Maddie's Journey - Acne & Acne Scarring
Updated: May 6, 2019
Skin Goals - Reduction of cystic acne
Treatment Timeline - 14 months
Treatments - Initially, dietary changes, homecare and LED. Following the clearing of acne, needling, change in home care routine and LED.
Home Care - Cleanser, toner, day moisturiser with SPF, night balm, acne treatment, retinol, vitamin c. Maddie was prescribed a custom blend of Decleor, Dermalogica and Sabore products.
Maddie presented with deep hormonal acne in the cheek, chin and neck area. She had struggled on and off with acne since her early teens and after coming off hormonal contraception in her early 20's her skin had steadily become worse.
Picture one - July 2018
Maddie had been back on hormonal contraception for three months with no visible changes to her skin. It was at this stage we began her treatment. She was prescribed a cleanser, day moisturiser, clearing serum, hydrating serum, night balm and exfoliant as well as switching to Jane Iredale mineral make-up.
She also undertook an elimination diet for 10 days and cut out gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, red meat, nightshades and corn. After 10 days she began to reintroduce each food group but keeping the intake low. The purpose of eliminating and re-introducing food groups was to completely clear the body of potentially hormone inbalancing foods and to identify what is causing the inflation within the body.
Picture Two - After 10 days of elimination diet, July 2018
Acne has visibly dried and inflamation has decreased. Client reported that her skin felt a lot less sore.
Picture Three - September 2018
By this point the clients skin was clear of the deep hormonal acne. She was happy with the clearing of her skin but was left with acne scarring on her cheeks. We were confidant that her skin had cleared enough for us to address the scarring with a course of collagen induction therapy (CIT). We performed three sessions of CIT in six week intervals, she also began integrating Retinol (Vitamin A) into her nighttime routine twice a week.
Picture Four - November 2019
The clients skin a year later has visibly cleared through the course of CIT. She reported that in a year her skin progressively became clearer in terms of reduced breakouts and the healing of her scarring. From here on out we made slight tweaks to her skincare routine by eliminating the clearing serum and alternating Vitamin C for summer months and Retinol in winter months. She will continue to have a CIT treatment once a year or as she feels her skin needs it.