Micro-needling: What is it and who benefits from it?
Although it may seem like it, Micro-needling is not a new trend. In fact micro-needling dates back to 1955, so it's more of a thing of the past.
Micro-needling, simply stated, is a minimal invasive treatment that creates microscopic punctures in the skin with very short fine needles.
We will be discussing two techniques that are part of micro-needling treatments: The Dermaroller & Dermapen.
It is always recommended to speak with your dermatologist to see if at home treatments is right and effective for you before investing into facial tools.
A Derma roller is a tool and is a form of micro-needling that uses a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face as it is rolled across areas that need to be treated. When properly used they can give amazing results such as even skin tones, clearing acne and fading fine lines resulting in a smoother and more plump complexion. Derma rollers can range in size from 0.5mm up to 2.5mm. Depending on your needle size, you can receive different results.
- With the larger mm derma roller, the pinpricks act like a bunch of mini injuries that kick your skin into healing mode and stimulate collagen and elastin production.
- With the smaller mm derma roller, the pinpricks from the needles create micro-channels, which allows your skin care products such as serums to deeply penetrate and absorb into your skin which causes more powerful results.
A tool called derma pen is another form of micro-needling. The Idea of micro-needling is to stimulate collagen and elastin fibers to make skin smoother. This process involves using tiny needles in the dermapen to puncture hundreds of tiny holes in the top layer of skin which will ultimately help with scars and acne.
Many people have claimed that Micro-needling treats everything from wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dull skin to issues such as scars, stretch marks, and cellulite — although results could vary with any service, tool or product.
Needlessssss????!!! These tools and treatments sound very painful! Yes, both involve needles, but actually the pain factor on both tools are very little to none. The smaller the needles, the less you feel them. Everyone's experience and pain tolerance is always different so we recommend you patch test an area prior.
Collagen normally takes at least two months to grow, so within 1 month you should start to see results come in nicely. We recommend starting off with dermarolling once a week in order to get your skin accustomed to the tolerance. Remember the smaller the needle the more frequent you are able to dermaroll. As for dermapen treatments, recommended usage is every 4-6 weeks. With both Micro-needling techniques, you should use tools like a Jade roller or a Gua Sha after and in between treatments to help maximize your results.
- Cleanliness is key. Making sure tools are properly disinfected and stored away will limit a lot of risks. Also be sure to keep the area you will be storing your tools properly clean and disinfected.
- If you have cystic acne, eczema, roscaria, irritated and inflamed skin try to steer clear of derma roller and consult with your dermatologist.
- DO NOT use the microneedle on active acne because you run the risk of infection due to bacteria.
- Please avoid or wait for blemished areas or pimples to be completely gone before micro-needling.
- Your skin can potentially absorb skincare products more deeply from Micro-needling and dermarolling, so there’s a chance it could react to ingredients differently and become more irritated.
- Please be cautious to not use products that’s not formulated to use with micro-needling such as Retin because they can cause an intense reaction together.
- Patch tests are recommended, especially when introducing new products and or tools to your skin.
So to conclude, both micro-needling techniques are great additions to your skin care routine, especially if you deal with acne breakouts, scarring, large pores or simply just want clearer and youthful looking skin.
There are many at home and spa treatment options out there, you just have to discover what works best for you and your skin by speaking with your dermatologist.
YN&P created a 6in1 derma kit which provides you with both body and face derma rollers and a derma pen. So, now you can get your best Spa like skin right in the comfort of your own home.
Learn how to properly use and disinfect your tools Here.