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.