It’s Still Me ~

To each of my clients:

Just wanted to let you know that I will no longer be doing business as Solutions Acne & Skin Care. I am hoping to continue my practice of acne care in a medical setting and am pursuing the idea with an area med spa and a physician’s group. As soon as I’m settled, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I remain a licensed esthetician. I will continue to accept your calls and emails, and advise you about your skin care. It will be as though all clients are “long distance clients” without in-office treatments. You can still buy your Face Reality retail products until my stock is depleted. If I’m unable to continue my practice in Johnson City, you will be able to buy them directly from the distributor in California. When I come to terms with a med spa/physician’s group, I’ll let you know where you can find me and your needed acne care products!

My website will remain active at as well as the Facebook fan page. There’s contact information at both sites. You can reach me by call or text at (423) 367-0517. And email,

I am ever grateful for your trust in me. And for all I’ve learned from each of my clients.  It’s been my joy to bring so many people the help they need to overcome their troubled skin. I do so hope to continue that care here in the Tri-Cities.

Most sincerely,

Carol Ryland, LE


New for Spring! We’re Going Organic!

NEW! At Solutions! ~ We’re going Organic! ~ To rejuvenate winter-weary skin, try my new Organic Oatmeal & Coconut Milk Facial. Colloidal oatmeal has been used for thousands of years to calm irritated skin. Naturally anti-inflammatory, when paired with coconut milk, this masque is exceptionally moisturizing as well as exfoliating. Fresh for Spring!

Yeah. What She Said.

What she SAID was, “I feel like a first class idiot for believing the tanning salon hype.”

Check out this funny, though it could’ve been dead-serious, blogpost.

Stress Management is Key in Acne Care

Stress stimulates the adrenal gland which promotes oil production. This over-production of oil leads to clogged pores. Therefore, it’s incredibly  important to develop proper sleep habits and reduce stress. Find the relaxation techniques that work for you. Here are some tips from




Here’s a Quick Tip for Acne!

If you have acne, ICE is a cheap, helpful treatment. Here’s why: With acne, there is bacterial infection and inflammation. With that, there’s a rush of white blood cells to the area. But these white blood cells also deliver an enzyme that breaks down the follicle wall. THAT results in prolonged healing time. To interrupt this cycle, freeze water in Dixie cups. Ice your face twice a day (yes! directly with the ice dome) for a minute, two minutes if you can stand it! Refreeze the cup for reuse. As ice is used up, simply peel down the paper cup to expose more. Your Blemishes Will Heal Much, Much More Quickly!

Skin Care for Winter Weather

Winter weather, with harsher temperatures and the drying effects of heat in our homes and workplaces, can wreak havoc on our skin. Often, the effects lead to chapped hands and lips, along with drier than usual skin all over. Here are some tips for soothing and protecting your skin through these winter months.

In order for your skin to protect your body, it has to be flexible — elastic — and this happens only when skin is hydrated. Our skin is made of up to 35% water. Each day we lose about a pint of that water through TEWL–transepidermal water loss. Water leaves the body by way of evaporation and diffusion.

In winter when environmental humidity levels drop, TEWL spikes a dramatic increase thanks to drier air that actually draws moisture from the skin. This moisture loss decreases the body’s natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) which results in red, itchy, flaky or chapped skin.

It’s best to begin with exfoliation. The benefit of topical moisturizers will be greatly improved when the skin’s surface layer is free of dead skin cell build-up. For some, it may be necessary to use a chemical exfoliant every day. Cleansers that contain a low percentage of glycolic acid are a good choice. Bathing and showering should be done in warm water only, and should be brief. Long, hot showers deplete your body’s natural moisturizing factors. An exfoliant cleanser should be applied with an inexpensive washcloth. They tend to have a rougher texture which encourages proper shedding of  cell build-up. Using plenty of cleanser on a very wet washcloth, cleanse in small circular motions over the entire body. Gently. Let the washcloth do the work.  Your skin will look smoother and softer and this exfoliation will actually improve your skin’s health overall.

Now it’s time to moisturize. There are a multitude of choices in lotions and moisturizers. Bear in mind, these bring temporary relief, no matter how well they may be marketed to try and convince you the products are actually “healing” dry skin. Moisturizers and lotions are considered cosmetic products, so they are not under the scrutiny of the FDA and are by no means a prescription or cure. They do not *add* moisture to the skin. They *do* help restore the skin’s barrier function and will cover any tiny cracks in the skin’s surface, providing protection.

Even so, look for these buzzwords:

Humectants ~  attract water from the dermal layer and hold it in the outer layer of the skin, much like your skin’s NMFs. Aloe vera is an excellent, natural humectant.

Emollients ~ increase skin’s flexibility and smoothness as they lubricate. They produce the silky texture in moisturizers and lotions. Look for the ingredients lanolin, isopropyl palmitate or jojoba oil.

Occlusives ~ slow the rate of TEWL, thereby preserving moisture. Look for petrolatum or silicones.

Remember, your skin is the body’s largest organ and your first defense against infection. Caring for your skin should be a priority, no matter the time of year. Drinking plenty of water and including other liquids in the diet greatly improve moisture from the inside out. And always, regardless of the time of year, it’s important to wear sunscreen ~ every day ~ to protect yourself from UV’s harmful effects including skin cancer, and to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamins & Supplements for Troubled Skin

Tackling troubled skin, including acne, often takes a combined effort between how you care for your skin, what products you use (or don’t use!), and what you eat (or don’t eat!). In addition, there’s often a boost in clarity of the skin and overall skin health with the use of over the counter (OTC) vitamins and/or supplements. The following products are part of the recommended support system for clear, healthy skin.

Methylsulfonylmethane (commonly called MSM) is an organic sulfur compound required for development and maintenance of connective tissue. It is found in our nails, skin, and tissues.  This mineral builds collagen and cartilage, provides support for healing scars, detoxifying tissues and is an anti-inflammatory.  Read more info at recommended brand website: Rich’s MSM torpedo caplets at Take as directed.

Those suffering with acne often have lower than normal levels of Zinc, an essential trace element. Evidence shows that supplementing with zinc monomethionine (the form most readily absorbed by the body for use) has a similar effect as antibiotic therapy in the treatment of inflammatory acne. Recommended dosage is up to–but not exceeding–100 mg daily. OptiZinc 30mg  from Source Naturals (60 caplets for just $7) is available at my shop, to be taken up to three times daily. Zinc should be taken with food for effectiveness and to prevent stomach upset. Overuse of zinc supplements may deplete other essential minerals; therefore, zinc supplements should be taken only until clear skin is achieved.

High Quality Fish Oils or High Quality Flax Oils are necessary for hormone regulation and directly affect sebum  production and regulation. For acne sufferers, Omega 3’s help reduce the intensity of acne breakouts and shorten their duration. They are particularly effective for hormonal breakouts on the chin and  jawline affecting women during their menstrual cycle.  Arctic Pure Source Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil (60 tablets, $22) is recommended and available in my shop.  Barleans’s flax oil (liquid–without lignin) is recommended and available directly from their website, along with more info, at Take as directed.

Barley powder contains trace minerals the body needs to build a healthy immune system. It contains enzymes that help balance the pH of the body. A pH that is out of balance directly impacts inflammation. Inflammation is ever present in acneic skin conditions. The brand name Just Barley is recommended, to be taken 2 tablespoons in water or unpasteurized orange juice daily. Available from Pure Planet (along with lots more info) at

If you have been on prolonged antibiotic therapy (see article below about such “treatment” for acne), you will want to consider a good probiotic. While antibiotics kill harmful bacteria in our bodies and are prescribed to treat illnesses and infections caused by bacterial organisms, the downside is that they also kill the “friendly” bacteria in our bodies that promote gastrointestinal health. Taking a probiotic supplement can restore your body’s supply of good  bacteria. Recommended brands include FloraSMART  or Ultimate Flora available at, or  DrOhhira  available at Use as directed.

multivitamin is recommended for overall good health and nutritional support. It is best to choose a brand free of iodine (as iodine can aggravate acneic skin). Recommended multivitamin supplements: GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Multivitamin Without Iron & Iodine available online or at GNC stores.  Take as directed.

For more information about getting clear skin ~ and keeping it that way ~  please schedule a private consultation for personalized skin care recommendations and to purchase OTC supplements mentioned above.