Starting tomorrow, we’re bringing back our famous fall sale until November 29th!
Here are some of our favorite deals:
⟡ #Microneedling for only $450 ($100 discount)
⟡ #PRP Hair Growth for only $650 ($200 discount)
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Neu Look Med Span & Skin Center is located at 7805 Highlands Village Place # G103, San Diego, CA 92129
My Acne Journey
My skin journey has been a long one filled with various products, skin treatments, medications, and lifestyle changes. I know the dream answer to managing your acne would be one thing. Like there is this one product that will change everything or cutting one thing from your diet would fix it but it takes more than that. Acne is a more aggressive issue than that. I have had acne since I was about 12 years old. Growing up I knew that acne was genetic but now that I have gotten older I know that besides that the biggest cause of acne is your hormones. The most important thing to managing and getting rid of acne is being consistent AND never picking at them and turning them into acne scars.
Personally, I use the Obagi Clenziderm System which is for acne prone and oily skin. With oily skin, you want to use products that will dry out the excess oil like salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid and retinoic acid work to unclog pores, retinoic acid also works to prevent breakouts and minimize acne and acne scars, and benzoyl peroxide works to eliminate the acne-causing bacteria. But remember, you will need a moisturizer to go along with these products. Even though salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are good to rid your skin on the excess oil and bacteria, they will dry out your skin. That’s why you absolutely MUST buy a good moisturizer. I would recommend either Skin Medica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer or Obagi’s Hydrate Luxe. Moisturizing will add the hydration back to your skin. Otherwise, when your skin dries out it will try to overcompensate, produce more oil, and result in you breaking out. The key is finding the balance between drying out the bacteria and acne but not too much so your body has to over compensate.
Along with a great home regimen, consistent treatments such as peels, Microneedling, Dermaplanning, and acne-cortisone shots will be helpful. Microneedling and Fractional will also be effective for acne scars. Our Skin Medica Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels along with the Dermaplanning will help rid your face of the dead layer of skin, on your face. They will also help your skin develop new healthier cells. The Rejuvenize is a deeper peel that we recommend for people that have more acne and acne scars. It is more effective for tougher skin because it penetrates deeper in your skin. With the acne-cortisone shots, they are usually for huge individual zits. Our nurse practitioner will inject a diluted corticosteroid into the zit and it will start to deflate within a few hours. Like we’ve mentioned in our other blogs Microneedling and Fractional both work to resurface the texture of your skin. Microneedling will use microscopic needles to scratch the surface of your skin to promote more collagen production and soften the surface of your skin. With fractional, it is a laser that penetrates deeper into the skin and has a longer down-time than the Microneedling. Both treatments require a consistent home regimen to see the best results.
Don’t Forget About Proper Nutrition!
Last but certainly not least, a key aspect of minimized acne is the foods you eat and put into your body. Everybody’s body is different so if you really struggle with cystic and hormonal acne I would talk to a dermatologist or endocrinologist about the foods you should and should not consume. For me personally, I need to stay away from sugar and dairy but everyone is different. Everyone’s body and skin is different so try different treatments and products and see which combinations work for you!
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Prior to getting this treatment I had no idea what I was in for. But I can honestly say this is my favorite way to get Microneedling. PRP stands for platelet-rich-plasma. So, rather than using the Microneedling gel for the treatment, the provider will use your plasma. The way that this works is with a centrifuge machine, that essentially spins your blood and separates your plasma from the blood. The benefits of using PRP rather than Microneedling gel is the healing process and injections. PRP speeds up the healing process of Microneedling. Therefore, rather than being red for 5-7 days it should really only last 3-5 days. This makes the treatment more convenient and obtainable because you don’t have to worry about the healing process. Plus, you can use a mineral-based powder, like Jane Iredale, the day after your treatment to cover up the redness. We recommend Jane Iredale because we know it is safe for your skin, and with my experience it has really good coverage! By the second and third day you couldn’t see any redness which was convenient because I had errands to run.
How Microneedling Works
The step by step of how the PRP Microneedling treatment works is getting numbed an hour prior to your treatment, to lessen the pain of the treatment. For me, when my face is numb, the Microneedling feels like a massage and I really enjoy it. The first step in the actual PRP treatment is drawing some of your blood. Then the provider will put the tube in a centrifuge machine which will spin the blood to obtain the PRP. When you look at the tube you will be able to see the separation. Platelets will range in color from yellow to orange. Prior to the PRP treatment, I looked up a video to see what it was like and their patient’s platelets were yellow. When I was getting my treatment done, and my platelets were orange I was a little concerned. But this is nothing to worry about. After the PRP is prepared, the provider will place the PRP onto your skin and proceed with the Microneedling treatment. You can even get injections of the PRP into your acne scars or indentations in your skin. If you have ever gotten a Microneedling treatment then you know how much of a difference it makes to the surface of your skin. Then adding the component of PRP improves the cell turnover because the provider is using a component of your body. So, not only does the PRP ease the healing process it will actually create improved results.
Microneedling: Post Treatment
Post treatment, the texture of my skin has dramatically changed. The day of the treatment I was extremely red but honestly by the second day it reduced by 50%. Compared to the last time I got Microneedling, without the PRP, I’d say the healing process was way faster and more convenient. I didn’t have to worry about not going outside or looking strange. The day after I was able to apply my Jane Iredale foundation and go out in public and no one could tell I got anything. After the third and fourth day I didn’t even apply foundation because it look like a very faint sunburn. Gita saw me the next week and was absolutely astonished with my skin. She touched it and said it felt like a baby’s skin. The appearance of my acne scars also improved but like she told me prior to the treatment, nothing will truly make them go away. But I can’t wait to do another PRP treatment to soften my acne scars and resurface my skin again! I would recommend it to everyone and anyone!
Edited by Gita Izadi, NP
Mico-Needling at Neu Look Med Spa
Micro-Needling, is a treatment that we use at Neu Look Med Spa to rejuvenate the skin. The “Vampire Facial” uses the same concept but the difference is that they draw your blood, spin the plasma in a machine and then place it back on to your skin. With Micro-Needling, we use microscopic needles to create mild bleeding during the treatment, then we will massage the blood back to your skin (because your pores are already open from the light abrasions). Micro-Needling is a mildly invasive skin rejuvenation procedure which causes the body to create new collagen and elastin. We glide the pen over the skin with a peptide solution full of nutrients. This will help the skin regain tightness, firmness, reduce scaring, correct large pore size and even stretch marks. Results are typically best seen in a series of treatments; such as 3-6.
Producing The Change We Want to See
Many patients who suffer from acne and acne scaring turn to facials to correct the problem. Although we do not offer facials at Neu Look Med Spa, we know they are a wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating for the face and mind. On a medical level they are usually not strong enough to kill the bacteria that cause acne and boost enough collagen to see any major changes in scaring. We are encouraging our patients to try this more invasive treatment that we know will produce the change we want to see. We at Neu Look do not prefer to perform this service on active breakout that is on a large scale due to the spreading of bacteria but we always prescribe product or a chemical peel (Vitalize or Rejuvinize peels) to prep you for the service. Micro-Needling also helps your skin to absorb product directly into the treated area which will help the overall appearance and health of your skin.
How Micro-Needling Helps
Micro-Needling can help to reduce and prevent premature aging. Another lesser known effect of this procedure is it helping with the reduced appearance of stretch marks. It may not completely remove the scar but it can make it shallower and less dark in color. More sessions are usually required but it has been recorded that people have seen good results over time, even with deeper set ones. At Neu Look we have Non-Ablative Fractional (ICON) technology which treats the stretch marks (if less than 6mm in width). Multiple treatments are needed for the best result and they all have minimum downtime.
Most hyperpigmentation is caused by over exposure to the sun, damage to the epidermis, inflammation or trauma. Sun damage and age spots are a stubborn issue to correct but studies have proven that Micro-Needling can help to lessen the pigment by generating new, healthy melanin evenly over the skin. This treatment prepares the skin to absorb the right medication for brightening and lightening of the skin. This treatment is even effective on patients who have darker skin tones. Some lasers can cause hyperpigmentation rather than correcting it if used incorrectly (the dark skin needs to be prepared by the lightening agents before laser treatments). In summary the rule of Micro-Needling applies to correcting wrinkles and fine lines, large pores and creates a smoother texture.
Call Neu Look Med Spa at (858) 538-5665 to book your free consultation or appointment. If you have any questions feel free to ask one of our treatment educators who would love to help you decide which treatment best suits your desired result.
Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner
Many patients here at Neu Look Med Spa have experienced Microdermabrasion in the past and are curious to try MicroNeedling. According to Wikipedia, “Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.” Read more “What is the Difference Between Microdermabrasion vs. Microneedling?”