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Dealing with adult Acne: My Tretinoin treatment update

Just recently, a lot of people have been asking me how my skin looks under my makeup after using Tretinoin since mid July. I wanted to share my progress images with you and let you know how I’ve found the Retin-A treatment so far.

When I first started using the treatment gel, my skin looked extremely irritable and was prone to severe breakouts. I started using Tretinoin as a last option after nothing else worked for me – you can read about my experience from days one to five in my Retin-A for Problem Skin post here.

Tretinoin update

As you can see from the images above, my skin has vastly improved since I started using Tretinoin although I still do get the occasional breakout. I’ve found that my skin is still getting used to the treatment and every ten or so days, my skin will once again start to peel in certain places and appear flaky for a few days. I’ve found that Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is an absolutely amazing moisturiser for these times and really helps to heal the skin once again.

My skin seems to be slowly improving week by week, but it’s still not quite as clear as I’d ultimately like it to be but these things take time and it’s better to use strong treatments such as these sparingly and sensibly to prevent damage or the dreaded flaking!

A recent makeup photograph - my skin looks smoother and is less prone to breakouts

A recent makeup photograph – my skin looks smoother and is less prone to breakouts

I’d really recommend the treatment to anybody who is suffering from acne or fine lines and wrinkles, it’s really worked quite amazingly for me and it will hopefully continue to do so and continue to give me my skin confidence back.

Have you tried Tretinoin? How have you found the treatment?

 

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2014.

Ashley - April 10, 2016 - 8:02 pm

Great progress! Are you still using this product?

Rachael Divers - April 23, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Hi Ashley! I’ve since been switched to Erythromycin and Duac cream! Still battling away I’m afraid! xoxo

Ashley - May 14, 2016 - 12:41 am

Aw! You had great and fast results!

I’m on wk 5 and I feel like my skin is the same along with sideside effects haha

I was given a topical antibiotic but opted not to use it bc the pamphlet said not to use if you don’t respond well to antibiotics (even though it’s topical) and for me I don’t.

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SFX Makeup Lessons at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

With Halloween fast approaching, many ladies and gentlemen (and children!) have been asking me for tips and tricks to perfect their ghastly makeovers this year.

SFX makeup lessons also make a fabulous gift – got children who love the gorier side of life? Bring them along to learn some cool new tricks to impress their friends this Halloween!

For £100, you will gain:

  • Up to two hours one-to-one personal SFX makeup lesson with myself
  • Guidance on how to create two looks – one glass wound and one acid/burn wound complete with sizzling effect – or one completed look from my Halloween/SFX gallery above!
  • One-to-one guidance on the best products for each look and the best suppliers within the UK
  • Simple tips and tricks to create the goriest wounds with ease

Sit back and learn how to create two gory Halloween wounds before taking the lead and creating the look for yourself under expert guidance. Or help to create one full look from the Halloween/SFX gallery above. Learn which products work great for different types of wounds and take away a list of the best suppliers within the UK where you can get your SFX fix this October.

Contact me today to book your SFX makeup lesson and pump up the gore for this Halloween!

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Look one: Glass wound

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Look two: Acid burn

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When manicures turn dangerous: Allergic reactions and the importance of client assessments

For years now I’ve absolutely loved visiting salons to have my nails manicured and prettied up with a splash of gel. For the most part, I’ve usually used Calgel – the same system I trained with and also used to apply to my own clients who visited for a little pamper.

I recently visited a salon* who use Bio Sculpture instead and who I have never had a problem with in the past.

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Infected cut on my little finger nail wall. Image taken on Monday 15th September on my iPhone.

 

I visited the salon on Friday afternoon in order to have my current Bio Sculpture nails infilled, this time I was put with a different therapist who I have never met before. The therapist started to work on my nails, filing down, cutting cuticles and also cutting back my nail wall which I have never had done before and was always trained not to do with Calgel for risk of infection and causing damage.

After my nails were painted, my therapist applied CND Solar Oil to my cuticles which I don’t recall having on the last time (and isn’t on images of my nails that I sent to my mum right after my last appointment). The therapist also sold me a bottle of the Solar Oil and explained that it contained Vitamin E and Jojoba oil to nourish my cuticles and prolong the life of my gel nails. She instructed me to apply it nightly to keep my nails and cuticles in great condition.

 

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My nails straight after my last appointment with a different therapist on 27th August 2014 at 12:51. This is how my cuticles should look.

 

That afternoon after leaving the salon, my nails felt tingly underneath the nail bed and appeared to be quite red and sore around the mantle. I put it down to the nail trauma of having the cuticles and walls cut and didn’t really think much of it until later on that night. I woke several times in the night with a throbbing pain in my nails along with swelling, itching and irritation and noticed that one of my nails was actually weeping.

 

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Extremely sore cuticles and nail walls – image taken on Saturday 13th September on my iPhone

 

I knew something was far wrong so searched up CND Solar Oil online and was absolutely horrified to see that it contained Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis – Sweet Almond Oil. The reason for my horror is that I have an extremely severe nut allergy which causes an anaphylactic reaction when ingested, due to my sensitivity to nuts, I also have to avoid this in any products that make contact with my skin due to the allergic reaction it causes.

 

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Extremely sore cuticles and nail walls – image taken on Saturday 13th September on my iPhone

 

I spoke to the salon on Saturday afternoon and discussed my reaction with the manager and pointed out that a client assessment had never taken place. I was told that every other treatment in the salon requires an assessment but that nail treatments do not. Calgel training and other nail training I have undertaken in the past taught us that client health and safety is paramount importance and stressed the need for an assessment along with checking for any contraindications and medical conditions beforehand. As HABIA (the government approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spas) states on the Code of Practice for Nail Services:

“Effective client consultation helps to determine the correct treatment plan to suit the client’s needs and identify possible contra-indications or restrictions to the service. It is important that accurate records are made at the time and stored securely for future reference.”

I was offered a partial refund and the matter was dropped for the time being.  Over the next few days, my fingers and nails began to feel worse and worse, I had to take painkillers and wear cotton gloves to protect the weeping, blistery mess on my hands and I kept waking in the night with throbbing and burning sensations under the nail plate.

 

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Infected cut on my little finger nail wall. Image taken on Monday 15th September on a Canon camera.

 

I decided to contact the actual owner of the salon and show her the images of my sore nails, and after being invited in to meet with her and discuss my experience, I have every faith that she will re-enforce the health and safety precautions to her therapists and ensure that they are completely aware of just how important it is to be aware of allergies and comply with the regulations set out for nail technicians. We are living in a very suable society, so it is within the interest of any salon, beautician or therapist to provide a seamless and safe service to all clients.

 

Another nail that has become infected. Image taken on Monday 15th at 14:00 in my iPhone

Another nail that has become infected. Image taken on Monday 15th at 14:00 in my iPhone

 

The whole point of this post is to draw attention to the absolute necessity of following proper procedure and ensuring that all of us in the beauty industry take our clients wellbeing very seriously. The consequences of our ignorance or lack of care, even for a short time, can be dangerous or even fatal. I’m sure that is not something we want hanging over our heads along with the stress and damage of a lawsuit and negative reputation.

Today is the fourth day since I had my nails infilled and I’m happy to say that the redness and swelling is finally letting up. My nails and fingers are still painful and if I catch them on anything it is absolute agony, but they are finally starting to heal and the weeping is starting to subside.

I urge anybody else who might have suffered with the same sort of issue to bring it up with the owner of the salon and allow them the opportunity to deal with it correctly and provide a solution. As with any business, mistakes can and do happen, but it is how we deal with them that is extremely important. Proper planning, correct care and great customer service go a long way to creating an enjoyable experience and retaining our clients.

 

Another nail that became infected, this time, the thumbnail. Image taken on Monday 15th September at 17:26

Another nail that became infected, this time, the thumbnail. Image taken on Monday 15th September at 17:26

 

*I have chosen not to name the salon or therapist as I don’t want to hinder the reputation of anybody involved – this post is fully intended to raise awareness of health and safety within the beauty profession, not to hold accountable or shame individuals.

 

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