POREspective® founding esthetician Alissa Chasen has personally cleared thousands of client’s faces (and millions of pimples) and gained national acclaim with pages upon pages of 5-star reviews. Now you can reap the benefits of the expert behind the brand, whether at her Austin-based clinic, through virtual consultations, or with the purchase of an introductory starter kit utilizing Alissa’s all-star proprietary skin care solution: POREspective®.
An expert in the field of acne, Alissa Chasen holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Houston then completed 750 clock hours of training in esthetics at the Avenue Five Institute, where she finished first in her class. Alissa is a Licensed Esthetician specializing in Medical/Clinical Esthetics. She practices in Texas, one of the few states where it is legal to administer medical extractions using a lancet.
Alissa has 20 years of experience in health care, dermatology, and acne, previously holding a wellness position with Methodist Health Care System’s Institute for Preventative Medicine, then pharmaceutical positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb and the dermatology division of Sanofi-Aventis, where she was the account manager for BenzaClin. Alissa has completed training in the anatomy and physiology of acne and pharmacology of prescription-level and over-the-counter (OTC) acne medications.
In 2011, Alissa opened SkinFit Austin and SkinFit Acne Clinic, where she gained national acclaim for helping acne sufferers clear their skin, both in person and long distance.
In August 2015, with the input of supporting dermatologists, cosmetic chemists, and acne experts, Alissa helped formulate the first acne-only skin care line for six distinct acne types, POREspective®, which is available to acne sufferers around the country through the online shop page.
Alissa heads the the POREspective® Research Team to test and approve all new product formulations, along with partner laboratories in California, Florida, and Texas. Additionally, she is the lead esthetician at the POREspective® clinic in Austin, Texas. Alissa continues to help acne sufferers from around the country and accepts new client In-Clinic and Virtual appointments.
Alissa’s Acne Journey
In addition to her medical, wellness, and pharmaceutical background, Alissa is an acne sufferer herself. She started getting blackheads as a teenager which worsened to hormonal acne in her 30s and 40s, caused by a combination of pore-clogging anti-aging skin care products, a surge in post-pregnancy hormones, and the stress of trying to balance a career with motherhood.
When years of prescription acne medications couldn’t clear her skin, Alissa carefully researched ingredients, subsequently identified products that clear acne quickly, and found the solution.
That’s when Alissa shifted from pharmaceuticals to clinical/medical esthetics, working directly with acne sufferers and accepting patients from referring dermatologists, gynecologists, and functional medicine doctors.
Alissa’s Approach to Treating Acne
Alissa has a functional medicine approach to treating acne, a method that addresses the underlying causes of the disease rather than simply treating the symptoms. Her unique approach integrates conventional and complementary therapies to achieve clear skin with improved whole body health.
Alissa’s comprehensive approach to acne focuses on prevention and finding the root cause of acne rather than the dermatologist approach of merely treating the symptoms with oral antibiotics and Accutane. She is dedicated to providing proactive and personalized treatment plans for her clients.
Alissa believes that acne is only 20% inherited (genetic) and 80% “self-inflicted” (from pore-clogging skin care products, hair products, makeup, and an inflammatory diet). Thus, by uncovering internal factors (leaky gut, hormonal imbalances, candida) and external factors (comedogenic products, skin picking), customizing a diet to create deep healing on the inside, and speeding up healing on the outside with an improved skin care routine and professional products, anybody can achieve clear skin.