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ASA Module 3 - Colour

The complete ASA (Advanced Skin Analysis) course modules are detailed below:



This is a 9 unit course to teach you the diagnosis of skin conditions related to COLOUR.

This third module from Advanced Skin Analysis consists of 9 units of learning covering the skin conditions related to colour; including Pigmentation, Lipid peroxidation, and Vascular disorders. Topics include Skin colour and the risk for pigmentation, Cellular damage and pigmentation, The Melanocyte life cycle, The immune and defense systems, Maintaining skin barrier defense systems, and much more.
Pigmentation and redness are very common skin conditions, and can be a challenge to treat. Unevenness of skin COLOUR would be the most frequent complaint next to wrinkles from patients and clients who attend appearance medicine and skin treatment therapy clinics.

  • ►  The Melanocyte life cycle
  • ►  Covers the leading causes of pigmentation and the effect they have on the cells and systems of melanogenesis
  • ►  The circulatory system and synergy with the lymphatic system
  • ►  Angiogenesis
  • ►  Innate and adaptive immune systems
  • ►  Grading vascular skin conditions

COMPLETE BUNDLE - enrol and pay USD $675

This bundle consists of all five modules. (52 units of learning) You receive comprehensive lecture notes, video presentations and multiple choice assessments delivered to you in sequence.
As you complete each module you will be automatically assigned the next.
This option includes PDF's of all recommended books to accompany the course and saves over 20% on the Pay As You Go option.


PAY AS YOU GO - enrol and pay USD $175 for the first module

This course consists of comprehensive notes, video presentations and multiple choice assessments.
As you complete each module, you will receive a link to pay for the next in the sequence.
Details to purchase recommended e-books provided.
1. The melanocyte life cycle

This module is a detailed overview of the melanocyte; the cell responsible for the formation of the pigment that colours hair, skin and eyes. There are 120 genes involved in it's creation and cell movement, and consequently the potential for 120 reasons why something could go wrong. In this unit we examine the facts that confirm some of the reasons why there are so many challenges treating the skin condition pigmentation.

2. The leading causes of pigmentation and the effect they have on the melanogenesis process

We examine why the skin condition pigmentation exists if all pigment is passed to a keratinocyte and all keratinocytes desquamate. There are many reasons for this; including the abnormal increase in the pigment carrying melanosomes, chemical and hormonal triggers that cause the pituitary gland to make too much melanin stimulating hormone and the melanocyte creating an uncontrolled manufacturing of melanosomes. We will learn about the MSH cascade and other physiological events that cause the many forms of pigmentation we see on a daily basis.

3. Cellular damage and the melanocyte cell

Cellular damage will dictate the modality choice, the success of the clinical treatment as well as how many treatments may be needed to get the desired result. Understanding the levels of cellular damage will enable you to know at what level a corrective program should begin and what modalities and actives are required. Establishing the level of cellular damage is never more important than when discussing the skin condition of pigmentation. The reason for this is that if the level of damage is too high or the melanocyte cell too old, the skin condition may be untreatable.

4. Visual & diagnostic clues for pigmentation

Diagnosing pigmentation takes careful consultation to establish cause, and we will examine all the leading causes including one or more of the following: skin type and skin colour, genetics, trauma, medication, a chemical substance, hormonal imbalances, environment and essential fatty acid deficiency. This module demonstrates how to use the pattern and location of pigmentation to help remember the leading cause of the pigmentation, and ascertain the level of damage to the cells and systems of melanogenesis, and examine and identify hormonal pigmentation, (MSH cascade) solar lentigines, general sun damage, poilkioderma, post inflammatory pigmentation and more.

5. Pigmentation: a practical assessment

Using the pattern of pigmentation to help remember the leading cause of the pigmentation, and ascertain the level of damage to the cells and systems of melanogenesis is important during the physical analysis of a client. Hormonal pigmentation (MSH cascade) is always found in the central facial areas, solar lentigines and general sun damage is most often found tothe outer areas of the face toward the hairline. Poikiloderma is always on the neck and décolletage (chest and shoulders).

6. Vascular systems and skin conditions

In this unit of learning, we are discussing those vascular skin conditions that fall under the diagnostic category of colour, such as couprose, and telangiectasia.
To understand, and diagnose vascular skin conditions, the diagnostic technician must have a full understanding of these following systems.
• Immune system • Vascular system • Lymphatic system • Wound healing • Fibroblast life cycle, and the formation of connective tissue • Skin Barrier defense systems • The importance of the clients medical and cosmetic history in the diagnosis.

7. The innate & adaptive immune systems

In this unit of learning we are discussing the innate and adaptive immune systems. There are many cells involved in ensuring that the first lines of skin barrier defense are always functioning. Not always do we truly appreciate the synergy, and cell to cell communication that goes with that protection. This class will be an in depth introduction to the innate and adaptive immune system as well as a quick refresher of all skin barrier defense systems.

8. Diagnosing Vascular skin conditions


In this unit of learning we share with you more in depth diagnostic information regarding the skin conditions and disorders that fall under the diagnostic category of colour, such as Spider naevi, Capillaritis, Couprose, Telangiectasia and rosacea. Your base knowledge is now quite extensive, and each further step in this course will compound on this base knowledge, and you will begin to notice that there are many references made to previous classes.

9. The practical assignment and assessment.

In this unit we undertake a practical assignment, continuing to follow our virtual client throughout the consultation process. Using diagnostic forms and Pastiche flow charts so as to logically reach a conclusion from the wide array of information gathered. This process teaches you how to think three dimensionally and recognize the causative agents to the skin conditions.