VISIA® Complexion Analysis

At Ideal Reflection we don’t want to simply perform your facial and send you on your way. We want to care for you and your skin and help you reach your goals. Every guest begins their initial journey with our discovery facial with a detailed digital Visia Skin Analysis of your skin.  The VISIA is a unique imaging system that provides a clear, multi-dimensional portrait of your skin. This image highlights individual aspects of your complexion that contribute to your overall appearance. The VISIA utilizes daylight and UV light to capture key visual information from six areas affecting complexion health and appearance: wrinkles, spots, pores, texture, porphyrins (evidence of bacteria in pores), and UV spots, typically from overexposure to sun. VISIA also provides an informative comparison of your complexion’s characteristics to those of other people in your age group with similar skin type.

VISIA® helps to establish the visual representation of the current condition of the skin. Our staff will use this tool on new patients to help customize a treatment program specific to individual patients and their desired results.

Understanding your skin type.

Your skin is uniquely yours – use our comprehensive skin type guide to find tips and products to best suit your skin and skincare needs.


Sensitive Skin

Are you constantly in search of products that won’t leave your skin feeling uncomfortable and irritated? Then sensitive skin might be to blame. Whether these issues are due to genetics, diet, environmental factors or allergic reactions, trying to soothe skin can be an ongoing battle.

Visible signs of Sensitive skin include:

  • Tight, itchy skin
  • Burning or stinging
  • Flushed, sometimes with small red pimples
  • Rough, dry patches
  • Puffiness or wrinkles in the eye-area

Dry Skin

If you are constantly fighting against dry patches, flakes, and tight feeling or itchy skin, then you need a skincare routine that delivers effective hydration.

Visible signs of dry skin include:

  • Skin that looks tired or dull
  • Tight or dry feeling skin year round
  • Concerns about premature aging or loss of elasticity
  • Desire for skin that is smoother, with a more youthful glow


Have you struggled with dark spots or skin discoloration due to acne, sun damage or other scarring? If you are currently affected by any of these common issues that can cause skin discoloration, then finding a gentle and effective solution is important. Our line of innovative products, along with skincare tips, can help you achieve optimal skin tone and clarity.

Visible signs of Hyperpigmentation include:

  • Hyperpigmentation or Dark Spots
  • Sun Damage
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Acne Scars

Acne Prone

Finding the correct skincare regimen can be especially challenging for those of us with acne prone skin. Whether you’ve been battling breakouts since junior high or facing temporary acne as an adult due to stress or hormonal shifts, you’re probably fed up with products that don’t work. If you have acne prone skin, you need skincare products that deliver powerful ingredients while working to heal and nourish.

Visible signs of acne include:

  • Clogged pores
  • Visible pimples and blackheads
  • Scarring from past breakouts
  • Desire for smoother, clearer skin

Aging Skin

Getting older is inevitable but looking older isn’t! The right skincare routine can fight the signs of aging and help you keep a youthful glow. If you’re noticing signs of aging, or if you’re interested in preventative skincare, you need products that hydrate and refine without unnecessary additives that can strip or irritate delicate skin.

Visible signs of aging include:

  • A dull, dry complexion
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Discoloration or sun damage
  • Loss of elasticity

F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

Spots: Spots are typically brown or red skin lesions including freckles, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation and vascular lesions. Spots are distinguishable by their distinct color and contrast from the background skin tone. Spots vary in size and generally have a circular shape.

Pores: Pores are the circular surface openings of sweat gland ducts. Due to shadowing, pores appear darker than the surrounding skin tone and are identified by their darker color and circular shape. The VISIA system distinguishes pores from spots based on size; by definition, the area of a pore is much smaller than a spot.

Wrinkles: Wrinkles are furrows, folds or creases in the skin, which increase in occurrence as a result of sun exposure, and are associated with decreasing skin elasticity. This skin feature has the greatest variability from image to image as it is highly dependent upon the facial expression of the client. Wrinkles are identified by their characteristic long, narrow shape.

Texture: Texture is primarily an analysis of skin smoothness. Texture measures skin color and smoothness by identifying gradations in color from the surrounding skin tone, as well as peaks (shown in yellow) and valleys (shown in blue) on the skin surface that indicate variations in the surface texture.

Porphyrins: Porphyrins are bacterial excretions that can become lodged in pores and lead to acne. Porphyrins fluoresce in UV light and exhibit circular white spot characteristics.

UV Spots: UV spots occur when melanin coagulates below the skin surface as a result of sun damage. UV spots are generally invisible under normal lighting conditions. The selective absorption of the UV light by the epidermal melanin enhances its display and detection by VISIA.

Red Areas: Red Areas represent a potential variety of conditions, such as acne, inflammation, Rosacea or spider veins. Blood vessels and hemoglobin contained in the papillary dermis, a sub-layer of skin, give these structures their red color, which is detected by the RBX Technology in VISIA. Acne spots and inflammation vary in size but are generally round in shape. Rosacea is usually larger and diffuse compared to acne, and spider veins usually are short, thin and can be interconnected in a dense network.

Brown spots: Brown Spots are lesions on the skin such as hyper-pigmentation, freckles, lentigines, and melasma. Brown Spots occur from an excess of Melanin. Melanin is produced by melanocytes in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Brown Spots produce an uneven appearance to the skin, and are detected in VISIA by RBX.

The wavelength used by the UV flashes is 365 nm (peak).

It is strongly recommended that the eyes be closed for the UV photos given the intensity of the UV flashes. For standard photos, the eyes can be either open or closed, although more aesthetically pleasing images are achieved with the eyes open. Because the mask is created using the standard photo (in which the patient's eyes are typically open), there is no need to be concerned that eyelashes will be included inadvertently in UV analysis, even though the patient's eyes are closed.

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There are several potential reasons why the porphyrin count for a particular patient may not be reduced-or worse case, increase, after cleansing his/her skin. First, certain types of paper/tissue that might have been used to dry the face after cleansing could have a high content of lint particles. Lint will actually fluoresce under UV light. Subject matter expert Greg Hillebrand, Ph.D., offers the further explanation that "in some situations, the true porphyrin fluorescence of an initial image could be quenched by something that the subject had on his/her unclean face, and then after removal of this interfering quenching agent, a higher level of fluorescence could be observed. Finally, the simple cleansing of the skin with a normal everyday facial cleanser is probably not going to change the true number of pores that show porphyrin fluorescence. It has been reported that washing with a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide will, over time, reduce the number of pores. Also, using strips or other devices to physically remove the contents of the pores will help to reduce the fluorescence as well."

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