what is a spicule?
what is the treatment like?
A spicule is a needle-like structure that can be compromised of many different things. In Korean skincare it’s most commonly the endoskeletons of sponges or hyaluronic spears.
Spicules are combined with an excipient which aids in the delivery of active ingredients. Meaning the spicule essentially becomes a delivery system for whatever active you’re using (it’s a two part system).
When using sponge/coral calcium spicules it creates a wound healing response, since we are essentially creating a controlled injury. Thus we stimulate new cell growth, elastin and collagen production. It can also be a great way to help lighten hyperpigmentation, and help prevent future occlusions to the pores.
The treatment begins with a thorough double cleanse. After, spicules are applied to the skin and massaged in. There are no extractions or steam used during this treatment.
The massage will last about 6 minutes, and then the mask will remain on the skin for an additional 5 minutes.
After it has fully dried, it will be rehydrated with a soothing serum, and removed with a cool towel.
A soothing gel will be applied to the skin via dermacoolers and the treatment will end with SPF.
what to expect
For a week prior it is important to stay out of the sun, and keep the skin hydrated. If you would prefer to take an IB profen beforehand that is totally fine!
Expect to leave red, and with your skin feeling tender. The feeling may increase initially but should decrease within a couple of hours.
For the first 24 - 48 hours you will feel the spicules in the skin when it is touched. This is completely normal and an important part of the process.
Skin generally starts peeling day 3-4.
It is extremely important to follow all postcare instructions for the best result!
Stay out of the sun
Wear a MINERAL sunscreen
For the first few days do not over-hydrate the skin
Refrain from activities that heat the skin (heavy workouts, saunas, etc)
Do not pick or peel at any flaking skin