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Case Studies In Hormonal Acne Management
By: Laura Cooksey
Posted: April 1, 2014, from the April 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Treatment: weeks 11–12.
The skin was extremely dehydrated and broken out. I told the client that I might not be able to do much more for her, and that she would need more medical hormonal intervention. She wanted to keep using the products. A water-based hyaluronic hydrator was added to help alleviate the dehydration, but not affect the efficacy of the BPO. Her treatment was an enzyme and steam.
Home care regimen.
Morning: Cleansing gel; moisturizing toner; 8% mandelic serum; water-based hyaluronic hydrator; 5% BPO gel to spot-treat cysts; sunscreen
Evening: Cleansing gel; LED therapy; moisturizing toner; 8% mandelic serum; water-based hyaluronic hydrator; 5% BPO gel; 5% BPO gel with 3% sulfur to spot-treat cysts
Treatment: weeks 13–14.
Miracle! The skin wasn’t dry and was 80% clear; it had finally turned the corner. The BPO gel was increased to 10% for the client’s evening regimen to ensure that the inflammation was kept under control.
Case study: No. 2—Teenage client with hormonal symptoms
This client was a 16-year-old with severe inflamed acne, but it seemed more severe than just regular inflamed acne. Her menstrual cycle had been very irregular. She had been on strong antibiotics and, when she stopped them, her acne got much worse. Her dermatologist suspected she may have suffered from gram-negative folliculitis, which is a more severe form of acne lesions. This can occur when a person has been on antibiotics for a long time.