My Experience with At-Home Micro Needling for Acne Scars with Before & After Photos

It’s no secret that I’ve been battling hormonal acne for most of my adult life. It took years for me to finally figure out that cow’s milk was the cause of my horrible breakouts. Since switching to almond milk, I’ve been breakout free, but unfortunately I have acne scars left behind as a reminder of what my skin used to look like. After trying countless of products to get rid of the scars, I decided to try micro needling as a last resort before I tried laser and spend thousands of dollars. My first micro needling session was at my dermatologist’s office, but afterwards I bought my own dermaroller and continued weekly “rolling” sessions as home.

Before I describe my experience, I just want to state that this is my experience on micro needling and I am not an expert or a dermatologist. Before doing this yourself, always consult with your doctor and/or dermatologist. 

What’s Micro needling?
Micro needling is when you use a dermaroller which has tiny needles to create tiny holes in the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produces collagen and elastin.

Is it Painful?
Well, you are poking your skin with tiny needles so I wouldn’t exactly call it pleasant. That being said it’s tolerable, and since you’re doing it on your own skin, you can control the pressure you are putting on your skin.

How do you prep your skin?
Make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin prior to your micro needling session. Remove all traces of makeup.

Sterilizing your dermaroller
This is the most important step. Since you are doing this at home and not at a dermatologist’s office, it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure that your dermaroller is properly sanitized. Make sure to sterilize your roller for 1 minute before and after each use. Pour some Isopropyl Alcohol in a glass and dip your roller in the glass. Leave it for 1 minute. Shake off the excess alcohol. Your are now ready to use it.

How to Use a Dermaroller
Using some pressure, roll your dermaroller back and forth on your skin, focusing especially on scars. Roll over scars several times in different directions (diagonal, horizontal etc). As you’re rolling, use your other hand to gently pull your skin. This will ensure that the needles are penetrating into the skin. If you have any active breakouts DO NOT use the dermaroller over them. You will infect the breakout and make it even worse.

Size of Needles
You can find dermarollers in various sizes but to actually see a difference in your skin, it is recommended that your needle is .05mm. Once your skin gets used to dermarolling, you can go up a size but since you’re doing this at home, pace yourself because you don’t want to harm your skin and cause irreversible damage. You can find good quality and affordable dermarollers online. I bought mine from Dubai but this is a similar one from Amazon.

Below, I’ve included some before and after photos. I forgot to take a proper picture of my skin before I started this process, so I had to go back and find a random picture, so please excuse the quality of the photo. The before photo was taken three years ago, right before I started my micro needling journey.

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Before Micro Needling

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After Micro Needling

I’ve been using a dermaroller on and off for the past three years and as you can see from the pictures above my scars have improved drastically. If you’re thinking about using a dermaroller, I highly recommend you speak to your dermatologist first and do your research on the different types of rollers, etc. Let me know if you’ve done micro needling at home. I would love to hear about your experience.

xoxo
t.

 

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EPIONE Signature Series Restoration Firm & Lift

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I’ve been following Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Simon Ourian on Instagram for some time now and have always been amazed at his work. When I heard that he came out with his own skincare line, EPIONE, I knew I had to try it. For my introduction to Epione, I decided to try the Signature Series Restoration Firm & Lift.

The serum is a skin brightener and lightener that improves uneven skin tone and clarity. The serum is actually a brown cream-like lotion that glides on the skin and is absorbed in seconds. It includes a high potency of Vitamin C, as well as kojic and azelaic acid. I have been using this serum nightly for over a month and I am in love. It has truly been a game-changer for my skin. Not only has it has drastically reduced my acne scars, but it has evened out my skin tone. My face now looks brighter, firmer and tighter. I had to buy another bottle as a backup because I didn’t want to run out while I was in Dubai. The only downside to this product is the price. At $145 a bottle it’s a bit steep, but I am still on bottle number one, so hopefully a little will go a long way. Let me know if you’ve tried any other Epione products. I would love to hear from you what I should try next.

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My Sephora VIB Sale Haul

Sephora VIB Sale Haul
1)Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder; 2)Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer; 3)Caolion Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack; 4)Tom Ford Soleil Blanc; 5)Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner; 6)Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario; 7)Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil; 8)Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling; 9)Chanel N°5 L’EAU; 10)DIOR Creme de Rose Smoothing Lip Balm  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I’m not talking about Christmas, I’m talking about the Sephora VIB Sale! Since makeup, skincare and fragrance rarely go on sale, I decided to take advantage of my 20% off discount to try some new products as well as pick up a few favorites. I am especially excited about my perfume purchases. I’ve been wanting these two for some time now, so I’m excited to have picked them up at a discounted price. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews on the masks and the much talked about Mario palette!

 

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The Original Pedi-Sox Review

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What is the one thing you refrain from doing once the weather gets cooler? If you’re like me it’s probably a pedicure. Not because you don’t care what your feet look like because they’re hidden away in boots, but because you’re too cold to have your feet exposed while you’re filing, cutting and polishing your toes. The people behind The Original Pedi-Sox took note and invented the perfect socks to bring some warmth back into your pedi.

The Pedi-Soxs are toeless socks that keep freshly pedicured feet warm and comfy. The socks include a Sox Aid Moisturizer Absorption that helps lock in foot creams for softer  and smoother feet. I used the Pedi-Soxs along with the brand’s SoftSpa Cream concentrate and my feet have never been so smooth. The main difference I noticed is around my heels. Prior to using the socks my heels were dry and a bit cracked. I’ve been using the socks nightly for the past few weeks with the cream and my heels look amazing. The Pedi-Soxs come in different materials and different colors, making them great gifts and stocking stuffers. Prices vary from $7 – $16, depending of the material you choose, but regardless which type you choose, it’s a great price to pay for gorgeous feet.

*All reviews discussed on this blog are my personal take and honest opinion on the product.*
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CLARINS BB Skin Perfecting Cream Review

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Image courtesy of CLARINS

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I am a big fan of BB creams. I have a couple of foundations that I bring out on special occasions, but my go-to everyday staple is the BB cream. Because of my acne prone skin, I feel that BB creams are a bit more gentle on my skin and don’t make me break out. Since the majority of my skincare consists of Clarins, I decided to give the Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream a try and see if I love it as much as I do the rest of their products.

The first thing I noticed is that once the cream is applied, it looks like makeup but feels like a heavier moisturizer. The cream has medium coverage so it’s great for covering up hyperpigmentation and acne scars, but it’s light enough for your skin to breath. The texture is silky smooth and very easy to blend. Once it’s applied, skin looks smooth, even and radiant. Another thing that I love is that it includes SPF 25. I never apply a separate SPF (unless I’m at the beach), so I always try and find products with sun protection in them. The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream aims to “Revitalise, Protect, Perfect”and does so with a blend of plant extracts and radiance pigments which fuse together to provide a light but effective BB Cream.

The only flaw that I found with this product is the shade selection. With only three shades available it will be a struggle to find a match. I went for the lightest shade 00 Fair, which is actually a pretty good match for my fair skin, but with only three shades, it will be difficult to match everyone’s skin tone.  The BB cream retails for $42 in the US, which is not cheap… but if it substitutes your foundation, it’s completely worth it.

 

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Lancer: The Method Polish

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The last few months have been a whirlwind for me, and my skin has been paying the price. After a lengthy vacation, I moved back to Dubai so my skin has been out of whack. As I’m slowly adjusting to the extreme heat and the humidity my skin is still trying to adjust; although it’s getting better by the day. One of the reasons is the Lancer Method Polish exfoliator.

This scrub has brought my dull, patchy skin back to life!  The exfoliator includes pure minerals and pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes that remove surface debris and dry cells. The formula is a bit grainy and not as gentle as my other face scrubs, but I don’t mind it. It does not irritate my skin or make me break out. Once it’s applied on the skin, you can feel a warming sensation, which feels very nice and makes you feel like you’re at a spa. I tend to exfoliate my skin twice a week and this has worked exceptionally well for me. This is my first purchase from Lancer and I’m quite impressed. The Lancer Method as it’s called, is based on a biological principle universal to all skin… the cellular cycle of renewal. According to the brand, by devising a system that supports this process through manual exfoliation, they are able to create a unique antiaging line that delivers beautiful, glowing results to all skin types. Sounds great right? I will be exploring the brand a bit more in the coming months and will report back soon on my findings.

 

 

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Splurge vs Steal: The Straw Tote

Splurge vs Steal: The Straw Bag
Saint Laurent Tote / JCrew Tote

I am currently on my annual beach vacation in Greece (follow me on Instagram to see what I’ve been up to) and I realized I need to update my beach bag. I need something that is big enough to fit multiple beach towels, sunblock and books but stylish enough to take to the pool bar. I love straw tote bags and these two are exactly what I’m looking for. Which of the two do you prefer? Splurge or Steal?

 

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