What Are Blackheads & Whiteheads?

What Are Blackheads?blackheads

All of acne is caused by the inherited tendency of “retention hyperkeratosis”. This is a fancy name for dead skin cells piling up and sticking together inside the pore along with other debris such as sebum, bacteria and a random rudimentary hair. This debris clumps together to form a plug inside the pore. This is actually called a “comedo”.

If it is still under the skin it is called a whitehead or “closed comedone” and have only a microscopic opening to the skin surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the material is not oxidized, and remains white.

What are Whiteheads?whiteheads

When the closed comedone opens (matures), it then becomes a blackhead. Contrary to popular belief, blackheads are not caused by dirt – it is a plug of dead skin cells and sebum that is discolored. When the end of the “plug” gets exposed to air, it oxidizes and turns the dark color; hence giving the blackhead its apt name.

You can get rid of blackheads and whiteheads by using the right products for it. You will also need an acne specialist to coach you in how to use the products correctly. It is vitally important to follow instructions closely and consistently, as this type of acne can be the toughest to get under control.

Find Time for Balance in Your Life

Beautiful Skin Glow

Relax!Finding time for all of the things we have to do versus what we should or want to do is not easy.
Balance never is.


Receiving skincare and body care treatments can do you a world of good. And getting skin and body care treatments frequently can do even more. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you will be and how youthful you will remain with each passing year.


The Benefits of Routine Facials & Skincare

Taking care of your skin with routine facials & skincare are the most cost effective, non-surgical solutions to slowing down the aging process.

Aging is caused by two main factors: heredity and your environment. There is little you can do about heredity, but there is something you can do about all of the other environmental causes. Pollution, sun exposure and stress all lead to premature aging of the skin. Routine facials and skincare counteract the effects of pollutants and sun exposure on your skin and dramatically reduce stress.


The many benefits of routine facials & skincare include:

  • Increases Blood Circulation
  • Promotes Collagen Production
  • Evens Out Skin Tone and Complexion
  • Removes Environmental Impurities
  • Irons Out Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Reduces the Effects of Acne Scarring
  • Relieves Stress and Encourages Relaxation
  • Relieves Muscle Tension that Causes Deep Wrinkles
  • Reduces the Effects of Sun Damage and Age Spots
  • Restores Skin’s Radiance
  • Preserves Youthful Skin
  • Promotes Confidence

Vitamin “A”mazing for Skin

Vitamins for your Skin

Anyone who has ever had a skin care conversation with me knows how much I love using topical vitamin C products. Yes, I admit it.  I’m a pusher.  The list of benefits is long and everyone can use it.  By feeding your skin vitamin C, you nourish it with a powerful antioxidant that not only repairs skin damage but also helps to prevent further damage.  It clears skin tone and is essential for the formation of collagen, which helps keep the skin plump and wrinkle free.

As much as I love vitamin C, there is another vitamin that also has my heart:  vitamin A.  Topical vitamin A is a prescription-strength retinoid best known as tretinoin, or by the brand names Retin-A and Renova, just to name a few. Originally formulated to treat acne (which is still a current practice) tretinoin was also found to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin tone.  It works this way:  It converts to retinoic acid when applied to the skin.  It then binds to corresponding receptors in the skin causing a peeling of the top layer, resulting in smooth skin tone.  Retinoids also boost collagen by blocking the genes that cause it to break down, leading to reduction in existing wrinkles and prevention of the formation of future wrinkles.  There is a hitch; Vitamin A in this form can be harsh, causing many users to suffer uncomfortable side effects such as redness and burning.

Enter Tecniche Acme A  ICONICA, the new optimum form of vitamin A, merges with top-performing ingredients to create and extraordinary anti-wrinkle, anti-redness, pro-radiance serum without the harsh side effects.

ICONICA is the most bio-available form of vitamin A and the first stabilized form, offering the highest, most effective activity value to the skin.  It is the least irritating form of vitamin A and performs closest to retinoic acid without a prescription.  This high-performing serum also contains a blend of naturally occurring ingredients and plant extracts that prevent the stiffening and breakdown of collagen and elastin, a process known as glycation, and promote overall skin health and radiance.

Supreme C and Acme A serums are available at Aroma Essence Skincare and can be purchased during our retail hours Mon-Thurs. 12-1 or call for a pick-up time that is convenient for you. Have a skin care question?  Email me anytime,  julianne@aromaessenceskincare.com

Get Your Glow Back


Has winter taken its toll on your skin?

Here is your quick fix: microdermabrasion, a resurfacing technique that is safe and effective in improving the appearance of aged skin, wrinkles, skin texture and color. It removes the dead topmost layer of skin, leaving skin softer, smoother and more vibrant. It also stimulates the elastic tissue beneath the surface of the skin, improving aging skin. This results in a healthier and firmer appearance over time.

After years of experience using various different microderm machines, my preference is the crystal-free diamond head wand. Most describe that it feels like a cat’s tongue as the wand glides across the surface of your skin. The diamond head gently removes the dead layer, while the suction lifts the skin, removes the debris and allows for a clear view so that the esthetician can work deeper when needed. The length of the treatment and number of sessions vary depending on your skin type and condition.

For best results, I recommend a deep cleansing facial or short consultation before booking your microderm series. Visit the Microdermabrasion Q & A section on our website for more details.

Take advantage of our Spring Special:
Microderm & Enzyme Mask, a series of three for $150.
Call and book your free consultation or facial today at 641-1616.

Facial services available 9a.m. – 6p.m. Mon. – Fri. ,
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