Understanding Acne

Why does it happen?

I’ve seen how distressing acne can be. And sometimes it can feel like it’s appeared out of nowhere leaving you wondering ‘why me?’. Often associated with teenage skin, adult acne is actually on the rise, perhaps due to the pressures of modern life, with it being much more prominent in women.

There are many different triggers, such as:

  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Sleep deprivation
  • An unhealthy/irritated gut
  • Skincare

Through a consultation we should be able to identify which trigger(s) might have resulted in your acne symptoms.

How can it be treated?

Despite being very common, it’s is one of the most poorly understood skin conditions and can be notoriously difficult to treat. Many of my clients have been back and forth to the GP, trying various topical solutions and medications with no results, leading to more stress and creating a cycle that only perpetuates the acne.

The good news is, developments in technology have made advanced therapies much more accessible in recent years. There are now variety of highly effective treatments which you don’t have to go to harley street for! My apporoach is holistic in the sense that I look at the overall picture (e.g. lifestyle, diet, skin care) and devise a plan which may combine a few different therapies in order to address anything that may be upsetting the balance and could be cuasing the breakouts.

When will it get better?

Once you’ve started treatment, you will need to give it some time before you start to see results. There is certainly no overnight fix.

As an example, one of my clients has recently shared some before and after pictures following my treatment which you can see below. The treatment included a combination of supplements from the Advanced Nutrition Programme, topical products from Environ and a series of Cool Peels. There was 6 months between each photo. Now that we’ve got the acne under control, we’re going to start some Dermalux LED Phototherapy which will help with the acne scarring she has as well as generally improve the overall complexion, evening out the skin tone and boosting collagen production.