Disclaimer – This is my personal story that lead to the creation of this website.
The thoughts and experiences that I share shouldn’t be substituted for professional medical advice.
WELCOME TO NATURAL DERMATOLOGY
Hey, I’m Jordan and a warm welcome aboard!
I’m delighted that you have found my website.
The skin really is fascinating, isn’t it?
Our body’s largest organ and the outermost part of us that meets the outside world. These soft layers of tissue play such a key role in our daily lives, and in so many ways.
It protects us, regulates our body temperature and gives us our sense of touch. And that’s just the physical functions.
Now think about the influence the skin has on us as people in modern-day society:
“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.”~ Linden Tyler
The skin determines how we view ourselves and how we view others. Whether its age, race, the definition of beauty or our best ‘selfie’.
One way or another, our skin affects our daily lives and has the power to define who we are.
HELPING HEALTHY COMPLEXIONS
The consequence is that a lot of us crave to have flawless skin. Irrespective of who we are and our insecurities, we all share the same goal.
Whether you’re male or female, young or older. If you’re wanting less pimples or less wrinkles.
The bottom line is you want to get a healthier complexion, right?
Well, you have come to the right place!
THE SKIN-FRIENDLY RESOURCE
ND is a resource to help you achieve just that. We provide skin-friendly tips, advice and product reviews to help you unlock your best skin.
And all by natural methods… of course!
So, we have one rule:
Everything that we mention must to be kind to your skin.
That’s right, there is no time for nasty drugs or chemical creams on this website.
YOUR SKIN’S BEST FRIEND
We give skin tips and advice like a best friend would.
A best friend is a person who cares about your feelings and has your best interests at heart.
It’s a person you trust to give the right advice.
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”~ Henry Ford
So, when it comes to your skin, we want to ensure just that.
And, this is the reason why:
I have suffered with skin issues all my life. From hypersensitive skin as a child, then severe acne in my teens, 20’s and into my 30’s. I’ve also endured breakouts of folliculitis and dermatitis.
So, I know how it feels to have unhealthy skin and I understand the frustration that this can cause.
I spent over 15 years of my life desperately searching for a solution to this problem.
Visiting numerous dermatologists, trying out all kinds of medications and treatments, but none of them ever seemed to work.
In fact, they caused me more harm than good, both physically and mentally.
INSPIRED BY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
This prompted me at the age of 30 to make a change and abide by the same rule as this website.
After so many years of aggressive treatments, I decided that everything going forward should focus on being kind to my skin.
In other words, I went completely natural:
> No nasty drugs and chemical creams that aggravate the skin and body.
> Follow a ‘holistic’ skincare routine – using products containing organic oils and biologically active ingredients that have therapeutic properties.
> Eat a ‘clean’ diet – avoiding processed foods, refined sugars, and intolerants like dairy and gluten that create a toxic burden on the body.
> Adopt a ‘supporting’ lifestyle – such as stress less, relax more, exercise and sleep well.
And, this was the result 6 months later.
Going 100% natural had finally helped me overcome my sensitive skin problems.
SHARING KNOWLEDGE TO HELP YOU
It is this journey in reaching skin freedom that inspired me to create Natural Dermatology.
As I said earlier, regardless of our situation, many of us wish for a healthy, strong and resilient, pimple-free, wrinkle-free complexion.
And I am passionate about sharing all my knowledge and experiences of natural methods to help you on your quest to achieving just that.
Because my story shows that it can be done without the nasty drugs and chemical creams.
MY 3 YEARS OF ACCUTANE
In my teenage years, I was given an extremely powerful drug called Accutane, also known as Isotretinoin.
As a naive 16-year old keen to clear my pimples as quickly as possible, I thought this medication would be the answer.
I had witnessed some of my school friends with acne, get instant results with Accutane. It seemed like they came into school one day with bad skin, and then perfect skin the next day.
I could also sense they had grown in confidence. Like they had transitioned from a teenager to an adult, literally overnight.
So despite being told of some of the possible side effects, such as dry skin and cracked lips, I was excited to follow in my friends’ footsteps and get started on this “magic red pill”.
Well, Accutane lost it’s magic for me.
It took me down a very different path. A path that I was not aware existed.
And if I had known then what I know now, I never would never have taken this medication.
I ended up taking Accutane for 3 years and it simply did not work.
THE EXTREME SIDE EFFECTS
In fact, this medication actually did more harm to me than good. Not only did it make my skin much worse, the side effect was also very severe.
– Frequent nosebleeds, waking up to pools of blood in my bed.
– Burning sensations to my eyes and face, needing to apply ice for some relief.
– Stinging hands and feet, aching joints and back pain, affecting my daily movements.
– Mental health issues*
(*This is a topic of debtate in the medical fraternity. I am speaking from my experiences).
“It’s very rare, but isotretinoin capsules can sometimes cause depression or make it worse, and even make people feel suicidal.”NHS (The National Health Service, UK)
MY DECADE OF ANTIBIOTICS
After my 3-year Accutane nightmare, and now aged 20, I was given a cycle of Antibiotics, known as Tetracyclines.
These came with much less visible and painful side effects and for the first 6-months seemed to be doing the trick.
But sadly for me, the journey did not end there. Their effectiveness was short-lived.
At around 9-months, my acne returned and I was told that my body had developed an immune response to them. So, I would need to switch to a different variation.
Tetracyclines have a number of derivatives, such as Mincoycline, Doxycycline and Lymecycline.
So throughout my twenties, I found myself in and out of the doctor’s office, switching between variations every 6-9 months. With my acne going from bad-to-good, good-to-bad… and repeat.
My physical and mental health moving up and down like a yo-yo!
MY BREAK DOWN
After taking Antibiotics for 10-years, my body started to reject all of them and their effectiveness became less and less until eventually, they stopped working completely.
And this was the result, aged 30:
But my skin was not the only thing suffering by this point. The pain and torment was running much deeper.
15-years of medications had broken down my immune system, and also broken me as a person.
THE CHEMICAL CREAMS
Throughout my time taking medications, whether I was using Accutane or Antibiotics, I was also applying acne treatment creams topically to my skin.
Such as Retin-A (Tretinoin), Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid.
These medicated creams were so irritating on my sensitive skin, they would feel like they were burning me. I would experience patches of redness and soreness, extreme dryness and peeling.
Despite these irritations, I found these creams would show some positive short-term results.
However eventually, they would dry my skin out so much and strip it of all it’s natural oils that they became counterproductive and made my acne worse.
As dryness creates more irritation. Triggering the skin to produce more oil, leading to more acne.
“Skin with acne is oily, so it can be tempting to apply astringent and acne treatments until your face feels dry. Don’t. Dry skin is irritated skin. Anytime you irritate your skin, you risk getting more acne.”~ American Academy of Dermatology: 10 Skin Care Habits That Can Worsen Acne
These creams contained such harsh chemicals, they would bleach my hair, my clothes, and my bed sheets.
So I asked myself, if they are doing that, then what are they doing to my skin?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized I had to stop using them.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT
Living with bad skin for such a long time and being subjected to these aggressive treatments, and their extreme side effects had a huge mental impact on me.
I had no self-esteem or feeling of self-worth, which sent me on a downward spiral of isolation, avoidance, and self-consciousness. Struggles with self-image and obsessive behavior. Suffering with anxiety and panic attacks, depression and suicidal thoughts.
As a teenager, I was so ashamed of my appearance I quit school and locked myself away. Missing out on prom and going to University at the same time as my friends.
Then repeating the same patterns as an adult, holding back my career opportunities and damaging personal relationships.
THE LAST STRAW
So as a broken 30-year old man still suffering from severe acne, I returned to my dermatologist and in a brief consultation (lasting around 10 minutes), she prescribed me another course of Accutane.
It felt like the last 15-years didn’t matter and the approach was to just rewind the clock back and give me the same drug that did not work when I was a teenager.
This was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, as they say.
No longer would I accept putting these invasive drugs in my body and toxic products on my skin that had proven to be ineffective. Especially, without any consideration of my individual circumstances and no investigation into finding the root cause of my skin problem.
It was the moment that I realized I had to make a change. and it sparked my process of self-study into holistic health and natural methods.
A LEAP OF FAITH
I must admit, I became obsessive in solving my skin problems and I was willing to do whatever was necessary.
Going ‘natural’ sounds a very simple decision, but going against trusted professional advice was not easy. As they are the experts, right?
To do so, it took many years of pain and struggle to accept the conventional approach was not going to work for me.
Leaving the medications and treatments behind was a scary proposition. Despite them not working, it was still a weird kind of mental dilemma.
I guess taking them for so many years, back and forth consultations had become my routine and safety blanket. I was vulnerable and lost in the system.
So to take that leap of faith into the ‘unknown’, involved extensive research and education to develop the confidence that this alternative path was right for me.
And as you know already, it most certainly was!
Through self-study, trial and error, pain and struggle, I did not give up and eventually, I found the solution.
Becoming a physically and mentally stronger and healthier person, with a newfound confidence and zest for life in the process.
TURNING A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE TO A POSITIVE
Despite being so happy that I made it, part of me thinks getting a healthy complexion should never have been that difficult.
So my journey does not end there…
I want my negative experiences to be worth something. To turn them into a positive by helping you.
This is the result: Natural Dermatology – The Skin-Friendly Resource.
Read, learn and apply my natural tips and advice to start looking flawless – from less pimples to less wrinkles.
I hope you enjoy it,