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Tips on how to get rid of acne scars

Tips on how to get rid of acne scars

by Nicole Mandallaz acne, blog, scars, tips Leave a comment

Tips on how to get rid of acne scars

This can be a complicated topic as there are different types of scars post acne that require different ways to correct, and also involves the lengthy topic of wound healing.  But for the most part, in general, all acne scars can be improved with some basic things.

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5 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day For Healthier Skin

5 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day For Healthier Skin

by Nicole Mandallaz 5 things for healthier skin, barrier, facewash, healthy skin, sun protection, sunblock, sunscreen Leave a comment

5 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day For Healthier Skin

You'll see me say this over and over again.  While professional and in office skin treatments can absolutely be transformative, it's truly what you do every day that creates the biggest impact on how your skin looks, feels and behaves. 

So here are 5 things you should be doing EVERY DAY for healthier skin.  Some of these you may not have thought about being important to how your skin is doing, so I am here to tell you and explain why.

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salicylic acid effects on skin

salicylic acid effects on skin

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Salicylic Acid Effects On Skin Salicylic acid is one of the most common acne treating ingredients on the market.  But how does it actually work in the skin?  Why is it so popular?  Let's take a further look... What Exactly is Salicylic Acid? Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid originally derived from willow bark, wintergreen leaves and sweet birch.  It is oil soluble, meaning it binds to oil, where most other acids like Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as glycolic and lactic acids are water-soluble so they bind to water.  So how does it work then?  Salicylic acid works to clear the skin in a few ways: Because of its oil solubility it attracts to the naturally occurring oils in the skin.  It also has a larger molecule structure than alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic, which helps it penetrate deeper directly into pores and follicles, where it can then break up clogged material in them.  It also helps break up intracellular cement which is the sort of "glue" that holds skin cells together.  This creates exfoliation over all. Salicylic acid also belongs to a group of chemicals called salicylates, which includes aspirin, other pain relieving medications and plants (like willow herb and birch).  Because of this, it also has proven anti-inflammatory benefits in the skin, making it particularly helpful to bring down redness and swelling associated with inflamed acne and ingrown hairs.  But also, because of this, people allergic to aspirin should avoid salicylic containing products and peels. What sort of skin issues should it be used for? We recommend using salicylic acid based products or receiving salicylic based peels for issues with inflamed acne, rosacea and ingrown hairs.  It can be quite drying so a good barrier restoring moisturizer and or hydrating serum should be used with it.          

Stress and the effects on the skin

Stress and the effects on the skin

by Nicole Mandallaz acne, chapped skin, dry skin, eczema, rashes, ski, stress, stress effects on the skin Leave a comment

Stress and the effects on the skin

Ok, so this post is particularly personal, as managing stress has always been a challenge for me.  I know this is common, as I have also seen the detrimental effects of long term stress in the skin of so many clients. I can definitely relate, as I know stress has been my personal largest aging factor. 

stressed man

Besides UV damage and diet, stress is one of the major causes of aging and inflammation in the skin and the body.  

Skin is the primary sensing organ for external stressors, like heat, cold, pain, and tension, so it makes sense that stress would have such an impact on it.  Let's see further why and what we can do about it, shall we.  Let's all take a deep cleansing breath and read further...

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Skincare While Wearing a Mask

Skincare While Wearing a Mask

by Nicole Mandallaz #clearskincare, acne, acne causes, mask, maskne 2 comments

Skincare While Wearing a Mask

There is no better time to address the dreaded issue of "maskne" (acne caused by mask wearing), than the one day of the year we normally enjoy wearing a mask when it's not a pandemic, Halloween!!! 

So of course, as your skin and acne expert, I have all the details on the main causes of maskne and what we can do to help fix and prevent it from happening.  Let's look further...

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Common Face Washing Mistakes

Common Face Washing Mistakes

by Nicole Mandallaz #clearskincare, acne, acne causes, aging, face wash, facewash, makeup wipes, mistakes, oil, skin mistakes Leave a comment

Common Face Washing Mistakes

  Most of you know and hear over and over again in magazines, blogs and from your estheticians that you should be washing your face before bed.  Not washing your face at night is the biggest mistake you can make for your skin besides not wearing SPF.  All the aging pollution particles, makeup and built up sebum from the day in your pores mix together by the end of the day into a not so refreshing cocktail in your pores.  Your skin regenerates and heals itself to repair from the damage of the day, so washing at night is so important.

  But did you know that there are also many face washing mistakes that can lead to an impaired barrier or even cause breakouts too?  Lets look further into the top 3...

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