My Skincare Journey: “Getting my acne under control completely changed my life”

Julia came to Kate Kerr London after suffering with acne for years. She tried everything from roaccutane to steroid injections, but it was a bespoke skin health plan that finally transformed her skin for good…

Sometimes, it can feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing works; no one seems to understand your skin and what it needs. That was certainly the case for Julia, who came to see Kate at Kate Kerr London after battling with acne for years. She tried every over-the-counter product available, saw various dermatologists, took roaccutane medication and had steroid injections in her face, but still she suffered with acne breakouts and twice experienced cystic acne that lasted for nine months. 

Kate recommended a series of Clinical Clarifying facials, which are designed to actively target the four contributing factors that lead to the onset of acne. These are excess sebum, impaired cell renewal, proliferation of acne bacteria and inflammation. Her facial was specifically tailored to her skin’s unique needs and a key step was extraction, removing all of the impurities within the skin that lead to breakout. It combined a sulfur mask to help cleanse the skin and minimise oil production along with blue LED light to help calm inflammation and destroy the acne bacteria that leads to breakouts. We also carried out tailored peels that helped to re-texturise the skin and fade discolouration caused by previous breakouts. 

Fast forward a couple of months and Julia’s skin is even in colour and texture, she has minimal breakouts and a luminous glow. “I noticed improvements to my skin relatively quickly,” says Julia. “It was not long after seeing Kate for the first time and using all the products at home that I noticed I had a good glow to my skin. It took maybe a couple of months before the spots were really starting to get under control and it was then that I started to feel that my skin was a lot more predictable.”

So how does Julia feel about her skin now? “My skin now is the best it’s ever been. I don’t really think about it! I recently got married and was really happy with how I looked on the day. I get the odd breakout hormonally, but they’re very small and very manageable. I get compliments on my skin now, which is something that teenage Julia would have never thought she would get! The change in my skin has impacted my confidence massively. I rarely think about my skin, unless I’m coming in for an appointment or it’s the morning or the evening and I’m washing my face. I just go about with my life day to day…and I think that’s the biggest difference. Not worrying about it every day.”

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