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A Remedy for Acne Scarring (and much more)

The reason that I first entered into the field of skin care was a lifelong struggle with acne. Beyond the physical discomfort, I deeply understand the emotional toll that constant breakouts take on your mental well-being. It wasn't until my thirties that I finally really got a handle on everything, after working in the field for over ten years. I believe in a balanced approach using chemical peels, targeted light therapy, extractions, a good look at the diet, and a no-bad-thoughts-about-the skin approach. I have a high success rate in getting my beautiful client's skin balanced, and I believe it's from this tiered approach.

A bittersweet realty of acne is you are often left with the reminders of your success. Acne scars are like the ghosts of your hormonal younger years. I brought on micro-needling/micro-channeling last month to treat many skin conditions, scarring at the top of the list. I used to have to suggest deeper laser treatments with profound side effects and downtime to help with scarring. No longer. The photos below show a 22 year-old male before and after 4 treatments.

I am so excited and honored to be offering this treatment at Remedy. If you are a current client, you do not need to book a consultation before your micro-channeling appointment. If you are new to Remedy, let's talk and let me get to know you and your skin a bit first. Book a 30 min consultation or an Alchemy or Clearing facial first and we'll go from there!

Yesterday I had needles in my eyelids, nbd.
5 minutes after the needles in the eyelids. Given what had just happened, the worst thing that I see in this photo is that my lipstick is smudged.

5 minutes after the needles in the eyelids. Given what had just happened, the worst thing that I see in this photo is that my lipstick is smudged.

As someone who has struggled with acne scars left over from some brutal teenage years, mIcro-needling has long been on my radar. I have friends and colleagues who have tried it, with fabulous results, but after seeing someone receive the treatment earlier this year, I lost quite a bit of interest. The poor woman was bloody. She actually had blood dripping down her face. There was no way I was going to put myself through that.

The science though, the science is there. I believe micro-needling is set to take away our reliance on the heavy duty lasers and light machines, and it will do so with none of the downtime and cost associated with laser. We used to believe we had to absolutely torture the dermal layer of the skin to stimulate the fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Not so, says current science. According to the gentleman I spoke to yesterday, we just need to tickle the Dermal-Epidermal junction to stimulate cytokines to send stem cells out for repair and to encourage collagen production. The same results, with less pain. 

For my treatment yesterday, I was prepped with a mild numbing cream. It took about 15 minutes for me numb up, during which time my technician worked the cream into my skin with some deft massage movements. This helped the cream penetrate while helping me relax. I was still thinking of the poor woman I had seen receive the treatment. Turns out, there's different types of micro-needling.

I had nothing to worry about. In just a year, the science and technology has improved so much, that my experience was pretty much blood-free. The needles come down at about 90 per second and are .25 mm long. It feels absolutely bizarre. it's not at all painful, but it's not relaxing. It felt like results. It felt like I'm-gonna-look-better and for that, I'll put up with quite a bit. 

He went over my entire face and neck, paying special attention to places that needed a bit more encouragement, i.e., that looked old or had visible scars. He finished with my eyes. Whoa... the eyes. He had me keep my eyes open while he had the lower lid secure and then treated right up to my lash line. With my eyes open!  Then he treated the upper lid. There were needles right over my eyeballs! Stamping into my skin! That was the part where I had to summon every ounce of Hawaii-learned chill I had in me. Every ounce of vanity too.

The whole treatment took about 45 minutes, start to finish. It wasn't at all painful. It was fascinating above all else. Simply fascinating- and something I am so stinkin' excited about as the future of skincare. I left looking a bit sunburned, and today my skin is more sensitive and a bit more pink than usual. You need to take care post-treatment to keep good products on the skin and bacteria off. As soon as I got home, Daisy ran up and put one dirty puppy paw on my cheek and I thought I was done for. 

As an esthetician, I feel very strongly that your time with me shouldn't just be about relaxation. I want you to walk out of my studio looking good BUT I'll assign you homework (home care and a course of action) to actually change your skin, not just make it look good for the day. This tool is the way to dramatically change the skin. Watch this space for micro-needling to come to Remedy!


Self-Care before everything else

I know that we are all so busy. Kids, partners, jobs, making the world a better place... this all takes time, sometimes it feels like it takes all the damn time I've got in a day, in a week, in a year. BUT there's always more time, and it's such a relief once you finally accept it and start enjoying that time. Close the facebook tab, close instagram. Turn off the tv. There's hours right there- hours that are now yours. YOUR TIME- not marketing telling what to buy, how to look, what's cool now, what everyone else is doing. They belong to you. Shutting off those devices just rewarded you big time. I talk to almost every client about how they're practicing self-care. I feel like sometimes we just need someone else to give up permission to put ourselves first. We are good to no one else if we're not good to ourselves.

Here's a little list of my favorite forms of self-care:

1. Pay your body monthly with a massage or facial. You pay your utility bills without a thought, make your body a utility. It has to get paid for all the work it does for you! Having that appointment on your schedule to look forward to all month will do wonders for your soul.

2. Group fitness classes. I love to run, have done it with joy since high school. It's a very solo activity though and I feel it's important to supplement with group fitness activities so that I'm smiling, connecting, and sometimes struggling, with others. My current favorite classes are at BYSE4, down the street from my home. Emma's barre class leaves me sore for days and I love it.

3. Sleep (or fake it). In my next life I will be a sleeper. This life? It's a struggle and the struggle is real. I do best when I have evening rituals: walk the puppy, shower, turn on the humidifier, spray some Dream Weaver Mist, keep the room cool, read a book. I try and keep a good a attitude about sleep, even if it's elusive. If I haven't slept well, I will still workout, smile at people around me, and just push through. I pretend! Science backs me up on this:

4. Socialize. Being around people, hopefully those who inspire you with ideas and deeds to be better, is the best medicine. When I travel alone, I always sit at the bar to eat and talk to those around me. It's one of my favorite rituals and I've had beautiful discussions with people this way. I also socialize with a bunch of really fun kids through my volunteer work. Kids keep it real.

5. Eat real food. What is it that MIchael Pollan said? "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

And take a probiotic and Vit D every day :-)



Hyaluronic FTW

I believe that Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most effective and important ingredients in skincare today. In every single facial that I perform, I add in Hyaluronic in some form to give the skin that much more hydration, glow, and lift. The Remedy Signature involves smart exfoliation and the most sophisticated delivery of Hyaluronic to the skin that I have come across in my years as an esthetician. Hyaluronic has the ability to hold 1000x its weight in water. You can imagine what that can do to lift cheeks and plump lips!

In this article, The New York Times does a good job of breaking down the virtues of this wonder ingredient.

Bio-available, lifting, hydrating, collagen-boosting, and an ingredient that our bodies absolutely recognize and love.