Consultations & Skin Conditions

 

The best way to find out exactly what condition your skin is in or what problems your skin may have is to schedule a complete skin analysis and consultation appointment. We like to educate our client’s on the causes of the skin problems and explain treatments that may help improve the condition of the skin. We will explain all of our treatments, starting with introductory spa treatments up through advanced medi-spa treatments. Our free consultations are very informative and prepare our clients for upcoming treatments that they might schedule. Please call us to schedule one today!
There are many different skin conditions that effect different people at different times in their lives. It is important to understand how normal skin functions before understanding the problems that can occur. In general, healthy skin is maintained by regular safe exfoliation, moisture, sun protection and anti-oxidants. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet, weight, proper sleep and drink plenty of water. On that same thought process, it is important not to get too much sun exposure and smoke or drink too much alcohol. In other words, healthy skin is beautiful skin.

Normal Skin:Skin Conditionnormal skin

Before we look into problem skin conditions, it is important to understand how the normal skin organ works. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is an elastic protective covering, which is thinnest on the lips and eyelids and thickest on the palms and soles of feet. Skin has three major layers; Epidermis, Dermis and Subcutaneous.

 

The Epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin and forms the protective covering of our body. Keratinocytes are produced in the lowest layers of the epidermis and migrate up through the epidermis during their life cycle until they are dead skin cells in the outermost Stratum Cornuem. The epidermis also contains Langerhan’s cells, important in the skin’s immune function and NMF or natural moisturizing factor that is responsible for maintaining hydration of the epidermis. The NMF contains, amino acids, organic materials, chemicals and minerals. When the NMF is compromised, the skin loses water and becomes dry and inflamed.

 

The Dermis consists of highly sensitive and vascular connective tissue, collagen, elastin, and reticular fibers. It consists of 2 layers: Papillary and Reticular. The papillary layer contains blood vessels and nerve fibers that push up into the epidermis.. It nourishes the epidermis and provides our sense of touch. The reticular layer contains the extra cellular matrix, blood vessels, lymph nodes, nerves, sebaceous glands and fibrous and elastic tissue. A healthy extra cellular matrix provides the skin with a firm and youthful appearance. Many environmental factors can degrade the extra cellular matrix and prematurely age the skin. Sebaceous glands are small oil-producing glands that consist of little sacs whose ducts open into the hair follicles. They secrete sebum, which lubricates and prevents moisture loss from the skin. These gland often overproduce oil during puberty causing oily skin and acne. This layer also contains sweat glands.

 

The Subcutaneous is composed of fat cells, blood, nerves and lymph supply. It fives smoothness and contours to the body.

 

The skin has 6 functions: heat regulation, absorption, secretion, protection, excretion and sensation.