By: Ivan Lam
Hey guys. What's up? Welcome back. If you are new here, my name is Ivan and welcome to the family. Today, we're just going to talk about acne scarring and the different types of acne scars and how we can treat them. You know like everybody I know of, I feel like goes through acne and goes through breakouts once in a while and even though everybody tells us, even I know that, like tell us not to pick at them. Sometimes we do, especially when it comes to a head, you just want to squeeze them. That definitely causes scarring and there are different kinds of acne scars.
First one is obviously you get like a dark mark and then it's just like hyperpigmentation it's called. It is when the trauma causes your skin to darken and just leaves behind you know when the pimple leaves a dark mark. That's hyperpigmentation.
The second one is ice pick scars is when it looks like a dot, like a pore, and that's when you know the scarring has gone a little bit deeper. That's when the collagen has broken down and leaves a little dent.
And then you have a different kind of scar which is called a boxcar scar and it's a little bit wider and it looks like those craters and it definitely looks like that just because the collagen is destroyed after squeezing and all that trauma and infection.
And so, you definitely don't want to pick your acne or any active acne that you have. I know it takes a very, very, very long time to sort of make it heal and make it sort of fill that indentation and in trips to the dermatologist are really, really expensive.
So one way you can heal your acne scarring at home is through micro needling also known as collagen induction therapy.
It's been very very popular with dermatologists and aestheticians for a long. long time and for the longest time, people haven't been able to do it at home and I know you've seen the past videos that I've done with the micro needling and I am definitely a fan of it.
I think it works just because there's so little downtime. The downtime is basically at night time your skin will look a little bit red and the next day it's okay. It's glowing.
It actually looks plumper the next day. So I really, really recommend it and today I'm just going to show you guys how I do it at home. It is good to go with a brand like Banish that is more established and more reputable because there are a lot of products out there.
I have gotten microneedles that look like, sort of like bent because they're not taken cared of and some that have rusted.
So Banish came out with this new Banisher. It's the Banisher 2.0. It's a lot sleeker looking and very, very clean and easy to use. The biggest difference with this is that you know with the roller one it might cause when you press it down, have uneven bristles just because of how the rolling technique is. When you move it around the needles might dig in into uneven angles if that makes sense.
So Banish came out with this new Banisher 2.0 which is a black sort of stamp like a thing which is very interesting. It looks kind of scary. Just like with the other microneedling tools. But it's actually not as scary as you think.
This one has gold tips, gold bristles and when you press it down, the good thing about this one is it applies even pressure. Collagen induction therapy, the way it works is that you're basically using the small bristles, needles on the tools that create microchannels and micro traumas onto the skin.
And what that does is it helps one helps the skin care absorb better so you can follow up with a quality soothing and anti-inflammatory type of oil to help heal the skin. And then what it does is when those channels are created your body sort of signals your skin to sort of repair itself. And in time just rebuilds your skin in a way it breaks down your skin so that your body can naturally heal it up.
You don't have to do this too much. I think I only do it like every two or three weeks. And I have seen a significant amount of improvement with my skin especially with the pore size and the acne scarring.
One thing you'll note is that with this micro needling technique it not only addresses acne scarring but it also over time just I guess produces, makes your body produce more collagen and builds up your skin.
So what you want to do is really. really easy.
There's like a fill line right here so you can fill it with alcohol and dip it into the thing for about five minutes. And you want to make sure it really really soaks. And just disinfects it. Make sure your hands are clean.
Clean your face with your favorite oil cleanser or gel cleanser and then after that, you just lay it on there on the table for about two minutes to let it air dry. And after the thing is completely dry you can go and I guess the right word is stamp your face.
Start around with the cheek area. Because I feel like that's where it hurts the least just because there's a lot of fat there. And once it starts hitting the cheekbones and my brow bone it does hurt a little bit. I'm not going to lie. But it's like super worth it.
So you want to do this for about four to five times and while you're doing it you want to hold your skin taught as well just like that. And go ahead and stamp, rotate, stamp, rotate, stamp, rotate. So each area you can do about four to five times.
And the great thing is that you can choose which area you want to do. I would say do not use this on active acne. Or any active breakouts just because you don't want to spread the bacterial infection all over the place. Use it on like scarring, like any dark spots or any pit scars to box scars you have.
So like I said I do this about every two to three weeks. That's when I notice the most results. I really don't recommend doing it every day or every other day. Your skin doesn't work like that. It needs time to heal. It really, really just needs time to repair itself.
The collagen one and collagen three repairs at different rates so you might want to make sure both of them are completely fully repaired before going in with the stamp again.
After you're done using the banisher, don't forget to sterilize it again and air dry it and store it. This prevents like that any bent, this cap right here... make sure it's always capped. It prevents any bending of the bristles and stuff.
After you're done sort of stamping your face you'll notice that your face is super red and maybe a little bit tender to the touch. That's totally normal.
I go in with this Banish oil which is especially formulated to use after micro needling. You don't really want too many chemicals in your products after micro needling because your skin is sort of exposed.
Contains glycerin in the first ingredient which is a skin sort of hydrator. So make sure your skin is protected. It contains also vitamin C and aloe.
So what vitamin C does, it actually promotes collagen synthesis so it rebuilds your collagen slowly and obviously calls it vitamin C is a great antioxidant and also it lightens some of that existing scarring pigment.
So overall, this is just a really, really great product to use after. It contains vitamin E to help nourish the skin and aloe vera obviously to calm an soothe irritated skin.
Make sure you don't wear any makeup after microneedling. I really don't suggest you do it in the day time or if you're going to go out. I would say do it the night before so the next morning you'll wake up with glowing skin. And I think the next morning you're fine.
Make sure you wear sunscreen for protection. I will also say do a patch test on yourself to see if you are allergic. Acne scarring is a struggle and it's not an overnight thing where you use it one time and you'll see tremendous results.
You got to use it over a couple of months and after I feel like half a year is when I definitely see the most results. I saw results in about two to three months.
But after six months is when the pit scarring around this area, because I used to have breakouts around here and it was really, really deep and I feel like it has gotten a lot lighter so after six months is when I saw a really, really drastic change about that.
Everything takes time, guys. It is a journey and it's your journey. It's our journey. And I'm just glad I guess micro needling is available to everybody now and not just you don't... before like a lot of these things was just at the doctor's office or the dermatologist but now it is open to everyone.
This is like a real tool and you just want to be careful. These are really, really sharp needles. So be very, very gentle with your skin when you are pressing it into the skin.
So I used to suffer from really, really bad acne and it left a lot of scarring and honestly a big reason why I don't have too many photos of my scarring was that I was quite embarrassed and I was very self-conscious about it I guess.
Sometimes, I wouldn't want to go out and I would spend so much money on all those pore filling primers and stuff. I still use them but it's not as bad as before where I really had to like put the paste into the skin if that makes sense.
I definitely have noticed my skin does look a lot fuller and plumper and also a lot of the ice pick scars that were deeper are now a lot lighter. I would never recommend something that I don't believe in and collagen induction therapy has been my go-to for a long, long time. So I really hope you try it out.
I just want to say thank you so much and good luck in your skincare journey. I feel like it is a journey.
It's sort of like a constant thing just because it is a lifestyle and there's no one thing that sort of makes your skin better. But it's a combination of doing a lot of different things that help contribute to good skin.
These days as consumers, we have so many different avenues to educate ourselves about our skin, our diet, and the different treatments we can do to sort of improve ourselves. But yeah I hope this video helped and thank you guys so much for the support. I'll see you guys next time. Bye.