ASCP Skin Deep

MAY | JUNE 2020

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Freckles are adorable! And now your clients don't have to live without them. ASCP & you THEN & NOW This year, we're taking a look back at the origins of some of today's most effective skin care treatments, including a few that are downright scary. We've come a long way, baby! THEN In the quest for clear, fl awless skin, women through the ages have gone to some pretty extreme measures to get rid of their freckles. All manner of lightening agents, from lemon juice to highly toxic white lead, have been used to erase those little brown marks caused by genetics or the sun. In the 1930s, Italian physician Dr. M. Matarasso pioneered a method for removing freckles that included freezing a patch of skin with carbon dioxide or dry ice, and then using a small dagger-like device to dig the freckle out of the face. Ouch! Making a Mark Women have been trying to get rid of freckles since the beginning of time—but times have changed by Mary Barthelme Abel 88 ascp skin deep may/june 2020 Dr. M. Matarasso's frightening contraption was considered an innovative way to remove freckles in the 1930s. NOW But the tide has turned. It seems that since the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, freckles are in fashion. Markle's (natural) freckles are so coveted that admirers are now adding faux freckles to their faces with semi-permanent tattoos. Just search #freckletattoo on Instagram—you'll fi nd thousands of formerly freckle-less women with newly tatted faces. Is semi-permanent makeup in your scope of practice? If so, freckle tats may be a new menu item for you. The freckle pattern is created using either a rotary motor or a single needle with iron-based tattoo pigment to repeatedly poke small holes into your client's face. While the procedure causes a number of short-term side eff ects—including swelling, itchiness, and redness—the results can last up to three years.

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