I never suffered with my skin as a teenager. I experienced occasional flare-ups as many teenagers do but for the most part, my skin was never a concern. As luck would have it the year I turned thirty I began to suffer from Acne prone skin. I can remember feeling confused, ashamed, and often distraught. When I got engaged and began planning a wedding the worry became a huge burden. Fear of a pre-wedding breakout loomed over me whenever I’d think of the day approaching and I felt powerless as to how to resolve it. I considered medication but opted out after concern of sun exposure (I was to head off to Italy and Greece on my honeymoon and didn’t want to sacrifice the ability to be in the sun). A close friend and my editor, Kendra Leaver-Rylah recommended I go to the Dr. David Jack Clinic for a facial with Izabela Pawlitka and consultation with Dr. David Jack. So three months before my wedding I booked my first appointment.
Izabela made me feel instantly comfortable during the consultation. We discussed my skin concerns, history and goals. I was diagnosed with mild but persistent adult acne prone skin and Izabela was confident that I would be able to see a substantial improvement ahead of my wedding day. After the first facial Izabela also made some invaluable suggestions for my at-home skin care regime suggesting products that would help to calm and hydrate my skin.
The bespoke facial by Izabela Pawlitka is an entirely personalised treatment designed to target each individuals skin issues. After the consultation, Izabella determines the best treatment for your skin using a range of techniques including a bespoke blended chemical peel, radiofrequency, extractions and lymphatic drainage massage.
For my skin Izabella started the treatment with a thorough cleanse followed by an exfoliation using gentle acids – Azelaic, Mandelic & Lactic. Once the acids were neutralised a warm mask was applied to prepare the skin for extraction. After extraction (which Izabella makes as painless as possible) the face is massaged to hydrate the skin, reduce muscle tension and provide a natural glow. Izabella also used the TheraClear acne treatment to target P acne bacteria as well as mesotherapy to increase my skins hydration at water level, increase antioxidants and reduce inflammation.
I had four facials in the run-up to my wedding. Each one was roughly a month apart with the final one the week before my wedding day. Although suffering from acne, my skin was also incredibly dry. Izabela recommended simplifying my skincare regime and suggested products to hydrate the skin. I switched to a simple hydrating cleanser, introduced Vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to my morning routine, and started to use the Dr. Jack All Day Long Daily Moisturiser with SPF 50. Izabella also suggested using the Dr. Jack Good Night Cream as the sole product for my evening routine. My consultation revealed that my evening skincare regime was incredibly inconsistent as a result of often working or socialising till late in the evening. Switching to the Dr. Jack Good Night Cream was a complete game changer for me and I saw an instant improvement in my skin. The cream contains a 4th generation retinoid along with a specialised peptide and antioxidant complex that boosts cellular repair and works to prevent breakouts without causing irritation.
“I find that my patients tend to struggle with the unwanted side-effects of retinoids, which is often unnecessary with newer forms of Vitamin A, particularly when they are combined with other active ingredients. With my Good Night cream, I combined a gentle, non-drying retinoid with a number of synergistically active antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to support the skin as it renews.” – Dr.Jack
My skin was the best it had been in years following my first facial with Izabela and I committed to the treatment immediately. Even though the redness was incredibly minor I always arranged my facials in the afternoon allowing for an evening with no social engagements so that my skin could benefit fully from the treatment with no make-up. With each facial, my skin improved. I no longer suffer from the large painful breakouts that I experienced pre-treatment and my overall complexion has continued to improve. I felt truly comfortable in my skin on my wedding day and for the first time in a long time was not worried about my spots. Adult acne is a reality that many struggle with. In truth, it may be something I will be managing all my life but the transformation in my skin following my treatment at the Dr. David Jack Clinic and Izabela has been instrumental in reaching a place that I am truly happy with. I’ve also been adding the Dr. Jack Bioclear supplement to my smoothies. It is full of a host of good stuff and tastes like chocolate!
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