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  • Writer's pictureDeeLisa Sacco

Problematic Skin: My Least Favorite to Treat BUT the Most Rewarding

Problematic skin or acne, whatever we label it - nobody wants it. Yet many teens and young adults have it. It’s frustrating for the client and for the professional treating it. For me personally, it’s my least favorite to treat and let me tell you why:

  1. I’m not the first professional a client has seen for the issue.

  2. Frequently, a client needs at least one, often two types of prescription medication (a dermatologist is required for that) along with my skincare treatments and a home care regime.

  3. 90% of the time clients are not patient with results and frequently switch professionals and products.

But, I completely get it; I had problematic skin and was the same way until I came to truly understand my skin type. Here are the facts:

  • I need minimum of 3 months to change a client's skin.

  • The client needs to see a dermatologist if I recommend it.

  • I have an array of methods/modalities that can vastly improve the skin's texture, breakouts, scars and discoloration.

  • A client's home care regime is just as important as the treatments I do and medication (if prescribed).

  • Lastly and most importantly, I don’t have a client start with every product they may need for their skin; I like to take it gentle and slow. By this, I mean a cleanser with salicylic acid and moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to begin with. Then I’ll add products as the skin adjusts because using everything all at once often inflames the skin more. That’s the very reason clients are always switching to the next product and person treating them. There’s no instant results with this skin type. Sometimes it’s great in the first week and then gets worse or vice versa. This is where trust and reward comes in. If a client will trust me, follow their regime, and not expect overnight results, real results happen. We calm the skin down, start healing it and the skin reacts, or better yet, doesn’t react because it’s not constantly adjusting to new, strong, harsh products. It levels out, the breakouts are greatly reduced, skins texture and tone is smoother and scarring begins to diminish.

If this sounds like your struggles with your skin and you’re ready to see a difference, schedule an appointment for a treatment and see how rewarding patience really is.

You may also want to check out my Skincare Guide for Acne Prone Skin.


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