Kim Kardashian Says This Is the Most Painful Beauty Treatment She'll Never Get Again

"It was really rough and painful for me."

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(Image credit: Kim Kardashian West)

Kim Kardashian may be a lot of things (Entrepreneur! Mom! Short!), but she is not a wimp. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you know that Kim consistently subjects herself to painful cosmetic treatments in the name of beauty—like getting the stretch marks lasered off her boobs—but apparently, even the “beauty is pain” master draws a line somewhere.

In a post titled “The Skincare Treatment I’ll Never Do Again—So Not Worth It!” on Kim’s website, she talks about her infamous “vampire facial,” the one that left her face covered in a fine layer of her own blood, which promptly went viral on the interwebs.

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(Image credit: Kim Kardashian West)

The vampire facial involves getting your blood drawn, separating the platelets in a centrifuge, and then injecting that growth factor-rich plasma into your face with a microneedling tool to ideally help generate collagen. In reality? The science is limited, and the process hurts, according to Kim.

“Before I got the procedure, I just found out that I was pregnant, so I couldn't use numbing cream or a pain killer and both are suggested,” writes Kim. “It was really rough and painful for me…My show was also filming the treatment, so I felt I couldn't chicken out. It was honestly the most painful thing ever!” And seeing as how media-trained and polite Kim is, we’re going to go ahead and assume “most painful thing ever” is only a fraction of how unpleasant the treatment really was.

Of course, Kim had the vampire treatment in 2013, and technology has come a long way since, so by all means, try it for yourself if you want. Just know that needles will still be involved, and, well, needles kinda hurt, no matter how advanced you make them.

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(Image credit: Kim Kardashian West)
Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.