Two Australian doctors with the secret to healthy, glowing, ‘perfect’ skin have made prescription-only skincare available to everyone – without the hassle of going to the GP and being referred to a specialist.
GP Dr Deb Cohen-Jones and Dr Clara Hurst a specialist in anti-wrinkle and facial sculpting treatments developed the skincare products together – after realising the huge difference medical-grade ingredients made to their own skin and how hard it is for everyday Australians to access.
Speaking with Daily Mail Australia the women who have both suffered from different conditions said you don’t need ‘bad skin’ to benefit from their product, which they have called ‘The Secret‘.
GP Dr Deb Cohen-Jones and Dr Clara Hurst a specialist in anti-wrinkle and facial sculpting treatments have launched a skincare range making prescription-only skincare accessible
Nedra Vanden Driesen, a medical practitioner who suffered from melasma as a side effect of breast cancer treatment and surgeries. At the end of her first course with The Secret she said ‘I hadn’t looked at myself in years, now I see me again’
‘You don’t have to have bad skin – though we do treat a range of conditions – only prescription skincare can give you the secret glow – it is not possible without it,’ they said.
The ‘glow’ is similar to that children have and is reflective of young, healthy skin cells.
Both doctors have been using prescription formula skincare for years, Dr Clara to treat ‘awful’ acne, and Dr Deb to treat melasma, or pigmentation.
But they both admit it is more difficult to access than it should be – and many people are turned away because their doctors don’t see ‘bad skin’ as a medical issue in need of attention.
Hannah Pearson, saw improvements to her skin pigmentation in just eight weeks
Michelle Saunders, who in her late twenties was advised by her GP that her melasma would never improve. She photographed a dramatic transformation to her complexion and stated that The Secret will now be her ‘forever product’
Deidrea Bailey, suffered from unmanageable breakouts and after three months of using The Secret, her skin is in the ‘healthiest state it’s ever been’
DID THE DOCTORS EVER SUFFER FROM ‘BAD SKIN’?
The doctors are both so passionate about skincare because they have both suffered from skin conditions and understand the impact it can have on mental health. They have also struggled with getting their conditions under control and know the difficulty most people have trying to get prescription skin creams.
Dr Clara has struggled with her skin since she was 27 when she got ‘awful acne’.
‘My face was like a pizza,’ she said.
She used Accutane – which worked initially, but once it stopped she wasn’t prepared to try it again as it dried her skin out too much.
She then went on to use prescription skincare – and noticed the change in her general skin health – and began prescribing it to her patients.
She became a top-seller for a rival, international brand, because people would compliment her on her amazing skin. She believes her skin is even nicer now.
She also got mild melasma – or pigmentation after she had her child – a condition only improved with prescription skincare.
Dr Deb also suffered from melasma, she recently shared a picture of herself on holiday where she had a ‘melasma moustache’ – and her children asked her why she had a moustache, which she admits can be uncomfortable.
She also got terrible acne – and now never gets a pimple.
This means many people cycle through GPs or are sent off to a dermatologist before they can get a prescription.
‘We are different to most doctors because we see bad skin as a condition which needs to be treated – because we know how much it can effect self confidence and even lead to anxiety and depression,’ Dr Deb said.
Aside from making getting the formula easier to get – the women have also made the process of applying it less complicated.
‘We wanted to simplify skincare, for lazy people like us, we don’t have time for four steps, we have kids, businesses and friends to look after.
The doctors, pictured here with their daughters, say ‘bad skin’ should be treated like other medical conditions because it has a huge impact on mental health
‘We don’t want to be spending an hour every morning and night on our skincare,’ Dr Clara said.
And it is cheaper than other brands, which have to be prescribed by a specialist and are often shipped from overseas.
Dr Clara said the one she used to use and prescribe cost $1200 for a three-month cycle, where as there’s, known as The Secret, is just $500 for six months.
Because the ingredients are prescription only the women’s customers still have to go through a consultation process, but they can do it all online.
‘There is a questionnaire so we can choose the correct product for you and make any necessary changes so it is perfect for you.
‘Each bottle is hand made for a specific client,’ they said.
The business launched in 2020 and has grown organically from social media and through tow women’s contacts
The doctors say they would stop using the product to do their own ‘before and after’ series but are ‘too vain’.
Instead some of their patients have shared incredible pictures showing the huge reduction in pigmentation and acne after they began to use the products.
In the pictures each customer’s skin looks significantly brighter in the after photos – some also have a huge reduction in pigmentation and other ‘obvious issues’.
The doctors, left, say they would stop using their product and do their own before and afters but are too vain
‘We don’t just mask conditions, we don’t cover dryness with oils, we treat the conditions and encourage healthy skin to grow, which is the big difference between medical grade skin care and over-the-counter products.’
The business launched in 2020 and has grown organically from social media and through tow women’s contacts.
They now have more than 3000 regular customers and ship their products, which are made in Australia, around the world. Each week more than 100 people order their products in a bid to start or continue with their skincare journey.
HOW CAN PEOPLE LOOK AFTER THEIR SKIN?
The doctors recommend a skincare regime, using SPF products and protecting skin from the sun.
They say using a ‘gentle’ cleanser and a good SPF30 or SPF50 every day is important.
They say remembering to reapply, and using a waterproof product at the beach is essential.