The one thing I was always been conscious of when growing up was the pitted scars on the side of my face. Now, aged 28, I have learnt to accept them, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to improve them in any way I can.
In the past two years, since discovering No.6, have I really started to cater for and nurture my skin. After first examination, back in 2014, I had learnt that the pitted scars, also known as “atrophic scars”, are deep scars commonly caused by chickenpox. Pitted scars make skin regeneration slower and often leads to a permanent scarring, which I have. However, I also learnt that I could improve the appearance of my scars by enjoying skincare maintenance through treating myself to regular peels and Ominlux light treatments and by establishing a home skincare routine.
After having several honest conversations with No.6 Clinic’s Aesthetic Nurses, Samantha and Haley, I had decided that the next step to my skin journey would be to have Dermaroller Therapy™. Their honest, professional, advice made me aware that some of the scars may not fade, or improve, however some would and overall my skin would be healthier.
Dermaroller Therapy™ provides advanced micro-medical skin-needling, a procedure that stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely, creating smoother, brighter, healthier, younger-looking skin. It is a natural skin regeneration and scar repair therapy. Here is my skincare diary from the past few weeks.
Picture taken: Monday 11th January 2016, prior to any Dermaroller Therapy™
Before the treatments I was on Environ AVST 4 but the experts advised me to come off this 10days prior to due to the active vitamins in this product. I am now on DermaQuest’s Sensitized Collection – cleanser, serum and moisturiser. I take 2 Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Omegas a day to help keep feed my skin from within. I also drink over 8 pints a day, I love water and believe it is key to skin, and body, health.
Picture taken: Tuesday 19th January 2016, half an hour after Dermaroller Therapy™
People asked me, did it hurt? Well, it does slightly but it is not unbearable, I often talk my way through unknown pain to distract myself. It felt like tiny pin pricks running all over my face. The forehead and the structure of my nose hurt, but there is no real “meat” on that part of the face. The sensation that evening felt like sunburn, I used a frozen bag of peas wrapped in a towel to help ease the discomfort and made sure that I kept my skin hydrated with products.
Picture taken: Wednesday 20th January 2016, day after first Dermaroller Therapy™
Slight redness and skin feels tight but I had expected this. Covered with my normal makeup, Jane Iredale pure mineral foundation, bronzer, blusher and highlighter for work. I also, as always, made sure I wore SPF – yes, even in January! The Dermaroller tool penetrates into the dermis of the skin and because it is in the process of healing, extra care and protection needs to be adhered to.
Picture taken: Tuesday 9th February 2016, No.6 Clinic’s Photofacial
This triple collagen boosting facial can promote fibroblast activity and subtly restructure collagen within the skin, this is an ideal treatment to have between Dermaroller Therapy™.
Picture taken: Monday 29th February 2016. 6 weeks after first Dermaroller Therapy™
After the procedure your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced. It can take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long lasting enhancement. Therefore 6 weeks between each Dermaroller Therapy™ is recommended.
Picture taken: Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 2nd Dermaroller Therapy™
This time the procedure didn’t hurt as much, don’t get me wrong I still knew about it, but because my skin was already thicker and healthier it was able to cope with the treatment. After the treatment I felt a little sunburnt but didn’t need the ice pack this time, just plenty of moisturiser and serum.
Picture on the right taken: Friday 4th March 2016. Two days after Dermaroller Therapy™
All I can say is WOW! Look at this improvement so far…. Next treatment is a Photofacial on the 31st March, then onto another Dermaroller Therapy™ in 6 weeks time. I will keep you updated on my progress as it is estimated I will need a course of 6 Dermaroller Therapy™ treatments.
My advice, even though I am only two treatments in, is to go for it! It isn’t just pitted scars it will treat; there are many reasons why people choose to have Dermaroller Therapy™
- To reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face and décolletage
- Rejuvenate hands and minimise signs of ageing
- Revitalise aged and sun damaged skin
- Reduces acne scarring
- The removal of stretch marks and cellulite
Now is the ideal time to have the treatments as you need to avoid intensive sunlight exposure and artificial UV exposure for a period of at least 2-3 weeks after the procedure.
Book to see Aesthetic Nurse Samantha, or Haley, to learn more and so they can give honest advice on for your skincare needs. 01892 506930/542712 www.no6clinic.co.uk
*Please note that these images are my own and I have allowed only No.6 Clinic permission to use them. They have not been altered or ‘PhotoShopped’ in any way.