Posts tagged micro-needling
Beauty on a deadline

I've got an upcoming special event in just over a week and the ticket was just purchased today. Deep breath...

Ok, here's what I'm going to do to get my skin looking really really good in a short amount of time:

1. ProCell Immediately. I have numbing cream on my face as I type this. Microneedling oneself isn't the most awesome, but I can do it. I have a very brave client who is allergic to all the "caines" so she can't use numbing cream. I did a needling on myself sans numbing cream last year to understand what she would feel. It's doable but not something I would suggest if you have an option. Her results were so fabulous though, totally worth it.

Doing the treatment a week out will mean any redness or sensitivity will definitely have gone away and I'll be left with nothing but juiciness. And truly, you haven't lived until you've introduced 90 needles per second to your own upper lip. Out, out damn lip lines. (book the Procell treatment)

2. Dermaplane in four days. If I happen to peel (not usual) from the microneedling, the dermaplane will remove any flaky dead skin cells, along with the vellus hair (peach fuzz) that's not so subtle in the sunlight. It will also leave a clear canvas for my next treatment. (book the Reflect Light facial)

3. Oxygen facial right after the dermaplane and then again the day before I leave. Both the micro-needling and the dermaplane will have set up my skin to be at its optimum for absorption. The hyaluronic acid infused during the oxygen facial deeply hydrates the skin, lifting and contouring everything and giving a lit-from-within glow. (book the Remedy Signature)

Got a last minute situation? Call me, text me, book online. I've got a game plan. XO

*photo via ITG
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!

Vogue Magazine on the magic of microneedling! XO

Later, Lasers: Why Microneedling Is the Next Big Thing in Skin Care: 

More often than not, the next hot thing in professional skin care tends to be just that: hot. From fractional lasers to radiofrequency devices and nearly every gadget in between, the reigning smoothing-and-tightening workhorses in derms’ offices rely on intensely high temperatures to jump-start wound healing and, thus, collagen production in the skin. But for the great many of us who can’t take the heat—as it flares up conditions like melasma and rosacea and can traumatize skin of color, causing it to darken unevenly—skin specialists are going back to basics. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the numbers for chemical peels are climbing—hello, peel bars—surpassing even those recorded at the peak of their popularity in the ’90s. But it’s a less ubiquitous old-school resurfacing method that’s gaining increasing buzz for those seeking smooth, radiant results without the stinging or flaking: microneedling—a technique that uses a needle-studded wand to drive tiny holes into the skin (potentially down to the dermis) with the goal of spurring collagen growth.

The procedure has been quietly advancing with the times, despite its crude beginnings. “When I first started needling in the ’80s, I was gripping a single 30-gauge needle with a hemostat [clamp] and poking the skin repeatedly to get at fine lines and acne scars—painstaking, but it worked,” says Cheryl Burgess, M.D., a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. The automated stamping pens derms wield today—the Eclipse MicroPen a favorite among them—make for far faster work, of course, and are considerably cheaper than the higher-tech alternative of fractional lasers, which create similar pinpoint channels in the skin. (And not by coincidence: The technology was actually “patterned after the concept of needling,” says Burgess.)

Piercing the skin by any means can open one up to infection, so trust only a reputable derm or medical aesthetician with solid needling experience (and, it goes without saying, sterile tools). While some doctors do microneedling in lieu of laser work—especially for the heat-sensitive set—others perform the two in tandem. Denver dermatologist Joel Cohen, M.D., often uses microneedling as a low-downtime maintenance fix for Fraxel regulars who “want to help their skin stay smooth and taut in between laser sessions,” he says.

Further fueling the resurgent obsession with needling, Cohen notes, is the way it enhances the penetration of whichever hydrating, brightening, or rejuvenating actives are applied post-perforation. Microneedling enthusiast Mashell Tabe, an Albuquerque, New Mexico–based medical aesthetician who tends to Naomi Watts, believes so strongly in the treatment’s power to bolster product absorption, she sends clients home from needling visits with an Environ roller to use nightly along with supercharged serums preapproved by Tabe herself. The roller doesn’t pierce the skin as deeply as pro tools, but rather preserves those microchannels to keep the skin open and receptive to anti-aging nutrients.

“I want to scream it from the rooftops,” she says. “Done regularly, microneedling will make your skin act like it did in your 20s—it’ll be thicker, it’ll glow, it’ll have the most beautiful tone and texture.” And, really, what could be cooler than that?
Dermaplaning video and one week skin check-up after micro-needling!

I am so in love with the results of my micro-needling treatment! I feel like I may become addicted. My skin looks so much more even-toned and "glowy" after just one treatment. I can't wait to offer it to you all in October. Here's a foundation-free photo one week after the treatment: 

A series of at least 6 treatments are suggested and all parts of the body can be treated. The company that I'm working with has some amazing before and afters of stretch marks on the belly from childbirth. I'lI keep you updated!

I also posted a quick video on dermaplaning as it is one of my favorites and I adore the results! Please comment with any questions or comments! XO

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!