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Do you have Pandemic Pores?

Stress, unusual schedules, and disrupted sleep have left several of my clients suffering with what I’m calling “pandemic pores,” where the stress inside our bodies and minds has started showing up on the outside.  While I can’t end the pandemic nor make all the stress go away, I can share some tips to help you maintain healthy-looking skin during these times.

Three Signs You Have Pandemic Pores

  1. Dry, dehydrated skin:  Flaking, dryness, and tightness are all signs your skin isn’t getting enough moisture.  Our pores can’t function properly when our skin is not adequately hydrated. 
    Quick Fix:  Bump up your moisturizer with an added hydrating serum, Hydrate or Absorb are great go-to serums.
  2. Blackheads abound:  Your pores are getting full of excess oil and debris if you can see blackheads on your face.  While we can’t reduce pore size, we can reduce the appearance of their size by keeping them clean.
    Quick Fix:  The Deep Pore Cleansing Duo is a great evening beauty ritual that will give you that deep clean while maintaining healthy hydration levels (it won’t dry you out).  Add a gentle exfoliant 1 to 2 times per week (depending on your skin’s thickness). Power Scrub and Power Peel are two great options for exfoliants. 
  3. Jawline Acne: Whatever happens on your chin and jawbone, know it is connected to your hormones.  Heightened levels of stress and anxiety can cause these types of breakouts.
    Quick Fix:  Add an acne spot treatment to blemishes.  Take time to meditate, make movement a part of your stress release routine and create a daily moment of Zen in a quiet place with a cup of your favorite tea.

Adding these quick fixes will help you get your pandemic pores under control.  Please reach out if you would like customized skin care recommendations or a consultation.  I would love to share my skin care knowledge with you, and help you start feeling your best again.

Happiness, Health and Clean Pores,
Alison

P.S.  Want professional help with getting your skin under control?  Schedule an online consultation, virtual facial or request a home-care kit delivered to your door.

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Originally published: July 19, 2020

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