Dr. Haideh Hirmand on a breakthrough camouflage technology that transforms the experience of living with a wide array of skin conditions
If you have or know anyone with one of the “deforming” skin conditions — vitiligo, hemangiomas, large burn scars, and the like — you know how traumatizing they can be. A few weeks ago, I met the founder of MicroSkin at the suggestion of Joan Kron, Allure magazine’s esteemed beauty editor-at-large. I have dealt with a great variety of skin conditions during my tenure as a plastic surgeon – and as an eternal skeptic, I always expect little to impress me!
Therefore, I was truly surprised to meet the passionate and genuine Linda Lowndes, who was visiting from Australia to spread the word about the new camouflage treatment she developed at her clinic in Brisbane. Linda, a former movie makeup artist, is a fascinating woman (so much so, in fact, that the story of her life is currently being shot for the big screen). What a gift to so many children and adults, I thought to myself — which leads me to share the story of this extraordinary technology with wOw readers during this season of giving.
MicroSkin is a groundbreaking system that can color-correct and cover up noticeable skin conditions. Last month, it won the Allure’s Breakthrough Beauty Award. It is vastly and amazingly different from previous cover up and camouflage products. It is not a makeup or a cream-based product. Once applied, it will not rub off on clothing or linen, and does not dissipate with perspiration. The product is also not disturbed by regular bathing, shaving, or swimming. You read all that right! The cover up results can last from one to five days for each application. Natural oils will break down Microskin quicker, so there is some variation. It can be taken off with the company’s “Removing Serum,” filled with beautiful oils that are gentle on the skin. Repeat washing with soap and water will slowly take the product down (“slowly” being the operative word!) I hate to sound so enthusiastic about anything but I could not help but be thoroughly intrigued by this new reconstructive cosmetic system.
The more I learned about MicroSkin, the more I realized that it is a precise process to produce a truly customized treatment for each person, depending on their skin color and the condition they are attempting to deal with. It can also be applied to any skin color. Initially, each person has their skin scanned in both the normal and abnormal areas to create a very precise color match. Next, the color correction formula is developed by specialized consultants and applied as a fine layer, using a special sponge for small areas or by air-brushing the mist for larger areas, to completely cover the skin in question. MicroSkin sticks to the epidermis, the top layer of skin, forming in essence a second skin over the affected area. The photos that Linda patiently showed me of real people they have worked on were truly remarkable. I am a perfectionist and astonishingly, this process was nothing short of perfection!
I interviewed my colleague, the highly respected dermatologist and laser researcher, Dr. Roy Geronemus. He’s a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center, as well as the medical director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center and the Microskin Clinic, located in New York City (the latter is currently the only treatment center in the United States where the microskin procedure is offered). He told me that in all his years of clinical practice, he has not seen a more effective color correction of skin conditions that can socially and psychologically impair individuals. “It is not powdery, nor does it look like makeup. And my patients can shower with it!” he exclaimed. “If my white coat rubs against it, it won’t rub off on my coat.” I had to agree with him.
Here is Dr. Geronemus’s list of conditions that can be managed with Microskin:
- Vascular and pigmented birthmarks like hemangiomas
- Port wine stains
- Large congenital moles
- Burn scars
- Rosacea and excessive redness
- Surgical scars
- Acne scars
- Leg veins
- Tattoos (think job interviews!!)
- Stretch marks
- Loss of pigmentation or over-pigmentation
- Broken blood vessels
- Lupus and other diseases that affect the appearance of the skin.
As for cost, there is an initial consultation and customization of the formula, depending on the specific condition ($150); then, the customized formula can be ordered for delivery, depending on what area and how often one intends to use this unique camouflage system.
As a plastic surgeon, if I had dreamed of the next generation cover up makeup for deformity skin conditions, this probably would be close to it! So I hope you’ll tell everyone you know who can benefit from this new treatment, since I have seen firsthand how life-altering it can be to look “normal” in public. Meanwhile, stay tuned for my upcoming interview with Linda Lowndes, along with a firsthand account of my experience with Microskin.
To see a slideshow of before and after images featuring Mircoskin technology, click here