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AUG 2018

DAYSPA is the business resource for spa & wellness professionals! Each issue covers the latest in skin care, spa treatments, wellness services and management strategies.

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B e a t i n g t h e F l u s h [18] • # dayspamagazine • august 2018 © GETTY IMAGES Beating the Flush How infl ammation aff ects the skin—and what spa pros can do about it. by Katie O'Reilly I nfl ammation, an immune response to a real or perceived threat, aff ects more than 35 million Americans annually; and they spend more than $2 billion to treat their symptoms—many of which aff ect their largest organ. Howard Murad, MD, founder of skincare brand Murad, describes the condition as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" situation. "On one hand we need infl ammatory responses for healing to occur—it's a normal process that keeps us alive," he explains. "But overwhelming and chronic infl ammation is deleterious to our health. With long-term stress, cell membranes become infl amed, causing our cells to lose water and dehydrate us." Infl ammation primarily results from sun exposure, stress, underlying health conditions, environmental aggressors, poor diet, genetic predisposition and lack of sleep. It can manifest in a number of ways, including rosacea, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne and wrinkles. "It's a complex, unpredictable and uncomfortable condition, which often begins by altering the skin's microbiome and barrier," says Katherine Tomasso, national director of education for Yon-Ka Paris. Because estheticians are in a unique position to help clients manage this increasingly common issue, DAYSPA turned to seasoned skincare pros to gain a better understanding of how infl ammation takes hold, and the best ways to manage it.

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