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An Acne Case Study

See how Ella Harvey from Harvey’s Skin and Beauty managed to beat her battle with acne. See the acne case study below where she used ZO Skin Health products and the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™ to achieve the clear skin she’s always wanted.

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Acne Case Study Participant Profile

Name: Ella Harvey

Age: 21

Location: Guernsey and London

Employment: Founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty

Bio: Ella suffered from acne for 3 years and was unsure of the cause of it. She used a number of different skincare ranges but none alleviated the symptoms of her acne. Following a consultation with a ZO Skin Health specialist, Ella was given a regime of ZO Skin Health products and a ZO Medical peel.

Below was the ZO regime she had to carry out every day for 4-6 weeks prior to the peel, to enhance results and prep the skin.

ZO At-Home Skincare Regime

Oilacleanse

AM + PM

Vitascrub

AM

Cebatrol Pads

AM + PM

Daily Power Defense

AM + PM

Tretinoin

AM + PM

Melamin

AM + PM

Melamix

AM

Glycogent

AM

Restoracalm

PM

Smart Tone SPF50

AM

ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™

For this particular acne case, Ella was recommended the 3-Step Peel™.

This peel is a solution of 17% salicylic acid, 10% trichloracetic and 5% lactic acids to remove the outer layers of the skin. A 6% retinol crème is then applied following the peel solution to stimulate deeper layers of the skin maximising collagen production, cellular renewal, anti-oxidant benefits and DNA protection. The retinol stimulation is continued with an at-home application at least 5 hours after the peel solution is applied in the clinic. A calming crème, which is hydrating and anti-inflammatory, is also given for at home application 3 times daily.

Find out more about the 3-Step Peel™.

Ella’s peel story

Ella experienced redness and peeling skin for 8 days following the peel, hear about her experience of the peel and the amazing results:

“After suffering from acne for the last three years, in November 2015 I had finally had enough. I had tried to clear up my skin with every method you could imagine, I even found out what my blood type was and kept to a very strict diet. So I turned to ZO for help. I was advised to have the 3-Step Peel™ and told I would have to prepare.

I was advised to have the 3 Step Peel and told I would have to prepare my skin before treatment, so Dr Shirin Lakhani prescribed Tretinoin and Melamix and told me to use this every day.  On the 20th of January, I had my 3-Step Peel™ at Wigmore Medical.

I arrived at Wigmore Medical and had a numbing cream applied for twenty minutes. The doctor then talked me through the treatment and asked me some questions to ensure that I had been using my products correctly. There was only a slight bit of discomfort when the 3-Step Peel™ was applied but I found on the second and third day the skin very tight and uncomfortable. The results are worth everything I went through with the preparation and the peel. I am very happy with the results and would definitely recommend this peel and I cannot wait to have my next one!”

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Ella Harvey is founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty.

Harvey’s Skin and Beauty offer the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™.

For other stockists of ZO products and peels visit: https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/find-zo-2/

The 6 Types of Acne Skin

Acne skin is caused when hair follicles become blocked. Hair follicles are tiny holes in the skin from which an individual hair grows out of. Attached to these hair follicles are sebaceous glands which can be found near the surface of your skin. Sebaceous glands prevent your hair and skin from drying out by producing an oily substance called sebum. However, these glands can sometimes produce too much sebum which then mixes with dead skin cells which consequently blocks your follicles and thus causes acne.

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6 Different Types of Acne Skin

The plugged follicle can react in different ways, which is why your spots can appear different. There are six main different types of acne breakouts:

  • blackheads – appear if the plugged follicle is open to the skin, creating small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; they are not filled with dirt but are black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigmentation
  • whiteheads – are caused if the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, which then bulges outwards. They have a similar appearance to blackheads, but they can be firmer and will not empty when squeezed.

Furthermore, normally harmless bacteria that lives on the skin can then contaminate and infect these plugged follicles forming:

  • papules – which are small red bumps that may feel tender or sore
  • pustules – which are similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre that is caused by a build-up of pus
  • nodules – are large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful
  • cysts – are the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they are large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring

Proven triggers

  • Testosterone – Teenage acne is thought to be triggered by increased levels of a hormone called testosterone, which occurs during puberty. The sebaceous glands are particularly sensitive to hormones. It is thought that increased levels of testosterone cause the glands to produce much more sebum than the skin needs.
  • Hereditary – Acne skin can run in families. If your parents had acne, it’s likely that you will also develop it. One study has found that if both your parents had acne, you are more likely to get more severe acne at an early age. It also found that if one or both of your parents had adult acne, you are more likely to get adult acne too.
  • Periods & Pregnancy – More than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women. It is thought that many cases are caused by the changes in hormone levels that many women have at certain times from their periods or during pregnancy.
  • Medication – certain medications, such as steroid medications, lithium (which is often used to treat depression and bipolar disorder) and some anti-epileptic drugs (used to treat epilepsy) can cause a flare-up of acne.
  • Smoking – is often a cause of acne found in older people.
  • Accessories – regularly wearing items such as a headband or backpack, which places pressure on a targeted area can sometimes be the cause of an acne flare-up.
Source: nhs.uk

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