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...
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...
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...
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...
The Acne Diaries: “How 3 Estheticians Fought Their Acne — & Won” on Refinery29

The Acne Diaries: “How 3 Estheticians Fought Their Acne — & Won” on Refinery29

Name: Alissa Chasen. Occupation: Esthetician, founder of POREspective skin clinic and products. The Acne Trigger: Going off birth control. What Finally Worked: Changing her diet, never picking, and finding a product cocktail that worked. “In high school, I...
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...

“5 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Washing Your Face” on HerCampus.com

  I’m excited to help college girls everywhere make their New Year’s Resolution to wash their faces better (and clear their acne) with the HerCampus.com list of 5 mistakes you’re probably making when washing your face! Read the article: “5...
“What I Eat To Keep My Skin Clear & Glowing” on MindBodyGreen.com

“What I Eat To Keep My Skin Clear & Glowing” on MindBodyGreen.com

This week I had the distinct honor of having my food diary published on my favorite website, MindBodyGreen.com! As a result of the high number of shares of this article on the MindBodyGreen site and social media outlets, women from all over the country are turning to...

Why “Natural” and “Organic” Skin Care Products Are Actually Bad For Acne

In my extensive experience treating acne in over 600 clients over the past 5 years, “natural” and “organic” skin care products, which are touted as having “no chemicals” are actually terrible for acne conditions, and, in fact, make acne much...
Tips to Get Your Acne Under Control

Tips to Get Your Acne Under Control

Did you know there’s a whole lot more to getting clear than merely using the right products? Here’s helpful information from Alissa Chasen, the owner of POREspective, to getting your breakouts under control. Understanding Acne Acne is caused by a bunch of different...
Are Your Workouts Breaking You Out?

Are Your Workouts Breaking You Out?

Austin’s parks and lakes make it an amazing city for outdoor activity, but the Texas heat and sun can put you at an increased risk for acne, folliculitis, and sunburns. Did you know that athletes have some of the worst complexions around? Just like getting into shape,...
Why POREspective™ is Better Than Proactiv® and Proactiv+

Why POREspective™ is Better Than Proactiv® and Proactiv+

Proactiv® is a three-part acne treatment kit that is sold on a subscription basis, and its major drawback is its one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne that locks people into auto-ship that they have reportedly had difficulty canceling. Most of the feedback we...
Got Acne? Stay Away From Seaweed (Spirulina, Chlorella and Algae)

Got Acne? Stay Away From Seaweed (Spirulina, Chlorella and Algae)

Have you been wondering what is so great about spirulina, chlorella, blue-green algae, kelp, and seaweed? They are part of a huge family of organisms classified as “algae” that range in size from microscopic (spirulina and chlorella) to 180 feet long...

Clean Up Your Lifestyle to Clear Your Skin

Interrupted sleep increases cortisol and makes it harder to clear acne: Night-shift jobs Broken sleep from new motherhood Insomnia Menopausal hot flashes Long plane trips Crossing time zones   Laundry products must be free of perfumes and dyes. Safe detergents...
The Best and Worst Birth Control for Acne

The Best and Worst Birth Control for Acne

Birth control pills are widely used today as a means to control acne, but most pills can have the opposite effect and worsen it. Birth control can be divided into two main categories: those that are estrogen-dominant and those that are progesterone-dominant. As a...
A Lesson in Oral and Topical Acne Products

A Lesson in Oral and Topical Acne Products

Home Care and Lifestyle Changes A daily system of antibacterial and exfoliating products is needed to treat acne. True control means no physical sign of the disease shows in its active stage. Since acne is a treatable condition with no cure, most adult acne sufferers...
The Benefits of Probiotics on Acne and Rosacea

The Benefits of Probiotics on Acne and Rosacea

Maintaining a balance between good and bad bacteria in the body has benefits beyond the digestive tract, it may also affect the health and appearance of acne and rosacea, researchers have found. Probiotics introduce healthy bacteria to the gut and create a barrier to...
Hidden Iodides Are Breaking You Out

Hidden Iodides Are Breaking You Out

Your diet just might be causing your acne, thanks to a common ingredient hiding in many foods and supplements. Although most experts agree that chocolate and greasy foods do not cause acne, research supports that sugar, peanuts, and, most important, iodides (also...

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