The ladies of Blooming Moon Wellness Spa are busy bees these days, indulging clients in Portland’s best massages, facials, and manicures. In our downtime, we love cultivating indulgent skincare remedies and we are excited to share our latest discovery!
Jessica, Blooming Moon Spa Manager Extraordinaire, has suffered from moderate Keratosis Pilaris since childhood (you know, those “chicken skin” bumps on the backs of the arms- also commonly found on hips and thighs). According to the Mayo Clinic, keratosis pilaris is a result of an overproduction of keratin in the skin, causing buildup and resulting in white plugs clogging the hair folicle. This irritates the dermis layer, leaving skin visibly red and aggravated. Although there is no known cure for KP, doctors suggest that it is often a genetic trait, and could also be caused by food allergies.
If you are a keratosis pilaris sufferer (roughly half of the population), you’ve likely tried expensive creams and harsh exfoliants that promise smooth, bump-and-redness-free results. Just when Jessica was about to give up on treating her unsightly arm bumps, she and Ginny Tousignant, Blooming Moon Wellness Spa Owner, teamed up to find affordable methods for reducing those embarrassing rough patches.
What they found was that natural exfoliants successfully reduced inflammation (as opposed to most scrubs found in supermarkets)… and the secret skin-clearing weapon: 10% glycolic acid.
Mostly used to treat acne and maturing skin, glycolic acid helped restore the smooth texture of Jessica’s KP-prone areas when coupled with a natural, organic exfoliant. After only four weeks of using 100% Pure Organic Body Scrub (an eco-friendly and cruelty-free product!) and Epicuren 10% Gylcolic Lotion, both carried at the Moon, Jessica has seen better results than any of the $100 creams available online.
Benefits of glycolic acid include:
– Peels away pore-plugging dead skin cells
– Restores natural skin texture
– Reduces the “curling effect” of the hair shaft which produce ingrown hairs
Be warned: Many keratosis pilaris products on the market only contain trace amounts of glycolic, which means you’re mostly slathering unnecessary chemicals onto your skin. Epicuren products (including the 10% Glycolic Lotion) are sold exclusively by Medical Doctors and Licensed Estheticians in certified skin treatment centers, ensuring top-quality results when improving the health of your skin.
Please note that sunscreen is necessary when using glycolic, as it increases sensitivity to UV light. Epicuren’s Zinc Oxide Sunscreen is a favorite among celebrities and is a top seller at Blooming Moon Wellness Spa!
If you’re struggling with skin concerns like keratosis pilaris, call Blooming Moon at (971) 279-2757 to schedule a custom facial or body treatment with one of our experienced Estheticians.