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Suffering from Pandemic Pores?

What are Pandemic Pores?
 Stress, unusual schedules, and disrupted sleep have caused what I am calling “pandemic pores” where the stress inside our bodies have started showing on the outside.  As we cope with the coronavirus stress and fatigue, here are some signs of pandemic pores and some tips to help you maintain healthier skin during these times.

Signs You have Pandemic Pores and Quick Fixes:

  • 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 or non-pore-clogging facial oil. 
  • Blackheads emerging – 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: Get back on track with your morning and evening skin care routines, and don’t sleep in your make-up.
  • Jawbone Acne – Whatever happens on your chin and jawbone, know it is connected to your hormones.  Heightening 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 exercise a part of your stress release routine, and create a moment of Zen in a quiet place with a cup of tea.

Or it can also be attributed to wearing a mask for extended periods of time. 

  • Maskne – One of the unfortunate side effects of wearing masks for prolonged periods of time is unexpected resulting acne (Acne Mechanica) or acne-like breakouts and skin inflammation that can occur. The friction, heat, and occlusion of the masks serve as a perfect environment for your skin to become inflamed and irritated and experience breakouts.     
    Quick Fix:  If you are required to wear a mask all day long, remove the mask when you have a break and gently wipe your face with water and reapply your moisturizer; wear a clean mask daily.  Consider a face shield as an alternative for those times you are able

Adding these quick fixes will help get your pandemic pores under control.  Please call me if you would like customized skin care recommendations or a consultation.  I love to share my skincare knowledge with you, and help you start feeling your best again. Call or text Gloria at 505-918-9192.

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