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Skin Pharm has a new home! Come see us at our convenient location just off 440 on 21st — you can find us at:

2416 21st Ave S
Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37212

We’re pretty excited to show you our office — we had a blast decorating it — as we have more space, more parking, and an expanded shop with all our skincare offerings, including our own Skin Pharm line. Our namesake line is powered by science-backed ingredients that provide visible results — and we should know, because we use them!

Drop in and see us Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm if you need to pick up your favorite product. If you have questions on what works best for your skin type, we’re here to help! Know what you need and prefer to shop online? You can do that here.

Need something more? Schedule an appointment with one of our badass skin care experts for your next medical-grade procedure by booking here or calling 615-582-6726. New to us? We can’t wait to meet you! You’ll know you’re always getting the best care possible at Skin Pharm because you’re seeing a board-certified nurse practitioner.

If you missed our grand opening, we’re sorry we didn’t get to see you there! Follow us on Instagram so you don’t miss out on any future fun. Check out these photos from our opening soirée!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take your microneedling treatment to the next level with platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP contains a high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors to help your tissue heal and grow new cells, supercharging the microneedling benefits. This treatment is a safe and effective treatment for all skin types who wish to improve their skin quality.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an increased concentration of autologous platelets suspended in a small amount of plasma after centrifugation and used for injection into a wound or a particular skin condition.

Over the technical info? Basically, PRP has gained its reputation as liquid gold with research backing to show improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, hair loss, texture and scarring when topically placed and/or injected underneath the skin.

With minimal downtime, microneedling + PRP (with or without the addition of PRP injections) can be administered every four to six weeks. To achieve best results, schedule a seasonal treatment!

I had microneedling done for the first time about two months ago, and I was immediately hooked.

Not familiar with microneedling? It’s a procedure that uses a device with tiny, shallow needles that create even tinier holes in the skin’s surface. This stimulates collagen and elastin production, which can plump the skin, fill in fine lines and break up scar tissue, resulting in a more youthful appearance. (For those of you who have seen a DIY version that you can buy online, file this treatment under “best left to the experts,” like a bikini wax.)

I’m 38 years old and my biggest skin concerns are anti-aging and anti-acne. I also have some discoloration on my skin from years of being out in the sun (oops) but I am now very diligent about wearing SPF 50 every day and doing things I didn’t do in my 20s and early 30s, like washing my face every night and adhering to a skin care routine that Maegan Griffin, NP-C recommended for me. Oh, and Botox! Who doesn’t love Botox?

Anyway, I had a lot of friends comment on how dewy and youthful my skin looked after my first microneedling procedure, but they were wary about things like whether the procedure is painful (it isn’t) and how much downtime they’d need to account for (not much).

Here’s what you can expect from microneedling, from the day of your procedure and the following week.

Day 1:

I arrived at Skin Pharm, removed my makeup and applied numbing cream to my face. I took the opportunity to flip through every magazine in the room (such fun!) while the numbing cream took effect, and then Megan returned to start the procedure with the SkinStylus, which resembles a tiny magic wand. As she’d been there for my first microneedling appointment, she noticed that my skin wasn’t reacting as strongly — it wasn’t as red, and I didn’t have any bleeding (it’s totally normal to have minor blood beading from the needles — you don’t feel it as you’re totally numb, and they heal incredibly quickly). Maegan noted that we were even going about a millimeter deeper than we went the previous time, which means the microneedling was doing it’s job — my skin was growing stronger.

If you’re worried about what it feels like, I can attest that it does not hurt. The microneedling feels like a combination of a vacuum and a razor, and while you may feel some minor pressure around your jawline — and some major tickling around your nose! — it isn’t painful at all.

The whole thing took less than 15 minutes. Maegan spread some post procedure cream on my face and I headed straight to the nail salon to get a pedicure (in case you didn’t notice, I was totally having a “me” day, ha). I thought I was going to get some weird looks, but nobody seemed to notice — it looked like I had a mild sunburn. I even met a friend for drinks after that — she was curious about microneedling and wanted to see what I looked like — and she was surprised by how normal I looked! I didn’t wear makeup the rest of the day and used the gentle cleanser Maegan instructed me to use that evening. I re-applied the post procedure cream before bed.

Day 2:

When I woke up my skin felt a little tight, but most of the redness had faded from the previous day. I rinsed my face and put post procedure cream and SPF on before using my regular BB cream (by Dr. Jart). Even in the harsh, ridiculously unflattering fluorescent light in my office bathroom, my skin looked totally normal. It still felt a little dry, so I was happy to wash my face when I got home and applied more medical barrier cream.
Without makeup.
With makeup.

Day 3:

My skin was a little dry and flaky, but returned to normal as soon as I put more moisturizer and SPF on. I don’t know if you can tell in the picture, but my skin was GLOWING. I barely needed any BB cream as the skin tone looked much more even, and overall I just looked refreshed and renewed. I continued to use the gentle post procedure face wash, but used my regular night cream and serums prescribed by Maegan Griffin.
Without makeup.
With makeup.

Day 4:

I was definitely having a little more peeling on Day 4, so I used a mild exfoliant to get the dead skin off before applying my moisurizer and SPF. Once again, as soon as I put the BB cream on, everything looked normal. Well, better than normal — glowing, even skin tone, refreshed. I used my exfoliating cleanser that evening and my aforementioned night cream/serum combo.
Without makeup.
With makeup.

Day 5:

By Day 5 my skin felt hydrated — the flaking had pretty much disappeared at this point and I hardly needed any BB cream to even out my skin tone. I did my normal skin care routine at night and everything felt back to normal!
Without makeup.
With makeup.

Day 6:

I woke up to a stupid hormonal pimple on my cheek – FOILED. Fortunately the rest of my face looked fabulous and it was easy to conceal so I didn’t stress over it. I hadn’t been using my usual anti-acne treatment as I was worried it would dry out my skin as it healed from the microneedling, but I used it this morning and at night along with my regular skin care routine.

Without makeup.

With makeup.

Day 7:

Thank goodness I have the photo to prove this as I wouldn’t believe it, but that pimple disappeared overnight. Not sure if that’s a benefit of the microneedling, but I woke up to clear, even, glowing skin. I even made it another makeup-free day because I didn’t feel like I needed it. If you had told me a few years ago that I’d be voluntarily going makeup-free, I wouldn’t have believed you. That’s one of the best things about getting into a good skincare routine — once you figure out what works for you, it streamlines your entire beauty routine because you’re not wasting time concealing your skin. Microneedling actually treats and improves your skin, and there’s nothing to hide about healthy skin, right?

Without makeup.

You can find more information about Microneedling at Skin Pharm here.