It is a well known fact that you have to cause some minor tearing and rebuilding of muscles to make progress at the gym. It’s basically muscle ‘micro-injuries’. You may know where I am going with this. There is a treatment I have been having success with over the last ten years that I often talk to clients about. Makeup helps but it can only do so much. Doing consistent but light microneedling over the last decade has allowed me to wear makeup more for fun and natural protection from the elements. I don’t think it is for everyone, just like any treatment. I appreciate that even if it is done professionally in a clinical setting, it is not as expensive as the alternatives and one of the least invasive. I have a few clients who have traded botox and injectable filler for this treatment. It may not produce as dramatic results and requires diligence, but it is an impressive alternative.
There are different levels of microneedling
Nano needling delivers pure ingredients like hyaluronic acid into the skin with silicone tips.
cosmetic needling treats fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and some melasma, stretch marks, and scarring, depending on how deep the colour or scar is in the skin. If you have a lot of deeper scarring it is best to see a professional.
Medical needing is at a depth of 1mm+ In a professional setting and requires numbing cream for the pain. It’s the heavy weight lifting of microneedling where there is more of a risk if not done correctly. It treats very deep scars, lines, and deeper melasma. This is also custom done in a treatment often called the Morpheus 6 (depending on the machine used) which treats the deeper layers (3mm deep) of skin with radio frequency. A noticeable glow and tightening is almost instant and there is little downtime. I like to treat my skin with an at-home version of rf microneedling (which can cost up to $2000 in a medical setting) by doing a normal nano or cosmetic needling all over my face and immediately following with my 6-in-1 device, which not only provides radio frequency but also red light therapy too soothe and heal inflammation.
Microneedling can be done anywhere on the body. I like to use the stamp more for the body than for the face. For skin issues like stretch marks, you may receive results sooner with the pen because the application of the treatment is more thorough on a smaller area. On the face I find that the pen works very well, just like the stamp, but again, it covers a more solid surface area if you are dealing with a solid patch of melasma or sunspots. I like to show more before and afters of various age groups but often mature skin types like mine are not as open to showing all their photos on the world wide internet. So I will link a video below which shows in detail the journey that someone took in her documentation of microneedling results. She was very thorough and pays attention to detail.
There are a few things I have noticed with aging that no one told me about. One is that our nose gets puffy, grows larger, and our face as a whole gets puffy. To me it looks like all-over inflammation, maybe due to a sluggish lymph. Microneedling does promote collagen production but at the same time, it seems to slim the nose and face. You will see that yourself in before and after photos, especially now that I have pointed it out. This influencer also noticed (skip to 3:00 if you just want to see the photos):
Skin conditions that can be treated with microneedling:
- Acne Scarring (especially depressed acne scars)
- Surgical Scars
- Wrinkles (especially around the mouth, frown lines and crows feet)
- Improving skin texture and tightness
- Loss of skin pigment (hypo-pigmentation) as a result of scarring
- Sun damage, Age Spots and Pigmentation issues
- Thread Veins
- Stretch Marks
- + many more
less time spent caring for your skin + more results
…and more time for gardening and baking! It was my goal to create makeup products that multitask as skincare too. So when it comes to masks and other skincare products I wanted to do the same by finding something that creates the level of results you would receive in a professional setting. Microneedling can be used on all skin types from light to dark. With this being said, it is important for all skin tones to take the appropriate measures when it comes to natural sun protection, especially during the healing phase. i also offer micro-infusions which contain such pure ingredients that they are used for mesotherapy injections. Instead of injecting the peptide cocktails, they can be easily transported into the skin through microneedling and still receive mesotherapy results. The results are beyond what you would receive with a nightly, seven step skincare routine and you only need to do a light treatment (micro-stamp or 0-.25mm large stamp or derma pen) once every week or two. A more cosmetic level microneedling treatment can be done every 4-6 weeks, and then you can relax in the evening, skip the seven step skincare routine, and admire the consistent positive changes from week to week as your collagen is induced. I wanted to create a few options which required less time but more results and I am so excited to have found it with micro-needling paired with mico-infusions. Even after discovering this treatment years ago, I am continuing to learn more and more about microneedling and the healing of the skin in general.
Microneedling vs Dermal Rolling
The dermal roller was the precursor to pen Microneedling – the dermal roller is a simple mechanical device whose primary use is Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI) therapy. Results are noteworthy, to say the least. The problem is that while the micro needle concept is executed with dermal rollers, compared to the pen it is quite painful, and any post-treatment erythema (redness) and/or edema (swelling) tends to last about four to seven days, creating unwanted downtime. The micro wounds seen with the dermal roller are much more traumatic to the skin; instead of a rapid vertical needle insertion and withdrawal of the pen, dermal rollers enter into and leave the skin at an angle so creating more of a tearing wound, this may be responsible for the longer downtime. Also, the relatively small size of the pen tip makes it capable of treating smaller, more inaccessible areas such as the upper lip much easier, areas that a dermal roller cannot easily reach. From a clinical standpoint ensuring sterility is essential, and with the pen it is accomplished with the simple swapping of disposable tips. A dermal roller must be manually sterilized between users. I was surprised when I went from the derma roller to the pen and microneedling stamp as to how much the pain level went down.
microneedling + my supernatural algae mask = heavenly results
I offer micro-infusions to accompany a microneedling treatment. If you are using a microneedling stamp, you do not have to worry about having something to apply before the treatment so that the pen glides across the skin. But if you do use a pen, it is helpful to apply something like my new supernatural algae mask. I like to mix my micro-infusion into the mask when doing a lighter (more nano) treatment. After the treatment is complete, you can apply a little more of the mask to seal everything in and leave it on the skin for about an hour while all the channels close back up. Irish moss, which is what this mask is made of, is plentiful in beta glucans which greatly speed up healing time. Irish moss can also support softer skin and hair by aiding the body in producing collagen. It does this because citrulline–arginine releases amino acids critical to synthesizing collagen and protein.
fresh irish moss
This variety I have been able to source locally is most often red-purple to light brown in color when sun bleached. Fresh Chondrus crispus is wild harvested in locations conductive to its growth, primarily the cold Atlantic coastlines of Canada
irish moss properties:
- Provides soothing relief for skin irritation and inflammation
- Works great to eliminate breakouts and acne
- Perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin, as well as all skin types
It is really important to be careful what you apply to your skin when it is in a vulnerable state, no matter what the treatment. Clean makeup without irritants (with the least amount of rubbing and blending) will protect your skin from the sun once healing is complete. I like to keep my skincare simple through the healing phase by mixing a little supernatural algae mask with my raspberry elixir and that’s it. You want to stay away from any type of exfoliating cleansers like my glacial clay cleanser + mask for one to two weeks while your skin is healing. Instead, I apply a few spritzes of my supernatural time traveler instead and leave it on the skin for a few minutes before carefully rinsing, as hypochlorous acid not only purifies skin but also speeds healing. This product can also be used to sanitize your microneedling stamp. Let it sit on the fully exposed needles of the stamp for a few minutes and then rinse.
Microneedling is also a popular remedy for hair loss
This goes for brows too! The goal is the same for the scalp as for the skin – create tiny punctures in your scalp in order to stimulate stem cells, circulation, collagen production, and, hopefully, increase the growth and thickness of new hairs. I think two of the most frustrating conditions for men and women are hair loss and melasma. I am so intrigued that this treatment could help reverse those two more complicated issues. I do not like to see people shelling out thousands of dollars and still not receiving the results they expected, so why not try a less expensive treatment first.
This treatment is like microneedling results X10:
If you have tried microneedling and have not received the results you were looking for, there is another treatment that must be done in a professional setting, which addresses all the same issues and results are even more dramatic than with microneedling. Plasma fibroblast creates tiny, controlled burns on the surface of the skin with a plasma arc. For this treatment, numbing cream is required. Again, the treatment is not for everyone, but again, it is much less invasive than other treatments with very noticeable results, even with one treatment. It is an alternative to surgery when it comes to drooping on the eyelid. The healing phase takes a week or more so again, the supernatural algae mask + raspberry elixir would help speed the healing, while at the same time, protecting skin.
my other favourite home treatment to pair with microneedling
A more subtle form of plasma fibroblast with zero downtime is jet plasma. The treatment goes by a few other names like plasma shower, jett plasma, plasma stamp, plasma inhibitor therapy etc, It can be done just once a week for 20 minutes with noticeable results. Instead of using a hot plasma arc, it is cold plasma so there is no pain involved and no downtime. I actually received a demo treatment using this device about fifteen years ago. she did one side of my face, including one eye brow, and the difference was so noticeable that my friend and I burst out laughing. It looked like I had gotten a brow lift on only one eyebrow. It is a very successful treatment when it comes to acne and premature aging around the eyes. It can also be used on different areas of the body and has a very significant tightening effect. The jet plasma device is a great follow-up treatment to my micro-infusion ‘nature’s liposculpt.which dissolves body fat.
before + after microneedling treatments
before + after jet plasma treatments
underlying causes of hyperpigmentation/melasma
In studying the before and after photos with microneedling, jet plasma, and plasma fibroblast, I notice that a lot of us are dealing with skin ‘age spots’ at younger and younger ages. I also see a lot more darkness around the eyes as well as the swelling of the nose and the entire face as I mentioned above. This made me want to look into hyperpigmentation and melasma more. From my own experience with hyperpigmentation, I believe now that issues on the skin and skin inflammation are a reflection of something more serious going on internally, like an overburdened liver and a sluggish lymph drainage system. It seems to happen so slowly and with our busy lives, it is like you wake up one day and how you feel on the inside doesn’t match the outside anymore. You still feel like you are in your twenties…well, maybe thirties, and yet you are dealing with what seems like accelerated aging. I think very little actually has to do with aging and has more to do with nutritional deficiencies, toxicity due to clogged drainage pathways, and imbalances which can come just from stress alone. If we address these issues on a surface level only, the skin, the issues may return sooner than expected because it is not in fact, natural aging.
what is it, really?
You may know melasma as cholasma, is a hyperpigmentation disorder of the skin that generally occurs more in women than men, though 1 out of 20 men will also get this disease. Commonly appearing on cheeks, upper lip, shoulders, back and arms; melasma creates dark patches on the skin.. But what causes this skin disorder?
One of the underlying causes of melasma is the variation of the levels of estrogen and progesterone, hormones found in women’s bodies. The fact is that when a woman has Adrenal fatigue, the body’s response to the stress originated in the brain is that the hypothalamus sends signals to the pituitary gland warning of stress. The natural response to this warning is that this gland releases cortisol, which in turn blocks estrogen and progesterone production, meaning that their levels decrease, which in turn causes skin darkening.
Secondary effects of birth control
Again, another reason that can create a hormonal imbalance in women is the use of birth control pills. As you may know, birth control pills have a number of side effects, including the appearance of melasma, due to the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels too. Melasma in women who are taking birth control pills appears in 5% of women.
Other hormone treatments such as hormone replacement and intrauterine contraceptives may also cause this condition.
the sun + nutrition
Melasma can also be a sign of poor liver health and inadequate nutrition in some cases. Also, the ultraviolet radiation that the sun emanates can trespass the layers of the epidermis, reaching and causing melanocytes to darken, especially if you have high melanin production. This can be easily solved by always using a natural spf like my raspberry elixir at all times, especially if you live in a warm climate. And once you have successfully treated your melasma and received the results you wanted, you want to maintain that brightness.
One third of people suffering from melasma will find the underlying cause in genetic factors. The over-activity of melanocytes found in certain skin types means that there are people who are more prone to develop melasma than others.
- People with darker skin types: People with African, Hispanic, Indian and Asian descent who have dark skin types have a genetic predisposition to melasma.
- People with light skin types living in warm climates: People with German, Russian, Asian or Jewish backgrounds who currently live in sunny climates are also prone to melasma.
The last of the hormonal changes a woman can experience that causes melasma is due to pregnancy. As you may already know, pregnancy affects women’s bodies by making hormones produce more natural oils in the body than those that are usually necessary. This in turn may block the woman’s pores and boost the chances of getting melasma.
One of the possible symptoms of Hypothyroidism is precisely melasma, but why? Hyperthyroidism is a condition that creates a hormonal imbalance, lowering the levels internal circulation of the thyroid hormone. This may trigger or high levels of MCHA, which in turn alters the levels of estrogen and progesterone.
Does melasma affect people in the same way?
No, melasma has several levels and may appear in different levels depending on the underlying cause of this condition and its severeness. It’s important to detect the level of melasma you have in order to treat it effectively. In this article we talk about how to get rid of melasma’s dark marks.
- Epidermal melasma: This type of melasma is characterized by a dark-brown color that has a defined border. You can easily get rid of it with home remedies under your doctor’s supervision.
- Dermal melasma: You’ll notice you have dermal melasma if the borders of the marks are not very well defined. You’ll notice that they have a very light brown or blue tinge. It is more difficult to get rid of this type of melasma. Consult a dermatologist as you may need chemical peeling sessions to help it retreat.
- Mixed melasma: The most usual type of melasma can combine the two types of melasma mentioned above. It can improve partially when treated continuously through time.
I see the exact same levels as above with hyperpigmentation. Sun spots, liver spots, age spots, freckles, hypopigmentation -some of it is right at the surface and some is more smudged or faded because it is a few layers down, just like different types of scars. As always, if you are not sure about the safety of a treatment, consult your doctor first. I hope this information is interesting and educational.