Why do we get Acne?
What You Can Expect
1. The first consultation is the investigative stage, why are you getting acne? We will explore many areas of your health such as your medical and family history, hormones, your typical diet, nervous system, digestion and much more. "This is your opportunity to tell your acne story". Tests may be needed depending on the outcome of the consultation. Some tests are done in the clinic and other tests are done via referral to a laboratory.
− Testing done in the clinic may include iridology, blood pressure, blood glucose, tongue and nail analyses
− Tests done offsite may include hormone profiling, fasting insulin, glucose tolerance testing, full blood count, inflammatory and allergy markers
Once the test results are back (average 1-2 weeks) and any additional research is done, a comprehensive treatment plan is drawn up tailored specifically to your health requirements, sensitivities, and lifestyle. The treatment plan includes:
− A personalised and strict diet
− Skincare routine
− Nutritional and or herbal prescriptions
− Lifestyle adjustments (if needed) such as exercise routine, stress management, sleep hygiene
2. The second consultation is when the treatment plan is presented to you along with any test results. This is the stage where we discuss how you're going to implement the treatment plan, any questions you may have, where to buy specifics foods, etc.
3. The review consultations are all about monitoring your progress, making any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan and making sure that you're on track.
This topic is very close to my heart as I experienced my own personal journey with acne, lasting a very long 13 years. I understand how it affects many aspects of life, including our psychological health, which is our biggest obstacle and our biggest asset. Through years of study and finally achieving clear skin, I knew that I had to help others overcome this horrible skin disorder.
Acne statistics rise every year in westernised countries, this is because of two reasons (1). the western diet and (2.) acne treatments failing to work. This calls for a complete overhaul on how we approach and treat acne. We have to stop looking at acne from a superficial top-down approach and start looking at the science and addressing acne from its root causes like diet, stress and lifestyle.
The underpinnings of my work is always education. I educate individuals about the nature of acne, how it works and how to stop acne from forming. The treatments prescribed are highly individualised and primarily based on nutritional therapy, secondly, I look at your exercise regime and lifestyle patterns. Nutrition, exercise and lifestyle are the most important areas to analyse in the case of acne because they have a great impact on our hormones. Depending on each case pathology testing, referrals and nutritional and herbal prescriptions may be recommended.
Acne vulgaris is the 8th most prevalent disease in the world, affecting 9.4% of the global population, primarily in westernised countries. Acne vulgaris affects roughly 23% of Australians:
- 79-95% of the adolescent population
- 54% of woman and 40% of men over the age of 25 years old
- 1% of men and 5% of woman over the age of 40 years old