My Skin Journey
Throughout my life I have been lucky to not have any major issues with my skin. I would always get the odd pimple before the time of the month but I found that the older I got, the more pigmentation I was getting. When I was younger, I will admit that I would often go in the sun without sunblock which resulted in freckles.
During my pregnancy is when my pigmentation really started to affect me. I felt awful if I had no make-up on, my skin looked dull, and I had dark patches on my forehead, upper lip and cheeks. I told myself that once I had the baby it would clear up and return back to normal. This wasn’t the case, in fact it got worse. I became self-conscious when I didn’t wear makeup and I started looking at what treatments and products would help get rid of my pigmentation.
During pregnancy our bodies go through major changes due to hormonal changes. Some women find that their skin improves, others find their skin gets worse. Pigmentation during pregnancy is called melasma. The patches of pigmentation can appear all over the face including the upper lip, cheek bones, nose and forehead. It is often referred to ask the ‘pregnancy mask’ and can also affect women that are on the oral contraceptive pill. I mean we don’t have enough to worry about during pregnancy right?
I spoke to a few different women about what worked for them and everyone had different results with products and treatments. I decided to make an appointment at Caci Clinic to talk to the experts about what can be done to help improve my skin appearance. I booked myself in for treatments over the course of 3 months (while I was back in New Zealand). These treatments are what worked for me and definitely made a difference at breaking down the melasma, and clear out all my blocked pores from products and make up.
Dermal Rolling (or Collagen Induction): This is the treatment that helped breakdown the pigmentation and give my skin a clearer appearance. Dermal rolling uses a roller consisting of extremely fine needles which cause tiny pin pricks within the secondary layer of your skin. The treatment is designed to cause controlled trauma, as our skin very clever - and when it's damaged, it produces collagen tissue, which is stronger, and firmer than before. Over a course of treatments collagen fibres are strengthened and the skin becomes stronger, smoother, and firmer, with improved texture. It's a great treatment for treating acne scarring, improving skin tone and texture, and softening lines for a firmer looking appearance. A numbing cream is applied to the face so you cannot feel the tiny pricks on your skin. The treatment is over within 10 minutes so if you do feel any pain, its over fast enough. After this treatment my face was red for the remainder of the day and I had to avoid the sun for up to 3 days.
Microdermabrasion: I found this treatment really helped clear my congested skin and it improved texture. I would leave this treatment feeling like my face had a really good clean and my skin was always looking brighter and clearer. Even if you don’t experience pigmentation, I highly recommend microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is an advanced skin exfoliation treatment which uses crystals to remove dead skin cells, revealing newer, fresher looking skin. Crystals are blown onto the skin's surface under pressure and suctioned away simultaneously. This skin resurfacing process encourages circulation and cell renewal. I had 1 treatment a month for 3 months and even though I haven’t had one for over 3 months I still notice the results. I have more confidence going out in public without make up on.
After 3 months of skin treatments I have found an improvement in my skin tone. I wear sunblock every single day and if I do go into the sun, I always make sure that I wear a hat. I use the Ki Sunblock and Ki Daily Cleanser daily, the Murad Exfoliating Cleanser twice a week and Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence and Retinol Youth Renewal Serum daily. My skin still isn’t 100% after having a baby, but I feel so much better about how it is looking and I don’t feel self-conscious if I’m not wearing make-up.
If anyone is wanting advice on their skin appearance, Caci Clinic offers free consultations with one of their friendly experts.
I would love to hear what products or treatments have worked for other women when dealing with melasma.