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By Krista McKowen, L.E. | December 29, 2015
It is generally accepted that the primary event in acne is the obstruction or occlusion of the pilosebaceous follicles resulting in the formation of the microcomedone. This process is caused by keratinization within the follicular infundibulum (hyperkeratinization) or hyperproliferation of keratinotycytes, ...


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By Melanie Sachs | January 14, 2016
Water is very much on the minds of many people at the moment. The West Coast is in its fourth year of drought while much of the rest of the nation is experiencing record rainfall and flood. Nature is offering a reminder of her power and is forcing many to wake up and not take her precious resources for ...


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By Tami Rumbaugh, L.M.E. | January 25, 2016
Natural ingredients, specifically from botanical sources, are powerful plant extracts and oils derived from flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots, and berries. High-quality, results-oriented botanical skin care today has advanced technology and the latest, most-innovative ingredients. Botanical skin care ...


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By Erin Ferrill, L.E. | November 26, 2014
Achemical peel burn is every skin care professional’s worst nightmare, but no matter how skilled the professional, burns can happen. The causes can be many – an undiagnosed skin condition or undisclosed medication, perhaps even sun exposure that the client considered negligible or forgot about. If ...


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By AIA | March 2, 2016
Are you interested in furthering your career but are not sure where to begin? Joining a trade association is a great place to start; there are associations for every profession or area of interest. Kelly Cherwin says, “An association is a synergistic group, meaning that the effect of a collection of ...


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By Lydia Sarfati | March 21, 2016
The first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking about teenage skin care is acne treatments. A teenager, or even tween, will usually make their first visit to a spa in a state of desperation, no longer able to self-manage a condition that has probably spiraled out of control and has now become ...


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By Rachael Pontillo, L.E. | April 21, 2016
One of the most versatile and best-loved oils for use on the skin is jojoba oil. This versatile oil can be used as a gentle and effective makeup remover, cleansing oil, massage oil, or moisturizer, in addition to its use as a shelf-stable carrier oil for herbal and aromatherapeutic skin care preparations. ...


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By Jeremy Lawrence | April 21, 2016
As the skin changes with age, it becomes thin, loose, and loses fat. Mature clients often find that their veins and bones are more apparent and that injuries to their skin take longer to heal. These changes are due to both internal aging, which is inevitable, and external aging, which can be slowed ...


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By Victoria Tabak | May 25, 2016
Vitamin E is a major, oil-soluble, naturally-occurring antioxidant in the body. It is a complex substance that exists in eight different molecular forms and is identified by two types: tocopherols and tocotrienols. There also exists an alpha, beta, delta, and gamma molecular form of both tocopherols ...


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By Amra | May 19, 2016
When skin care professionals perform a skin analysis, they often use a magnifying lamp to survey the skin for moisture loss, dehydration, fine lines, elasticity, macules, papules, hyperpigmentation, telangiectasia, couperose, puffiness, dark circles, and anything that should be avoided during the treatment. ...


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By Jeremy | May 19, 2016
Traditional skin care has typically consisted of topical products. Because products need to affect the dermis to have lasting results, companies and cosmetic chemists are constantly formulating products with ingredients that have molecular sizes small enough for absorption. Although topical skin care ...


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By Krissa Gordon, L.E., L.E.I. | May 18, 2016
Jennifer is a seasonally-motivated client between October and March. She uses every product and receives every treatment her skin care professional recommends, including peels, laser, microneedling, and retinoids. She has the commitment of a professional athlete. Eventually, Jennifer goes on a spring ...


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By | December 22, 2014
How do you market your business in your community? Having your own business/being an entrepreneur can be a very challenging job. You are required to sell yourself and your products, yet nobody really wants to be sold. So, how can you thrive with your business in your community? Here are some simple steps ...


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By Erica Connor | October 29, 2014
Spa and salon experts agree: Retailing is critical to success and expertise in this area is often the missing X-factor. Developing retailing skills consists of several parts, the most essential of these being the brands which are represented in your skin care center, salon, or spa. Does the skin care ...


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By Ben Johnson, M.D. | July 20, 2016
Exfoliation has become one of the most dominant activities in skin care and is considered by many to be beneficial as it refreshes the skin and removes dead cells. Before accepting this concept at face value, it is important for skin care professionals to examine why science might be hinting at something ...


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