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Post-Covid Summer Skin Tips!

Post-Covid Summer Skin Tips!

How many of you are totally psyched the pandemic is coming to an end and it's time to get out and travel again? Whether you are going on a family beach vacation or traveling overseas, this has been a hard year and we are all overdue for some much-needed travel...

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Is Your Makeup Causing Your Acne?

Is Your Makeup Causing Your Acne?

I tell my clients that there is no use applying acne medicine at night if harmful cosmetics are going to “poison” their face during the day, so throwing out every bottle and tube of comedogenic products and makeup is a must if you want to get clear for good. To...

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Clear Your Maskne

Clear Your Maskne

Before Covid: MACne (acne caused by MAC makeup). After Covid: MASKne (acne caused by masks).   After months of trial and error, a 3-ply disposable sterile mask is our favorite mask for acne-prone skin. It comes in surgical blue, black, pink, yellow, green and...

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A Camper’s Guide To Keeping Clear

A Camper’s Guide To Keeping Clear

Camping season is in full swing! If you like to spend your warm weekends under the stars, maintaining your skin care regimen can be a real challenge. Follow these simple tips, and a few nights in the woods won’t throw your skin off track. Keeping Clean When we’re in...

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Don’t Let Back and Chest Acne Ruin Your Summer

Don’t Let Back and Chest Acne Ruin Your Summer

Strappy sundresses, tank tops, and bathing suits are all a big part of summer. Is your skin ready for the clothes you want to wear, or will you have to keep it hidden under wraps? Most of my clients with chest acne also have something called folliculitis, which goes...

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Are You A Picker? (7 Tips To Quit Your Skin Picking Habit)

Are You A Picker? (7 Tips To Quit Your Skin Picking Habit)

  What would you call a condition that nobody talks about, except for the millions of people who have it? It's called Skin Picking. Anyone who has suffered with Skin Picking Disorder knows the silent shame that accompanies it every day. Part of that shame is...

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How to Safely Pop a Pimple

How to Safely Pop a Pimple

Let’s talk about when it’s okay to pop a pimple. Now, no one is going to walk out of the house with a whitehead that is about to burst. These are the kinds of pimples that are safe to pop, with minimal risk of scarring and pigmentation. Picking in the morning is not...

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Bathroom Surgery (How To Pop A Pimple)

Bathroom Surgery (How To Pop A Pimple)

My clients are always asking if it's okay to pop their own zits. I give them permission to pop, as long as it's done correctly. Because, let’s face it--We both know that it’s just about impossible to leave a big, giant whitehead alone that is clearly ready to go. So,...

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Acne

The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Acne

UPDATED MAY 29, 2021 A multivitamin is often used to fill in gaps in your diet, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Vitamins are some of the biggest reasons people have unexplained inflamed acne, because they are often filled with iodides and...

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Hair Product Ingredients that Cause Acne

Hair Product Ingredients that Cause Acne

Want beautiful hair and acne-free skin? You need to become an ingredient detective.  If you have acne, avoid products that add oil to your hair. If it says "oil-free," it may still contain ingredients that cause breakouts. Isopropyl myristate, all oils (except...

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Ask The Expert: What To Do About Dancer Acne?

Ask The Expert: What To Do About Dancer Acne?

Q: My face barely had any acne before I started dancing so intensely. Now my face, chest and shoulders are getting worse every day. What can I do to fix this? A: Don't let imperfect skin affect your confidence, on or off the stage. This type of acne (called acne...

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The Best Protein Bars, Powders, and Drinks for Acne

The Best Protein Bars, Powders, and Drinks for Acne

Updated May, 2018 with THE GOOD list! For those of you who work out religiously and are looking for high-quality protein sources, bars and smoothies are quick and easy. Be careful that yours don't contain spirulina, kelp, peanuts, whey protein, soy protein, or added...

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Teen Acne and Back-To-School

Teen Acne and Back-To-School

Got zits? You're not alone. Almost all teens get zits at one time or another. It's called acne. Acne tends to flare up when school starts, and by the time Thanksgiving arrives your face could be one hot mess. Follow these tips and tricks for an acne-free school year:...

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My “Clean Eating For Clear Skin” Journey

My “Clean Eating For Clear Skin” Journey

  My name is Alissa Chasen, and I am an acne sufferer, esthetician, skin care company owner, and amateur home cook who is always looking for great recipes that I can make for my family and share with my acne clients. I don’t invent recipes; I improve them. I’m...

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Fitness Model Gets Clear and Lands Magazine Cover

Fitness Model Gets Clear and Lands Magazine Cover

Brooke Stacey's Secret to an Acne-Free Lifestyle We love our client Brooke Stacey's passion for sports and the outdoors and her physical transformation through hard work in the gym and dedication to clean eating on http://www.brookestacey.com. Here’s what Brooke has...

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Lisa’s Journey to Clear Skin with POREspective

Lisa’s Journey to Clear Skin with POREspective

Lisa’s teenage acne problems worsened when she started using DIY cleansers and lotions made with shea butter. Like many people, she thought natural meant less harmful to the skin, but that's not always the case. Our acne education library has numerous natural...

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Kati’s Journey To Clear Skin

Kati’s Journey To Clear Skin

My POREspective Routine 16 weeks to clear skin Kati B. from Lockhart, Texas Kati’s Story My freshman year at The University of Texas is when I first started to notice my acne. I had acne in high school, but normally just a few breakouts here and there. As my acne...

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A Beauty Blogger’s “Skin Wizard”

A Beauty Blogger’s “Skin Wizard”

We love our client Lauren Kelp’s mission to encourage thoughtful living without the pressure of being perfect through her gorgeous and inspiring site, www.laurenkelp.com. Here’s what Lauren has to say about her experience using POREspective® acne skin care solutions...

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Are Aggressive Skin Peels Worth It?

Are Aggressive Skin Peels Worth It?

A reporter from the St. Louis paper asked if aggressive peels (also know as medium, deep or dermal level peels) are worth it. As a licensed esthetician, acne expert and 45 year old woman dealing with the dreaded combination of acne and aging skin, I have administered...

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Why Accutane Doesn’t Work

Why Accutane Doesn’t Work

Today Allure.com posted an article on the pros and cons of Accutane, but forgot the most important point: it doesn't always work. I've seen clients who have been on Accutane up to 4 times who are still breaking out, and what seems to be happening is they get clear...

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Acne-Free In Time for Prom

Acne-Free In Time for Prom

Whether you have severe acne, mild acne, or are prone to random breakouts, here are the best products and tips that you should start using now for a flawless complexion come the big night. What’s important to know is that there are more steps to clear skin than just...

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