What is Covid Face?
Covid face is the result of months of volume loss, skin elasticity and deepening wrinkling.
Many of our patients have complained about appearing tired and saggy with a notable skin and volume changes in the last 16 months than they had experienced before .This is due to a combination of physiological changes related to stress, lifestyle and acute life events as well as increased time spent on zoom with the inevitable self analysis and awareness that takes place during those processes.
There is no doubt that Covid Face has affected most of us in terms of skin health and ageing through these Covid months. Mostly the complaints are of skin dryness,dermatitis,acne,poor elasticity, dullness, loss of volume, tired and hollowed eyes and sageness . Skin ageing is a complex process that is determined by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which leads to a progressive loss of structure and function.
Why is Covid Face happening?
There are many factors affecting the outcome of Covid Face. Human skin is different to most other mammals in that it is mostly devoid of fur or other protective covering. This leaves human skin directly exposed to external and environmental stress factors. Metabolites from ingested or inhaled substances also can affect skin, which is also sensitive to endogenous hormone levels. (1)
External factors as diverse as ultraviolet radiation, electromagnetic fields, atmospheric pollution, wounds, infections, trauma, and cigarette smoke, all have a role in ageing. The widespread use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) like smartphones for selfies, tablets, laptops and desktops for home working, have led to a significant rise in the exposure of human eyes to short-wavelength visible light. Recent studies show that exposure of human skin cells to light emitted from electronic devices, even for exposures as short as 1 hour, may cause reactive oxygen species or free radicals, (ROS) generation and cell death . (2)
Internal factors such has high cortisol levels, induced by prolonged psychological or physical stresses, also stimulates micro-inflammation and skin ageing processes. Oxidative stress damages skin cells by causing an increase in destructive free radicals (reactive oxygen species ROS) and reduction in antioxidant protection/pathways.
What can we do to repair a Covid Face?
Facial ageing become more apparent as we are spending more and more time working virtually in front of cameras. We become hypervigilant to small changes in and on our face. This can in turn cause more worry and stress, which can lead to further oxidative damages.
At 23MD we are well known for our holistic, whole-face and health approach to provide best results. As well as advising on home care products, a thorough skin consultation takes place where we have a look at every aspect of treating the Covid face. Lifestyle changes like reducing screen time, increasing antioxidant intake in diet and exercise can all , improve cell health.
We will devise a bespoke treatment plan to include any or all of the following treatments :
- Dermal Filler superficial placed for rehydration treatments
- deep positioning for restoring facial contours
- Microneedling for skin polishing and repair
- Energy based treatments
- Vitamin and hormonal optimisation to help maintain collagen
- optimised estrogen and testosterone for women and men have been shown to offer protection against serious covid illness and its sequelae
- Vit D checked and corrected
- Lower cortisol levels
The key to ensuring the right treatment for your skin type is a bespoke consultation and in-depth skin assessment. One of our team will be happy to show you how you can repair and restore the ravaging effects of Covid face. Schedule an appointment now.
1. Giacomoni, P.U., Rein, G. Factors of skin ageing share common mechanisms. Biogerontology 2, 219–229 (2001).
2. J Biomed Phys Eng. 2018 Dec; 8(4): 447–452.