How Hydroxy Acids Work in Skincare

Some of the most frequently used skin care additives these days are Hydroxy Acids. Think of how many times you have purchased a product with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid. beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) include salicylic acid. What is the difference between the alpha and beta hydroxy acids? A few small differences in their chemical makeup means that AHAs are water soluble while BHAs are oil…

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Acne 101: Treating Pimples

We all want clear skin, especially if you have been suffering from acne. Pimples, blemishes, zits… no matter what you call them, you don’t want to have them on your face. But do you feel like you’re piling pimple cream on to your face and the only result is dry, flaky skin that happens to have even more zits? If you want clear skin, you need to take a systematic approach to treating pimples. First,…

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The Epidermis

The epidermis is our outermost layer of skin, and can vary in thickness from 0.05 mm (eyelids) to over 1.5 mm (soles of the feet). There are no blood vessels within the epidermis, and the openings to hair follicles, sweat and oil glands are in the epidermis (the rest of these specialized units are within the dermis). The Layers of the Epidermis The epidermis is separated from the dermis by a basement membrane, but this…

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The Subcutaneous Tissue

The subcutaneous tissue is the last of our skin layers to review. This layer contains a lot of blood vessels and nerves, and provides a lot of support to the skin above. This layer is made up primarily of fat lobules, held together with Collagen bundles. The subcutaneous tissue layer is where you get a lot of your shots, and although technically this is a layer of fat underneath the skin itself, this layer is…

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How Soap and Cleansers Work

If you use nothing else on your skin, I know you do use a cleanser! There is a huge array of products out on the market, with many different price points, different additives and different formulations. Here I’ll be reviewing how soap and cleansers work to clean your skin. Pretty much all how soap and cleansers work this way, whether it is Dawn Dish Soap or a super expensive facial cleanser from Chanel. Quick, read…

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