What Does Your Baby Like?

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Hey ladies! I’m sure a lot of you already know by now, but just in case you didn’t, I am 28 weeks pregnant with my first baby boy! While this season of life is super exciting for my husband and me, it also raises some questions about what skincare products and ingredients are safe for my skin while pregnant. I have a history of acne prone skin so I find myself frequently asking myself these questions; “Can I use this?’, “Is the percentage of this okay?” “Will these ingredients be detrimental to my babies health?”

Even as a professional Esthetician, I still need to check products to make sure they are safe for me and for the baby, there is A LOT of skincare products and ingredients out there so it’s impossible for anyone to know everything about safe products. I know a few pregnant ladies that are curious about this same topic so I thought I’d share some helpful info that I’ve figured out. Here are some products and skin care treatments that you want to avoid while pregnant.


It is recommended that products such as Avage, Differin, Renova, Retin-A, retinol, vitamin A and Tazorac be avoided. Studies have suggested a possible link to birth defects no matter what the percentage is. This is both orally and topical.

Salicylic Acid
Studies show that while local and limited use of topical acne-fighting products containing up to 2 percent of salicylic acid is at low risk for your baby. I’ve found some mixed studies and opinions about salicylic acid in pregnancy.  Salicylic acid is typically used to treat inflamed acne. A lot of studies say very low percentages are okay, but for me personally, I just decided to not take any chances and just avoid using it because there are other options to treat acne that are proven 100% to be safe.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Again Studies and research have shown that using benzoyl peroxide to treat pregnancy acne is on the fence. According to Face Reality Specialist, acne med (an acne product containing benzoyl peroxide) is safe to use in the lower percentages of 2.5% or 5%. I have this product at home and I still continue to use it just as a spot treatment to dry up any inflamed acne that pops up here and there.

Mandelic Acid

Here is some good news! Mandelic acid is usually used to treat inflamed acne and help with hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). This news makes me excited because I normally use a mandelic acid serum to help with some acne scars and sunspots. For those few women who are experiencing pregnancy mask( dark splotchy spots that appear on the face during pregnancy then after birth go away) mandelic acid is a good option to help with the temporary darkening of the skin. I am currently using an 8% mandelic serum every day to help with my scaring and breakouts.

Facial Treatments

Some facial treatments to avoid during pregnancy would be chemical peels of any percentage and any acid and high frequency or galvanic current. SAFE treatments during pregnancy at Citrus would be a custom facial, Rezenerate facial, CBD facial and  LED facial. I’ve had to adjust my skincare routine and treatments because I normally get a chemical peel twice a month and used strictly acne products. Since being pregnant, I’ve switched over to facials, oxygen treatments with extractions and only certain acne products and my skin is doing really well!  I’ve had a few breakouts here and there but overall, my skin has been doing great!

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope you found it useful and informative. If you think of any other skin care pregnancy questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 717-534-1100 and ask to speak to Lauren.


Sources  Used:

Face Reality Professional Acne Clinic

Skin Script  Professional Skin Care

Mayo Clinic



Help For Ingrown Hairs

With the summer weather we are shaving and waxing more frequently. Unfortunately for a lot of us, that means those unsightly ingrown hairs. Ingrowns can appear anywhere we remove hair: underarms, bikini area, legs and/or face. Today we will look at what exactly is an ingrown hair and how they can be prevented.

Ingrown hairs can happen two ways:

1. A build up of dead skin can block the hair from growing out through the skin, trapping it underneath.

2. Curly hair curls back on itself and grows back down into your skin.

You can often see the hair just underneath the skin running parallel, or it can appear as a red raised bump. Ingrowns can become infected and collect pus under the raised bump. If you have had a lot of ingrowns in the past you may have dark marks from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, especially if you picked at them or tried to remove them yourself.

How do you prevent ingrown hairs?

If you shave, make sure you moisturize the skin before you shave. Use warm water and a lubricating gel. Shave in the direction of hair growth. Shaving against the grain is a sure way to increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

If you are waxing at home, consider going to a professional for this service. Applying and removing wax improperly can break hairs just below the surface greatly increasing the likelihood of ingrowns.

Even with using the best methods of shaving and waxing, some of us are more prone to ingrowns than others. Exfoliation is the key to prevention. Using a loofah to manually remove dead skin build up and/or acne medication to chemically exfoliate will keep the skin from becoming impacted and allow the growing hair to poke through on its own. Quality moisturizers will soften the skin also making it easier for the hair to break through the skin.

If despite your best efforts you continue to suffer from ingrown hairs, Citrus Skin Studio offers a professional treatment for ingrown hairs. An in-office exfoliation using powerful enzymes, a lightening treatment and a calming mask can be applied anywhere that you have ingrown hairs, breakouts or scarring from ingrowns. It is always a good idea to schedule your appointment one week after a waxing (especially a Brazilian) to keep the area looking its best.

Donna Eicherly RN,LE

The Real Deal of a Face Peel

Corrective peels, also known as chemical peels, dermapeels or chemexfoliation, is a treatment applied by a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist and is a safe, effective alternative to laser resurfacing. Peels work on the premise that your skin has the ability to regenerate itself. The peel solution sloughs off dead, damaged skin and allows new, healthy skin to take its place.

In the past, all peels required a large amount of down time after the treatment. However, a new generation of peels are now available to aestheticians. These peels contain ingredients in bases, such as aloe vera, which are designed to be gentler to the skin, but still as effective. Peels have blends of ingredients to address multiple concerns simultaneously. They can treat acne scarring, sun damage, fine lines, active acne, rosacea and other conditions, as well as giving normal skin a healthy, glowing boost.

Peels are a cost-effective and timely way to achieve your skin care goals. While in-office facial treatments can help you achieve optimal skin health, peels can expedite the process and give you fabulous results. All skin colors and types can benefit from peels, though it’s necessary to check with your skin care professional about which peel might be right for you. If you’re taking acne medication, such as Retin A or Accutane, talk to your clinician about stopping the medication before and during treatment to avoid side effects or complications.

Here at Citrus Skin Studio we offer multiple types and levels of peels customized for your skin type and condition. Prior to receiving a peel you will have a skin analysis and a sensitivity test. You will also be instructed as to how to prepare your skin at home for the peel, which optimizes the treatment’s results.

Some peels are done as a one time treatment, while other conditions may require a series of peels. As I mentioned earlier, with the new generation of peels available, not all peels will require down time. Down time is the amount of time after a peel where your skin may appear pink and/or flaky. This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.

Peels are oftentimes a great solution to old skin problems, providing a fresher, younger-looking complexion free of lines and blemishes you may have considered permanent. Discuss the option with your skin care professional. It may be just the rejuvenating treatment you’re seeking

The Skin Analysis – A Critical Step In A Facial Service

A properly executed skin analysis is a critical part of any skin care treatment program. A professional skin analysis is the only way to to determine what products and treatments will be the most effective and safe to improve or restore your skin’s health. To better understand how a skin analysis benefits you, let’s begin with who can perform a professional skin analysis.

Aestheticians are licensed professionals who have completed a required number of hours of training and then must pass a state issued written and practical examination. Aestheticians are trained to perform skin analyses, as the analysis, along with the client’s stated goals, determines the treatment plan. Many aestheticians, also receive post-graduate training all of which benefit you as the client. Dermatologists and physicians also perform skin analyses often for the purpose of diagnosing skin disorders, abnormal lesions and/or rashes.

At Citrus Skin Studio, every new client receives a skin analysis during their consultation. Typically your face is cleansed with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil and makeup. At this point several things are noted including whether or not your skin reacts to cleansers; your skin is tested to see if it turns red from gentle stimulation; does the skin feel rough or greasy; etc. After your skin is cleansed it is examined under a magnifying lamp so that the aesthetician can get an up close look at your skin. Looking and touching the skin can yield a lot of information about your particular skin type. The size of your pores is examined, the laxity of the skin is noted, your skin is examined for collagen loss and checked for blemishes hidden under the skin. If there are any pigmentation irregularities, then a  Wood’s lamp is used to further examine your skin. A Wood’s lamp emits long wave (UV-A) ultraviolet light which helps to determine how deep in the dermis the pigmentation lies and whether or not it is treatable.

All of this information determines how to proceed with your course of treatment. Sometimes a single session treatment alone with a home care regimen is all that is needed, sometimes a more advanced course of treatment will be prescribed. Skin analyses are then done routinely over the course of your treatment to track the progress of the treatments and to look for any changes or concerns that may arise.

Recently, on a return visit, a client commented that she has had facial many times in the past, but she never had one that made her skin look different until she visited Citrus Skin Studio.The reason for this, is that prior to her treatment her skin was analyzed. During her analysis dehydrated areas were noted and treated, sun spots that were revealed via the Wood’s lamp received lighteners, and loose areas of skin received firming products.

At Citrus Skin Studio our goal is to treat your skin – not to simply apply great smelling creams and give your a fluffy robe to wear.  Your skin health is our utmost concern, and it all begins with a professional skin analysis.

Call us at 717.534.1100 or schedule online http://www.citrusskinstudio.simplespa.com

Donna Eicherly RN,LE

Enzymes And You. A Skin Owners Guide.

Going back to high school biology, you may remember learning about enzymes. Enzymes are catalysts that speed up reactions and metabolic processes. Our body cannot function without them as enzymes are programmed to perform specific jobs that keep us alive: transporting nutrients, building tissue, digestion, etc.

In the skin, enzymes act as an exfoliant and an anti-inflammatory. The outer layer of our skin is made up of dead skin cells containing keratinized proteins. Enzymes digest the dead cells leaving behind smooth skin that reflects light and appears younger. As an anti-inflammatory, enzymes protect against damage from the sun, environment and pollutants.

We would all be walking around with fresh, dewy skin if enzymes weren’t so temperamental. Enzymes need a lot of factors to work correctly; the right temperature, the right pH and the right amount of moisture are necessary for them to function well. Keeping your skin hydrated and using products that help seal in your natural moisture will allow your own enzymes to continue working properly and keep the build up of dead, dull skin at bay. Skin that is chronically dry will appear dull and have inflammation from environmental factors leading to premature aging.

Applying enzymes topically with over the counter products is not very effective. These products are marketed as fruit enzymes; pumpkin and papaya are popular choices. But, as we just learned, enzymes are sensitive to pH and temperature. Products that may have sat in a warehouse or on a delivery truck in unstable temperatures may not have any viable enzymes.

Professional skin treatments include an enzyme treatment after the skin has been thoroughly cleansed. These enzymes are stored and handled properly and are very active. At Citrus Skin Studio we use enzymes combined with fruit acids and AHA’s and BHA’s for the most effective way to deeply exfoliate the skin. This allows nourishing serums, antioxidants and corrective products to deeply penetrate. Fruit enzymes include lemon, blueberry, papaya and pumpkin for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. These fruit enzymes are further combined with glycolic, lactic and/or mandelic acids as well as skin lighteners and brighteners.

Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized will allow your natural enzymes to work efficiently. A professional enzyme treatment will clean the slate and help those moisturizers penetrate.

Call us at 717.534.1100 to schedule or book online http://www.citrusskinstudio.simplespa.com

Welcome To The Wild World Of Waxing

With the hot weather comes the tedious chore of keeping our bodies hair-free and smooth. We can no longer justify our wooly legs like we did back in January when shorts season seemed so far away. Not only do we need a daily ritual of shaving legs, toes, underarms and our bikini area – we also have to guard against ghastly razor rash and ingrown hairs.

Fortunately, there are ways to make hair removal last longer and ways to keep ingrown hairs from surfacing. Waxing can provide weeks of shave-free showers and less maintenance while feeling more confident in a swimsuit or tank top. However, there are many misconceptions about waxing and we will look at what is myth or fact. At Citrus Skin Studio, we hear a lot of questions about waxing and I would like to share with you what some of the most common concerns are to our new clients.

1. Will it hurt?

We have a lot of nervous first-timers. Clients want the results but fear the process and are taking a gamble that the pain will be worth the payoff. To honestly answer the question…well I really can’t. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different but I can tell you that it is almost as never as bad as what the client is expecting it to be. Legs in general are not painful but can be stingy around the ankle area where it is bonier. Underarms are surprisingly easy and bikini is usually not as bad as what people expect either.

Now for a Brazilian wax, there are definitely areas that are more sensitive than others. Again, it is usually not as bad as expected. Pain is reduced by the type and quality of wax and the proficiency of the waxer. It is a quick sting, only lasting a few seconds, and then is gone. For more info on Brazilian waxing please read my article. You may also schedule an appointment for a test patch to see how it feels and how your skin reacts before you commit to a full waxing procedure. The more you wax, the less uncomfortable it becomes since you are not pulling as much hair out.

2. Will the hair come back thicker and darker?

Absolutely not! The number of hairs that you have is already predetermined and waxing won’t change that. If that was true, men who are losing their hair could pull out what they have to grow it in thicker. Waxing actually decreases the amount of hair that grows back. Each time you wax an area the hair comes in finer. My regular waxing clients start to stretch the time between waxing appointments longer and longer since the hair does not grow back as much. Which leads to the next question…

3. How long will it last?

There are three stages of hair growth and it can take up to four consecutive waxing treatments before all of the hair is on the same growth cycle. Your first wax may last only a week or up to three – it all depends on your genetics, and how you care for the skin before the wax and in between your treatments. Don’t be discouraged if your hair doesn’t stay gone too long the first few times. The more you wax the longer it will last. However, if your last hair removal was shaving, your first wax post shaving will not last as long.

4. How long does the hair have to be before waxing?

Ideally, ¼ to ½ inch. That usually is about 10 days growth for most people. If the hair is too short, the wax cannot adhere to the hair. If the hair is too long, we can trim it for the best wax application.

5. Will waxing prevent ingrown hairs?

Whether you wax or shave you can get ingrowns. These happen because when new hair begins to come up from the follicle it cannot break through the layers of skin on the surface causing the hair to curl back over on itself. They can be prevented by exfoliating on a regular basis. There are many ways to exfoliate both mechanically and chemically. If you already have ingrown hairs that are out of control please schedule an appointment for removal and calming of the skin.
Waxing, especially when done on a regular basis, can provide you with weeks of smooth skin and proper skin care will keep the bumps away. But, there are some hazards to be aware of:

Never ever allow your waxer to double dip. That means that once the waxing stick is dipped in wax and used on you it should never go back into the pot. You do not want the wax that was used on the bikini before you to now be used on your lip. Enough said.

If you get waxing at a nail salon make sure they are licensed to do so. Nail technicians cannot perform waxing. They must display a separate license that reads “esthetician.” Only estheticians and cosmetologists are licensed and trained to wax.

Lifting can happen. This means that along with your hair a bit of skin comes with it. The risk of this is very low for an experienced waxer. At Citrus Skin Studio we use high quality hard wax on face and bikini areas to prevent this. Hard wax only sticks to the hair and not to the skin which prevents damage. However, certain medications and creams can make you prone to lifting. Always inform your waxer of what medications you are taking, especially Retin-A and Accutane.

Finally, look for a place where you can rebook with the same waxer each time. This is especially important for bikini and Brazilian waxes. Once you expose your lady parts to someone you really don’t want a different person the next time.

So are you ready to give waxing a try? It can be a great experience, give you amazing results and save you from all those nicks and cuts in the shower!