|An old photo taken a few years back by Kulotsky Man :-)|
It has been forever ago when I last went to a derma clinic. My aunt was so gracious enough to treat me to some derma sessions because as a teenager, I had pimply skin. Specifically on my triangle zone. I always had pimples. But because of my tita's derma, it lessened. Eversince then, I would occasionally still get pimples but I never went back to any derma, I lived on eskinol with dalacin-c, and this skin set I bought online which I believed worked, but I would still get break outs from time to time. A fact I thought was just normal until I started to realize that I actually have a lot of friends that very very seldom have pimples. Even my sister hardly gets any pimples. And me on the other hand, I get batches! Like 2 or 3 at a time. (And I called that normal?!) This was a wake up call for me. Something needed to be done.
So a few weeks ago, it was the first time in how many years that I finally stepped inside a skin clinic again. The clinic of Dra. Kristina Cuevas Reyes, MD. , a pretty clinic called Luminisce.
Luminisce is a pretty little clinic situated at the 2nd floor of the Mercury Drug building in The Fort, BGC. Just go to the side of Mercury Drug and you will see the entrance.
I love how pretty the place looked. Very classy, clean, and bright.
While waiting, I was offered some merienda, and they made me choose between tea or coffee. So I had a little snack while waiting for Doc Kaycee. Finally it was my turn.
|Photo from Luminisce Facebook Page|
|Photo from Luminisce Facebook page|
The thing that is apparent with Doc Kaycee is that she is very hands on with her clinic. She makes sure she handles all the consultation. This is why you might have to wait a moment for your next turn. She makes sure she really addresses your concerns well. She has been featured in a number of magazines and online articles for her amazing achievements! Popular celebrities go to her clinic as well! Check on their Facebook page to see who!
I also have to admit that during my consultation, I couldn't help but stare at her face because her skin is just soooo beautiful! Not a blemish anywhere. She has that natural glow. No foundation, no creams. Just an all-natural glow that was hard not to stare at. So knowing that this person owns the place and is the skin doctor per se, you just know you're in good hands.
First order of business for Doc is skin check. Since we all have different skin types, it's important for her to really analyze the skin of the client, and really hear their concerns with their skin. As I mentioned, pimples like me. Like a woman's monthly period, they appear from time to time. Not to mention I started having these freckle-looking spots just by my cheek bones.
I recall having this conversation with a sales lady at a cosmetic stall...
Me: eto miss oh (showing my brown spots to her) .. may brown spots... ano kaya yan?
Sales lady: Ah signs of aging yan, ma'am.
Oh, and then just very recently again, I noticed small specks of brown circles at the sides of my face. And yes, I've confirmed they're ... warts... uuugh!!!! What perfect timing to go to Luminisce!
Aaaanyway, going back to the consultation, Doc Kaycee really carefully analyzed what treatments she feels is appropriate for my skin type. During the consultation, she had one of her staff there in the room with us who was going to do the treatments. This way, the nurse also knows what the doctor and the patient talks about, she hears the concerns of the client, and so Dra. Kaycee can directly instruct her what treatments to do.
Next I was lead to my room. A small room with the same interior style as the reception area. It felt like I was in a nice bedroom.
And aside from my phone, this was my view the whole time.
My "before" shot. As you can see, I have pimple marks. And actual painful pimples on my nose and near my lips. But since I was wearing some CC cream that day, it helped hide it a little. But believe me it's there. This would also be the last time in a long time that I will be wearing a CC cream on my face as doc told me later on that I should stop using anything but sun block.
Here we go! Here's the list of treatments that Dra. Kaycee wanted me to undergo:
- a special facial treatment that deeply cleans the pores and removes those very bad bacteria that causes acne, cleans out excess oil and trapped dirt and helps minimize pores up to 2 weeks.
|So soothing! I wanted to nap at this point.|
This starts with a relaxing facial cleansing and a relaxing facial massage.
A very light and thin gauze placed on my face leaving room for me to breathe.
Then the sonophoresis begins. This is where ultrasound waves seep nutrients into the skin that removes blackheads and white heads as well. And then they use this special machine that lifts and revitalizes the skin. It's a weird sensation I have to admit because you'll feel tiny currents of electricity web out under your skin. Anyway, after this, another machine is used that oxygenates the skin by releasing cool pressurized oxygen in the skin and hydrates the pores. It's like they're cleaning your skin and pores as clean as a whistle.
|Looks like a scene from The Matrix or something|
Clear Laser Peel by Spectra XT
-uses a film of carbon lotion that regenerates collagen and correct melasma, pigmentation, acne, skin tone, pore appearance, and fine wrinkles.
Acne Clear Laser by Spectra XT
- I was pretty amazed by the Acne Clear Laser because if there's one thing I want to visually do with my stubborn pimples is to shoot them down with a laser gun. This isn't actually a laser gun but this Spectra XT toning laser normalizes the blood vessels surrounding the wound healing process which lessens inflammation and makes it heal faster. After a day or two I could really feel the inflamation of my then throbbing inflamed pimples significantly go down until it was totally healed. If I do this for a few more sessions, I could get smoother and even-toned skin.
-This Coquille Peel helps even out skin tone. If you want to get that youthful glow back, this is the treatment to try. It helps shed rough skin and restores the skin's moisture levels. The amazing part is that it uses Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) which is derive from natural fruit and food extracts. Nothing but good stuff in it. This is actually exclusive to Luminisce.
Derm Enhancer Laser by Spectra XT
- For my melasma (apparently that's what my freckle-looking spots on my cheek bones are called, doc wanted to try treat it with the derm enhancer laser because it uses the Spectra XT RuvyTouch which is a precise laser that send out microbeams totally directed at problem areas. It's interesting because it causes tissue damage, and then when this happens, it initiates collagen production and cell renewal. And the amazing part is it is non-invasive.
Going home, some parts of my face, specifically the now ex-pimples looked red but Doc Kaycee assured this was what was supposed to happen for at least a few days. Mine didn't last very long which is good. Doc also prescribed some antibiotics for me to help tone down my acne.
2 Weeks After
I could really see the difference with my skin. I couldn't see or feel any new pimple building up. The two or three pimples that Doc treated were definitely gone. My melasma was still there but I was expecting this because Doc mentioned to me that my level of melasma was a bit harder to treat so I'm going to need to get a series of treatments for it. I know it's not yet celebrity level skin, but the important thing is that I didn't have pimples anymore. Just some marks that I'm hoping to lighten eventually. I believe that with regular check ups, clear smooth and bright skin will definitely be achievable even for people with pimply skin like mine :-) I'm definitely going back soon to continue my other treatments.
Luminisce Clinic is located at 32nd Street, 4th Ave., Bonifacio Global, Taguig City. It is located on the 2nd floor of Mercury Drug. , right across St. Lukes. Her clinic is open from Monday thru Saturdays from 10am to 7pm. Contact number (02) 511-8500
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