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When the National Rosacea Society published the first diagnostic guidelines for rosacea in 2002, it ushered in an unprecedented era of research into this widespread, chronic facial skin disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. This has led not only to major advances in the understanding of the disease, but important insights into how to recognize and treat it. “Even though signs of rosacea have been documented…
Millions of men and women have skin sensitivities that prevent them from wearing jewelry made from certain materials. While the type of metal the jewelry is made from is what typically results in unpleasant reactions for people with allergies, choosing pieces made with certain gemstones could actually help the skin, in some cases. Gems and crystals have been prized for millennia – not only for their beauty, but also for…
What do sweating, diet, and social media have to do with teenage breakouts? Which conditions can be misdiagnosed as acne because of similar features? Why is having a teenage facial as part of the spa menu invaluable? Get in the know on all things teenage-client related. Teenage skin is just like the teenage years – it can be fraught with ups and downs and difficult to understand. Teenagers breakout easily,…
A few years back, I received a laser hair removal treatment on my legs. The laser machine was defective, causing waves of excessive energy as it hit my skin. The heat sensation I usually experienced from my previous treatments was tolerable but, during this session, I noticed an uncomfortable amount of heat with each pulse. At that time, I should have told the aesthetician what I was experiencing but, instead,…
Reflexology is an effective form of therapeutic foot treatment that aims to treat the client from a mind-body-spirit perspective. Reflexology cannot isolate a disease such as cancer and treat it symptomatically, nor does it work on a problem organ or body system. This treatment works with a focus of inducing a state of balance and harmony. As a holistic therapy, reflexology aims to treat the body, as a whole, and…
Historically, psoriasis was not always understood or treated effectively. Although treatments and attitudes towards the disease have evolved, those living with the disease still endure much difficulty. Today, understanding the history, clinical types, contributing factors, and available treatments of psoriasis can help professionals provide relief to clients who may be suffering from it.

HYPERPIGMENTATION

Written by Lilliane Caron, owner and director at Caronlab Australia and Waxxxpress USA

A Deeper Look at Rosacea

Written by Danné Montague-King, founder of DMK Skincare
Rosacea has probably been one of the most misdiagnosed and misunderstood skin disorders in the history of the human race. The symptoms of rosacea are so variable that many people have been treated for it when they were actually suffering from other skin disorders; many people who had rosacea were treated for common acne. The term acne rosacea has been a common medical diagnosis until lately. It is now deemed…

10 Things About...Cellulite

Written by Jeri Ross, M.P.H.
There is no magic cure or quick fix for cellulite. Clients would like to get rid of the lumpy, bumpy appearance of cellulite with minimal time and effort, however, smoothing out the dimples is best achieved by adhering to a three-pronged plan of professional spa treatments, homecare products, and a healthy lifestyle regimen. Professionals should educate themselves about the causes of cellulite and the most effective solutions for prevention, reduction,…

Taking a Closer Look at the Aesthetic Concerns of the Periorbital Region

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
It is said that the eyes provide a window to the soul, but for those who suffer from aesthetic conditions in this area, the view their eyes offer may be a bit misleading. Clients often complain that puffy lower eyelids, dark undereye circles, and excessive creasing in the eye area give the impression that they are tired or stressed out when, in reality, these problems usually have little to do…

Skin Cancer 101: A review of the 3 most common skin cancers

Written by Dana Canuso, podiatric surgeon and founder of Dr. Canuso Skincare
It is estimated that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.1 Even though the rate of many other common cancers is falling, the incidence of melanoma continues to increase significantly and at a faster rate than any of the seven most common cancers.2 Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers.3
As one of the most common skin conditions, hyperpigmentation affects millions of people and has a variety of causes and symptoms. While many hyperpigmentation disorders are harmless, some can be cause for concern. It is important to understand the different symptoms and treatments available in order to make the most informed decisions regarding the client’s skin health. Many hyperpigmentation disorders can be avoided when proper preventative measures are taken, but…
The skin periodically encounters a variety of incursions and, within its extraordinary capacity for surveillance, is able to initiate its defense systems at a moment’s notice to fight infection and initiate healing. The intricate relationship that the skin has with the body represents a complex network of communication via the entire integumentary structure: nervous system (neurons for sensory function), immune system (healing response and defenses), circulatory system (surface capillaries and…

Identifying and Treating Rosacea

Written by Jennifer Linder, M.D.
Rosacea has long been a frustrating condition for both skin care professionals and those who suffer from the condition. While its cause is not fully understood, it is widely accepted that inflammation plays a primary role.

A Look at Rosacea

Written by Gina Charles, D.O.
Rosacea is a common, chronic skin disorder that primarily affects the face. It is characterized by persistent symmetrical flushing and redness to the central face, including the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Rosacea is more common in people ages 30 to 50 and fair-skinned women. It less often effects men and children.

Ethnic Skin Conditions

Written by Linda Gulla, L.E.
When treating skin conditions, it is essential for the skin care professional to have a thorough understanding of ethnicity and predisposed factors when assessing the client during the initial consultation, treating skin conditions, and determining treatment protocol.
Many clients may walk through an aesthetician’s door with common facial manifestations, often agonizing over what once was clear skin that has now erupted into inexplicable redness, dryness, skin thickening, and even bumps and pimples that resemble acne. While these symptoms may be a sign of a variety of skin conditions, they may also be characteristic of the widespread, yet poorly understood facial disorder known as rosacea, a chronic skin…

The Emotional Aspect of Treating Skin Conditions

Written by Michelle D’Allaird, L.E.
As aestheticians, we must understand that we do not treat skin conditions. Skin conditions are treated by those with an M.D. after their name. As skin care professionals, it is our job to enhance the health of the skin with our products and services. In order to do this, what we do in the treatment room is all about the customer and their emotions. We are taught in aesthetics school…
European women have been benefiting from cellulite treatments for years. They pay particular attention to the deposits on the upper thigh area which they call culottes de cheval. Translated literally from French, it means “riding breeches.” The French are mainly credited with the discovery of cellulite; however the distinction actually belongs to the Swedes.
With the healthy growth of aesthetic services, all sorts of clients walk into the spa. Clients with medical conditions, who previously did not consider spa treatments now make spa visits a routine part of their lifestyle. As responsible professionals, we need to be aware of the types of clients that visit our facility and learn how our services may affect their well-being. In particular, we need to be prepared to…
We have always heard that a glowing complexion is not only a sign of youth but a reflection of your overall health and well-being. Pale skin has been associated with iron deficiency. Dark circles under your eyes may imply you are tired, but also that you suffer from allergies. Vertical lines at the inner corners of the eyebrows can suggest liver congestion. Dryness and lines around the mouth can be…
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. with more than two million Americans diagnosed annually. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma make up the majority of these cases. The third type, melanoma, arises from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. The ability to spread widely to other parts of the body is a unique characteristic of melanoma that the other skin cancers do not readily possess. This…
As an aesthetician, one of the most important questions you should ask your client is "What are your skin care concerns?" From there you can determine their primary and secondary concerns. These questions are extremely important when establishing a relationship and building trust with the client. They come to you for your expertise; providing them with the ability to voice their skin care concerns. Gradually, trust is built from the…
As anyone with a chronic, inflammatory skin condition, such as psoriasis, rosacea or acne, knows, dealing with unpredictable flares can cause considerable stress and have a negative effect on a person's overall well-being. Now, an ever-growing body of research shows how the complex link between the skin and the psyche — including the role of stress — affects skin conditions. At the American Academy of Dermatology's Summer Academy Meeting 2011…
Research points to need for more aggressive approach to secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in psoriasis patients. Heart attack patients with psoriasis are 26 per cent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, or suffer from recurrent heart attacks or strokes, and are 18 per cent more likely to die from all causes than those without the inflammatory skin disease. That's the key finding of a Danish study published in…
Inflammation – What Does It Mean?Let us begin by exploring the meaning of the word and what is implied when we speak about the effects of inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be a temporary response to a minor infliction to the skin or it can be a major response to systemic infection or other key assault on the body. This short article is but a portal into a greater…
They are the chemical messengers that control nearly every aspect of the human body. Without hormones, growth and development, metabolism, reproduction, mood control, digestion and other necessary functions would not be possible.Small changes in hormones can cause big changes within the bodyand the skin. Hormonally induced skin conditions, like acne and melasmacan be frustrating, asfluctuations in hormones are unpredictable and often not easily detected, even with medical testing. Knowing the…
Professional body sugaring continues to demonstrate how multi-beneficial it really is when the correct education is provided for technique and theory. And you should have an opportunity to learn even more once you are certified so that you fully comprehend the variety of treatments applications your salon/spa can offer with it… from hair removal treatment options to “skin conditioning treatments” which you guessed it – includes eczema and psoriasis. Recognizing…
To ensure the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are fully and fairly treated—and to help patients develop more effective relationships with medical providers—the National Psoriasis Foundation created its Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for People with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. The bill aims to help patients get the care they need by outlining their responsibilities in the health care relationship, and it encourages doctors to take…
New Treatment from Syneron Medical LTD. Offers a Hydroguinone Alternative. With the advent of Botox and Dysport women have new peace of mind in the war against wrinkles.  Today, there’s a new enemy in town… hyperpigmentation. Known as age spots, sunspots and ugly discoloration; hyperpigmentation has become the new wrinkle for many. Until recently, we fought hyperpigmentation with skin bleaching creams (often thinning the skin), chemical peels and laser procedures.…
When you hear your skin referred to as problematic, you immediately equate this with a dilemma, complication, troublesome, distressed, obstacle, an inconvenience. We want it instantaneously fixed! Who wants a problem? In fact when your skin is experiencing a "problem," it is a sign that your body is in a healing phase, which is a good thing. The skin is trying to expel waste, bacteria, toxins, or possible negative emotions…
Times change, and the world population is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of ethnic identity. This is especially true in the U.S., where people of many ethnicities and the merging of ethnic identities challenge old concepts of classification. Grasping the commonalities and differences between skin conditions common to specific ethnicities is absolutely critical to treating skin in an effective and truly modern way. But here's the problem: it's difficult to…
Alcohol, medications, and drugs can affect the skin and create a challenge when an aesthetician is trying to figure out how to treat the client. In aesthetic school, students are taught to always have the client fill out a history sheet for contraindications – especially with hair removal. It is imperative to know if the client is on certain medications such as Retina-A®, Accutane®, Renova™, Tazorac®, Differin®, Azelex®, blood-thinning medications,…
I have always known that margaritas are not good for the waist line, but being dangerous for the skin I never even imagined. The story begins in the beautiful city of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A trip with some friends started out innocently enough; the sun drenched beaches, the 90 degree ocean water, and the margaritas. Oh yes, those margaritas. Who can resist this classic Mexican cocktail in the most…
Rosacea was originally described in exacting detail by one of the most prominent doctors of his time, the English dermatologist Robert William (1757 – 1812) who started one of the first institutions focused on skin diseases. Rosacea is a chronic ‘acne form’ disorder of the facial pilosebaceous units, coupled with an increased reactivity of capillaries to heat, leading to flushing, blushing, ultimately causing a vaso-dilation condition called telangiectasia. Rosacea is…
Gaining a New Perspective Both modern medicine and spa services have tended to be symptom-based in their approach to disease. Symptom-based approaches are short-term fixes that don’t affect the cause, or necessarily the recurrence, of the problem. If instead you develop an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease, and tune your perspective to eliminating them or protecting the body from them, you have turned a corner and are taking…
The Melanocyte The melanocyte is a cell located within the basal layer of the epidermis. The primary role of this specialized cell is to produce pigment and provide color to the skin. There are approximately 1500 melanocytes per square millimeter in the skin. They produce two types of pigment melanin; Eumelanin, which is a brown/black melanin; and pheomelanin, which is a red/yellow melanin. Our individual skin color is dependent upon…
In our aesthetic culture today, the word ‘cellulite’ has come to represent a hideous fat condition of the human body where by we will do just about anything to rid it. The term was first used in the 1920s and began appearing in English language publications around the late 1960s. The earliest reference appeared in Vogue magazine, the prestigious fashion journal. Vogue introduced this new word for ‘fat’ into American…
As industry professionals we can see our treatments make a difference. However, there were so many times when I was performing treatments that I wished I could show the client solid facts that showed a difference. With the fight against aging showing no signs of slowing down and increased interest in non-invasive aesthetic procedures, skin care professionals are looking for new technologies to satisfy their clients and stay competitive in…
The modern skin specialist in the medical and aesthetics field are constantly being led to believe by manufacturers that peeling of the skin is the top of the line when it comes to removing wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or superficial scars. The real truth is; the removal of dead and dying skin cells is only step one in effective skin revision. New skin cells are partially controlled by desmosomes. The proliferation of…
The human organism is constantly exposed to environmental assaults and the most important protective functions are provided by the skin. Chief among the diverse environmental agents, the skin must protect against is the ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun. Photodamage, the general term referring to the toxicity associated with the cumulative effects of overexposure to UV radiation, is a broad and multifaceted issue. Beginning with biochemical changes and ultimately showing…
Problem and solution – if only it were this simple. As skin care professionals, most of the concerns our clients come to us with are multi-dimensional in terms of their origin, and consequently their treatment. As with most things in life, it is almost always necessary to look beneath the surface to determine the underlying cause of a problem.Although this may seem like a more circuitous approach than treating only…
The course of rosacea is prolonged. Recurrences are common and difficult. Rosacea is a skin in trauma and out of balance. When tissue repairs itself, it requires more amino acids for cell proliferation. Peptides are organic chemical compounds composed of one or more basic amino acid groups and one or more acidic carboxyl groups. Select a peptide product that contains palmitoyl-pentapeptide-3 and other peptides with a low molecular weight in…

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