Case study: Fumi’s 5-month transformation from breakouts to glowing skin

Snapshot : 

Fumi was a 45-year-old woman living in the US with dry skin, constant breakouts, eczema and dark spots. 


Fumi had always had breakouts but they had suddenly become much worse. So she was at a loss for what to do.

Her previous strategy of buying any random skincare product based on recommendations wasn’t working. So she needed to do something different.

All she wanted was for her skin to clear up and not feel embarrassed each time she went out.

The Solution:

Her Friend Moe noticed how badly her skin was doing and asked her to contact me. Moe discovered me after @diaryofanaijagirl DANG reposted my video on her skincare products. Her friend Moe had booked a consultation and had excellent results, so she suggested Fumi speak with me. When she learned how much Fumi’s skin improved she booked a consultation. 

We decided to go with the ELITE consultation which came with a video session and one follow-up session.

The steps

Step 1:

Because Fumi had dry skin the first step was to ensure that her skin was well moisturized and hydrated meaning no treatments aka actives at this stage. 

I curated her current skincare product stash and removed all offending products ( acids, retinol and enzymes ). I added products that helped repair her damaged skin barrier (ceramides, NMF, fatty acids, urea and colloidal oatmeal ). These would get us to our goal of hydrated skin. 

Suggested products

  1. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
  2. Hada Labo Premium hydrating lotion
  3. COSRX Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream

Step 2:

After a month of focusing on hydration, we moved on to dealing with her acne. Here we used a a combination of salicylic acid and retinol to get her skin under. Bear in mind because her skin is dry there had to be a balance of controlling acne while preventing her skin from drying out. That is why we didn’t use Benzoyl peroxide which is much more drying to the skin.

Suggested products

  1. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
  2. The Ordinary  Retinol 1% in Squalane

Step 3 :

The next step was dealing with her hyperpigmentation using a combination of exfoliants, retinol and tyrosinase inhibitor 4% hydroquinone. This whole process took about 5 months which meant Fumi booked multiple sessions. 


A black woman with a high ponytail smiling

And 6 months down the line she went from this to this. This is what she had to say about our sessions.

Her words ‘‘I no longer look exhausted with bumps ‘’

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