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Parkinson’s Disease and the Skin

Written by David Ponsonby
The concept of the skin as a factor in Parkinson’s disease is not new, but several factors are just now coming together to force it onto the verge of clinical practice. A precise diagnosis can be important from two perspectives. It can identify a condition which is treatable. It can also demarcate a contraindication, something that is not treatable. For example, many spa treatments can…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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…

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…

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…
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),…

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…

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…
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…
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