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Exfoliation is probably one of the most important (and easiest) things you can do to keep your skin looking smoother, healthier and more vibrant. Although most facial treatments include exfoliation, it is important to remember to exfoliate at home as part of your regular skin car routine.

What is exfoliation exactly?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface (epidermis) layer of the skin. Although these skin cells fall off naturally, some cling on and build up over time. This build up can lead skin to look dull, lackluster and dry. A simple exfoliation at home can help reduce this build up.

How often do I need to do it?

Exfoliating the skin is not the same as cleansing your face (which should be done daily). Depending on your skin type and individual needs, the number of times you should exfoliate your skin can vary. Most people exfoliate their skin 2-3 times per week. For special skin concerns (sensitive skin, medical conditions, etc. – consult with a licensed esthetician).

How are at-home exfoliants different from cleansers?

A cleanser removes debris from the skin such as dirt and make-up. It is a surface cleanser only. Exfoliates typically contain tiny granules or micro-beads which remove any remaining build up and stubborn skin cells. Because they are more abrasive, they should not be used in place of a good daily cleanser. Both serve an important purpose in skin care.

What are the different types available?

Again, this depends on your individual needs. There are very good at-home exfoliators which are sometimes combined with a daily cleanser.

There are stronger exfoliants which rely upon more active ingredients (such as glycolic and salicylic acid) which are great for mature skin that may need a stronger exfioliant to remove those dead skin cells. Remember, as we age the process of removing dead skin cells slows and can lead in increased build up over time.

Where can I find an exfoliator for me?

Remember to look for products that are suitable for your skin type and concerns. Jojoba cleansers are a wonderful choice because the gentle micro-beads are great for all skin types and are combined with an effective daily cleanser.

Cautions

When choosing any skin care product it is important to pay attention to follow all directions. Over exfoliation can cause damage (especially for sensitive skin types). If you develop any reaction or allergies to a product, discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice.  

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Knowing the benefits of certain skin care products will benefit estheticians and their clients. With so many corrective skin care ingredients on the market today, it may be difficult to keep track of which products will give your client the desired effect they are looking for. Staying on top of the latest trends and most effective treatment options will increase your credibility as a skin care professional and help you to increase clientele by offering the truly effective skin care solutions they desire.

Salicylic Acid has roots going back to Hippocrates in ancient Greece. Originally derived from the bark of a willow tree, salicylic acid offers many benefits for corrective skin care. Primarily it is used to aid the natural exfoliation process skin undergoes and reduce blemishes and acne prone skin types by clearing the pores of excess build up.

Salicylic acid is usually produced synthetically now from aspirin. Because it comes from aspirin, it carries many of the anti-inflammatory benefits as well. In terms of skin care, this means a reduction in redness and swelling of acne. This helps to reduce acne, prevent new acne from developing and decreases the likelihood of scarring. It is also oil-soluble which means it can penetrate the oil in your skin and remove grime and build up from the pores more easily than other water based skin care ingredients.

Another great benefit of using salicylic acid for acne treatment is its anti bacterial qualities. It is the bacteria residing in the pores causes inflammation and “white heads” to develop. By removing the bacteria, it will help to clear up this type of acne and decrease the chance of it returning.

There are many treatment options available at home or through an esthetician. Most commonly used as a topical treatment in skin care, salicylic acid is applied to the face with a clean pad and left on to provide a gentle peel for the face. Peels should be left to the supervision of an esthetician or skin care professional to prevent any damage or harmful results but a daily salicylic treatment (which involves applying salicylic treatment to the face) can be beneficial, especially if your skin is naturally very oily.

As with any ingredient, your skin may react with a slight stinging sensation if it is applied to broken and/or affected areas. This is not harmful but the product should be immediately removed if there is any further reaction such as burning, redness, rash, etc. This could be a sign of an allergic reaction and you should seek medical advice immediately if this happens for treatment options.

Salicylic acid treatments are not recommended for everyone. Most over the counter products contain a 1-2% solution that is typically safe for most consumers and skin types. If you have any of the following conditions, consult with a dermatologist before using salicylic based products:
Blood Vessel Disease
Diabetes Mellitus
Acute skin inflammation or infection
You have recently used Accutane

It should also be noted that salicylic acid is not recommended during pregnancy. Although there has been no evidence of birth defects from use, it is still not recommended.

Learning about skin care products and their active ingredients is an important practice for any skin care professional or consumer. The skin absorbs what is applied to it into the body so having a working knowledge of any potential side effects or damaging effects is essential for better skin care and knowing what to do in case of any negative reactions.

Learn more about salicylic acid at www.bellaninainstitute.com.

          Acid on your skin? Are we crazy to even suggest such a thing? We’re crazy about great skin care products for the average consumer looking for fast and effective treatments perhaps. Don’t let the “acid” in skin care scare you away from trying out some effective treatments for a common problem that can plague someone for a lifetime: acne.           

Before learning about the treatment it is important to learn about the problem in question.

            Acne is more than just a mild annoyance on the skin that will clear up on its own. It is actually defined as an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin. The trademark sign of an acne problem is hallmarked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face. This is an especially common occurrence during the adolescent years.

            There is also a distant related cousin to be aware of called Rosacea. This is a chronic skin condition characterized by facial erythema (redness). This condition is an especially common occurrence for middle aged women with pale or fair skin tones. Since this is often coined as “adult acne”, treatments for the two conditions can usually be very similar.

But what can you do?

            Combating any skin issue can sometimes be a time consuming process. Just like going to the gym once will not tone your muscles permanently, applying one skin care treatment will probably not clear up your skin completely. Truly effective skin care treatments require time and patience to reverse damage and prevent further outbreaks from occurring. Remember these are the two main goals of any solution: maintenance and prevention.

 

            This is where treatments utilizing Salicylic Acid step into the picture and really shine. Think of salicylic acid as the heavy weight champion in the battle against acne and rosacea because it targets oil while exfoliating the pores. It neutralizes the bacteria that have formed inside the pores and this will help prevent the build up of oils again and in turn, preventing future breakouts from occurring.

            Important note: salicylic acid should not be used during pregnancy.

                Salicylic treatments should only be used as directed and it is essential to follow ALL skin care directions with any product. Overuse of salicylic treatments can lead to dryness of the skin or may cause irritation. It is recommended that during the course of any treatment containing salicylic acid that sun protection should be used including protecting the skin from direct exposure as well as the use of a sun block. Follow any use of salicylic treatments with an oil free moisturizer to restore skin hydration.

            Help keep your face looking clear with a treatment plan that has stood the test of time and can produce dramatic results. Consult with your esthetician or dermatologist with any questions regarding your specific skin type or any other pre-existing conditions.