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CBD and Acne … A Natural Alternative


What do CBD and acne have in common? You just can’t seem to get rid of them. They keep making headlines!

Herbs and other natural substances have been used traditionally in ancient times for medicinal purposes. Although modern societies have strayed away from many or these practices, there is now a re-emergence.

This may be due, in part, to the many side effects and lack of results from some prescribed medicines. The number of diseases that people suffer from is overwhelming, which leads to an influx of pharmaceutical drugs.

CBD has been trending for a number of years now, and will only be more so in the future based on research and statistics. These are documented and can be obtained for more information.

This website focuses on hirsutism, excessive hair growth, which is one of the side effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Chronic acne is also a side of effect of PCOS.

Acne shows up affecting so many individuals, young and old. We hope its future will not be a bright one.


CBD and Its Derivatives

One of the chemicals found in marijuana is CBD (Cannabidiol). It is reported to not having the substance, tetrahydrocannibinol (THC), which gives that “high” people are seeking.

There are several derivatives that are closely related to CBD (Cannabidiol) which is now legal in some states …

  • CBC: Cannabichromene is considered to be non-psychoactive.
  • CBN: Cannabinol is associated with use as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, pain reliever, among other benefits.
  • CBG: Cannabigerol is reported to be beneficial in cases of skin conditions, cancer, and Huntington’s Disease.

These will only be mentioned in terms of awareness of the names that may not be as familiar as CBN. There are quite a number of others.

CBD extract is often used in combination with other ingredients to deliver different strengths and for various treatments.


Acne and Its Woes

Acne occurs when pores are clogged due to inflammation in hair follicles. Oils secreted from the sebaceous glands attached to these follicles make their way to the surface of the skin.

The outcome is various forms of this condition such as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. They are usually manifested as unsightly raised areas on the skin.

The face is targeted more than any other part of the body, but so are the neck, chest, shoulders, and back. Some individuals experience a mild form of acne while others are plagued with a more severe form.

Think about the many discomforts that an acne outbreak causes …

  • They are unsightly.
  • Some individuals develop low self-esteem and other psychological conditions.
  • They can be painful.

Someone afflicted struggles with the stigma usually for the entire period of time it appears.


The Joint Venture

The battle to defeat acne continues and some medical experts are beginning to give a place to CBD extracts as a remedy. As a result, we see this merger that may be revolutionary.

Research is ongoing, but there seems to be a fairly widespread acceptance of the value of genuine CBD products for medical purposes.

Acne happens to be one condition that may benefit from more research and the outcome of these studies. The results are not all conclusive nor approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Another reason CBD and acne are linked together is due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of CBD. Acne is known to be caused by inflammation below the skin and anti-oxidant activities on the surface.

CBD oils and other forms are being manufactured. Some of these are …

  • Creams: These are also recommended for other skin conditions and overall improvements of the skin.
  • Balms: They are easily absorbed by the skin to alleviate pain in the joints and other areas.
  • Tinctures: These are considered to be more accurate in terms of regulating dosage to suit each condition.

Regardless of the number of products and the hype given to the usage of CBD and related substances, customers need to be aware of the pros and cons.


Pros and Cons


  • Ongoing research is documented.
  • There are reputable certified companies in the marketplace.
  • Information is readily available.


  • There may be a thin line between what is safe and what isn’t, what is authentic and what isn’t.
  • Unscrupulous individuals and companies are in the marketplace.
  • False information is also readily available.


When All Is Said and Done

So here’s the thing: CBD and acne are widespread and have been linked together as being a good fit for each other. They have been around for a while and are predicted to be creating headlines in the future.

CBD isn’t the only substance of its kind that is making waves about its medicinal properties; however, this is the focus for discussion here.

Both positive and negative impacts must be taken into consideration as even a good thing can be abused. This has been prevalent and one of the causes of restrictions in its use.

It is critical to seek medical advice from your doctor before using any of these products, especially if you are taking medications, but even if you do not take them.

This article and website are not intended to give medical advice, nor seek to endorse any CBD product as having conclusive evidence of treatment.

The only intent here is for informational purposes. There is no association with any company or individual making these claims.

In my own research, I came across the book, “Acne & CBD Oil” by Jane Fields. I have found it to be very informative.

You or someone you know may be afflicted by acne outbreaks due to PCOS or some other connection.

CLICK THIS LINK NOW to learn more about a possible solution.

I hope this brief article has helped you in some way. There is a vast amount of information on the subject and related matter. This is just an introduction especially for those who are at a loss and need to be pointed in the right direction.

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How to Become an Electrologist … Depending on Where You Are.

The practice of electrolysis has been around for a number of years, with several dedicated professionals who may still be in business. This population needs to be replaced as they move into retirement.

An increasing number of men and women are choosing one of several hair removal methods. There are various reasons for this, which will be looked at below.

Becoming an electrologist is a great career choice, and could be very lucrative for you. It’s a good idea to address, “How to Become an Electrologist” here to give you an opportunity to make an informed decision.

Who Is an Electrologist? What Training is Required?

An electrologist is trained in the modalities of using chemical or electricity to remove hair from different parts of the body. There are more women than men in this profession.

This individual must be comfortable in the following areas:

  • Inserting a fine probe into hair follicles.
  • Using electricity.
  • Sitting for long periods of time.
  • Doing repetitive action.

Training includes specific hours of theory and clinical procedures. The relevant governing body in each state regulates the number of hours required. This ranges from approximately 300 to 600.

Another great advantage is the knowledge base. Areas covered include the systems of the human body (such as integumentary or skin, reproductive, immune, endocrine, respiratory, etc.), chemicals, and electricity.


For clinical hours, students are allowed to perform services on other students from their class or other departments of the school.

Clients from the public get the opportunity to have services done at a reduced cost. This is done under the guidance of the instructor.

Electrolysis is only one of the many services offered by beauty schools to the public. Almost all departments offer their services.

Licensure Requirements May Change

There are a few things to bear in mind when deciding how to become an electrologist. First, it will depend on which state you’ll be licensed in. Each state has its own rules and regulations.

In the State of Florida, for example, these are the basic requirements:

  • A total of 320 hours of theory and clinical combined.
  • Certified Clinical Electrologist (CCE)
  • Certified Medical Electrolysis (CME)
  • Laser and Light-based Hair Removal
  • State Board Examination

The main organizations involved in the activities of electrologists in Florida are:

  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Board of Medicine
  • Florida Electrolysis Council

International ones are:

  • SCMHR (The Society for Clinical & Medical Hair Removal, Inc.)
  • American Electrology Association (AEA)

There is also CEbroker, the organization which tracks and reports on continuing education courses and licensing requirements completed on behalf of electrologists.

Registering with CEbroker is one way to have your continuing education and upkeep automatically reported to the licensing departments.

Bi-annually continuing education is critical to maintaining one’s electrolysis license.


Laser and Light-based Hair Removal

It is mandatory, in some states, for anyone practicing laser hair removal to first have an electrologist license.

In Florida, persons who have been working under the guidance of a medical doctor without having a license are now required to be licensed. Other states do not allow electrologists to handle laser.

The Florida Electrolysis Council and Board of Medicine now have additional requirements. This is based on pre-lisensure training and examination. The floridahealth.gov website will have up-to-date information.

The laser hair removal and light-based course is 30 hours. This covers the importance of skin and hair types, safety, equipment, and much more.

How Lucrative is It?

At any given time, practicing electrolysis could be very lucrative. In earlier days, there were fewer electrologists. Now with the increase of clients, there is even a greater opportunity to do extremely well.

Transgender individuals, people suffering from hirsutism (excessive hair growth), and those who are obsessed with eradicating hair from most areas of their bodies make up a vast clientele.

The modernization of machines has made it easier to perform procedures. The ease of operation also makes it less taxing on the electrologist’s body.

One technological improvement is viewing the area being worked on from a monitor at eye level. This is an improvement from bending over and looking through a magnifying lamp directly over the client.

Electrolysis has several advantages over other hair removal methods that will prevent it from becoming obsolete.

Electrolysis is a Lucrative Career

Let’s Recap

So here’s the thing: There is an increase in the number of individuals choosing to have hair removed from their bodies. This makes choosing to become an electrologist a great career choice.

The first place to start is looking for a reputable school and getting as much information as possible. This will help to determine if you will be a good fit for this profession or vice versa.

Each state has its own rules, regulations, and number of hours required. Some states allow electrologists to take a course in laser and light-based hair removal while others do not allow them to do laser.

As with any career path, an important question is how lucrative it is. How much money you make is dependent on several factors. There are non-monetary factors that will entice individuals to the profession.

Now is a great time to make this career choice. Technology has made it so much easier, and there are more prospective clients than ever before.

If you are considering joining the force of change makers, take the necessary action now to get started on a career path that could also be life changing for you.

I hope this short article has helped you in some way. There is a vast amount of information on the subject and related matter. This is just an introduction especially for those who are at a loss and need to be pointed in the right direction.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.


Black Friday Matters … So, Hair’s the Thing!

Black Friday matters, hair matters whether it’s not enough or too much. You want to get rid of it or grow more of it, go gray or color it …

… but today, I want to talk generally about any deal you can get during this promotional period, beyond Black Friday. It’s not too late, but hurry!

Why does Black Friday matter? Why does it matter to you? What is your story?


Deals are a BIG DEAL!

Everyone loves a deal, and every year Black Friday offers some of the best prices on a wide variety of items. People travel from other countries to shop in the United States on Black Friday.

This is what Lavern Campbell from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has to say about her Black Friday experience:

“In 2013, a few coworkers and I traveled to Orlando, Florida, to shop on Black Friday. It was quite an experience! We camped out for hours, but was worth it in the end. We got some great deals.”

If you are from a country outside of the USA and have traveled here to shop on Black Friday, let us know about it. Even if you didn’t make the trip just to shop but were visiting during that time, share your experience.

I have never taken the time out to shop on Black Friday. That’s too much for me. A couple of years ago, the closest I came was dropping my sister off at Walmart and picking her back up hours after when she ran out of money. That’s my story!


Popular Items.

All year long you have been counting down to this time of the year. You have a list of the items you want to get and can make huge savings on. You’re even prepared to camp out this year, or maybe you do each year.

Some of the popular items include …

  • Electronics
  • Kitchen wares
  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Sporting equipment
  • And a wide array of gadgets
  • Gift cards

But, here is how hair matters: Top of the list of beauty products are hair products. In the mad rush to get everything else, don’t let your hair suffer.

Here are some essentials …

  • Hair color
  • Hair removal products and gadgets
  • Hair accessories
  • Shampoos, conditioners, and other hair treatments

Free Stuff.

Just about everyone loves free stuff, but not everyone would be willing to go through the Black Friday hassle to get them.

Some stores offer free items in limited quantities. You may just be lucky to get those if you are the first few to make it inside the store.

These are not always items sold by that particular store. It may be a participating store in a mall, for example.

Some websites are dedicated to helping find these deals, from Barnes & Noble to World Market. If you weren’t aware of that, it’s something to bear in mind next time.


Deals are Still On. Check Them Out.

You may not have taken the time to get anything on Black Friday because you wanted to just chill and not get caught up in the frenzy. That’s fine … deals are still on!

Compare prices from different stores selling similar products. You may not even have to leave home. Online shopping is taking over, and companies like Amazon entice delivery drivers to join their fleet to ensure on-time deliveries.

Right now, electronics are featured in their promotions until December 1.

Take time out to visit their website and keep them busy by getting the stuff you need for yourself, family, friends, and associates. You know there are people on your list that you didn’t get anything for as yet.


Black Friday and Beyond

So, here’s the thing: Black Friday has come and gone, but deals are still available … for most, up to December 1.

Some of you have camped out at your favorite stores for your favorite items, at the lowest price, or even got free stuff. Online shopping has saved many from this mad rush. It could be the way for you to go this year … and beyond.

Electronics, in particular, are quite popular. Go check them out.

From a website concerned about hair, I want to make sure you don’t take your hair for granted. Get a Black Friday deal on hair products while you’re at it. The prices will be going back up.

Enjoy your shopping experience and be safe!

If this very short article has helped you in some way or reminded you of something essential you need to do for yourself, please take a moment to share in the comments section below.

Also, share your experience with our readers. What was it like for you?

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Why Does Hair Turn Gray with Age … or at Any Age?

Typically, our hair turns gray as we age, and there are factors that determine how soon. Three such factors are genetics, nutritional deficiency, and medical conditions.

This should be no surprise, as it is in keeping with the changes we go through in life in general.

Shades will vary, individuals will decide how comfortable they are with it. If they are not, they will choose to apply some type of hair coloring product.

Overall, the question, “Why does hair turn gray with age?” is ongoing.


Is It Gray, Silver or White? Shades of Gray …

… and can it be reversed?

Some people say gray hair, some say silver, and some say white. Well, it could be either … it’s no longer colored or black.

The variations of hue in hair with little or no pigment is caused by how it is reflected by light or the color of other strands it’s surrounded by.

Another determinant is the individual’s natural hair color. All colors will not look exactly the same.

If you are asking, “Why does hair turn gray as we age?” you may also ask if it can be reversed. Maybe …

… If this is due to a nutritional deficiency or medical condition, changes in the diet or improvement in health may allow the hair to revert to its natural color.

One nutritional deficiency that may affect hair color is Vitamin B12. This is essential for providing oxygen via red blood cells throughout the body. Hair suffers in more ways than one when there is a shortage of this essential vitamin.

A medical condition is vitiligo which is known for its white patches of skin and hair. It may occur when an irregularity causes the non production of melanin in the hair follicle.

What Is a Typical Time Frame? Generally Speaking …

There is no set time frame when someone will start to go gray. A reasonable range could be from 20 years old to the late 40s. Some people begin much earlier while others later.

So, why does hair turn gray with age in the first place? The pigmentation-causing melanin is mainly responsible. More accurately, the lack of this substance.

Hydrogen peroxide is found in hair follicles. This causes melanin to fade over time, resulting in the hair getting lighter. Just as in the absence of the cortex (the layer of the hair shaft containing melanin), vellus hair which covers the body is light in color.

Hair on different parts of our bodies do not all turn gray at the same time.


To Color or Not to Color … Your Choice.

Aging gracefully with gray hair is not acceptable by everyone. To some, it may be a nightmare, ghastly at worst. For others, it’s, yes … graceful.

What makes the difference? Perception, perhaps. Not everyone wants to be perceived as being old or older. Despite its association with wisdom, this tends to be dismissed as a myth.

One way to look at it is that wisdom is achieved overtime. A wise person usually draws on and learns from experiences in their personal lives and from others. This may take years to accomplish.

Various types of hair coloring products have come to the rescue of both men and women who do not care to or are not ready to embrace gray hair.

From temporary to permanent, the categories are …

  • Rinse or Temporary: This is the least permanent and will even rub off on your clothes and pillow. It does not enter the hair shaft, and tends to fade after as little as one wash.
  • Semi-permanent: This minimally affects the hair shaft internally and will wash away in a few days.
  • Demi-permanent: This falls in the middle of semi and permanent. The chemical used, penetrates the hair shaft but is milder than that used in permanent hair colors. It will last for a few weeks. Touch up of the roots need to be done.
  • Permanent: This is not affected by shampooing. New growth will need to be touched up as needed.

The type of hair, genetics, and other factors such as medical condition may determine the effectiveness of any color treatment. Naturally, the result will be different for everyone.

There are also a vast range of colors to choose from, very light to extremely dark. Sometimes coloring the hair may be a fashion statement, or just a statement … period!

Whatever the reason, you choose how subtle or wild you want to go.


Why Do Some Children Get Gray Hairs … Even Babies?

Some babies are even born with a few strands or patches of gray hair. This is rare but not unusual.

In utero (embryo or fetus in womb), there is no melanin until the later stages of the embryonic development. Therefore, the hairs are initially white or very light in color.

Upon birth, the hair may have strands or patches of gray. Or it can be a variety of shades, even though it may change at different stages of the individual’s life. In adulthood, the cycle continues.

Bear in mind, however, that it could be a sign of an irregularity. The medical professionals should check to ensure there isn’t a problem.


Gray, Silver or White, It’s the Process.

So here’s the thing: We age and our hair color changes along with everything else that takes place with our bodies. If it is reversible by nutrition or supplements, that’s only temporary. Ultimately, the time will come for a more permanent change.

Babies, children, young and older adults are candidates for gray hair. Typically, it may start between 20 and the late 40s due mainly to genetics.

Aging gracefully does not include embracing gray hairs by everyone so using any degree of hair coloring products is very popular, but …

… as it was in the beginning, so it shall be in the end.

That’s it in a nutshell.

I hope this short article has helped you in some way. There is a vast amount of information on the subject and related matter. This is just an introduction especially for those who are at a loss and need to be pointed in the right direction.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.

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What is the Composition of Hair? An Introduction

In this article, “What is the Composition of Hair? An Introduction,” we will look at the different elements, structure, and types of human hair.

A shaft of hair comprises three main layers, cuticle, cortex, and medulla. Each layer has different characteristics and function. We will also include the surrounding components.

The shape of the follicle determines the pattern of the hair shaft, while the width determines its thickness and strength. Additionally, different types of hair grow on different parts of the body.

How is hair affected by electrolysis? We’ll take a brief look.


Got Hair? What is It?

Hair is an outgrowth of skin similar to fingernails and toenails, though not as hard. It can be found on most areas of the body except mucous membranes, the lips, tongue, palms, and soles of feet.

The only living part of hair is in the follicle below the skin. The visible shaft has no life.

Lanugo: This is fine hair covering an embryo. It is usually shed before birth.

Vellus: It covers most of the body, is soft, short, and has no pigment due to the absence of the medulla. It is formed in the sebaceous lobe.

Terminal: These hairs are found on the scalp, underarms, pubic regions, men’s face, and other areas of the body. Abnormalities in women may cause “male-pattern” hair on the face, shoulders, chest, and back … hirsutism.

A vellus hair, on occasions, when stimulated by a hormonal imbalance or external irritation, may start growing downwards into the follicle and become a terminal hair.

In the dermis, the second layer of skin, terminal hair begins its cycle in the follicle. This is an extension of the skin forming a pocket in which are found the components directly or indirectly a part of hair structure.

Why is hair straight, wavy, curly, or kinky? That’s a common question.

Curly Hair

Straight: When hair comes out of a follicle that is round, it is straight.

Wavy: An oval follicle produces wavy hair.

Curly: Hair from a flat follicle comes out curly.

Kinky: This type of hair is usually tightly curled and is produced from a flat follicle.

Ethnicity tends to play a significant role in the type of hair an individual has. It may not always be evident especially when persons are from mixed nationalities.

It is important for dermatologists, electrologists, and laser technicians to know their clients’ background before treatment.

Composition: Elements

What is the composition of hair? You may have heard of keratin, a protein found in hair.

There are at least five main elements that make up keratin … carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. Hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen are gases, while carbon and sulfur are solids.

Keratin is made up of several amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.

Composition: Cross Section

When a strand of terminal hair is dissected, we will see three layers. From outer to inner, they are cuticle, cortex, and medulla.

Cuticle: This hard, scaly outer layer overlaps in a shingle-like manner. It gives hair its elasticity and transparency.

Cortex: Here we will find elongated, keratinized cells and the pigment, melanin, which gives hair its color.

Medulla: This innermost layer is mainly hollow, contains some cells, and found only in terminal hair.







Surrounding each strand of hair are …

Follicle: This is where activities of the hair shaft take place. A follicle is a continuation of the epidermis which forms a pocket in the dermis.

Inner Sheath: The cuticle overlaps with this lining securing it to the follicle.

Outer Sheath: This outer lining helps to protect and form the hair shaft below the skin.

Papilla: The blood supply providing nourishment is found here. Nerve endings are also in this region.

Bulb: The end of the hair root which fits over the cone-shaped papilla.

Sebaceous Glands: These glands produce sebum, oils which lubricate the skin and hair.

Pilosebaceous Unit: It comprises the follicle, sebaceous glands, and arrector pili muscle. The units together form the pilosebaceous system.

When a person is cold or frightened, the arrector pili muscle contracts causing “goosebumps” and hair to stand straight.

The more knowledgeable we are, we’ll have a better understanding of things that affect it negatively or positively. Imbalances, diseases, and external influences will affect the growth and well-being of hair.

Professionals such as dermatologists, endocrinologists, and hair removal specialists, including electrologists, have a special interest in the composition of hair.


The Moisture Factor: Permanent Hair Removal

We must look at the relationship between hair composition and permanent hair removal methods.

When an electrologist or laser hair removal specialist is presented with a client, she is concerned with more than just removing hair. Several factors must be taken into consideration in order to deliver effective treatment.

This is why a thorough consultation is essential. There will be questions about genetics, water intake, nutrition, health, medication, lifestyle, and abnormalities.

During treatment, the moisture factor at the base of the follicle will determine how easily the hair comes out. The amount of water the client drinks, the skin type, and genetics play a role in the moisture content.

This may seem insignificant; however, the moisture also contains salt. This is important in the creation of lye, sodium hydroxide. Lye aides in the destruction of hair follicles in an effective electrolysis treatment.

The Whole Matter

So here’s the thing: A study of hair includes its origin, growth, texture, surroundings components, and factors that affect it.

Hair is made up of several elements, comprised of smaller units. Keratinized protein is the major component. It also comprises different structures coming together to form one unit.

Specialists in the treatment of skin and hair removal must be knowledgeable about its components. Individuals will benefit also from knowing as much as possible for their own sake.

I hope this short article, “The Composition of Hair: An Introduction,” has benefited you in some way. There is a vast amount of information on the subject and related matter.

This was not intended to go into greater scientific details. It serves only as an introduction especially to those who are at a loss and need to be pointed in the right direction.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.

Fully Electric Adjustable Facial Bed/Massage Table Review

Now that you are on your way to completing the setup of your salon or spa, one thing is missing … your facial bed.

This fully electric adjustable facial bed/massage table may be what you’re looking for. It is versatile, comfortable, and comes with a free matching technician stool.

It will be the perfect complement to your space.

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Overall Features

Product: Fully Electric Adjustable Facial Bed/Massage Table Review

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Price: $599.88 (retail, no wholesale price available from manufacturers). Free shipping.

Color: White

Guarantee: 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty

My Rating: 9

A Closer Look at the Features & Description

This versatile treatment bed/table has …

3-Port Power Strip with 2 USB Ports
  • A 3-Port Powerstrip with 2 USB Ports
  • Easily Removable Arms
  • 4″ High Density Foam Padding for Extra Comfort
  • Whisper Quiet Movement
  • Digital Touch-Sensor Remote Control
  • Dimensions: Height – 26 1/4″ to 32 1/4″, Length – 74 1/4″ to 81 1/4″, Width – 14 1/4″

Bonus: Matching Pneumatic Technician Stool

What Are the Benefits?

  • The customizable feature provides a more comfortable customer experience.
  • The face opening when the headrest pillow is removed makes it more comfortable for back treatments.
  • It is easy to assemble.
  • Ease of operation with the press of a button to lower or raise headrest, footrest, and height.
  • Enjoy a free matching technician stool.
  • Check out your manual online and save the trees!
  • Enjoy the guarantee that comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Free Pneumatic Technician Stool

Why Is It Right for You and Your Business?

It makes sense. A facial bed that can be converted to a massage table is an ideal fit. If you’re an esthetician, the face opening gives your client a better option when doing a back “facial.”

If your client is short, medium, or tall, it customizes to suit each person’s needs.

Check out the features and benefits. This may just be what you need.

This Sums It Up.

So here’s the thing: Get that missing item into your salon or spa.

If you are an electrologist, laser hair removal specialist, esthetician, massage therapist or any salon and spa beautician, chances are you need a treatment bed or table. I hope this review will help you to make a decision.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.

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What Are the Stages of Hair Growth? An Introduction.


Many things in life take place in a cyclical manner. Hair growth is one of them. It has a beginning, middle, and end stage. There are three main cycles from the moment a shaft of hair is born to when it dies.

The texture, where on the body the hair is, and genetics are the most common factors determining how long it takes to grow. For example, fine, shallow hair (vellus) covering most of the body will not have a typical cycle.

Eyebrows and eyelashes do not continue to grow indefinitely. Scalp hairs and men’s beards tend to grow the longest and on a continuous basis.


Hair Grows in a Cycle

So, what are the stages of hair growth? Here they are …

Anagen: First Things First

In the beginning, was …

… a hair follicle. In this sac-like vacuum, hair germinates by way of an organized structure. This includes the bulge, connective tissue sheath, inner and outer root sheaths, matrix, bulb, and dermal papilla in the lower layer of the skin.

Capillaries, tiny blood vessels, are found in the papilla and nourish the cells as they form the hair shaft. The matrix is responsible for the activities which result in the birth and growth of hair.

Hair in this phase lasts between two and eight years actively growing. There is a short active phase when hair growth is slow versus a long active phase when hair grows rapidly.

While genetics is one factor that determines growth rate, there are two active phases … short and long. Examples in the short active phase are eyebrows, eyelashes, arms, and legs. Scalp hair is an example in the long active phase.

Eyebrow and Eyelash

Hair in each follicle grows at different stages and do not all fall out at the same time. In the anagen phase, approximately 90 percent of hair is present at any given time.

Hair growth may be further stimulated when there are hormonal imbalances usually causing irregularities. This may result in hirsutism, superfluous hair growth.

Catagen: It Pushes Through

Having seen the light of day …

… the hair detaches from its main source of sustenance. At this point, it has reached or is approaching its maximum growth while still being nourished by the follicle walls. After its detachment, it continues to push through the surface of the skin.

This is a very short phase lasting between one and four weeks with about 2 to 3 percent at any given time. They can easily be pulled out during combing and brushing.

The end forms a club hair which is dry and brittle. It can be found in the upper part of the hair follicle. This is because the follicle shrinks after its degeneration and moves upwards.

Sometimes another hair begins the anagen phase after a new follicle is regenerated in the lower section. In this case, two shafts will be present in the same follicle.

Telogen: Oops! It Dies.

Once upon a time …

… there was a natural source of nourishment. As it dies, each shaft of hair is totally free from its anchored origin in the dermis. The shriveled follicle goes through a period of rest … telogen. This lasts from one to three months or even longer.

At any given time, 8 to 10 percent of hair in this phase will be present. The hair will fall out by itself or comes out during combing or brushing.

Once the hair follicle has regenerated, a new hair forms in the anagen stage. If the old hair has not shed, two hairs will also be seen in the same follicle.

Cut Off, Uprooted, or Destroyed

You want it gone …

… but how? Hair isn’t always welcome by everyone. Some people will not even tolerate fine vellus hair on the body. They resort to a method of hair removal that suits them.

Sometimes hair is troublesome due to hormone imbalance or other reasons. As mentioned above, hirsutism may result. At other times, the decision to get rid of hair is just a matter of personal preference.

Cut Off by Shaving: The portion of hair that is visible above the surface of the skin is cut off horizontally. This emerges in a short period of time, a day or two, and the process has to be repeated.

Uprooted by Tweezing or Waxing: These methods forcibly pull the hairs out from the base of the hair follicle, unless they are already loosened during the second or third phase of the cycle.

Destroyed by Chemical Reaction or Electricity: Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis are methods used to destroy hair in the follicle. The effectiveness of the treatment will determine permanent reduction, removal or regrowth.

Threading is an Alternative to Waxing or Other Hair Removal Methods.

A Hair is Born, Then Dies

So here’s the thing: A shaft of hair is born, it pushes through, then it dies. That is the cycle in the life of a hair … shaft by shaft. It would not be logical for all the hairs to go through each cycle at the same time.

The three cycles, Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen take place in the hair follicle in the dermis. The cycles tend to follow each other; however, sometimes another anagen phase will begin while a club hair is yet to be shed.

Hair growth is natural; however, some people do not like to have hair on different parts of their bodies. This may be due to hair growth abnormalities or personal preference.

We looked at five main methods of removing hair … shaving, tweezing, waxing, electrolysis, and laser. Other articles on this site go into more details about hair removal methods.

I hope this short article, “What Are the Stages of Hair Growth: An Introduction,” has helped you in some way. There is a vast amount of information on the subject and related matter. This is just an introduction especially for those who are at a loss and need to be pointed in the right direction.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.

… The End …

17-in-1 Facial Machine Review: Diamond Included!

Space saver, convenient, and easy to use are some reasons to love this 17-in-1 facial machine. I bought mine a few years ago directly from the manufacturers. It has been a great investment.

I have used it at home for family members, in a salon room, and traveled with it for mobile clients.

Estheticians who would prefer to have everything as one unit will be delighted with it.

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Overall Features

Product: 17-in-1 Facial Machine Review/17-in-1 Elite Series Multifunction Diamond Microdermabrasion Facial Machine

Sold by: Amazon

Price: $1,499.88 (retail, no wholesale price available from manufacturers). Free shipping.

Guarantee: 1 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty

My Rating: 10

A Closer Look at the Features.

This multitasker, 17-in-1 Facial Machine, comes with …

Diamond Microdermabrasion Attachments.
  1. Diamond Microdermabrasion (effective for acne treatment)
  2. Bio-Lift Microcurrent
  3. Galvanic Current Facial
  4. High frequency
  5. Electro-Dessicating Spot Remover
  6. Natural Bristle Gentle Exfoliating Rotary Brush
  7. Vacuum Extractor
  8. Spray Difuser
  9. Skin Exfoliator
  10. Product Infuser Device
  11. Facial Steamer with Ozone
  12. 2-in1 Ultraviolet Sterilizer
  13. & Towel Warmer
  14. 5x (16 Diopter) Magnifier Lamp
  15. Wood’s Lamp Skin Analyzer
  16. Utility Mixing Bowl
  17. Tool Storage Rack
Ultraviolet Sterilizer

Bonus: Free Skincare Kit ($175 value)

Although a manual isn’t physically included, one will be sent to you by email.

What Are the Benefits?

Here are 17 reasons to love your multifunctional machine:

  1. This combo is a great space saver. If you are a booth renter, you will appreciate how little space it takes up.
  2. It is easy to assemble. Download the manual and get to work or follow the chart that comes in the package.
  3. It saves time; time is money! Eliminate the extra steps to get from one equipment to the other.
  4. Enhance your clients’ experience with a warm towel without having to walk away from them.
  5. Easily sterilize your implements right there in front of you and get them as needed.
  6. All attachments are neatly stored on the unit.
  7. How about the dual benefits of a microdermabrasion wand and a separate skin tightening wand on the same unit?
  8. Herbs and essential oils can be added for a more relaxing and beneficial experience.
  9. It’s great for a mobile business. With a little manpower, you are good to go.
  10. The price is right. Add up all the equipment separately. You’ll see the savings.
  11. It makes you stand out as a smart buyer. You made a wise decision.
  12. Ozone steam helps to loosen dirt particles, removes excessive oils from the skin, and unplugs pores.
  13. Excellent light and magnifier. The dual feature with flexible (and removable) arm gives better visibility.
  14. Lockable wheels allow it to be moved around easily then locked for safety.
  15. Get an entire skincare line free of cost! This is good especially if you’re just starting out and haven’t decided on a line of products yet. If you’re looking for another line to add, you can try this out.
  16. Check out your manual online and save the trees!
  17. Enjoy the guarantee that comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Why It Is Right for You and Your Business?

When you take its features and benefits into consideration, this is a great fit for small, midsize, and larger salons and spas. Where do you fit in?

For small businesses, if you have one esthetician working, this is a phenomenal value in more ways than one. Limited floor and countertop space is usually a problem. With this equipment, that’s one less thing to stress over.

If you are midsize and have one or more estheticians, this could be your primary machine … especially if you do not need more than one set of its many attachments.

Larger businesses may not be concerned about saving space as much as other businesses. But space could still be a concern, especially when you have multiple equipment. You will also find other features beneficial.

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This Sums it Up.

So here’s the thing: You are a licensed esthetician with limited space, a midsize business, a large salon or spa. Facial equipment is critical to your business. And there are several on the market to choose from.

Looking at features and benefits is a great place to start. The 17-in-1 multifunctional machine doesn’t have to be your only pick, but it will outshine some of the others.

Any size salon or spa is the right size to welcome this multitasker into the family.

If you are an esthetician trying to make a decision for a functional facial machine, I hope this review has helped you in some way.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.

Spa Treatment

How to Remove Acne Scars … Safely.

Acne scars are a great concern as they can be quite unsightly. Pimples, cysts or other manifestations of acne often leave scars. Sometimes they are manipulated to get pus or other substances out, causing damage to the surrounding tissue.

If you are looking for information on how to remove acne scars, this article will help. There are a few ways to minimize or get rid of these scars safely without worsening the condition … professional and non-professional methods.

Find out which treatment is right for you.


Painful and Unsightly

Acne is associated with the onset of puberty, temporary changes in life such as pregnancy, emotional stress, and hormonal imbalance.

Whatever the cause, the effects can be devastating. Sometimes they are painful, can result in low self-esteem, and leave unsightly blemishes.

When excess oil and dead cells accumulate at the base of hair follicles, it results in bacteria. The inflammation that shows up on the face and other areas indicates that there is an infection.

Blemishes occur when tissue becomes damaged. This happens based on the severity of the acne condition or when the skin is irritated in some other way. This usually takes a toll on a person’s self-esteem.

If caution is not used to remove them safely, the condition can be made worse … permanently!

The Pits and Blackness

Scars, such as “ice picks” are like small pits, which can be permanent without advance treatment. Dark blotches may take a long time before they go away … or not … unless treated.

These conditions can really leave one feeling down and out … in the pits. Not only is there physical darkness but also emotional depression. Self-worth is often affected by one’s outward appearance.

With several options available, there is no need to settle for being less than you can become. As usual, do your research. Arm yourself with knowledge.

It is important to ensure that you get the result you are looking for and not a worsening of your condition.

Blemish Away! Be Gone!

The most common methods to remove acne scars are …

  • Microdermabrasion: This treatment uses an abrasive device to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin allowing it to rejuvenate. The two main methods used are diamond tip or crystal. It is best to have a dermatologist or licensed esthetician perform these services. At-home products and devices are also available.
  • Chemical peels: These have a similar effect to microdermabrasion except that chemicals are used instead. Different chemicals and different levels will determine the actual end result. They are best administered by a dermatologist or esthetician; however, there are at-home products.
  • Dermabrasion: This removes deeper layers of skin and is performed by a dermatologist. Healing takes a much longer time.
  • Natural solutions: These may be made with herbs or other natural ingredients … commercial or homemade. Examples are tea tree essential oils and vitamin C.
Vitamin C

Other treatments include surgery to level out the “pits.” This is extreme and involves greater risks.

Pros and Cons

Microdermabrasion is effective; however, there may be mild side effects such as redness or tenderness. These usually last for only a few hours. Avoid sun exposure for a few weeks. Protect your skin with sunscreen.

Chemical peels are also effective, but have side effects such as redness, hyperpigmentation (increased melanin) or hypopigmentation (reduced melanin). Sun exposure should be avoided.

Dermabrasion is also considered very effective for those who are candidates. There may be even greater side effects. Sun exposure should definitely be avoided as instructed by your dermatologist.

A thorough consultation will be done by a professional, dermatologist or esthetician, to determine if you are a candidate for any of these treatments. They are not for everyone, so be knowledgeable before moving forward.

At-home products and devices may be less costly and readily available. If they are not used properly, side effects could be detrimental.

New Look, New Lease on Life

When acne scars are removed, a person’s self-confidence and image are restored. Social interactions are usually improved as a result. Individuals have been known to become more outspoken, and even apply for positions they were afraid to undertake before.

Some individuals have started dressing better and become involved in relationships they would have shied away from previously. The fear of being rejected is no longer a factor.

Look for support from family members and/or friends who will be there every step of the way. Embrace these relationships. Everyone needs support to go through difficult moments.

You can also make a difference to others by being supportive and sharing your experiences with them.

Get A New Lease on Life

From Flair Up to Clear Up

So here’s the thing: Sometimes scars or blemishes are the aftereffects of an acne condition. In addition, there may be pain due to inflammation from bacteria.

There are a few treatments that can minimize the appearance of these blemishes. They come in the form of professional or non-professional devices and substances.

A dermatologist or licensed esthetician should be considered over at-home treatments. Your safety is more guaranteed in the hands of a professional.

Take the time to educate yourself to see if you are a candidate for any of these treatments. Remember, they are not for everyone. If they are not for you, find a way to free yourself from the discomfort and pain from your physical appearance.

Enjoy the benefits of having blemish-free skin and greater self-confidence thus conquering your social fears. Sometimes all it takes is the support of family members and friends to encourage and help you through a difficult period.

Pay it forward and share with others who are having similar experiences. Make a difference.

I hope this short article, “How to Remove Acne Scars … Safely,” has helped you in some way. There is a vast amount of information on the subject and related matter. This is just an introduction especially for those who are at a loss and need to be pointed in the right direction.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.

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You Can Enjoy Blemish-Free Skin

Chronic Acne: Hormone Imbalance or Not.

Chronic acne may be a symptom of hormone imbalance … or not. It can be very stressful for those affected by it. Adults, not just teenagers, suffer from this condition.

The first thing to do is find the root cause. A dermatologist should be consulted especially to determine if hormones play a role.

Whatever the cause, acne of any type should not be neglected.

Acne Breakout

Does Chronic Acne Differ From Common Acne?

A chronic condition means it is difficult to get rid of, keeps recurring, or lasting for a long time. Chronic acne, therefore, differs from common acne in that it is more of a nuisance.

Acne, in general, affects a person during puberty. Not everyone is affected in the same way. It ranges from mild to more severe, and may be hereditary. Other factors and stages of life will also contribute to acne breakouts. Pregnancy and emotional stress are examples.

The sebaceous glands are responsible for oil production at the base of hair follicles. Some glands secrete directly through the pores of the skin, which are not attached to hair follicles.

In both cases of acne, the activities of sebaceous glands cause clogging of the pores in addition to debris and grease on the surface of the skin.

External debris includes dirty hands, greasy hair/products and cosmetics, articles of clothing that come in contact with your skin.

Chronic acne is cause for concern. Learn about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) so you can be aware of all the symptoms associated with it. The chart below shows acne as one of the symptoms.

PCOS Chart

Let’s Take It From the Top.

So you notice your acne constantly flairs up and wants to reside indefinitely. That’s a problem!

It’s common for acne to affect the face, but other areas include the upper arms, shoulders, chest, and back. For some people, it’s all areas at once. The same treatment may be applied to all affected parts. Scars or black marks are sometimes left in place of the inflamed areas.

Acne manifests itself in different forms. These may be …

  • Pimples or Acne Vulgaris: An eruption takes place in the follicle when there is an excess of oil, dead cells, and bacteria. The body’s defense system, white blood cells, try to protect it against the bacteria. Pus, a yellowish matter, is formed. The farther this happens below the surface of the skin, the longer it takes to heal. Scars are usually the end result.
  • Whiteheads, Closed Comedones, or Milia: These are an accumulation of matter from the sebaceous glands. They are trapped below the surface of the skin and are not exposed to air.
  • Blackheads or Open Comedones: An overflow of oil from sebaceous glands results in the formation of a blackhead. It hardens at the mouth of the follicle causing blockage.
  • Cysts or Cystic Acne: These are pimples which take a longer time to reach the surface of the skin. Cells are destroyed while they make their journey up. Scars are usually left.
  • Papules: Inflamed bumps under the surface of the skin indicate that there is infection in the hair follicles. They can be painful.
  • Nodules: Large painful bumps under the surface of the skin. They are a result of the activities at the lower level of hair follicles.

Apart from the physical symptoms, some conditions are very painful.

In the Middle or No Middle Ground.

One way or another, your goal is to get rid of this abnormality. It may take more time than you expect, but make every effort to minimize it until then.

If your condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance, treatment will go beyond clearing up the physical appearance. Your dermatologist will have recommendations and, hopefully, point you in the right direction. Some solutions are …

  • Oral or topical antibiotics: These are prescribed to attack and destroy bacteria.
  • Birth control pills/Oral Contraceptives: These help to control substances which contribute to causing acne.
  • Laser and light therapy: These are both used to decrease oil production and kill bacteria that causes acne, respectively. They also help to diminish scars.
  • Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels: These help to diminish scars and are helpful with the overall texture and health of the skin. A dermatologist or licensed esthetician perform these services.
Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion Attachments.

These are only some of the recommendations.

Note: As the PCOS chart in this article indicates, excessive hair growth is associated with the condition. In this case, laser hair removal (different from laser therapy used for treating acne) is one solution.

If hormonal imbalance is not a factor, precautions still need to be taken. Proper hygiene should be practiced to minimize any further outbreak. Appropriate treatment should also be applied.

The Bottom Line Is …

You need your life back. For too long you’re under the control of a condition that, more often than not, gets the better of you. With chronic acne, what works for one person may not work for another.

It may take trying different products and treatments to find what works. It’s best, however, to give whatever you are trying time to work before moving on to something else.

Here are some other considerations that you can do on your own …

  • Hot and cold compresses to soothe the pain and decrease inflammation.
  • Extractions are best done by an esthetician who is skilled in this area. Injuries to the surrounding tissue and scarring will not be an issue when carefully done.
  • Witch hazel is soothing to the skin to alleviate redness and inflammation. It’s beneficial when applied after extractions to reduce redness.
  • Natural remedies used with precautions just as with prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Tea tree essential oil is considered to be very helpful.
  • Vitamins A and E, and zinc in the diet may be helpful.
  • Drink plenty of water for hydration of the skin.
  • Keep your hands off you face as this is one sure way to transfer bacteria.
  • Avoid squeezing pimples, etc. as this will cause scarring.
  • Never go to sleep with makeup on.

It is an excellent idea to have a regular skincare regimen including cleanser, toner or non-alcoholic based astringent, mask, some type of treatment, and a moisturizer compatible with your skin type.

A scrub can be a part of a skincare regimen; however, exfoliation may cause overstimulation of the sebaceous glands. This will worsen the condition.

I’ve seen cases where individuals kept scrubbing to get rid of acne. Their outbreak became worse. Discontinuation of the scrub and applying a mask twice weekly helped significantly.

It is harder for bacteria to thrive in a clean environment.

What to Avoid

Take time to notice when flair ups occur. Is it around your monthly period, after eating certain foods, during stressful moments? Chocolate was once considered a causing factor. Maybe it plays a role in aggravating an existing condition.

Here are some things to avoid …

  • Greasy foods may worsen an existing condition.
  • Spicy foods are considered to be stimulating to sweat glands.
  • Stress, which usually seem to make any condition worse or result in the onset of several illnesses.
Do Greasy Foods Have an Effect on Acne?

Not everyone agrees that foods play a part. You can experiment to see if it does, while taking all other factors into consideration.

Cleaning Up From Top to Bottom

So here’s the thing: Chronic acne in any age group may be associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) due to hormone imbalance. If you find that you are unable to control it, you should get medical help to determine the root cause.

A chronic condition stays around for a long time even with treatment. Acne, in general, is caused by overactivity in the sebaceous glands. The secretions cause manifestations in different forms, which may be painful or leave scars. The areas most affected are the face, upper arms, shoulders, chest, and back.

A dermatologist specializes in skin conditions and should be consulted to determine the root cause and recommend a treatment plan. Creams, pills, laser, and a skincare regimen are suggestions. These may help to ease discomfort, prevent bruises and scars, and decrease outbreaks.

Other helpful tips range from personal habits, home remedies, tea tree essential oil to professional skincare treatments by an esthetician.

We also looked at foods and habits to avoid. Most people will agree that although certain foods may not cause acne, they can aggravate the condition.

I hope this short article, “Chronic Acne: Hormone Imbalance or Not,” has helped you in some way. There is a vast amount of information about the subject and related matter. This is just an introduction especially for those who are at a loss and need to be pointed in the right direction.

Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I will do my best to address them.