Scene + Heard: Stem Cell Facial @ Stript Wax Bar

I was ushered into Stript Wax Bar in West Los Angeles for a Plant Stem Cell Facial… at perhaps the best and worst time for me to get one. I’m going through a major detox (Glutathione Shots and a Cleanse), and my face is basically covered in cystic acne. With nowhere for the ‘toxins’ to go, they have taken up residence on my face in the form of very large, red, painful cysts.

So I walked into the lobby and emphatically declared NO EXTRACTIONS to the gracious Britney, who never so much as flinched at my horrid skin appearance. The last thing I wanted to do was add scars and hyperpigmentation to the already colorful display that used to be my face.

Britney let me into a private room, and left me to undress… don a gown… and snuggle into the warm bed for my facial. She appeared a few minutes later and got to work.

Britney walked me through the process as she buffed and polished my horrible skin. She applied a powerful glycolic acid peel that I was worried would leave me looking red and blotchy (it didn’t), then neutralized the process with a series of masks and serums. In the middle of it all, I conceded to extractions… and let her go to work. It actually was a lot better than I thought. She used a special serum to bring my cystic mountains to a head, and got rid of about half of them. I went in there with rough, bumpy textured skin… but left with surprisingly smooth skin.

By the time I went to bed that night, I was convinced that I’d done a good thing for my stressed out skin. I woke up the next morning with half as many cystic pimples as I’d had the day before. Britney explained that I could continue to safely exfoliate my skin with scrubs every few days, and keep my face moisturized. I’ve been following her advice religiously, and I’m surprised at how much of a difference it’s made with this skin. It was predicted that my horrible acne would last about 4 weeks during the detox, but I can confidently say that I’ve cut that recovery time by  half. I expect to be fully cleared and looking more like myself within 10 days. I’m very excited about that projection.

Britney says that if I’m going to invest in regular maintenance, then I should do a glycolic facial about every 6 weeks.

I guess that means I need to get on with the business of booking my next appointment.