Having experienced severe adult acne in her early twenties, dangene understands how important it is to feel good in your own skin.
Refusing to believe the excuses from doctors who said she would just have to “live with it” and “accept it,” she began experimenting on her own skin, trusting that she could find a solution and cure herself. After countless experiments and attempts, she found a cure for what everyone else had labeled an “incurable” skin disorder.
Nearly all of Dangene’s Skinovators had either teenage or adult acne, so they share a passion for acne treatment as well as a personal desire to wage war against the poor self-esteem and self-consciousness that often accompanies such skin issues. When it comes to acne treatment, the Skinovators are deeply invested in your pursuit of perfect skin because they understand the direct correlation between flawless skin and a positive and healthy outlook.
Acne Education - Part 1
Q: How old were you when you first discovered that you had an acne problem?
I was 12 when I started getting pimples, but it wasn’t horrible- just what kids get, you know? So I started taking medicine for it and it went away until I stopped taking the medicines when I turned 22. After I stopped taking the medicine, it got unbearably bad. I didn’t think it could have gotten any worse. I didn’t know this at the time, but medicines just Band-Aid the problem. Most topical and oral medicines merely masked my condition, they never cured it.
Q: What is acne really, and what causes it?
Acne is technically an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands of the skin that causes irritated and painful cysts, pimples and/or blackheads and is most commonly on the face. Moreover, acne is a disease that is dramatically detrimental to one’s confidence and self esteem. Each case of acne is like a fingerprint, unique to the person it is affecting with a large number of causes- heredity, allergies, mental and emotional stress, hormones fluctuations and even something as simple as the use of products that aren’t suited for the person’s particular skin type.
Q: Can you prevent acne?
I’ve learned that teaching children early on how to properly care for their skin as they age will help prevent acne as they grow, but sadly not all acne is preventable. People that have acne due to heredity are born that way. For some, having acne isn’t any different than being born tall, short or with brown hair. It’s the skin they were born with. But there is hope for people who seem to be destined to have acne.
Q: How many different types of acne are there? Was there a certain type that you had?
Gosh… there are many different types of acne… and I had just about all of them at one point or another.
Q: Do you think your acne was caused by stress, your diet or both, or something else?
Unless you have a specific allergy to a food, we don’t believe that what you eat causes acne. I’ve tried over and over to pinpoint a specific cause of my acne but in all honesty I think I was born to have that skin for a while. I have learned so much more through having acne and I’m a better person because of it. I was supposed to have acne so that I would get to do what I do every day at the Institute. If I hadn’t had it, I wouldn’t have such a deep-seeded, soul-need to help people overcome it.
Acne Education - Part 2
Q: Was acne controlling your life? Did it have a major interference with your social life?
When my skin got it’s worst, having acne became all encompassing- it was the only thing I could think about. I spent at least an hour every morning trying to cover it but it was impossible because makeup just helps conceal the redness. Nothing could hide the fact that it looked like I had gravel under my skin and that my face was covered in indented scars. As my skin condition worsened, my social life slowly diminished until finally I didn’t have one anymore. It was too embarrassing to try and talk to people or go out because I felt like the only thing anyone saw was my skin.
Q: What steps did you take to rid yourself of acne?
First I tried to get rid of it myself, which I finally learned was impossible. If you are born with acneic skin, no amount of picking, washing, scrubbing or magic product will get rid of it. In fact, it’ll only make every aspect of it worse. It increases scarring and spreads acne across your entire face. It’s important for me to say that because so many people think they can eradicate it on their own and end up using all the wrong tactics. But finally, with a huge blessing, I met Dangene.
I met Dangene the day before my birthday which was also the day I was scheduled to start Accutane and she said, “No, don’t take that stuff because it isn’t good for you. Let me fix it- I can fix it.” It was like she opened a playbook for the super bowl, practically. She went through, play by play, how we would win my perfect face and ended with “Now- I want to see you every day until your skin is smooth like glass, okay?” I thought, “Wow… OKAY!” So what steps did I take? I followed her instructions to a T and showed up to her office every day excited and overjoyed at the thought of a beautiful face… the rest was all Dangene and Talya. Thank God for them.
Q: Can anything be done about scarring caused by acne.
Absolutely. Before I met Dangene, I didn’t know anything could be don’t about my dents and marks. I thought I was going to have to live with them for the rest of my life but luckily I found someone that was able to write a happy ending to my skin story. Acne scar treatment is a personal favorite of mine because I think many people share my old thought of “a scar is a scar is a scar- it’s there and there’s nothing I can do about it.” Writing happy endings to our client’s skin story is what makes our job at the Institute so amazing and truly worthwhile.
Q: Can acne be treated on all skin types?
Acne Education - Part 3
Q: Can acne build up a defense to the same routine?
Not if you’re on the correct routine. Skin needs a routine and a customized program to maintain it’s happy, beautiful state. When you throw your skin curve balls by constantly changing products and treatments or hopping from the dermatologist’s office to different spas for facials with people who don’t actually know how to cure acne, it will exacerbate the problem. Changing up a skincare routine that works for you would be like taking heartburn medicine when you have the flu- it won’t work.
Q: What are you doing now to maintain your healthy, beautiful skin?
Sharon, a fellow Skinovator, puts it a really good way: “Caring for your skin, is just like caring for a garden.” In my case, beautiful skin takes attention, meaning that I use the proper products for my skin, I don’t use foundation makeup or powders under any circumstances, and I’m lucky enough to have wonderful colleagues to do my quick check ups and from time to time perform a skin rejuvenation treatment on my skin.
Q: How has having beautiful skin changed your life?
Every aspect of my life has become so much better. I got my personality back, I got a beautiful face that I worked for and can be proud of that I don’t have to cover with makeup and I ended up with a thriving career where I get to help people become the best version of themselves. It turns out that the whole experience of having acne was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Q: Some people are against using medications to treat acne… any advice for those suffering from acne that don’t want to use harmful medications?
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