Health concerns are often closely tied with all of the organs in your body, even your skin. Of course there are health concerns that are directly related to your skin, like psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and more, but what about other health problems? Diabetes, lupus, cancer and even high or low blood pressure can change the way you need to care for your skin. Learn how to handle anything from cancer skin care to psoriasis skin care and everything in between.
Psoriasis skin care
This skin disease is marked by red, itchy, scaly patches that can occur anywhere on the body. Psoriasis can occur with other conditions, like diabetes, or on its own. Both at-home and in the treatment room it is important to avoid physical exfoliators, as scratching may trigger a flare up. In the treatment room, your esthetician should avoid extreme heat or cold. They should not perform any treatment on you if you have bright red areas of raised patches that are covered with loose, silvery, scaling skin. See a dermatologist for flare-ups like this.
Rosacea skin care
Rosacea often presents as frequent and severe flushing, persistent facial redness, swelling of the nose and cheeks, and extremely dry skin.
"With any vascular disorder, the goal is to gently increase blood flow and capillary diffusion to help blood flow to surge and remove toxins. This is why a spa facial can be extremely beneficial." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education
Your esthetician should choose a calming facial to reduce redness and inflammation. Learn more about at-home rosacea skin care here.
Eczema skin care
Eczema is a general term to describe inflammation of the skin, so it can exhibit itself in different ways. Most often, eczema causes patches of dry, red, itchy and cracked skin. In the treatment room, your esthetician should focus on hydrating, calming and soothing the skin. At-home you should focus on the same thing by using gentle cleansers, rich moisturizers and probiotic skin care. Learn more here.
Note: It is always important to talk to your doctor about skin care if you have an existing health condition, and it is crucial to see a doctor if you notice anything suspicious. An esthetician cannot diagnose you.
Both skin cancer and other forms of cancer have a huge impact on your skin. If you currently have cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy, you need to get written permission from your doctor before you can have an esthetician perform any treatment on you.
If you are under active chemotherapy or radiation, skin can be dry and sensitive. Using the right daily skin care for sensitive skin can help minimize this, as can certain spa treatments as long as your doctor clears you for the treatment ahead of time. Both at-home and spa care should focus on soothing and hydrating the skin.
While diabetes and skin might not seem related, often those with diabetes have impaired healing abilities. This means if you have diabetes you should avoid microdermabrasion or aggressive physical exfoliators because there is higher risk for injury and infection.
In the treatment room, estheticians should avoid body wraps with aggressive physical scrubs, paraffin on hands or feet, excessive heat through steamed towels or hot water, deep extractions or massage. Like many of the health concerns on this list, those with diabetes are also prone to dry skin. Following a skin care routine for dry skin can minimize discomfort.
Those with lupus often have hypersensitive skin. Following a daily skin care routine for sensitive skin is critical to managing skin's comfort levels. If sores, edema or a rash is present, you should not receive treatment at the spa. Instead, head to your dermatologist.
You should also avoid waxing (unless you have written physician authorization), aggressive physical scrubs, deep pressure, deep extractions, excessive rubbing, and excessive heat if you suffer from lupus.
High/Low Blood Pressure
While your day-to-day skin care routine doesn't need to be altered for high or low blood pressure, there are certain precautions an esthetician needs to take in the treatment room. Estheticians should be careful to not overheat a client with high or low blood pressure, because they run the risk of becoming uncomfortable or even passing out. They should also be careful when raising the client too quickly, as it can cause dizziness or nausea.
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