This gentleman came to me in September 2021 looking for help with his inflammatory skin
condition that affects his forehead. He was using topical steroid treatment to keep the
redness down. However, he wanted to no longer be reliant on the steroid cream.
After his initial consultation, where we looked at his triggers and overall skin health, we
began working on barrier repair and reducing the inflammation. Some of the triggers were
unavoidable, such as stress, his job can at times be stressful, and it was an extremely
a stressful period in his life that triggered the condition initially, so this would be a case of
managing the condition whilst those triggering factors were still there.
He started his skincare regime very gradually, focusing on barrier repair and the in-clinic
treatments started immediately. In the beginning, the treatments were fortnightly until the
skin was staying consistently calmer, and we currently treat once a month.
We are 6 months into his program, and his skin has made excellent progress. It no longer has
the angry, red, dry patches and is much more tolerant of the triggers that would once flare
This gentleman is extremely happy with his results so far. He may have the odd flare-up now
and again, however, through our education, he understands why his skin becomes red and is
able to manage the condition better.
Repairing the skins barrier function to help overcome anxiety
This client first approached me in lockdown, so the beginning of her program was carried out virtually until I could see her in clinic. She had tried lots of different products on the market and her skin would never improve. She had persistent breakouts around her lower face and chin that were pustular and could sometimes become inflamed and itchy. She had a lot of anxiety over her skin which would exacerbate the condition.
Using the wrong skincare products
Down to using the wrong skincare, the skin was also presenting as dehydrated and compromised, the condition of her skin, due to this impairment and low hydration levels was making the breakouts worse, more inflamed, and slower to heal.
Repairing the skins barrier function
We initially worked on repairing the skins barrier function to help reduce inflammation and increase hydration levels within the skin. Due to lockdown this was done just using skincare only. The skin quickly became less itchy and sore, and the pustules would heal much faster.
We then slowly introduced some actives into the skincare that would target the pustules and breakouts.
Once we were able to resume in clinic treatments this lady’s skin had already improved in terms of the overall health, hydration levels and in its healing capacity. This skin was therefore in a better place to be able to tolerate and respond to an acne targeted approach.
The after photo was 5 months after the clients initially online consultation.
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