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How to Minimize Pores with Clarity Serum

Fresh Faced Skin Care Clarity Serum - Minimize Pores and Blackheads

The #1 concern that my clients have is pore size

How can you make your pores smaller? Well, the bad news is, you can’t shrink your pores to make them smaller. Pore size is genetic and you cannot change the physical size of them. The good news is, you can minimize the look of large pores by keeping them clean and free of debris (skin cells, dirt, and oil). Pores also do not open and close like many people are led to believe. They do not have muscles that allow them to physically open and close. Rather, pores are channels that exist in your skin to allow the passage of oil from the deeper layers of your skin to reach the outer layer in order to provide protection.

So, how can we keep our pores clean and make them look as small as possible?

You can achieve the look of airbrushed skin with Clarity Serum. I developed Clarity Serum to absorb immediately into your skin and into your pores where it stays all day to slowly dissolve the dead skin cells, dirt and debris that fall in. This is why it is important to use Clarity Serum in the morning on clean, dry skin. Skin cells fall off throughout the day, so the serum will do the work for you in keeping your pores clean without the need to physically scrub your skin. When skin cells collect in your pores, they combine with the oil that you are also producing. This will form a plug which leads to breakouts in the form of whiteheads, blackheads and pustules. The best preventative strategy in reducing breakouts is keeping the dead skin cells dissolved.

Why is Clarity Serum so effective?

Clarity Serum’s primary ingredient is Mandelic Acid. Mandelic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from almonds. Because it has a larger molecular structure than Glycolic Acid, for example, it doesn’t penetrate through all of your skin’s layers immediately causing irritation. Rather, Mandelic Acid stays in the upper layers of your skin and goes to work where your concerns actually are- in the top layers of your skin. The upper layers of skin is where all of our unwanted skin issues occur and that’s why you can see breakouts, dark spots, and wrinkles in the mirror. The Mandelic Acid will gently dissolve the dead skin cells and keep your pores clear.

After using Clarity Serum for about a week, pay attention to the look of your pores in a magnification mirror. As you continue to use Clarity Serum, your skin will start looking brighter and feel incredibly smooth, like glass. Please let me know how you like Clarity Serum and the changes you have seen in your skin as a result!

 

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How to Clear Adult Acne with the Key 3

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Adult women experiencing breakouts is very common, even if they haven’t experienced breakouts before as a teenager. This is all because of hormones. I specialize in treating acne and most people assume that I just treat a ton of teenagers. The answer is yes, I do see lot of teens, but most of my acne clients are actually adult women. In fact, 59% of my acne clients are adult women over the age of 26.

Acne is a genetic condition and you cannot cure it, but you can manage it. A pimple here and there will still happen because of those pesky hormones. But, what about the clusters of breakouts that keep happening in certain ares of your face? This can be managed very quickly and easily with the Key 3 products. I developed the Key 3 to work on the exact causes of breakouts in the skin. This is why these products work differently than other products currently on the market, including prescription medication.

The primary cause of breakouts in acne-prone individuals is skin cells.

The skin cells fall off rapidly in those that are acne-prone (thanks to your genes) and collect in your pores. The bacteria that live in everyone’s skin to protect our bodies from foreign invaders now have something to feed on and they go crazy! The thing is, we need the bacteria to be there (which is why you cannot take antibiotics for this issue), but we don’t need them to be hyper. When skin cells fill the pores, they begin mixing with the oil that we produce (sebum). This forms plugs that lead to breakouts. The best way that we can manage the excess skin cells topically is by exfoliation.

The exfoliation method is the most important piece to managing breakouts.

However, the exfoliation has to be gentle and not too aggressive. This is why the Clarity Serum from the Key 3 works so well. You apply a thin layer all over your skin in the morning on clean, dry skin and it absorbs immediately into your pores. It will slowly dissolve all of the skin cells that fall off into the pores throughout the day. Retinoids are often given by Dermatologists to help with exfoliation, but the problem is that they can only be used at night. Skin cells are falling off and collecting in the pores during the day, so by the time you apply a retinoid at night, a plug has already started to form and it is too late.

Oil production is the second most important piece to managing breakouts.

Oil is like fertilizer for the bacteria that live in our skin. The more oil you produce, the more hyper the bacteria become. Oil production increases in the skin because of hormonal fluctuations. Hormones are present in our skin and whenever we experience a fluctuation in those hormones (i.e. period, pregnancy, menopause), we experience an increase in oil due to the increase in testosterone levels. This is why adult women who are genetically prone to acne experience breakouts throughout their whole lifetime!

A water-based moisturizer is the perfect way to balance the oil in our skin. The moisturizer mimics the oil produced by our skin and that allows the skin not to make more. I created two water-based moisturizer options: Balance Moisturizer and Nourish Moisturizer. Balance Moisturizer is more fluid-like and very lightweight. It is meant for oily skin types. Whereas, Nourish Moisturizer is more creamy and is meant for combination to dry skin types. You would apply your moisturizer twice a day as the last step in your routine.

Gently cleansing your skin prior to applying any treatment product is very important. If you use a cleanser with active ingredients (such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide), you will strip your skin completely of its oil content. When you do that, your skin will go into overdrive and start creating a bunch of oil just to replace what was stripped away by that cleanser. This is where the Purifying Bar from the Key 3 comes in. It not only gently cleanses with a neutral pH, it also has natural treatment-based properties to help with the breakouts, redness and inflammation. You would use just the lather from the Purifying Bar twice a day on your face (you can use the bar on your body for any breakouts). Allow the lather to sit on your skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute before rinsing.

I developed the Key 3 with the help of my clients.

It works for all types of breakouts, from mild cases to more severe acne. The reason it works so well is because it address both the skin cell issue, as well as the excess oil production. I am very happy to have created such a streamlined set of products that continue to help so many women experiencing adult acne and I love to hear your feedback! Please let me know how you love the Key 3 by leaving a comment below.