Technological advances in skin diagnostic equipment, the new generation
People are becoming more and more aware of the dangers the sun has on their skin. the therapist has to face a greater demand by the client for safe skincare, individual advice, protection and treatments.
Skin analysis methods of the past are no longer sufficient to give the therapist the knowledge she requires of the skin. Demands are made for accuracy not only by the therapist, but her clients, they want results from the skin treatments and products they use. In addition they want proof that the treatments and products they are using are effective.
Until recently the most advanced piece of equipment the therapist had to assist her with her skin diagnosis was a woods lamp or skin scanner. The results achieved from using these machines was questionable due to the 'directions of use' literature supplied with them. pH testing was done with litmus paper, hydration and oil levels of the skin were guessed. Not exactly the professional image we wish to portrait is it?
So how can the therapist confirm her diagnosis and show proof of treatment progress?
A true analysis of the skin can only begin when the therapist understands the fundamentals of how each type and prevailing condition is recognized.
In order to obtain an accurate picture of skin condition, you will use your knowledge of the structure and function of the skin. In addition, you will need to draw on the valuable resources supplied by your clients. (i.e. client skin history, diet, medical details etc.)
Computerized Skin Diagnostic Equipment
of the New MillenniumThis type of test equipment is used to evaluate the level of hydration the amount of epidermal lipids present at the surface of the skin, melanin density and erythema. They are a battery or mains powered, bench top unit with remote test probes. Common uses for this type of equipment include evaluating true skin conditions and monitoring hydration before and after product application. (for efficiency and effect purposes) These machines are not expensive, and are worth their weight in gold as a diagnostic tool as they have time and time again been used to correct mis-diagnosis of many conditions including suspected dehydration, and monitor the progress of re-hydration treatments.
With the Pharma Multi Diagnostic PMD 700 you can analyze the acid mantle, the water content and the melanin content of the skin.By means of world-wide scientifically approved measurement methods and a consultation a quick and safe determination of your clients skin and photo type is possible. A specially developed windows software will group the cosmetic products you sell according to individual skin, hair and photo types. Thus you can quickly choose the optimal cosmetic product for your client.
How do the measurement principles work?
The three measurement principles of the PHARMA MULTI DIAGNOSTIC PMD 700 have become standard principles for dermatologists, andscientists. for the first time they are integrated in a single machine available for the therapist, distributor educator or pharmacist.
The measurement of the sebum is based on the Sebumeter method. The sebum of the skin hair or scalp is taken by a film on the cassette's measuring head. Its transparency changes according to the sebum content on the film. It is analyzed photo-metrically.
The Corneometer measurement principle is used for determining the content of the skin'shydration. the measuring head is a capacitor. Any alteration of the capacity caused by the varying hydration contents of the skin is registered.
For the Melanin measurement, light of two different wavelengths is emitted by the measurement probe. The rate of light absorbed by the skin is determined and taken as a basis for the calculation of the melanin content.
The PHARMA MULTI DIAGNOSTIC PMD700 can be equipped with a Windows based, multi-language software. The software considers further aspects of the client's individual condition, e.g. the travel destination the season for the photo-type determination. Thus your advice and product recommendation better meets your client's requirements. All measurement results, product recommendation and other information can be printed out for the client. Furthermore, all client data can be stored for future consulting. With the PHARMA MULTI DIAGNOSTIC PMD700 you move ahead of your competitors and attract additional customer. all cosmetic products can be entered into the software and are regularly updated. The software offers the choice of different languages (German, English, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, French)
For more information about this wonderful skin diagnostic equipment visit www.courage-khazaka.de to find a distributor near you and learn about all the excellent skin diagnostic equipment of the new millennium.
Getting the best from conventional types of
skin diagnostic equipment
The modern skin treatment therapist has access to a host of electronic aids for a vast range of treatments and services, but rarely uses the modern equipment available that would assist her in confirming skin diagnosis.
The reason that the electronic equipment is perhaps not being used to its best advantage I suspect is due to bad past experience. One only has to look at the 'directions of use' supplied with a skin scanner or woods lamp to realise how inadequate the knowledge for their accurate usage is. But when used correctly, can increase accuracy of diagnosis and help the therapist become more productive.
Magi Lamp and magnifying glasses
This invaluable piece of equipment can be found in every clinic, but how often I have done a clinic promotion, and gone to use the magi lamp to find it dusty and unused. We are taught that a good light source is necessary for skin analysis, be it natural or artificial, so why is the magi light left unused?
Generally because they have not been maintained, springs have been left to go loose, nuts and bolts the same way. Hence the light does not stay in a working position and the therapist discards it to one side. Get those magi lights serviced, and back into use.
For skin diagnosis a light source is to be used behind the area being analyzed, not over the area. If you are having difficulty seeing, use a pair of magnifying glasses to assist you in diagnosing any anomalies of the skin.
Skin Scanners and other black light equipment
Colour interpretation guide
for skin scanners and other
black light equipment
by Florence Barrett-Hill
ITEC CIDESCO dip
Pastiche Resources Ltd.
BLACK LIGHT: Known more commonly as the woods lamp, and on a more elaborate scale the skin scanner, the black light is not a new addition to the therapists tools of trade. Although many salons now have them, they are not used as often as they should be. As I have mentioned I believe this is due to the insufficient "directions for use" supplied with the machine and lack of adequate training. This lack of training often results in the failure to correctly evaluate the results displayed.
So on that note I wrote a booklet called 'Scanning Secrets' with colour inserts and descriptions of the skin conditions seen by the black light. The black light is an excellent, simple to use, low cost tool which will help you to evaluate pigmentation, skin density and the sebaceous secretions of the skin.
Examples of the colour inserts found in Scanning Secrets