BB Glow is a treatment that uses microneedling to tattoo BB Cream into the skin as a form of semi-permanent make-up, thus promising to hide blemishes and giving you that no-make-up-make-up-look. But the art of permanent make-up has come not without much controversy. Here, BAZAAR chats to skincare expert Rebecca Treston, who shares the dos and don't of BB Glow...
“I wish I could advocate that BB Glow is a miracle treatment but unfortunately I cannot – in fact, I have to admit that I am very much alarmed by his treatment as I believe it is incredibly unsafe”, says Rebecca.
What does the BB Glow treatment do?
This treatment disturbs some of the components that are usually found on the skin barriers, such as the physical, chemical and immunological components, taking the risk of having an adverse outcome on the skin.
What are the problems of having BB Cream microneedled into your face?
BB Creams are full of non-degradable substances that over time can be accumulated on your skin. Having it microneedled into your skin can trigger an immune response which may end up being prolonged. Also, getting a BB Glow precludes the possibility of getting future laser treatments, which can led to catastrophic effects. According to Dr. Ashraf Badawi, Associate Professor of Dermatology at the National Institute of Laser Sciences in Cairo University “when the ink used in these treatments interacts with lasers, skin can become burned and scarred. Also the ink can oxidise and turn blue, leading to a disfiguration that is very difficult, if not impossible, to treat”.
Which are the main risks of BB Glow?
Most of the risks are related to the non-degradable materials found on the ingredients that are being infused over the face. They can cause many side effects as per example, the following ones:
- Allergies and contact dermatitis: These materials can lead to an increase on the risk of having allergies and contact dermatitis. Some of the formulas used in this treatment contain as many as 44 ingredients, many of which are known for having adverse effects on the skin.
- Post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH): The risk of having PIH increases especially in people with paler skin tones, which are at the same time, the main target market for the BB Glow treatment.
- Cancer: The most concerning problem is that, on a long run, this treatment can lead to cancer, and it’s an adverse outcome that is invisible to the naked eye and may take years to show.
This treatment besides all of its side effects and risks it’s really tempting in today’s Instagram-obsessed world. However, BB Glow is still not FDA-Approved, and as Rebecca states, “when it comes to a choice between to BB or not to BB then I am firmly in the not to BB camp as the benefits are not worth the likely cost”.
All Images: Courtesy of Rebecca Treston