SkinScience https://skinscience.md Best Scientific Skin Care Clinic in Calgary ~ Science Based Laser Hair Removal, Chemical Peels, Dermaplaning, Microneedling, Marie Bertrand Blog Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:09:19 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://skinscience.md/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-SkinScience-Wheel-1-32x32.png SkinScience https://skinscience.md 32 32 How to Know if You Have Fungal Acne ~ and How to Treat it https://skinscience.md/how-to-know-if-you-have-fungal-acne-and-how-to-treat-it/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-know-if-you-have-fungal-acne-and-how-to-treat-it https://skinscience.md/how-to-know-if-you-have-fungal-acne-and-how-to-treat-it/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:02:37 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=39941 This is not just another acne blog. Fungal Acne is an ongoing problem that many people struggle with. Fungal Acne – is that even a thing? Well, it is and if you suffer from acne and have tried multiple products, facials and treatments only to have your condition worsen then you may be suffering from fungal acne (AKA Pityrosporum folliculitis or Malassezia folliculitis). Unfortunately, fungal acne often goes misdiagnosed by family physicians and aestheticians alike.

The skin is an incredibly dynamic and complex ecosystem of microflora flooded with bacteria, viruses, and fungi that interact with each other and with us. Research continues to investigate how all of these micro-organisms network, what they do for us, and what we do for them. The reality is, certain micro-organisms are needed for healthy skin, while others can cause disease or set the playing field for disease.

What is Fungal Acne anyway?

We all have a magical ecosystem of microflora living on our skin. What is that? Bacteria and fungi! The good, the bad and the ugly living in harmony together on your skin. Until…dysbiosis occurs. How does this happen? Well, there are a number of possibilities which may lead to the skin responding in a way that shows up as red, itchy acneic looking skin. This fungus then feeds on oil on our skin and inside our pores including other oils or oil-rich ingredients that are applied to the skin. Yes! Your products that you thought were helping solve the problem could very well be perpetuating it.

What causes Fungal Acne?

Contributing factors of Fungal Acne can one or many of the following but not limited to:

Antibiotics:

Long-term use of topical or oral antibiotics such as clindamycin doxycycline and minocycline can make fungal acne worse. Antibiotics cannot differentiate from good or bad bacteria, so it kills all of it, which creates dysbiosis, which allow the fungi on the skin to proliferate.

Humidity:

Yeast thrives in warm, humid places. Fungal acne is more common in these types of climates and seasons. Keep this in mind after your workout! Always make sure you shower and dry off well! Sweating and using products that contain oil (fatty acids) is a haven for fungal acne.

Skincare Products:

Yeast feeds on oil! If you’re using skincare or makeup that contain certain types of fatty acid, oils, esters and some polysorbates (even small amounts), it could be a trigger. The list of ingredients that can exacerbate fungal acne is vast. Therefore, we will focus on ingredients that will counter it.

Diet:

While diet usually isn’t the initial cause of a fungal acne outbreak, once there is an existing imbalance your diet can play significant role, especially if it is high in sugar. Think about a candida dietand then a probiotic. Yeast will thrive in this environment.

Inflammation:

Those who have a condition that suppresses the immune system and those who take immunosuppressant medication may also be vulnerable to fungal acne. A suppressed immune system prevents proper regulation of Malassezia, allowing the yeast to grow freely.

Immuno-compromised:

Research indicates higher incidences of fungal acne among patients with diabetes, HIV, Hodgkin’s disease, organ or bone marrow transplant recipients, or those with nutritional disorders, neurotransmitter abnormalities, and immunologic deficiencies.

How do I tell the difference between Acne and Fungal Acne?

Location:

While fungal acne can potentially happen anywhere on the body, a common way to tell the difference between fungal acne and traditional bacterial acne is often, but not always, the location. Traditional acne typically occurs primarily on the cheeks, jawline, and T-zone (this includes the forehead, nose and chin). The Acne along the hairline or on your upper back, shoulders, and upper chest is more commonly associated with fungal acne, but there are always exceptions to the rule! We are all different and nothing is surprising when it comes to fungal acne. H3: Appearance: Fungal acne can appear as small, uniform red bumps filled with pus. However, when comparing, traditional acne comedones, it may progress at different rates and can largely vary in severity and size. Fungal acne is quite often ITCHY and sometimes even burns! Whereas traditional acne, typically doesn’t present with that characteristic. It also can be especially uncomfortably worse on those hot humid summer days which Calgary weather is fortunately or unfortunately however you may see it, usually lacking.

Biopsy:

If, however, you still find that you are unsure, you can always choose to seek the expertise of a board-certified Dermatologist. They may also let you know which strain(s) of fungi you have, as there is a vast array of them. This process is usually done through a shave biopsy or culture in one of the areas where you have the majority of activity (i.e. upper back, chest, shoulders, scalp, or t-zone area of the face). Although, this isn’t even 100% definitive as the majority of the fungi live within the follicle as opposed to the surface of the skin. Ideally a sample of what is extracted from the follicle would give a truer picture. Keep in mind you may need a referral from your primary health care provider and waits to be seen in some provinces can be up to one year.

Don’t let this discourage you! Read on because help may be on the way!

How is Fungal Acne treated?

Ketoconazole:

Most fungal acne will respond well to ketoconazole 2% which is a broad spectrum anti-fungal agent which can be applied topically and is used as a first line defense for fungal acne. For more severe conditions an oral anti-fungal of itraconazole, fluconazole, ketoconazole and terbinafine may be introduced short term.

Zinc Pyrithione:

Is also known as a mild anti-fungal and keratolytic agent, studies have shown that it’s less effective than ketoconazole at inhibiting fungal acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide:

Can be an effective ingredient (antimicrobial) to fight both acne bacteria and yeast. However, is best when applied and left on the skin for 10-20mins then rinsed off to avoid dehydrating the skin.

Salicylic acid:

Is a keratolytic and has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It’s an oil-soluble hydroxy acid, and desmolytic agent. What does that mean? It does an effective job at dissolving all the fungi that accumulate inside of clogged pores as well as removal of dead skin cells.

Sulfur:

Washes or masks containing sulfur can be useful. Sulfur is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, allowing it to regulate fungal or yeast production and remove it from within your pores.

Azelaic acid:

This natural ingredient and commonly used to treat fungal acne as well as rosacea which can also have fungal acne properties. It may help by regulating the fatty acid content in your skin, a common mechanism used by antifungals. As the yeast or fungi/survive on the fatty acids and oils in the skin, reducing the free fatty acid content may help to reduce the yeast population.

Caprylic acid:

Products containing this powerful antifungal property have been shown in studies to inhibit several fungi species.

Cinnamic acid:

Derived from cinnamon oil, cinnamic acid has been shown to possess antifungal activity against a variety of fungi species.

Tea tree oil:

Derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, it is a well known antimicrobial. In vitro studies show that it may be effective in inhibiting several species of fungi and we know there are many.

Remember, there may be other ingredients not listed that you find work well for your particular case and some ingredients in this list that don’t agree with you. Let’s remember, we are all individuals and may respond differently to each ingredient. Best defense is try introducing one ingredient at a time to prevent any negative reactions.

An important note on sunblock – “Sunblock makes me breakout” – Quite a few acne clients don’t want to wear sunblock because quite often they say sunblock will make them breakout. Yes, you may be right! Read your ingredients and ensure you are applying sunblock with ONLY physical ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide, any additional ingredients or chemical sunblock can inflame acne or even cause breakouts, they also have been proven to cause hormonal disruption. It doesn’t matter what skin colour you have, you need sun protection. Read more about it here: Anti-aging & Sunscreens NCBI publication.

Supplements that might help fungal acne

Probiotics:

Studies have shown that supplementation of Lactobacillus paracasei reduces fungi. Probiotics improve fungal acne. Your gut microbiome balances the microbiome in other parts of your body, including your skin. Remember your skin is telling a story. If your skin isn’t happy, you should question, what is going on with the rest of my body?

In-office Treatments:

Yes! Do find a trusted clinic who is experienced in treating fungal acne and is able to provide you with treatments to clean and unclog your pores, give advice on products etc… and work together to help keep your skin clean, clear, healthy and strong.

It is possible to live fungal acne free. Don’t feel like there is something wrong with you or suffer in silence because it just won’t clear up. If you have had fungal acne once you are susceptible to have future outbreaks or perhaps yours has never cleared up. Addressing your skin concerns and getting a prompt and accurate diagnosis is the first step to clean, clear, healthy skin!

The SkinScience Team

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Acne 101 ~ What you need to truly understand acne https://skinscience.md/acne_calgary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=acne_calgary https://skinscience.md/acne_calgary/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 22:39:14 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=39705 Acne-prone skin, in Calgary and all over the world, is the most common dermatological disorder that people; female, male, young and old will seek professional treatments yearly.  Acne does not discriminate.  Every walk of life, every ethnicity, every socio-economic background is vulnerable to this inflammatory skin condition. This dreaded four letter word has plagued people since the beginning of time.  Acne can be a complex and multifaceted condition that ranges from very mild to painfully severe and everything in between. At SkinScience, we believe each case should be treated equally and with immense attention and care. 

Whether you’re reading your first blog, tenth or 100th, know this: you are not alone, you matter, and you are a beautiful being with or without acne. Yes, acne can be a socially debilitating condition causing anxiety, depression, OCD and more. Today, you have come to the right place to be heard. We get it, but we can also help you solve it!  Knowledge is power, so let’s educate you on this somewhat complicated topic.

ACNE FACTS 101

Facts:

Hormonal changes can trigger acne: Girls and woman alike have already figured this one out and have seen first-hand what happens to their skin throughout their cycles, and into perimenopause and menopause.

Acne has predominantly an inflammatory factor.  In the body, there are anti and pro-inflammatory interleukins and acne happens to be associated with the pro-inflammatory interleukins in the body and there are a large range of variables that can cause this.  The takeaway from this is to understand that inflammation mitigation is going to be a key factor in acne control.  I have attached a link for those interested in learning more about interleukins Interleukins – NCBI.

Diet affects acne

Food sensitivity can cause an inflammatory response in your body.  Most of us have some degree of intolerance to dairy, whether we recognize it or not.    Dairy is an extremely pro-inflammatory food which can be a culprit for many individuals, not just for their skin but within their entire gastro-intestinal tract as well. Also, high glycemic foods can trigger acne in certain individuals.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24719062/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27061046/

Stress affects acne

Cortisol is the stress hormone responsible for our fight or flight response and chronic stress will raise cortisol and negatively affect other anti-inflammatory mediators which in turn will raise inflammation. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28871928/

Poor sleep can affect acne

Moreover, poor sleep raises cortisol and inhibits the body’s natural ability to repair and rejuvenate thus raising inflammation and oxidative stress.

Ingredients matter

Interestingly, using products with ingredients that clog pores or cause inflammation ie. parabens, sulphates, silicones, fragrance this list is a long one, we were going to attach a list of ingredients to avoid but the list is so long we have decided to attach a link to which ingredients are the most effective when trying to control acne. Effective acne ingredients – Mayo Clinic.

Clogged pores can affect acne

For every clogged pore there is risk of a future pimple.

Bacteria can be associated with acne

Most acne has a component of the C. acnes bacteria (Cutibacterium), formerely known as P. acnes (Propionibacterium) bacteria. 

MYTHS

FALSE: Poor hygiene can cause acne

Acne is not due to dirty skin and doesn’t reflect personal hygiene habits, however we don’t recommend not cleansing our skin on a regular basis. Blackheads are dirt-filled pores – wrong! They’re dark because the oil in them has oxidized, this happens when it comes into contact with air.  In fact, washing vigorously and exfoliating too often may make acne worse by irritating the skin, and causing inflammation and dehydration, especially if you are using products that contain harsh or stripping ingredients.

FALSE: Acne is just a phase

Your acne condition may clear up with time, but acne can get worse before it improves. The longer you have acne, the greater the risks of permanent scarring.  This risk increases with the darker your natural skin color, however, lighter skins are not immune to PIH.  Here’s a recent medical journal publication on PIH, Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and the recent research and treatment options available: Clinical publication NCBI on PIH.  

FALSE: Acne is contagious

You can’t get acne from contact with someone who has it: Acne may be unsightly and embarrassing, but it is not contagious.

Sun exposure and tanning clear up skin: Neither outdoor nor indoor tanning will help acne over time. Being in the sun can help initially by drying up skin lesions and surface oils, and masking spots by tanning, but the effect is only temporary.  More often, people will experience an acne flare-up after UV exposure.  Sun exposure also raises the risk of skin cancer and don’t think it won’t happen to you! It can happen to anyone, and it does. 

Acne can present itself in a number of different ways and believe it or not it is quite possible to have one, two or all of the below listed types on your face or body. Acne cases should always be assessed individually and can vary greatly between grades.

What type of acne do you have?

  • Grade 1,2 blackheads – small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; 
  • Grade 1, 2 whiteheads – have a similar appearance to blackheads, but may be firmer and will not empty when squeezed 
  • Grade 1, 2 comedones/papules – small red bumps that may feel tender or sore 
  • Grade 1, 2 pustules – similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre, caused by a build-up of pus 
  • Grade 3, 4 nodules – large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful 
  • Grade 3, 4 cysts –  also known as acne conglobata, the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they present as large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring

Ok, you now know the facts and myths about acne and hopefully have a better understanding of what type of acne you suffer from, what’s next?

An important note on sunblock

“Sunblock makes me breakout” – Quite a few acne clients don’t want to wear sunblock because quite often they say sunblock will make them breakout.  Yes, you may be right!  Make sure you read your ingredients and apply sunblock with ONLY physical ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide, any additional ingredients or chemical sunblock can inflame acne or even cause breakouts, they also have been proven to cause hormonal disruption. It doesn’t matter what skin colour you have, you need sun protection. Read more about it here: Anti-aging & Sunscreens NCBI publication.

The most effective way to control acne is to address it and make a plan with a trusted clinic who will listen to your concerns and is willing to guide you and work together to make positive changes as soon as possible.  Take your time to find a clinic who is experienced with acne and treats each case individually.  No two cases are the same, just like no two people are the same.  What works for one may not work for another.  

Please note! Acne is not the only condition that presents with red, inflamed bumps on the face. Always ensure you are properly diagnosed by a qualified health care professional before beginning any treatment.

Acne can be pretty overwhelming, but taking one step further in a positive direction, is one step further in the right direction. We hope this blog has helped to inform you more on acne and given you the tools to make a plan for your acne’s future. Acne doesn’t define you and it shouldn’t prevent you from being everything you want to be. Remember, sometimes the hardest thing to wear is our own skin.

In healthy skin,

The SkinScience Team

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So You Got a Sunburn…Now What? https://skinscience.md/so-you-got-a-sunburn-now-what/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=so-you-got-a-sunburn-now-what https://skinscience.md/so-you-got-a-sunburn-now-what/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=39282 “I have a sunburn. What now?”

It’s a good question, Calgary. In fact, it’s such a good question that, when I answered it the first time in my original blog, it landed me a spot on CTV live!

Because the emphasis is on “staycations” this summer due to COVID-19, it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind. After all, how burned can you get in our own backyard, right? Wrong!

In light of needing to remain in our communities this summer, I’ve buckled down to update my original “So You Got a Sunburn… Now What?” guide to keep your skin glowing all summer long.

Sunburn Tip #1: Be Sun-Savvy

As mentioned in “Sun Protection: So Much More Than Sunscreen” published earlier this month, education is everything when it comes to sun protection. The days of thinking that you can slather on the after-sun and your skin won’t reap the detriments of a sunburn are, I hope, long gone: frequently applying high-quality mineral sunscreen, covering up when you can, and being mindful of the amount of time spent out in the sun are essential for sunburn prevention.

However, life happens, and I know that (regrettably!) sunburn prevention isn’t always achievable. All it takes is one missed application and boom, your skin is itchy, red, peeling, and damaged. While I stress that you bookmark this blog as a reminder to take your sun protection seriously, let’s move on to my top-recommended tips for how to best conduct damage control after a sunburn has occurred. 

Sunburn Tip #2: Stay Out of the Sun and Take a Cool Bath

If we burned our hand we wouldn’t stick it straight back into the fire, right? Think of sun exposure in the same way! Reapply your mineral sunscreen of choice consistently and take a cool bath to soothe your skin. 

A bonus pro tip? Add oatmeal to your bath for extra immediate sunburn relief. Adding colloidal oatmeal to your bath forms a protective barrier around your skin and retains moisture, effectively alleviating inflammation.

Sunburn Tip #3: Get Creative With Aloe Vera Gel Ice Cubes

Think ice cubes are a great idea for sunburn relief? Take it one step further by switching them out for aloe vera! 

Quick, easy, and effective, putting over-the-counter aloe vera gel in ice cube trays and, once frozen, slide them onto the affected area to both quicken healing time and provide short-term relief.

Sunburn Tip #4: Whip Out a Cool Compress and Take Some Over-the-Counter Ibuprofen

Sometimes, keeping it old-school with a cold compress and some Advil is the most effective route to minimizing discomfort post-sunburn: Advil acts as a pain reliever, while a cold compress applied to the affected area helps to alleviate redness and burning. 

My favourite back when I published the original this blog was Avene Thermal Spa Water, and that recommendation still stands! When sprayed on soft cotton compress, cooled, and then applied to sunburnt areas, this anti-inflammatory thermal water is my go-to for sunburn relief.

Sunburn Tip #5: Soothe Your Skin With an Emollient Cream and Stay Hydrated

Moisturizing parched, peeling, and itchy skin is crucial during the sunburn recovery process, so storing your emollient cream of choice in the fridge for that extra cooling sensation can’t be recommended enough. Simple? Perhaps, but it can’t be overstated! Staying moisturized topically and ensuring that you’re hydrating your body are key steps towards a quick healing process.

Sunburn Tip #6: Remember That the Best Vitamin D for You is Produced by Natural Sunlight

Vitamin D promotes healthy bones, a bolstered immune system, insulin level regulation, strong lung and cardiovascular health, and boosting one’s mood; your body absorbs Vitamin D best through sun exposure, not Vitamin D in foods, topicals, or supplements, so don’t avoid the sun just because you had a bad experience! Put today’s tips in your back pocket and go reap the benefits of Vitamin D this summer: you need only ten to fifteen minutes of exposure on a small area of your skin (even just the back of your hand!) to get all the Vitamin D you need for the day.

Prevent Sunburns by Being Sun Safe, Calgary!

Reach out to SkinScience Clinic today to set up a personal consultation or book an appointment to get summer-ready, and remember: enjoy summer responsibility! Your skin will thank you.

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Sun Protection: So Much More Than Sunscreen https://skinscience.md/sun-protection-so-much-more-than-sunscreen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sun-protection-so-much-more-than-sunscreen https://skinscience.md/sun-protection-so-much-more-than-sunscreen/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=39279 Calgary, it doesn’t matter if this summer is just going to be staycation-central due to COVID-19 because the sun still shines brightly over our big skies! 

That’s why, this July, we here at SkinScience are going to be detailing everything you could ever want to know about sun protection. Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Instagram for science-backed sun protection factoids throughout the month, and keep reading to learn SkinScience Clinic’s sun protection tips, tricks, facts, and recommendations! 

SkinScience-Endorsed Sun Protection Tip of the Month: The Less Stuff You Put On Your Skin, the Better!

“Marie,” you may be thinking, “what in the world are you talking about?!” To which I’ll put it this way: one of the many well-documented topics in SkinScience’s blog section is the idea that, similarly to how you wouldn’t wear the same outfit through all four seasons, your at-home skin care routine needs to adapt accordingly to the weather. 

Meaning? That you shouldn’t be slathering your skin with heavy products; instead, keep it light and let your skin breathe by prioritizing your daytime skin care routine. Which ingredients? Well…

SkinScience-Endorsed Sun Protection Product Recommendations of the Month: Antioxidants and Mineral Sunscreens

Brace yourself for the truth bomb that is about to be dropped on you. Ready? Okay.

Some sunscreens trigger more wrinkles and fine lines than they prevent. Yes, really! We here at SkinScience Clinic know that it sounds unbelievable. The reasoning? Chemical SPF ingredients, namely Avobenzone and Octocrylene, may produce free radicals while they absorb UV rays. It’s crazy, we know! To dodge this skin care bullet, we highly recommend opting for a mineral sunscreen instead; your skin will thank you for picking one starring zinc oxide and titanium dioxide!

“What about antioxidants?” you may be wondering. Layering antioxidants in a serum beneath your sunscreen is a fantastic way to enhance your sunscreen’s protection while soothing inflammation, acne, or visible signs of aging. Depending on your skin’s needs, we here at SkinScience Clinic recommend that you choose one of the following to layer beneath your sunscreen of choice:

SkinScience-Endorsed Sun Protection Fact of the Month: The Difference Between Ultra Violet Rays (and Why it Matters!)

Not all sun protection is created equal: learning the difference between UVA, UVB, and UVC is crucial when contemplating your daily sun protection plan.

  • UVC: As strong cancer-causing UV rays, UVCs are (thankfully) absorbed by the ozone layer but can be found in man-made items such as sanitizing bulbs and mercury lamps.
  • UVB: the top cause of sunburns, brown spots and sun-related skin damage, UVBs can negatively impact unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes.
  • UVA: found both naturally and in tanning beds, UVAs penetrate both glass and clouds and are the chief perpetrator of visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and laxity.

The takeaway? Plan your sun protection regimen around what time of day you’re planning on heading out and how long you’ll be out for. With that being said, don’t skimp out on sunscreen just because you’ll be indoors: those aging rays can and will reach you, so slather on that sunscreen to save yourself grief in the long-run!

SkinScience-Endorsed Sun Protection Trick of the Month: Cover Up!

It’s so deceivingly simple, we know, but it’s one of Marie’s favourites! After all, think about it this way: the less stuff you put on your skin, the better. 

By covering up when you can (even if that means a cover-up when you’re not swimming or a wide-brimmed hat when you’re out in the garden), you dodge having to reapply your sunscreen as frequently as if you had no clothing protection at all.

In Short: Start Getting Serious About Your Sun Protection, Calgary!

Stay beautiful throughout your staycation this summer, Calgary, and be sure to keep an eye out for future blogs all about how to get the most out of your sun protection. Plus? Reach out today to talk to Marie Bertrand, SkinScience’s founder and skin care authority, or book one of our top-selling summer-ready dermaplaning treatments!

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A Strong At-Home Skin Care Routine: The “Marathon” Your Skin Deserves! https://skinscience.md/a-strong-at-home-skin-care-routine-the-marathon-your-skin-deserves/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-strong-at-home-skin-care-routine-the-marathon-your-skin-deserves https://skinscience.md/a-strong-at-home-skin-care-routine-the-marathon-your-skin-deserves/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 23:30:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=39018 Earlier this month we gave you five of our favourite at-home skin care routine tips that will keep your skin healthy and glowing regardless of whether you can come visit us at our physical location here in downtown Calgary or not (after all, despite self-isolation restrictions being lifted we never know if they could be put in place again!)

Our first and second at-home skin care blogs back in May were such a hit that we knew we had to keep the topic going… which is why we’re ending the topic with a “bang” today! Below are six of SkinScience Clinic’s best at-home skin care routine advice, product recommendations, and skin facts that will change the way you think of the “marathon” that is your home skin care regimen!

Emerging Beauty Tip #1: Sip Some Collagen

Since collagen production begins to decline in our early twenties, supplementing it quickly becomes essential for plump, youthful skin. The solution? Rather than turning to topical collagen, whose molecules are too large to properly impact our skin, adding collagen to your diet is the easiest and most consistent way you can supplement your collagen levels.

SkinScience Clinic’s pick? TruMarine Collagen’s portable collagen sticks! TruMarine Collagen is:

·        Gluten-free, caffeine-free, and artificial flavour-free

·        Rich in hydrating electrolytes

·        Packed with 2.5 grams of marine collagen per serving, meaning that it aids in not only youthful skin but lean muscle gain, jet lag recovery, and healthy nerve and muscle function!

…And so much more!

Marie’s favourite ways to take her marine collagen? In hot lemon water or protein shakes!

 Let us know in the comments: what is your favourite way of taking your collagen? We here at SkinScience are always looking to shake up the way we enjoy ours!

Emerging Beauty Tip #2: Embrace The Full Brows Nature Gave You (or Take This Time to Transform Your Sparse Brows!)

If salons are still closed when you’re reading this (and even if they’re not!), take this time to transform your eyebrows into the thick, well-framed beauties you’ve always dreamed of!

Rather than continuing to tweeze, thread, or over-shape, leave eyebrow-grooming to the professionals and give them something to work with by using AnteAGE’s best-selling Overnight BROW Serum; apply 1 – 2 times a day to stimulate even the most over-plucked of hair follicles!

Emerging Beauty Tip #3: Make Vitamin C Serum Your New Best Friend

Complete your daytime at-home skin care routine by incorporating a Vitamin C serum, which will assist in:

·        Fighting off damaging environmental free radicals

·        Reducing inflammation

·        Maximizing the effects of sunscreen

·        Bolstering your collagen levels

If your daytime skin care routine doesn’t include Vitamin C, your skin is missing out! Treat it to either our popular in-clinic 30% Vitamin C Peel or add AliquoteSkin’s Vitamin C-packed Advanced Youth Complex, which works as a powerful brightening agent and anti-aging serum that luminates skin in as little as 14 days.

Emerging Beauty Tip #4: Put Down the Sugar

Calgary, we all want to emerge from COVID-19 as healthier versions of ourselves, right? Right. Which is exactly why putting down the sugar is so crucial for both your overall health and the health of your skin.

 Ingesting sugar triggers, among other things:

·        Glycation (in other words: accelerated aging!)

·        Inflammation

·        Acne

·        Eczema

Sugar scrubs? Ditch those, too! Sugar scrubs can cause micro-tears in the skin, resulting in faster skin aging and increased inflammation. Turn to gentle biodegradable microbeads or naturally-derived acid treatments instead to combat aging rather than aiding in it.

Our top-recommended at-home anti-aging treatment? SkinCeuticals’s A.G.E Interrupter.

Emerging Beauty Tip #5: Turn to Growth Factors for Your Hair Health

We here at SkinScience Clinic are enormous advocates for growth factors: classified as a protein or steroid that regulates cellular processes, growth serums have myriad benefits and are a staple of advanced skin care products. Our latest favourite? AnteAGE’s MD Hair Microneedling Kit.

Specially formulated for slow-growing, thinning, and/or dull hair, the AnteAGE MD Hair Microneedling Kit incorporates cut-edge hair follicle science to yield real results! In fact, stay tuned on our Instagram and Facebook for astonishing before and afters.

Concerned about microneedling at home? We understand! Drop us a line today to learn if you’re a candidate for our in-clinic Growth Factor Scalp Microneedling treatment.

Emerging Beauty Tip #6: AVOID Parabens and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives!

A fact of life is that skin care ingredient labels are sneaky: they use lesser-known terms and tend to sandwich unsightly additions in the middle of the list, hoping you’ll skim over them. (We’re looking at you, fragrance!)

Parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives have been linked to certain cancers (specifically breast cancer) due to their carcinogenic traits.

Parabens are frequently disguised in skin care as Benzylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Methylparaben, and Propylparaben, while formaldehyde-releasing preservatives often go under the names DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Quaternium-15,⁠ 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, and Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.⁠

In fact, we suggest that you bookmark this blog as a quick reference the next time you’re shopping for skin care online!

We here at SkinScience are proud to carry AND formulate products that are only paraben and formaldehyde-releasing preservative-free.⁠ Why? Because, above caring about your skin’s health, we care about you!

Let Us Know Which of These Tips YOU’LL Be Implementing In Your At-Home Skin Care Routine

And book your consultation today to join the many skin care lovers in Calgary who have used our expert, customized advice to transform their skin!

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Home Skin Routine Tips That Will Keep Your Skin Radiant All Summer Long https://skinscience.md/home-skin-routine-tips-that-will-keep-your-skin-radiant-all-summer-long/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=home-skin-routine-tips-that-will-keep-your-skin-radiant-all-summer-long https://skinscience.md/home-skin-routine-tips-that-will-keep-your-skin-radiant-all-summer-long/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 23:30:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=39014 Happy June, Calgary! We here at SkinScience Clinic can hardly believe it’s summer already; because, when we were in the thick of COVID-19 we talked at length about how to treat your skin right while in self-isolation (more than once!), you may assume that we would now switch back to which services we would recommend now that self-isolation restrictions are easing, right? Wrong!

 Your home skin care routine is the marathon that keeps your skin in-shape and radiant long-term; our SkinScience-approved in-clinic treatments are the “sprints” that take your skin’s condition up one (or ten!) notches. Meaning? Your home skin care routine dictates the state of your skin long-term and, if done right, will drastically improve the results you see from your favourite in-clinic services. 

So, what do we recommend now that self-isolation has forced us to re-evaluate our home skin care routines? Keep reading to hear which at-home skin care routine tips we recommend you continue as we all emerge from our quarantine cocoons!

Emerging Beauty Tip #1: Phase a Retinoid Into Your Nighttime Routine

Touted as one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market, retinoids are Vitamin A-based products that work to combat fine lines, wrinkles, inflammation, and rough texture.

As is always the case when incorporating a new product into your at-home skin care routine, we at SkinScience recommend patch-testing, introducing only one new product at a time, and applying every other night for the first two weeks to trial your skin’s reaction. After all, everyone’s skin is unique— how your loved one’s or coworker’s skin reacted to retinoids may not be how yours will!

“But Marie,” you may be saying, “I just Googled ‘retinoids’ and was bowled over by how many there are to choose from! How do I even know which ones are reputable?” Whether you’re trying retinoids for the first-time or are looking to switch out your existing retinoids for higher-quality products, we highly recommend the DermaQuest Retexture Serum and SkinCeuticals’s retinol family (which come in strengths of 0.3%, 0.5%, and 1%.)

If you’d prefer retinoid results in conjunction with your in-clinic customized peels, the next time you come visit us here at SkinScience ask for a retinoic acid peel add-on! Guests love it for its immediate results.

 Emerging Beauty Tip #2: Toss Away All Those Products (Yes, ESPECIALLY That Toner You’ve Had for Three Years)

A show of hands: who actually cleans out their skin care? If you aren’t already recycling your expired skin care, consider this a hearty slap on the wrist. Skin care (yes, even that product you’ve had forever but swear is still in date!) can cause skin irritation and infection due to containing an influx of bacteria.

SkinScience’s recommendation? Recycle anything and everything that has been opened for over twelve months, and bin every product that you can’t remember the opening date of; finding new (and restocking your old!) skin care is as easy as the click of a button in the age of digital shopping, so jump on our online store today to restock once you’ve cleaned out your skin care collection. Your skin will thank you!

Emerging Beauty Tip #3: Slap On Those Sunglasses, Calgary!

Complaining about crow’s feet, but still wearing sunglasses only occasionally? You know better than that, Calgary!

Consistently wearing sunglasses is essential for long-term eye care, as well as shielding your delicate under eye area from sun damage and excessive squinting. In fact, because the skin around your eyes is so thin, it’s more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles than any other part of our body.

Combat that with Colorescience’s Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF (formulated to visibly improve dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and fine lines!) or SkinCeuticals’s Physical Eye UV Defense, which maintains a matte finish even through the stickiest pockets of Calgary summers.

Emerging Beauty Tip #4: Fall in Love With a Natural Deodorant

“Trying out natural deodorant in the summer?” I can hear some of you cry. “Marie, you must be joking!”

 We here at SkinScience Clinic get it; really, we do. How many times have we been lured in by the idea of natural deodorants only to be let down by their ineffectiveness? 

However, local Routine Cream Company genuinely live up to their tagline of “Life Changing Deodorants”! The Routine Cream Company touts:

·        Thirteen different scents and five different formulas

·        A 100% vegan formula

·        A baking soda-free formula crafted specially for sensitive skin

·        A unique charcoal-based formula

·        And a free refill program!

If you haven’t made the jump to natural deodorants already, say hello to the Routine Cream Company and bid farewell to chemical-based deodorants forever!

Emerging Beauty Tip #5: Oxygenate Your Skin With a Good Night’s Sleep (“…Wait, What?”) 

We’ve all heard that not getting your beauty sleep has a negative impact on your skin, but did you know that it depletes your skin’s oxygen levels and prevents your skin from rejuvenating itself overnight? Yes, really! 

Prioritize getting your full 8-10 hours and avoid inflammation, premature aging, and puffy eye bags by turning off all devices two hours before hitting the sack and wearing a sleeping mask to avoid light pollution that could impact the depth of your sleep.

A Science-Backed Home Skin Care Routine is Essential, Whether Self-Isolation Restrictions Are in Place Or Not

How has self-isolation made you change your at-home skin care routine for the better, Calgary? Contact us today to set up your very own skin care consultation or book your next appointment, and remember that our Facebook and Instagram inboxes are always open to receive your at-home skin care queries!

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6 More Self-Isolation Tips for Glowing Skin https://skinscience.md/6-more-self-isolation-tips-for-glowing-skin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6-more-self-isolation-tips-for-glowing-skin https://skinscience.md/6-more-self-isolation-tips-for-glowing-skin/#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 01:00:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=38575 Whether our physical location in downtown Calgary is open or closed, we pride ourselves in being one of Calgary’s best skin care clinics– and how we guarantee that is by providing around-the-clock skin care education!

This month’s topic? How you can achieve glowing skin during quarantine. 

“But Marie,” you may be saying, “how can I do that when I can’t come in for my usual treatments?” Today, we are going to delve into six more tips that will ensure that your skin care regimen is putting you on the path to clear skin.

Quarantine Skin Tip #1: DON’T Listen to Influencers When it Comes to Skin Care!

Although influencers may be easy to believe, what with their seemingly perfect skin and endless stream of glowing skin care product testimonials, we here at SkinScience strongly encourage you to take off your rose-coloured glasses when it comes to skin advice: influencers A) do not have in-depth skin care education, B) they are, more often than not, paid to promote certain products, so those reviews that keep popping up on your Instagram Stories are far from unbiased, and C) they are not you! At the end of the day, even if the product they are promoting is legitimate it does not mean that your skin will reap the same benefits from it as theirs did.

What should you do instead? Talk to an expert, of course! Book a complimentary 15-minute mini consult with us today over the phone or over Facetime during our closure for a customized product list that you can start integrating into your skin care routine today for results.

Quarantine Skin Tip #2: Do a Spring Clean (By Not Touching Your Face!)

We know, we know: it doesn’t feel like Spring in Calgary half of the time! While that may be true, that’s no excuse to not give your face a “Spring Clean” by staying fresh-faced and keeping your hands off.

This will:

  • Help to mitigate breakouts by not picking at active acne
  •  Prevent the transfer of bacteria (especially during COVID-19!)

Craving a fix for your acne in lieu of SkinScience Clinic being closed? Once a week, double-cleanse your face and then follow with a leave-on clay-based mask; after rinsing off, finish with an exfoliating toner to prevent your pores re-clogging… and voila! A tingly, feel-good acne treatment that your face will thank you for. Our other favourite treatment is AliquoteSkin’s Nighty Night Spot Tx treatment, available on our online store!

Quarantine Skin Tip #3: Start a Committed Exfoliation Routine.

Body exfoliating has a myriad of benefits, so you would be amiss if you’re not exfoliating both in the shower and outside of it: weekly dry exfoliation promotes lymphatic drainage and bolstered blood flow (ideal for skin cell renewal and de-puffing the face), while in-shower exfoliation helps to prevent ingrown hairs and locks moisture into the skin for longer.

Looking to elevate your current exfoliation routine? Apply your favourite body moisturizer within three minutes of the shower to enjoy long-lasting hydration! 

Quarantine Skin Tip #4: Treat Your Skin to a Sheet Mask… or Multiple!

Sheet masks are a fantastic pick-me-up for specific skin concerns. Sheet masks can help to address:

  • Hydration
  • Inflammation
  • Dryness
  • Acne
  • And much more!

Since sheet masks can, depending on the brand, be left on for up to an hour for optimal results,   

our favourite method of applying sheet masks is to let its ingredients soak in for the maximum allotted time… and then, immediately upon removing it, applying it to our neck for five minutes to refresh the delicate skin there as well! 

Whether you’re looking to soothe, hydrate, illuminate, or detox your skin, Patchology’s line of results-oriented Korean sheet masks are a must-try.

Quarantine Skin Tip #5: Banish Those Old Brushes!

Are you cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges? Considering that makeup brushes can harbour even more bacteria than your mobile phone, cleaning them a minimum of once a week with an anti-bacterial cleanser is the least you can do for your face! Just think of all that bacteria being ground into your pores with each makeup application.

In fact, did you know that you are supposed to replace makeup brushes every year and makeup sponges every two months?! During quarantine, do your face a favour and fully replace any makeup applicators that could unknowingly be causing your complexion grief!

Quarantine Skin Tip #6: Moisturize Those Hands.

Show your hands some love by ensuring that you moisturize them after you cleanse either your hands or your face. After all, you moisturize your face: why not your hands? (Especially during self-isolation, when we’re washing them all day long!) The key to soft, smooth hands is replenishing the skin’s barrier with essential emollients and oils.

The method Marie swears by is to apply a generous coat of Dermaquest’s Therapeutic Body Cream and wear a pair of cotton gloves to bed. Trust us: the result is heavenly!

Take Self-Isolation as the Opportunity to Refine Your At-Home Routine!

Although we miss you, Calgary, remember that our Facebook and Instagram inboxes are always open for skin care-related queries and complimentary 15-minute mini consultation bookings; plus, be sure to take advantage of the limited-time 72-hour shipping, free delivery, and product sample inclusion we are currently offering with every purchase from our online store!

Be safe, Calgary, and let us know: how are you elevating your at-home skin care routine during quarantine?

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SkinScience Clinic’s Top 6 Quarantine Skin Tips https://skinscience.md/skinscience-clinics-top-6-quarantine-skin-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=skinscience-clinics-top-6-quarantine-skin-tips https://skinscience.md/skinscience-clinics-top-6-quarantine-skin-tips/#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=38570 As one of Calgary’s best and most trusted skin care clinics, we at SkinScience Clinic are dedicated to providing science-backed skin care education for every situation– including self-isolating during COVID-19!

While in-clinic procedures here at SkinScience may be skin care “sprints”, it’s the marathon of correct and thorough daily skin care that will elevate your skin (and body!) to the goals you’ve set for it.

So, without further ado, here are SkinScience Clinic’s top 6 quarantine skin tips!

Quarantine Tip #1: Catch Up On SPF (Even if You’re Not Leaving the House)

Calgary, did you know that you should be wearing SPF even if you aren’t leaving the house?

UVAs, the rays responsible for visible signs of aging, penetrate glass, snow, and cloud. In fact, did you know that the Canadian Dermatology Association recommends applying an SPF of greater than 30 daily in order to fight premature aging?Our recommendation? Image Skincare’s family of moisturizing sunscreen.

Quarantine Skin Tip #2: Use This Time to Let Your Natural Lash Line Breathe.

If you are someone who gets their eyelashes “done”– whether that be in the form of lash tints, lifts, or even falsies!– use this time in self-isolation to give your natural eyelashes a much-needed break.

Why? It’s now commonly known that eyelash enhancements, synthetic or otherwise, damage your natural lash line over time. The result? Sparser eyelashes than when you started, which defeats the purpose!

Now, we wholly understand the appeal of eyelash enhancements– SkinScience Clinic’s founder, Marie Bertrand, even avoids them because she knows that once she gets accustomed to having them she’ll never want to stop!– but we make the argument that taking the time to grow a lush, natural lash line all your own is far more rewarding in the long-run. 

For those looking to bolster your natural eyelashes during self-isolation, we cannot recommend enough ordering in AnteAGE’s reputable Overnight Lash Serum. Order from our online store today while it’s still in stock  to enjoy our limited-time free delivery, free samples, and 72-hour shipping policy!

Quarantine Skin Tip #3: “Hydration, Hydration, Hydration” is the “Location, Location, Location” of Skin Care.

Let’s be honest with each other: are you really drinking the recommended 2L of water per day?

Water plays a key role in shielding your skin from dryness, flaking, and premature aging– as well as is essential for your body’s natural detoxing functions. If you’re struggling to get through the recommended eight glasses a day, our water “hacks” are as follows:

  • Squeeze in some lemon: adding a splash of lemon, cucumber, or ginger to your water gives it a tasty zing that will make drinking your 2L more enjoyable!
  • Replace your coffee with green tea: “No, Marie!” I can hear you cry. “Anything but my coffee!” However, sacrificing one cup of coffee per day with an equally-as-caffeinating cup of matcha or green tea will get you that much closer to your daily water intake goal.
  • Refill constantly: to avoid forgetting about refilling your cup, refilling as soon as your cup is empty will assist you in getting into the water-drinking routine!

Quarantine Skin Tip #4: Embrace Your Natural Nails.

Were you unlucky enough to not have gotten your gel or acrylic nails removed while salons were still open? 

We feel your pain, which is why we’ve put together our favourite nail polish and fake nail removal protocol!

  • Step #1: Find or purchase nail polish remover, cotton pads, and aluminum foil.
  • Step #2: Soak the cotton pads in the remover and hold a pad to each of your nails.
  • Step #3: Wrap each finger firmly with the aluminum foil to hold the cotton pads in place.
  • Step #4: Keep the cotton pads in place for 15 minutes.
  • Step #5: Unwrap your fingers to reveal your fresh, natural nails! Nail polish, gel, or acrylics should now peel or pop off easily.
  • Step #6: Wash your hands thoroughly and apply DermaQuest’s Radiant Skin Oil to your nails and cuticles to repair any damage that has been done and coax your nails back to optimum growth.

Quarantine Skin Tip #5: Switch to Blue Light Neutralizing Products!

We love mineral sunscreens for protecting our skin against harmful blue light… especially when we’re on our devices 24/7 in quarantine! Blue light emitted from your computer and phone screens are scientifically proven to contribute to age spots and assist in premature aging.

Our solution? Neutralize blue light with specially-crafted serums and moisturizers, such as Aliquote Skin’s HydraLift Infusion or Dermaquest’s Essential Moisturizer. When combined with regular sunscreen application, it can double your protection against the blue light exposure we face daily!

Quarantine Skin Tip #6: Go Fresh-Faced.

Ensuring that your face is properly cleansed, hydrated, and moisturized is essential. Know what else is? Going fresh-faced when you can!

There’s no need to cake on the makeup now that we’re all in self-isolation! Regardless of whether you’re Skyping coworkers, working on the front lines, or taking some “you” time at home, taking a break from makeup and letting your skin “breathe” is essential in ridding yourself of congestion.

Still craving the glow of foundation? Add just a touch of foundation to your favourite sunscreen to get that glowy tinted moisturizer look!

Looking to Achieve Perfect Skin in Quarantine?

Although the doors to our physical location in downtown Calgary may be closed to comply with the current preventative COVID-19 measures, our inbox and online store are always open: reach out to Marie via Instagram or Facebook to keep up-to-date with happenings and quarantine-related skin care education, and be sure to take advantage of our limited-time free delivery when ordering through our online store (with fast shipping and free samples guaranteed with each purchase!)

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The Lymphatic System and Your Skin https://skinscience.md/the-lymphatic-system-and-your-skin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-lymphatic-system-and-your-skin https://skinscience.md/the-lymphatic-system-and-your-skin/#respond Sat, 25 Apr 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=38054 The lymphatic system: likely one of the most undervalued and misunderstood systems in the entire human body.

A portion of our immune system, the lymphatic system is a web of organs and tissues that help to rid the body of toxins and waste. The main functions of the lymphatic system are to absorb lipids (fat) from the intestine and to effectively circulate lymph—a fluid containing white blood cells—throughout the body. As an example, our tonsils, spleen, and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.

“Marie,” I can hear you say, “this is good info, but why should I care?” SkinScience Clinic will tell you why: because your lymphatic system working improperly may be what’s standing between the figure (and skin!) you’ve been working towards.

Why You Want Your Lymphatic System to Be Firing on All Cylinders

We’ve all experienced our lymph working: for example, if you have ever had a sore throat during flu season and felt that your throat was tender, that means that your lymph was swollen due to cleaning up a virus within our body. Our autonomous nervous system regulates our lymph daily without any conscious thought.

Because the lymphatic system helps to protect against infection and disease by both absorbing and metabolizing waste, when it becomes inefficient it becomes the equivalent of a backed-up pipe: waste clogs within the body and, in turn, triggers inflammation. If uncorrected, inflammation will morph into chronic inflammation, which includes:

·        Acne

·        Eczema or psoriasis

·        Weight gain and/or fat around the waist

·        Food allergies

·        Diabetes

·        Arthritis

·        Digestive complications

·        Heart disease

·        Fatigue

·        and High Blood Pressure

We treat many clients every day who are unknowingly dealing with the ramifications of a slow or ineffective lymphatic system: whether it be acne clients, clients who are unhappy with their premature and/or visible signs of aging, or clients who are struggling to eliminate stubborn fat, the impact when your lymphatic system is lagging is enormous.

“How Do I Keep My Lymphatic System Healthy?”

Now that we have all this lymphatic system-oriented info, what do we do? We take action, that’s what!

Our SkinScience Clinic-approved methods for bolstering your lymphatic systems’ function are:

·        Stay hydrated: the best water to drink is, in order, clean water, alkaline water, and distilled water; while distilled water does lack those beneficial electrolytes, staying adequately hydrated throughout the day should be your top priority when looking to get your lymphatic system back on track.

·        Eat a nutritious diet: consuming a diet rich in alkaline foods will ensure that you are provided a full range of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

·        Don’t skimp on the fat: incorporating avocado, cheese, fish, chia seeds, and olive oil will give your diet the dose of healthy fats that your body needs to be functioning its best.

·        Exercise daily: including both aerobic and anaerobic physical activity daily will help you control your weight, manage your blood sugar levels, improve your brain function, and improve your sleep—as well as many other things!

·        Manage your stress: stress can be an inflammation trigger, so learning how to mitigate your stress will be beneficial. Our favourite stress-relieving techniques are yoga, meditation, and breathwork.

·        Conduct a lymphatic drainage massage: using gentle pressure on non-inflamed areas of the body, massage areas of your body with relaxed hands in gentle upwards motions. These repeated motions will help your body drain excess fluid that your lymphatic system is having difficulty eliminating completely.

Still Struggling With Your Lymphatic System?

During our initial consultations here at SkinScience Clinic, we ensure that we verify that your lymphatic system is working correctly before performing any Fractora, laser skin resurfacing, or radiofrequency treatments, as your body’s ability to flush excess fluid is essential for optimum results after these treatments.

If you are having difficulty managing the toll a slow or ineffective lymphatic system is having on your body, book your Body Positive Program consultation for when this period of self-isolation is over: this limited-time program assigns one of our experienced skin specialists to you, who will build you a 100% personalized home care and in-clinic treatment plan based on your genetics, lifestyle, diet, and health history. Get in touch today to get your lymphatic system back on track!

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SkinScience Clinic’s Guide to Fat Elimination https://skinscience.md/skinscience-clinics-guide-to-fat-elimination/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=skinscience-clinics-guide-to-fat-elimination https://skinscience.md/skinscience-clinics-guide-to-fat-elimination/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://skinscience.md/?p=38050 Just because New Years is long over doesn’t mean our fat-loss resolutions are! We here at SkinScience Clinic don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to tone their body for a more contoured look or lose a little bit of stubborn flab… which is exactly why we have dedicated today’s blog to one thing: fat elimination.

First things first, however: we here at SkinScience Clinic are proud to be one of Calgary’s authorities on science-backed skin care, and, as such, we will only be reporting on fat elimination facts today. Our personal opinion is that we should all love and respect our bodies regardless of their shape or size. Do we encourage a healthy lifestyle with equal measures of exercise, rest, and proper nutrition in order to keep our bodies (and skin!) at their best? Absolutely. However, our end goal is to educate those who are interested in fat elimination—not shame people for the body they’re in.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s move on to today’s topic: SkinScience’s guide to fat elimination.

“Marie, What IS Fat Elimination?”

Fat elimination is classified as the reduction of fat—whether that be the contents of the fat cell (known as triglycerides) or the cell itself. As with many procedures today, current technology has allowed a variety of different options to become available on the market. The most common fat elimination treatments at the time of publication include:

·        Tummy tuck

·        Liposuction

·        Cryolysis (the freezing of fat cells)

·        Sculpture (hands-free radiofrequency)

·        Emsculpt (fat elimination via electromagnetic energy)

·        and Mesotherapy (the injection of pharmaceuticals that help the body to metabolize triglycerides)

What do the majority of these fat elimination treatments have in common? They are expensive, invasive, and, sometimes, downright painful!

Another downside of the majority of fat elimination treatments is that they are suggested as one-size-fits all procedures… which we here at SkinScience Clinic don’t believe in at all! Client care should be 100% customized, personalized, and 360-degrees based off of your current percentage of fat and your aesthetic end goal. That’s exactly why, out of this entire list, we here at our Calgary location only utilize one treatment method: radiofrequency.

Why Radiofrequency Trumps All When it Comes to Fat Elimination

In short? Four reasons: comfort level, affordability, non-invasiveness, and lasting results.

Our trained technicians here at SkinScience Clinic utilize radiofrequency to channel moveable energy that penetrates deeply into the adipose tissue (also commonly referred to as your “fat layer”); this energy creates friction within the fat cells that, in turn, creates heat which purges triglycerides from the fat cells. This triggers a burst of energy that kills the fat cell. What does this mean in layman’s terms? Fat just doesn’t stand a chance when radiofrequency is being optimized!

More specifically, our technicians use Inmode’s BodyFX and MiniFX radiofrequency technology to eliminate fat with zero downtime or discomfort: widely used by medical spas to eliminate fat, contour loose skin, and even smooth cellulite-affected areas of the body, BodyFX targets larger areas of the body while MiniFX specializes in contouring contained areas. Both technologies can be safely and effectively used on the face, abdomen, thighs, arms, and stomach.

The best part? Inmode’s BodyFX and MiniFX technologies deliver results quickly and efficiently—with six treatments for optimal facial results and eight treatments to contour the thighs, abdomen, arms, and/or stomach. The best fat elimination results are seen when a client can come in and have multiple treatments done weekly until completion.

“Marie, That Sounds Amazing! What Else Should I Know About Radiofrequency for Fat Elimination?”

One of the most common questions we receive here at our physical Calgary location is, “Am I candidate for radiofrequency fat elimination?” I always say, “In order to see proper and lasting results, we need to ensure that your body is in proper condition to be able to metabolize and heal from the treatment without delay.”

What does this mean? Primarily, we need to ensure that your body’s lymphatic system (which controls your body’s ability to drain fluid) is functioning properly; this is because, once we have created lipolysis and apoptosis within the fat cells, your body needs to be able to effectively metabolize the byproduct of this.

If you are unsure if your lymphatic system is firing at its best—or if you have reason to believe that it isn’t—follow our SkinScience Clinic-approved lymphatic drainage steps below to assist it in getting back on track:

·        Engage in an active lifestyle in order to promote your body’s natural healing processes

·        Check with your primary doctor to see if your hormones are balanced

·        Keep your body well-hydrated

“Is it painful?” is our next most common question, followed by: “Is it expensive?”

The answer to both of those questions is a resounding no. For safety, fat elimination via Inmode’s BodyFX or MiniFX is a technician-guided treatment that has a built-in thermal monitor for the sole purpose of protecting your skin from overheating; the device is equipped with an audio indicator which signals to both the technician and the client that the tissue has reached its goal temperature in order to achieve results and automatically turns off. In fact, this feature is an Inmode-exclusive that no other fat elimination technology currently implements!

In terms of price, Inmode’s radiofrequency fat elimination technology prides itself on limiting costs for both medical spas and the client; on a per-treatment basis, Inmode’s radiofrequency technology has proven to be considerably less expensive than other comparable fat elimination treatments.

How SkinScience Clinic Optimizes Your Fat Elimination Results

As always, our dedication to educating you on not only understanding how your treatments works but also how to both accelerate your fat elimination and sustain it long-term is what sets us apart from not just other medical spas in Calgary, but around the globe.

Our current Body Positive Program, which we will be resuming once this period of self-isolation is over, assigns you a skin specialist who will educate you on your nutrition, hormone health, lifestyle, diet, and DNA alongside your fat elimination treatments to ensure that you stay looking and feeling your best.

Contact us today for the fat elimination results you’ve been dreaming of!

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