Anyone that knows me, knows I battle with my skin in a major way. It’s very much a love-hate relationship where every now and again certain areas of my face, namely my chin, underneath my nose and sometimes my forehead resemble the Himalayan mountain ranges. I battled with the occasional break out early on when I was 15/16 and when I moved from Brisbane to Melbourne 2 years ago and started breaking out like never before, I was completely baffled.
Now, I might be slightly exaggerating when I use a comparison to mountain ranges and I certainly didn’t have the worst acne around but it was bad. I was wearing mass amounts of make up all the time. I had just started seeing my boyfriend, so I was wearing full faces of foundation to bed because I was so embarrassed and even to the gym. I know what you’re thinking, that was obviously never going to help, but my confidence was shattered and as a model, affected my work… To the point where after I’d done a job, my booker would call to tell me my rate was being reduced because the client apparently had to pay for extra retouching (That actually happened. And I cried).
It’s taken some experimenting and trialling various products and suggested regimes to finally get it under control and I firmly believe that there are three key elements that have got me and my skin happy once again: Clinical advice and treatments, correctly using the right products and supplements/ vitamins. With that in mind, please allow me to introduce the incredible ladies at Minoo’s! I was introduced to the team by Helen Reizer, who knew of my skin struggle thought we would be a match made in heaven. Minoo’s made it their personal mission to restore my skin and even now in Sydney, I still contact them for advice and for product. I spoke with the ladies at Minoo’s about the common causes of acne particularly and the mistakes that we often unknowingly make in trying to treat it.
What are some of the key causes of acne?
There are several cause of acne most commonly are hormonal influences. Sebum and dead skin cells gather within the pore causing inflammation, papules and pustules.
What are some of the most common mistakes you see people making in an attempt to treat acne?
Often people with acne over cleanse and pick their skin in an attempt to remove oil and pustules. This classic mistake impairs the skins barrier function and spreads bacteria by disturbing the skins acid mantel (a slightly acidic film on the surface of the skin that provides barrier protection from bacteria and potential contaminants that may penetrate and damage the skin).
What are some of the treatments you offer and recommend?
Improving the skins barrier function (strength and hydration) using gentle homecare and lactic acid peeling procedures are usually required before progressing to stronger homecare and clinical treatments.
(FYI- This was me. I had been using Proactiv- I know you’re probably shaking your head and screaming “WHY?!” but when you’re desperate, you try everything- and as a result, had basically stripped my skin of any/all natural oils our skin produces and needs. The ladies recommended a course of products to use for 3-4 weeks prior to starting any clinical treatments and just that produced a remarkable difference in my skin.)
Active homecare particularly alpha and beta hydroxy acids found in treatment serums, masks and moisturisers are very effective at reducing sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells within the pores and improve the appearance of acne.
A course of superficial chemical peeling procedures particularly salicylic acid peels penetrate the congested pore and help to remove sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. Chemical peeling procedures preformed at monthly intervals significantly reduce the severity of acne lesions and aid in maintaining a clear completion. In addition, we recommend the use of active homecare in order to achieve optimal results.
I experienced a variety of different treatments, all planned and scheduled especially for my skin and how it was progressing. In addition, just to credit how intelligent these women are, I also had different vitamins and supplements recommended to help from the inside out. I can now, very excitedly say, that I don’t wear make up at home, to bed or the gym, often leave the house without makeup and don’t need to apply 50 000 filters to my photos (fine, selfies) anymore! Hooray!
Dermal therapists, experts, magicians, whatever you want to call them, I credit them for saving my skin and I cannot thank them enough. To find out more about the amazing ladies at Minoo’s, you can visit their website, their Facebook or their Twitter to get in contact- which I highly recommend you do. Tell them I sent you and give them a huge cuddle from me!