Inside Acne

Written by Rhonda Allison
Acne is one of the most common skin challenges in the United States, and it is not just limited to teenagers. In fact it impacts all ages, races and genders. Nearly 60 million Americans have active acne and 20 million are at risk of developing scar tissue as a result.

Holistically Caring for Teenage Skin

Written by Rachael Pontillo
The world is a teenager’s oyster. The teenage years are jam-packed with fun, friendship, sports, freedom, change, growth, and promise. Well, unless said teenager has skin conditions like acne, eczema or psoriasis that are causes emotional pain or embarrassment.Skin conditions do not just affect a teenager’s appearance.
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Hormones in Ethnic Skin

Written by Michael Q. Pugliese, L.E. and Peter T. Pugliese, M.D.
A number of hormones are known to affect the human skin. Hair follicles and sebaceous glands are affected by androgenic hormones secreted by the gonads and adrenal glands.1,2 These hormones play a significant part in the development and the physiological function of human skin tissues. The skin both receives signals from many transmitters and sends signals to many receptor organs and organelles in the body.

10 Things About... Teenage Acne

Written by Annet King
Skin care professionals often have the opportunity to ease the physical discomfort and the emotional trauma of dealing with teenage acne. By incorporating teenage services in the spa, you can also to help a young person develop healthy skin habits for life.

The Myths and Realities of Acne

Written by Danne Montague-King (DMK)
During a recent three country lecture tour, I happened to attend a conference where a video was being presented showing a local skin guru performing an acne treatment on a teenaged boy whose face, back and chest were infested with papules and pustules. The therapist was very professional, appearing with her standard softening of the cuticle cuirass with various cleansers, steam and masks. She did…

Acne in the Adult

Written by James E. Fulton, M.D. Ph.D. and Caroline Caperton, M.D., M.S.P.H.
It is estimated that as many as 25 percent of men and up to 50 percent of women experience acne flares in their post-adolescent years, with recent studies claiming the prevalence is growing.1 Even into the 30s and 40s, many adults are still suffering with acne, whether it be the occasional breakout, or a full-face flare-up. Two different groups of acne sufferers can be identified:…
My career in specialized skin care transcends over 25 years of functioning behind the chair recognizing skin diseases and performing professional clinical skin care treatments. During this time, I have seen some of the most challenging facial conditions which would cause a majority of aestheticians to either panic or refuse. Embracing the difficulty of severe skin problems is what I love, therefore, I have built…
Skin conditions can be distressing at a visible level, however they are often triggered by responses occurring inside the body. Skin, being the largest organ of the body, can represent what is taking place from internal stress, to hormonal fluctuations, to an unhealthy lifestyle. The most common skin conditions seen by aestheticians are acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. Although there are actions we can take to…

Acne on the Body

Written by Chau Stone
Acne is the occurrence of an inflamed or infected sebaceous gland on the skin. Acne vulgaris, which is the medical term for acne, is the most common skin disease. Acne is present on the areas of the body in humans that contain the most sebaceous glands. The most common areas in which acne is present are the face, chest and back. Areas include, but are…

Best Methods for Acne Treatment in Teenagers

Written by Cynthia Price, M.D.
The teen years are a time of dramatic physiological changes in the human body, including puberty, growth spurts and, unfortunately, acne. Acne affects almost 85 percent of all Americans in varying degrees, at some point during their lives. This is not only a dramatic cutaneous occurrence often requiring treatment, but also typically carries with it a tremendous emotional burden for teen acne sufferers. In addition…
Inflammation is often associated with infections and wounds, and while this association does have some validity, it is important to remember inflammation is not a synonym for either of those. Rather it is the response caused by infection or a wound. Inflammation is the body's response to trauma, and in fact, it is a very complex biological process. It indicates to the body to begin…

Acne and Rosacea

Written by Elaine Linker
Rosacea and acne are often perceived as skin conditions that are of the same nature; however acne and rosacea are quite dissimilar in their clinical history and should be treated differently. It is often very hard to identify these conditions due to the similarities of the symptoms. Sometimes the two conditions co-exist, which makes it even harder to make a clear diagnosis. Rosacea Rosacea has…
Teens are at a stage in their lives where trying to identify with the world around them can become confusing, especially when their role models are just as confused. They are barraged with advertisements, TV personalities and trends that focus on exterior beauty, yet lack substance for personal development. Are these trends in our youth's best interest or are they feeding an already fragile self-esteem?…

Acne and African Skin

Written by Christine Heathman
What is Acne? Acne/ak’ne/ is an inflammatory, papulopustular skin eruption occurring usually in or near the sebaceous glands on the face, neck, shoulders, and upper back. Its actual cause is still unknown but involves bacterial breakdown of sebum into fatty acids, wax esters, triglycerides, and squalene, irritating the pore surrounding the subcutaneous tissue. To put the full potential of this activity into perspective, one square…
Dermatologists evaluate only about 40 percent of people suffering from a skin disease or condition. Because of this fact, aestheticians are often the first line of defense for skin care needs. Clients/patients usually do not realize that what is believed to be an irritation, sensitivity, or problem skin may be a treatable disease. Although unable to officially “diagnose” a skin disorder, the trained skin care…
I've heard aestheticians counsel acne clientele to do everything from using all-natural, organic based formulations to lab-tested, clinically oriented products; from eliminating various stresses to eliminating specific foods; from changing one facet of a daily routine to changing an entire lifestyle. In truth, there is no one way to control a client’s acne. Different genetics, lifestyles, and chemical makeup leave a great deal of room…

Successfully Addressing Acne by Treating Its Root Causes

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, MD, FICS, FACS
Thousands of products claim to stop acne. So how do you know the treatment you recommend will not only eliminate your clients’ acne symptoms, but also address the factors that cause the disease? Of all the skin conditions that lead consumers to seek treatment, acne is, by far, the most common. A chronic, inflammatory disease of the pilosebaceous units (hair follicles and their sebaceous gland) of…
A common conundrum that takes many forms. Acne is a common skin condition that plagues a great majority of men and women. The term acne has been used to describe everything from the occurrence of mild centralized breakouts to severe inflammatory conditions that can affect the entire body. Although there is no shortage of publications on acne, there seems to be little information on what…
The exact cause of acne is not known. It is one of the most common skin disorders and can affect teenagers and adults. Acne occurs when the skin's pores are blocked. Certain factors can worsen the condition, such as cosmetic and skin care products that contain oils and petroleum jelly or using make-up tools (brushes, sponges, spatulas and palettes) that have not been properly cleaned and…

X Marks the Spot

Written by Austine Mah
In working with acne in skin of color, the best tools in your aesthetic “tool kit” are an understanding of acne, an understanding of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, ingredient knowledge, and most of all a partnership with your client to progressively achieve healthy, balanced, beautiful skin. The initial trouble with acne in skin of color is the actual lesion. The acne lesion is often observed as…

Acne Treatment's Missing Link

Written by Tom Porter
More and more, aestheticians and trained spa professionals are promoting and performing acne face and body services, joining dermatologists in co-managing this common, often disfiguring disease. As they expand their understanding of acne conditions, they also are questioning popular treatment methods and the topical compounds commonly used to fight acne. The next generation of care for acne will be a preventive and reparative approach of…
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