I wasn’t sure whether to blog about this, but I thought I would share this with you all.

For a long time I have never been happy with my skin. In my teens I suffered with fairly bad acne, not nearly as severe as some I’ve seen but it dented my confidence for quite a while. I eventually got treatment for it with antibiotics and later, the pill which has kept my skin under control.
Now my skin is fairly clear. I do have the odd breakout and find sometimes the spots can be long-lasting but mostly I have no problems and keep them under control with a topical wash and the pill.

However, for a lot of people -including myself- getting rid of the spots isn’t the end of the story. I have moderate scarring as a result, some on my shoulders and upper back, which doesn’t affect me mostly as my shoulders are covered up 11 months of the year and they’re barely visible in any case. The ones on my face affect me more.
Your face is on show all the time, and while makeup does a good job of covering it for the most part, I find after a few hours my foundation sinks into the scars. I also find in certain lights I can see them more prominently, which got me down a lot.

So a few years ago when I turned 18 I started looking into the idea of having something done about the scars. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly as I knew what I had would likely be expensive and possibly painful but I’d wanted something done for as long as I could remember and last year I visited a clinic and saw a consultant about what could possibly be done.
She suggested that I have a course of Dermaroller treatments, followed by juvederm.

In a nutshell, according to the website:
“Genuine Dermarollerβ„’ Therapyβ„’ provides advanced micro-medical skin-needling, a procedure that stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely, creating smoother, brighter, healthier, younger-looking skin.”

Basically by causing slight trauma to the skin, it encourages it to break down the old collagen and replace it with new healthy collagen, therefore filling out the scars. This treatment is permanent and while it is not a miracle fix it all solution, the results are incredible. Your scars won’t completely disappear but they will be improved. It is also a lot less risky than other more complex procedures such as Laser resurfacing.
The Juvederm is basically a temporary natural filler to fill out the scars.

As with anything, cosmetic treatments are not cheap and I did save for this but so far I think it’s worth it. I’ve just had my second treatment and will be posting more about this as I continue my treatments.

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  1. Nay says:

    This is so weird, i went through the exact same acne/scarring experience, and just today i had my first dermaroller treatment. After reading your blog i feel more confident i’ll have good results but just like you i recently turned 18 and had to get a job to afford the treatment. Thanks for sharing your story and good luck with your treatments :) xo

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