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A woman who has battled cystic acne for nearly a decade heals it during the lockdown

A woman with cystic acne who was so self-conscious about her skin that she didn’t make eye contact with customers has revealed how she improved her condition thanks to a range of dermatologist-supported products.

Surrey 22-year-old Lucy Morris first suffered from debilitating cystic acne and told how her condition had a ‘huge impact’ on her mental health, preventing her from going outside without thick layers of makeup that left her hiding face.

The account manager was prescribed the controversial drug Roaccutane, an anti-inflammatory drug, but suffered “ terrible side effects, ” including nosebleeds and “ extreme ” depression.

But in the end, she found a solution in a £ 300 treatment range from ZO Skin Health, a range of products developed by U.S.-based dermatologist and skincare guru Zein Obagi.

As a teenager, 22-year-old Lucy Morris from Surrey first suffered from debilitating cystic acne and explained how her condition had a 'huge impact' on her mental health. She is depicted before starting her skin treatment

As a teenager, 22-year-old Lucy Morris from Surrey first suffered from debilitating cystic acne and explained how her condition had a ‘huge impact’ on her mental health. She is depicted before starting her skin treatment

After discovering a prescribed skin care regimen from ZO Skin Health, including a peeling and daily routine, her acne had healed within eight weeks and her skin was the “best it ever looked.” She is shown after her skin treatment

Lucy was instructed to use eight different products, including oil control pads and an exfoliating nail polish containing magnesium crystals.

Now, eight weeks later, her skin is better than in years. “It made a huge difference in my life by giving me so much more confidence,” she said.

“Once you get past the red dry and flaky stage, you’re going to get such a brighter complexion that – after dealing with acne that ruined my life for seven years – I just didn’t realize I could have it.”

Lucy talked about the impact of acne on her mental health.

Lucy is pictured before starting her skin treatment

Lucy is pictured before starting her skin treatment

Lucy is pictured after starting her skin treatment

Lucy is pictured after starting her skin treatment

Lucy was instructed to use eight different products, including oil control pads and an exfoliating nail polish containing magnesium crystals. Pictured, before (left) and after (right)

She said, “At a time when I was supposed to be having fun with my friends, I was so low in confidence that I came in from work and went up to my bedroom upset.

“When I went out, I wore a really heavy concealer and drank and drank so I didn’t feel so confident about my spots.

Lucy’s eight-step ZO Skin Health regimen

Lucy has spent £ 300 on ZO Skin Health products:

  • Exfoliating cleanser
  • Exfoliating Polish
  • Oil Control Pads
  • Rozatrol
  • Acne control
  • Daily power defense
  • Daily pure SPF
  • Radical Night Repair (added after 6 weeks)

“I was a hairdresser at the time, so I worked in an industry where I needed to look good and be confident and talkative with customers. Instead, I watched the clock all day and didn’t face customers.

“Children of customers would make hurtful comments. I remember a child asking if I had chickenpox and while I know they didn’t understand it would be on my mind.

‘Once I went to a pub with my friends after covering my spots in thick makeup, but when I hugged my friend, one of my spots got stuck in his zipper causing him to bleed profusely – I spent the night crying before going home. “

After waiting three months for a referral to a dermatologist, Lucy finally received an antibiotic called Limecycline Tetralysal.

And after this didn’t work, she was finally prescribed Roaccutane, an anti-inflammatory drug that affects the sebaceous glands, which produce oil, in the skin and reduces their oil production.

Lucy's skin at the beginning

Lucy's skin at the beginning

Six weeks after she started using the products

Six weeks after she started using the products

Lucy’s skin at the beginning of the treatment (left) and after six weeks of using the products (right)

Lucy is pictured with her mother and sister during the lockdown after treatment

Lucy is pictured with her mother and sister during the lockdown after treatment

Lucy is pictured with her mother and sister during the lockdown after treatment

“The Roaccutane was terrible and really caused terrible side effects,” she continued. “I had nosebleeds most days at work, which meant I was sent home and I had extreme depression from the medication.

“I spent nine months on Roaccutane, and although most of the cooking cysts had subsided, I still suffered from stains in addition to the terrible side effects.

“I went back to my dermatologist and they gave me an ultimatum, it was Roaccutane, with its terrible side effects, or the acne.”

At a loss, Lucy’s mother searched the internet and suggested making an appointment with Dr. Rekha Tailor at Health and Aesthetics, in Surrey. Dr. Tailor helped Lucy choose a treatment with ZO Skin Health.

Lucy said: “It has made a huge difference in my life by giving me so much more confidence.” She is pictured with her boyfriend during a post-treatment lockdown

Lucy said, “At first the skin did just that and I had red, scaly skin for the first six weeks. But then the spots disappeared and my skin started to heal. It looked so much better. For anyone suffering from acne, put down the face cream and go on board with it.

Dr. Tailor explained that with the products, over time, dead layers of skin can be exfoliated, brown spots are reduced, skin texture becomes smoother, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.

“If prescribed effectively and within a system, these products can have a life-changing impact,” explains Dr. Tailor.

But she warned, “It’s important to remember that they are not mix & match products and shouldn’t be added to an existing skincare regimen just like that.”

The products make it possible to exfoliate dead skin layers, reduce brown spots, smooth the skin structure, reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Lucy is shown after her treatment

The products make it possible to exfoliate dead skin layers, reduce brown spots, smooth the skin structure, reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Lucy is shown after her treatment

The products make it possible to exfoliate dead skin layers, reduce brown spots, smooth the skin structure, reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Lucy is shown after her treatment

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