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Article by Mayra Chavez

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Darla Carrasco, licensed aesthetician at Dermatology Clinic of Idaho in Boise, talks about an alternative to waxing that is equally as effective and the importance of routine facials and microdermabrasion.

Q: What is sugaring, its benefits, and how is it different than waxing?

Sugaring is a form of hair removal using natural ingredients, including sugar, lemon, and water. Unlike waxing, sugaring is performed with a specific hand technique that allows your licensed aesthetician to remove the hair from the bulb. As a result, the hair follicle growth eventually slows down resulting in extended gaps between appointments. The technique originated in ancient Egypt and is a reliable alternative to waxing. It is ideal for patients with sensitive skin or sensitivity to heat, as the sugar is only warm enough to be manipulated and is considered a more hygienic option by many. 

Q: What are the benefits of a facial, and how often should I get a facial treatment?

A facial is a treatment consisting of deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, masks, massages, moisturizers, oils, and SPF. Facials are an essential part of a routine skin care regimen. They can be customized to treat specific skin concerns such as acne, texture, or general rejuvenation. How a facial is performed is as important as the products used as it encourages blood circulation and decreases fluid build-up from the lymphatic system. 

Dermatology Clinic of Idaho's signature facial is the IdaGlo treatment. It combines four treatments: microdermabrasion, a clinical facial, a light chemical peel, and a calming mask. This unique combination helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone, minimizes pores, revitalizes dull skin, stimulates collagen production, and increases elasticity. For those looking for all-year-round maintenance, we recommend these up to once per month.

Q: Tell us about microdermabrasion – what it is, the benefits, and downtime. 

Microdermabrasion involves using a minimally abrasive instrument that exfoliates your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer of the skin, also known as the stratum corneum. It is often used to treat discoloration, sun damage, fine lines, light scarring, and uneven skin texture. Compared to other treatments which target these skin concerns, it has zero downtime, making it a strategic option for our patients looking for an annual skin care regimen. 

In addition to sugaring, medical peels and facials, and microdermabrasion Darla Carrasco, LA is certified in dermaplaning and microneedling. For more information on cosmetic dermatology treatment options and to request an appointment with Darla, click here.

Dermatology Clinic of Idaho - Treasure Valley's go-to Dermatology Practice since 1978 for trusted skin care and top-notch patient care. Get to know our team on social media and book consultations online at

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