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Women's Health Australia - - BEAUTY & STYLE / SKIN -

YOUR ETHNICITY: English; Scan­di­na­vian; North­ern Euro­pean; East Asian

YOUR SKIN IS­SUES: Age­ing and rosacea

Pale skin’s thin der­mal col­la­gen layer shows signs of age­ing faster than other eth­nic­i­ties. “Think of col­la­gen as scaf­fold­ing,” says skin spe­cial­ist Dr Terry Luong. “With­out it, wrin­kles and fine lines ap­pear.” Paler skin types have a nat­u­rally low level of SPF. Your skin’s re­sponse? To pro­duce pig­ment (read: sun dam­age). Cute freck­les when you’re young, less adorable dark spots when you’re old. Porce­lain com­plex­ion? Layer your sun­screen (yes, even in win­ter) with vi­ta­min C. “It bright­ens, pro­tects against sun dam­age and pro­motes col­la­gen pro­duc­tion,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Rachael Eckel. Just call it skin surance. Your other is­sue is rosacea, which is where the blood ves­sels of the skin en­large due to in­flam­ma­tion on the sur­face. Cue rosy cheeks, large pores, rough skin and spots. It’s ge­netic, but ex­cess oil can make it worse, so thor­ough cleans­ing is es­sen­tial. The good news is that pale skin types can be more ag­gres­sive with treat­ments such as lasers and peels, as they’re less prone to post-in­flam­ma­tory hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. So feel free to blast away for a fit­ter, health­ier (and more ra­di­ant) face.

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