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My Acne Skin Journey: eMatrix Treatment for Acne Scars – Give the Gift of Good Skin this Christmas!

Time might heal the scars of our heart, but unfortunately it won’t heal the scars on our face. I used to have really bad acne growing up, and as much as you probably have not got a chance to see them (I didn’t show them off in photos and covered them in thick foundation), they were very much still there.

“Lucky” me – I grew up with acne and even though I’m not in my teens anymore, I still have to fight this war – Most of the time, I’m also left with the battle scars.

(With bad skin, don’t you feel like you’re always fighting?)
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It’s time to remind my fellow skin-warriors and most of all, myself, about the never-ending improvement I’m seeking with my acne-prone and scarred skin.

My first EMATRIX Fractional RF session with YUME Clinic and BEAUTI5ME.COM was in March 2013 (first blog post HERE), and since then, my skin improvement journey has gathered tens of thousands of views, lots of questions in real life and online, and so many of you fellow skin-soldiers are asking me about the progress. Sorry this update is super late, but I know I need to spill the secrets to better skin! Christmas is a time of giving, right? 🙂

There is nothing worse than having Acne scar-ridden skin – anyone who struggles in this battle of bad skin can relate with me. My horrible skin was definitely a sensitive topic in my life before trying out this treatment, and I’m sure there are several friends or family members around you who fight with skin problems as well. I’m thrilled that these treatment effects on my acne scars was as noticeable to you as it was to me! Thank you for being with me through this skin victory.

Here’s a pictorial progress report of my second eMatrix session with BEAUTI5ME. The results really speak for themselves, and I can’t wait for my third and last session! Will I see perfection? Perhaps.

(All photos below have no colour enhancements, no liquify, no photoshop etc. Eek alert ahead!)

*ATTENDING MY 2ND (OUT OF 3) EMATRIX TREATMENTS*

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I stepped into YUME Aesthetics Clinic for my second session, already knowing that I was in Dr Wong’s good hands and anticipating the expected. As numbing cream was steadily smoothed all over my face, Dr Wong asked if I wanted to up the ante and increase intensity of the eMatrix treatment today. “Bring it on,” I responded quickly. I wanted to look as good as possible in as quick a time as possible. Can you blame me?

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Half an hour later, I was in the treatment room feeling less like a patient and more like a princess. Assistants fussed over my blanket, hair, eye goggles, and the instruments that will soon be on my face. Oh, the instruments are already on my face? I can’t see through these protective goggles and I can barely feel any prodding through the numbing cream (phew) for the first 5 minutes, but what I do notice is the charred smell of my own skin burning.

“How are you feeling?” Dr Wong paused to check in on me. He adjusts the small scented piece of cloth that was placed on top of my nose – it helps but did not block off the odour completely.

“It’s a strange smell, but as long as this is getting rid of all the bad acne scars, please don’t stop”, I mumbled. Dr Wong could smoke up the whole room for all I care, my only despair was for acne scars to be gone.

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For the next half an hour, every inch of my face (with the exception of eyes and lips) was meticulously treated. And then, the whole face was covered once again with Dr Wong’s trusty machine – but this time at higher intensity. It feels like ant bites, or like I’m getting big blackheads extracted during a facial. It’s not painless, but it’s nothing compared to the emotional pain of growing up with acne – nor the excitement of knowing that I can almost erase it!

After the treatment, I was gently helped up and ushered into a separate room for rest and recovery. Cold masks and serums were layered over my face for another 30-50 minutes, calming down the hotness of my hopefully scar-free skin. After my post-treatment care, I mumbled thanks and goodbye, ready to rush home for dinner and sleepy time.

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*AFTER TREATMENT*

1. My skin feels like it’s slightly sunburnt, but a light application of BB cream completely concealed the rollercoaster ride that my skin had gone through just the day before.

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2. A few days pass and the tiny scabby dots have fully fallen off my face. I was a good girl and didn’t scratch or pick at them during the healing process – now I’m fairly rewarded with fresh, bouncy skin underneath.

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The usual sunscreen is a must, and plus a touch of light eye makeup, no one even knows that I have/had acne skin. For the first time, no more foundation needed on my skin! Incredible joy and excitement does not even begin to describe the liberation of having decent skin. Can I please dance around the house singing, “If you got acne scar problems, I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems, but my scars ain’t one!”
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3. My skin looks the best the week right after treatment, initially plumped up with collagen and as close to a newborn baby’s bottom as it would ever resemble.

Lots of time has passed, and I’ve gone halfway around the globe, learnt many lessons, done a lot of work, prayed in church, and probably eaten too much as well (can you tell?). Admittedly, I haven’t stayed out of the sun as much as I should have, but I’m relieved that I haven’t undone the repair that eMatrix did the 2nd time round.

Months after the treatment, the perfect plumping effect has faded, but my scars are significantly reduced and my naked skin is still looking pretty presentable.

I believe I’m also getting better at taking care of myself, which greatly helps acne to stop flaring up, slow down new scars, and speed up the skin-perfecting process. If you are taking measures to get rid of your acne scars, you should also likewise try to reduce your outbreak of acne too. What a bloody battle we are fighting, I know!

Thanks to this eMatrix treatment at YUME Clinic, deep etches on my skin are now but faint marks, and I don’t see the places where old pimples used to live. My scars are seriously so much less than they used to be.

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*ACNE SCAR AFTERTHOUGHTS*
As explained in my first detailed blogpost with YUME Aesthetics and Beaut5me, eMatrix is presently one of the best solutions for getting rid of acne scars – superficial creams can’t heal these scars much, and laser treatments drag some down with more pain and a longer downtime for recovery.

I’m so thankful to Beaut5me for the opportunity and challenging me to improve my skin. I have done 2 out of 3 eMatrix treatments and so far, the downtime is minimal (a few days indoors to rest and recover is more than enough), the results are awesome and you should watch this short video clip that sums up the treatment journey –

Contact my go-to skin warriors Deals@BEAUTI5ME.COM for special deals, and ask for more details about “Estelle Kiora’s Journey to better skin”.
Why not give the gift of scar-free and better skin this Christmas? Do let them know if my skin journey and this video touched your heart, or motivates you to soldiering on for better skin!

Thanks for being with me through my ugly skin journey. I hope you will find happier and clearer skin days soon, too. *Beauty starts from within, and I am so joyful for scar-free skin!*

This is a sponsored post for BEAUTI5ME.COM.

Goodbye acne scars v1! EMATRIX is like magic – Fractional Radio Frequency with YUME Aesthetic & Medical Clinic (Orchard)

You know when you were young once upon a time, and you made one of those silly faces that was SO ugly, your Mom told you not to? My Mom always said my face would freeze and the ugly will stick that way forever.

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We love to make ugly faces… Great times back in one of those casual nights with part of [the] Collective. They may be celebrities, but they sure aren’t divas!

I went through my photo albums but the only pic of mine I could find that describes the above ugly face is with you – sorry Oli!
PS: For anyone interested in Oli Pettigrew, he just opened a new kick-ass gym called RITUAL – like literally, they kicked my ass. In a good way. I’m writing more about asses and kicking at RITUAL in a separate blogpost.

THIS IS MY “UGLY-I-HOPE-IT-DOESN’T-FREEZE-THIS-WAY” FACE
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Thankfully, My Mom was wrong, but unfortunately, I never listened to her about other things either. She snapped at me everyday to stop picking at my pimples on my face, but my hormones were out of control and so were my fingers. This time, I wasn’t so lucky… The ugly stayed and acne scars remained.

I’ve spent the occasional money on expensive scar creams, and tried adjusting my diet. However, the damage done on your skin can hardly be reversed, and I always thought I would live bewitched under the acne scar curse. I had faith, but I had little – Those with acne scars would understand what I mean. When oh when would the world invent a magic cure for me, something special that would miraculously disappear my scars, and give me brand new skin?

Abracadabra.
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The time and “magic cure” seems to have now come. Although technology ISN’T magic, it sure is magnificent. My acne scars aren’t super obvious in some of my photographs, but friends or people who see me face-to-face, know that my semi-fair skin isn’t flawless. I have an acne outbreak a few times a month (depending on my stress and sleep, among other things), and the redness and dents from my old acne doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere.

Lucky for me, I have friends who care about me. One of my guy friends – who had also previously suffered from acne scars – referred me to his doctor, who had worked his magic (technology) to help him to get rid of some of them.

“How much money did you waste? No drugs or creams can get rid of scars that are deep under your skin,” Doctor Wong from YUME Aesthetic & Medical Clinic administered the truth before any serums or treatments. He explained further in my first consultation, that all surface solutions (including IPL) DO NOT work on acne scars. I believed him, and believe that I can get better results with reduced acne scars just like my guy friend did.

We know that beauty isn’t skin deep, but without good skin, how can a woman hope to be beautiful? And so, my first session with Doctor Wong’s recommended Fractional Radio Frequency was scheduled.

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WHAT IS THIS?

Ematrix – Fractional Radio Frequency. More information HERE.
Also known as “Superlative rejuvenation”
It is a kind of non-laser fractional skin resurfacing which can be used for a wide variety of skin types and colors
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EMATRIX FRACTIONAL RADIO FREQUENCY IS MOST SUITABLE FOR…

Acne Vulgaris and scarring, such as ‘crater’ scars, and deeper ‘ice pick’ type scars. It helps to smoothen skin texture irregularities.

HOW DOES EMATRIX FRACTIONAL RADIO FREQUENCY WORK?

This treatment is basically to rebuild collagen in your skin. It uses fractional bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate through the skin and to allow more energy beneath the surface of the skin (magic!!!). This maximizes collagen production while keeping the top layer of the skin intact. The production of collagen gives you renewed skin, and so you look like a fairytale princess with baby-soft skin. In real-life speak, it plumps up the holes that your previous scars have left overtime.

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The best results are seen about a week after the treatment, and your skin will keep improving up to 3 months after. The good effects of the treatment can last for 3 years. Downtime is famously minimal – you can even put on makeup 24hours after the treatment if you need to.

IS EMATRIX FRACTIONAL RADIO FREQUENCY A TYPE OF LASER TREATMENT?

eMatrix is a different type of fractional resurfacing technology that is not a laser. It works differently and has different effects to a laser treatment.

This means –
1) Minimal bleeding especially when dealing with deeper scars
2) Minimal post-treatment ugly face and much less recovery time

IS EMATRIX FRACTIONAL RADIO FREQUENCY FOR ME?

You don’t need to be a stay at home tai tai! This is said to be the ideal treatment for men or women of any ages with acne scarring, and especially those who have a normal work week schedule. EMATRIX is much more suitable than laser treatments if you have a darker skin type.

Don’t expect to look like a different person in one session, but Fractional RF is a quick and easy procedure to do on a Friday and expect to be back to work on a Monday. Like it has been shared above, one of the biggest pushes for EMATRIX RF is that it has a MUCH shorter downtime than laser treatments (which can keep you in recovery for up to 10 days).

IS THERE ANY PAIN?

Yes, but nothing very intense as numbing cream is applied to your face before treatment. Pain with fractional RF is supposedly less than with fractional laser.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THE GOOD EFFECTS?

You look at your best about a week after the treatment, where you temporarily experience pretty perfection on your skin! Don’t get too excited though – the collagen starts balancing itself out after that and your bigger humps will start to return in a small way. There should be a 25-35% improvement on scars after the first session. Heavier or deep scarring need to undergo more sessions every 4-6 weeks for 3 sessions for maximum effect.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS AFTER THE TREATMENT?

Even if – and there probably won’t be – any side effects, it will only be on your skin and not in your deep tissue. This is a lot better than some other treatments can boast!
After the treatment, effects are redness (looks similar to sunburn) and dots of tiny scabbing.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

For someone suffering from acne scars, to get rid of this ugliness is indeed priceless. But if you need to talk money, feel free to call YUME clinic and arrange a consultation with Dr Wong to get a quote.

Most patients will receive three treatments, each spaced four to six weeks apart. During consultation, feel free to enquire about special packages customised to the needs of your skin.

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I know I write as if I live in a fantasy land sometimes, but I’m over the moon to know that getting rid of my acne scars is now a reality. I have actually done my first EMATRIX Fractional RF session with YUME Clinic about 1+ month ago, and would you believe the before and after photos from it!? (Above.) You can see the tiny dots of scabbing I was talking about in the Day 2 photo.

Perfect skin doesn’t pop up overnight, but there is a HUGE significant improvement and all my friends and family are as excited as I am. I’m really grateful that Dr Wong from YUME Aesthetics immaculately picked the right treatment for my acne scarring, and also walked with me every step of this journey. He managed my expectations pretty well, waved his magic wand and restored the princess skin that I always wished I would have. I would call him my fairy godmother from now on, but I don’t think he’d like that.

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PS: This is probably one of the few treatments out there for acne scarring that doesn’t have lingering pain, side effects and downtime. If you’re wanting something that is slower and easier going, but still capable of visible results, you should definitely give eMatrix by YUME Aesthetic & Medical Clinic a try. You might just have the same happy ever after as mine!

Contact my go-to skin warriors Deals@BEAUTI5ME.COM for special deals, and ask for more details about “Estelle Kiora’s Journey to better skin”. I guess time can heal wounds after all!

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This is a sponsored post for YUME Aesthetic & Medical Clinic and BEAUTI5ME.COM.
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CLICK HERE for the picture and procedure updates of my second eMatrix treatment.

Korean Girl Wears Makeup For 2 Years

Does your girlfriend wear a lot of makeup? Ask her to take a look at this.

I saw this on my friend Audrey‘s blog post and just had to share it.

The admittedly pretty girl you see above is Bae Dal-mi, a South Korean girl who had chosen to wear her makeup full-time, 24 hours a day for two years. Making a point to never be seen with her bare face, she pretty much just kept applying and retouching her makeup day after day.

20-year-old Bae Dal-mi stepped into the world of makeup when she was 14 and seemed to fall in love since that first application. In developing her skills on applying, she came to apply more and more so that her makeup was more like a mask. Though it was also a face that she liked and became dependent on enough that she didn’t ever want to see herself without it.

Despite being considered rather pretty, Bae also revealed that she was dissatisfied with her appearance and wanted cosmetic/plastic surgery on at least 10 areas of her face.

Even around family and at home, she became a bit obsessed with her makeup and chose to not remove it, even at night. “I wanted to look perfect at all times, I even slept with the makeup on,” she shares. Everywhere she goes, she makes sure to have a mirror handy as her most important item and also to use it to retouch her makeup, by applying layer after layer over her existing makeup.

In the last two years, Dal-mi has not used any makeup remover. This led her mother, so frustrated with her daughter’s makeup obsession, to contact a TV station to share her story and hopefully be able to convince her to finally remove her makeup mask.

During the show, she had a visit to the dermatologist and the group of doctors managed to get her to remove the two year’s worth of makeup on her skin. After a skin checkup, they actually revealed that her skin was two times older than her actual age…making it 40 years old and not something that a young adult should have. Not to mention the loads of small bumps that lay lurking underneath.

But it’s a side effect to the type of damage that can occur from keeping makeup on your skin for so long. Besides the early aging, it also brings about clogged pores.

With the help of the show’s makeup artists, they were able to transform her makeup routine to something that was a bit more natural and with as minimal makeup as possible. She was pleased enough to be satisfied with this new look that let her feel more like herself and fresh. She was even happy enough to remove her blond wig!
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