This could be your acne journey soon. Psst – many of the wonderful women who enrol in my Acne Clinic feel like they’ve tried ‘all the things’, ‘everything under the sun’ with a ‘graveyard of skincare products’… and nothing is working.
One of my amazing Acne Clinic clients, Corrin kindly said yes to sharing her acne journey with you today (plus her progress photos!). To help show you there is hope and there is help. You can be acne-free and get clear, calm confident skin again. Picture it. How awesome is that going to feel?[I’m also going to talk about what a real acne cure looks like]
I first start working with Corrin and I remember she tells me – I just want progress not perfection. I want to be able to say that my acne’s healing.
Corrin was struggling with acne for 6 years – she felt ’embarrassed, unattractive, a bit hopeless. I worry that I’m going to be a 70-year-old woman still struggling with my skin’.
She told me, ‘I feel like I’m hiding a really big secret from people, especially if someone gives me a compliment’.
Sound familiar? I’ve been there too.
Meet Corrin 🙂
This is where Corrin was in her acne journey when she first started in The Acne Clinic.
She was experiencing;
- Inflamed red breakouts
- Constant treating, healing cycles
- Bumpiness and skin texture
- Pre-period acne flares (but also random flare-ups at any time of her cycle)
- Dryness from using benzoyl peroxide in the past – that just made her acne worse
Corrin felt like she had tried all the things;
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Hormone tests
- Worked with a holistic nutritionist
- Green smoothies
- Giving up cow’s milk
I’m getting married next year and I already have slight anxiety about being barefaced in front of my bridal party and having the make-up artist have to look at me with no make-up on.
I knew Corrin would be wonderful to work with when she told me in our free consultation call – ‘I know my acne is due to internal imbalances, it’s not a topical skincare thing, it’s coming from inside’.
Psst, in the Acne Clinic we side-step plaster treatments like antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide which cover up root causes of acne and instead we go to the source. We identify and heal the root causes of your acne.
Corrin’s Acne Journey: Months 1-3
As soon as Corrin enrols in my Acne Clinic she completes a full acne history questionnaire, does a week’s food tracking for me and a quick at-home digestion test.
Inside the acne history questionnaire, I get to find out what Corrin’s body is shouting at us 🙂 trying to kindly communicate to us.
I discover the details of Corrin’s period health, her gut health, her digestive health and more.
Important fact: skin is this amazing organ we can see – which is why our body often tries to tell us something is wrong with symptoms like acne flares. Acne is a sign of imbalance in your body – and it’s my job to help you identify these imbalances and heal them.
Important fact #2: It’s likely you have more than just one acne trigger. This is what can make healing your acne feel like a struggle – you’re trying ‘all the things’ but you’re not healing all of your acne triggers or all of your internal imbalances at the same time. This means you keep breaking out and you keep struggling with acne flares.
I get Corrin set with a step-by-step acne healing plan which includes;
- A new healing skincare routine
- A clear skin meal plan
- A simple, supplements protocol (this is like jump start cables to internal imbalances)
To be clear – the types of changes I made with Corrin i.e. focusing on diet and supplements – are areas she worked on before.
She had worked with a nutritionist and followed a protocol of 10 different supplements. It felt like far too much for Corrin.
Corrin has also made changes to her diet before.
But still she was struggling with acne.
The Learning: even if you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and drink lots of water – you can still be struggling with acne. In fact, many of my clients have extremely ‘healthy’ diets. The secret fact is even healthy foods can cause breakouts. I’m here to help you understand how your body works so you can make the right healing changes for you as an individual. So you’re empowered to take control of your skin health.
Ready to see some of Corrin’s amazing acne progress photos? 😀
Corrin’s Acne Journey: 1 month later
I’m often asked – how long is it going to take to clear my acne? These acne progress photos of Corrin give you a great peek at how long a natural, sustainable acne cure can take to work.
Corrin’s Acne Journey: 2 months later
Month two was an amazing turning point for Corrin. Corrin marvelled at breakouts healing within days, redness fading, and her skin achieving balance without the previous dryness and irritation.
‘When I do get a spot I’m noticing that it’s pretty much healed within 5/6 days and is starting to fade! I’m super happy with how it’s going and I’m just really excited to see it progress further 😊’
- Active breakouts are reducing – wahoo
- Redness and inflammation are way down (this is a big sign of healing)
- Skin is smoother and more even
- And instead of Corrin’s skin being dry and irritated (like it was with Benzoyl Peroxide) it’s hydrated and balanced
Corrin’s Acne Journey: 3 months later
This is the magic month for many of my Acne Clinic clients.
It’s the month Corrin tells me;
‘It’s not often that I’m actually speechless I just feel so grateful to have stumbled upon your account and reached out to you. I’ve always been someone who’s struggling with their skin. Now I’m making informed decisions as to what’s good for my body.
I never thought I would ever have the skin that I have – sometimes I get a few breakouts but nowhere near the severity I had before and it doesn’t have the same emotional damage – it’s genuinely life-changing.’
I loved hearing Corrin tell me;
‘…the method you do is so sort of empowering that information upon people you’re working with. In the past I worked with nutritionists and skincare experts – they would tell me stuff and I don’t understand it – they don’t have the capacity or are taking on too many clients and so they don’t have time to explain. You’re a scientist so you have a bundle of knowledge – the way you explain the information just makes sense. I feel like I really understand what’s going on inside my body.’
We have our full 3 months review and Corrin ticks the box to say I’m seeing SO much positive change, she tells me;
- I’m getting SO many less breakouts each month
- When I do get a breakout (which is only every now and then at this stage) it clears up and heals in double the time
- Seeing overall redness fade
Corrin’s acne rating /10 at our start = 6
Corrin’s acne rating /10 now = 1
Wahoo – isn’t she amazing?
Corrin Got Clear, Confident Skin For Her Wedding Day
Corrin’s amazing work got her clear, calm, healthy skin and she had the most amazing clear skin confidence for her wedding day.
‘One of the biggest things I was anxious about for my wedding wasn’t walking down the aisle or messing up my vows or anything like that. It was like, oh my God, I’m gonna have to get up, I’m gonna have to wake up with my bridal party and I’m not gonna have any makeup on and I’m gonna have to go to the venue with no makeup on.
It was the constant like bare face thing that I was like really, really, really anxious about.’
‘…It just felt like in the lead up I knew exactly what I needed to do skincare-wise, diet-wise, health-wise. I just had that freedom of just not having to feel so worried about it, like the anxiety that I had. I think it was one of the first things after we got engaged, I was like, oh my goodness, I’m gonna have to have no makeup on during this whole process. And then (after working with you) in the lead-up to it I just felt like it’s fine. Like I don’t have that anxiety anymore.’
‘…previously to working with you, I just felt like I would always say to, Ben, my husband, like, I just dunno why this is happening. I cannot figure out why. Like why, why, why. It just felt like every week I’d be like, why is this happening? Why is this happening? And I can’t remember the last time that I said, oh, why have I broken out? Because now I know why’
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The Real Acne Cure
Corrin’s journey might look like an acne cure, but here’s the real talk: did you notice how Corrin mentions – if I break out now I know why I’ve broken out. The work I do with amazing women like Corrin inside my Acne Clinic – looks like an acne cure – I always hesitate to say ‘I can cure your acne’ because here’s the truth…
If Corrin were to go back on all the (personal to her) healthy changes we made – her acne would come back.
The word cure conjures images of a pill or a vaccine or an injection that can get rid of your acne. You take it once and you’re forever acne-free.
This isn’t how your body works. Your body is infinitely wise. It’s like your ancient elder, sitting cross-legged by a campfire and telling you – hey, pay attention to me, you need to make some changes because what you’re doing now is causing havoc on your hormones, your body and your long-term health.
This is the silver lining of acne. Your acne and your acne journey is a messenger to help you be the healthiest you possible.
Now if Corrin reversed all of the work we’ve done together, her acne wouldn’t start straight back up again. That’s because a year on from our work together Corrin’s built a beautiful resilience in her skin.
I describe this like your skin battery.
When I first started working with Corrin her skin health battery was in low power mode, it was blinking red, about to switch off, constantly needing ‘power-ups’ to help heal breakouts.
That’s why breakouts took Corrin weeks and sometimes even months to heal – and then more flare-ups would happen before those breakouts had healed.
Now after our 7 months of working together in the Acne Clinic, Corrin’s skin battery is at 100% (isn’t she amazing) – full power means if there’s a stressful time at work or a late night out or if Corrin eats something with potential to trigger her acne – most of the time – she stays clear.
But if Corrin were to reverse all of our changes forever – her skin battery will stutter, it’ll zap down to 80%, then plunge to 50%, breakouts would start again, inflammation and redness would increase, and eventually Corrin’s skin battery will drain completely.
The amazing Corrin tells me in our last call together – ‘I know my tolerance will get better over time as my body continues to heal and fill up the battery as you said before’ 😊
Which is why a year on Corrin is still clear with just an occasional breakout here and there. Breakouts which heal quickly and don’t leave acne scars.
In our final review, Corrin tells me about the happy skin place she’s in now;
- My skin has completely done a 180 since we first spoke. I get a breakout maybe once or twice a month now and when I do it’s small and heals within days and I know the cause
- I finally feel like I am in control of my skin, rather than it being in control of me
- I never thought it would be possible to have the skin I have now, the happiness and relief isn’t something I can describe. I am elated
What does an acne cure look like to you? If your definition of an acne cure is getting clear, confident skin with just natural, sustainable changes to your skincare, diet, supplements and lifestyle – then I would love to work with you in my Acne Clinic. Here’s the link to find out more and see more acne journey progress photos.
Even if you’ve tried ‘all the things’ and nothing’s working – which is what Corrin felt like when she first started working with me – know that your skin can be clear too. You can feel amazing in your skin again. And I’m here to talk your hand inside the Acne Clinic.
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist, skin health expert & award-winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. Through her 1-2-1 services and video courses she’s here helping you get healthier, happier skin you feel comfortable, confident and like the freakin’ awesomesauce you are in. Select the option which best describes your skin health here to see and hear the amazing transformations you could be getting.