Brighten Your Complexion – New Dermaplane Skin Service!

Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure using a sharp blade (scalpel) to exfoliate the epidermis with the added benefit of removing vellus hair (peach fuzz). Dermaplaning provides an immediate result with a smooth, more even tone and vibrant appearance. It is popular before big events, as the result is immediate and makeup goes on the skin smoother, appearing more natural.


An effective treatment on its own, but is also commonly used as a prep before other esthetic treatments including superficial chemical exfoliation, LED, ultrasound, microcurrent or as an add-on to a facial.  Clients that have an excess amount of vellus hair particularly like dermaplaning for the smooth texture that occurs after the hair removal. This hair can also trap dead skin cells and oil in the follicles, resulting in clogged pores. Therefore, removing the hair gives you clearer, healthier skin. This is also a great treatment for clients who are pregnant or nursing, and looking for a deeper exfoliation without the risk of applying topical products that could potentially be absorbed into the bloodstream.

There is no downtime associated with this procedure. It’s merely an old wives’ tale, that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. Shaving cannot change the structure and function of the hair. It will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment. The hair may feel blunt when it initially grows back. This should not be confused with extra hair growth. The Dermaplane Facial has become the fast favorite at Aroma Essence Skincare and includes the relaxing warm stone massage and deeply hydrating facial mask. 

Julianne Bacialli is a licensed esthetician with more than 18 years of experience. She has knowledge in all aspects of the skin care industry, specializing in medical esthetics and is the owner of Aroma Essence Skincare.

Arctic Berry Peel Facial – The No Peel-Peel

Locals Favorite!

Experience the latest technology in skin care. Get all the benefits of a peel without the peeling. The Arctic Berry Peel Facial from Eminence Organics has become our local’s favorite. It restores radiance, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces dark spots, decreases inflammation, improves acne and reduces dullness of the skin. It’s the ultimate WOW effect.

Living at altitude and exposing our skin to the elements can cause dehydration and a thick layer of buildup, making lines and spots more noticeable. Spring is a good time of the year to shed these layers and give the skin a boost of energy before you expose it to the summer sun.   

The Arctic Berry Peel provides all the benefits of a peel, with no down time. Dead skin-dulling cells are polished away by the joint effects of microdermabrasion, enzymes and plant based acids, leaving the skin’s texture smoother, clearer and with a renewed radiance. It is followed by warm stone massage and aromatherapy to create the ultimate zen experience.

   “I went to see Julianne after looking at my brown age spots for long enough,” one client, Elizabeth A., shared. “Not only was she able to erase those, but the facial peel series evened out my skin tone and texture, which was not an easy task on 50-year-old, sun damaged skin.” 

Call 970-641-1616 to book your facial today. Ask for the Arctic Berry Peel.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Give your Mom a facial, the gift she will never forget. Credit cards are accepted, and we offer free Gift Certificate delivery in Gunnison.

What You Need to Know About Skin Peels


Living at altitude and exposing our skin to the elements can cause a thick layer of buildup, making lines and spots more noticeable. Fall is a good time of the year to shed these layers and give the skin a boost of energy before you expose it to the winter sun.    

Peeling the skin promotes new skin growth, removing old damaged skin and replacing it with shiny, youthful and healthy skin. The long term benefits incllude increased collagen production, which improves the quality of the skin. Most noticeable is the immediate change in texture and often color as the layers begin to shed and new healthier skin is formed, revealing a healthy glowing appearance.

“I went to see Julianne after looking at my brown age spots for long enough,” Elizabeh A. shared. “Not only was she able to erase those, but she also, with a six-session peel, evened out my skin tone and texture, not an easy task on 50-year-old, sun damaged skin. Most appreciated was the thorough skin care education that I somehow never learned previously. I knew, of course, to keep my skin clean and to try to remember to use sunscreen, but I was not aware of the need to exfoliate and ‘feed’ my skin. Julianne carries carefully researched products and knows what to use and when.”

Having a peel does not prevent you from going to work or doing other activities. We recommend a series of three for first-time clients, beginning slow, with very little down time, increasingly becoming  more stimulating with each treatment, depending on the results you desire and your current lifestyle. There are peels for every skin type, a variety of acids and applications, so it is best for an Esthetician to help you decide the best one for your skin type.

The Dangers of Prescriptions for Acne

Going to a dermatologist’s office and getting prescription drugs is the logical, first choice for many acne sufferers.  Patients are usually given antibiotics, and/or a choice of prescription retinoids to try.  Most often, when this approach fails, the dermatologist will prescribe a new antibiotic and then often another.  When those treatments fail, physicians will often recommend a cycle of Accutane (or it’s generic equivalents).   Unfortunately, prescription drugs usually fail or only temporarily clear the acne and there are many side effects which can be very dangerous.


Antibiotics never kill 100% of the bacteria and the ones that survive breed a colony which is resistant to that antibiotic.  That is why we are now seeing strains of bacteria that are virtually indestructible.  The PBS award winning television program, Frontline, recently (Oct. 22, 2013) ran an episode called “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.”  This episode should be seen by everyone because it exposes the harsh reality that people are dying from infections that even the finest medical teams and technology cannot combat.  The threat is growing and experts are very afraid.  Frontline will soon be airing a follow up to this episode which will expose that constant inappropriate use of antibiotics is much of the reason for the creation of these strains of bacteria.  Treating of acne is one of those inappropriate uses.  This is the societal danger of unnecessary use of antibiotics; but what about the danger to you, personally?

  • According to a study in the September 2005 Archives of Dermatology, people who use antibiotics are more than twice as likely to catch colds.
  • According to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association[i], heavy use of antibiotics may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. The study looked at 10,000 women over eight years and found that those who took the highest amounts of antibiotics the longest faced twice the risk of developing breast cancer than those who didn’t.
  • Part of the FDA warning for clindamycin states: “…. clindamycin has been associated with severe colitis which may result in patient death. Use of the topical formulation of clindamycin results in absorption of the antibiotic from the skin surface. Diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and colitis (including pseudomembranous colitis) have been reported with the use of topical and systemic clindamycin. Studies indicate a toxin(s) produced by clostridia is one primary cause of antibiotic-associated colitis.”


While there are no reported “dangerous” side effects of topical retinoids, there are problems with using it for acne.  The cream form of Retin-A includes isopropyl myristate, a highly comedogenic ingredient which makes acne much worse.   Even if the patient is prescribed an appropriate retinoid, the retinoid often makes their skin so sensitive and irritated that they abandon using it before it becomes effective.


The FDA posted an alert in 2005 that said all patients taking Accutane should be closely watched for serious psychological symptoms including:

  • depression
  • suicidal tendencies
  • short tempers
  • loss of social interaction
  • psychosis

In 2009, Roche decided to pull Accutane off the US market after juries had awarded many millions of dollars in damages to former Accutane users over inflammatory bowel disease claims.   It can cause other severe physical side effects, including:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • central nervous system injuries
  • skeletal damage
  • liver damage
  • cardiovascular injuries
  • muscle loss
  • ulcerative colitis
  • pancreatitis
  • immune system disorder
  • birth defects

Although Accutane has been taken off the market, other brands of the drug, isotretinoin, continue to be prescribed for acne, despite the serious long term health risks

The alternative to drugs

Having successfully cleared the skin of thousands of  acne clients since 1990, I can confidently state that no prescription drugs are needed to clear up people’s skin.  As Dr. James E. Fulton*, renowned acne expert, pointed out, though acne bacteria is present, it is a symptom of the true cause of acne, which is retention hyperkeratosis.  That is an inherited tendency of the pores to shed dead skin cells more quickly than normal pores (up to five times more quickly).  So, when you have your clients use products that keep the pore free from excessive cell buildup, they will clear up.

Exfoliating serums like mandelic, glycolic and/or salicylic serums (depending on the type of acne) used in combination with benzoyl peroxide get the job done.  Recommending the correct products is vital, but just as important is how the products are used.  Clients need to start slowly with of the strongest products their skin can tolerate and slowly increase the frequency of product use.  Under this system, it takes about three months for most people to get completely clear.  The only potential side effect of this modality is some temporary dryness of the skin, which is better than the serious health problems which they may encounter with prescription drugs.