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What to Expect During Your BB Glow Treatment: Step-by-Step Guide

The evertrusty foundation has been an integral part of a good makeup for years. Foundation gives a good make up and also helps hide many skin flaws and give the skin and even look for the evening or the day. However one of the disadvantages of foundations is that it is does not last for long an often as the tendency of becoming ‘cakey’ as the time passes.  Another downside of wearing makeup on the skin is that it clogs the pores and if you don’t remove it properly and cleanse the skin, there is a high risk of breakouts, spots and damage to the quality of the skin.

We live in a ‘I woke up looking like this’ world. Most of us have wondered at some point that how do celebrities and Instagram stars wake up looking perfect and confident. The answer is the new age BB glow treatment which not only cultivates skin positivity but also helps deal with many skin issues. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and does the important job of protecting our organs and looking good at the same time. The skin fights with age, hormones, improper diet, UV rays and pollution and so much more on a daily basis. It is also subject to ageing causing fine lines, pigmentation, wrinkles etc. This is why it is necessary to protect the skin every day an BB glow treatment does just that.

The ever popular BB glow treatment gives you the freedom from putting and removing makeup every day and also protects your skin. This is why it is the most in demand natural glow like treatment of all times.

What exactly is BB glow?

The BB stands for ‘blemish balm’ or ‘beauty balm’ and before you join this trend it is important to know everything about this treatment and how it will benefit your skin. BB glow treatment was first introduced as a part of facial treatment in Korea and Singapore and has quite quickly spread across the world.

BB glow is essentially a type of semi-permanent make up that will save you the hassle of putting on makeup everyday and even correct skin imperfections. It gives a natural glowing and dewy look to the skin that stays with you all through the day, night and even when you are sleeping. It is a 24*7 skin cream that need to be reapplied.

The basic procedure is placing shades of pigments under your skin using laser or microneedling/ nano needling technologies for the perfection that appears from within. This semi-permanent makeup also claims to improve the texture, quality and tone of the facial skin. And the results do not look ‘made up’ but just like the lightweight foundation.

What are the steps of BB glow treatment

BB glow treatment is an outpatient procedure of depositing tined serum under the skin. The entire treatment lasts for just 1.5 to 2 hours to the maximum. This complex procedure and it includes the following steps

Step 1: Cleaning the skin

Since BB glow treatment does micro or nano injuries on the skin to deposit the serum, the skin surface needs to be cleaned thoroughly to make sure there are no bacteria, dirt or traces of skin care products and make on the surface. The skin specialist uses a gentle cleanser that will not irritate the skin

Step 2: Exfoliating the surface

The next step is to apply an exfoliating gel or a chemical peel on the skin surface to remove the dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. this ensures that the product absorption is better. The peel is applied using a soft brush and not massaged in. The duration of this gel varies with the skin type such as 2 minutes for sensitive skin, 3 minutes for normal skin and up to 5 minutes for oily skin. The teel is usually made of acids such as lactic acid. You might feel some redness and tingling post this step on the skin but it is quite normal.

Step 3: Neutralizing

The chemical from the peel or the gel keep working on the skin if not removed completely. A neutralizing solution is applied on the skin to stop the activity. If the peel is not removedcompletely, it can cause damage to the skin. This solution is usually in the form of a foam.

Step 4: Applying the BB booster

This a critical step of the procedure is the application of BB booster serum. This is done though nano needling or micro needling procedure. The skin practitioner uses fine needles (derma pen) to puncture the skin shallowly. The entire skin is covered in circular motions. The skin specialist will use different combinations of serums to treatment various skin conditions. The target is to treat specific condition as per the previous discussions.

Step 5: Tinted serum application

The facial skin has various shades and, in this step, a tinted serum matching your skin shade is deposited in the skin. The shade of the serum is usually one shade lighter than that of your skin tone. The darker shades are used for contouring and slight rosy shades are used to give a natural blush appearance. Thus, the overall look is perfectly air brushed make up look that you usually get by using several complex makeup products.

This pigmented serum is also deposited through a derma pen. Drops of the serums in various shades is placed on the skin. The skin specialist will move the pen over your face 2-3 times.  Your dermatologist might lightly massage the skin to remove the serum residue and ensure better spread and absorption of serum.

Step 6: Nourishing and hydrating mask

This is the last step of the BB glow treatment. Your skin will benefit from the hydrating properties of the mask and it will also help soothe the redness and irritation caused because of microneedling. The mask is left on for about 15 minutes and the reside is massaged in the skin.

That is, it! The treatment is done and the next appointment date is given for about 2-4 weeks later.

Benefits of BB glow treatment for skin

BB glow has the foundation blending in the skin perfectly but from within. You can say it is a form of pigmentation but it does not alter the skin permanently. Among the many benefits of BB glow treatment include

  • It gives the skin an even toned appearance and texture
  • It camouflages imperfections like redness, under eye circles, hyperpigmentation, age spots etc.
  • Nourishing and hydrating the skin to restore youthfulness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • It reduces the visibility of open pores
  • Has a natural anti-ageing effect.
  • Improvement in collagen production that tightens the skin naturally
  • It gives a visible reduction in pimples, blemishes, and acne scars.
  • It gives an overall brightening effect and cures dull and dehydrated skin.
  • Saves time and money and applying and buying makeup regularly
  • Boost confidence in self-image

Results post BB glow treatment

The changes in your skin are visible immediately and full results will be noticeable in few days. You might notice some redness on the skin but that is normal. Your practitioner will give you a gentler skin care routine to follow for a next few days.  There will no need to use foundation or other makeup on a daily basis for next few weeks.

Who can get a BB glow treatment?

Any healthy person who is dealing the skin uses such as ageing, pigmentation etc and wants to get rid of the hassle of using makeup everydaycan opt for BB glow treatment. BB glow is not suitable for clients who are

  • Pregnant, lactating or nursing
  • Undergoing cancer or tumour treatments
  • Suffering from chronic skin ailments such as rosacea, psoriasis, active ace, allergies etc.
  • Having skin infection of any kind
  • Prone to keloid scarring, allergies etc
  • On blood thinning medications

Depending on the condition of the skin the BB glow saturation is built over time. It might take 2-10 sessions for BB glow treatment to get more everlasting effect. Most clients will see best results in 3-5 sessions easily. The session are done 2-4 weeks apart.

Before the BB glow treatment

  • Halt the use of any vitamin A on the skin such as retinol, or retin A, five days before the treatment.
  • Let your doctor know about any regular medication that you are on such as blood thinners etc.
  • Ask for a patch test to rule out any allergies to ingredients

Taking care of the skin post BB glow treatment

The skin might be a little sensitive and prone to infections because of the tiny punctures on the skin therefore who will be given a detailed set of instructions on what to do and what not to do such as

  • Avoid touching or pressing your face for a few days
  • Keep your face dry for the first 24 hours after the treatment
  • Avoid activities that can cause sweating
  • After 24 hours wash your face with lukewarm water and mid soap. No harsh products.
  • Avoid any kind of make for at least 2-3 days post treatment
  • No swimming or gyming for next seven days
  • Avoid going out in sun and even when you have to go out wear a high-quality SPF otherwise the pigments can give an ashy or greyish look to the skin
  • Skip any facials and harsh skin care treatments for the next three weeks
  • Vitamin C and retinol products can cause the deposited pigments to fade faster and hence dis continue their applications.
  • Tanning is never good for BB glow treatment. it can cause the pigments to become uneven in colour and result in patchy skin.

Let the pigments settle under the skin properly. The tiny punctures on the skin will cause the skin to regenerate and have a better texture as they heal. You will also see deep hydration and a plumper skin. the effects last for about 4-8 months as the body breaks down the pigments and removes them from the body.

BB glow treatment price in India

BB glow treatment price in India is usually charged per session. The number of sessions you get the higher is the cost of BB glow treatment. The cost of BB Glow treatment also varies with the fact whether other treatment such as dermaplaning or LED are also used with it.

Other factors influencing the BB glow treatment price in India include location, reputation and expertise of the salon or spa. Since it is a cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by insurance. Most clinics offer discounted package deals if you book multiple sessions in advance. If not done in a sterile environment with the best of the products, BB glow can have some long term effects such as permanent titanium deposits under the skin which can be potentially harmful. Therefore make sure that you do not compromise on the cost and find a salon that use the highest quality of serums and make sure that the needling is not too deep to reach the epidermis.




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How to remove acne scars permanently?

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Living with acne and acne scars is not easy. Scars on the face and other parts of the body can change the way you think about yourself and dent your self-esteem. For most people, acne scars are an unwanted reminder of the embarrassing acne phase. You are not alone when it comes to dealing with acne. More than 80% of people face the issue of acne in their teens or in their 30s. There are many factors that cause acne but changes in hormones remain the major cause. The good news is that you no longer have to live with acne scars as there are safe and reliable treatments available that reduce the appearance of scars permanently. Yes, all kinds of acne scars can be treated even if they are caused because of puberty or stress-induced breakouts.

What causes acne scarring?

There are different types of acne such as papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. Acne scarring comes as a side effect of acne but is more depressing and disfiguring. To understand acne scar treatment, we first need to understand what is causing this scarring. The acne we see on our skin also causes damage underneath the skin too. When you have a breakout, there is inflammation under the skin which causes damage to the skin tissue and this is the major cause of scarring. The extent of scarring depends on the skin type and the damage.

As the acne pore swells it pushes against the wall of the pores and it breaks down.  Sometimes the blemishes are small and the scars are small but when the insides of the pores spread to the other tissues, the scars can be deep. The skin tries to repair the scar by forming new collagen fibres and when there are too many fibres, they cause a raised scar.  There are two types of acne scars

  • Discolouration scaring: This type of acne scarring causes hyperpigmentation which causes darker skin.
  • Indentation scaring: This is caused when the top layer of the skin fails to heal or regenerate itself and it causes a depression in the skin.

Some people scar easier than others and, in some hyperpigmentation, causes discolouration scaring post-acne. So, it is important to understand that acne causes scarring whether you pick or scratch it or not.  But when you pinch or squeeze a pimple or even a blackhead, you only increase the inflammation which in turn makes the scaring work. Another major factor that worsens acne scarring and spread is touching the pimple with unclean hands or towels.

Are acne scars permanent?

No, there are excellent treatments at your disposal that can reduce all types of acne scarring. The choice of treatment depends on the type of scar and the depth of the scar. Types of acne scars are

Atrophic scars appear as small dips on the skin. They occur when the skin is not able to make enough fibres.  These are further classified as

  • Ice-pick scars that look like tiny pinpricks.
  • Box car scars are larger dips with clear edges
  • Rolling scars give an undulating appearance to the skin and are not clearly defined.

Hypertrophic scars are raised scars caused because of too many fibroblasts produced in response to acne inflammation.

Keloid scars are thicker than hypertrophic scars and also have hyperpigmentation and are therefore dark in colour and often painful and itchy.

Treatment for acne scars

The first step in the treatment of acne scars is to prevent more acne. Talk to your doctor about acne control and avoid touching or scrubbing the acne. If you have recurring acne then it will cause more scarring. Acne scar removal and acne dark spot removals are safe and effective in-office treatments that are minimally invasive and do not cause damage to the skin.  They include

Subcision: This procedure is usually done before undergoing any other treatment for a scar procedure. Deep scars are dislodged from the muscle or the tissue so that they come to the surface and then it comes easier to treat them using laser treatment for acne scars or chemical peels or needling or dermabrasion.

Laser skin resurfacing: This is the gold standard for acne scar removal. Laser scar removal is safe and effective and can treat large areas of scars. It works on a simple principle of causing a small injury to the skin which triggers the healing process. This produces more collagen and stimulates the production of new skin cells which then correct the skin from the inside. A High-powered laser beam for laser treatment for scar removal gently removes the outer layer of the skin. The most commonly used laser for deep scars is fractional CO2 laser for skin resurfacing. Non-ablative laser resurfacing targets the inner layer of the skin to stimulate the production of new skin cells to replace damaged skin cells. Lasers treatments also smooth and improve the tone and appearance of the skin. Laser scar removal can cause bruising or redness and it may take the skin about 10 days to heal completely and it takes some months to see full results.

Microdermabrasion: This treatment is used for shallow and surface acne scars. Microdermabrasion as an acne scar treatment is done by exfoliating the affected layer of the skin and revealing smooth, scar-free and younger-looking skin underneath.

Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers are special gel-like compounds that are injected into the scars to fill them up and even out the skin. Dermal fillers plump out the skin and reduce the appearance of depressed acne scars. They contain ingredients like collagen and hyaluronic acid. Soft tissue fillers are often used to treat atrophic acne scars such as rolling or boxcar scars. Fillers are a good option to treat the scar.

Over-the-counter drugs and creams:  These include topicals and medications that reduce the appearance of the scar and the dark spots caused by scars. The most commonly used ones include

  • Alpha hydroxy acids which help remove dead skin and clogged pores by exfoliating the outer skin. This also clears discolouration and rough skin. They can be used on all types of acne scars.
  • Lactic acids are often used in chemical peels but are also found in serums and ointments to lighten scars. They lighten the pigmentation, texture and appearance of the scar.
  • Retinoids are vitamin A derivations and a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation and scar removal. They remove the dead skin cells and the top layer of the skin and are suitable for depressed scars.
  • Salicylic acid cleans up the pores, and reduces swelling and redness one of the best treatments for acne scars.

Microneedling: This treatment for acne scar removal involves applying a small needle-studded roller over the scars.  This causes small tiny injuries on the skin that stimulates the skin into producing collagen. This helps smooth skin and fill up the scars. It can take more than one treatment of micro-needling to correct the scars. This type of acne scar removal works well for depressed scars and not raised scars.

Scar revision treatment results

The scar removal process needs many treatment sessions and the results also take a few months to appear. A little bruising and redness on the scar removal site are common but it does not last for long. Your dermatologist will give you a list of instructions to follow for post-scar removal treatment care. Some of these include

  • Avoid direct sunlight on the treated area
  • If there is swelling then use a cool cloth or a cold pack to reduce it
  • In case of pain, you can use OTC pain medication
  • Use a regular cleansing and moisturizing routine.
  • Avoid makeup or other facias for a few weeks post-treatment.
  • Wear sunblock before going out

Your dermatologist might use more than one treatment to minimize acne scars. Acne dark spot removal treatments can use lasers as well as micro-needling. The location of the scar is also a major consideration when it comes to selecting the right treatment. Correct scar revision can reduce the appearance of the scar to as low as noticeable.

Scar removal cost

The cost of scar removal depends on various factors such as

  • Type of scar
  • Location of scar
  • Size of scar
  • Your age
  • General Health
  • Previous treatments
  • Chronic skin condition
  • Medications
  • Surgeon’s fees

Laser acne scar removal cost is a little higher than using over-the-counter medications but lasers give more long-lasting and better results. Also if your skin has a tendency to recurring acne you might need to factor in the cost of repeated scar removal and acne treatments for relief.  Laser scar removal cost is a small factor considering the benefits of flawless scar free skin.

About Dr. Rinky Kapoor

Dr. Rinky Kapoor- Best Dermatologists in Mumbai, India

Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Co-founder of The Esthetic Clinics, is one of the best dermatologists in the world & currently practices in Mumbai, India. Dr. Rinky Kapoor is a Consultant Cosmetic Dermatologist, Cosmetologist & Trichologist at S L Raheja Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, India. Dr. Kapoor is trained at the National Skin Centre, Singapore & at Stanford University, USA. A celebrity skin doctor, Dr. Rinky Kapoor has won many honors such as “Best Dermatologist in Mumbai”, “Most Valuable & Admired Cosmetic Dermatologist in India” & “Best Dermatologist in India”, etc for her expert dermatology care, affordable & reliable skin care, hair care & nail care Read more

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