For years I had suffered from cystic acne combined with sun damage, and tried every possible topical solution on the market. From creams and pills, to natural remedies, nothing ever seemed to work.
During my junior year in high school, my skin was at an all time low. I suffered a sudden, horrible acne flare-up including white heads, blackheads, cysts, postulates, and everything in between.
I had a bad habit of picking at my skin, popping zits before they were ready, peeling scabs off my face, and overtreating pimples that were forming under the surface.
Even worse, I was also obsessed with tanning and made a point of tanning every single day after school. I remember laying out for hours under the sun without using sunscreen, because I was led to believe that it would heal my breakouts. Unfortunately, the sun worsened my skin by deepening my acne scars and causing hyperpigmentation.
With senior pictures just around the corner, I made the decision to get on Accutane, despite the dangers of prolonged use and potential side effects. Six months into treatment and my skin looked and felt amazing. My acne had completely vanished, and my self esteem was sky high. For the first time in a decade, I could see my actual skin again, and it was clear!
The downside of having newly-cleared skin was seeing how much damage that was left behind. My face had tons of scars and sun damage spots which I temporarily “fixed” with makeup. My simplified beauty regime worked fine in my twenties and got me through several more years of depression, and low self esteem. It wasn’t until I entered my thirties that I began caring less about makeup and more about my skin’s natural appearance.
Years had passed and my acne scars faded but the sun damage and acne pits had remained. I became self conscious of my skin the older I got but nothing I tried, worked. I had never tried any deeper treatments like laser treatments and chemical peels mainly because I was afraid to try and I preferred slower, less expensive treatments, versus quick, costly solutions that may or may not work for me.
Then, a friend of mine introduced me to the world of microneedling. I saw her before and after results posted on Facebook, and I couldn’t believe that she had done it herself. The results seemed like something you would only get from a professional after spending what seemed like the equivalent of a car payment.
If you’re new to microneedling, it’s essentially a cosmetic procedure that pokes your skin with hundreds of tiny needles at once, forcing your skin to produce collagen.
I had always known about Derma rollers but was afraid to try because I’m seriously the biggest wimp. After searching around on Amazon, I found a home kit and thought, “how hard could it be?”
The first time I tried “rolling” my face, I don’t think I used it properly because I didn’t see any results. I didn’t use enough pressure to make a difference. After doing more research, I bought a roller with longer needles and applied a bit more pressure.
I woke up the next day and couldn’t believe what I saw in the mirror. My skin looked amazing! My acne pits had already started to smooth ober and my skin was so soft. In just 24 hours, I had seen more progress overnight than I had seen in the last five years. I couldn’t believe it. I have never felt my skin so smooth or look so even and it felt like a skincare miracle!
If you’ve been suffering from discoloration, acne scarring, or age spots, I highly recommend microneedling, as it has now become a permanent part of my beauty routine. Also, if you’re new, make sure to read these tips for using a derma roller at home!