Your Oil Free Moisturizer is Congesting Your Skin

Yep, you read that right. Pore congestion is the result of dehydrated skin.

Period. End of story.

But you don’t believe me yet, so keep reading.

Remember learning in science class that our skin is our biggest organ of detoxification? Well, now that fun fact is relevant to your adult self!

When skin is healthy and functioning properly, it naturally releases tiny pockets of puss (AKA whiteheads)–—eww, sounds gross, I know! But it happens naturally and uneventfully to anyone with healthy skin, as a daily part of our body’s elimination processes.

Not only that, bAcid mantleut our skin naturally produces oil as a way to maintain our delicate acid mantle barrier.

The acid wha?? From good ol’ Wikipedia:

“The acid mantle is a very fine, slightly acidic film on the surface of human skin acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin. It is secreted by sebaceous glands.”

When skin is hydrated and soft, our pores release natural sebaceous oil without any problem or issue—maintaining our acid mantle and nourishing our skin with its very own, very precious oil—perfectly created just for you.

Raisin pores = unhappy pores.

But when we over scrub and over cleanse, use astringents, pore tightening masks, oil-free moisturizer, and all the “pore minimizing” products out there…skin gets dehydrated.

When our skin becomes dehydrated, the pore canals dry out like raisins. The sebaceous oil gets stuck, starts to harden, and eventually turns into blackheads.

And when oil gets trapped in the skin, white blood cells go there and create a tiny puss pocket. When these can’t be simply released, they will continue to stay there and harden over time…for years…turning into milia.

Over time, these 2 most common types of skin congestion:

  1. blackheads, and
  2. milia

will each grow independently in size, or make combinations of each other over time:

  • Black heads that can lead to milia pockets underneath or
  • Milia pockets that develop blackheads on top.

Gross. Keep reading for how to fix this.

Dehydrated skin is clogged skin. Clogged skin is dehydrated skin. 

When skin is dehydrated and its precious acid mantle barrier is disrupted, the sebaceous gland goes into overdrive in an attempt to rehydrate our skin. The sole purpose of this oil is to move out through the pores and remain liquid to spread across our skin and prevent water from evaporating.

Scrubs, astringents, pore tighteners….are actually making everything worse. Your skin produces more oil, but the oil can’t get out because the skin is dehydrated and becoming more clogged, meaning skin gets even more dehydrated, initiating more sebaceous gland production…lather, rinse, repeat.

Oil & Water, like PB&J.

The only way to prevent water from evaporating from your skin is to trap it underneath an oil-rich moisturizer. Yes, oil is THE KEY to plump, moist, hydrated, clear skin. What creates moist skin is the right balance between water AND oil.  Both are absolutely crucial to balanced, healthy skin. Oil and water work together like peanut butter and jelly, like the Moon and the Sun, like the bubbles to the hot bath, like the gravy to the mashed potatoes, like a smile to my face, like the wind to the kite…you get the idea!

Oil Skin's Best Friend
Oil is your skin’s best friend!

Oil is not the enemy–—oil is your friend. Yes, even, and especially, if you get breakouts. Part of the reason why you get breakouts is because your skin is actually dehydrated and in sebaceous oil production overdrive.

Repeat after me: “Oil is my friend. Oil is my friend. Oil is my friend.” I’m repeating this because I really want you to get it!

My advice? Go to your bathroom RIGHT NOW and throw out your oil-free moisturizer. Stick to oil-RICH moisturizers, or even (pro-tip here) go into your kitchen and use a fresh (not rancid!) organic oil—coconut oil works GREAT.

Spray some rosewater on freshly, gently cleansed skin and slather a bit of coconut oil or oil-rich moisturizer on. Let it soak in for a few minutes before massaging in thoroughly.

And stay tuned for my future post which goes into detail on the precise, simple skincare steps for healthy, hydrated skin.

(Now, protecting your skin from sun becomes another conversation…I don’t want you running outside in the sun with coconut oil and no SPF!)

Injections are Temporary

skin_harmonics_volumeThere are 4 major aspects to evaluating and improving skin:

1. Volume: Elastin & Collagen. No product can replace it drastically enough to recapture youth. Injections are temporary and leave the tissue stretched and damaged.  Daily use of sunscreen is the most effective way to protect your skin’s volume.  The best, holistic way, to positively affect volume is Microcurrent treatments.  It’s like Pilates for the face that lifts and tones facial muscles to increase volume.

2. Deep Stress Wrinkles: You can Botox these stress wrinkles away, but again, this weakens the skin over time.  Unlearn bad habits of gripping your facial muscles. Chances are you are doing this other places in the body. Nothing ages us faster than stress!

3. Texture: Dermal remodeling retextures skin and plumps fine lines without sacrificing long term skin vitality.

4. Color: Skin color is determined by how well your skin is circulating blood and also how much congestion (pustules,compacted black heads, milia) your skin is managing. Dermal nutrients improve this capacity. Dermal Remodeled skin glows!

Botoxed and volume-injected skin can create short term illusions in regards to superficial appearances BUT the skin structure can become weak, dull, crusty, discolored and rough. There is not nearly enough to long-term benefit to justify the means.

Pore – phobia

skin_harmonics_healthy_poresI get asked constantly “How can I shrink my pores?” The conventional beauty industry exploits this fear and spends trillions of dollars every year to keep the shrink-my-pore myth thriving.  Myth? YES. Myth. Don’t sell your pores to the devil… not even one.

Here is the beautiful truth about your pores:

1. Pore size is genetic.

2. The larger the pores the larger the capacity to produce oil. Which is a very good thing! Healthy, hydrated skin is the key to anti-aging and clear skin. When skin is hydrated, dermally nourished, and hormones and intestinal flora are balanced, beautiful, youthful skin is a result.

3. Conversely, hardened oil plugs that get stuck in pores can temporarily (or even permanently) over stretch pore openings. Hardened pores are a direct result of topical dehydration, sun exposure, and lack of new skin cells emanating from the dermis.

4. By now we all are aware that the beauty industry literally Photoshops away the pores from their ads. Which feeds the pore hysteria.

Here is the sad pattern that worsens pore size: Over scrubbing, using astringents (toners), over scraping pores and constant removal of skins natural oils dehydrate the skin. This tells the sebaceous gland to make more and more oil, throwing your skin into over production. This, ironically, creates a vicious cycle of more congestion and enlarges pores to accommodate these hardened plugs.

What is a pore lover to do?

Dermal Remodeling returns the skin’s oil production to its natural genetic setting, clear pore functionality, huge healing and anti-aging benefits of skins natural oils, while creating soft permeable plump skin that ages slowly.

Fear Not Scary Halloween Skin

skin_harmonics_makeupThe week after Halloween is always especially fun for me because I get to see how piles of cheap make-up effect my client’s skin! Happily, my regular clients are able to use almost anything on their skin and hardly miss a beat. Their skin continues to be unaffected by the thickest of cheap makeup because of the Dermal Remodeling protocol they follow. They emerge from Halloween like skin angels…

In contrast, many first time clients are in complete duress the week after. Their skin is especially irritated, and completely out of harmony, exaggerating the imbalances that were there before the cheap make-up.

Dermal Remodeling creates healthy, vibrant, confident skin that is protected from the skin anxiety that everyday living (or every holiday) dishes out.

Make friends with your PH

no_cottonAnd WHY do we need to readjust correct the PH of our skin with a toner or astringent? Glycolic, lactic, or salysilic peels destroy the healthy acid mantle of our skin by removing the slight “film” of healthy, natural oils on our skin. Then we try to “fix” this by correcting the PH which is crucial to healthy skin.

First, this is what we need to understand about skin care products:
1. The lower the PH the more acidic it is
2. And more acidic means it can penetrate further into the skin.
3. So the lower the PH on chemical peels, toners or astringents (as well as glycolic, lactic, Salysilic acids) the more damage they can do.
4. This USED TO BE the only way we could get new cell turnover.
5. We don’t need to do this anymore.

Benzoyl peroxide is the same as an antibiotic for your intestines. Sure it will kill bacteria but it sets you up for chronic bacteria problems moving forward. Toners and astringents will dehydrate your skin and give you black heads. Period.

Instead, allow your skin to naturally, beautifully find the perfect PH. It will do this naturally when we aren’t stripping or confusing it. You can help your skin have a healthy acid mantle with perfect PH by:
1. Hydrating
2. Feeding
3. Protecting

There, now isn’t that more friendly?

Knowledge is Power


I have learned that even the best products that money can buy are AS INEFFECTIVE as the cheapest if they not used properly. Here is what you need to know: No matter what the product, PROPER usage is absolutely crucial to seeing results. Period.

In other words, you can spend a lot of money on products and still not get results! Expensive products are wasted if there is no basic understanding of how our skin accepts nutrients. It is ultimately the deciding factor in the health of our skin.

Dermal Remodeling Method, and dermal delivery of nutrients, has been an enormous breakthrough for our skin.

When using any product, ask yourself:
1. What products am I applying?
2. Why am I using them?
3. How do I properly apply them?

These are the missing puzzle pieces for us as we learn to care for our skin.
Dermal Remodeling Method is the simple and effective cure for a confusing and inefficient skin care regime.

Dermal remodeling offers Knowledge that will keep you from wasting your resources.

World Peace. Whirled Peas. World Pores.

Today’s ant-aging methods are in essence like dropping bombs to achieve World Peace.

Having a microdermabrasion, laser or chemical peel is like dropping an age-bomb on your skin. These processes slowly exhausting the vitality and health of the dermal layer until your skin gives up and waves the white flag. Depleted and starving for real nourishment, there is no way for your skin to properly fight back. The result is a thinning, and visual aging, of the dermal layer.

I say it is time to call a truce with these harsh practices and make friends with your skin! Dermal Remodeling is a great way to create a healthy, noticeable improvement in the way your skin behaves.

Fresh, dewy, lusciously hydrated!

What’s not to love?!

Chronic Exfoliation Can Age Your Skin

layers_of_the_skinChronic exfoliation such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments and other “anti-aging” procedures attack and actually thin the Dermal Layer of our skin.

The beautiful Dermal layer is alive and makes the layer of dead (but crucially necessary) skin layer that we see in the mirror is fundamentally our REAL skin. Aggressive exfoliation procedures demand a tremendous amount of work from this layer. Imagine running a marathon over and over without replenishing your body with food and water. At some point you would be exhausted and lose pep. This is essentially what happens to our Dermis. There is no question that exfoliating the epidermis does speed cell turnover BUT it is not because it is a healthy event! It is because the skin is rushing to fix the damage, much to the detriment of the dermis.

The theory of daily exfoliation has been suggested and implemented for the last 30 years. There is no evidence that it has benefitted the skin and there is a tremendous amount of evidence that is leads to more damage!

How are you supposed to achieve optimal skin health? I practice Dermal Remodeling. Instead of penetrating acids or lasers, Dermal Remodeling delivers natural ingredients for sustainable cell turnover, literally detoxifies old stored debris, and dramatically increases the thickness and vigor of the deeper dermal living skin layer!

Chronic Irritation Can Cause Your Skin to Age Faster

radiant_skinThere have been a lot of studies indicating that inflammation, caused from sunburns, too many chemical peels, strong detergent based products and “glycolic overload” all break down the skin’s lipid barrier, leaving it exposed and vulnerable to irritation and the production of free radicals. If the skin is irritated all of the time, it is an indication of free radical damage, which can change the DNA of the cells and age your skin even faster.

Instead opt for gentle cleansers, and then wash your face only in the evening only if you have been wearing makeup. A warm washcloth followed by skin nourishment and hydration is all you need to have fresh, nourished radiant skin.

Never ever use an “oil-free” moisturizer.  These products will never trap water in your skin AND encourage your skin to increase its oil production creating a confusing & terrible cycle of anxiety. Read Your Oil Free Moisturizer is Congesting Your Skin for a detailed explanation of why oil-free moisturizers can actually cause acne and accelerate aging!