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Count Your Blessings
By: Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Posted: October 26, 2009, from the November 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Pamela Sarantis, esthetician, Aesthetics by Pamela at Textures, Danvers, MA
“My most inspirational moment actually came from doing no treatment at all. I had a client come in to see me, desperate for some answers. She had large wheel-type lesions all over her face. She had layers of makeup on trying to cover these oozing lesions. Of course she had seen many dermatologists who kept treating her as an acne patient. Nothing was helping and she was overwhelmed and was ready to give up. She was hoping a facial or peel might help. I took one look at her skin and decided that this condition was out of the scope of my practice. Now being that we cannot diagnose, the best I could do was to offer recommendations. I also have a background in dermatopathology, so I had to pull from that part of my knowledge. I asked her to please see an endocrinologist and a rheumatologist for blood work, thinking this was most likely autoimmune. I also thought she needed cultures of the lesions for antibiotic treatment. I gave her as much information as I could and sent her on her way with no treatment from me. I assumed I would never hear from her again. Several months later, I could not believe my eyes ... she walked through the door minus the makeup and her skin was gorgeous! The lesions had healed and she was smiling from ear to ear. She hugged me and actually had tears in her eyes. She told me that she had been diagnosed with autoimmune disease, which caused the staph on her skin to overgrow, resulting in the infected lesions. Now that she was finally being treated for the correct problem, her skin healed correctly very quickly. She was so thankful and sincere. It made me feel so much pride that I could help her just by pointing her in the right direction. Even though I never made one penny off this client, it made me realize that these are the real reasons we become skin care professionals in the first place.”
Trina Nesselrotte, medical esthetician, Clinical Skin Care Services , Bushnell, FL
Until next month,
Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editor in Chief