Shortly after my 30th birthday, during a particularly stressful time at work, I found myself with a breakout of epic proportions. (Like, call-in-sick-so-nobody-has-to-see-me bad.) So I recruited the big guns: glycolic acid face wash, prescription retinol, and antibacterial spot treatments.
But no matter how many new acne products I tried—and I tried a lot in my panicked state—my skin just kept getting bumpier and more inflamed, especially on the lower half of my face. A dermatologist prescribed me a steroid cream, which helped to a certain extent, but things never fully cleared up. For the next five years, my chin was perpetually red and covered in pimples of varying size and severity, which I blamed on stress and hormones
Until a few months ago, I had clear skin. Then one day, I woke up and my cheeks had exploded with blackheads. Despite a diligent skin-care regimen, it looked like I was perpetually forgetting to take off my makeup before I went to bed and sleeping on a pillowcase that hadn’t been washed in eight months. I pulled out my usual arsenal of products containing glycolic and lactic acids, but nevertheless these clogged pores persisted. They’d go away for a few days, then emerge again like the regenerated heads of the Hydra.
I relayed my woeful tale of cheek acne to celebrity aesthetician and Take Care Spa founder Sadie Adams. She reached down, felt my face, and told me something that I honestly wasn’t expecting: I had tons of tension in my jaw from clenching it all the time. And that, she said, was probably what was causing my cheeks and jawline to break out. Curious to know more, I consulted other pros to figure out just how common this could actually be. More on that now.
Please do what's best for your skin and "our" mutual goals.....
It's not commonplace for clients to readily admit some of the horrible and unsafe things that they do to their skin. But when they do — or when you have a suspicion that they do — it's important to encourage clear and honest communication about it.
After all, if we do not have a complete understanding of our spa and medical spa clients' habits and lifestyle choices, then we cannot recommend and perform safe treatments.
I’m just going to say it: There is a special place in hell for hormonal zits.
You likely know the ones: The kind with deep roots that set up shop on your chin and jawline—otherwise known as the “hormone belt”—and threaten to stick around forever and haunt your dreams. They make your regular old whiteheads look like a walk in the park, because not only are they annoying to look at, but they are painful—especially if you make the mistake of trying to pick at them.
It’s an unfortunate reality that hormonal acne doesn’t just go away because you’ve made it through puberty (a fact I’m reminded of every month, without fail, three days before my period). To make things easier (or at least in an attempt to keep you from regularly cursing your endocrine system or clawing at your pimples), I chatted with the experts to find out everything you need to know about that pesky hormone belt on your face, and what you can do so that you’ll never have to see it again.
● Let It Grow!
Experienced Esthetician joins new Yarmouth Port Spa
Kitsy Hoover, an Anti-Aging Skincare specialist, has recently relocated her solo practice to SBaba Skincare in Yarmouth Port. Kitsy performs customized facials, Dermaplaning, Microcurrent, LED & Peels to rejuvenate her clients’ skin. A Spa Tech Institute graduate and former make up artist for Lancome, Ms Hoover has over 20 years in the beauty business. She is available Tue- Friday and every other Saturday. Gift Certificates and appointments are available online at
Contact Info: Email: Kitsy@SBabaskincare.com Text/Call : 774-251-9475 You can book your online appointment with Kitsy here.
Recently SBaba Skincare of Yarmouth Port hosted a "Spa Professionals' Only Networking" meeting and demonstration of the Salt Facial Renewal System. Special guest speaker, Angela Lacy, territory manager of the Aesthetic Management Partners, demonstrated the powerful exfoliation, Ultrasound and LED of this new machine.
Cheryl Heinzmann,RN, of Cape Cod Laser Aesthetics, Samantha Welch, Esthetician & Make Up Artist, Ralph Mendoza, owner of Oasis Salon & Day Spa and Barbara Devlin, US Educator and Sales Manager for Anna Lotane PRO were in attendance.
Very generous swag bags were provided by Anna Lotane PRO and Cape Cod Laser Aesthetics.
If you would like to hear more about this local Spa group please join Cape Cod Estheticians on FaceBook.
My goal is to be your Age Management Retreat. Ladies, I speak your Age! I'm 57 and have encountered, or will soon, the aging issues we 'd like to avoid.