About Elaine Mummery
Establishing my first acne/skin clinic
I opened my first acne/skin clinic on October 2007 in Glasgow. I opened my second in London 2 years later. I closed my clinics to move my family to France in 2014, where I am registered as a naturopath and continue to run my clinic online.
I am the author of the book “The essential guide to getting rid of spots and acne“. My book was generally a gathering of information plus some of my own advice based upon the patients I had treated up until its release in 2008. As I continued to work at my clinic, it was becoming apparent that I had a lot more research to conduct and it had to be independent research based upon what was working and not working with my patients.
The reality was that I had no accurate scientific medical research to work from.
What you may not realise is that in the 1950s a theory as to what causes acne what put forward by some doctors. The theory was based upon the idea that excess hormones create excess sebum that blocks pores. When the pore is blocked it can create many different types of spots.
There is no scientific evidence to back up the theory that all acne is caused by blocked sebum
The problem with this theory is that it remains a theory. There is zero scientific evidence to back this up.
From working with 100s of patients over the past 10 years I can say without any doubt, that this theory is incorrect. The problem is that with each attempt to create new drugs or vaccines for acne, doctors continue to work with an incorrect starting point. This false belief that all acne can be treated in the same manner is what is stopping acne patients from being provided with a long term solution.
Finding my own starting point based upon scientific fact not theory
For my clinic to be successful, I had to find an accurate starting point.
With each patient, I noted all of their health problems. I noted the type of spots that were appearing and where they were appearing. I built up my own database.
From that point. I worked with what I knew. For example, I knew that some patients were unable to digest the sugar in milk. This caused large deep pustules on the cheeks. I put a plan in place to allow for the digestion of dairy and to correct the cause of the problem long-term.
I knew for same patients that they were unable to digest fat. This caused very painful spots. So again I put a plan in place to allow for them to digest fat and a further plan to resolve the problem long-term.
For other patients, it took me a lot longer to resolve their skin issues. For example, it took me many years to be able to resolve the little sprinkling of spots under the skin that can appear on the forehead and cheeks. It took me a little longer to understand why I could clear cystic acne for some and not for others.
By continuing to study what worked and what didn’t, gradually I was able to create skin plans that worked for every one of my patients.
What was very clear from my research was that:
- Acne had to be treated on a consultation basis
- A hair test had to be provided to allow me to identify nutritional deficiencies
- A blood test had to be provided to allow me to identify nutritional deficiences
- The type of spots had to be identified to provide me information on the health of the patients stomach
- Health issues going back to childhood had to be identified
- Current health issues had to be identified
- Acne medication and other prescription drugs had to be identified to ascertain the side effects from the use of these
In this manner, I was able to provide each patient with a skincare plan that boosted their overall health and in turn allowed their skin to clear quickly and safely. This is how I continue to work.
The medical world have done a tremendous job of promoting the idea that any practitioner who works with the use of vitamins and minerals to heal the body are quacks and that pharmaceutical drugs are the ‘scientific’ way forward.
Isn’t it fascinating that for years doctors dedicated their lives to uncovering how the body worked. They identified the chemicals in the body that allowed it to function. These chemicals were named and allowed the general public to understand the functions of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids in the body. This information is well documented. Yet, the medical establishment have turned their back on this and our doctors are provided with very little training on how to heal the body naturally.
Yet when was the last time your GP checked to see if you were missing any of these nutrients?
95% of my patients are deficient in vitamin D
40% are deficient in iron
45% are deficient in vitamin b12
90% are deficient in magnesium
40% are deficient in zinc
And yet, whilst some doctors are willing to process simple blood tests for my patients, others flatly refuse. Even when I provide a letter to state why this is necessary, they still refuse. Instead these doctors continue to promote acne drugs despite knowing that these are not working for their patient.
In reality it is far better when my patient has an open minded GP that is willing to conduct the necessary blood tests. Health practitioners in reality should be working together for the health of their patients.
The importance of working with medical facts
I work very differently to many health practitioners. This is because I have been willing to think differently and have ran with what has worked for my patients and continues to work. In this regard I attract patients who think differently. My patients want the root cause of their acne identified and treated. That is what I do. They want to feel amazing and look amazing. This is the service that I provide. They believe that acne medication has limited value. That too is my findings. They want to work with someone who will listen to how they really feel and a practitioner who cares. At my clinic, every single patient is of utmost importance to me.
Limited Consultations each month
I work with a limited number of patients each month. Generally there is a 3 week waiting time. Do not let this put you off from speaking to me. If you would like me to resolve your skin issues to allow you to feel and look amazing, please get in touch. I also work with patients who wish to increase energy levels and those who wish to resolve stomach and digestion issues.
With very best wishes