Wednesday, 1 February 2017

I was lucky enough to attend the most amazing Acne 101 event at The Eudelo Clinic hosted by leading Dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams and Em from mypaleskinblog. The event was all about Acne, and Dr Stephanie provided some absolutely incredible treatments, as well as a talk on Acne, and consultations for bloggers. I was lucky enough to sample the Hydrafacial, recieve a bespoke skincare consultation (with a menu for tailored skincare recommendations and gorgeous goody bag of my tailored products to try) The clinic is incredible and I felt so well looked after.
Dr Stefanie's expertise is so thorough and I would recommend a consult with Dr Stepfanie and her team of lovely Medical Aestheticians to everyone wishing to improve their skin. I even learnt that I had a tendency towards rosacea, and should therefore use skin calming and non-aggressive ingredients. The Hydrafacial was the best facial I have ever, ever received!  I was told I was glowing after from my friends, and my skin felt so soft. Hydrafacial utilises the best aesthetic techniques, and uses advanced methods of cleansing and exfoliating and extraction of congested skin areas using salicylic acid, as well as an amazing delivery of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to hydrate and plump the skin. This would be the ideal all encompassing facial to have on a regular basis.

Acne is a complex condition, with multiple etiologies and perpetuating and worsening factors ranging from genetics, diet, rising androgen  levels and other hormonal imbalances as seen in PCOS, overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria and cosmetic use. In normal skin, sebaceous glands lie under the skin which produce sebum, an oil which protects the skin from moisture loss. As we enter teenage years, sebum levels may be increased, and in some situations, this can lead to pores becoming blocked which can combine with dead skin cells on the surface layer of the skin. This can also encourage the growth of Propionibacterium acnes. While it is normal to have a certain amount of this bacteria present in the skin, an overgrowth in clogged pores can cause infection which stimulates  the immune system into an inflammatory response causing some of the hallmarks of an inflammatory response- red, painful and swollen and production of fluid in the affected areas.
Dr Stefanie explained how because there can be multiple causes, many people suffer from acne alone, long term and it can negatively affect self esteem and even day to day happiness and quality of life often causing depression, anxiety and even agoraphobia. This really saddened me that many people are affected by acne in this way and I think this is why one of the reasons why it is so important to seek professional treatment- as there are some very effective treatments now available.
Effective treatment of acne is thorough and holistic. Common approaches include antibiotic use, retinoid application, medical grade facials and structured cosmeceutical use of hydroxyacids  and oil free moisturisers and other methods which an experienced Dermatologist can advise on.  I learnt about the importance of  a Treatment and Maintenance cycle or plan, which is important to follow even if the symptoms improve. Perpetuating factors such as Nutrition are so interesting to me  as a  training Clinical Nutritionist, and studies have also found there is a potential for dietary interventions such as a low GI diet and dairy free diet which may help improve acne symptoms due to the interplay between Insulin and acne. I know at least anecdotally that these two factors have helped me achieve clear skin with very rare break outs.
I absolutely loved this event and learnt so much. Thank you so much Dr Stefanie and your lovely team.


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