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About Alissa

Alissa Chasen

POREspective® founding esthetician Alissa Chasen has personally cleared thousands of client’s faces (and millions of pimples) and has received 60+ 5-star reviews from her local and long-distance clients. Now you can reap the benefits of the expert behind the brand, whether at her Austin-based acne treatment clinic or through virtual consultations. You can also take our free acne quiz to get your personalized acne solutions shipped directly to your home.

Alissa Chasen, founder of PoreSpective Acne ClinicAlissa Chasen holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Houston, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then completed 750 clock hours of training in esthetics at the Avenue Five Institute, where she had the highest clinical scores in her class. Alissa is a Licensed Esthetician specializing in acne. She practices in Texas, one of the few states where it is legal to administer medical extractions using a lancet.

Alissa has 15 years of experience in health care, dermatology, pharmaceuticals 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 the SkinFit Acne Clinic, where she helped acne sufferers clear their skin. Then in 2015, she re-branded to the POREspective® Acne Treatment Clinic.

Alissa also helped formulate, design and market the POREspective line of acne products, which were launched in August, 2015 after three years of successful treatment with her clinic clients, and are always tested for a minimum of six months in the acne clinic before being sold online. POREspective® Acne Control products are formulated with partner laboratories in California, Florida, and Texas and are available to acne sufferers across the U.S.A. through the online shop page.

Alissa is currently accepting new clients and has recently expanded to a larger clinic in southwest Austin. Alissa warmly welcomes referrals from local physicians like dermatologists, gynecologists and pediatricians needing an extra set of hands managing their patients’ acne.

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 and medical esthetics, working directly with acne sufferers while assisting local dermatologists, gynecologists and pediatricians manage their acne patients.

Alissa’s Approach to Treating Acne

Alissa’s unique approach integrates conventional and complementary therapies to achieve clear skin.

Alissa’s comprehensive approach to acne focuses on prevention and determining the root cause of acne. She is dedicated to providing proactive and personalized treatment plans for her clients.

Alissa believes that acne is both inherited (genetic) and “self-inflicted” (from pore-clogging skin care products, hair products, makeup, and an inflammatory diet). Thus, by considering 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, most acne sufferers should be able to achieve clear skin on a topical-only program.