Dear Professional Skincare Training: When using chemical exfoliants in my skincare treatments, how can I tell the difference between the skin “frosting” and the skin “blanching”
by Arlene White Have you ever purchased a wart or corn remover, like Compound W, over the counter? When you apply the product onto the treatment area, the skin turns white after a few minutes. Most of these over-the-counter products contain Salicylic Acid. A “frost” is common with Salicylic acid peels, Jessner’s solutions, and other…
Dear Professional Skincare Training: What is the difference between Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids and how do they perform differently in the skin?
by Arlene White Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids are keratolytics that specifically work to loosen the peptide bonds of proteins, between the keratinocytes, or epidermal cells. They dissolve the surface, intercellular cement that holds these epidermal cells together. Once this intercellular glue has been dissolved, those dry, dull cells fall off, prompting the synthesis…
Dear Professional Skincare Training: What does the Lymphatic System have to do with my Facial Treatments?
by Arlene White The lymphatic system plays a vital supporting role to the cardiovascular, immune system and of course the integumentary system health. It runs parallel to the circulatory system and is made up of nodes, vessels, ducts and glands. The body is exposed to over 85,000 different toxins each week, not to mention the…