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Holistic Acne and Rosacea Treatment
By: Barry Summers, MD, PhD
Posted: April 28, 2009, from the May 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
It’s no secret that when people look good, they feel good; however, the reverse is often true. By combining lifestyle changes, dietary counseling, proper supplementation, and modern services and technologies, patients are experiencing dramatic results. This is especially the case with those seeking help for acne and rosacea. By treating the whole body with a combination of clinically advanced skin care treatments, Eastern-inspired practices and holistic healing, patients feel and look better, and live healthier lives.
The whole picture
Before any treatment begins, it’s important for patients to sit down with a skin care professional for a one-on-one consultation to determine goals and discuss the changes they would like to see in their skin. During this personalized skin analysis, the esthetician should collect a detailed client history to pinpoint the most effective treatment plan.
Questions to ask include:
- How long has the patient been suffering from this condition?
- What kind of breakouts do they experience: papule, pustule, comedone or cyst?
- What kind of prescription medication do they take, including birth control pills?
- Do they wash their face in the morning and/or in the evening?
- What types of cleansing and moisturizing products do they use?
- Do they use a washcloth?
- What types of prescribed topical products have they used in the past?
- How often do they change their pillowcase?
- Do they pick at their pimples?
- Do they use sunscreen?
- Do they have any product sensitivities?
Precise as they are, these questions only cover part of the treatment. In addition, the patient’s eating habits, stress levels and exercise regimen should also be discussed to help determine what is going on inside the body.
From the inside out
After the initial consultation, patients should be offered the option of seeing a practitioner who specializes in health and lifestyle counseling, and who ideally is housed in your office. If you don’t have a nutritionist on staff, then find one you feel comfortable recommending, preferably in a nearby location. After meeting with several nutritionists, choose one or two you trust to provide internal support for your clients, and make sure they have a thorough understanding of what you are doing for the skin. The practitioner you work with needs to also take a holistic approach to nutrition and have a history of treating patients with acne or rosacea through diet and pharmaceutical-grade supplements. Also, find out their rates, whether they take insurance and what hours they are available to see clients. Some nutritionists are willing to offer 15-minute complimentary consultations if you are able to send them multiple referrals.