Hormones & Acne

When talking about hormones in relation to acne, there are three types that stand out as major culprits. 

  1. Androgens/Testosterone 
  2. Cortisol
  3. Insulin/ Carbohydrates/ Glucose

How Androgens Affect Skin-

One of the most well know androgen hormone is Testosterone. It might be surprising to know that androgens are “male hormones” and are “present in both men and women.” (1) Persistent androgen hormones tell sebaceous glands to overproduce sebum, and control the development of skin cells that line the pore itself. 

In other words not only do we have to worry about our sebum levels, we also have to keep in mind cellar proliferation (shedding), since androgens depict the amount of skin cells per follicle, hormonal acne sufferers need to be diligent about exfoliating to insist on healthy turnover. 

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Seasonal Changes and Skin

When we hear about skin fluctuations between seasons many just think about the change in environment. Humid to dry, cold to warm but is that really all that is taking a toll on our skin? Have you ever taken into account central heating or taking a hotter than usual shower in the winter months. All of these variables and many more affect the way our skin reacts. Please sit back and read all that happens when our skin withstands a climate change. 

When the leaves start changing and the humidity dissipates we can expect crisp autumn air to follow, but is that really the only change we notice? Maybe you’ve noticed a change in your skin type. Often times when fall approaches oily skin starts to act and feel more normal balanced as where normal skin starts feeling dry and flaky. Why is this? Aren’t we born with one skin type that is pertinent and never changing? That way of thinking couldn’t be farther from the truth and here's why- 

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Skin Consultations

Have I told you how important skin consultations are? They can mean the difference between a quality service with proper treatments and products to a lacking service which not only waste your time but also your money.

In order to set every spa guest up with success it is imperative that we start with a quality skin analysis. To do that I love incorporating the ancient practice of face mapping when possible.

"The history of face mapping dates back several thousands of years to the days of ancient Chinese medicine. And, although the concept has evolved over time, the core ideal remains the same: where you're breaking out is a reflection of what's going on in your body." -Refinery29

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Lash Conditioners

How do lash conditioners work and what are the benefits of using lash conditioning products?
Lash conditioners are usually applied to the base of the eyelashes at night, and contain a molecule which prolongs the hair growth cycle, and extends the life of essential cells, so that your lashes don’t fall out as often. These products also strengthen lashes by moisturizing them with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. An added benefit is, unlike with using eyelash extensions applied with glue, conditioners don’t cause damage, and can be used in conjunction with mascara and eyeliner.
What are typical ingredients used in these products and how do they encourage lash growth and benefit the lashes? Typical ingredients for these types of products are peptides, hyaluronic acid, and stem cells. These ingredients prolong the hair growth cycle, and extend the life of essential cells, so that your lashes don’t fall out as often.

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Skin Myth #9 - You don't need to use under eye creams until you're in your 30s.

Today's #SkinMythMonday is about when you should introduce a corrective eye serum. The truth its never to early to start using an eye serum or cream. You can start in your 20's to help combat the signs of aging or you can wait until your 30's to help correct fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.

Although as with anything, it is always easier to help prevent than to correct.

I will have two amazing eye serums at Nourish that I couldn't be more excited about. Depending on your specific area(s) of concern and what you want to correct, you are sure to fall in love your customized skin care plan.

SAIAN's Under eye serum focuses on the problems of under-eye puffiness, dark circles, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and poor skin circulation! A reduction of dark circles by 35% after 8 weeks, a reduction of eye puffiness of 31% in 8 weeks, and improvement of skin texture of 42% in 8 weeks!

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Meet your Aesthetician

Kim ParentWith advanced knowledge ranging from holistic skin care to brow design, Kimberly brings a unique perspective and skill set to Mint Salon Block. In addition to owning Nourish Skin Care Studio, Kimberly is a certified professional of the National Coalition of Estheticians & Associations, the highest level of certification for skin care therapists in the United States. Kimberly is passionate about serving her spa guests with outstanding care and providing an unforgettable experience with each and every service. In addition to owning and running Nourish Skin Care Studio, Kimberly and her husband Zack live in southern Maine where they love making beautiful memories with their 2 year old daughter, Ava. When they aren't spending time outside you can probably find them traveling or shopping at a local farmer’s market.

Skin Sin - I use St. Ives Apricot scrub on my face.

How many of you have used or at least seen this product on store shelves? It's no surprise that so many people fall into this trap of marketing and bad labeling. "America's #1 Scrub brand" claims to gently exfoliate pores before blemishes can occur, when in fact in most cases it does the opposite.

For many consumers this scrub in particular is so abrasive that it actually leaves micro-cuts along the skin's surface causing tearing, erythema(redness), and irritation resulting in a breading ground of blemish causing bacteria.

There is also the concern of misuse (as with any over the counter product) but more so with products that insinuate the "scrub your pores clean and stop blemishes." With this way of thinking many people tend to over use, sometimes twice a day-making their skin so much worse and starting the chain of inflamed, acne prone skin.

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Skin Sin - I buy skin care products on Amazon.

Today's #SkinSin is cringe worthy and is something that really needs to be addressed. Unfortunately you aren't alone in this either, skin care products have become a commodity on sites like Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist and are now overflowing onto social media platforms and discount stores like Tj Maxx.

I get it, we all love a good deal. Especially now when skin care is becoming more mainstream and is in high demand. But when it comes to you'r health, is it really worth it? Buying from unauthorized online retailers or third party sites selling old, expired products, or even dangerous fakes to make a buck, is something that professionals are seeing A LOT of. The cost might be greater than the amount of money you saved.

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Skin Myth #8 - Junk food causes acne.

Fact: “So far, no studies have shown a direct correlation between junk food and breakouts or acne,” says David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. And most of the other dermatologists interviewed for this story agree with Bank. However, associations have recently been made between the consumption of high-glycemic foods (typically foods that contain refined carbohydrates) and breakouts among people who are acne-prone.

Why? Inflammation is known to aggravate acne, and high-glycemic foods (such as white rice, sweets, and sugary drinks) can raise blood sugar and insulin levels quickly, leading to inflammation. And though dark chocolate may in fact offer multiple health benefits, milk chocolate is being called into question as a possible cause of acne. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Italian researchers found that drinking more than three glasses of full-fat or skim milk a week could increase the risk of moderate to severe acne in those who are predisposed to flare-ups. The key, says Harper, is to limit these possible triggers and balance them out with foods and beverages that contain anti-inflammatory benefits, such as green tea, broccoli, and fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked with a 32 percent decreased risk of acne when eaten at least once a week.

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Kim Parent
Nourish Skin Care Studio
Mint Salon Block at Tidewater
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Falmouth, ME 04105

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