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…

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…

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…

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…

Bronzed Beauties, Spray Tanning and Self-Tanners

During the summer, a lot of us want to be bikini-ready, bronzed beauties, with spray tanning and self-tanners. Tanning sprays and lotions are great for people who don’t want to lie in a tanning bed or the direct sun. Below, we’re going to uncover the ingredient that is the star of the show when it…

Yum! Eating Chocolate for Health and Skin

Chocolate can be an essential part of a healthy diet and beautiful skin. Dark chocolate, in particular, is rich in antioxidant flavonoids, flavonols, essential fatty acids, and a multitude of minerals. A 100 gram serving of dark chocolate can help you meet your recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6 (29%), Iron (67%), Magnesium (58%), Copper…

How Falling Asleep Helps with Pimples, Dark Circles and Beauty

When you’re asleep, your body isn’t simply in hibernation; it’s hard at work repairing damage. In the short term, signs of sleep deprivation include sunken eyes, dark circles, puffiness, and pale skin. However, the long-term cellular consequences are less obvious. Collagen growth, wound healing, skin hydration, and inflammation are affected by sleep. Having a pro-inflammatory…

Microneedling + Anti-Aging Therapies

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a dermatological treatment that uses tiny needles to stimulate the natural production of collagen. Collagen is a fibrous structural protein that allows your skin to be supple and resilient. This protein is broken down during the natural aging process and by UV radiation. In microneedling, tiny holes…

What Are Those Pesky Bumps on My Arms and Legs?

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin condition that affects over 3 million people. KP causes small, hard bumps on the skin, typically on the back, upper arms, thighs, face, and buttocks. Although these bumps may look similar to pimples, they have a different texture and composition (like chicken skin). Acne papules and pustules contain a fluid…

Can Mangoes Help with Acne, Wrinkles and Collagen

Can eating mangoes help with acne, wrinkles and collagen production? Yes! It works like this: UV radiation damages skin by triggering the breakdown of dermal collagen and fibrillin (fiber in the skin that holds everything together – connective tissue). Clinical signs of photo-aging include fine lines and deep wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (sun spots), roughness, spider veins,…

Open Your Eyes to the World of Puffiness and Other Irritations

“Eyes are the windows to the soul” — Peng Liyuan The eyes are also a snapshot of your overall health and well-being. Fatigue, anemia, aging, medications, genetics, and other factors can cause various eye irritations. The skin around the eye area is the thinnest and most delicate region of your face. Lack of sleep, high…

Pimples, Diet, Skin Problems? Let’s Ask an Expert!

When writing these posts, I refer to the expertise of Dr. David Cunningham from Santa Barbara. Our conversations and fact-finding missions are thoroughly enjoyable and educational. Here is the latest collection of questions from my skin care clients. What are the most common habits people shouldn’t do to their skin? Let your skin heal: Picking…