A Case Study Of Acne Treatment
Lara Peterson, 20, an Admin Assistant from North Wales, has suffered for many years with her problematic skin.
In her teenage years she had relatively healthy skin with the occasional breakout but as she moved into her late teens the spots increased and before she knew it she was suffering from acne and has ever since (a skin condition characterized by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face, due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands).
She explains: “I can’t pinpoint when my skin began to change, I hadn’t changed my diet and I was using similar products on my skin that I always had. I guess I was just one of the unfortunate ones who developed this skin condition and started producing too much oils (sebum) which resulted in by pores becoming clogged and leading to spots.”
After 12 months of waiting and hoping her skin would clear Lara decided that it was getting out of control and affecting her confidence on a daily basis. She contacted our Skin Health Spa clinic in Nantwich, Cheshire, where she was advised to book in for an advanced skin consultation with one our skin specialists.
Lara continues: “Over the years I’ve tried every facial available at my local beauty salon and loads of different products, some dried my skin too much and some just spread the breakouts further. None of them have worked. I stumbled across Skin Health Spa through a recommendation from a friend and went in for a consultation.
Lara went for her forty-five minute complimentary consultation with nurse prescriber Sian Miller at Skin Health Spa to see what they would recommend.
Sian said: “Lara came to the clinic with fairly aggressive active acne. It is something we see regularly in our clinics and we treat clients of all ages who suffer from this unforgiving skin concern. The glands that lie just beneath the skin's surface produce an oil called sebum, which is our skin's natural moisturiser. These glands and the hair follicles in them open onto the skin through pores. Acne sufferers produce excess oil that fill these pores and combine that with dead and sticky skin cells then comedones form that block the pores and lead to spots. This can be brought on at any point in life by a number of factors such as hormonal changes, diet, cosmetics, heredity, drugs (side effects), environment and so on.”
“I recommended Lara started on a home-use programme of Obagi Clenziderm straight away to bring the acne under control. Once she had completed the programme we also booked her on for a course of Agera skin peels that use acids to chemically exfoliate the top layers of skin. This exfoliation signals the cells inside the skin to produce more rapidly, which can help hasten skin turnover and prevent pores from becoming clogged. The use of these products and undergoing peel treatments can provide fantastic results in a matter of weeks.”
She said: “After just two weeks my skin had started to improve. The acne became less uncomfortable and irritated. I also noticed that the general condition of my skin started to also improve in the areas not affected by the acne. Six to eights weeks after starting treatment my skin improved dramatically and for the first time in years I was spot free. I was left with slight scarring which I am now treating with their new Emerge Laser Resurfacing machine. Sian at Skin Health Spa was so supportive throughout my treatment and booked me in for check-ups every four weeks to check on the progress of my skin.”
“I now feel like I have new skin and am so much more confident and happier. The state of my skin really did affect my self-esteem, and I always felt that others could see it, even beneath my layers of makeup.
“I’m so pleased I sought treatment for my acne as it really has changed my life, I’m no longer afraid to take my makeup off at night when friends stay and I’m not running off to top up my foundation at work. I would definitely recommend Skin Health Spa to others who suffer from acne, their free consultation process was a great way of finding out information without having to lay down payment before I knew what was involved.
To find out more about Skin Health Spa’s services find your nearest clinic (nationwide) by calling 0800 24 25 145 or leaving an enquiry through their website: https://skinhealthspa.com/free-consultation.