Sonia Ford, Consulting Therapist

Acne Specialist

Holistic Acne Clearing Program-Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost?

Typically, I charge about $200 for your customized set of products you initially take home. The products last you a month or more. If you come in for a consultation only, the cost is $117.

How long will the first appointment take?

The first appointment is scheduled for about 1 hour for your consultation. Subsequent coaching appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes.

What is going to happen in the appointment?

The consultation is $117. This is what to expect:

  1. I consult with you regarding your experience and your prior treatments
  2. analyze your acne
  3. give you mounds of useful information regarding products and diet, medications etc.,
  4. take some preliminary pictures,
  5. test your skin for sensitivities,
  6. make product recommendations and show you exactly how to use the products

Do I have to use your products?

Yes. There are too many brands in the marketplace that have pore-clogging ingredients in them. Acne is tricky enough to treat – I do not want to take any chances with comedogenic products.

LET’S COMPARE

Most Dermatologists are more knowledgeable about the function, condition, and diseases of the skin than we are. But are they giving you the time and attention needed to deal with your complex skin problem? Their typical prescriptions may temporarily kill bacteria, dry up the sebum (oil from the sebaceous gland), or exfoliate your skin, but the side effects range from quite irritating to extremely dangerous. And are they contacting you regularly to monitor your progress, or even returning your calls of desperation when the program is not working as it should?

Spas have beauticians that are trained in treating the skin, but how often do they effectively treat acne? They are stuck with a line of skin care products that the spa tells them to sell and even if they have taken a course or two on treating acne, they are usually much more comfortable giving a spa facial to their clients with sitar music in the background.

Medi-spas will dazzle you with their machines and technology that can be impressive but quite expensive. And for those of you who can afford it that would be fine, if it worked. But unless they are educating you on diet, lifestyle and giving you a home-care regimen that addresses exfoliation, killing the bacteria, hydrating your skin on a daily basis, making the adjustments to your skin adapting to the products, they won’t get the job done.

Proactiv and its copycats have the right idea and that’s why some people have success getting clear with their system. But even Proactiv isn’t strong enough for most of you, nor do they monitor the changing condition of your skin. Not only that but they never see your skin or talk to you; so how can they know if your complexion is light or dark, your acne is inflamed or non-inflamed, sensitive or not, combined with rosacea, resistant or rapidly responding.

Exclusive Beauty Studio and EB Cosmedicals is truly there for you. I will spend time with you and we will work through your skin type and conditions so you will see true results!

Do I take health insurance?

No, sorry.

How does my system work?

My system works by taking into account the type of acne you have, the type of skin you have and how fast your skin adapts to products. I keep pushing the skin to clear with products that penetrate the pore where acne starts. I don’t push it past its tolerance however, because I don’t want your skin dry and irritated. The products prevent the new acne lesions from forming and in about three months your acne is under control.

What if I’m on other prescription products?

I require you to stop your prescription products. I have found that they make the skin much too sensitive to use my system. There-fore I generally do not recommend the use of any of them with my regimen.

Can I combine your regimen with another one that I have been on?

Acne is challenging enough to get under control. In order to eliminate the variables, I require that you use only my products. I don’t want to have to wonder if an outside product is causing a problem.

How long does it typically take to get clear?

If you do your home care exactly like I tell you to you will most likely be clear in about three to four months. Some people might take a little longer depending on the nature of their acne.

Am I going to have to use these products forever?

You will need to use products to control your acne until you outgrow acne; and no one knows when that is. Many people do outgrow acne, but I am unable to predict when, so you may have to use them for a while to manage your acne, but not forever.

What is the youngest age that you take clients?

I will take clients at whatever age they are breaking out. Acne does not discriminate – neither do I.

Is there anything that takes the redness away?

I have a calming serum, calming mask and mineral makeup that reduces and covers the red while still looking very natural. Unfortunately, there is no product that will completely take redness away immediately. Only time can do that. Redness fades very gradually; and the acne usually goes away long before the redness from acne lesions subsides.

Are doctors on staff?

I do not have any doctors on staff. How am I different from doctors? I have more time to spend with you than a busy doctor. I can listen to all of your skin care concerns. I keep updated with the latest research about acne. I have the best and most effective acne products that do not require a prescription. I am compassionate, empathetic and have also had acne, so I know what you are going through. I give you honest and straightforward answers to all of your skin care questions; and if I do not know the answer, I will do research. I keep in close contact with you throughout your process of getting clear; making sure that your home care is working properly, and your skin is responding.

What if I am pregnant?

I can still treat you for acne, but first you will have to get a list from your doctor as to what ingredients they want you to avoid.

Do you treat scarring?

It depends on what you mean by scarring? If you have dark spots, then yes, those will be treated along with the acne. If you have pitted scars, then no, that is treated by a medical doctor.

Do you treat bumps on the arms aka keratosis pilaris?

Yes, I do treat this condition with pretty good results.

Do you offer a family discount?

No but I have a referral discount – for every person you refer to me, I give you $50 in product or treatment.

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