Acne Solutions

Blackheads, the silent epidemic?

Blackheads, the silent epidemic?

Are stubborn blackheads standing in between you and flawless skin?

If so, you're not alone. In fact, chronic blackheads are among the top frustratingly hard-to-get-rid-of skin issues as scrubs, masks, biore strips and drying potions achieve momentary relief at best. That's because there is more to the story.

Have you ever wondered where blackheads come from? Hint: It's not because you have large pores, oily skin or are genetically pre-disposed.

Skin issues are rarely isolated, and blackheads are no exception. That is why focusing on treating just the surface doesn't seem to have lasting results. A "perfect storm" of internal imbalances and external influences is typically involved and treating them successfully requires us to think like Nancy Drew.

Skin Perfection Series: The Lipid Barrier

Skin Perfection Series:                                                            The Lipid Barrier

Did you know that healthy barrier function is perhaps one of the most important aspects of skin health and aging?

According to medical skin experts, optimal skin health reflects the following key elements:

  • Healthy Barrier Function

  • Flexibility and Strength

  • Even Color 

  • Good Circulation

  • Hydration

  • “Bounceback”

As our skin's first line of defense to the outside world, the outer layer of skin, the Stratum Corneum (CF), is a protective, waterproof shield consisting of dead, protein-rich skin cells containing Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) which help bind water to the cells. Surrounding these cells are lipids such as ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acid. Together this protective matrix of protein, water, and oil function to prevent water evaporating from the skin and from external threats and irritants entering our skin. If our barrier has been impaired by over washing, exfoliating, harsh ingredients, excessively hot showers or neglect, we are vulnerable to invasion of pathogens, environmental pollutants including chemicals, heavy metals, EMF's and other sources of damaging particles.