Over 30 million people have some form of eczema, and skin care professionals are seeing more of this in the treatment room. In many, eczema started in childhood and dissipated by adulthood; however, adults that never had it as a child are presenting the condition with growing quantities. Since skin care professionals do to want to “do harm” in the treatment room or provide the wrong home care, we need to look at safe treatments, ingredients and ways to work with medical professionals when necessary to achieve the optimum results.

Eczema really never goes away; however, the symptoms can be managed.

If an esthetician recognizes signs and symptoms of eczema (see Common Symptoms of Eczema), they should refer the client to a physician to make a final decision. Even if you are sure a client has eczema, it is best to…
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by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Skin, Inc. Magazine – July 2017

Today’s skin care professional needs to stay up to date on the newest ingredients out there. Our clients are always searching for the latest and greatest as well. It is always good to stay on top of what is trending but also do your research in a variety of areas so you can make a decision whether the information gathered will apply to your clients’ skin concerns. In 2017, a few natural ingredients on the minds of both professionals and consumers include: probiotics, saffron stem cells, squalane, tripeptide and marvel of Peru for inflammation, and monkeygrass.

Our clients are reading up on probiotics in consumer magazines. They then look to their skin care professional to have skin care with these ingredients. If the skin becomes compromised…
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by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Skin, Inc. Magazine – May 2017

As one of our main senses, smell is a key part of how we react to situations and others in our everyday life. We look to re-create a happy memory or positive feeling with a certain fragrance. Fragrance is in laundry, cleaning products and personal care products as well as being pumped through vents at our favorite stores. Considering that 2-11% of the population is affected by fragrance allergy, the professional skin care industry needs to know more about fragrance allergens. The International Academy of Dermatology has listed fragrance at number four in its Top 10 Allergens. Understanding fragrance labeling, common fragrance allergens, signs of fragrance allergy and the interaction between sensitive skin conditions and fragrance will help skin care professionals recommend the right products for sensitive clients.

Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics are the most common cause of contact dermatitis; they represent 30-45% of allergic reactions. The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) name for a fragrance in a product is Fragrance (parfum). A fragrance may contain anywhere from one to more than 400 individual components that are specific chemical entities.2 When you see Fragrance (parfum) on an ingredient label, it could be either a completely natural fragrance or synthetic fragrance. Some U.S. manufacturers list the fragrance in their products, while others do not. Detailing fragrance components is not required by U.S. product manufacturers at this time, but it is required by manufacturers in the European Union (EU)… Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Skin, Inc. Magazine – August 2016

I have been in the professional skin care industry for 11 years. I find inspiration in listening to other educators and experts in the field. I am always reading anything regarding skin care and health challenges. I do not limit myself to industry knowledge and I incorporate the consumer avenue to see what they are talking about. I learned the most when working at the FDA laboratory. Working with clients to help formulate product lines and the knowledge of ingredients has really helped me in my current position. Ingredients are always changing in regard to new discoveries on ways to improve skin, as well as new methods of ingredient delivery. With the wellness trend still thriving, I see a need for more customized services and products to treat individuals that have skin or fragrance sensitivities due to a variety of internal/ external sources. Ingredients are an important aspect with every consideration in this industry. Even with intake forms, clients should be aware of the ingredients they are using and the aesthetician should be aware of any contraindications the client may have. Many ingredients are contraindicated due to medications, menstrual cycles, allergies, current homecare regimens, and even previous surgeries where lymph nodes were removed. The best spas have a great intake form as to really understand a client’s concerns and possible issues that could cause reactions in treatment room. The spa staff should also be knowledgeable in the right treatments and homecare for their clients. The spa management team should be willing to listen to the needs and concerns of their staff and clients, and be able to adapt to upcoming trends in the industry as it is always changing. I tell every client to listen to what their bodies and skin are telling them. I also advise them to let their skin care professional know of allergies, medications, and past surgeries so the best treatment plan can be developed to treat their skin concerns with no adverse reactions…  Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Dermascope Magazine – April 2015

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.1 It affects 40 to 50 million Americans and almost 85% of people will get some form of acne during their lives. Many clients with acne may also be experiencing sensitive skin issues— skin care professionals need to take steps to alter typical treatments used to treat acne for specialized treatment of this group of clients.

For those with sensitive skin, acne can be much more inflamed than it tends to be for those without sensitive skin. The initial intake form should attempt to pinpoint where acne is coming from—based on that, the skin care professional should utilize facial protocols and establish a home-care regimen… Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Skin, Inc. Magazine – December 2014

They may sound like rather sobering names: Cyclodextrin, Avena Sativa, Triticum Vulgare Starch, and for some, these are just that—scary. Yet these are in fact products of common foods, bread, pizza and pasta that many of us crave. But they have also become the culprits of one of the latest afflictions worldwide—gluten intolerance.

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and a hybrid of rye and wheat (triticale). While for many people these are simple nutrients, for others they can wreak havoc in their lives, compelling the body to attack and destroy itself little by little. Why do these foods matter to you as a skin care professional? Because gluten sensitivity is not only a matter of what people put in their mouths, but also what they put on their skin—it turns out that grains where gluten is found are commonly used for cosmetics, lotions and other beauty products…  Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine – July 2014

Natural ingredients are hard to define, since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate natural skin care products or the ingredients in them. The FDA refers to natural skin care products as using ingredients “extracted directly from plant or animal products as opposed to being ‘produced synthetically.’”

Retail consumers are getting savvier about ingredients, which, in turn, is requiring the skin care professional do some research outside the treatment room. Consumer magazines are writing articles on glycation, rosacea and sensitive skin, and clients are mentioning ingredients that they hear about, asking: “Does this work?” By keeping up with the latest ingredients coming into the skin care marketplace, you are able to guide clients toward the newest products with the most natural results-driven ingredients they desire. Natural ingredients that have been around for years are being rediscovered to have properties that help with anti-aging, brightening, inflammation and acne…. Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Skin, Inc. Magazine – May 2014

Remember the days when people simply described their skin as oily, combination or dry? Today 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men describe their skin as sensitive. Sensitive and/or health challenged skin can arise from several internal factors, ranging from hereditary skin issues to developing skin conditions related to health challenges such as cancer, diabetes, depression and the medications/treatments involved. External factors can also be a problem. These may include UV exposure, workplace settings, environmental conditions and even frequent contact with water, alkalis or solvents, all of which can cause sensitivity. Psychosomatic factors also may play a part, causing itching symptoms and rashes to appear.

Every client with sensitive skin will be different, and the treatment needs to be altered for each individual. Since many sensitive skin clients are prone to redness and inflammation, steam should be avoided. If the client insists, place the steamer further away so that more of the mist is in the room rather than focused on their face. Clients may also enjoy the use of cool beauty globes during different phases of the facial to calm the skin. Also try using lukewarm or cool towels to avoid redness. The client will appreciate microfiber towels for cleansing and product removal, as they do not tug on the skin like traditional towels… Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine – March 2013

At the tender age of four years, TecNiche Savvy Science (tecniche.com) is a skincare company with a strong identity, thanks in no small part to its sharp-minded CEO, Kris Campbell. The tireless Campbell, whose professional career began in sales and supply chain management, is passionate about the company’s highly specialized line and unique point of view. “While other lines usually have a segment of product for sensitive skin, TecNiche focuses only on this niche,” Campbell explains. “With that type of focus, we can really zero in on the various skin conditions that arise with sensitive skin.”

And Campbell knows skin, having attended esthetics school years ago solely for the purpose of understanding the industry better. “At one point in my life, I looked at opening an esthetics and spa supply store,” she recalls. “But once I graduated from esthetics school and received my license, I was approached by an FDA lab because of my knowledge in sales and manufacturing. They wanted me to work with clients to create their own distinct brands. I’ve now been in skin care for the past nine years.”… Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Dayspa Magazine – November 2012