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October 23, 2020
Warning! If you're looking at your pores with a 10X magnifying mirror - STOP! Pores will look distorted with those things.
Enlarged pores are most common in people who have very oily skin - and - who don't cleanse regularly. Come on, fess up. We all have days we're just too tired. But if those days and nights keep adding up, our pores are expanding and that is not pretty.
What makes our pores look larger is the fact they are clogged. When they're clogged oil glands continue to pump out sebum that cannot escape. As a result, the edges of the pore stretches out to reach the surface of the skin to release the oil.
Skin with excess oil acts like a sponge and will soak up makeup, dead skin cells and environmental pollutants (dust, dirt, etc.). All of this contributes to larger looking pores.
When you have blackheads, known as open comedones, a chemical reaction with the sebum occurs under your skin. Melanin is oxidized and turns the clogged pores a black color.
Whiteheads are known as closed comedones. The follicles beneath your skin become filled with bacteria with a very small opening at the top of your skin. Air isn’t able to enter the follicle. This prevents the bacteria inside of it from undergoing a chemical reaction, so it stays white in color.
It is not good practice to force removal of blackheads and whiteheads. Allowing them to come to surface naturally and gently clearing is the safest home extraction method. Please have a licensed esthetician perform extractions to avoid scarring and further inflammation. Avoid blackheads and whiteheads altogether with proper cleansing.
While you cannot change the actual size of your pores, you can remove the debris inside and this reduces the stretching of the edges allowing pores to appear smaller and skin much smoother.
Follow these steps consistently, and your pores will smooth out and your skin will look fresh and renewed.
September 15, 2021
Wrinkles around the central lip area are called vertical rhytids and we all hate them, right! They can be very difficult to fix. Even with a facelift, it only pulls this area laterally and the dissection does not and cannot extend into the lip area.
But don't lose hope! We have options.
September 08, 2021
Let's just say it. Aging isn't for the faint of heart. Therefore, it's important to keep it all in perspective. There will be some things about our appearance that we can improve with some hard work and dedication. There will be some things we can pay a doctor to fix (and then maintain with a consistent skincare routine). There'll be some things we cannot do anything about. I'll never be 5'8" or have the body of a runway model and I'll never be 25 again.
I'm going to share some things we can do to improve the neck and décolleté with a little bit of hard work and dedication.
September 01, 2021
When you look in the mirror and you see excess skin & folds forming from the cheeks to the jawline, you are seeing saggy jowls. When collagen and elastin becomes depleted, sagging skin is the result.
And that's not all. Things like repeated facial expressions, weight loss, sun exposure, smoking, and even the over use of computers or phones creating “tech neck” accentuate sagging in the jowl area.