A personal trainer told by a doctor that she has the & # 39; worst acne he has ever seen & # 39; has shared its incredible transformation after trying a new regime.
Emily Keel, 25, from Portsmouth, has been suffering from severe cystic acne since the age of 12, causing depression.
She felt that doctors were insensitive to her paralyzing skin condition, which was exacerbated by polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Miss Keel has tried everything in recent years, from a gluten and dairy free diet, light therapy, antibiotics and chemical peels – but saw little improvement.
But after she was prescribed a drug in February known as isotretinoin, branded as Roaccutane, and tried a number of products, her skin disappeared.
Emily Keel, 24, from Portsmouth, who was told by a doctor that she was the & # 39; worst acne he has ever seen & # 39; had shared its transformation after trying a new regime
Since a drug called isotretinoin has been prescribed in February and a number of products are being tried, Mrs. Keel's skin has changed dramatically (photo)
Miss Keel introduced herself on the left in February when she first started taking medication in the middle of May at the end of her medication route and on the right in July
Miss Keel wrote on one Instagram post: & # 39; I feel like me again and it is the best feeling in the world.
& # 39; I still cannot fully believe that there are only six months between the first and the last photo.
& # 39; I rarely look back on photos of my skin at worst because it's like looking at another person.
& # 39; I tried so hard to be strong and brave, but it took so much energy. I was a shell of who I am now. & # 39;
Miss Keel has spent her teens and early twenties with cystic acne, a condition that caused aggressive boiling spots to burst all over her face.
When her acne flared up, hard, boiling bumps formed under the skin on her face.
& # 39; I was called names at school and I always have & # 39; ugly, spotty & # 39; felt, & # 39; said Mrs. Keel in January.
& # 39; Total strangers on the street have asked me what is wrong with my skin. Even with my partner Charles, I sometimes lose my confidence when my skin is really bad. & # 39;
Since the age of 12, Miss Keel has been suffering from & # 39; angry cystic acne & # 39 ;, which is very & # 39; painful and painful & # 39; left her and & # 39; in a very low and dark place & # 39;
& # 39; I was called names at school and I always remember the & # 39; ugly, spotty & # 39; felt, & # 39; said Mrs. Keel
Miss Keel, pictured at her home in Portsmouth, found that doctors were insensitive to her paralyzing condition, which was exacerbated by polycystic ovarian syndrome
Miss Keel, in the photo in June, said she feels herself again because her skin has disappeared
Miss Keel visited dermatologists who wanted treatment for her skin, and it was at an appointment when she was told by a doctor that she had the worst skin they had ever seen.
Miss Keel admits the tactless diagnosis was her lowest point. She said: & # 39; It was really hurtful from a medical professional; I was really disappointed.
& # 39; I thought you should be able to handle situations better or know that it will affect someone's mental health.
& # 39; I think I just felt a real mess around my skin at the time. & # 39;
Miss Keel attended the meeting with her father Stephen Keel, something he admits it was shocking to hear.
He said: & # 39; That was pretty hard to hear.
& # 39; Through the worst times and everything, I really felt that we had lost her and the personality she had lost. & # 39;
The emotional stress of living with the skin condition had previously led the personal trainer to quit her job at her local gym.
Miss Keel said: “Working in the gym when my acne got worse, I think I was really aware that I wasn't a good role model.
Miss Keel, photographed in June, had to quit her job as a personal trainer because she was ashamed of her condition
Miss Keel & # 39; s father, Stephen Keel (photo), said: & I really felt that we had lost her and the personality she had lost & # 39;
Miss Keel said that acne is a vicious circle because it stresses you out
WHAT REGIME HAS USED THE THROAT
Miss Keel was prescribed isotretinoin, which is also marketed under Roaccutane.
Miss Keel said she used Banish products
The drug reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin and therefore blocks pores, kills bacteria and relieves redness and pain.
Roaccutane capsules start to work after one week to ten days, with four out of five users seeing clear skin within four months.
Dr. Emma Wedgeworth, consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation said: "Roaccutane is still the most effective medicine we have for acne and for some people it is the only treatment to which their acne will respond."
& # 39; Although there is no doubt that some people will experience side effects, in my experience serious side effects are rare. & # 39;
Miss Keel also said that she has used Banish products in recent months, including All Mint Clear Cleanser, Banish Oil, Vitamin C Cream and the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.
In January, Miss Keel revealed that within a few weeks her skin had begun to heal with the use of a serum called Silver Serum.
It contains a patented form of silver, called MicroSilver, which is said to detect and kill bad skin bacteria, while good skin bacteria remain intact to keep skin smoother and less inflamed.
MicroSilver has been found in two studies to reduce inflammation and infections in skin lesions.
After a two-week trial period, it was found to be effective in reducing the severity and symptoms of skin infection in 70 percent of patients
In a longer trial involving patients with severe skin infections, 93 percent were able to undergo other drug treatments after applying MicroSilver to their infected skin.
& # 39; I was so self-conscious, I didn't want to give lessons anymore, I didn't always want to stand in front of people.
& # 39; I felt that people were assessing me and thought that I wasn't living healthily.
& # 39; It was a vicious circle, especially if you have the pressure to think that you should look at the job in a certain way. & # 39;
At the beginning of 2018, Miss Keel diagnosed the polycystic ovary syndrome, which can cause acne, but claims that she has had little guidance or help from a doctor with the problem.
She said: I am a personal trainer and so I do all the right things that everyone tells you to do to improve diet and exercise and weight management acne.
& # 39; I would even say that I have probably exceeded normal examination limits to cure my acne. & # 39;
Like most people with skin conditions, Miss Keel has searched the internet for panacea.
She tried an abundance of home remedies with disappointing success.
Miss Keel said: “I definitely used the internet when I was growing up and Googled how I could cure acne.
& # 39; I think there are many home treatments on social media and on the internet, such as celery juice and apple cider vinegar on your face.
& # 39; I'm sure they work for some people, but not for me. & # 39;
But then a dermatologist prescribed a strong medicine called isotretinoin, which is also sold under the Roaccutane brand name.
Roaccutane reduces the amount of oil that is released by oil glands in your skin and therefore blocks pores, kills bacteria and relieves redness and pain.
It is known for its dramatic effect of clearing up acne. But it comes with potentially serious side effects, including depressive thoughts and pancreatitis.
Miss Keel revealed that she struggled with dry skin, dry eyes, occasional headache, fatigue, dehydration, and stiff joints.
She also shares the products that have helped her skin transformation, including Silver Serum and Banish.
Although her skin has improved in recent months, Miss Keel shares her story online and will raise awareness about the impact of acne on people's mental health.
The passing of comments about her appearance has upset her in the past; she urges people to approach the discussion about acne with more sensitivity.
She said: & # 39; Someone said to me: "What's wrong with your face?" I knew it wasn't from an unfriendly place.
A dermatologist prescribed a strong medicine called Accutane, which is also sold under the Roaccutane brand name. It has produced dramatic results for the face of Miss Keel (shown in June)
Miss Keel shares her journey on Instagram after being overwhelmed with positive messages and support since she first shared an image of her acne. Recently pictured
& # 39; It felt very insensitive and I was taken by surprise. It made me very upset. & # 39;
A crucial moment in Miss Keel's life was when she first posted a photo of her acne on social media.
Overwhelmed by positive comments and support, she now spends her time promoting skin positivity and challenging misconceptions about acne.
& # 39; Skin positivity is enormously important to me because I sometimes struggled with that & # 39 ;, said Mrs. Keel.
& # 39; There have been times when I hated my face and hated what I looked like.
& # 39; The response I received from everything I posted is simply incredible. & # 39;
& # 39; I post photos & only try to document my trip, no one is perfect, we all have trouble – I try to be honest and open about those times online. & # 39;
WHAT IS CYSTIC ACNE?
Cystic acne – the most serious form of the skin condition – occurs when oil and dead skin cells accumulate deep in the hair follicles.
If these get infected, it can cause boiling marks.
Stains arise when a pore gets clogged in the skin, usually with dead skin cells. If bacteria penetrate the pore, they can become red and swollen.
Cystic acne occurs when this infection goes deep into the skin, creating soft bumps that are full of pus.
If the cyst bursts, it can spread the infection and cause more outbreaks.
Sufferers are usually in their teens or early 20s, but can be as young as eight or as old as 50. Cystic acne is more common in men.
The face, chest, back, and upper arms must be affected most often.
The exact cause of cystic acne is unclear, but it is thought to include androgen hormones.
Androgen increases during puberty and can cause the pores to become clogged.
In women, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause or polycystic ovarian syndrome can also aggravate acne.
Freely available drugs that can relieve milder acne often have no effect on cystic forms.
A dermatologist can prescribe oral antibiotics that fight bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Creams and gels that contain retionoid, a form of vitamin A, can also help to unclog pores.
Birth control pills can also help women to regulate their hormones.
It is important to seek treatment to prevent scarring.
Acne patients should not pick their spots, as this can push the infection deeper and spread.
They must also lead a healthy lifestyle. Research suggests that sugar-rich diets can aggravate acne.
Sufferers should also try to relax due to stress, which causes the body to release more hormones.
Source: Web MD
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