WOW — SKIN IS LOOKING (AND FEELING) REALLY GREAT!

My initial posting about my DermaCare treatments is at:
http://www.clearskin4me.com/viewtopic.php?t=2385&highlight=dermacare

It’s still too early for me to know for sure if this is going to continue working, but so far, my skin is responding beautifully to the DermaCare facials plus the YOURX (the name is from the word “your” and “Rx” combined into one word) products. I’ve only had two facials and have only been using the skin care products for 1-1/2 weeks now, but my skin feels so smooth to the touch, and my face is totally clear (well, okay there are a couple of little nothing bumps on my nose, but that’s it). After I put on my make-up, I actually was feeling pretty today. I keep looking at myself in the mirror. Oh, God, I really, really hope that this is not just a fluke, and that it continues. I’m not using the foundation all over my face, but just on the spots that really need coverage. My face looks pretty bad right after the facials (the spots are really red where she does the extractions) but then in a few days it heals up beautifully. Wow. I’ve never had facials that worked this well before. In fact, I gave up on facials because my skin would oftentimes get worse from them — the pimples they worked on would get re-infected and bigger, I got broken capillaries from the vacuuming devices, and I generally looked like I’d been mugged and beaten up after some facials.

The YOURX products contain a lot of botanical extracts, but they also contain chemicals that I’ve tried to avoid in the past (propylene glycol, parabens, etc.). I decided to ease up on that restriction, because I wanted to make sure I was doing the whole program, which includes the home skin care products. To give you an idea of some of the botanicals in the products, the Oil-Free Moisturizer contains Eucalyptus Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Bilberry Extract, Rosemary Extract, Rose Hips Extract, Passionflower Extract, Pine Bark Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Japanese Green Tea Extract, Licorice Extract, and Willowherb Extract. The Raspberry Purifying Toner contains Witch Hazel Extract, Cranesbill Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Elder Flower Extract, Chamomile Extract, Lemongrass Extract, Burdock Extract, and Calendula Extract.

The only thing is, I don’t know if the type of facials she does are available anywhere but at her studio, DermaCare, which is in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. I was really lucky in that I was able to get treated by the owner, Kay Stoll. If anyone lives in this area, I would highly recommend her studio based on my experience so far, on how her clients have raved about her, and I also talked to two facialists (they don’t work for her) who said they have heard nothing but good things about her. In fact, a facialist at another salon referred me to Kay because she felt my skin problems were beyond her scope of expertise, and she was afraid to touch me because of all my allergies and sensitivities. Kay is a medical aesthetician. I almost don’t want to tell too many people about her, because I don’t want it to get so crowded there that I can’t get appointments with her anymore. I will keep you all updated — keep your fingers crossed for me that my skin continues to improve. It’s terribly expensive ($75 bucks a pop, plus the products are expensive), but I would work a second job if I had to to pay for the treatments (well, actually, I need a job, period, right now). I think it might be covered by medical insurance, but I’m not sure (and I’m not insured right now).

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9 thoughts on “WOW — SKIN IS LOOKING (AND FEELING) REALLY GREAT!

  1. Oh lenore that is great to hear that you are having good luck with those facials!! Definetly keep us updated. I would like to know what makes them so special. Do you think its the products she use or is it the technique?

  2. Just wanted to say, good for you Lenore!!
    So nice to hear a nice ‘clearing-up’ story on here!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that things continue to improve!!

  3. Thats great news Lenore!! :mrgreen
    Im jealous as hell but sooo happy 4u. Got my fingers crossed as well that it continues xx

  4. I had my 4th facial today. My skin has been doing really well. I look the worst right after a facial, because of the extractions, but then everything heals in a few days. She said that I shouldn’t get a peel until my skin is well cleaned out, which should take around 8-10 weekly facials (a major investment at $75 a pop, but it would be worth it if it worked). After that she recommended I get one Jessner peel, and then get one glycolic acid peel monthly, at gradually increasing strengths. She said that if one were to get a peel before their pores were cleared out well, that it could cause pustules to form. That was my experience when I used Retin A — my face exploded horribly, and I got scarring from that. She felt that the deeper peels, like dermabrasions, could thin out the skin and cause an unnatural look to the surface, like a waxy look, which she said is caused by scar tissue. I have seen some people whose skin looked weird after a deep peel — it almost didn’t look like skin anymore, but like plastic or something, and it was really thinned out. That’s why I’ve always been afraid to get a peel. Her skin looks really nice though, and she said she was as pitted up as I am (which I find really hard to believe, but it gives me hope). She said that doing the peels that way wouldn’t thin out my skin, and that it would stimulate new cell growth. I’ve never been a great fan of glycolic acid, but she seems to know what she’s doing and getting really good results.

  5. She told me that the treatments she uses are a patented, proprietory process. The facialists who work for her are not allowed to do the same treatments outside of her studio. Now I feel bad for even making all these postings because it’s like saying “Here, this is working for me, but you can’t get the treatments unless you fly to Los Angeles” for those out of the area. I have to say that I’ve never had such good results from facials before — in fact, I was really down on them from my previous experiences. The “YouRx” products are available elsewhere, as I’ve seen them online. It’s hard to say how much of my improvement is due to the facials and how much to the home care products, but my gut feeling is that it’s mostly from the facials, and that the home care products help to maintain the results between facials. She said that my skin will continually improve over time with the treatments. I think it’s a shame that she doesn’t open other studios in other cities, so that others can benefit. Time will tell if my skin continues to improve as it has over the last few weeks, anyway. I may be being hasty in my excitement (but I hope not). I also wonder if the treatments would work for the very worst grade of acne, Grade IV acne, I think it’s called. I don’t see how she could do the extractions when the skin is that severely inflamed. My skin wasn’t near as bad, even before starting the facials, as it was a couple of years ago, when it was really cystic. Kay also refers clients to a nutritionist/acupuncturist/herbologist in Westlake named Johanne Rose (805-496-8446). I may go to her also.

  6. I had my 5th weekly facial yesterday. They’re still very painful. She presses and pinches up really hard on my nose sometimes, until I’m afraid she’s going to injure it. She must know what she’s doing, though, because I haven’t gotten any bruising or other adverse effects afterwards, only good results. Still, I moan a lot during the facials, and sometimes say “Ow, ow, ow”. I feel like such a wimp, and I’m trying to be quieter, but it’s hard. She advised me to take an Advil ahead of time, but I don’t like taking drugs.

    She said that some of the pore plugs have been there for years, and that they will continue to rise to the surface with the treatments. She said that it takes years for the milia to form. I know that I’ve had some of those white bumps for at least a year or more.

    She advised to use a clean washcloth daily, although she said I didn’t need to change towels daily. She said to blot, not rub, when drying the face with a towel, so as to avoid tearing open pimples. She also said to be very careful not to rub the washcloth over an inflamed pimple.

    I bought myself a special facial cloth at Whole Foods Market yesterday, and I like it. It is totally smooth, and is designed not to harbor bacteria. It’s called “The Skin Cloth“, made by Gabriel Cosmetics, and it cost $13.79. You can purchase it online at this link:

    http://www.vitaminlife.com/product.asp?productid=20159&brandid=472

    I’m going to make a separate posting about it.

    I also bought the YouRX Acne Drying Lotion from DermaCare as a spot treatment for individual pimples. It contains sulfur and resorcinol. She said that I can use it even over make-up during the day, as it penetrates through. I’ve been mostly clear during the 4 weeks I’ve been going to her, but I did finally get one large infected pimple last week, on the bridge of the nose area, where my glasses press against my face. I ran out of the clay mask for about 5 days when I was staying at my boyfriend’s house, though, and I’m supposed to use the mask daily, so maybe that’s why I broke out. Still, in general, my skin is doing well and the general texture is improving.

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