Our maths teachers have taught us that 1 + 1 = 2. But life lessons, especially when it comes to skincare and beauty, have a way of proving that sometimes, combining two elements can create an entirely new outcome that can help achieve patient expectations.
In the world of aesthetics and dermatology, the right pairing of treatments can work together in harmony, offering exponential benefits beyond the individual results of each procedure.
So let’s explore this fascinating concept and unlock the secrets of these synergistic skincare combinations to help you achieve the glowing, rejuvenated complexion you’ve always desired.
The science behind combining treatments
There is proof that combining treatments and/or products works. It lies in understanding the unique characteristics of each treatment, as well as their interactions with one another. By doing so, harnessing the synergistic effects of certain treatments is possible, leading to enhanced penetration of active ingredients and faster, more efficient results.
Certain treatments, when used together, can amplify each other’s benefits, creating a synergy that leads to improved efficacy. These synergistic effects result from complementary mechanisms that enable the treatments to work harmoniously, ultimately providing a more potent impact on our skin.
For example, using vitamin C alongside sunscreen not only protects your skin from UV damage but also boosts the antioxidant power of vitamin C, which helps neutralise free radicals and prevent premature ageing.
Some treatments can enhance the penetration of active ingredients, allowing them to reach deeper layers of the skin and work more effectively.
For instance, chemical exfoliants such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote cell turnover. Incorporating these into your skincare routine creates a smoother, more receptive surface that allows other active ingredients, like retinol or peptides, to penetrate more deeply and efficiently, improving your skin texture and appearance.
Faster and more efficient results
The ultimate goal of combining treatments is to achieve faster and more efficient results. By carefully selecting complementary treatments, you can target multiple skin concerns simultaneously and reduce the time it takes to see visible improvements.
For example, pairing a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum with a collagen-boosting treatment like micro-needling can tackle dryness and fine lines at the same time. This not only saves you time and effort but also ensures that your skin receives the maximum benefits from each treatment.
Popular skin treatment pairings and their benefits
For acne scars
Acne scars can be a frustrating and persistent reminder of past breakouts, leaving behind an uneven skin texture and sometimes even causing emotional distress.
Fortunately, advancements in aesthetic treatments have led to the development of highly effective solutions for reducing the appearance of acne scars.
Two treatments that can be combined for enhanced results are Laser Genesis and dermal fillers.
This non-invasive laser treatment stimulates collagen production, improves our skin texture, and reduces the appearance of acne scars. By gently heating the dermis, Laser Genesis promotes our skin’s natural healing process, encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells to replace damaged tissue. This treatment is particularly effective if you have mild to moderate acne scars and can also help reduce redness and improve overall skin tone.
By injecting a substance like hyaluronic acid into the scarred area, dermal fillers can help lift and fill the scar, making it less noticeable and promoting a smoother skin surface. Dermal fillers are especially effective if you have atrophic acne scars, such as rolling, boxcars and ice pick scars.
Combining Laser Genesis and dermal fillers for acne scars
This powerful pairing can result in a smoother, more even complexion with a significant reduction in the appearance of your acne scars. Laser Genesis works to improve skin texture, tone, and promote collagen production, while dermal fillers directly target and fill in depressed scars.
Combining these treatments may also help prevent future scarring by promoting healthier skin and encouraging ongoing collagen production.
Our doctors often recommend a multi-pronged approach to address hair loss effectively. One such combination involves Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, oral medications, and Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) using a diode.
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a non-surgical hair restoration treatment that utilises your own blood to stimulate hair growth. Blood is drawn from you, centrifuged to separate the plasma and injected into your scalp. The plasma is rich in growth factors and proteins that promote cellular regeneration and stimulate hair follicles, increasing hair growth and thickness.
Several oral medications, such as finasteride and minoxidil, are available for treating hair loss. Finasteride is a prescription medication that inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone responsible for hair follicle miniaturisation and hair loss. Minoxidil, available over the counter, is a vasodilator that increases blood flow to hair follicles, encouraging hair growth.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) using a diode
LLLT is a non-invasive hair restoration treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate hair growth. Exposing your scalp to low-level red light emitted from a diode can increase cellular activity in hair follicles, promoting hair growth and improving hair thickness. LLLT is often administered via handheld devices, laser caps or in-office treatments. This is a low-impact treatment than can have an effect over time however is best realised as part of a combination treatment.
PRP + tablets +diode
Combining PRP therapy, oral medications and LLLT offers a comprehensive approach to treating alopecia. Each treatment targets different aspects of hair loss, creating a synergistic effect that can yield better results than any single treatment alone. PRP stimulates hair follicles at the cellular level, oral medications address hormonal imbalances, and LLLT enhances blood flow and cellular activity in the scalp. This powerful combination can significantly improve hair growth and overall health, helping you regain confidence and self-esteem.
For pigment/sun spots/age spots
Pigmentation issues, such as sun spots and age spots, are common skin concerns caused by an overproduction of melanin, usually due to sun exposure, hormonal changes, or the natural aging process. To effectively address these pigmentation issues, a combination of treatments can offer more comprehensive results. Two popular combinations include Fraxel and IPL and Piqo laser treatment.
Fraxel + IPL
Fraxel is a fractional laser treatment that targets our skin’s surface and deeper layers to reduce pigmentation, improve skin texture, and stimulate collagen production. By creating microscopic columns of controlled skin damage, Fraxel promotes our skin’s natural healing process, gradually fading pigmentation and a more even skin tone.
IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light therapy, is a non-laser treatment that uses a broad spectrum of light to target melanin in the skin selectively. The light is absorbed by the pigmented areas in our skin, breaking down the melanin and causing the pigmentation to fade over time. IPL is particularly effective if you need to treat superficial pigmentation and promote a more even skin tone.
By combining Fraxel and IPL, you can address both superficial and deep pigmentation, as well as improve overall skin texture and tone. The two treatments work synergistically to deliver more comprehensive results, effectively targeting various pigmentation issues and producing a more radiant and youthful appearance.
IPL & Piqo
IPL, as mentioned earlier, targets superficial pigmentation by using a broad spectrum of light to break down melanin and promote an even skin tone.
PiQo4 is a versatile laser treatment that combines both nanosecond and picosecond laser pulses to address various types of pigmentation, including deeper and larger pigmented areas. The different pulse durations allow the laser to shatter pigment particles in our skin more effectively, resulting in faster clearance and reduced risk of side effects.
When combined, IPL and Piqo provide a comprehensive approach to treating pigmentation issues. The IPL therapy addresses superficial pigmentation, while the Piqo laser targets deeper and larger pigmented areas. This powerful combination ensures a more even skin tone and an overall improvement in skin appearance.
Please note: most combined laser treatments need to be 2-4 weeks apart, depending on the intensity of each laser.
For facial rejuvenation
Rejuvenation treatments focus on revitalising and refreshing our skin, improving its overall appearance, and addressing various signs of ageing. To achieve the best results, ask our dermatologists or doctors about combining multiple rejuvenation treatments, targeting different aspects of skin health and beauty. Here are three popular rejuvenation combinations to consider:
Beautiful Eye Package + Anti-Wrinkle Injections
The Beautiful Eye Package typically includes treatments designed to address concerns in the delicate eye area, such as dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and crow’s feet. This package includes an Ultraformer treatment followed by a Thermi Smooth & diode two weeks after. This combination was developed by ENRICH clinic to get a strong result around the eye.
ThermiSmooth® is a treatment that uses radio frequency energy via a temperature-controlled handpiece. Using small, circular motions, the handpiece is gently rolled on the surface of your skin while heating targeted tissues below your skin.
Anti-wrinkle injections help relax our facial muscles that form expression lines and wrinkles. By combining the Beautiful Eye Package with anti-wrinkle injections, you can address both the surface and underlying causes of ageing in the eye area, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Glow Gun & Piqo
The Glow Gun is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses an injectable device to deliver a blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients directly into our skin. This infusion promotes hydration, nourishment, and overall skin health, producing a natural, glowing complexion.
As mentioned earlier, Piqo is a versatile laser treatment that combines nanosecond and picosecond laser pulses to address various skin concerns, such as pigmentation and uneven texture. When combined with the Glow Gun treatment, Piqo can further enhance skin rejuvenation by addressing surface imperfections and promoting an even skin tone.
China Doll + Erbium Microdermabrasion
The China Doll treatment, also known as the Carbon Laser Peel or Hollywood Peel, is a non-invasive facial that uses a carbon lotion and a picosecond laser to exfoliate, brighten and rejuvenate your skin. The carbon lotion attracts and absorbs impurities, while the laser targets the carbon particles, removing the outer layer of dead skin cells and stimulating collagen production. This treatment results in a smoother, more radiant complexion.
Erbium microdermabrasion is a gentle exfoliation treatment that uses an erbium laser to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing a brighter and smoother complexion. This treatment promotes cell turnover and can help to address fine lines, mild acne scars, and uneven skin texture.
When combined, the China Doll treatment and Erbium microdermabrasion provide a comprehensive rejuvenation experience, addressing both surface imperfections and deeper skin concerns. This pairing results in a more radiant, youthful, and even complexion.
Our cosmetic consultants can talk you through any 1+1 =3 pairings that suit your skin health regime.
Customising treatment pairings for specific skin concerns
Each person’s skin is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach may not effectively address individual needs. Hence, customising treatment pairings for specific skin concerns is crucial for achieving the best possible results in your skincare journey. Here’s the process:
Identify your skin needs
The first step in customising treatment pairings is identifying your unique skin concerns and goals. Consider factors such as your skin type (e.g., oily, dry, combination, or sensitive), your primary concerns (e.g., acne, pigmentation, aging, or redness) and any underlying medical conditions or lifestyle factors that may affect your skin health. By understanding your individual needs, you can make more informed decisions about the most suitable treatments to address your concerns.
Choose appropriate treatments
Once you’ve identified your skin needs, it’s essential to select treatments that are specifically designed for your skin type and concerns. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you may need to opt for gentler treatments or products with fewer active ingredients. On the other hand, if you have oily, acne-prone skin, you may benefit from treatments that exfoliate, unclog pores and regulate sebum production.
Some popular treatment pairings can be adjusted to cater to different skin types and concerns. For instance, if you’re looking to treat pigmentation, you may choose between Fraxel and IPL for more resistant pigmentation or opt for a gentler combination like Piqo and Glycolic Peels for sensitive skin.
Work with a specialist dermatologist or an aesthetic physician
We highly recommend consulting with a dermatologist or aesthetic physician to ensure you select the most appropriate treatments for your specific needs. These professionals have the expertise to assess your skin condition, identify your individual needs, and recommend customised treatment pairings that will deliver the best results.
During your consultation, your dermatologist or aesthetic physician may recommend treatments such as chemical peels, laser therapy, or injectables, based on your skin type, concerns, and desired outcomes. They can also help you develop a tailored skincare routine, including the use of appropriate products and at-home treatments to complement and enhance the results of your in-office treatments.
Embark on your journey towards good skin health and clearer skin at Enrich
The key to unlocking your skin’s true potential lies in exploring personalised treatment pairings tailored to your unique needs and concerns. By combining complementary treatments, you can harness the power of synergy to achieve results that might surpass what can be accomplished with individual treatments alone.
Working closely with a dermatologist or aesthetic physician is essential to develop a customised skin care plan that addresses your skin type, concerns, and goals.