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If you follow Skin Pharm on Instagram, you know that 2019 was a very busy year for founder Maegan Griffin and her team. In addition to expanding the popular Skin Pharm skin care line (we know you’re loving new formulas like Youth Eye Complex, Charcoal Mask and our most recent launch, Glow Factor), Maegan announced that we will open another practice in Atlanta in March. The flagship Nashville office continues to grow along with our Nashville family, including new patients, new employees and new Skin Pharm babies!

If you follow Maegan on Instagram, you know that she spends a lot of time developing effective formulas for the Skin Pharm line and answering questions from followers so they can find the right products and procedures to treat their skin care concerns. Driven by a mission to help patients look and feel good, Maegan leads her team of knowledgeable, approachable providers to advise patients on a personalized treatment regimen that yields noticeable yet natural results.

Also a wife and busy mom of two, Maegan recently shared more about how she finds balance in her life while running a business and finding time for wellness, travel, and friends. She also shared her own skin care routine built with the same products recommended to Skin Pharm patients. We asked Maegan to share more about the procedures she loves to keep her skin looking great. Here are five treatments Maegan can’t live without:

Gold Infusion: As fun as it looks!

1. Gold Infusion

“It’s been a busy year, so I didn’t get much done in 2019,” Maegan says. “I’ve been taking good care of my skin at home, so I didn’t feel that I needed many treatments.”

That being said, Maegan felt the effects of the holidays on her skin in early 2020.

“My skin felt wrecked from traveling, holiday food, the stress of opening another location,” she admits. “My skin felt dull, so the first thing I did in 2020 is a Gold Infusion treatment.”

This cocktail of hydrating antioxidants and vitamins is a quick, refreshing pick-me-up that energizes your complexion. Since results are visible one to three days after treatment and last about three months, you’ll stay golden until springtime!

That happy, relaxed feeling when your Botox fully kicks in

2. Botox

You may have heard that Botox is not only a solution to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, but a preventative treatment that keeps those lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place. Maegan is living proof of this.

“I started getting Botox at 24,” she says. “By starting Botox early, many patients find they eventually need Botox less frequently, and in smaller doses.”

Maegan avoided Botox during her two pregnancies (opting for microneedling instead — more on that below). Now, she says that she gets Botox quarterly, so she’ll plan her next treatment in March.

DIY Microneedling: For medical professionals only!

3. Microneedling

Maegan started microneedling in her late 20s and increased frequency during her two pregnancies when she avoided injectables and fillers. In addition to improving skin hydration, texture and firmness, Maegan’s early microneedling treatments helped build the strength of her dermis, the layer of skin below the epidermis, or the surface layer of the skin.

“I like to call the dermis the ‘business layer’ of the skin,” Maegan says. “The dermis is where you have collagen and elastin, and that’s what you want to plump up because that’s what makes you look younger. The dermis is what you want to be thicker; the epidermis is not. With our skin care, we’re trying to thin or shed the epidermis, or the rough scaly skin on the surface.”

Microneedling rejuvenates your skin by encouraging the production of new collagen, elastin and capillaries in the dermis. Since our skin thins with time, building up the “business layer” early on helps your skin hold its overall structure longer.

“Plumping up the dermis and shedding the epidermis is key to healthy, glowing and smooth skin,” Maegan explains.

Adding PRP to your microneedling further increases collagen production and speeds up the recovery process. Since Maegan feels that she needs microneedling with PRP twice a year, she’ll have her first session around May or June.

Cheek Filler: an annual pick-me-up

4. Filler

Another thing that happens when you age? Your fat pads move.

“Our fat pads move downwards and in, so our face loses structure” Maegan says. “Filler helps your skin regain structure.”

Dermal fillers are injected beneath the skin to plump lips, enhance cheekbones, chins, jawlines and temples. Fillers can also improve under eye hollowing or darkness, lift eyebrows, erase smile lines, and generally improve overall appearance.

Maegan started getting cheek filler once a year in her mid-20s, and says that this is one treatment she’ll never skip.

“I’ll always do cheek filler once a year,” she says.

Facial dermal fillers typically last between six to 18 months, depending on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Maegan has found that every 12 months works best for her, so she’s planning her next cheek filler treatment mid-summertime.

BBL: This machine kills sun damage (gently, of course).

5. BBL Photofacial

Many of us made the mistake of getting too much sun exposure in our youth. Maegan, who is now vigilant about daily SPF use, admits that she did, too. But when she was in her early 20s, Maegan got serious about her skin care.

“I had to deal with the fact that I went to tanning beds in high school,” she says. “I started using SPF every day, and vitamin C and retinol to reverse the sun damage from high school and college.”

In addition to using the right products (today, she recommends Glow Factor for vitamin C and Retinol Drops for retinol) to combat signs of sun damage, Maegan started getting BBL Photofacials in her mid-20s. This non-invasive, customizable treatment uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of red and brown pigment.

Since Maegan wears SPF every day and has avoided sun exposure as much as possible, she doesn’t need them as frequently anymore. She might add one to her regimen twice per year.

“If you adhere to a good skin care routine and start regular treatments at a younger age, you don’t have to be so procedure-heavy later on,” she says.

What about you? Well, you deserve good skin too!

Remember, everyone’s skin care needs are different, and at Skin Pharm we want to find the personalized routine that works for you. Consult with your Skin Pharm provider by calling (615) 582-6726 (Nashville), (404) 314-4545 (Atlanta), or by emailing us. We can’t wait to see you in 2020!

 

 

 

BBL, or BroadBand Light, is an effective non-invasive treatment to fight hyperpigmentation, acne and signs of aging. It’s basically a Swiss Army knife solution to a variety of skin issues!

Also known as a photofacial, BBL uses high intensity pulses of light to improve the appearance of brown (freckles, sun damage, age spots) and red (vascular legions, rosacea, rosy cheeks, poikiloderma) spots. BBL can also treat acne by targeting acne-causing bacteria, and improve the appearance of uneven skin texture, reduce pore size and tighten skin. This corrective laser treatment requires little downtime and is a quick and easy.

How does BBL work?

BroadBand Light gently heats the top layers of the skin, targeting areas of extra pigmentation to stimulate skin cell regeneration and collagen production. The photothermal energy reduces unwanted melanin (which produces pigmented lesions and discoloration) and eliminates fine vessels that cause redness. Excess pigment subsequently rises to the surface and sloughs off one to two weeks after the treatment. In addition to improving overall skin tone and smoothness, BBL helps improve skin elasticity and firmness.

BBL treatments are easily customizable because BBL operates on a large range of wavelengths. As medical professionals, we’re able to deliver precise pulses of light to the area being treated, enabling us to use BBL to effectively treat patients with different skin types and issues. Any area of the body can be treated with BBL. The most common areas we treat are the face, neck, backs of hands, chest and shoulders/upper arms, as these tend to be the areas of the skin that experience the most sun damage.

We can also use a different BBL filter to emit a blue light wavelength that has antibacterial effects on the “P acnes” microbe, which could be the cause of your breakouts (it’s nice to have something to blame by name, isn’t it?).

What does BBL treatment feel like?

We’ll apply a cold gel to the treatment area before BBL treatment, which is fairly painless. You’ll need to wear protective eyewear — this is a powerful ray of light therapy, after all! You should expect to feel a slight warming sensation at the very least, and a sharp rubber band snap at the most (that’s the result of the BroadBand Light absorbing into the targeted areas — pretty cool, right?). Our patients tell us that it’s not too uncomfortable.

That doesn’t sound so bad. How many treatments do I need?

You’ll need to consult with your Skin Pharm provider, but best results often require a series of BBL treatments. Fortunately, you don’t need to carve out much time in your schedule for BBL, as treatment sessions last about 20 minutes (plan for a little longer if we’re targeting larger areas of the body). Depending on the severity of the hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration, you may need one to three sessions every two to three weeks to achieve desired results. Other skin issues, such as poikiloderma, a type of sun damage that results in red colored pigmentation on the skin, can be improved with one treatment.

Sounds great. How long does it take to heal from BBL?

Patients love BBL because, in addition to the quick appointment, there is very little downtime after treatment. Your Skin Pharm provider will apply moisturizer and SPF post treatment, and most patients can apply makeup, return to work immediately and resume normal activities, although your skin may be a little sensitive and pink post-treatment (this shouldn’t last for more than a day or two) and is easily covered up. You may experience darkening of the targeted areas on your skin after your appointment, but this is temporary as these spots will fade or flake off in the next week or two. Expect to see smoother, even-toned skin and reduced visible signs of sun damage and aging.

For best results, avoid sun exposure three weeks before and after BBL treatment, and don’t forget your SPF! At Skin Pharm, we will NOT perform a BBL treatment on tanned skin, so if you show up to your appointment with recent unprotected sun exposure, we’ll unfortunately have to turn you away. Also, you may get a friendly lecture about why SPF is so important.

What are you waiting for? Email or call (615) 582-6726 to book your appointment today!

Did you wait until the last minute to tackle your holiday gift list? Don’t worry — we’ve got you!

For Your BFF: Skin Pharm Get Ready to Glow Gift Set

What’s better than a mask that reduces breakouts and clears complexions? Using a mask while you bask in the glow of the signature Skin Pharm candle, of course! Our Get Ready to Glow Gift Set is the perfect gift for your BFF who needs a little TLC. The Skin Pharm Charcoal Mask is suitable for all skin types as it gently removes oils, impurities and other toxins (yuck) from your skin.

We just can’t get enough of our Skin Pharm You Glow Girl Candle. You’ll recognize the light yet complex floral scent that we’re obsessed with in the office — now everyone can take it home! A luxurious blend of Italian bergamot, golden amber, cedarwood, jasmine, California orange, mahogany and santal, this candle helps create a relaxing environment, which is ideal for masking.

For Your Yoga Buddy: Skin Pharm Stay Hydrated Gift Set

Show your workout buddy how much you really love them with the Skin Pharm Stay Hydrated Gift Set that comes with our stylish Skin Pharm Water Bottle and one of our top-selling products, Skin Pharm Youth Serum. We say it over and over again, but it’s SO important to hydrate your skin from the inside, which means drinking water throughout the day. Hydrating is way more fun with our Skin Pharm Water Bottle, which combines minimal design with maximum convenience, keeping drinks hot for up to six hours and cold for an entire day. The bottle comes with a removable infuser to brew tea and is made with bamboo, metal and BPA-free plastic. Youth Serum works for all skin types to hydrate and plump skin. This light yet incredibly hydrating serum is great to apply pre- or post-workout.

For Your Significant Other: Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads

You keep telling us how much you love our Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads, and how your other half keeps stealing them from you. We won’t judge if you’ve been hiding your Clarifying Pads from your S.O., but ’tis the season to be generous, so perhaps it’s time to buy him/her their own jar! Clarifying Pads are suitable for all skin types and work their magic by delivering a gentle microchemical peel to exfoliate skin, treat hyperpigmentation, clear acne and erase dullness. Because, the couple that fights dull skin together stays together, right?

For Yourself: SPF!

Your future self will thank you for wearing your SPF every day. We always say it’s the most important thing you can put on your face because it protects your skin from multiple factors known to cause premature aging. Start 2020 off strong with your favorite Skin Pharm SPF — we have three formulas to suit every skin type. Skin Pharm Clear Defense SPF 45 is ideal for acne-prone, combination or oily skin and is a non-tinted, instantly absorbing formula. The Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF is also great for acne-prone, sensitive, combination or oily skin, and has a sheer universal tint for extra coverage. Our Skin Pharm 100% Mineral Tinted SPF is ideal for dry, sensitive normal or combination skin and provides 100% mineral-blocking protection with a light universal tint.

Got questions? Give us a call at (615) 582-6726 and one of our Skin Pharm elves will help you out!

 

You planned ahead this year and made sure you booked your appointment for fillers and microneedling so you’d be extra glowing for all those holiday parties, yay! But you didn’t plan on the combination of cold temperatures, dry air from the heat being on overdrive, late nights, and one too many glasses of bubbly wreaking havoc on your skin. If you wake up feeling less than fabulous, here are some tips to get you back on track.

Help! Everything feels dry.

Did you wake up feeling like a raisin today? We know the feeling. Cold air carries less moisture than warm air, and cranking up the heater isn’t helping, either — all that dry air can cause skin irritation ranging from redness and flaking to cracking, chapping and even bleeding. Gross, we know. Add alcohol — which increases inflammation in the skin and can cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to redness — and you’ve set yourself up for one rough morning. Fortunately, that rough morning can be avoided with a bit of preparation.

You can combat the dry air by sleeping with a humidifier and by adding ultra moisturizing products to your skincare routine, such as our Skin Pharm Biotherapy Cream. This skin lifesaver is packed with intensely moisturizing ingredients that work together to repair your skin’s barrier function, combating dryness, restoring firmness and visibly reducing signs of aging, all while you sleep.

For days — or nights — when you need some extra TLC, we recommend Epionce’s Enriched Firming Mask. Powered by botanical ingredients that nourish stressed-out skin with a proprietary blend of barrier lipids, this mask calms visible redness and irritation. This mask works as a quick 10-minute refresher in the AM and is gentle enough to wear all night (we love it for long flights and car rides, too!).

We tend to drink less water in the winter, so be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water not only directly hydrates your skin, but is helps flush toxins out of your body and can improve symptoms of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Help! I’m broken out like a teenager.

Dry winter air can actually cause your skin to produce more sebum, leading to breakouts. Another major culprit is going to bed without washing your makeup off your face, which is just really bad for your skin (and your pillowcase). For normal to oily skin, we recommend Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Cleanser, a deep cleanser with salicylic acid (a godsend for acne-prone folks). Normal to dry skin types should opt for Skin Pharm Gentle Soothing Cleanser, which strips all your makeup and impurities while soothing skin with rich botanical extracts.

All skin types will benefit from one of our best-sellers, our Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads, which deliver a gentle, microchemical peel to exfoliate skin, clear acne and prevent future breakouts. Sensitive skin types may only need to use the pads two to three times a week, while oiler types can tolerate daily use.

If you’re in need of a stronger peel, we’re big fans of our Light Refresh Peel, a simple, non-invasive treatment that reduces pore size and treats uneven skin tone and blemishes. A series of peels not only improves any sun damage left over from the summer, but can smooth rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels also stimulate collagen production underneath the skin, improving the overall appearance of your skin. Peels are quick and easy and require minimal recovery — they can be done on your lunch break — so you’ll be refreshed and glowing for those holiday parties in no time!

Curious what products and treatments are best for your? Call us at (615) 582-6726 and schedule a consultation today!

 

 

While sunscreens are the number-one product you should be using, medical research has told us that the runner-up is retinoids. Unlike other skincare ingredients, there is over 30 years of research on the safety and efficacy of retinoid use for improving skin health. 

Retinoids. What are they?

One of the most common questions we get is, “What is the difference between a retinoid and a retinol?”

First, let’s discuss the difference between the terms retinoids, retinols and retinoic acid. The term “retinoids” refers to topical treatments formulated from vitamin A. Retinoids were originally developed as an acne treatment in the 1970s. Further research revealed that retinoids were a promising treatment to treat the visible effects of aging as they fight pigmentation and keratoses (sun spots or age spots). A retinoid is a general term referring to compounds that are recognized by the same receptors in the skin.

A retinol is a cosmetic retinoid. Retinoic acid is a retinoid, but retinol is not the same as retinoic acid. Retinol is not classified as a drug and is available over-the-counter. Retinoic acid, on the other hand, is sold as a prescription drug. The generic name is Tretinoin and brand names are Refissa and Retin-A. Retinoic acid is more active than retinols when comparing activity. 

How do Retinoids work?

Basically, we use retinoids to help slow the signs of the aging process. Retinoids increase skin cell turnover and stimulate the production of new blood vessels, improving overall skin tone. They also increase the production of elastin and collagen, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to fading pigmentation, sun spots and age spots, retinoids can also soften scaly, rough patches of skin.

On a more clinical level, retinoids regulate keratin synthesis and sebaceous gland activity, which is why retinoids are great for acne patients. They also manage proliferation and terminal differentiation of fibroblasts, which are the cells in the skin that make collagen and elastin (translation: this makes skin smoother). Our skin has more fibroblasts when we’re younger — hence that smooth baby skin — but retinoids actually make more fibroblasts, resulting in more collagen and elastin!

Sounds great. What are the side effects?

Depending on the strength of the product you’re using — particularly prescription formulas — retinoids can cause dry and irritated skin. The higher the power of the retinoid, the greater the increase in irritation. Consult with your Skin Pharm provider to determine the best treatment plan for your skin.

I’m in. What should I use?

The strongest retinoid products are available in prescription and some over-the-counter (OTC) options, but many patients cannot tolerate the redness, burning and peeling enough to stick to a treatment routine. There is research to support that retinol, which is the strongest of the OTC retinoids, can create underlying molecular changes in the skin like retinoids do, resulting in a significant reduction of wrinkles after 12 weeks of use. Since OTC retinol contains less retinoic acid than prescription treatments, you get great results without extreme side effects.

Our Skin Pharm Retinol Drops™ were created to refine pores, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots, and improve overall skin texture. This lightweight yet powerful nightly treatment for aging skin addresses concerns such as hyperpigmentation, loss of firmness, free radical damage, dark spots, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol, bisabolol, and vitamin C give your skin that healthy Skin Pharm glow, while vitamin E and sea whip extract calm the skin. We recommend using Retinol Drops two to three times a week in the evening (avoiding the eye area). Increase frequency as tolerated or directed by your Skin Pharm provider.

Skin Pharm Retinol Drops Opened

 

Anything else I should know?

If you’re wondering why you don’t need to use retinoids every night, it’s because retinoids are a fat lipid, meaning they dissolve in our skin and stay there for days. We recommend alternating and taking a day off in between. If it’s easier to remember to use every evening, that’s fine, but be sure to use a lower strength to avoid irritation.

You’ll need to consistently use products containing retinoids for roughly three to six months before you’ll see results. While retinoids are superpower skin savers, they’re also an exercise in patience. Retinoids also increase sensitivity to sunlight, so be sure to wear your SPF every day.

 

Questions? Email consultations@skinpharm.co for a free consultation.

 

We get it — the weather has turned colder and the days have grown longer. We’re certainly not judging anyone for choosing pajama pants and binge-watching marathons on the couch over going out. But we can’t stay inside forever, can we? Thankfully, we have the impending holiday season — and all of the socializing that goes along with it — to pull us out of our funk. This year, we want to help you look your best!

‘Tis the season of giving …

Sure, you may be thinking about all the holiday gifts you’ll need to buy this year, but we’re big believers that taking good care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others. If you’re hoping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles before that holiday party, now’s the time to gift yourself injectables so you’ll look — and feel — your best this season.

What are my options?

Injectables can treat both dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are lines that are caused by repeated facial movements like smiling or frowning (think forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet around the outer eye corners). They are not visible when your face is at rest. Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau all contain neurotoxins that treat dynamic wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscle contractions that cause these lines when injected into the problem area.

Research suggests that these injectables could be used as a preventive treatment, especially when used long-term. If you’re wondering if you’re ready for Botox, we suggest talking to a Skin Pharm provider about how early treatments can slow the signs of aging down the road.

Static wrinkles result from a loss of elasticity and are still visible when your face is at rest. They require a different approach than neurotoxin-based injectables. Dermal fillers that are powered by hyaluronic acid are your best option to combat static wrinkles. You may be familiar hyaluronic acid — it’s a naturally occurring ingredient in customer favorites like Skin Pharm Youth Serum and Skin Pharm Youth Eye Complex. The amount of hyaluronic acid that our skin contains decreases as we grow older, which is one of the factors towards developing static wrinkles. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm smooth static wrinkles and improve facial volume.

What do I need to know in advance?

Injectables are suitable for most patients (with the exception of pregnant women) looking to treat visible signs of aging. Injectables are minimally invasive treatments with little downtime or prep work. You don’t need to do much in advance, although some patients avoid NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen up to two weeks before the appointment to minimize bleeding and bruising. The injection procedure itself is relatively quick — usually just a few minutes — and while you may experience redness, bruising or swelling at the injection areas, you should be able to resume normal activities. We do recommend that you avoid rigorous exercise for at least 12 hours, so be sure to get your workout in before your appointment. Avoid rubbing or picking at the injection areas after your appointment, and if you experience any discomfort or swelling, apply cold packs to the area. Any visible signs of the injections should disappear within a few days.

I have a big event coming up. When should I book my appointment?

Great question! We get this a lot. If you’re getting injectables, we recommend scheduling your appointment two weeks before your event. This allows the injectables to take full effect and for any swelling, bruising or redness to disappear. You’ll see the effects from Botox and other neurotoxin-based injectables for three to six months, while dermal fillers like Juvederm last for nine to 12 months.

Questions? Call us at (615) 582-6726 or email us at consultations@skinpharm.co.

 

 

 

Moisturizers — you know you need them, but do you understand what they do for your skin? As we are entering the drier months of the year, moisturizers are even more important for your daily skincare routine. We’ll break it down for you, and we’ll make it more fun than science class.(Because this is all about giving you the best skin possible, right?)

What is a moisturizer?

A moisturizer is a topical product designed to maintain levels of oils and water in the skin sufficient for it to be soft and pliable. Moisturizers can be creams, lotions, serums or oils that are applied to the very top portion of the skin, or the epidermis. The top layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum (composed of dead cells that you actively shed) and the bottom is called the basal cell (made of living cells that replace the dead cells in the stratum corneum). The dermis is directly underneath the epidermis and consists primarily of proteins such as collagen and elastin fibers. There is also blood supply here. 

Photo by Young Pharmaceuticals

Why do I need a moisturizer?

A certain amount of transepidermal water loss (a fancy way of saying water from inside our body evaporates out of our body) is necessary to ensure skin is not too greasy and, alternately, not too dry. When skin gets too dry — whether it’s affected by the temperature, humidity, hormone changes, or other factors — we treat it with moisturizers to maintain levels of oils and water in the skin. 

Are there different kinds of moisturizers?

The three kinds of moisturizers include humectants, occlusive agents and barrier enhancing agents. 

Humectants, also known as “moisture magnets,” are water-soluble compounds that attract water molecules. Water is attracted from the atmosphere around you and from water within the body. These are ideal for treating mild dry skin conditions. 

Examples of humectant ingredients include: Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), sodium lactate (lactic acid), polyhydric alcohols (glycerin, butylene glycol),and aloe vera. 

Occlusive agents, which are water insoluble (meaning they cannot dissolve in water) cover skin to prevent water from evaporating. When water from within the body tries to evaporate, the skin does not allow it, and the top of the skin swells with water. 

Examples of occlusive agents include: Beeswax, petrolatum (Vaseline), squalane, mineral oil, olive oil, lanolin, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate and dimethicone.

Barrier enhancing agents (BEA) are specific combinations of natural lipids that hold water within the skin. If the skin is not producing enough BEAs, applying these topically can improve skin health. When BEAs are applied to the skin, they can actually cause the skin the skin to make more of the BEAs that are needed for a healthy skin barrier, such as niacinamide!

Examples of BEAs include: cholesterol, palmitic and stearic acid, ceramides and niacinamide. 

Is there going to be a quiz or are you going to tell me what products I should use?

No quizzes today, we promise! The Skin Pharm line has several products with moisturizing ingredients. Our Youth Serum is packed with three peptides and hyaluronic acid and is suitable for all skin types and can be used in the AM and/or PM. For normal to dry skin types, our Biotherapy Cream is a lightweight moisturizing cream that nourishes and repairs the skin’s barrier function, restoring skin firmness and visibly reducing signs of aging. Biotherapy Cream is ideal for PM use, treating your skin while you sleep.

We’ve created additional Skin Pharm products that gently exfoliate (say goodbye to those dead skin cells we talked about earlier) while providing the  added benefit of moisturizers to counteract any anticipated irritation or dryness. These include our popular Clarifying Pads (hydroxy acids exfoliate while added botanicals brighten and hydrate) and our Brightening Lotion ( botanicals treat dullness while peptides and glycerin address dryness).

Still have questions about what products are right for your individual skin needs? Call us at 615-582-6726 and book an appointment today!

 

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.

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