There has been a lot of focus on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the news over the past few years in response to their detrimental effects on people and the environment. Research is finding that these can have an effect on skin, including exacerbating acne. New research also shows that specific species of seaweed can be beneficial in mediating the detrimental effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Using mineral-based environmental protection can be a good strategy as well. Still, it is important to know what endocrine-disrupting chemicals are and how to combat them with new ideas on treatment options.
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Lydia Sarfati is an international industry leader with over 46 years of experience as a spa owner, consultant, and aesthetician. She is the founder and CEO of Repêchage, the first company to bring seaweed-based skin care treatments to the United States market. She is also the President of CIDESCO Section U.S.A, the world’s major international beauty therapy association. She appears at industry trade shows, is the author of Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business and The Repêchage Book of Skincare Science & Protocols, and is a contributing author to textbooks, such as The Milady Standard Esthetics: Fundamentals, Twelfth Edition, and Oncology Esthetics.