Sunday, March 31, 2013

Skincare Sunday II: SilkPeel Dermalinfusion

Exciting times over here in skincare land... this week I had my very first "professional" skincare treatment. A super gentle treatment, if you compare it to the likes of intense peels or lasers, but a first for me nonetheless so I thought it would be fun to share my experience on the blog.
The procedure is called SilkPeel and it combines the process of microdermabrasion along with the simultanous delivery of a skincare solution depending on your need. There are different available formulas depending on your skin concern - clarifying for acne, vitamin C for anti-aging, lumixyl for hyperpigmentation or hydration of very dry skins. I chose the clarifying formula which is salicylic acid based. 


I've never had a microdermabrasion before but it felt very nice and thorough. A diamond-tip wand is used to break down damaged cells on the top layer of the skin leaving the fresh cells underneath exposed to whatever condition-specific solution you have selected for your treatment. The whole thing lasted about half an hour and, like I said, I felt no discomfort whatsoever. It was soothing and it felt great having all those gross dead skin cells scraped off!

Before - a post cystic acne war zone

The cost? I paid $110, taxes included, at my local dermatologist.

The results?

Slight redness right after the procedure itself but it went away within a couple of hours. My skin texture was visibly improved. Skin surface looked smoother and any annoying bumps I had brewing are gone.  The skincare solution that was infused during the procedure is intended to keep on working at improving and addressing particular skincare concerns. My deeper acne scars and more aggressive hyperpigmentation weren't improved but that wasn't within the scope of a single treatment. My dermatologist recommended this treatment almost as a "primer", before diving into a series of more aggressive peels (which I will also document). 

After - a smoother, softer skin texture
Some of the acne scarring I have accumulated over years and years of fighting with cystic acne is too deep for normal over-the-counter products to obliterate. After having my breakouts under control for the best past of the last 2 years it is finally time for me to properly and professionally address those scars!

I'm very happy with my little introduction to professional skincare solutions. I can imagine that this type of treatment would produce amazing results on slightly more mature skins in need of a good "pick-me-up"... their Vitamin C brightening version of this treatment certainly looks promising :)

Have you been battling acne scarring? What has worked for you and what hasn't?

PS: How do you feel about my new Skincare Sunday instalment? Catch up on last week's post here.


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22 comments:

  1. Wow, your skin looks so much better :)
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    1. fingers crossed it keeps improving!xx

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  2. Thanks for sharing - I have acne skin scarring too - and it will be great to find out what could help it...the photos are really helpful!

    Right now I'm using retinol-based products to see how much they can help (I've heard they can build up collagen and reduce enlarged pores)...but I know that some of the scarring will need more advanced treatment in the future.

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    1. i just started using a retinol serum, too! it's a low concentration then i'm slowly going to work up to the stronger stuff! hopefully it all comes together and makes the scars fade quicker :) what are you using?

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    2. I'm using Tactuo/Epiduo which contains Adalpene - a retinoid + Benzyl Peroxide mixture. (Adalpene is also used in Differin). I tried Tactuo last year for a month and it didn't work, but I kept reading rave reviews about it on acne forums, so I'm giving it a much longer chance this time.

      After my acne clears up and I no longer need Benzyl Peroxide, I'm thinking of using 0.5 Retinol by Skinceuticals every other night.

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    3. I used tactuo before too! i generally got more results with salicylic acid though so I went back to my la roche posay stuff for breakouts. heard great things about the skinceuticals retinol!

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  3. I'm really interested to hear what direction you go with this and how well it works for you. I have some scarring that I've been trying to get rid of, with lots of red pigmentation and also some pitting. My Dr. prescribed Retin-A 0.025%, which hasn't seemed to do much yet, but it's only been a couple of months. She also told me that for the pitting it would probably not help and that a peel or some laser action would be required to get rid of all that.

    I love the skincare posts!

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  4. That's pretty impressive after just one treatment. Is there any one thing you think has contributed to you keeping your acne under control?

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    1. having a simple skincare routine and using gentle soap-free cleansers have made a HUGE difference. the more i used harsh things and lots of different products, the worse my acne got. ever since i found the la roche posay effaclar duo, it's the only thing i use on breakouts and it's been working so well for me for the last 2 years

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  5. I can see your skin is getting more even, it looks lighter as well :)
    For me, working out has made my skin so much better than any product.
    Good luck!

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  7. I am loving these skin care posts! thanks for the helpful and detailed information Sandra :)

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  8. Thanks for sharing this Sandra. I wonder if you still use your Lierac High peel?

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    1. yeah I do! I use it every other night

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  9. Wow you can really see a difference. My acne scarring is largely hyper pigmentation, so I'm sure a microdermabrasion session would help. I know you have to keep up with the sessions though and that can get pricey. You sometimes get what you pay for in regards to skincare !

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  10. The difference is quite dramatic isn't it! Glad you're seeing improvements x

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  11. What a difference! Thanks for this post. x

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  12. This is like a miracle and as I've read in your review, I really wanted to try it. Hopefully I can buy this in the near department store here in our place.

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  13. Dermatologist in delhi will take care of your skin related related issues. You just need to mention your troubles and get the best services from the our experts.

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  14. Multivitamins and breakfast cereals were two of the largest sources of retinol , though many brands get some of their vitamin A from beta-carotene.

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  15. Some of these treatments are little bit painful and harsh but advancements in the techniques used for treatments has made them quite gentle and painless. Microdermabrasion in Dubai

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  16. I can see your skin is getting more even, it looks lighter as well :)
    For me, working out has made my skin so much better than any product.
    Good luck!
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