"Raised in a strict Catholic family, I grew up knowing that I was different, and that my family strongly opposed my sexuality and my difference. This played out in emotional deprivation and feelings of shame. I spent most of my time desperately trying to fly under the radar. For the most part I was lonely. Being gay was very challenging, as it was for most queer kids growing up back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. However, I knew that a happy life was within my reach – and that therapy was the answer. Therapy is a path I commenced upon 23 years ago, at the age of 22. A commitment to myself to continue to improve the energy of my life. However, therapy is an expensive ongoing process. And for many, it just isn’t an option. If I hadn’t followed my journey from beauty therapist to cosmetic chemist, I am sure I’d have followed my passion for personal development and growth and trained to help others.
Dermaenergy is a skincare line that I created with pride. Although I didn't want to create just a 'gay-brand', I wanted to proudly show our rainbow colours and lean into our uniqueness and stand with my fellow Queer family. As you can see the brand is very colourful. I am inspired by art and adore Mondrian's later work - this was the inspiration to our packaging
Although the skincare world focuses on external physical improvement, I’m excited to bridge the gap and help inspire internal development as well. Derma Energy Facial Tapping (DEFT) is one way I can join these dots. Derma Energy Facial Tapping (DEFT) is an alternative therapy that promotes enhanced energy, increased clarity, and a state of calm. Beneficial for those with anxiety or stress, it’s also ideal for anyone seeking to centre their thoughts, release limiting beliefs, and restore balance to the body and mind. Tapping on different parts of the body helps to balance energy and reduce physical and emotional pain. Your clients can have a DEFT add-on during a professional skin treatment, or treat themselves at home with our DIY tapping tool. As with acupuncture, tapping involves stimulating the body’s energy meridian points – areas of the body through which energy flows. In Chinese Medicine, blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. Tapping on these meridian points improves the flow of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues.
Tapping can also work in a similar way to mindfulness, as it draws your attention to your body and breathing. It may also serve as a mental distraction from the issues that are causing anxiety or stress.
I believe we can improve ourselves. Maybe not from day to day, but year upon year, or even a decade upon decade. The best way to feel good about ourselves is to compare ourselves against our younger self, to see our improvement and know we have grown. Improve Your Energy!"
Sean Abel / Owner
Through the Dermaenergy White Label line, Sean is committed to helping improve the lives of all minority groups, especially the queer community. Dermaenergy’s Queer Chemistry initiative has been launched in support of LGBTQIA+ communities that struggle to identify as worthy, especially in the face of discrimination.
The goal of Queer Chemisty is to help empower all those who feel different. Helping them discover that their lives matter and their voices are heard. Helping them to gain confidence, pursue their dreams, and achieve their goals. This symbol appears on boxes of the Dermaenergy White Label. As the brand grows, so too does the financial support we offer to charities that provide emotional support and promote personal growth and development. #InclusiveCare #improveyourenergy#InclusiveCare #improveyourenergy
- Charities like- https://www.twenty10.org.au/
- Sporting organisations that support mental health like- https://www.kickball.com.au/