Altered States: The Pathobiology of Skin in Distress

The prevalence of individuals in the United States claiming symptomology of both problematic and inflammatory skin has become more commonplace over the last two decades. The various types of diseased and “stressed” states of skin experience numerous physiological modifications in addition to exhibiting often predictable psychosocial impact in various age groups. The pathobiology of some of the most prevalent and problematic skin conditions presents well-demarcated characteristics from clinical and visual perspectives. However, it is the subclinical changes and pathobiologocal aspects of the skin that remain somewhat of an enigma. The various phases of initiation, infection, inflammation and healing present details that provide insight into the complexities  of these disorders. This presentation will include aspects of the pathobiology involving acne, rosacea, sensitive skin syndrome and other inflammatory skin conditions, and will show how the esthetician may evaluate an approach for treatment and recommendations for home care.

Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck, NMD,LMC,LEI,CDT,CNHP, brings more than 30 years of experience to the esthetic and natural health industry. She is a licensed master cosmetologist and esthetics instructor in Georgia, holding certification as a dermatology technician. She has authored many articles for the esthetics industry’s top trade magazines and frequently serves as a guest lecturer and educator at natural health and esthetics institutes. Madigan-Fleck has studied in France and Belgium and was the lead esthetician for the Atlanta, Ga. Center for Plastic Surgery, which specializes in post-op care, aesthetic care for oncology patients and rehabilitative camouflage makeup for plastic surgery and burn patients. Her work in this area continues as a distinguished member of the British Association of Skin Camouflage in the UK.

Sunday, 9:00 am/Hall L, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-L)

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