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The endogenous cannabinoid system is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are connected to other body systems, which allows communication and coordination between different cell types. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system has various functions…
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 07:58

Better Together: Working with Dermatologists to Heal Hyperpigmentation

Written by Craig A. Kraffert, MD
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…

Botanical Solutions for Antipollution Skin Care

Written by Jimm Harrison, essential oil and botanical skin care consultant
The environment has a tremendous effect on the body. There is an army of floating compounds, along with electromagnetic frequencies, and ultraviolet radiation, that cause damage and premature aging to the skin. Environmental pollutants are a health and skin hazard and a primary cause of free radical or reactive oxygen species damage (ROS). ROS causes accelerated aging, cellular disruption, and physiological imbalance. Staring at a…
Monday, 29 October 2018 06:24

Rosacea: Updates to the Standard Classification System

Written by Emma Terhaar
When the National Rosacea Society published the first diagnostic guidelines for rosacea in 2002, it ushered in an unprecedented era of research into this widespread, chronic facial skin disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. This has led not only to major advances in the understanding of the disease, but important insights into how to recognize and treat it. “Even though signs…
Monday, 29 October 2018 06:07

Crystal Clear: 5 Gems for Sensitive Skin

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Millions of men and women have skin sensitivities that prevent them from wearing jewelry made from certain materials. While the type of metal the jewelry is made from is what typically results in unpleasant reactions for people with allergies, choosing pieces made with certain gemstones could actually help the skin, in some cases. Gems and crystals have been prized for millennia – not only for…
Ingredient labels offer vital information about the skin care products used in treatments and recommended to clients. Beyond the label basics of product weight, directions, and skin types for which the product has been formulated, it goes without saying that the ingredients area is particularly important for its ability to point out active ingredients used in the formulation, potential allergens, and more. But despite a…
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,…
What do sweating, diet, and social media have to do with teenage breakouts? Which conditions can be misdiagnosed as acne because of similar features? Why is having a teenage facial as part of the spa menu invaluable? Get in the know on all things teenage-client related. Teenage skin is just like the teenage years – it can be fraught with ups and downs and difficult…
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…
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 19:42

Bumps and Blemishes: Causes and Care of Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Written by Alexandra J. Zani
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…
Over the last few decades, consumer attention has turned toward natural solutions for beauty – especially when it comes to skin. Who wants to get plastic surgery, or deal with the negative side effects of chemical treatments – not many. But, consumers do want to look and feel better, so they seek natural, nontoxic alternatives. Deciding to improve skin through nutrition and natural products is…
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…
What is better for skin – natural ingredients or chemicals? It is a trick question. Take dihydrogen monoxide, for example. It sounds like an intimidating chemical, but it is just a scientific term for H20 - regular water. In fact, every substance is made of chemicals – even plants. That is because any chemical is made up of atoms and molecules, which can occur naturally…

Saddle up, Skin Care: Introducing Horse Fat into a Routine

Written by Anabel De La Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Horses adjust their body temperatures by secreting sweat, similar to the way a human does. The structure of a horse’s skin and fatty acid are amazing compared to those of mankind. Horse fat is a good moisturizer for all skin types because it is not sticky. Horse fat is an unsaturated fatty acid containing plenty of linoleic acid (omega-6) – which can be very effective…
Peptides have been around for many years, but they have gained more attention as scientists are discovering new possibilities of cellular heath in areas such as cancer, bacteria communication and DNA. Emil Fisher, noted as the father of peptide chemistry, was a German scientist and the 1902 recipient of the Nobel prize in chemistry. He influenced how people understand proteins by separating and identifying individual…
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 18:53

A Treatment Gone Wrong: My Battle with Hypopigmentation

Written by Amra Lear, L.E., L.M.T.
A few years back, I received a laser hair removal treatment on my legs. The laser machine was defective, causing waves of excessive energy as it hit my skin. The heat sensation I usually experienced from my previous treatments was tolerable but, during this session, I noticed an uncomfortable amount of heat with each pulse. At that time, I should have told the aesthetician what…
The importance of proper nutrition and keeping the body fueled with vitamins is inarguable. Still, the dangers presented by vitamin deficiencies, as well as best practices for supporting the skin (and overall health) with supplements is not universally understood by each client. Thus, it is critical for professionals to understand how vitamins and supplements work in the body and best practices for incorporating them into…
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?…

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