Meeting Dr Stefanie was a pleasure, her presentation was incredibly informative, detailing the different types of acne, what acne can look like, and what we can do to help prevent and stop acne. There are many medicines that can prevent acne but the one tablet capable of switching it off altogether is Roacutaine, there is a lot of fear mongering in the media regarding roacutaine, yes it has it risks but so do all medicines, the only people you should listen to are dermatologists. I currently in the process of getting the roacutaine but in my initial consultation I was informed I had to be on two forms of contraception(click here for my contraception post) one being a condom the second being of what's suitable, for me the last result was the coil, I had that fitted in August and now I'm waiting for my follow up appointment with the dermatologist.
Following the presentation Dr Stefanie held an interview with a fellow blogger Em Ford, Em is well known in the blogging community and the online world due to her acne, see her video below. I enjoyed but also felt saddened by listening to Em's experience with acne.
Once the interview was over we were invited to see the eudelo team for a consultation, skin scan, facial scan, a oxygenatix foundation match and a facial. I learnt so much about my skin even that I may be suffering rosaccea as well as acne, I was given products to use as a cleansing routine, Neostrata clarifying facial cleanser (which I love!) and la Roche posay redermic R ( which I'm not so big a fan of, left my skin itchy!).
I next had a skin & facial scan that told me how hydrated or dehydrated in my case my skin was, rated elasticity, and measured pore size and UV damage. My results were horrifying, basically I need to drink a lot more water and use sun protection daily, below is my uv damage scan, the dark spots are the damage. Terrible right?
What I took away from this scan is that you need to wear UV Protection daily come shine or rain. I now use a serum under my foundation that is UV30, I can't fix it but I can sure prevent any more damage!
After my scan I had a skin match done by a MUA for Oxygenetix foundation, a breathable foundation solely made for acne. Most foundations suffocate our skin, even the ones that promise to help clear blemishes, covering spots just suffocates them causing the bacteria to grow, causing bigger and more breakouts. Since I have started to use Oxygenetix I found my skin doesn't get as oily, it has a full coverage and I don't get any new breakouts compared to the Beyond perfect foundation I normally use from Clinique. Only downside is that this foundation at cheapest is £45 for just 15ml.