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One of the most dreaded client complaints is one involving a reaction to product. Potential problems can range from simple rashes to full-blown allergic reactions. Skin reactions to product make clients distrustful of future recommendations, leaving aestheticians helpless and frustrated in their often futile attempts to figure out what is happening and why. To complicate matters, symptoms of a reaction to a cosmetic product cannot…

Protecting Winter Skin

Written by Michael Q. Pugliese, L.E.
Heat flows from warm to cold objects. As environmental temperature drops, heat is lost from the body. We respond in two ways to a drop in temperature; the first is peripheral vasoconstriction, and the second is an increase in metabolism in an effort to generate more heat. Almost all of the skin’s problems associated with the cold can be derived from these two facts. Cold…
There is nothing that causes more grief and dismay to a cosmetic chemist or a formulator than being told which specific preservative to use or being asked to create a preservative-free skin care product. As more brands are joining the “does not contain” movement, the claims regarding preservatives have escalated from paraben-free to formaldehyde-donor free, and in some instances, preservative-free… the scariest claim of all.

The Truth About Acne Cosmetica

Written by Jennifer Linder, M.D.
Acne cosmetica is a term that was first coined in 1972 by dermatologists Albert M. Kligman and Otto H. Mills to represent the post-adolescent acne they believed was caused by cosmetic use. This is a complicated topic as its discussion involves the debunking of the common term “comedogenic,” the discussion of raw materials versus finished cosmetic products, as well as the fact that acne cosmetica…

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…

October 2021

Skin Care Blogs

Brands of the Month

  • DMK Skin Revision Center
  • Celluma by Biophotas, Inc
  • Alexandria Professional