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5 Simple Steps to Controlling  Hormonal Acne

As a skin care specialist who spends a lot of time working with clients who suffer from acne I get asked the same set of questions on a daily basis.  What causes acne and breakouts, and WHAT can I do to have healthy skin?   I am going to focus on one of the 5 major causes of acne in this blog…HORMONES.

A hormonal imbalance can lead to chronic acne or that once-a-month flare-up. What is it about hormones that create such havoc with the skin? Androgen and estrogen balance creates harmony for the skin, sort of a biochemical Yin and Yang.  Upset this delicate balancing act can lead to blemishes, galore.

Genetically, acne sufferers are pre-disposed to having stickier sebum (natural oil from your sebaceous glands). They inherit an androgen hormone receptor that receives the testosterone hormone (male and female) and this hormone is then turned into dihydro-testosterone by a little enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. The result is that their sebum becomes more sticky than normal. This results in a greatly increased potential for pores to get blocked up. On top of that, dead skin cells that should naturally exfoliate off the skin, tend to stick to the sticky sebum and therefore cause even greater blockages in the pore.

I have recently been educated on the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase mentioned above, and as a result of this information I have provided clients with a new approach to healing their acne.  What I have learned is that if you can inhibit this enzyme with certain products the skin will immediately thank you by looking and feeling amazing!

Here are 5 simple steps to controlling hormonal acne flair-ups:

1. Use the right products for your skin type look for natural ingredients to control production of sebum, inflammation, bacteria, and cellular buildup.

2. Find an educated skin care therapist who can coach you through this journey.  In the end you will have saved hundreds of dollars on unnecessary products and treatments if you let a licensed professional educate you on the proper way to heal your skin.

3. Stick to your regime! Yes, you must commit to using the right products twice a day, giving these products at least 3 weeks to start working on your skin and getting monthly facial treatments that focus on pore cleansing.

4. Clean up your diet and start exercising.  Living a healthy lifestyle can help our hormones stay in balance.

5. Do not pick, as this will cause damage to your skin.  I know it’s hard to walk around with a puss-filled pimple, but if you traumatize your skin by picking it will surely be around a lot longer. Getting your monthly facials will help prevent these pimples from appearing as a licensed esthetian is trained to extract the proper way for you.

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  Are you looking for a skin rejuvenating facial treatment, a beautiful and natural looking airbrush spray tan or a clean and friendly environment for a waxing service…if so give Spa 10 a call!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit

© Skin Care by Lori, Inc. 2011


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Plump, Hydrate and Glow after your Oxygen Infusion Facial

If your skin is need of a pick-me-up, an oxygen facial is is an amazing spa treatment that will  plump, hydrate and give you that youthful glow!

Like all living things, the skin requires oxygen to survive, reproduce and renew.  When we are younger, this process is very efficient, but as we age, certain functions of the skin just don’t operate as efficiently as the used to  and skin does not receive the nourishment it needs.

The theory behind oxygenated spa treatments is that we all need oxygen for survival. Oxygen is what revives and replenishes the cells in our body. However, due to the pollutants in our environment today, our oxygen content has been greatly reduced. It is also true that as we age, oxygen does not reach our skin cells as efficiently, which is what leads to the aging process. The result can be thinner skin and the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. An oxygen facial will replenish the amount of oxygen that the skin receives, leaving it hydrated, plumper and youthful looking.

Oxygen Facials have a number of benefits including :


Facial massages reduce anxiety and elevate positive moods as demonstrated by a 2008 study by researchers at the User Science Institute of Kyushu University. Oxygen mask facials are typically combined with additional treatments that promote relaxation and reduce stress.


The bacteria and germs that contribute to the proliferation of acne cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment.


Oxygen mask facials provide skin cells with a boost of oxygen that revitalizes cell  health  and promotes the cell’s natural regenerative capabilities.


Traditional facials to treat skin problems often involve a combination of scented creams and harsh abrasive chemicals. People with sensitive skin experience negative reactions such as redness, swelling and rashes that combat the benefits of the facial.

Come in and visit us at Spa 10  (Encino and Palm Desert) and treat yourself to an amazing Oxygen Facial Treatment.


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How Does PMS affect your life?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (also called PMT or premenstrual tension) is a collection of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Spa 10 has designed an exclusive line of treatments to ease your tension, reduce your bloating, and make you feel beautiful during this often-dreaded time of the month.

More than 200 different symptoms have been associated with PMS, but the three most prominent symptoms are irritability, tension, and unhappiness. Common emotional symptoms include stress, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, mood swings, and changes in libido.

Here are a few recommendations to help reduce the symptoms of PMS:

1. Research has proven that you can reduce up to almost half of all symptoms (including mood swings, depression, and menstrual cramps) of PMS by simply consuming 1200 mg of calcium daily.

2. One of the best ways to reduce PMS is through regular exercise. Not only does exercise reduce, or sometimes eliminate premenstrual syndrome, it also is an excellent way to reduce stress and lower your risk of diseases including heart disease and cancer.

Try Spa 10’s Belly Bloating and Lower Back Tension Treatment that may

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help to reduce the average 2-6 pounds that a woman may gain during PMS. Detoxify, de-bloat, firm the belly, release positive endorphins and relax the back. We are sure you will leave Spa 10 feeling like a new person after this treatment.

3. Studies have shown that women do, indeed, have a pre-menstrual flare of their acne. About a week before and sometimes during a woman’s period, fluctuations in hormone levels may stimulate oil glands causing disruption/breakouts. Spa 10’s Hormonal Balancing Facial will help heal and calm breakouts caused by hormonal fluctuations during the time of PMS. All products used during this facial are customized for your specific skin type (during your hormonal time) to ensure amazing results.

Don’t worry you are not alone studies show that 80% of women are affected by PMS!

Spa 10 is here to help you look and feel beautiful so be sure to take a peek at our PMS Pampering Page and prepare for a blissful experience.