Photographed by Tory Rust.
If you're struggling with acne, you've probably stood in front of the mirror more than once and wondered why you must have those annoying pimples. Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has amazing skin and only you have to deal with this frustrating problem. But you are not alone with it - believe me! In fact, acne is one of the most common skin diseases in Germany. Models, actors and even beauticians - it can happen to anyone. This is why it is so important that we speak openly about our acne, share our experiences and support one another. In the following, three beauticians have a chat and explain what helped them with their acne.
Job: Beautician and founder of the Porespective Dermatology Clinic and Products
Cause of their acne: Stopping the birth control pill
What helped: Change of diet, the right mix of care products and not scratch the pimples
“In my school days, I always had that one monster pimple that must have had something to do with puberty. Then I started taking the pill when I was 17 and had no problems until my early 20s. When I stopped taking the pill later, the acne suddenly came back. I had cortisone injections every week and applied fruit acid peels to my skin, but nothing worked. So I started taking the pill again and the acne went away very quickly.
When I was in our mid-30s, my husband and I wanted to try to have a child, so I stopped taking the pill after 15 years - and of course the acne came back. So there I was, selling acne medication to dermatologists (Chasen was a pharmaceutical agent for acne products at the time) and showed up for talks with a face full of pimples myself. The dermatologists, my clients, recommended all other treatments to rid my skin of acne. I've tried everything from Retin-A to oral antibiotics, but nothing really worked. For years I read about new treatment methods in medical journals. I followed clinical trials and went to the best doctors in the country to get rid of acne, but none of that worked. So I decided to train to be a beautician and after I got my license, I opened my own acne clinic in Texas.
I conducted my own clinical study for two years. I started trying different products, first on myself and then I gave them to my customers as well.
The hard guns (chemicals) cleared the surface of the skin and I then took care of the internal cleansing.
I got my skin clean again through a rather unusual method. With a care cocktail - my ultimate cleaning combination: a peeling serum and a prescription benzoyl peroxide. I also started to live and eat healthily. That means no dairy products, no peanuts, no seaweed, no sugar and no gluten. I also take care not to bring too many bacteria into contact with my skin. Smartphones, friend's whiskers, make-up and brushes, pillows, hand cream and the like are carriers of bacteria and I always keep that in mind.
The hard guns (chemicals) cleared the surface of the skin and I then took care of the internal cleansing. It worked for me and 100 percent of the customers who came to me. As long as you were willing to strictly follow the program.
The most important thing is that you leave the pimples alone. Don't express them, or at least have a professional do it. And don't forget: you are not alone! There are ways to get rid of acne. Try good products and healthy diets first. Chemical clubs can still be used, but why try to kill a fly with a shotgun? "
Cause of their acne: cyclical fluctuations in hormones
What helped: Vitamin A supplements, clarifying facial toner and electricity therapy
“As a teenager, I rarely had skin problems. It wasn't until I was 20 that I developed cystic acne at least twice a month. I had huge boils all over my face, most of which appeared overnight. Of course I tried to express it and that left scars. I used all common means: antibiotics, benzoyl peroxides, and cortisone injections. I tested countless diets and products, but quickly realized that it was not the products, but my hormones. During my period and every time I ovulated, I struggled with new pimples - even in my late 30s.
To this day, I still find it difficult to deal with my acne. I'm mad at myself for not taking care of it sooner and when she comes back I'd like to hide at home because I'm ashamed. Unfortunately, cystic acne is very difficult to treat. I have to clean the bacteria of the skin before the pimples appear.
Of course I tried to express it and that left scars.
I wouldn't say I got rid of acne. I tamed them more, and that's because of my routine. As soon as I notice the pimples are forming, I take vitamin A capsules until I can no longer see any signs. If you want to try the vitamins, you must not take them for more than 12 days a month, as they can be toxic to the body if you take them for a long time.
Next, I use my Ziip device to cleanse the face. The device releases electricity into the skin, reducing acne. It also prevents new pimples from forming. Then I always use a facial toner with lactic acid, which I leave on for at least a minute before I finally apply a nourishing cream. I recommend my customers to switch from sunscreen to a tinted day lotion with a sun protection factor. This ensures an even complexion and protects the skin.
My tip: Don't look for a cure, learn how to deal with your acne. Once you learn that, you can keep them in check. And that's just as good. "
What helped: Blue light therapy and change in diet
“In my youth I had very clear skin - until my late 20s I had no problems with pimples and the like, but when I was 28 I began to suffer from adult acne. It was hard for me as I had just finished my beautician training and was new to Kate Somerville.
I remember that one client who came to me for treatment for her cystic acne and when she saw my face she said, 'How do you want to treat my acne if your skin looks like this?' It was tough. I was shocked and ashamed and then I got really angry. This encounter sparked an urge in me to want to help every person with acne so that no one had to feel that way.
A lot of women struggle with hormonal changes in their 20s - and I think I did too. I suffered from acne for four to six months before trying blue light therapy
When she saw my face she said, 'How are you going to treat my acne if your skin looks like this?'
Twice a week I had my skin irradiated with blue and red light. It took a total of 16 treatments in two months, but because I was so consistent, I got rid of the acne. Blue light can kill the acne bacteria (Propionibacterium bacteria) and thus prevent new pimples from forming.
Six years later, I had a small breakout of acne again, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it was back then. It was due to the wrong diet: Too much sugar and dairy products brought back my acne. Now I pay attention to my diet again and continue with my light therapy. This keeps the acne in check.
I wish I had known then that my skin would look better than ever before. It's a roller coaster ride. It can be both emotionally and physically painful, and it puts a strain on self-esteem. Acne can affect anyone, young or old. But there are things you can do about it.