Now I'm ready to move on to the next phase in my journey. It's time to get serious about these scars that represent my past struggles. I'm ready to crush them. Better yet, I'm ready to erase them from existence.
Here's the issue. If I actually touch some of my scars. Many of them can be felt below the surface of my skin. It's like an ice berg that peaks it's head above the waters while hiding it's massive size just below the surface. I also have some very mild ice pick scars from previous breakouts that also need to be eradicated. Now I really wish I would have listened when people were telling me to stop picking at my pimples.
Enough looking back, I'm ready to do this! We're rounding out the last 90 days of the year and I'd like to finish strong so I can start next year with gorgeous skin. Because a lot scarring lays beneath the surface, I'll be taking a different approach than before. Instead of fade creams, I'm looking for something that can proactively penetrate the deepest layers of the skin, while promoting the formation of new collagen to replace my old damaged cells.
Here's what I've come up with so far. It'll be a 3 step approach:
01. Surface Exfoliation
+ Continue manual exfoliation via (sugar scrubs)
+ Utilize my PMD tool (personal microderm abrasion) once a week.
02. Collagen Production/Cell Turnover
+ Retin A cream nightly
+ Continue consumption of Neo Cell Collagen powder in morning smoothies.
03. Below the surface stimulation/Collagen Production
+ Utilize my dermal roller tool 1-2 X per week.
+ If necessary, purchase professional dermal roller/needle sessions from licensed practitioner.
I've owned my PMD tool for well over a year and can count on both hands the number of times I've used it. Last year, I was having a discussion with a woman at my local Nieman Marcus location. She told me that if I used it weekly, it would change my skin. I didn't listen then but I'm ready to do this now. There are some pretty convincing before and after pics of results from using it. I'm ready for the return on my investment.
Retin A is said to promote rapid cell turnover. I hope this works to speed up the process of getting rid of the remnants of my old scars. Again, just like my PMD, Retin A only works to it's fullest potential as long as I am consistent. As new cells are created, my hope is that the NEO Cell collagen supplement is there to feed them so they are as healthy and vibrant as possible.
Finally, if all of this doesn't work, I'm ready to pull out the big guns. I have a couple derma rollers that I bought a couple years ago but didn't use because I was concerned they would aggravate my acne. What are derma rollers, you ask? Well, derma rollers are these little roller things with tiny needles ranging in different sizes. You roll them on your skin causing minor trauma. The trauma promotes collagen production as the skin attempts to heal itself. I know this sounds like an ancient mid evil times torture device, but trust me, the result, over time, is fresh younger looking skin. This method, they say, is very effective for deep rooted scarring and for erasing stretch marks.
I suspect that all if this will work but, if not, my last resort will be to purchase a series of derma roller treatments at the hands of a professional. They have access to longer needles (which can go even deeper) and they understand the techniques which create the best outcome. I know that all of this may sound a bit excessive but I feel like I'm so close, I can taste it. Similar to someone who is running a long distance race and sees the finish line up ahead. Suddenly I have this burst of energy and I'm willing to run faster to reach my goal.
One thing I realize is that I've had all the tools available to me for quite a while now. What was missing was my own consistency. Without my consistent action, my skin does not get any better. This past weekend I broke out my dermal roller, did a brief session before applying my Retin A and other night products. Days later I used my Personal Microdermabrasion tool. Today, my skin already is showing some improvement. I'll keep repeating this process and, 90 days from now, I'll be glad I did.