When it comes to beards, shaping, cutting, and trimming facial hairs fall into the barber’s hands, but maintaining the luxuriousness of a man’s beard goes beyond the clippers. The upkeep of a man’s beard requires a knowledgeable skin care professional versed in men’s skin care and grooming. It is always a good idea to offer male clientele gender-specific services that cater to a man’s skin…
Eczema is a general term used to describe inflammatory skin conditions exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics (depending on the severity and type of eczema): dryness associated with redness and itching, raised patches, cracks, swelling, small blisters, oozing of a pale yellow or transparent fluid, red or brownish grey patches, raised skin with greasy looking patches, crusty flakes, burning, rash, and scaling. TYPES…
Microneedling and microinfusion techniques are often confused with regard to how each are optimized for the highest efficacy when used for the purposes of skin improvement and introducing active compounds into the skin. These procedures can be technique sensitive, as well. Understanding skin anatomy and physiology are critical in maximizing the effects of the procedures. Multiple clinical studies have been done in laboratories with specific…
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the face is the map of how an individual has lived their life. An individual can have a great poker face and hide their feelings, but they can’t hide the physical signs of aging. If a person spent a little too much time sun bathing, it will show. If they pull a lot of all-nighters…
Last month we discussed all of the visible signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and loss of muscle tone and elasticity. You know the main factors that add years to appearance. Fortunately, with the right antiaging strategies and smart lifestyle changes, clients can look younger. But, in order to put their best face forward, you need to help them come up with a…
Peptides are composed of amino acids that are sequenced together and held by a bond. They are crucial to almost all biological actions of the body and thrive in a system network of communication. As mentioned in a previous article, peptides are able to provide the link to homeostasis with a network of communication that is very specific. Each cell, tissue and organ has a…

Methods of Exfoliation

Written by Linda Gulla
Chemical peels have been used for hundreds of years by many different cultures as a means of exfoliating the skin. Some chemical acids are natural agents that have been chemically changed to an acidic pH. Other chemical acids contain molecules that are naturally found in the skin. With an acidic pH, histological changes occur in the epidermis and dermis. In cosmetic dermatology, different types of…

Hormones and Acne: The Missing Link

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
Acne is considered by many to be a right-of-passage that must be endured on the way to adulthood. And, the research says this may be true. It is estimated that nearly 85 percent of people develop acne at some point between ages 12 and 25, regardless of country of origin.1 However, aestheticians know that acne is no longer just a skin condition isolated to the…
Pregnancy is such an incredible and exciting event in life, but many women will admit that it can have some challenging moments, both physically and emotionally. For some, “pregnancy glow” can quickly become overshadowed by hormonal acne. Most women know that they will have to sacrifice some aspects of their life, but, often, do not know that it might include their skin. In fact, almost…
Discussing hormonal acne, the menstrual cycle, and menopause is a complicated subject and cannot be covered in its entirety in a few pages. To make it understandable, this article will be limited to the major players: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone. It will focus on new ways of treating this old nemesis, so professionals can perform an acne transformation in just a few weeks, resulting…
Summer is fast approaching. For aestheticians, that usually means the second phase of brightening season. Since suppressing skin activity actually makes skin more photosensitive, the fall is the best time for clients to complete a brightening series before the sun really starts to beat down. However, a new generation of ingredients are making it safe to address pigmentation concerns year-round. By now, most clients have…

10 Things About … Microblading

Written by Irene Kennerley
Microblading is a popular eyebrow service for spa and permanent makeup clients. The service creates the look of individual eyebrow hairs with cosmetic tattooing; it is used to enhance the eyebrows and make them appear fuller. The results are not as long-lasting as traditional permanent makeup, which allows for some flexibility to update eyebrows as trends change. With an artistic mind, the training for this…
Peptides have become one of the most valuable tools used for skin revision, cancer treatment, immune therapy, antimicrobial for wound healing, and for overall improved health. There are increasingly new advances and research in peptides and their effect on the health of the skin. With the numerous claims of skin rejuvenation and youthfulness, it is imperative for the professional to understand how peptides are able…
Aging is inevitable. It will happen to everyone and no matter how hard they try to fight it. But, there is good news; there are ways to slow down the process. In order to slow down that process, skin care professionals must understand what the aging process is and how it affects the skin. Let’s start with the skin’s structure. Collagen and elastin are what…
The stratum corneum is the skin’s barrier and is the top layer of the epidermis. In the epidermis, keratinocyte stem cells reside in the basal layer, which is the lowest layer of the stratified epithelia. These cells divide further and differentiate as they move upwards in the epidermis towards the stratum corneum. Found within the stratum corneum are corneocytes which are dead keratin-filled squamous cells…
The number one goal of most skin care companies is to temporarily minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while using clever language that makes clients think wrinkle prevention or even wrinkle repair is actually happening. With so many bright scientific minds working on more permanent solutions, what is keeping them from achieving this goal? This article will evaluate where the latest technology has…

The Truth About Pore Size

Written by Nicole Majdali
A pore is defined in the dictionary as, “a minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles can pass.” Minute? For most people, facial pores are not considered minute. The most frequent concern clients ask about pores is how to shrink them. The first piece of advice for clients should be to step…
Incorporating electrotherapy into a spa menu can create a diverse service offering for clients and enhanced results that professional products alone cannot achieve. Choosing the correct modality for a target demographic can seem a daunting task, especially considering the industry’s current machine climate. However, utilizing those methods will enhance corrective, preventative, and antiaging skin care regimens. Education is key and arming one’s self with the…
By virtue of daily facial movements and exposure to sun, pollution, and the environment, every face has lines. The types of lines may vary, but even flawless, youthful skin has expression lines that tell the world that an individual is happy, sad, angry, or content. Understanding what type of lines clients have and what has caused them will help in determining how to most effectively…

The Pimple Puzzle: Overlooked Causes of Breakouts

Written by Ginger Downey, MS, CNS, co-owner of DermaMed Solutions, LLC
Many have experienced the incredibly annoying experience of waking up on the day of some important event only to look in the mirror and see a pimple, that was not there hours before. Why do these bad skin days seem to occur for no apparent reason, even despite the best of homecare routines? The answer is that there are a number of lesser known causes…
All clients would love to turn back the hands of time. Skin care professionals must manage clients’ expectations with what is realistically possible, combined with superior treatments that will exceed their goals. Recent advances in technology and product ingredients, combined with scientific discoveries, have opened a new realm of possibilities in antiaging treatments. These advances offer the professional new tools to provide superior services. However,…
The skin care market is growing but there is still an untapped need for personalized skin care services for people of color. Women and men of color are looking for skin care specialists who understand their unique skin care needs. Unfortunately, many aestheticians never receive adequate training on skin of color in aesthetics school. Getting quality education on how to treat the unique structure and…
The role of the mitochondria in promoting younger skin has become a highly marketed subject in the skin care industry. As an aesthetician, it becomes increasingly challenging to understand and keep pace with the latest technology and most advanced ingredients in skin care products. This sometimes causes confusion or misrepresentation of the science and how the cells function. This article will provide an explanation of…
From moles to melasma, there are various forms of hyperpigmentation for which clients seek treatment. Some are treated best under the care of an aesthetician; others require a dermatologist. And, sometimes, the two working together can lead to the greatest healing. Knowing the difference in these cases is vital. Requests for treatment of brown spots and irregular hyperpigmentation occur daily in skin care practices. To…
Often considered a teenager’s struggle, acne is becoming increasingly more prevalent amongst adults. From hormonal acne to acne cosmetica to acne rosacea and beyond – statistics for adult acne are higher than ever. And as the number of cases continues to climb, the difficulty present in eradicating the condition remains the same. Yet, solutions do exist. Acne is the most common skin condition in the…
No matter the condition of an individual’s skin, winter can bring about a whole host of unwanted challenges. When the temperature drops, people often expose themselves to overly dry, hot environments while indoors and equally dry and freezing conditions outside. These changes in a person’s environment can cause skin to become dull, dry, or acne-prone. Existing skin conditions, such as eczema, rosacea, acne, and psoriasis,…
Fifty years ago, when I commenced this journey into changing people’s lives by upgrading their self-perception, the only beauty therapy available was presented in the form of “pampering palaces” of doyennes of beauty such as Christine Valmy, Ilona of Hungary, and Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door. I was in Chicago during this time and saw women of all ages disappear into these glamour shops in the…
There are numerous skin anomalies that are observed with clients throughout the course of a professional’s practice. Identifying them, their underlying causes and possible remedies requires an understanding of the science of the skin, organs, and their disorders and diseases. Moreover, knowledge of performing a thorough assessment and possible reasons for the occurrence of various nodules, depressions, lesions, and pilosebaceous (hair follicle) abnormalities requires further…
Innovative therapies to treat skin conditions like moderate-to-severe acne and rosacea have been lacking in the past decade. Considering that acne is the most common condition presented to dermatologists, this is a rampant problem and many physicians continue to rely heavily on antibiotics. A survey to assess physician preferences for 15 drug systems found they “prefer topical delivery, either as a transdermal patch or topical…
Bacteria and beauty are not usually synonymous, but in the case of one’s skin, emerging, buzzworthy research shows they very well should be. In the past, squeaky clean skin was a good thing, but new studies show that over-cleansing this sensitive microbiome might actually do more harm than good. In fact, it may be stripping the skin of its own natural protective barrier. There are…
Hyperpigmentation – one of the leading reasons individuals seek treatment from a skin care professional – has been a major skin concern for decades. It is a condition that affects men and women alike, regardless of background and skin type. Fortunately, with the right understanding of cause, common disorders, and available treatment options, there is hope for individuals facing the condition. What makes one person’s…
People often assume that stress only causes emotional distress or mental health issues; little do they know external appearance can also be adversely affected. Stress can easily affect overall health, including skin, nails, and hair. In addition to putting an individual at risk for high blood pressure, ulcers, and mood disorders, stress can also cause unwanted skin conditions. But how are stress and skin related?…
Rosacea is a chronic, and well-known, skin disorder primarily apparent in the center of the face cheeks, chin, nose, and central forehead and is often characterized by episodes of remissions and flareups. Rosacea’s symptoms can vary tremendously, but the affected person often looks flushed and red in the center of the face. Rosacea has many causes – from genetics to mites to vascular changes –…
There are several well-documented, root causes of acne. These include overproduction of sebum, increased presence of selective bacteria, higher skin pH, hormonal flux, hyperkeratosis (faster skin growth), underlying inflammation, and even skin dehydration and product occlusion. People who exhibit these symptoms of acne usually show one or a combination of more than one of these conditions. These types of conditions and symptoms can, and do,…

Redness

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., C.D.T., L.E., co-owner of Intellective Aesthetic Advanced Esthetic Training and owner of Naturophoria
Cherry angioma: common skin growth that can develop anywhere on the body for individuals 30 years and older. It may be caused by genetics, chemical exposure, excess estrogen, a vitamin C deficiency, or fatty liver tendencies. Petechiae: occurs generally as a result of pinpoint bleeding beneath the skin. Causes include: trauma, sunburn, bacterial infections, excoriation, scurvy, injury, medications, and various autoimmune diseases. Malar rash: the…
From sleeping on harsh cotton pillows to environmental exposure, the skin experiences daily assault that can impact the development of fine lines and wrinkles – sometimes prematurely. Still, all hope is not lost. Understanding these biological processes of the skin and knowing the best treatment options for defending the skin against these attacks can make all the difference. When clients look in the mirror and…
With its many forms, multiple levels of severity, and wide range of triggers, acne can be one of the most frustrating skin conditions, for both clients and professionals. Fortunately, combining existing treatments with LED light therapy can unlock a number of benefits that could produce life-changing results.
Sun spots? Age spots? No matter what name is given to these little brown spots on the skin, they are all hyperpigmentation. The spots are the result of past sun damage – damage that has caused the skin to go into fight mode to protect itself. When skin senses the sun’s rays, it produces melanin to protect itself. These dark spots are often called age…
Jeffrey Joseph’s Spafinder Travel Arrangements was the introduction for Hannelore Leavy’s involvement with the American spa market. In the 1970s, however, she started health and wellness travel programs to her native Austria as the North America marketing director for the United States office of the Austrian National Tourism Board. This received a lot of attention and other European organizations started similar events. With so much…
As time rolls on, many minor skin abnormalities appear, affecting aging clients’ psyche. Treatment for any anomalism is highly sought-after, as current society values radiant, youthful, and healthy-looking skin.There has been a dramatic increase in photo-aging, skin disorders, and cancers due to the declining ozonosphere. The destructive penetration of ultraviolet rays wreaks havoc on the skin. One of the least understood abnormalities is sebaceous hyperplasia…
Turning back the clock of aging skin is not a fad. Instead, with advancing technologythere are various ways this can be achieved. Among them, creams and serums are the most common methods, as they are easily available and affordable. But, what makes them so effective? It is the ingredients, of course! Let’s take a look at the proven ingredients known to slow the effects of…

Fact or Fiction: Melanoma occurs from childhood sunburns.

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone PR and B.Bronz Sunless
Unfortunately, exposure to ultraviolet rays in younger years increases risk for skin cancer as an adult. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun plays a major role in the development of skin cancer. There is strong evidence documented by the Skin Cancer Foundation that chronic, or long-term, ultraviolet exposure can induce the development of actinic keratosis – a pre-cancerous condition – and two forms of skin cancer…

Tackling Teenage Acne

Written by Louis Silberman
In a world where personal images are so easily accessible, dealing with teenage acne can be especially challenging. Many are familiar with a recent incident involving gorgeous model Kendall Jenner, who, sporting a few pimples on the red carpet, received some fairly heartbreaking backlash regarding her complexion on social media – almost as if she had done something wrong. Professionals know that acne is no…

Invisible Rays, Visible Damage

Written by Christiane Waldron
There is much information circulating in the world of sun care and it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction. Discover truths about photoaging, ultraviolet rays, sun damage, and SPF. Also, find tips on educating clients about skin genetics, choosing sunscreens, expiration dates, and safe sun practices.

Age Spots

Written by by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., FACS, FICS, CEO and founder of Lexli International
The proper name for age spots is solar lentigines. Despite their nickname, aging is not the primary cause of age spots. Most age spots range in size from a freckle to the size of a dime. They are flat and oval in shape and can be tan or brown in color. While age spots are primarily caused by ultraviolet exposure, some individuals have a genetic…
Having a clean and healthy complexion is important for all age groups, but it can be especially difficult for teenagers as they experience hormonal changes and acne breakouts regularly. The teenage years can also be filled with anxiety and stress, particularly when it comes to appearance. These stressors can cause undue internal stress on skin cells, elevating levels of free radicals in the skin, which…
Acne is a well-known adversary for teenagers, but more and more adults are now enduring the challenges of acne-related skin conditions. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, and it is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Adult-onset acne is most common among women going…
While it seems logical that people who live in sunny, warm states – like Florida, California, or Texas – would have the highest incidence of skin cancer, the facts prove otherwise. The Centers for Disease Control reports that those who live in Utah, Delaware, Vermont, Minnesota, and Idaho have some of the highest rates of skin cancer. Why? It is most likely because they have…
Rosacea is an elusive skin condition that is not well understood. Until now, there has been no guaranteed method to eradicate it. However, recent advancements could offer new treatment options for the condition.
Folliculitis is a form of skin irritation characterized by tender red spots on the skin that originate from the hair follicle. It results when bacteria enter the hair follicle and becomes infected, creating a red spot or pustule on the skin. Folliculitis can occur on any area of the body, but it is most common on the more sensitive areas, such as the chest, back,…
Characterized as depressions in the skin, whether shallow or deep, acne scarring occurs in reaction to skin trauma. Experimentation and technological advancement has led to the development of a multitude of treatment options, but the likelihood of each being effective varies as this is one of the more difficult skin issues to reverse.

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