Why do we get Acne?
What You Can Expect
The first consultation is the stage of investigation: Why are you getting acne?
There are many aspects to developing acne, and not everyone has the same imbalances or sensitivities, which is why the investigative stage is so important. During the initial consultation, you will be asked many questions regarding your health and daily routines. We will discuss your family history, hormone-related imbalances, typical diet, cardiovascular health, exercise, digestion, stress levels, sleep routine and much more. Depending on the outcome further testing may be required. The tests done in clinic may include iridology, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, blood glucose, tongue and nail analyses. Referring tests such as blood, urine, stool and salivary tests are done offsite in a laboratory which you will be given a referral form for. After this information is collected a tailored treatment plan is put together which includes the following: Nutritional guidelines, A skincare routine, Lifestyle adjustments (if needed), such as exercise, stress management, and sleep hygiene and Herbal and nutritional supplementation may be prescribed depending on your health status and requirements.
Follow-up consultations are all about monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. This is essential to keeping you on the right track and assisting you to achieve the clear skin you want.
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