How To Manage Your Acne This Summer

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Depending on where you live, summer came quicker this year than usual.  Some of us were experiencing warmer temps during spring, and by the time summer came, we were almost ready for it to leave.  

Heat can be a factor when you have acne.  If you’re one who sweats a lot during the warmer months, you’ll want to be conscious of the effects of the sweat on your acne.   Sweat doesn’t cause acne, but sometimes people experience an increased buildup of bacteria that lays on the skin when they sweat.  

7 Different Types Of Acne:

There are 7 different types of acne and two different classifications: Non-inflammatory Acne and Inflammatory Acne.

Non-inflammatory Acne (white-heads or black-heads):

  • One of the simplest ones to treat.  Try using a sulfur-based product unless you have Rosacea.  Now, if you think or know that you have Rosacea, I will say – refrain from using sulfur-based products.
  • May be treated with Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid.  Salicylic Acid is amazing for darker pigmentation.

If you have non-inflammatory acne, quite honestly, you simply would benefit from a basic facial and some extractions.  Usually with this type of acne – since it is non-inflammatory – it also means it’s not infectious.  The black or white heads can be pulled up and your skin can be trained over time to shed regularly and push any bacteria out.

Inflammatory Acne 

If you have cysts, populus, or thicker puss filled acne – that’s when you may need serious treatments (you may need a chemical peel).  It then depends on what type of acne you have:  bacterial acne, hormonal acne, or fungal acne.  These are all factors that affect your treatment.

The Appearance Of Acne 

  • For the teens, a lot of times, their acne will be bacterial or hormonal.  Most of the time, hormonal bacteria looks (a lot like) “heat bumps.”  
  • For adults, acne will happen right along the jaw line, but for teens it will be all over and it will look like what my grandmother used to call a “heat rash.”

Simple Steps For Those With Acne

  1. Be Proactive – Get Your Hormones Tested.  

Prevention costs less than correction, so go get your hormones tested, regardless of your age.   If you have acne along your jaw as an adult or if you have what you think is a heat rash that you cannot get rid of, go get your hormones tested and make sure you request they test all 13 hormone levels.

2. Have A Culture Done.

If you schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, request they do a culture – have the dermatologist look at the acne and make sure what he/she is treating you for – is what you need.

For all of your acne and skincare questions including topics in this post, please feel free to contact us. You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com.

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Home Remedies For Glowing Skin

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You’d be surprised to learn that what usually bothers women most about their skin and issues that can easily be fixed and may not cost much to fix them.  Most skin conditions stem from a need for a deep cleansing or a good exfoliation of the first the second layer of the skin.  That then allows a professional to thin out the stratum corneum and afterwards, all that is needed is a great home care routine to balance out the pH levels of her skin.

What Should Be Included In A Great Home Care Routine? 

A Cleanser

Your cleanser should have a pH of between 2.5 and 4.3.  Below are my recommendations based on your skin type:

  • Normal skin – look for a mild cleanser.
  • Oily skin– look for a cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid
  • Dry skin– look for a cleanser that contains a moisturizer or cream base as well as lactic acid.
  • Combination skin – seek out a mild cleanser with Glycolic Acid.
  • Sensitive skin – you need a cream-based cleanser so that it moisturizers your skin but contains no Alpha-hydroxy Acids.
  • Myelinated skin – you’ll need a cleanser that contains Hybrid Glycolic acid.

A Moisturizer 

If your skin type is…

  • Normal – you’ll want to look for a creamy moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic Acid and Lactic Acid.
  • Oily – your moisturizer should be water-based and more of a gel.
  • Dry – look for a cream-based moisturizer (shea butter or jojoba oil) with either/and Urea, Lactic cid, Hyaluronic Acid.
  • Sensitive + Combination – use a lightweight moisturizer with no acids in it.

Tips For Acne Prone or Problematic Skin

If you have Acne Prone or problematic skin, I would recommend using a toner such as Apple Cider Vinegar.  If you do not have problematic skin I recommend you using a Freshener such as Witch Hazel.  

You also will want to get a facial at least once a month by your esthetician.  Your esthetician should be able to type your skin and recommend the best products for your skin.  If you have more problematic skin, your esthetician can usually correct the problems by using mild to deep acids.

I hope this was helpful, if you need help determining your skin type please feel free to schedule a virtual consultation with me and I will gladly assist you.   Please contact us with any of your skin care questions or to schedule an appointment.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com.   

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Help! My Hidradenitis Suppurativa Has Flared Up

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I received this question on my social media and thought I’d share in case anyone else has questions.

QUESTION:  

Hey Porsche, are you familiar with HS?  I’ve been battling with this for more than 15 years and I just deal with it.  Right now my flare ups have calmed down, but I’m always looking for ways to manage it when it flares up.  

Also, Are there any non-invasive treatment options that you are aware of?

ANSWER: Yes, I’m familiar with HS.  I have treated this condition over 100 times in the last four years. 

What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

For those who are not familiar with it, Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic or long-lasting inflammatory skin condition and there’s no known cause, but the immune system is believed to play a role in the diagnosis.  

When people have HS, their bodies produce too many inflammatory proteins, including TNF-alpha. This imbalance leads to increased inflammation throughout the body and affects the deep layers of your skin, causing pressure.

When HS starts, you may begin to notice small bumps under your skin that seem to be the size of a pea or marble. These bumps usually start to develop in areas where skin rubs together (underarms, bikini area, creases in the stomach area, inner thigh, buttocks), where you have hair, and where sweat glands are located.

Some Non-Invasive Treatments for HS:

  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Cavi-Lipo 
  • Infrared Sauna 
  • Waxing instead of shaving
  • 6-8oz of Our Hormone Balance Tea in the AM/PM

In my experience when we put our clients on a hormone balancing tea, an anti-inflammatory diet, and in the beginning we utilized the treatments above and it significantly reduced their flareups and started to open drainage entirely.

I hope this was helpful.  Please feel free to contact us with any of your skincare questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  Please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com

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Esthetics By P Brown’s Easy 4 Step Skincare Routine

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One of the tasks we learn as kids is how to wash our faces.  Most think it’s the simple procedure of taking a wash cloth and moving it around our faces in some sort of motion.  And while that may be part of the steps, here are some suggestions that may enhance your face cleansing routine. 

Step 1 Cleanse

Start with a dry face – no water.  This way you get more from your product without diluting it.   

I always use this technique, even when using my own product line Semblance

As the first step: place the product on dry hands and then apply to your face. You’ll want to apply the product up and around the cheek and down through your t-zone and then up the side of the nose and then down the side of the face.  You will want to continue this in gentle motions. It tends to be one fluid motion for us (aestheticians), and it’s just a large circular motion. 

Try to avoid scrubbing or tapping/patting your face. It still baffles me as to why people do that. You will want to continue with that gentle fluid motion at least one minute so you can get a good deep cleanse. 

If you are wearing make-up, you may want to cleanse twice. However, either way, you will want to continue with the motion for one or two minutes. 

Step 2 Exfoliate

The next step is to use a scrub, but only use your scrub twice a week so you don’t over exfoliate. There are 2 types of exfoliation methods that you can use: 

1. Gommage – a chemical method that goes on like a serum which is soft and smooth and the more you use the circular motion and manipulate it, the grainier it feels. The grainy feeling is actually your dead skins cells rolling up. That’s my preferred method, because I can feel and see that it’s working. Again, be careful because it is a chemical exfoliator and can cause damage or burning if you don’t know what you’re doing.

2. Granule – it should be active – active means it has acid in it or something in it that is meant to change the skin itself. For example, if you have acne, my Semblance active scrub has cyclic acid in it, as well as jojoba beads

There are other types of scrub options like Sugar scrubs and Himalayan salt scrubs. My only caution with those is depending on how large the granule, it can cause microscopic cuts on the skin. That type of damage can later lead to Melasma or Hyperpigmentation. So, please, please be careful. 

Step 3 Use Toner

The next step is to use a toner. Select a gentle toner; witch hazel is great. I have eczema and grade 2 acne, so I use distilled water. It’s perfect and just something to balance my pH levels. Please try to avoid alcohol. Alcohol tends to dry out the skin and causes further damage. 


Step 4 Moisturize

The final step is to moisturize really well. There are 3 types of moisturizers:

  • Water Based – if you have oily skin-always go with the water based. It will not benefit you to put oil on top of oily skin. Instead, it clogs the pores and leads to black heads.
  • Oil Based – which is more like a serum, growth factor, and has stem cells in it. 
  • Cream Based – products that contain shea butter, jojoba butter, cocoa butter (these types tend to come from a plant or nut base).

If you have dehydrated or dry skin, you can use a normal, a shea butter, or an oil-based moisturizer.   Just be careful with how much you use, so you don’t clog your pores.  If you have normal skin, any one of the 3 will work. 

I hope this was helpful.  Please feel free to contact us with any of your skincare questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  Please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com

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What You Should Know About Our Superfood Beauty Bar

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We are introducing a new soap and we’re excited about it.  The special ingredient in this soap is Spirulina. You may have heard of this superfood, it’s a great ingredient to add to your smoothies and juices because it’s loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and helps lower cholesterol along with its an anti-inflammatory with brain protective properties.  

What is Spirulina? 

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae.  It’s a complete protein and it contains all the essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, chlorophyll, antioxidants, B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, iron, minerals and phycocyanobilin.   

While Spirulina is great for consumption, it’s equally as beneficial when used on top of your skin.  It’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties carry the potential to help skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.  It fights free radicals and reduces the signs of aging.  It helps tighten the skin and may help with the production of collagen. 

According to a study done in 2020, spirulina applied topically was found to be more effective than an antibiotic cream because of its high antioxidant and antimicrobial effects and has fewer side effects.  Spirulina in an ointment applied twice daily was found to help relieve eczema. 

Aids In Cellular Renewal

Just like other superfood ingredients, spirulina helps reduce the appearance of dull skin, detoxifies, and encourages cell renewal. Therefore, it leaves your skin looking and feeling radiant and with a special glow. 

This super bar should be launching soon.  So make sure you stay connected with us, if you’re interested in trying it.  

For more information about this superfood bar or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to schedule with us on our website: www.estheticsbypbrown.com.  If you have any questions about skincare, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com

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A Quick Nighttime Skincare Routine

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Have you developed a nightly routine for yourself that helps you wake up looking flawless? If you haven’t, this is for you… this is my personal nightly routine.

If you wear makeup, you will want to remove it first and then my routine begins… 

  • Wash your hands 
  • Select the cleanser
  • With clean, dry hands, start the process (do not turn on the water, we don’t want to dilute the cleanser). 
  • Add the cleanser to your hands 
  • For the first minute or so, you’ll want to massage the cleanser into your skin.  Start with your cheeks and chin and work your way in a circular motion around to your forehead.
  • You want to make sure it has time to break down any oil barriers on your skin and start removing the dirt. Notice, when you start to feel drag in your skin, then you know you have massaged it well enough. Once you start to feel it absorb, you’ll know its kind-of getting past that first barrier. 
  • Make sure your skin has absorbed the cleanser.

*This is when a gentle scrubber comes in handy. You can get one at the Day Spa. 

Since I have eczema, it’s my routine to put a tiny bit of water on the scrubber, then take the scrubber and rub it on your face to emulsify the cleanser. Rub it in a circular motion, you don’t have to press in, just go over gently in a circular motion upward; remember to apply it to your nose and because of the material, it should literally conform to your skin. 

Then, without re-wetting it, switch hands and start on the opposite side, making sure everything is good and scrubbed.  As you are going over the opposite side add a tiny bit more water to the scrubber (if you need to) just to emulsify the skin.

You will know you have a good cleanser when there’s no dirt on your scrubber when you finish. Now I believe in sanitizing, so my scrubber will get cleaned with antibacterial soap and dropped in the Barbicide (salon disinfectant).

Now with a regular dry towel, I use white because I don’t like extra dies on my face. 

  • Add water and go ahead and remove the cleanser. 
  • As you dry off your face, you may notice a slight amount of redness, but don’t be alarmed, that’s a sign of deep clean. 
  • Another reason the scrubber is used is to break up any oil buildup on your skin. You’ll want to see all that removed from your skin, if you don’t remove it – it won’t come off. 

Now the reason you want to do it with a damp towel is because you want your face somewhat damp when you go to the next step. 

Coconut Oil In Your Nighttime Routine

In my nightly routine, my next step is coconut oil. One of the misconceptions that we often make is we assume coconut oil will clog our skin. 

For this application, you only need a little – about ½ teaspoon. After you get the oil fully applied, you want another dry towel to gently remove any access oil, and then … look at your face GLO! 

At the end of the routine, hopefully what you’ll see is freshness, elasticity, and bounce-back skin. Once you get used to the routine, it will be really quick and you’ll be able to do it speedily, especially during those times when you feel too tired.

I hope this was helpful.  Please feel free to contact us with any of your skincare questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  Please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com

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An Easy Tip For Relieving Severely Dry Skin

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QUESTION: I have eczema on my hands, how do I keep them from looking and feeling so dry?

ANSWER: I treat this often at the day spa, you’ll want to use a chemical exfoliant something like a gommage with an occlusive moisturizer, then moisturize daily.

What You Should Know About Severely Dry Skin

What’s a Gommage? 

Gommage is a product that exfoliates and leaves the skin really soft. Usually a gommage uses a combination of ingredients to provide a gentle, chemical exfoliation on your skin.  

What are Occlusives?

Occlusives are moisturizing agents that work by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin and create a physical barrier to help prevent water loss from the skin’s surface, while protecting the skin from external irritants. The effect is that you retain moisture on your skin, reduce irritation and restore the skin’s barrier. 

Common occlusive agents include waxes (carnauba and beeswax), silicone, oils (olive and soybean), dimethicone, lanolin, mineral oil and white petrolatum. 

Occlusives often have a thick, heavy consistency when used topically, this thickness helps them be seen as an ideal choice for very dry skin.  

If you have traumatized or severely dry skin, we’d love to work with you.  Book a consultation with one of our skin care experts and let us help you protect your skin by providing recommendations specific to your needs.  

If you have any skincare questions, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com.  I hope this was helpful and if it was, please leave me a comment below.   If you know who would benefit from this information, feel free to forward this post to them.  For those who enjoy learning this type of material, our Esthetics Institute is now enrolling for September, for more information, please email us at reesebailey@bdmcprofessionals.com.

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Question: Who Do You Trust With Your Skincare?

Trust Esthetics by P Brown with your skincare

You may not know this, but I have Eczema and Grade 2 acne; my skin doesn’t know what will work for it—any day of the week.  I have to finesse my skin so I don’t look like a snake with pimples.   All of that takes work and if your skin is as finicky as mine, you’ll want to do all that it takes with a professional. 

I don’t let everyone touch my skin because if you mess it up it’s going to take a 28-day cycle to fix it…and that won’t make me happy.   With my skincare, I need someone who isn’t just calling themselves an expert; I need someone who has a track record and can provide proof and references if I ask.   Can I call the person you helped?

Become A Part Of The Tribe

What I love about my clients is that if I say to them, “I have someone who had the same issue you have, and (working together) this is how much we accomplished with their skin…”  You can call them.  My clients will talk to anyone about their skincare journey and progress.  I don’t have a single client that would say no… why?  Because we’re in this together.  They would say, “Porsche, please tell her/him to call me so I can share how this went…so I can share where I was emotionally and where I am now—so I don’t have to beat my face (apply makeup) every morning. 

We are a family here and that’s the atmosphere I choose to set every day so people can relax in our care. We’re a tribe.

That being said, you will want to select a professional who understands the concept of leading a “tribe.”   You want someone who knows what your pH levels should look like – stable.  Someone who will design a clear game plan and will not charge you (extra) for being on an emotional journey. 

You Can Trust Us With Your Emotional Skincare Journey

Unfortunately in this industry, some professionals know that when your face is not the way you want it – it is emotional.  Emotional consumers will pay for convenience while they are in their emotions.  Some professionals take advantage of emotional clients and overcharge them because they know people will pay anything to fix their skin.  Therefore, you need someone with integrity

At Esthetics by P Brown, our philosophy is to help improve the confidence and self-esteem of our clients.  Our goal is to provide affordable skincare so we can extend our reach across the country.  Although I have clients in 49 states and 5 countries, my team takes the journey with each client whether you walk into the day spa or reach us through virtual consultations. 

So… please remember that when you pick your professional, you’ll want to find someone who will work—with you—through your journey. We’ve always got room in the tribe, come see us.  

I hope this was helpful, if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to schedule with us on our website: www.estheticsbypbrown.com.  If you have any questions about skincare, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com.

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Help! I Need To Brighten My Bikini Area

Esthetics by P Brown can help clean up all of your bikini area concerns.

This question was a DM in my social media, I’m sharing it so all my (lady) clients know, yes, we can help brighten your bikini area.

QUESTION:

Porsche, I need to get rid of this hyperpigmentation around my bikini area, I’m headed to Jamaica to renew my wedding vows in June, what can I do?

ANSWER: 

Believe me, I understand your dilemma, we definitely can help you and we can do it soon so you can check that off your list.  Vaginal hyperpigmentation is common and it can develop from a lot of reasons including hormonal changes.  

You can get a body peel where we’ll lay low-grade acids, like a pumpkin enzyme acid, or I’ve done a hibiscus acid or an apple wine acid, something that is gentle enough to peel your intimate area but strong enough to lift up the hyperpigmentation. 

No Intimate Relations For 3 Days 

If we do a vaginal peel, you will want to wait until three days after the peel to have relations as my grandmother would say.  The reasoning is because you’ll be shedding and there’ll be nothing sexy about it.  Now, once you’ve passed the 72-hour mark, your bikini area will look so good you’ll be wanting to show it off (not suggesting it, just saying).  

Pumpkin Is Perfect for the Bikini Area

Pumpkin is the perfect enzyme to use on the bikini area, because it contains Glyolic Acid.  Glycolic Acid is a water-soluble alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), it has the smallest molecules and is why it’s able to easily penetrate the skin.  Glycolic Acid comes from a natural derivative such as Aloe or Pumpkin.  The pumpkin is also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, it naturally exfoliates dead skin cells.  Pumpkin will give you a flawless glow, even skin, and reduce ingrown hairs.

So if you’re in need of a vaginal peel or have noticed hyperpigmentation below, let us help you.  Also, if you have any questions about hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, or any skincare questions in general, please feel free to call us at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at admin@estheticsbypbrown.com. 

I hope this was helpful and if it was, please leave me a comment below.  Also, please forward this post to anyone you know who would benefit from this information.  Please remember to follow us on social media:FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram, and IGTV to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

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Kids With Eczema: 2 Quick And Easy Treatments

Does anyone else have this question?

QUESTION:

My four-year-old son has eczema all over his body.   The doctor suggested we use hydrocortisone cream to stop his itching.   My son is so miserable and I can’t keep him from scratching.  He scratches during his sleep and often until his skin bleeds.  Please help me help my son.

RESPONSE:

It sounds like your son’s skin needs exfoliation and hydration.  

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy.  There are seven different types and it’s not contagious.  It often starts in childhood and there is no cure, but there are treatments to help.  There’s a two ingredient scrub you can make in your kitchen that should help soothe his itching.  The two ingredients needed for the scrub are brown sugar and olive oil.

Benefits of Brown Sugar Olive Oil Scrub

Brown Sugar is great for sensitive skin because it’s a natural exfoliator that doesn’t leave microscopic cuts on the skin and it can easily be used on the face, too.  Brown sugar is an anti-bacterial that contains Glycolic acid.   Glycolic acid happens to be an Alpha-hydroxyl acid which has tiny molecules that easily penetrate the skin, it’s often used in anti-aging products.

Olive Oil is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, it moisturizes and fights bacteria.  Olive Oil hydrates the skin naturally.  

You may want to make batches of the Brown Sugar and Olive Oil scrub and apply it to his skin/body three times at night.  

Baby Oil Gel Adds Relief

Another option for relief is if you purchase some baby oil gel and apply it while his skin is wet.  As you gently help dry off your son, the towel can be used to buff the oil into his skin.  The baby oil gel is really good for sealing in moisture.

These are simple lower cost methods to help children with itchiness from eczema.  If you have any further questions about eczema or any skin care questions, please feel free to contact us.  We can be reached by phone at (615) 884 – 6744 or email us at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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