Dominik 24 – Doncaster

Since I was a young teenager I have always struggled with my skin, I developed acne and as I grew older it began to get worse. I tried many skin care regimes from different companies, many of them popular and these varied from natural and organic to harsher chemical based solutions. Some of these worked for a short time but some had left my skin feeling burnt and raw.

“I developed acne and as I grew older it began to get worse…… Adult acne is one that really shakes your confidence and self esteem as you think once you’ve become an adult you’ve outgrown it – definitely not the case!…… I wasn’t met with any judgement nor was I scolded for the attempts to help my skin, my therapist listened, gave advice (and not only about my skin!) and managed to help me overcome adult acne……. Hearing somebody say “you have such lovely skin!” is a real change for me and not a compliment that is taken lightly.”

“I developed acne and as I grew older is began to get worse…… My therapist listened, gave advice (and not only about my skin!) and managed to help me overcome adult acne…… Hearing somebody say “you have such lovely skin!” is a real change for me and not a compliment that is taken lightly.”

In addition to these products I also sought advice from Dermatologists who had prescribed me both the Pill and another medication which did help my skin and for quite a long time. I was so relieved! Finally, products that worked!

These weren’t long term solutions, the medication isn’t able to be used long term and I was glad for that fact and the Pill also wasn’t a viable long term solution and so I decided to stop taking it for my overall physical and mental health.

My skin did react positively and I was able to have ‘normal’ skin for quite a long time, with only minor breakouts every so often. I was left with acne scarring and since I work in a job where my face is the main focus and analysed quite often it did leave me feeling uncomfortable and self conscious.

I went out and looked for skin clinics who would be able to help me address the skin concerns I had, I had been seeing them on and off throughout my teenage years for my varying skin concerns but some treatments seemed to make my skin angry and worse off. I’ve had many different treatments – peels, masks, laser, just to name a few. I didn’t use all of these in conjunction with the different skin products – I was always prescribed one thing and stuck to a regime for many months at a time, but nothing appeared to be working.

A friend of mine was attending ALSC for different treatments and told me that I should go in for an appointment after I complained to her about my skin. I had started a new corporate job and it delightfully gave me adult acne after many years of clear skin. Great! This acne was caused by stress, very early mornings, late nights and workloads bigger than me.

Adult acne is one that really shakes your confidence and self esteem as you think once you’ve become an adult you’ve outgrown it – definitely not the case!

I came into the clinic seeking advice on how to cure my skin problems once and for all and was met with such kindness, helpfulness and a genuine sense of care. I wasn’t met with any judgement nor was I scolded for the attempts to help my skin, my therapist listened, gave advice (and not only about my skin!) and managed to help me overcome adult acne.

I was asked many questions about the skin care routine I followed, how much sleep and water I was getting each day and finally the treatments I’d received in the past and how they had helped or hindered results.

The treatments that I received were peels and microdermabrasion which were alternated every 2 – 3 weeks and there was also about two low level laser treatments done after peels. I also had a extractions done before or after receiving treatments which really helped unclog my skin and allow for the treatments to really help penetrate and heal the skin.

I have had such amazing feedback about my skin during my time at ALSC, not only from the skin technicians but also from friends, family and people I’ve never met! Hearing somebody say “you have such lovely skin!” is a real change for me and not a compliment that is taken lightly. After having years of skin issues and finally getting treatment that works it’s so lovely to hear and see the results of consistent treatment.

My skin has smoothed out and my acne scars have faded quite considerably since I started treatment, I only get hormonal breakouts every now and then and the redness in my face has also subsided over time. My skin is a lot smoother to look at and to touch and the thing I’ve really noticed and absolutely loved is the new found confidence I have in my skin without and with make up on – I no longer use it to cover up ‘imperfections’ but to have fun and play with new products!

I’ve definitely ‘been there’ when it comes to having bad skin and suffering with self confidence because of acne and acne scarring – it’s really not the end of the world (as much as I definitely thought it was) and there are things out there that are going to help. Your skin can cause you to feel down about yourself and believe me, I’ve been there, but at the end of the day what matters most is who you are as a person and how you treat others.

Show yourself a little bit of kindness too, your skin will thank you for it! – Dominik

*Before & after images have not been altered in any way. The client videos and testimonials used for the Get Real campaign are authentic and unscripted.

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