If there’s something I receive numerous questions about each day it is spots. It’s not so strange, as almost everyone is affected by this at some time and even one single spot can damage your mood; let alone several. And, although acne is usually seen in teenagers (just when you are feeling insecure about all the changes happening), it is very common in adults too. And it can also have a significant impact then. That’s why I would like to dedicate another blog to this. Because in my experience the right approach is often not taken….
Why do so many doctors stick to the same practices that have been used for decades? Why are so few doctors receptive to new insights? I really don’t want to generalise, but it sometimes frustrates me to see how long it takes for new information to be put into practice. Acne treatment springs immediately to mind. You don’t want to know how many questions I receive on this subject. And time and time again I notice how much misunderstanding, ignorance, bad advice and treatment there is, even though so much can be done for acne.
Acne is occurring at an increasingly younger age. Research has found that an increasing number of children between the ages of 8 and 12 are suffering from spots. So, it is not surprising that a question relating to this came up on the childrens programme Zapp. Because: how do spots actually appear at this young age? What can you, yourself, do and when should you go to the Doctor? For all readers who, like myself, have young teenagers at home, here is a step-by-step plan for when the first impurities appear on the skin.
It is already a few years ago that I met Marianne van der Gaag and Freek Koster of Touché Models. We started talking about our work as well as other things and we just clicked. It happens sometimes with people! Although, at the time, we didn’t have any concrete ideas, we did agree that, at some point, we would like to do something together. We kept in contact and now, at long last, it has happened. Yesterday was the launch of Freek and Mariannes Modelhouse, and I am thrilled, in my expert capacity, to be able to make a blog or vlog there each week.
Last Monday I was able to appear on Koffietijd in order to talk about acne. Once again, from the enormous number of reactions, I realised how many people struggle with spots and acne and how great the need is for information. Obviously there was not enough time to cover everything during the programme. A good deal of the information below can also be found in my Skin Book.
After an around the world trip with husband and kids (lucky me), I find myself sitting behind the computer once again. I couldn’t forget my work altogether on holiday though. Whether it was somewhere in the Jungle of Indonesia, the Australian Outback or a forgotten island in the South Pacific; there was nothing nicer than to quiz the locals about which ointments and plants they used to look after their skin. Just like Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I came home with piles of information but unfortunately, unlike Willy Wonka, I still haven’t found that “miracle remedy”! My children felt that they had. As after one of the locals had shown our children how to use the sap from the leaf of an Aloe Vera on a wound, no plant in the area was safe! If the Aloe Vera suddenly becomes an endangered plant I know nothing about it okay…
‘You’ll grow out of them!’, ‘it could be worse?’, ‘it’s a fact of life, you should be happy that you are a teenager!’: these are just a few reactions you may be met with if you’ve finally plucked up the courage to go to the Doctor about those dreadful spots.
It always happens; your skin is smooth and radiant for weeks and then you wake up on that all important day with a pimple on your nose. And if it isn’t a pimple, then the bags under your eyes (not had enough sleep), red patches, dry flaky skin, or the peeling skin on your lips can considerably spoil your fun.
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