Are Parabens Dangerous or Not?

Parabens: the ubiquitous chemical preservative that we’ve been all told to avoid.  Parabens are everywhere, from lotions and cosmetics to tortillas and muffins. Are they safe for our bodies? Or are they dangerous and toxic.

Breaking Down Sunscreen

The key is to understand why manufacturers choose to include certain ingredients in combination with others.

Interview | What to do About Sagging Eyelids

Art and Science are my passions. To this day I remain thankful that I was able to find plastic surgery, a discipline and life’s work that combines both.
-Andrew Barnett, MD

What Are the Benefits to Using a Facial Serum?

Facial serums are quite different from creams and lotions. They are lightweight, water-based moisturizers that are designed to be quickly absorbed by the skin and attack specific problems. Serums are used to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin. Regular usage of various serums can help to improve skin health by repairing damage, improving collagen…

Why Do Women Get Excess Facial Hair as They Age

Excessive facial hair can be an annoying problem. However, this issue is very common and can be managed safely in most individuals. Each individual hair grows out of a tiny pit in the skin called a follicle. Deep within the follicle, at the hair bulb, live cells are responsive to androgens (male sex hormones). When…

How to Hydrate Your Skin Chicago Style

People suffering from skin conditions, such as acne, should actively avoid using petroleum jelly products. Vaseline and other similar compounds essentially seal in dirt, exacerbating breakouts.

What Causes Ashy Skin?

Many people use the term “ashy” to describe dry skin. But what exactly does this mean? When taken literally, one can imagine skin covered with a thin layer of ash. Although it is commonly used to describe African-American type skin, anyone can have ashy skin. It’s just far more noticeable in those with darker skin…

Are These Varicose Veins on My Legs?

Varicose veins are large, twisted blood vessels that appear just below the skin’s surface. These veins may appear anywhere on the body, however, they are most commonly seen in the legs. For most people, these veins are simple a cosmetic issue. Nevertheless, they can be indicative of an underlying circulatory condition.    Why do varicose…

The Buzz on Charcoal in Skin Care Products

Activated charcoal is a is highly porous type of carbon. This specially processed charcoal has the ability to adhere to a multitude of different chemicals and other impurities. Some of you may be familiar with activated charcoal’s medical usage; it has been used for hundreds of years to treat acute poisonings. It is also used…

What Do Chin Hairs, Acne and Belly Fat Have in Common?

Oh, those darn chin hairs! How frustrating and un-sexy, but did you know that they could be a sign of a more dangerous issue? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects up to 10% of women in the US. Individuals with PCOS commonly suffer from acne, excess facial hair, weight gain (especially…

What to Do About Skin Tags?

These tiny, pliable, harmless skin bumps commonly appear after the age of forty. They tend to develop in areas of friction due to clothing rubbing against the skin on the neck area or skin-to-skin contact, like underarms, groin and thighs. Skin tags are referred to as acrochordon, benign skin growths, tumors, fibroma (molluscum, pendulum or…

How to Deal with Freckles on My Face

Freckles; the little brown spots that appear on our skin. Although we’re typically familiar with what they are, many of us have questions about them: Why do some people have more freckles than others or what causes freckles? Freckles occur when pigment cells (melanocytes) experience an overproduction of melanin. The melanin is activated by sun exposure…

How Coffee Scrubs and Drinking Caffeine Can Help Your Skin

Ahh, coffee! The aromatic, steaming hot beverage that helps us wake up in the morning and perform at our best. We all know that coffee is great for getting a jump start, but how does it affect our skin?  Like many things, drinking or using coffee can be helpful or harmful for your skin. Let’s…

The ABC’s of Skin Spots and Early Skin Cancer Detection

All of us are familiar with moles (not the little critters that live underground); today we’ll be talking about the small dark bumps that appear on our skin. Moles, also known as melanocytic nevi, are raised dark spots formed from the clustering of pigment cells (melanocytes). These bumps can be congenital, meaning you’re born with…

Pimples and Bacteria Trilogy: Pt. 3 – Internal Bacteria

In addition to our skin, bacteria live in various other locations in our body as part of our normal flora. This includes the nose, mouth, stomach, intestines, rectum, and vaginal tract. These internal bacteria play an important role in keeping your body healthy. Digestion The digestive system is one area where the balance between “good…

Pimples and Bacteria Trilogy: Pt. 2 – External Bacteria

In our previous post, we discussed the cause of oily skin and pimples. We would be remiss if we didn’t also discuss bacteria. Let’s Dive In At any given moment there are hundreds of types of bacteria living on your skin. Are these microscopic critters helpful or problematic? The skin’s microbiome (environment), also known as…

Pimples and Bacteria Trilogy: Pt. 1 – Oily Skin

While oil is essential for keeping your skin supple and hydrated, too much of it can cause problems. This is because bacteria like to feed off of specific skin oils. In this 3-part series, we will talk about how oily skin and bacteria cause pimples and how this process can be stopped in its tracks. The…

Is Washing Fruits and Vegetables Important

Is washing fruits and vegetables important components of a healthy diet? Many of us have questioned how these foods should be prepared. The short answer: Yes! For fruits and vegetables that have a skin, the FDA suggests washing them in water before you peel them. Using a clean scrub brush has been shown to remove 85%…

High Frequency Facials For Pimples, Aging and Hair Loss

Have you ever had a facial and heard a crackling, static or buzzing sound? Or felt a zap or mild shock on your skin? If so, your Esthetician may have used high frequency during your facial.   What is High-Frequency? Radio frequency (RF) treatment is commonly used to tighten lax skin, promote collagen growth, and…

How Ginger and Turmeric Benefit Your Health

Inflammation affects us in many ways, from acne to joint pain. There are many ways to tackle these issues and I’m going to share with you how I use ginger and turmeric root in my daily life.

Which Therapies Work Best to Reduce Stretch Marks

Clients are typically self-conscious when it comes to their stretch marks. They want to know “why me” and how can they get rid of them ASAP! Here are my findings… Stretch marks, also known as striae, appear when there is a rapid change in growth, such as during puberty, pregnancy or weight gain. When skin is…