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Psoriasis is caused by a build-up of dry skin.

Written by Brenda Linday LE, LEI, CAC, owner of Linday Aesthetic Consulting
Psoriasis is caused by  a build-up of dry skin.

Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious, autoimmune condition where the immune system’s white blood cells (T-cells) attack the skin cells by mistake. There are several varieties of psoriasis. Plaque, the most common form, is recognized by its symptoms – dead cell build-up on reddened, inflamed skin. Other types include guttate, pustular, inverse, erythrodermic, and psoriatic arthritis.

Clinical researchers believe that there are three fundamental theories that cause (or contribute to) psoriasis: genetics, the environment, and a malfunctioning immune system.

Products with collagen can replace the skin’s natural collagen.

Written by Brenda Linday LE, LEI, CAC, owner of Linday Aesthetic Consulting
Products with collagen can replace the skin’s natural collagen.

Realization that collagen is essential to healthy skin is commendable and should be noted before explaining the physics of the skin and the function of particular ingredients to bust this myth.

It is important to stimulate new collagen production as peak levels occur at age 18, then slowly begin to diminish. By age 30, an individual can lose up to 1.5 percent of their collagen each year.

Collagen is a structural protein fiber found in the body’s connective tissues. It is formed from chains of peptides that are composed of amino acids. It provides the strength; support; and combined with elastin fibers, elasticity to the skin. Unfortunately, collagen has a large molecular structure, making it unable to penetrate to the dermis and lacks any signaling components to stimulate collagen synthesis.

Drugstore and professional skin care products do not have the same efficacy.

Cosmetic products are being created on a daily basis. Some are only sold through aestheticians and doctor’s offices, while others are readily available via television shopping channels, infomercials, online retailers, or department stores and drugstores. Consumers often end up feeling confused about who to trust, where to shop, and whether to spend their hard-earned money at the spa or the drugstore. Where is the best place to buy a skin care product? There is no easy answer – it really depends on the skin care needs a person is trying to address; drugstore skin care products and products created for the professional industry usually have very different characteristics.

A tan is needed to show adequate absorption of vitamin D.

Written by Celeste Hilling, CEO, co-founder, and product formulator for Skin Authority
A tan is needed to show adequate absorption of vitamin D.

Fiction! Having a tan does not mean you are vitamin D sufficient. In fact, because pigment slows down the absorption of UVB, your natural tan is your body’s way of slowing the production of D.

Facial exercises can help prevent sagging skin.

Written by Dasha Saian, co-founder and CEO of SAIAN
Facial exercises can help prevent sagging skin.

How many people have heard about face yoga or facial exercises, but are unsure if these methods really work for tightening sagging skin? There are a number of YouTube tutorials, books, and miscellaneous information on the subject available online, which may confuse the general public.

Sun exposure is good for acne.

Written by Lina Kennedy, president of Alexandria Professional
Sun exposure is good for acne.

Sun exposure is something everyone needs to stay healthy. Soaking in the warm sun is a relaxing way to enjoy a vacation, but how much sun is too much? With summer in full affect, it is time to consider the truth surrounding the old wives' tale of sun exposure being beneficial for acne.

Bar Soap Ages the Skin

Written by Janel Luu, founder and CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics
Bar Soap Ages the Skin

Bar soap is often summarily judged and misunderstood as the villain that hijacks skin's natural moisture factor, leading to signs of aging. However, many bar soaps have undergone a metamorphosis due to formulations that make them anti-aging heroes for many skin conditions.

Lemon Lightens the Skin.

Written by Rachelle Dupree, marketing and communications director for Vivoderm Natural Skincare
Lemon Lightens the Skin.

Fresh lemon juice has been known for decades as a household remedy for lightening the skin. Many clients may be wondering, however, if it truly works. The basic answer is yes, but the lightening process does take time.

Products that contain parabens should be avoided.

Written by Sheilah Danielle Fulton, L.E., L.E.I., MBA, published writer
Products that contain parabens should be avoided.

The use of paraben preservatives, such as alkyl esters and p-hydroxybenzoic acids, goes back over decades to when they were first introduced in the 1920s.1 Nowadays, synthetic parabens are found in 80 percent of all personal care products, including cosmetics. These preservatives are widely used because of their antimicrobial impact. There are various types of synthetic parabens, such as methylparaben, ethyparaben, proplparaben, and butylparaben.

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