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Addressing Acne and Aging From the Inside Out

By: JoElle Lee
Posted: January 2, 2014, from the January 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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As the demand for speedy results with skin care treatments continues to grow, skin care professionals may find themselves consulting with their clients about much more than treatment and product regimens. They will soon discover that, in order to achieve the most effective results, a partnership will have to be formed with clients in order to approach unwanted skin conditions from the inside out. Skin problems are usually related to a dysfunction or imbalance occurring deep within the body, and it is at this level the skin also has to be treated.

Unfortunately, this is often overlooked by most skin care professionals, and these skin problems are mainly addressed with only invasive treatments and harsh products. The way a client’s skin looks can tell you a lot about the person’s overall health. This is why it is so important to partner with your client to find a long-term solution that treats the root cause of the skin problem. No matter the client’s age, healthy, clear skin can be achieved—and the aging process can be delayed—with a holistic approach.

There are multiple skin conditions commonly treated by skin care professionals, but because acne and aging are the two most common, the root causes and holistic recommendations for these conditions will be examined in this article.

Root causes: adult active acne

Hormones and inflammation. Although acne is known for being a common problem during adolescent years, there has been an increasing frequency of acne cases in adults. Hormones play a significant role in adult active acne and can fluctuate at times other than adolescence—most notably during pregnancy, around the time of menses or menopause, and during periods of emotional stress. Oral contraceptives can also affect hormone production. All of these factors can lead to clogged and infected pores, resulting in increased bacteria and yeast overgrowth on the skin, often causing skin inflammation. Superficial inflammation results in pustule formation and skin redness. Inflammation that occurs deeper in the skin can result in the formation of nodules, cysts and possibly scars.

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