If you suffer from acne vulgaris, you’re not alone. My name is Jordan Sully and it took me 15 years to finally get the help that I needed for this terrible skin condition. I know what it’s like to live with acne vulgaris, which is why I founded and Natural Dermatology - so that I can help people just like you and me. This is my story.
I spent 15 years desperately searching for a solution for my skin, visiting numerous dermatologists, trying out all kinds of medications and treatments, but none of them ever seemed to work. You can imagine how frustrating this was! I was trying everything I could think of and it only made my acne worse, along with other harsh side effects from the medications.
If you suffer from any skin condition, you understand how negatively it can affect your self-esteem, bringing you lower and lower. The more I searched for a solution, the worse I felt. I began to spiral downward. One thing led to another and I ended up with agoraphobia and social isolation, depression and anxiety, and obsessive and suicidal thoughts.
Just like many others, my suffering began when I was a teenager. Every teen gets a little acne from time to time, but mine was so bad that I was desperate for a solution to end it.
My dermatologist prescribed me an extremely powerful drug called Accutane, but it didn’t seem to help my acne at all. Instead, it actually made things much worse. I ended up having burning sensations on my face, hands, and feet. My lips and nose would get so dry and cracked at night that there were many mornings where I’d wake up in a pool of blood from it. I would also have aching joints and back pain as a side effect of this harsh medication, and all this suffering led to suicidal thoughts - I just wanted to end it all.
When the first round of Accutane didn’t cure my acne, I was given another round, then another, sometimes even taking steroid pills with it to make the medication “more effective.” My dermatologist even wanted to prescribe me the fourth round of this drug, but the damaging long-term effects made it illegal to do more than four rounds. Just like for many others that had tried it, Accutane was not working for me and only making me suffer worse. I had to move on and keep searching for a cure for my horrible acne curse.
Once I reached adulthood, it was more clear than ever that it wasn’t just teenage hormones that were responsible. I needed to find something to help me tame my adult acne vulgaris, so over the next 10 years, I tried a number of Tetracycline Antibiotics, including Doxycycline, Minocycline, and Lymecycline. The antibiotics had less visible side effects, making them much easier to deal with than what I had been taking before, and they worked well for a short time, giving me some relief from my acne.
But there was a problem. Every 6 to 9 months, my body would become immune to the antibiotic, and my acne would return once again, forcing me to switch to another antibiotic. I couldn’t keep going through these vicious cycles, and you shouldn’t have to either.
During the 15 year period, while I was taking either Accutane or Antibiotics, I was still taking other acne medications on top of it all. My dermatologist would prescribe me medicated creams such as Tretinoin (Retin-A) and Benzoyl Peroxide (Brevoxyl).
These were applied topically to my skin, and if you’ve ever used any topical acne medications before, you know just how irritating they can be to your skin, even when used by themselves along with no other medications. My already sensitive skin would burn and peel, I’d have patches of redness and soreness, and my skin was always extremely dry.
Even my hair, clothes, and bedsheets would suffer from my acne treatments - the harsh artificial chemicals would bleach them, ruining them. So I finally asked myself - and encourage you to ask yourself the same thing - if these skincare products can cause that much damage to my hair and fabrics, then what could it possibly be doing to my skin?
Here I was 30 years old and still suffering from severe adult acne. How much longer was I going to have to deal with this? I consulted my dermatologist once again, and without blinking, he decided I should go back on Accutane. I had been suffering from this condition for 15 years - no one should have to suffer that long. If Accutane was the answer, then it should’ve worked all those years ago when I had suffered through three rounds of it. My dermatologist made no attempts to find out what the root cause was to my long-term skin problem. I felt as if my needs had been ignored completely.
I know what it felt like to have my needs ignored and I couldn’t stand knowing that other people were out there struggling too. This is why I created Natural Dermatology.
It was in this moment that I finally lost all faith in professional dermatology. These invasive drugs and toxic products had only made my life worse, and I knew that I wasn’t the only one out there suffering from acne like this. I had to find an alternative approach so that I could help, not just myself, but others who were going through the same thing.
No one should have to go through so much trouble treating their acne with dangerous medications like I did. So if you have struggled with acne and are looking for a solution, you’re in the right place.
I knew that something needed to change, so I embarked on a journey of discovery and self-therapy. That was when I stumbled upon holistic and natural medicine.
There are a few things you should know about holistic health and why you should consider this healthier alternative. First, holistic health is a more positive approach to life. At times in our lives, we all face illnesses, but taking a holistic approach allows us to focus on yourself as a whole person, instead of just worrying about the illness itself. I believe that the mind, body, and soul are all closely interconnected, so when one of them is out of tune, it can send the others into disharmony too.
Here at Natural Dermatology, we use a holistic approach - focusing on natural healing in order to address the root of the problem. Conventional medicine on the other hand, often only works to treat and hide the symptoms.
Once we have the problem figured out, our goal is to help your body to essentially heal and cure itself. This can be done with a few lifestyle changes and some noninvasive remedies. A holistic health approach in dermatology is much simpler and safer, and it gives you more positive results. That is what we aim for here at Natural Dermatology.
So when I began working on a range of handmade Natural Dermatology skin care products, I had a few goals in mind that went along with the natural medicine approach.
- To avoid harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients- Severe irritation and adverse reactions from toxic products are no fun and can even make acne worse. So I wanted to make sure there were going to be no ingredients in these skin care products that could possibly cause harm.
- To use only the purest of organic oils and finest “biologically active” ingredients- The “biologically active” ingredients that we use here have been trusted and used for thousands of years for their therapeutic benefits on the skin and body. And our oils are all completely organic. You deserve the best, which is why you should only have the most luxurious products when it comes to your skincare regimen.
- To be ethical and sustainable- the world is a gift that keeps on giving, but only if we give some in return every now and then. Just like our customers, we also care about the world, which is why I made it a goal for my products to be cruelty-free and good for the environment.
While I already had lots of personal experience with dermatology and struggling with acne, I decided that there was still a lot more that I needed to learn. I wanted to be able to give people like you my best, so I began to study all aspects of the skin and the formation of acne comedones. I went on to complete a diploma at a natural skincare course, but I didn’t stop there either.
I then did extensive research on organic oils. I gathered information on the therapeutic benefits of each one and figured out which ones would work best for acne prone skin and each product type. It took me many months of experimentations - mixing a variety of oils, testing the different formulations, and determining the most effective ones - before I finally came up with the perfect natural skin care products that optimized skin health. I used these newly created and perfected products every day in a skincare routine, and I had great results. Now I share these natural products with you so that you can finally feel good about yourself too.
The new skincare regime was working fantastically, but I knew that if I wanted to further improve the results, I needed to make a few key lifestyle changes which aligned with the holistic health approach. After all, if you want to see changes you have to make a few changes. These next few things are the changes that I decided to make, and they’re easy enough that you can start today.
- Eat a “clean” diet- That means avoiding processed foods, refined sugars, and intolerants such as dairy as gluten. You know what they say - you are what you eat, - and this will show on your skin. Plus, we work hard to keep toxins out of our skincare products, so you should work to keep toxins out of your body to further prevent acne.
- Learn stress management techniques- It’s a well-known fact that stress has negative effects on the body, which means it could be the culprit for your outbreaks. I also understand that having acne can cause further stress, feeding into a vicious cycle. So, take a deep breath, do a few mindfulness exercises, remove negative thinking, and give in to accepting your insecurities and imperfections. It’s not easy to do at first, but trust me, you’ll be feeling a lot better once you do.
- Relax and get more sleep- This one goes hand in hand with number 2, but it is equally as important. Taking time for yourself has proven benefits, and so does getting more sleep. Plus when you slow down, you are giving your body a chance to catch up and finally begin healing.
- Exercise regularly- There are many benefits to exercise, but one of the most important ones here is that you are giving your body the opportunity to sweat out any built-up toxins, preventing them from being stored in your skin.
After only 6 months of using my new natural skincare products and adopting a holistic lifestyle, my skin was finally clear. I was absolutely delighted to finally be acne-free for the first time since I was 15 years old. I felt like a totally new person - not only was my acne gone but through the whole process, I had become physically and mentally stronger and healthier. For the first time in a long time, I actually felt confident in my own skin, and I had a whole new zest for life.
My natural anti-acne system worked so well for me that I decided I wanted to use to help others who were going through the same thing. So I’ve made it my duty to bring that same strength, health, and confidence to you through my natural skincare products.
If you suffer from acne, know that you have suffered for long enough now, and it’s time to make a change. No more harsh chemicals, artificial ingredients, or nasty side effects when you choose Natural Dermatology. And best of all, all of our products have been tried and true, giving real, positive results that won’t let you down. I hope my story has inspired you to finally stop waiting and make the change today.