A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating a Diagnosed Acne Skin Condition

This panel of experts will be presented with an acne condition with specific manifestations and contributing factors that as clinicians, they will need to consider in order to establish a clinical treatment plan.  Each expert will be given the opportunity to share their approached based on their area of knowledge and experience.  This perspective will specifically address:

  • Interpretation and what to look for in the client/patient skin analysis: Gay Wardle – Dermal Clinician
  • Internal nutrient deficiencies and help considerations to assist and support the treatment plan: Fiona Tuck – Clinical Nutritionist
  • What skin ingredients will best support and treatment and skin recovery: Jacine Greenwood-Drummond – Cosmetic Chemist and Skincare Formulator
  • From a medical dermatology perspective what clinical approach would you take in treating this condition: Associate Professor Michael Freeman – Cosmetic Dermatologist.

Acne conditions, both acute and chronic, can be a very debilitating skin conditions that often requires a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve a successful treatment outcome.  In this panel discussion four experts were presented with an acne case and asked to comment of what approach they would use to treat this condition.  Here are the key findings that the client’s skin analysis revealed:

The patient is a female, aged 52.  She has started experiencing menopausal symptoms over the past 12 months.  These include hot flushes, restless sleep and has noticed that she is experiencing occasional digestive issues with sensitivity to gluten, something that she previously did not have. Key skin manifestations included extensive but moderate erythema mainly in mid-facial region with evidence of dehydration.  She is also presenting with papules, mainly around the mouth and cheeks with occasional pustules.  The skin is tender, and the lesions are painful. 

Six months ago, she contracted COVID-19 which presented with fairly sever respiratory distress.  She has since undertaken the AstraZeneca vaccinate and two weeks ago has followed with a booster shot. 

As a teenager the patient had oily skin and suffered from chronic acne conditions, which persisted until her late 20s.  She received skin treatments from her dermatologist and as her skin improved, she regularly had facial treatment with a qualified aestheticians who helped her successful manage any inflammation and breakouts.

About Dr Michael Freeman

Associate Professor Michael Freeman is founding dermatologist at THE SKIN CENTRE, specialising in cosmetic and laser dermatology. He is a renowned dermatologist that contributes greatly to the field through teaching and research as well as servicing patients at his busy practice. Dr Freeman is particularly interested in advancing the use of specialised lasers, educating other dermatologists and leading more than a dozen clinical trials in this area.

He is a familiar face around many leading hospitals, including Director of Dermatology at the Gold Coast University Hospital, a visiting Dermatologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Bond University. With more than 30 years’ experience in the field he is renowned across the Gold Coast and further afield for his expert knowledge.

About Gay Wardle

Gay Wardle is renowned as an aesthetics industry mentor and an internationally recognised speaker and educator. Her work as an educator and practitioner was celebrated in 2014 when she was inducted into both the ABIA Hall of Fame and the Reed Exhibition Hall of Fame.

Gay has a real passion in helping businesses achieve superior treatment outcomes starting with a thorough and detailed skin evaluation and analysis to determine underlying consideration in order to plan a successful treatment outcome.   Gay has completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Dermal Therapies and has lectured at universities both in Sydney and Brisbane.

Gay also delivers post-graduate training both through online courses, as well as face-to-face training for salon, clinics and their staff.  Training packages include a personalised one-on-one in-clinic training, with options also for group staff training.  Through these programs Gay teaches her leading and up-to-date protocols that are evidence-based and achieve leading treatment outcomes for some of the most challenging skin conditions.  If you are seeking to raise the standard of your treatment outcomes and enhance your business growth, Gay’s training and protocols will allow you to successfully achieve this.

About Jacine Greenwood-Drummond

Jacine Greenwood-Drummond is the CEO of Roccoco Botanicals and Educated Therapists. She is a fully qualified Cosmetic Chemist and Beauty Therapist and is internationally recognised as an expert in her field. Jacine is dedicated to researching ingredients and in particular, natural botanicals for the scientific evidence of their efficacy. As a result, she has created ground-breaking formulas with exceptional treatment outcomes.