This client started Acne Bootcamp right after graduating from college and starting her first job in the city. She had been battling acne and what she described as acne scars since she was just 10 years old, although the "scars" she was referring to were actually dark marks caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Her acne manifested mostly in the form of papules that you can see on her chin in the pictures. These red, swollen lesions are a form of inflammatory acne and they can be sore and sensitive and will eventually turn into pustules if the inflammation is not controlled and pus develops (learn more about the different types of acne here).
I put together a treatment plan that included biweekly facial treatments, dietary adjustments (mainly due to her love of cheese), and a homecare regimen that included benzoyl peroxide and mandelic acid. I chose these ingredients because they both contain antibacterial properties that reduce inflammation and we needed to first get her inflammation under control so that we could extract the lesions on her face without causing further inflammation and ultimately, more pigmentation. I also had her ice every day and night to further help reduce inflammation. Once the inflamed lesions were under control, we used the exfoliating properties of mandelic acid and mild chemical peels to help purge the non-inflamed comedones out of the follicles. 6 acne treatment facials later voila, our bootcamper was clear!
Once she graduated acne bootcamp, we shifted gears to work on the pigmentation. Since she had been using our lightening 8% mandelic acid serum already for 3 months, we had a head start and the pigmentation had already lightened significantly. I chose a combination of peels with lightening and exfoliating properties to help lift the rest of the pigmented cells out of the skin. I started each peel session with a lightening lemon enzyme boosted with a 20% lactic acid peel, both ingredients chosen for their lightening properties. Then, I followed with a chemical peel that contained a super mix of exfoliating agents including trichloroacetic acid (TCA), kojic acid, and azelaic acid. It only took 3 peels for all of the dark marks to fade and now her skin is not just smooth and clear but it has an even tone.
If you are struggling with acne or dark marks leftover from acne, make an appointment if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area or get in touch with us for a free product consultation to have a customized product kit shipped to you.
Danielle started Acne Bootcamp with a very common story. She never suffered from acne in high school or middle school then all of a sudden, she started breaking out in her late 20's. Her acne manifested mostly around her mouth and constant picking only made it worse.
With a product kit for her moderate combination acne and a few lifestyle adjustments, mainly switching up her comedogenic products, we got her clear in about 5 treatments.
Karina was one of my very first acne bootcamp graduates. She came to me as a last resort since her dermatologist had run out of treatment options for her and the only thing left to try was Accutane. She is the sweetest girl ever and was just trying to enjoy her years as a young college student here in San Francisco without having to feel burdened by acne. I was lucky that she was so dedicated to the program and I never had to tell her to follow the product regimen or stick to the dietary and lifestyle guidelines of bootcamp. I saw her every 2 weeks over 3 months and voila, the pictures say it all. You can see the difference in confidence and now she feels as beautiful on the outside as she always was on the inside. She sent me these pictures with the words, "unretouched...thank you, Kimmy!".
"Going to see Kimmy at Acqua e Sapone was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My acne was so bad, I was about to go on Accutane, until a good friend recommended going to see Kimmy for a healthier, holistic approach to clearing acne. Within 3 months, my acne was cleared up. For the first time in my life, I feel confident and beautiful and don't have to hide behind heavy makeup and bangs. I can go out without feeling self-conscious about my face, and feel that people finally see me for me, not my acne, all thanks to Kimmy! I love going in for treatments because I feel so pampered and Kimmy provides me with the right tools to manage my acne, and each time I leave, I feel beautiful. There is no better feeling than having clear skin and confidence. Thank you so much, Kimmy!"
If you suffer from acne, chances are that the first person you turned to for help was your dermatologist. It only makes sense that you would turn to the medical professional whose job it is to treat skin if you were suffering from a skin condition. Unfortunately, dermatologists are failing miserably to treat a condition that affects the majority of the population at one point in their lives and here are 5 reasons why:
1. Successful acne treatment is comprehensive.
As both a practitioner who treats acne and a former acne sufferer myself, I know that internal factors like diet and stress have just as significant an impact on acne as external factors. Most dermatologists prescribe medications that target a single factor in the multifactorial cycle of acne. For example, Accutane reduces oil production, antibiotics kill bacteria, and Retin-A exfoliates skin cells but successful and sustainable acne treatment targets all of these things and more.
2. Most prescription topical medications contain pore-clogging ingredients.
Believe it or not, some of the most widely prescribed acne medications contain comedogenic ingredients. The current formulation of Retin-A, for example, contains a highly pore-clogging ingredient called isopropyl myristate. So while the active ingredient can make skin appear clearer for awhile, this is usually a temporary improvement because the comedogenic ingredient eventually clogs follicles.
3. Dermatologists just don’t have enough time (and they don’t really care).
Effective acne treatment requires time, attention, and investigation because the causes and triggers of acne vary between individuals. Most patients are forced to wait months for a 5-minute visit with a dermatologist and the visit usually involves no more than a prescription being written. And let’s just be honest, even if your acne is devastating to you, it is likely the least important condition that a dermatologist is dealing with during their day.
4. Everyone’s skin is different.
You don’t need a medical degree to figure this one out. Everyone has a unique skin type, acne type, and maybe an extra skin condition or two thrown into the mix. Dermatologists prescribe the same medications to just about everyone without taking their unique situation into account. I have seen many clients with dry, sensitive skin who are prescribed strong medications that cause like tazorac which cause more dryness and peeling. A good practitioner will clear your acne without leaving with you with other uncomfortable and unsightly conditions.