Interesting tips and facts for your skin!

What is Acne?

What is Acne?

For most people, acne is an inherited condition of the pores. When someone is prone to acne, their pores clog with dead skin cells much faster than normal. Healthy pores shed about one layer of dead skin cells per day inside the pore, but acne-prone pores shed up to five layers of dead skin cells per day. The body just can’t keep up with keeping the pore clear. Technically, this is called “retention hyperkeratosis” — dead skin cells shedding more quickly than the pore can expel them.

This first picture is of a normal healthy pore.

As the dead skin cells begin to accumulate inside the pore, the cells become sticky and get stuck inside the pore and form a plug. Medically, this is called a “microcomedone” – essentially the precursor to all acne. As you can see in this picture, there are more dead skin cells shedding inside the pore.

Hormonal fluctuations trigger more oil production inside the pore. Normally, this isn’t a problem because the dead skin cells don’t get trapped. But with acne prone-skin, when the dead skin cells shed more quickly and form a blockage, the perfect environment for the P. Acnes bacteria is created. The oil is a nutrient for the bacteria, so the bacteria proliferates. So you see, bacteria is not the “cause” of acne, it is the effect of too many dead skin cells. This is an important distinction to remember.

But, some people don’t get inflamed lesions — inflammation is also an inherited tendency. If the dead skin cells and the oil that form the plug don’t become inflamed, the plug becomes a whitehead; that is, a non-inflamed lesion under the skin, also called a “closed comedone”.

Or the plug can become a blackhead, which is a non-inflamed acne lesion where the pore remains open, also known as an “open comedone”. In the case of a blackhead, the tip of the plug darkens as it is exposed to oxygen in the environment. As the oil in the pore builds up, inflammation can develop in the cells surrounding the pore. Blackheads can be infected or not depending on whether the P. acnes bacteria have affected the cells around the pore.

As the oil and the dead skin cells build up, they put pressure on the cells surrounding the pore. With enough pressure, the sides of the pore rupture and the contents of the pore leak into the surrounding skin. Because this sebaceous material contains a lot of P. acnes bacteria, the surrounding skin now becomes infected, creating a red bump that we know as a pimple. The medical term for this red bump is aninflammatory papule.

This next drawing shows a pustule, which is different from a pimple only in that it contains white blood cells. When the immune system fights off the P. acnes infection, white blood cells, which are soldiers of the immune system — pile up, creating pus in the pore.

Now another, deeper inflamed lesion can form called a nodule. It is a solid dome-shaped lesion that extends below the surface, deep into the layers of the skin. Scarring is common with nodules and can sometimes leave an impaction behind, which can flare again and again. When a group of pustules cluster together under the skin, they form a cyst. An acne cyst can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled, and can have a diameter of 5mm or more across. They are usually very painful and scarring is common with cysts.

Conclusion:
So you see, acne is primarily an inherited dead skin cell problem. Most acne, no matter what form it takes, starts with microcomedones.This means the solution lies in products that penetrate the pore and prevent dead skin cells from building up. That’s why your home care routine is so crucial — it’s all about preventing the microcomedones (the beginning of acne) from forming at all.

By Face Reality Acne Clinic -Laura

 

Four Easy Steps to Summer Skin Survival

Are you worried about the damage that you will accumulate during the summer months. Fear no more! Here are four easy steps to help you through the summer months.

STEP 1

Hydrate skin with our heavy water spray, CUCUMBER SPRITZ.  This is also great to keep in the cooler or refrigerator and spray on throughout the day.

STEP 2

Remind your clients to bump up their antioxidant support before applying sunscreen with ANTIOXIDANT COMPLEX SERUM to provide a healthy foundation and added support for those dry, summer skins..

STEP 3

Next, Rhonda Allison’s eZINC PROTECTION CREAM is loaded with UV support and antioxidants for hydrating, healing protection.  Natural Zinc Oxide and pure healthy ingredients give your clients’ skin hydration they will feel all day

STEP 4

Layer over or mix DAYTIME DEFENSE SPF30 with eZinc Protection Cream to create one of the most powerful SPF moisturizers on the market today.  Not only one of the best youth-enhancing topicals you can use, but also one of the healthiest sunscreens available.

When used in tandem, the skin is adequately hydrated and protected, and also gets a healthy dose of antioxidants. Here are a few additional tips:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Avoid tanning beds, and use caution near water, snow and sand
  • Opt for a sunless tanner like the Bronzed DN-Age Self Tanner
  • Wear a hat and clothing that offers SPF protection
  • Hydrate – always carry water with you
  • Boost internal antioxidant support of the skin with antioxidant supplements

Call Pristine Clinical Skin Care today (831) 462-2690

7 Wonders of Water

WebMD

Water Boosts Your Energy

If you’re feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel fatigued.

Water helps the blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.

If you’re getting enough water, your heart also doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout your body.

Stay Slimmer With Water

Trying to lose weight? Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full.

Replace calorie-laden beverages with water, and drink a glass before meals to help you feel fuller.

Drinking more water also helps amp up metabolism – especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.

Lower Stress With Water

85% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, both your body and your mind will be stressed.

If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already a little dehydrated.

To keep stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or tote a sports bottle and sip regularly.

Build Muscle Tone With Water

Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body.

When you’re well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without “hitting the wall.”

Nourish Your Skin

Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Water is nature’s own beauty cream.

Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger.

It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, leaving your face clean, clear, and glowing.

Stay Regular With Water

Along with fiber, water is essential to good digestion.

Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract.

If you’re dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.

Water Reduces Kidney Stones

The rate of painful kidney stones is rising because people – including children – aren’t drinking enough water.

Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones.

Kidney stones can’t form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water!

About Rhonda Allison (Products and Company)

The Mission of Rhonda Allison & Company is to bring honor and integrity to the profession of aesthetics.

We are committed to excellence for the growth and enhancement of aestheticians. Further, it is our promise to bring each and every client’s skin to its optimum potential for health and beauty and provide continued support, service, and information. Forerunners in science-based skin care, Rhonda Allison products are a natural selection!

We are a professional skin care company that offers not only cosmeceutical skin care products to licensed aesthetic facilities, but extensive education and services as well. Not just another mainstream cosmeceutical line, a choice that was made in order to bring more active formulas to the market requiring professional guidance in its use and application of the RA Systems, the Rhonda Allison difference lives up to its reputation as a leader in this field.

Rhonda Allison, the founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Clinical Enterprises, respected world-wide for her innovative work with acids and chemical peels, is known as a highly respected speaker, author, and educator who has worked behind the aesthetic chair for 30 years. It was from observing and understanding the importance of getting results for clients that Rhonda personally researched, formulated and developed a skin care line using only pure, fresh, quality-driven ingredients – everything today’s discerning consumer wants!

Ms. Allison became excited about skin peels during a time when little was known on the subject. In 1992, after many years of education, experimentation, trial and error, and collaboration with medical doctors and biochemists, Rhonda produced a groundbreaking video titled The Art of Skin Peeling that revolutionized her industry. She again raised the industry standards with her professional, step-by-step instructional book Cooking With Acids. Because of Allison’s approach to results-driven skin care and her uncanny ability to develop superior acid formulas, Rhonda Allison Clinical Enterprises continues to offer cutting edge services and products along with a full DVD library featuring advanced clinical skin treatments.

We here at Rhonda Allison are dedicated to offering the purest, quality skin nutrition for daily home use and the most effective, safe, result oriented professional treatments available. Always looking to nature for inspiration, Rhonda blends the best of active natural ingredients with highly beneficial, scientifically developed compounds to create a synergy of superior professional treatments and customized home care products that will transform the condition of your skin.

“No Animal Testing only Human Testing.” The Rhonda Allison Company and its affiliates are environmentally aware of the planet and endeavor to GO GREEN whenever possible.  By Rhonda Allison – Thank you

Full line at Pristine Clinical Skin Care – (831) 462-2690

Fresh as a daisy


Antioxidant Smoothie

Recipe

2 cups mixed frozen berries (9oz.)
1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

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