Ask Ashleigh


Ask Ashleigh

Online clinic is now open!

In a bid to help as many of you as possible with your skin, we are trying something a little different… An online clinic!

I will be answering as many questions as possible on the bottom of this post. If you have any questions about your skin, skincare or products please leave a comment below and I will personally respond to you within 24 hours.

Please keep your questions short and to the point.

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  1. Aleshia

    Hi Ashleigh

    I am constantly breaking out in the hormonal areas on my face but my cycle is completely normal, I using a medical grade skincare range and I am taking evening primrose capsules daily. What could be causing this and do you have any suggests on what I can do?

  2. Kasia

    Hi Ashleigh,

    I’ve got oily combination skin (I think), where most of the oil is on my T Zone. My skin gets very oily in summer & in humid conditions (I live in a hot, humid location), but my skin can get quite dry in winter (I’m spending Christmas in a dry European winter). I’m not quite sure if my current skincare routine or the products I use are what I should be doing to best look after my skin, control the oil but also keep my skin hydrated in winter? Could you recommend any products or changes to my routine?
    The following is my general skincare routine: Every morning I wash my face with soap (either an infused natural olive oil soap, or a dead sea minerals natural soap – I find my face feels and reacts better using soap vs. a face wash), use toner, a face serum, eye cream and face cream.

    • ashleigh@ashleighscott.co.nz

      Hi Kasia,

      Sounds like your skin is unbalanced and possibly has a compromised epidermis. With you, we also need to work on strengthening and rebuilding your skin. I know you say your skin responds better to soap than face wash, but how about we try a gentle cream cleanser, or oil cleanser? With any kind of soap or foaming wash, we are taking away from the skin, and stripping away vital oils and moisture. This causes the skin to become dehydrated, and in response your skin will overproduce oil to try and balance it. I prefer to feed the skin, and get it functioning healthily on its own. Same goes for astringent toners, try a more hydrating mist to replace that step. Have linked up a couple of products and blog posts below which explains it more 🙂 We can ship to you overseas if need be, email Jackie – info@ashleighscott.co.nz to arrange this.
      http://www.thefacialist.co.nz/no-to-foam/
      http://www.thefacialist.co.nz/product/peppermint-cleanser/
      http://www.thefacialist.co.nz/product/janesce-rose-mist/

  3. Tara

    Hi Ashleigh
    I’m not sure what I am doing wrong, but I can never seem to get my skin under control. I am also using medical grade cleanser and moisturiser, with a combination of exfoliants, peels, masks and serums depending on how my skin is going. It seems like it I’ll find the perfect product that works for a month, and then I’ll break out horribly or develop really dry, patchy skin. I’ve been a vegan for two years now, so I have a very healthy, fresh diet but my breakouts doesn’t seem to be diet related. I do have a lot of stress but my occupation is quite a stressful one, and it’s not something really applicable to changing. I’m kind of at my wits end but I don’t want to go on isotretinoin. Any suggestions? Thanks

  4. Kirsten

    Hi Ashleigh,
    In general I have pretty good skin but about 6 months ago I got these odd red patches on my cheeks. They are close ish to my nose on each side and run from the bottom of my nose to my jawline, about 1.5 cm wide. They can by bumpy at times but usually are smooth, not itchy and are there constantly not cyclically.
    Thanks!

    • ashleigh@ashleighscott.co.nz

      Hi Kirsten,

      From the pattern of it, it sounds like peri-oral dermatitis. Although this is typically more raised, and often irritated. Could you email me a photo? I need to get a better look to be sure.

  5. Hana

    Hi Ashleigh
    I am suffering from extremely dry skin associated with eczema. Skin on my lip and eye area frequently flair up and leave me dry and flaky. I am also suffering from pigmentation which o can’t seem to get rid off. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • ashleigh@ashleighscott.co.nz

      Hi Carla,

      Sun spots can be tricky to treat. We do have a pigment punch serum – this is a custom blended serum from Dermadiduals. We have had some amazing results from this, however there is no guarantee whether it will actually treat the pigmentation. It works wonders on some, and not so well on others and you just can’t pick it. Micro needling with a home serum is your best bet! Ashleigh

  6. Kasia

    Hi Ashleigh,
    I’ve just moved to Hong Kong and as you can imagine, it’s incredibly hot and humid. My skin is having trouble adjusting and I’m breaking out more often than usual in the heat and in more random areas (I have quite oily skin in general, but it can dry out easily in air-con and I usually only break out in my T-Zone). I’m struggling between being extremely oily when out and about, and the air conditioning making my skin feel as if it’s drying and pulling. I’m currently using a Korres Milk Cleanser, Korres Toner, Youth Lab Moisturiser for oily skin in the morning then apply Rosehip oil at night after cleansing. Is there anything else I could try, to balance out and calm my skin down?

    • ashleigh@ashleighscott.co.nz

      Hi Kasia,

      Oh dear! When your skin goes from those extremes – oily and dry, that unbalance is often down to dehydration.Your skin needs moisture! Firstly I would recommend only cleansing in the evening, watch that your toner isn’t too astringent or drying, perhaps try a hydrating mist instead. I would also highly suggest you begin soaking your skin. Here is a link to my blog post that explains this further, its a highly underrated tool and extremely effective at hydrating and balancing the skin. Also try and avoid products aimed at oily skin – these don’t tend to give you enough moisture. When your skin is hydrated its healthy and functioning normally – this will really help with your breakouts as well and speed up healing time 🙂 http://www.thefacialist.co.nz/hydrating-the-skin-soaking-ritual/

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