I have touched on the dangers in buying skin product from non-licensed multi-level marketing representatives. But did you know that the dangers can also lie in the hands of “licensed professionals” as well?
I use quotes because I don’t want to make a generalization of all professionals, but as with any group, there can and always will be the occasional bad apple.
Lately, I’ve seen a ton of stories about damage being caused by professional-grade treatments. In some cases, it’s damage caused by professionals, and in other cases, it’s damage caused by average people who buy and use professional-grade tools. Either way, it’s serious damage to your skin that can have lasting and irreparable effects.
The latest report on Botox shows that treatments are linked to blindness, stroke and brain damage. Botox is poison, folks, and don’t ever forget it. In fact, Psychology Today reports that “Botox injections in the forehead rearrange the brain’s sensory map of the hands…” meaning you can experience loss of functionality in your hands as a result of this cosmetic procedure. The Daily Mail UK notes that “…a leading cosmetic surgeon has claimed that there have been at least 30 cases of vision loss – and that the injections have also caused strokes in some patients…” If this isn’t scary to you, I don’t know what is. In contrast, you should try to fight wrinkles by regenerating collagen, preventing collagen loss, and nourishing and rejuvenating the skin. Injecting poison that causes paralysis is a temporary and very dangerous option.
So, my second peeve is when non-professionals use professional-grade tools, and I’ve been seeing this a lot more with dermaroller and dermapen. Did you know you can get a dermaroller or dermapen on Amazon? Literally anyone could get one. The problem is that people often don’t know how to use this tool properly, and end up causing tons more damage. If used incorrectly, dermaroller can tear and rip the skin, and if not cleaned properly, dermaroller and dermapen can cause VERY serious infection from staph to Hep A or B. Some have reported being hospitalized for staph infection and put on IV antibiotics after a home session of dermaroller. When you use tools like the pen or roller, you are opening channels to your skin and allowing product to penetrate deeply, but whenever you do that, you’re open to the risk of irritation and infection on a deeper level, so cleanliness is KEY.
Also, do not subscribe to the “some is good, more is better” school of thought. A huge mistake with the pens and rollers is choosing needles that are too long and penetrate too deep into the skin. In the end, you’re damaging your body’s largest organ and protective barrier.
All in all, just don’t do it. Don’t do Botox, and don’t run onto Amazon to get yourself a dermaroller. It’s not worth the pain and agony of some skin disaster down the line.