Read my previous post to see before and after pictures, and to find out how cleaning up my diet improved my skin –> How I Cleared my Skin (pictures included) // My Diet
As many of you already know, I am a firm believer in curing my skin from the inside out, as naturally as possible. After a number of months of eating a clean diet, I felt as if I needed to do something else in order to speed up the healing process of my skin. That’s when I began researching microdermabrasion and other medical-grade facial “treatments”.
The first few microdermabrasion treatments I received were done at a local spa where they used the crystal technique. If you’re unfamiliar with microdermabrasion, it is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. Crystal microderm literally sprays teeny tiny crystals on the surface of the skin while an attached vacuum sucks up dead skin cells and used crystals with every pass. After having that done several times over the course of about six months, I did not see any major results, except for the fact that my bank account was hurting. Just an FYI, spas are not cheap.
Then in the fall of 2016, I was introduced to an independent nurse practitioner who performs medical-grade facial treatments, peels and botox out of her single-room office. And let me tell you, she was a true God send. She loves helping kids who struggle with acne and her prices are amazing because she truly just wants to help people feel confident in their own skin. What more could I ask for?
I have received around six treatments in total from her over the last six months, so about once every month on average. I have never seen better results than the improvements I’ve seen in my skin during this time.
She first starts with diamond microdermabrasion, which differs form crystal in the sense that nothing is physically being sprayed onto your skin, but rather the wand has a diamond tip and an attached suction which makes direct contact with the skin. After trying out both types of microdermabrasion, I can say that I prefer diamond because it feels less abrasive on my skin. After that, she extracts if it’s necessary, and then goes in with a salicylic acid microneedling treatment that kills acne at the root. I am not going to lie, these treatments aren’t for the weak…. but you know what they say: beauty is pain. And without fail, I walk out of her office looking like a bright red tomato. But let me tell you, it’s so worth it. I see results the very next day, my face looks brighter and rejuvenated.
After consistently receiving intense facial treatments, I am ecstatic with the improvements my skin has made. My acne is no longer active, my skin tone and texture have significantly improved, and my minimal scarring/dark spots have noticeably reduced.
I was hesitant at first to get medical-grade facial treatments, but now after a good amount of sessions, I can say that I’m a firm believer in healing the skin from both the inside (what you eat) and the outside. If you’re contemplating medical grade acne treatments, such as microdermabrasion or microneedling, I would strongly recommend trying one out, because I have found great results. I’m sure many people have had varied experiences with treatments such as the ones I get on a regular basis, but from my personal experience, I have no complaints. I would recommend finding someone who performs the treatments who you trust and feel comfortable with.
If you have any further questions regarding my experience with facial treatments, feel free to leave them below and I’ll be sure to get back to you. I am here to help anyone in need of skin rescue!
Stay tuned for my next post in the series of how I cleared my acne: the skincare products that I use. xoxo
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