I have raised some debate before on the use of topical ingredients on the skin that have had extreme adverse reactions and expressed how I base my opinions on Empirical Research NOT research that is available on the pro’s and cons of ingredients written by some, read by others that then give a platform to THINK they can discredit those that actually live and breathe what they say.
So I have decided with the consent of my client to SHOW just one of the many case history’s I have.
Victoria came to see me four weeks ago, in fact, she first called me as in her words “I am to embarrassed to see anyone, I hate looking at myself in the mirror”.
This is Victoria’s story so far in her words:
“I am a 46 yr old mother of two, I have suffered with eczema since I was six months old, my parents were told it was my childhood inoculations that had triggered it and over the years I have visited many skin specialists, most of them giving the same advice and treatment ( move to a warmer climate ) and ALL have prescribed different steroid creams the main one being hydrocortisone ointment 0.5 %.
As an adult, it had seemed the worse was over, only having the odd flare up now and again. At the age of 30 the week after my dad passed I was covered again (like when I was s child ) this lasted about six months and then thankfully calmed down again through topical steroids but the texture of my skin had always been dehydrated and prone to sensitivity.
A visit to a private doctor resulted in the same cream being prescribed and I was told to use it on my face as well as my body, when I showed some concern of its effects on my face, I was told that it is regularly used on premature baby’s and won’t do me any harm.
Over the years I have weened my skin off of hydrocortisone and have been using plain moisturising creams from Boots and Superdrug the likes of No 7, Nivea, Simple etc which seem to give minimal comfort but not long-term results, sometimes flaring in reactions again.
On New Year’s Day this year the skin on my face became very red, tight, sore, swollen and painful. I had to go to hospital and was given a large dose of steroid tablets, twelve tablets in one hit then a course of eight a day for a week. They told me it was an allergic reaction, to what we don’t know. The treatment worked but my face was left dry, red and damaged. This has happened twice more in the last three moths resulting in me going back to hospital only to be given more steroids, although the second doctor I saw told me it was not a reaction but Dermatitis. I was referred to a dermatologist in early part of March and he told me they can’t tell me what it is but dermatitis and eczema are the same thing, leaving me totally confused and frustrated, this was meant to be a skin specialist after all! I was feeling not only in pain but very down and my confidence was at an all time low, I did not even like looking at myself in the mirror.
I called Marie and she immediately arranged for me to have a consultation with her. She asked me questions about my diet – what I ate, when I ate, even how I ate, lifestyle and the time line of emotional trauma’s, she looked at my feet and asked further questions. Marie gave me mind techniques and coping strategies in how I deal with stress, little techniques that make so much sense but really take little effort, she requested me to bring in the skin products I had bought in Boots and we went though the ingredients together and looked them up so that she could show me that the skin care I was using was not helping but actually assisting the inflammation! ingredients like parabens, sls, artificial fragrances and colours that I would not even dream of looking at avoiding or knowing about.
Marie then advised me on a whole program including cutting out wheat, refined sugars and dairy and look at introducing an alkaline diet, which I started to do straight away, she recommend to only use MRL Range .
I bought the Coll-Force straight away and instantly felt and saw results, the pain decreased as well as the inflammation. I have had two treatments at Marie’s Clinic and have been takin the Coll-Force daily, along with the skin care advised by Marie. My skin has improved dramatically and not only myself but others have noticed the difference in the texture and appearance of my skin which has given me such a confidence boost. Marie also advised me on homeopathic remedies to take, which is the next phase of my investment to my skin.”
This is why I do what I do, I love my work as a skin therapist but it is treating the person as a whole that is so important which takes it to another level of healing. Educating the client in how simple changes in diet, thought patterns, lifestyle and skin care can have dramatic results all round.