Keratosis Pilaris (KP): Those Weird Arm and Thigh Bumps

This weekend, I was spending time with some of my favorite women when one approached me to ask about bumps that she had on her arms. Before she could even finish describing it, I knew exactly what she was asking about: keratosis pilaris, also known simply as “KP.” It is a condition that has plagued […]

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Become a Patron

For the last ten years, I have been a part of the video game industry — working on titles like STAR WARS: The Old Republic, Marvel Heroes, and more recently League of Legends. Over that time, I struggled with skin issues and became a regular contributor in skincare and beauty-centric communities, such as MakeupAlley and […]

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My Routine: June 2018

I’ve made some changes to my routine since I wrote my first routine post back in May, and I feel like my skin has been much better for it. Certainly I’ve tried some new products, which I will be reviewing in the coming days, but I have landed on something so simple and so bland […]

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Perioral Dermatitis: An Odd Mouth Rash

When I first started writing about skin, a friend reached out to me to ask about a skin condition that she had been diagnosed with years ago: perioral dermatitis. Admittedly, my knowledge of perioral dermatitis was quite shallow, and as I began to research it, it seems that there isn’t a whole lot that is […]

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Review: The Ordinary Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil

Note: I originally intended to make this into my first video review, but had a lot of equipment issues. I promise I’m working on video content for you all! 🙂  So awhile back, before things got… uhh… weird… with Deceim, I placed an order for a bottle of the Ordinary Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil. It is $14.90 USD […]

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Visiting Riley Rose, Los Angeles

It wasn’t the first time I had visited Riley Rose. I had stumbled upon the place about a month earlier, when going for a facial appointment at Skin Laundry. Initially, I walked right past the store, with it’s cheery pink neon sign and friendly cursive, discounting it as another Claire’s wanna-be. As I walked past […]

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Rosacea: Recommended Products

Hi everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I know I missed my typical Wednesday post last week. I’ve had a dear friend visiting me after graduating law school and life has been pretty busy lately. In my last post, I talked at length about the skin condition of rosacea — what it is, the […]

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Rosacea: The Curse of the Celts

Rosacea is a frustrating skin condition. Despite how long I’ve knowingly had the condition, I’ve struggled with it. Some days are good days, and some days are not so good. There’s rarely a single reason I can pinpoint for the bad days, and at times my skin can flare from occurrences so benign that they […]

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PIE vs PIH – Or “why did this acne spot leave a mark?”

Perhaps the worst part about acne is not simply having the spot itself, but that the spot remains red or brown for a long period of time after the initial spot has been… ahem… dealt with. For many, these spots of discoloration hang around for weeks or even months after, and depending on the severity of […]

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Skincare Oils: Sea-Buckthorn Oil

Not too long ago, it was thought that oil was bad for skin and the primary cause of acne. Oil-free moisturizers dominated the market, and everyone I knew with acne (myself included) scoured, scrubbed, toned, and moisturized their acne-prone skin with oil-free products and astringents. Fast-forward to the 2010s and oil-based products and luxury facial […]

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Totally Normal Features of the Skin: Sebaceous Filaments

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday! When you hang out in skincare communities as much as I do, you eventually see lots of questions about totally normal skin features, such as the one I want to talk about today: sebaceous filaments. Or as you may know of them: the blackheads on your nose. Sebaceous filaments are […]

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