If you’ve ever suffered from acne, you’re familiar with the vicious cycle of picking your skin, piling on makeup, and always perpetuating the pore-clogging problem!
The worst part? The scars left behind!
I’ve been an acne sufferer as long as I can remember.
Antibiotics, creams, lotions and potions, I tried it all and nothing ever worked… until I changed my diet! There’s been, hands down, nothing more effective for clearing my acne than cutting out sugar, dairy, processed foods, meat, and going raw vegan! Truly life changing in so many ways!
I also stopped all the one-night stand staring contests with the mirror, and obsessive pore-picking sessions. For long enough I’d dealt with the aftermath of too much makeup, too many late nights and too many excuses!
So, now that I’m on the ‘road to recovery’, it’s time to manicure the island after abandoning the treasure hunt.
And for me, it is extremely important to approach my skin-saving quest with a completely holistic approach. I’m totally fine with going the slow and steady route, to carefully see how my skin reacts as I deal with the 15+ years of damage I’ve done to my face. All those tiny pin-prick holes and annoying red marks didn’t accumulate in one week, and it’s going to take many weeks of gradual improvement to right my wrongs.
Enter the HydraFacial!
A HydraFacial is a non-invasive, non-surgical multistep procedure which thoroughly deep cleans your skin. The HydraFacial cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates your skin, while infusing antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to deal with sun damage, clogged and enlarged pores, acne, and fine lines and wrinkles! All factors I’m targeting!
I received my very first HydraFacial at the Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre with technician Jackie, who carefully explained what I was in for. There are 4 steps to a HydraFacial:
First, we cleanse and hydrate and get rid of all the goop! A ‘deplaning’ tool is used for this step, where makeup, dead skin cells and airborne irritants are scraped, brushed, washed and swept away, opening up your pores for that ‘ahhhhh’ moment!
Next- acid peel! This is customized for the client, and in my case, the glycolic/salicylic acid peel we used was so gentle, all I felt was the faintest tingle. No pain!
This phase of your HydraFacial uses the magical pore-sucking powers of the fantastically-named ‘vortex-extraction’ nozzle! There’s something oddly satisfying about this step! This vacuum extracts all the crap out of your pores, with a sucking, slurping, scratching sound. It’s weird, wet, and makes you want to grab a front row seat to the freak show!
Best part? You can examine the clear cylinder afterwards that the vortex deposits all of its victims in. Gross! But really cool! 😉
Once we’ve cleansed, scraped, burned, and sucked our skin to perfection, the final step includes antioxidant and collagen-rich serums! These super-powered serums are the finishing touch to inject hydration back into your skin and leave your face feeling baby smooth, soft and supple! (Any excuse to use the word ‘supple’, right?)
And after my first HydraFacial, I’m completely hooked! This advanced, hybrid-microdermabrasion-style facial only took about 40 minutes and has left my skin uber clean, glowing, and smoother than its felt in years. On top of this, no aggravation! My skin was only slightly pink for the next hour, but that was it! An aggressive treatment with no down time!
I’ll be doing a combination of HydraFacials with blue light therapy with the Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre every two weeks, as we work towards completely clearing what’s left of my acne. After that, it’s time to deal with the acne scars left behind, and, along the way, I’ll be sharing every step of my skin-saving journey with you!
The future is finally looking very makeup-free, folks!
The Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre is located at 309-750 W Broadway in Vancouver, BC and was founded by Dr. Martin Braun in 1996.
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