My initial posting about my DermaCare treatments is at:
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).