A few months ago I went for a treatment with Biomedical Emporium at their Head Office in Pretoria. It wasn’t the first time I had this specific treatment done but it was definitely the best. My first experience with Dermapen was during the vampire facial which I documented here. Even though I did see results, the steep price of R5 000+ has always deterred me. So when I went to Lightsculpt in Rosebank for an event in Feb, I was recommended the GSM facial. I agreed because it was 25% off and I only paid R1200 for the treatment.
I posted a few snippets on it but I was really impressed by the results. Dr Judey, the co-founder of Biomedical Emporium messaged me to invite me for a complimentary treatment at their lab in Pretoria. Since I had loads of requests asking what has helped with my pigmentation, I decided to document the process for you.
While I was waiting to do the treatment, they applied the Hand Refine Peel (R955) on me. Since I wash my hands often, don’t moisturise enough and don’t wear sunscreen on my hands, I started developing sunspots on it. It really freaked me out so I was glad they had something to help. It was applied with a brush just on the outer part of the hand and left on for 10-15 mins.
This is what it looked like immediately after the product was removed from the skin. It did exfoliate even more as the days progressed and till today my hands are free of freckles and sunspots.
Now on to the face. This is my skin pre-treatment.
The GSM Treatment
The treatment starts by cleansing the skin and then applying a glycolic advanced peel solution on it for a few minutes. Afterwards, some people do apply numbing cream to the entire face to minimise discomfort but doing it without any anaesthetic yields the best results. Then the part that makes this GSM different is the application of retinol to the skin. The needle just deposits the product on to the skin without penetrating it.
Then a Dermapen is used to microneedle the product into the skin instead of just letting it work on the outermost layers. The Dermapen has 9 or 12 needles and makes tiny punctures into the skin for the product to be absorbed through. Once the retinol has been absorbed and massaged into the skin, the Biomedical Peptide Therapy (R1580), which calms skin and aids hydration, and Wound Occlusive (R890) which helps cell restructuring, is applied to the skin to complete the procedure.
This is my skin immediately post-treatment.
I documented the next days after treatment to show you the progress and effects of the treatment.
I wore makeup to go out and this is how badly the texture was emphasized. So I do not recommend getting this treatment within 2 weeks of any function you have coming up.
This is when my skin started to flake and peel. The dead skin and outer layers are shed to reveal a brighter complexion.
As you can see my marks faded drastically over the 10 days and going for regular treatments will dimish the marks completely.
If you struggle with pigmentation, then this is hands down the best treatment available considering the price. I have tried countless products that do assist but you need to use it for months/years to get similar results. The only thing is that you make sure it is the Dermapen treatment done with retinol or else the effects might not be as drastic.
Price and where to get the treatment done
The GSM treatment ranges from R1 100 to R1 500 depending on the salon you go to. For a full list of salons that offer this treatment, check it out here.
Would you go for the GSM procedure?
* Thank you to Dr Judey and the Biomedical Emporium team for hosting me.
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