Had a Microdermabrasion Procedure to Treat Acne Scarring
Hello fellow Zwivel people. My name is Alana Arbucci and I live in Connecticut. I am 20 years old and YouTube personality. My most popular video is of a non-surgical nose job I had at BeautyFix Med Spa in New York, New York. That video brought so much business to them that they offered to provide me with other free treatments, including a chemical peel, lip fillers and microdermabrasion. The microdermabrasion procedure at BeautyFix normally costs $90, but I got it for free. So thank you to them and now on to my review of my microdermabrasion treatment!
I went in for the microderm on February 3rd, 2018. I came into BeautyFix's office and they were immediately ready for me. I went upstairs to the room on the left. I am not sure of the woman’s name who performed the microderm, but she also did my chemical peel on another date, and I had a different woman who did my lips and nose, who was a nurse named Alla. I think they have certain girls who do the facial type of treatments, like the chemical peel and microderm, and then Alla will do the injections or more invasive procedures. The microderm is not recommended if you have active acne. The microderm pen can spread the bacteria around your face if there is active acne, so for this reason, you can't have microdermabrasion then. However, this treatment can be great for preventing acne, because it removes dead skin cells that can ultimately clog pores. It can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars, or discoloration of the skin, because it exfoliates the skin.
Before the treatment, I had not really exfoliated my skin very often. I usually don’t wear makeup every day. On the no makeup days, I only use a makeup wipe to remove oil from my skin. I do not usually wash or exfoliate my skin every day. I was excited to get this treatment, because my skin was not as soft as it used to be when I was wearing makeup, washing, and exfoliating every day. My acne did stop when I stopped washing my face and exfoliating so much, which is why I don’t really wear makeup a lot and why I kind of stopped with the crazy face washing routine I was doing every day. However, I wanted to see if this treatment would improve the look and feel of my skin.
The actual process hurt a little bit more than I was expecting. The reason for this, is that I assumed it would feel like a tiny vacuum on the skin. However, this tiny vacuum, if you will, had a rough tip, which was needed to exfoliate the skin, but I was not expecting it. It makes sense now that I think about it -- that the pen would be abrasive, because it first exfoliates your skin and then the pen sucks the dead skin cells off of your face. If you exfoliate at home, there is a chance that the dead skin cells won’t be removed from the skin, but this is guaranteed with the vacuum aspect. It did not feel good, but at the same time, it was not so painful that I couldn’t continue. It was just a little uncomfortable, but then again most things we do to our bodies is a little uncomfortable.
The whole procedure took about 10 minutes, and my face was quite red afterwards. However, my family complimented me on how healthy and bright my skin looked when I arrived back home from the city. In the next few days, I saw my skin getting less and less red from the treatment and after about 5 days my skin was looking great and it was also a lot softer than it was before the treatment. I noticed a very slight improvement in the evenness of my skin tone, but it was really only something I would notice. But I did see a big improvement in the texture and health of my skin. My skin looked more radiant (without being greasy, and I do have oily skin) and it did feel a lot softer.
Included with this review, I've attached a full video of my microdermabrasion procedure. This video will show you exactly what it's like getting microdermabrasion and I hope you find it useful. Please post below if you have and questions that I can help answer!