vitamin A is one of the most potent antioxidants. As such, it helps the body’s cell turnover. By taking vitamin A, you can help your body shed dead skin cells more efficiently before they start to build up and clog pores which can trigger breakouts. Additionally, vitamin A is also known to reduce inflammation. In turn, it can help reduce the swelling and redness which often accompanies breakouts.

However, excess vitamin A has its own risks such as nausea, hair loss and dry skin. For that reason, you should always stick to the recommended daily intake and consult a doctor immediately if you experience any side-effects.

Vitamin D – Fight Sun Damage

We love spending time in the sun and getting a nice, golden tan. But the sun is also one of the main contributors to premature skin ageing. If you already have visible signs from sun-damage, such as pigmentation, vitamin D can be especially beneficial. People find that supplementing with this vitamin reduces the discolouration caused by excessive sun exposure. In addition, it can also help heal skin faster and treat acne. Studies have found that a deficiency in this vitamin can make you prone to developing acne. Remember, wear sunscreen as often as possible! You might not notice signs of sun damage until much later, but it’s never too early to start protecting yourself from it. There are sunscreens that are specifically made for the face, which tend to be less oily than ‘the usual’ ones. These work well for avoiding white cast, shine, and for wearing under makeup. 

Vitamin E – Neutralize Free Radicals

In addition to excessive sun exposure, another contributor to skin aging is free radicals. As a powerful antioxidant, we know vitamin E to neutralize free radicals so that they don’t cause any damage. Additionally, vitamin E increases the body’s ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays, which can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. If you have dry skin, this supplement can also help balance your skin’s sebum production, which helps keep it conditioned and hydrated.

Vitamin K – Heal Scars

Vitamin K aids in the process of blood clotting, which is the body’s way to heal wounds, bruises and areas affected by surgery. As a result, by supplementing with vitamin K, you can speed the skin’s healing from scars as well as stretch marks, spider veins and dark spots.

Vitamin C – Brighten Up Your Complexion

There are high levels of vitamin C in the epidermis as well as the dermis. If you struggle with rosacea, scarring or have dull, tired skin in need of a healthy boost, supplementing with vitamin C may help restore its glow. It can also improve the skin’s elasticity and fight off the signs of ageing due to the fact that it helps boost collagen production. Plus, when taken as a supplement for at least 8 weeks, people find that vitamin C repairs sun-damaged skin. Adequate intake of vitamin C can also help treat and prevent dry skin. The recommended daily dose of vitamin C is 1000mg.

Magnesium – De-Stress Your Skin

Sometimes stress or hormonal problems cause acne breakouts. If this is the case with you, you may want to ask your doctor about taking a magnesium supplement. Magnesium helps lower the levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone and stabilize hormonal imbalances. Additionally, magnesium can improve overall cellular function and make vitamin C even more effective.

Omega-3 – Calm Sensitive Skin

Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most effective natural remedies for calming sensitive skin and rashes. Supplementing with omega-3 has been found to help treat psoriasis and dermatitis and lessen redness and inflammation of the skin. A lack of omega-3 can be linked to dry, rough and scaly skin.

Zinc – Helps Treat Scalp Issues

Do you have breakouts on your scalp or severe dandruff? A zinc supplement may be the solution you’re looking for. When taken orally in zinc sulfate form, people find this supplement to successfully treat common scalp conditions such as erosive pustular dermatitis and crusting of the scalp.





What Are The Treatment Options for a Child with Eczema?

Dr Adele Heyer – Townsville Paediatrics

Dear Dr Adele, my child has eczema. What are the treatment options?

Eczema is a common skin condition and can be very disabling for some children. It makes the skin intensely itchy, dry and inflamed, especially during a flare. In general, frequently applied moisturisers are the mainstay in managing it. . 

Flares should be recognised and treated early and are treated with steroid creams or antibiotics if infection is present. In some children an allergic trigger can be identified and avoided, but this is not always possible. Fortunately, eczema can improve with age in most children. Overall, a consistent and diligent daily skin routine will improve the skin’s integrity and reduce severity of symptoms.

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Give Your Hands a Little Help

Has hand washing and sanitising during the pandemic done a number on your hands too? Are your hands dry, irritated or cracking?

We’ve been trying to keep COVID-19 at bay with thorough handwashing and sanitising, but our hands are needing some extra TLC to cope with the effects. As much as sanitising is a necessary action, I’m feeling lizard-like with dry, suffering hands as all the good stuff is stripped away with the bad (germs) – and I know I am not alone. I moisturise, but it just isn’t enough to put back in- what I’ve scrubbed out. So, what can we do?

As we’ve upped our use of hand sanitisers…we need to up our moisturising game.

Our delicate skin barrier is so important. But, did you know over-using harsh soaps & alcohol sanitisers can cause damage to this barrier, making it even more vulnerable to bacteria? So, we need to make sure we are moisturising effectively too. A step… I often forget #mybad. This practice is a good one to adopt, not just for now (during the pandemic), but for always.

I’ve stumbled across a great Aussie Made Product called ‘Herbs + Heart’ – After Sanitiser Overnight Hand Mask which I have absolutely fallen in love with. Not just because of the magic performed on my hands, but because they use 100% Australian grown, natural ingredients… so you can feel even better about how good your hands feel after using it.

How does it work?

Massage a pea sized amount onto clean hands before sleeping, For deeper moisturising effects pop on a pair of their pure cotton gloves. While you’re sleeping, it will nourish, restore and hydrate your skin with its rich formula of soothing butters and powerful skin repairing plant oils. Think of it as your ‘Sanitiser Ally’… the two literally go ‘hand in hand’ to help you stay safe and germ-free, but Herbs +  Heart will keep your skin soft, hydrated and healthy too.  In the morning simply take off the gloves and rinse your hands in warm water and voila! Just like that you have reversed the damage you did the day before.

According to the Herbs + Heart website,  it’s 10 times richer than any hand lotion. And after one use, I was a believer. My hands felt 10 times more hydrated. Don’t just take my word for it… check out these before and after photos (with no filter), taken on my mobile.

The only difference between these picture is the lighting (natural, just at different times of the day).

There are more benefits than just providing moisture too. I don’t want to freak you out, but hands give away your age more than any other body part. I don’t even want to ask you how old you thought I was just from my hands in the ‘before photos’.  Experts recommend keeping your hands moisturised with thick creams – particularly overnight. And you are never too young/ too old to start. Most people don’t take action on aging until the visible signs appear. Except damage has already happened. I’m not going to tell you what to do with your life, but starting the healthy routine of moisturising daily to help your hands stay younger and healthier can only work in your favour right?  

You can purchase Herbs + Heart AFTER-SANITISER OVERNIGHT HAND MASK here. It retails for $24.00. The gloves are just $5.00.

Use code PAKMAG15 at checkout to receive 15% off and give the Overnight Hand Mask a go – offer valid till the end of August. 

That healthy hand feeling… totally worth it. Oh and don’t forget to moisturise with a hand cream during the day too. The more moisture- the merrier!

During this difficult time, don’t forget to take care of you and your hands 😊




How Beneficial Are Facials? – Mackay Skin Clinic Explains

Dr Graeme Cumming

Mackay Skin Clinic and Shakespeare Medical Centre

Dear Dr Graeme,

How beneficial are facial treatments and what one would you recommend?

Certain facials, such as our Herbal Aktiv Peel, are beneficial treatments for a number of reasons. They can help to reduce lines and wrinkles, improve sun damaged skin, improve acne or congestion, and improve scarring. They can also work to reduce pigmentation, redness and age spots. Additionally, the Herbal Aktiv peel can be used simply to maintain healthy skin. This is a great facial treatment and one that we recommend.

Facials work differently depending on the ingredients and what they are aimed at helping.

During the peeling process of the Herbal Aktiv Peel, the herbs will gradually release their natural active substances such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants and trace elements into the skin.

The treatment is safe and gives quick and visible results. Afterwards, your skin will be warm, and if touched there is a slight tingly sensation. It will be visibly firmer and smoother. The specialised home-care products designed to work with the Herbal Aktiv Peel will be prescribed for you. You will be asked to return to your skin therapist on day five, where they will perform a specialist treatment to remove old skin and reveal your “new skin”. Then further advice on future treatments and home-care to support your new skin will be provided.

This is just one of the high-end facial treatments that we offer. What works best for you will depend on environmental factors and how well you take care of your skin. We can analyse your skin to reveal damage and signs of ageing that aren’t visible to the human eye and once we have the results, the practitioner can help you determine what rejuvenation regime would best suit your needs. Visit us at the Mackay Skin Clinic to have your skin analysed and we can then discuss how you would like to proceed in terms of treatments and your personal skin goals.

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The Do’s and Don’t’s When It Comes to Managing Acne 

Shoshana Eisner is a mother of two, a Pharmacist and the Founder of QED Skincare. Today she shares her top tips for managing acne.

What Actually Is Acne? 

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and although most commonly appears on the face and forehead, it is also very common to develop acne on the chest, upper back and shoulders. 

Although acne is most common among teenagers, it can affect people of all ages and does have a habit of popping up when you least expect it.

BUT the good news is there are many ways to both prevent and treat acne. As a Pharmacist, I have been helping treat acne in both teens and adults for over 20 years. As a result, I formulated a unique range to ensure it is treated correctly whilst avoiding unnecessary chemical-based alternatives.

One of the most common questions I get is ‘are pimples and acne the same thing?’

Acne is the medical condition which causes pimples (kind of like the Common Cold is a medical condition which causes sneezing).

And one of the most common misconceptions about acne is that oil is the enemy… which is INCORRECT!

The RIGHT oils are actually your friends and these GOOD oils will help you remove the BAD oils without penetrating your skin to cause further irritation.

Here Are the Do’s and Don’t’s When It Comes to Managing Acne 

DON’T’ touch! Our hands come into contact with all kinds of dirty things and then we touch our inflamed pimples. When was the last time you cleaned your computer keyboard? NEVER…

DON’T Squeeze!  Don’t just randomly squeeze and pick at your pimple. They could get infected and will almost certainly scar. If you need to squeeze – practice safe squeezing(see below)

DON’T use high-foaming cleansers. Big lathery cleansers which make your skin feel tight and are actually stripping your skin. This may cause your skin to actually produce more oil.

DON’T wash your face with too hot OR too cold water.  Very hot water can trigger sensitivities and open your pores to release more oil, which you definitely don’t want.  That said, too cold water can also trigger sensitivities. Stick to warm water.

DON’T aggressively towel dry your face. It can irritate your skin.  

DON’T even think about drying your clean face with the handtowel everyone in your family uses… You are potentially rubbing germs into your face.

DON’T over-exfoliate.  It is so tempting to exfoliate often when your skin is oily.  Not only may it cause your skin to produce more oil.  It may also make your skin more sensitive. 

DON’T apply moisturiser to your entire face. Only apply moisturiser to the dry areas. The oily areas of your face are already producing enough moisture all by themselves. 

DEFINITELY DON’T consider acne as a “cosmetic” issue, particularly in teens. “Uncontrollable” acne can cause significant angst and low self-esteem. Many teens may not be able to articulate their feelings about their skin.

DO choose products that are designed to re-balance oily skin. You don’t want to strip all oil from your skin as that can cause your skin to produce more oil. Also, many super-strong anti-acne cleansers can cause your skin to be artificially combination, where it creates dry patches & oily patches.

DO exfoliate once or twice a week. This will help remove excess skin cells and blocked pores therefore avoiding further build up.

DO pat your skin dry. Be gentle when removing water from your face and treat it with respect. Your skin will thank you for it.

DO make a toning mist your best friend. I cannot recommend a toning mist strongly enough as your secret weapon to help combat oily skin patches during the day.  If you’re prone to ‘afternoon shine’, don’t leave the house without it. QED Skincare Balancing Facial Mist – Neroli + Bergamot is particularly good at this.  PLUS being a mist means that you can use it over makeup.

DEFINITELY DO seek further intervention if your acne is persistent. Most acne is caused by internal factors, primarily hormones. The right skincare can help in these situations but sometimes they are not enough. Talk to your GP, or ask me if you are not sure whether it needs medical attention.

If You Have Acne and Sensitive Skin

Choose skincare designed for sensitive skin.  One does not exclude the other. Oily skin can also be sensitive so understand your skin in order to avoid further irritation and go for skincare designed for sensitive skin

Look for products with as few ingredients as possible. Less ingredients means fewer potential triggers.

Always patch-test products before use. This means try one new product at a time. First dab a little in a hidden area, like behind your ear. If no reaction occurs, next day dab a little on your cheek. If all good then you can consider using it all over your face. Never try something new on an aggravated area. Raw skin is guaranteed to react.


About the Author
While working as a community Pharmacist in Sydney and New York City, Shoshana Eisner realised her clients all wanted the same thing: a targeted solution to sensitive skin issues, that was natural yet still a ‘feel good’ products. The process of elimination began, the goal being to create a product that was as natural as possible yet effective. Eventually QED Skincare was born.