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Common Skin Problems For Those In Their 30s

March 23, 2015

For years, we’ve had dermatologists, the media and even our parents drill into our heads that in order to slow the ageing process we need to get regular skin check-ups and load up on sunscreen. It’s worked so far, but there’s a generation of 30-something women who want to go a step further.

In fact, Dr Garry Cussell, the clinical director for Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia has noticed a huge increase in the 30-something market requesting anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to slow down the ageing process. “These treatments are delivering such remarkable results that people no longer need to resort to major facial surgery. Instead, regular maintenance with non-surgical treatments will become the norm,” he says.

However, there are other treatments which don’t require injections to delay the ageing process. According to the Dr Cussell, here are the best strategies for tackling common signs of ageing for someone in their 30s.


When your childhood freckles change from a few sweet sprinkles around your nose, to uneven tan splotches, you’ve got hyperpigmentation or more commonly known as ‘sunspots’. “One of the first signs of ageing is hyperpigmentation around your face, chest and at the back of your hands,” explains Dr Cussell, “Most people get hyperpigmentation from sunbaking or wearing V-neck tops on a regular basis.”

Hyperpigmentation can also occur when women are pregnant or are taking birth control pills, this is called melasma. It’s more difficult to treat than sunspots due to the enhanced surges in certain hormones.

  • Baby-step solution: Anyone who comes home from the beach with new freckles knows that sunscreen is crucial to people prone to sunspots. “The sun exacerbates hyperpigmentation immediately,’ says Dr Cussell. Layer on any sun protection any chance you get. Our recommended sunscreen? RejuvAus [M1] SUper Moisturising UV Lotion.
  • Serious fix: The best treatment to lessen the appearance of hyperpigmentation is a combination of a peel and a laser treatment. A great peel for hyperpigmentation is the Pigment Punch, as it increase cell turnover and have more glowing skin. We also advise those with serious hyperpigmentation such as melasma to have Pico Rejuvenation, a gentle laser treatment that targets the pigment particles and shatters them without the use of heat or the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


“One of the first signs of ageing are often lines around your eyes,” says Justine Crompton-Stewart, the clinical consultant at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia. “The skin around your eyes is so thin, it’s prone to early lines caused by sun exposure, as well as squinting, which together causes the elastin to break down,” she explains. You may also notice a loss of facial volume, particularly on the upper cheeks which results in the hollowness below the eyes.

  • Baby-step solution: Wear UV-protective sunglasses to prevent squinting and filter sunlight, as well as an eye cream with antioxidants and retinol will do a lot to reduce fine lines developing around the eyes. CosMedix Opti Crystal Chirally Correct Eye Serum – $126 has cell-stimulating ingredients which revitalises delicate skin for a radiant, younger-looking finish.
  • Serious fix: If the hollows below the eyes are pronounced to the point people are saying, “You look tired,” this can be alleviated through injecting a dermal filler containing h********c acid along the circles to create a more even surface between your cheeks and eyes. “Dermal fillers are excellent as they can small particles which are ideal in plumping up and add volume to creases, depressions, folds, and scars or flatten age lines in many areas of the face.


Before you develop wrinkles, women in their 30s may notice their skin starting to look duller because their pores are getting bigger. “Pores sag and become enlarged due to UV damage – so collagen production decreases dramatically,” says Dr Cussell. Things such as make up, pollution and your skin’s natural oils can stretch out your pores over the years as well, to the point where they can’t shrink back. For those with oily skin types, they’re more prone to enlarged pores because their skin produces more sebum.

  • Baby-step solution: At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, we suggest skincare which contains retinol because the product unclogs the dirt and debris contained in the pores, making them appear smaller. We highly recommend the SkinFit Restore A+ Serum ($89) as it refines pores without any skin irritation. Use this in conjunction with the EvaPore-8 Synergie Pore Refining Tonic ($79) as its designed to soothe, hydrate and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
  • Serious fix: We highly recommend the HydraFacial. It’s a gentle peel which helps loosen dirt and debris from the pores without irritation. At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, the treatment costs $200 and results are immediate and last for 5-7 days. To maintain results, we recommend one treatment per month as optimal.

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