ACNE forced a mum to quit her six-figure banking job as she worried clients weren't taking her seriously.

Holly Mason, now 38, feared she was losing out on deals due to her skin condition - believing it made her look like a teenager.

After finding holistic treatments which cured her acne, she left her job in London, setting up The Skin Investment Clinic to help others with the condition.

Holly, a mum-of-three, now runs four clinics across the country and is planning to open a fifth, in Alderley Edge, later this year.

She said: "I had a very high-powered job where I had to deal with powerful wealthy individuals, and I always felt not truly confident because I felt like people were looking at my skin.

“I worked in the city, worked managing ultra-high net worth money - when you’re trying to win big mandates with millions of pounds of people’s money, I worried that clients thought I looked like a teenager.

“The way you hold yourself when you’re worried about your skin is totally different.

“Now I feel the opposite – it’s a total gamechanger for someone who suffers with their skin when you can leave home without makeup on.”

Chester and District Standard: Holly had tried using medical treatments such as Roaccutane Holly had tried using medical treatments such as Roaccutane (Image: SWNS)

Holly, from Farnham in Surrey, first started struggling with acne at 13 and continued to battle the condition into her adult life.

She tried medical treatments such as Roaccutane while doctors suggested chemical peels and using the contraceptive pill to manage outbreaks.

However, the peels left her in pain and suffering from bright red skin while she was advised to stop taking the contraceptive pill after nine years when it started causing benign tumours on her breast and liver. 

Then, while working in Australia from 2009 to 2013, Holly says she discovered a different way of life which seemed to benefit her skin and began exploring more holistic options such as supplements.

And so, she quit her job in London to open her first clinic, in Farnham, in 2020.

In 2022 she decided to franchise the business, opening clinics in Hampshire and Wiltshire. 

A London clinic opened this month, with the Alderley Edge clinic due to open in September.

Chester and District Standard: Holly discovered holistic treatments while working in AustraliaHolly discovered holistic treatments while working in Australia (Image: SWNS)

"I’ve always suffered with my skin, from age 13 onwards I suffered with acne, I did traditional courses of medication but as an adult I was still suffering with my skin,” said Holly.

“People don’t understand that acne hurts so much.

"I explored traditional medical options like Roaccutane, skin peels and contraceptive pills which caused benign tumours on my breast and liver which had to be removed.

“I found a holistic way to treat my skin using some good topical treatments from the doctor, but I also found a more natural way, using supplements to heal from the inside out.

“I’ve been through a massive journey and thought if I could help my acne maybe I could help other people.”