I don’t have a regular dermatologist, I don’t think I’ve ever been to one before and that’s mostly because I’ve never really had any serious issues with my skin. Even when my hormones went crazy last year and took it out on my skin, a trip to my gyno stopped the break outs so I didn’t feel the need to add another expense to my already depleted wallet ( doctors are expensive here). Anyway, I have a lot of scars left from that hormonal break out and so far I’ve been treating them with good skin care and rose hip oil (which is fantastic), the scars have lightened a lot but I still have this weird uneven texture on one side of my face. So, when Kaya Skin Clinic reached out to me, I thought this would, at the most, be an informative experience because I don’t feel like I’m the most knowledgeable person when it comes to beauty treatments ( I’ve learned the little that I know from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, haha!).
Just a heads up:
- There will be not so glamorous pictures of me sans makeup, but we’re grown ups here, right?
- I have oily, combination skin that is sensitive
- I do break out a little at that time of the month
- Some of these pictures scared the crap out of me
I had an appointment with Dr Marwa at Kaya Skin Clinic, Dubai Marina. Before my consultation, I had to fill up a questionnaire about my skin and lifestyle habits.
After a quick chat with Dr Marwa about my skin concerns, I was taken to the skin analysis area of the clinic. This is where it got fascinating yet scary. They use the Visia Skin Assessment machine, it has three cameras that takes photos of your face so they can thoroughly analyze your skin from every angle and give you visual feedback. It’s not a very flattering experience but it’s pretty informative.
This next report measures UV damage. Again, I look terrifying (like a corpse) and I was all, “hey! I use SPF 40 everyday!”. Here’s what I was doing wrong- I wasn’t applying my sun screen thirty minutes before I left the house. Damn.
On a side note, she also asked if I had recently lost weight, and I was surprised by the question. Apparently, when we lose weight, the first place we lose fat is on the under eye area and that’s how she could tell. That’s a little unfortunate, isn’t it?
After my assessment, I was prescribed four to six sessions of Dermapen treatments, two to four weeks apart, followed by two final peel treatments.
The Dermapen treatment involves getting your skin stamped with a disposable head that contains several needles. The doctor can use different depths of needles for different areas of your skin depending on your scarring or wrinkles. These needles injure your skin (in a very minute way, there’s no blood or visible damage) which then encourages your body to produce collagen and and heal the skin on these damaged areas, giving scarred areas to heal properly again without the indentation, uneven texture or dark spots. It’s also supposed to be great for wrinkles and hyper pigmentation.
I was then taken to the treatment room, which is a good reflection of what you’re in for. I was familiar with Kaya Skin Clinic, so I wasn’t surprised but everything around you is very clinical. This isn’t a spa experience, and there was nothing relaxing about it.
The doctor applied vitamin rich serums before and during the treatment, followed by a vitamin C face mask. The whole stamping experience was painful, at first it mostly hurt on the forehead and jawline but during the second round of stamping/ needling, the areas where she had used deeper needles hurt when they were stamped again. I received two rounds of stamping, with increased pressure and needle depth for the areas with scarring and uneveness. It was definitely an uncomfortable experience and I was gritting my teeth through out the treatment.
Post treatment, my skin was a red hot mess. I wasn’t in any pain after the treatment, my skin just felt hot and irritated and it stayed inflamed for the next two hours. This is definitely not something you can do hours before an event, but she did say a lot of women get this treatment a day or two before a big event because it really plumps up the skin and diminishes wrinkles. After my skin calmed down, I didn’t see any visible results but my skin did feel really soft. I was allowed to wear make up but I had to make sure I used lots of sun screen and moisturizer for the next few days. Here’s a before and after treatment shot on their skin analysis machine: So, it’s been two weeks since I had my Dermapen treatment, did it work?
Firstly, I was informed that I would need 4 sessions to see a major difference in areas of scarring and indentation. They also mentioned that you really notice a difference in your skin a month later. The pigmentation around my mouth has lightened, this has been the most impressive result because I couldn’t live without using an orange corrector concealer before, but I’m skipping it now because I don’t need it. Yay! I feel like my skin looks brighter and my skin tone is more even than it used to be. I haven’t noticed any difference in scarring or the uneven texture, but I’m guessing that would take more treatments. Would I do it again? Yes, it was painful but I’m willing to sit through the pain if it means getting rid of one my insecurities and wearing less make up. I found the staff at Kaya Skin Clinic professional and helpful, and it was an educational and positive experience.
Each session of Dermpen at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai costs AED 650, you can learn more at kayaskinclinic.me
*Disclaimer: I was invited to review a service at Kaya Skin Clinic but as usual, all opinions are my own.