The Skin Guru
The Anatomy of a Pimple

A lot of my clients tell me they don’t exfoliate and they don’t seem to understand why a skin care routine that includes exfoliation is important and will help prevent breakouts.

Take a look at the photo below and you can see how getting rid of dead skin cells and debris will help stop the cycle of breakouts before they begin.

The Other Cause of Wrinkles: Sugar

It’s not just the sun that causes the most noticeable skin damage as we age. Some of the world’s top Dermatologists have revealed their findings about how excess sugar in our bodies breaks down and damages the proteins in our skin that are responsible for keeping our skin looking young and firm. Simply cutting sugar from our diet won’t help because our bodies end up converting many types of foods into sugar in a process called glycation. However, there is hope:

While glycation can’t be completely stopped (after all, we can’t stop eating), there are a number of pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies that have been working on “glycation busters” that have the ability to break the glycation-related cross-linking that’s already formed.

More on the subject here.

Low Quality Sleep = Faster Skin Aging

Getting a good night’s sleep aids many aspects of our health.  One of those benefits is more youthful looking skin, according to a recent Estee Lauder commissioned study:

“Our study is the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin aging. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure,” said Baron, director of the Skin Study Center at UH Case Medical Center and associate professor of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Insufficient sleep has become a worldwide epidemic. While chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and immune deficiency, its effects on skin function have previously been unknown.”

The researchers found statistically significant differences between good and poor quality sleepers. Poor quality sleepers showed increased signs of intrinsic skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and slackening of skin and reduced elasticity.


Homemade Skincare: Is Making Your Own Topical Vitamin C Serum A Good Idea?

If you have experienced the Iderm facial treatment at DERMASPACE , you know that a key part of this treatment’s success is the ionization of Vitamin C into the lower layers of your skin.  We achieve this through electricity, but some people have expressed interest in attempting a DIY topical serum using Vitamin C capsules that are easily found in stores.  Could it be that easy?

Dr. Schultz explains why this requires a bit of chemistry to achieve good results in the video below:

Can You Make Your Own Vitamin C Serum?

Japan’s New Beauty Trend: Snail Facials.  

And you thought an electric facial sounded strange!

How Your Skin Shows Your Stress

Managing emotional stress is no small part in achieving healthy skin:

The skin, mirror of the soul

The skin is the body’s showcase and reflects our mood. Its protective function and appearance are visibly altered in situations of ongoing stress, which can trigger disorders such as atopic dermatitis (eczema)psoriasisacne and even shingles (herpes zoster).Psychodermatology studies the effects of psychological stress on skin health; what experts on this speciality say is revealing.

When a situation overwhelms us for longer than we would like and when we feel unable to do anything to change it, we experience psychological stress. The initial response comes from the nervous system, with the brain in charge. We know that stress triggers and exacerbates most inflammatory, autoimmune and allergic skin disorders. But why does stress alter normal skin functioning? Nowadays we have scientific answers for this question. 


Read the full article in The Healthy Skin Blog

Beauty Truly Does Begin On The Inside - by Holly Headley


Billions of dollars are spent every year by consumers in the cosmeceutical industry looking for a quick way to improve the appearance and health of our skin. Women and men want to look better, but don’t always know what it takes to achieve that goal because there are so many variables. To name a few; wrinkles, sun damage, hydration, pore size, congestion, acne, and sagging.  We like to buy products that promise to be heavy-hitters in one of those areas, thinking “If I got rid of wrinkles, I would look so much better!” but if you can’t fight all types of skin disorder you will likely end up disappointed with the results you can get from one product, targeting one issue. Also important to keep in mind that anything you can buy over the counter, or even from a pharmacy is applied topically. Not to say these products aren’t doing any good, but they have to penetrate deeply in order to be affective and most simply don’t penetrate beyond the epidermis at all. 

For this reason I’m going to tell you that beauty and skin health are really truly a result of the things we put into our body, wait for it, via our mouths. Look at a growing kale leaf if you ever have a chance and see how firm, smooth, and often beautifully lustered it is. Eating attractive fruits and vegetables is putting the defense mechanisms of plants into our body and over time those nutrients will do the same for us. In my opinion this is one of the most overlooked facts about skin health out there. We think about eating right as a benefit to our “systems”, be it cardiovascual, digestive, nervous, etc…so why would it really change our outward appearance? 

Think about your circulatory system for a second. This is the system that delivers fresh blood, and oxygen to our vital organs and extremities, but it also affects what experts refer to as the “micro-circulation” system. This includes the vessels at the very ends of the circulatory system which provide the bridge between circulatory system and organ; and our skin is the largest organ we have. They are tiny blood vessels, barely measurable but they are the key to all of this. Improper functioning on this level is what leads to dullness, sallow skin, dehydration, and of course these are the precursors to the other problems I listed earlier- wrinkles, sun damage, congestion and acne.

So is the solution becoming a vegan, raw foodist that never has fun going out to dinner and only allows the freshest of fresh produce to enter into their body? Hell no!! First of all just start being MINDFUL of what you eat. Look at your food not just for how it will taste, but how it appears. Try adding in fruits and vegetables that are attractive to you, and get a variety of them. Want to cover all your nutrient bases, eat a rainbow of colors: tomatoes, oranges, squash, kale, blueberries, grapes. Opt of local produce first, organic second. If your food doesn’t have to travel across the globe it will contain more nutrients by the time it reaches your table. 

If that step seems like it would still be a stretch for you, then I have really really good news. A company called Juice Plus provides a way for us to digest the powerful phytonutrients from 25 raw fruits a vegetables daily. Across the globe, farms grow organic fruits and vegetables that are allowed to vine ripen and then are flash frozen onsite to ensure little nutrient loss in transit to America. As an esthetician I am especially excited by this product because it has been tested in over 20 double-blind placebo controlled studies from major Universities across the globe. Scientifically this is the most heavily researched product on the market that has also been proven to increase three markers of skin microcirculation; capillary blood flow, oxygen saturation of hemoglobin, and relative concentration of hemoglobin. Aside from the benefits it has for your skin this product will help with the overall health of your body by assisting in DNA repair, free-radical protection, immune system support, and so on. Visit this page to see a full list of all clinical research

So ultimately great looking skin something to be looked at from the outside, and also from the inside. At DERMASPACE we are in a unique position to support the skin from within using the galvanic current to push nutrients and anti-oxidants into the dermis.

Using a combination of healthy eating, Juice Plus and iDerm treatments we really are attacking problematic skin on all fronts. We are treating from the inside out, and then supporting from the outside in. Between these things, beautiful skin is almost guaranteed to occur.

Holly Headley is a Seattle based esthetician and Associate Skin Guru at DERMASPACE.