Acids for the Skin


The Skin Care Field has a multitude of products containing glycolic acids, lactic acids, fruit acids, and salicylic acids.  So many to choose from, and which one would be best for my skin?

Glycolic acid is the smallest molecule so it is better able to penetrate the deepest into the skin.  Derived from sugar, it is the most effective but has a greater potential to irritate.

Lactic Acid, made from sour milk, is the second smallest molecule.  It is gentler that glycolic and draws moisture to the skin as it removes dead skin cells while hydrating.

Fruit Acids such as Citrus (from lemon and grapefruit), and malic (from apples) are larger compounds that work on the uppermost layer of the skin.  They are often combined with glycolic or lactic acids for faster results.

Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid, is ideal for treating acne.  It can penetrate and unclog oily pores.

Because glycolic acid is the smallest molecule of all the acids and better penetrates, it consequently, can yield the most dramatic results.  That is why it is used the most in anti aging products and doctor’s office peels.  It works and does the job!  It regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis, and evens skin tone.  And, regarding those in office peels, the more recent ones leave skin glowing, and not flaky like the older versions once did.  Your skin should tingle for a few seconds during application and should leave skin looking refreshed afterwards.  If you have sensitive skin, better opt for lactic peels.  To show how popular these peels are, doctors performed over a million peels in their offices in 2012!

You can even give yourself at home peels with either DCL 20% Glycolic Peel Pads or Greatskin 20% Peel Pads or try Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads.  Use 3 times weekly on cleansed skin for a smooth, poreless, glowing, radiant complexion! Finish it off with Greatskin Glycolic Moisture Crème during the day and Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Night Crème at night!


Brighten Up!

Brighten Up!

As consumers wise up to the fact that an uneven skin tone may be making them look older than do their wrinkles, lines, or sags, brightening products are starting to become “musts” for these clients! Not only are the youngest baby boomers now in their 50′s —an age range notorious for the appearance of spots, blotches, and other pigment variations, but the telltale hyperpigmentation caused by photo damage is showing up on clients of all ages and skin types!

We , at GreatSkin, have many different brightening products, but today I will concentrate on one line, Rhonda Allison. If you suffer from any of the aforementioned skin tone problems, then you may want to consider the following skin care regime:

For use in the AM:

Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Cleanser

Rhonda Allison Natural Mega Brightening Serum

Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Gel (if you have combination to oily skin)

Rhonda Allison Brightening Pigment Lotion (for all skin types)

Rhonda Allison Brighten Cream Enhanced (if you have combination to dry skin)

Rhonda Allison Broad Spectrum Daytime Defense SPF30

For use in the PM:

Same Cleanser

Rhonda Allison Brightening Scrub (3x weekly)

Rhonda Allison skin Brightening Enzyme (3x weekly)

Same Moisturizer from above depending on skin type.


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Squalene, a natural lipid found in plants, is a new way to moisturize your skin.

It is popping up in new face oils and the pros love it! Because it is so intensely hydrating, you only need a few drops when applying to your face and it won’t clog your pores!

This product is a humectant with marked anti inflammatory capacity. Add this to the healing and moisturizing of Vitamin E and you have a product that calms and moisturizes irritated skin while healing.

Try GreatSkin’s Squalene with Vitmain E for just $42!

GreatSkin’s New Serum C now Fortified with B,E and Ferulic!

Are you tired of your ho hum face serum? Why not start the New Year right with Greatskin’s new, potent Greatskin Vitamin C(20%), + B+E+Ferulic Serum currently in an introductory offering of just $39.95—-a savings of $20! The scientific compatibility and enhancement that these selected ingredients provide help combat oxidative stress on multiple levels for a deeper more satisfying antioxidant treatment than any one ingredient on its own! You might say that this is the “Queen Bee” of all antioxidant serums! A serum that provides unrivaled antioxidant benefits with actives that work synergistically to boost one another while hydrating, moisturizing and lightening the skin. Try it today and start the New Year right!

Ultimate Guide to Smoother Skin for the Holidays!

Have Smoother Skin for the Holidays!


  • Stop cleansing with bar soap! This leaves behind a residue that blocks pores. So, choose a cleanser with either alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, or a little salicylic to help balance your skin’s oil production. Be sure to cleanse twice daily to help clear dirt and oil from pores. Try Greatskin’s AHA/BHA Cleanser along with a Clarisonic Brush which cleans your skin 6 times better than with a wash cloth. And, if you have to use a wash cloth, make sure that it is white so dyes from a colored cloth won’t get into your pores.




















  • Always apply a primer before applying foundation. It will smooth your skin out just like a painter smooths his canvas before applying the paint! Peter Thomas Roth’s Unwrinkle Primer is great!













  • Drink more water. Sugary drinks can cause excess sebum which can fill and clog pores.



  • And, last but not least, don’t squeeze or pick at blackheads. This will only cause oils and bacteria from fingers to enter pores which will only cause spreading and possible infection. Always seek a professional aestheticism’s deep pore cleansing facials for help with that problem.

Transition into Fall with Rhonda Allison’s Pumpkin Collection

It’s Pumpkin Time!

Rhonda Allison’s Pumpkin Collection is a must try this season! Pumpkin is a great way to replenish your post-summer skin by exfoliating skin cells, stimulating collagen activity and providing antioxidant support leaving your skin feeling newly refreshed and polished.

Did you know that pumpkin…

  • contains the highest content of naturally occurring Vitamin A and Beta Carotene over any other fruit (yes, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable).
  • is often referred to as “nature’s natural collagen”.
  • helps remove toxins that are stuck deep in pores and neutralize free radicals.
  • naturally protects skin from ultra violet rays due to its high zinc content.





Acne is a pesky condition that causes a lot of grief with both teenagers and adults! Hormones play a big role starting with puberty and possibly continuing all the way through the 40′s (peri menopausal time). Here are a few tips to help cope with this troublesome malady:

  • Keep skin clean by cleansing twice daily with a gentle but effective cleanser containing 2% Salicylic Acid which will exfoliate skin and open up pores, therefore, preventing future breakouts. Additionally use a “white” face cloth and not a colored one with dyes in it. Optimally, purchase a Clarisonic Brush which will clean your skin 6 times better than manually.
  • If you play sports, be sure to cleanse thoroughly before the game and directly after because sweat, oil, and dirt will only worsen acne.
  • Don’t “pick” at the lesions because this will possibly infect and spread the acne all around the face.
  • Minimize dairy and sugar intake which can worsen the acne.
  • Only use “non comedegenic” products on you skin meaning they will not clog pores.
  • Use Benzoyl Peroxide for spot treatments before bedtime.
  •  Always use an “oil free” moisturizer.
  • Try to eliminate ,or at least lessen stress in your life as this is yet another trigger for acne.

For older acne sufferers, try Retinol which is a super powerful ingredient that does double duty. It gently exfoliates to reduce breakouts while building collagen to plump up fine lines.

Some products that I would recommend to go with the above recommendation are:


DCL Active Cleanser or Greatksin AHA/BHA Cleanser

Clarisonic Cleanser which massages away dirt and depris from pores and allows products to penetrate more deeply.

Greatskin Blemex Spot Treatment

Greatskin 100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer

Greatskin Retinol Night Treatment.


The Fruit Enzyme Technology in the GreatSkin Soft Papaya and Pumpkin Masque

GreatSkin Soft Papaya and Pumpkin Masque

Greatskin uses a specialized fruit enzyme papain from the papaya fruit. This special enzyme stays active in a creme based formula, unlike powder versions on the market. This allows for easy use for the client and the esthetician in the treatment room , no mixing involved.

Clients with delicate skin tissue such as broken capillaries and or rosacea may not be able to tolerate strong chemical peels due to their sensitivity or allergy prone skin. For these types of condition a deep enzyme exfoliation is idea. A safe and effective alternative to salicylic or glycolic peels for this sensitve skin type.
Enzymes are also beneficial for clients with acne skin. By cleaning out clogged pores, this masque will help prevent acne from appearing. For acne that has already emerged, the papaya strong decomposition enzyme, papain, works to eradicate it by breaking down harmful elements while leaving the healthy cells to thrive. Some acne treatments can be very harsh and irritate the skin, GreatSkin’s Soft Papaya and Pumpkin masque can be a wonderful alternative to these types of aggressive treatments for acne.
GreatSkin’s Papaya and Pumpkin Masque exfoliates, and helps brighten and even skintone without chemical abrasives. Natural papaya enzymes work to eliminate dry, dull surface cells and toxins to reveal a soft and smooth complexion. It also improves penetration of other treatment products due to the removal of other dead surface cells.
GreatSkin’s Soft Papaya and Pumpkin Masque is used to deeply cleanse and resurface the surface on the face by treating the upper layers of skin tissue.
By removing dead skin cells, the face is left clearer with a more even tone and texture. Furthermore, by removing the dead cells from the skin, this masque will help to promote renewal within the healthy skin cells. This can also help to diminish the visibility of scarring , sun spots, and fine lines and wrinkles. After using the Soft Papaya and Pumpkin Masque, your skin may look less wrinkled and pores may look smaller and tighter. You skin tone and texture may appear less blotchy and more even and your complexion may be noticabley brighter.
Price : $24.00

Three Great New Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Products

Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads


I simply couldn’t live without these things I mention in this blog. When people compliment me on my flawless skin, I say use these every night and you too can have this kind of skin. They are so easy to use. Apply to a cleansed skin, leave on for 2-3 minutes , rinse off. Then, apply your favorite serum  or night cream and day after day, you will see a difference in your skin! They will help minimize pores, clarify, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They come in two different sizes, the 60 count jar for $45.00 and the 90 count jar for $58.00.


Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Conceal and Brighten

We can’t keep these on the shelf! They fly out of our skin care clinic!

Everybody loves the dual ended formula with anti aging benefits! The “conceal ” end is a creamy formula that covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines, while the “brighten” end is a liquid highlighter that illuminates eyes and cheekbones. It retails for just $35.00.

Peter Thomas Roth  Turbo Face Serum

The most potent solution for pain-free , needle-free results  that gives the appearance of a youthful natural look, not plastic. Turbo charged formula helps diminish the appearance of the 6 most stubborn deep wrinkles: forehead  wrinkles (saw a 94% reduction in the appearance of forehead lines), “Eleven Lines,” saw a 91, Nose Scrunch Creases (saw a 91% reduction in appearance), Parenthesis Line (91% saw a reduction), Marionette lines (79 saw a reduction ), and Pout Lines (94 % saw a reduction). A turbo charged blend of 18 potent anti aging neuropeptides and peptides of 72% includes the original Unwrinkle blend at 23% and now turbo charged with an additional 49%!  Wow! Retails for $150.00 , a lot less than a Botox shot!!


A few more of my recent favorite products from GreatSkin!

GreatSkin Radiant Anti Oxidant Moisturizing Creme

This high powered anti oxidant fruit blends and anti aging peptides provides new ways to quench the skin’s need for protection and free radical fighting power. Loaded with resveratrol, cocoa see extract, grape extract, coffee extract, green tea extract, daisy extract with the peptide palmitoyl tri-peptide-3  and seaweed extract just to name a few of the ingredients in this incredible new cream. It is for all skin types and retails for $65.00. I love the feel of this moisturizer! I love the effects in the morning on my skin!

GreatSkin ALA Eye and Neck Lifting Creme

This Formula was designed to treat and hydrate the delicate thinner skin around the eyes and neck area. This new formula incorporates Matrixyl (peptides) , Co Q-10, mushroom extract and Vitamins A, C, E, and K along with Alpha Lipoic Acid. These chosen ingredients are know to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles, while lifting and firming the skin. Enjoy these remarkable results with daily use after just 2 months! Retails for $40.00.

The Greatskin Hydroquinone Skin Skin Lightener

Our New Skin Lightening Cream contains 3% Kojic Acid and 2% Hydroquinone, the maximal amount allowed without prescription. The combination of these two ingredients results in reliable skin bleaching and elimination of unwanted pigmentation and dyschromia. Apply directly to discolored areas after thorough cleansing using a Q -Tip , avoiding the eye area. It is most effective if used at bedtime and in combination with other exfoliants like tretinoin. Be sure to use a suscreen during the daytime hours, and sun exposure should be limited to prevent darkening from recurring. It retails for only $21.00 and competes nicely with DCL Lightening Gel.

Greatskin Keep It Calm Relief Serum

An instant calm for Rosacea, Dark Circles, and Chronic Redness, Greatskin Keep it Calm Relief Serum, is highly effective in the treatment of redness commonly associated with rosacea skin conditions. This formula was designed to deliver an instant calming effect to irritated skin that may be a result of special treatments such as extractions, facial peels or waxing and environmental stresses such as pollution , smoking, or alcohol consumption. Apply as a serum before moisturizer and sunscreen. It retails for $45.00.