The science of maintaining and restoring healthy skin is called Corneotherapy.

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 7:51am

Corneotherapy is the science of restoring and maintaining healthy skin. Corneotherapy refers to therapeutic interventions aimed at repairing stratum corneum barriers impaired through dermatologic disorders such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, irritant allergic contact dermatitis and chronic alipidic skin. This therapy is centered around the science of corneobi­ology, which is focused on the anatomy, physiology and biology of the stratum corneum. Corneobiology encompasses disciplines including immunology, endocrinology and psychology, all of which have a connection to the central nervous system.

 

In the past, estheticians, doctors and researchers believed that the stratum corneum was simply a graveyard for dead skin cells with no true purpose. In the 1960s, Professor A. Kligman discovered that the stratum corneum, and the lipid barrier that keeps it intact like mortar in a brick wall, played a much bigger role in the health of our skin. The stratum corneum sends a multitude of signals to the living epidermis below it, which influences the regenerative processes in the deeper layers of the skin. They realized that healthy lipid barrier and stratum corneum equals healthy skin, and Professor Kligman coined the term “Corneotherapy” described as a new philosophy regarding skin care.

 

Traditionally estheticians are taught to scrub, peel and use harsh microdermabrasion treatments to remove this layer to reveal the fresh, glowing skin underneath. What they don’t tell you, is by removing this outer most protective layer, inflammation will set in followed by redness. The deeper layers of skin remain in a state of “fight or flight,” constantly defending themselves against external toxins, bacteria, and water loss. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, dry skin, and dermatitis can be caused by an impaired skin barrier that will need more treatments and products to correct.

 

At Medical Esthetics by Katie, I respect the epidermis by recommending a slower approach to skin correction that encourages healthy cell renewal that is long lasting.  I do not promote aggressive modalities or radical treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or improper use of lasers that continually shock the skin into a temporary state of repair to restore appearance.

 

 

 

 

 

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