Even though beauty is not limited to how one looks on the outside, each and every one of us, still, fixates on the way we appear. Taking care of your skin or doing makeup in today’s world is not confined to looking good, but also a form of self-care. This brings us to how cosmetic treatments have been a part of this world for centuries. Plus, the fixed pattern of our behavior has been the trigger to make these procedures better as well as easier for us. So, now, we have made available a ton of ways to get that fresh, plump-looking skin, and with comes a form of pleasure of relaxation to the self.
Now, imagine if someone told you that the secret to great skin was to puncture a thousand holes in your face and to have your body so traumatized that it is triggered to healing them. Sounds a bit scary, but it isn’t, to be honest. This process is universally known as Mircroneedling, Derma Rolling, or Percutaneous Collagen Induction. In the 1990s, some physicians and surgeons began experimenting on patients with post-operation scars by poking hypodermic needles just past the surface of the skin, with the theory that it would trigger the healing process.
Microneedling is a controlled wounding to the skin in order to promote cell turnover and collagen. This treatment is the most useful and certainly one that is most performed to help with problems like alopecia, stretch marks, and sun damage. It is a lot like working out where you tear your muscle, and they grow back stronger and better.
At-Home and In-Office Microneedling Procedure
Initially, this treatment was only given by dermatologists all over the world, but now there are ways you can do it yourself at home as well. As mentioned before, humans are all about making life easier, they have invented this too! You can do it home to stimulate collagen, to treat mild non-tethered atrophic scars, and mild wrinkling. To get started with that one needs to conduct extensive research on this DIY and purchase the authentic micro-needling kit. These non-energy kits are readily available on the internet, for example, derma rollers or derma pens. The needles range in size from 0.5mm to 7, the latter of which is absolutely not for at-home use. So, if you have decided to use a derma roller, then most dermatologists advise a 0.25 maximum size of the needles.
Dermapens or skin pens deliver needles vertically, which increases the theoretical issue of tissue treating, however, raised the concern of tissue dragging, especially if the needles are too long, the motor or batteries are weak or low on voltage. The technique you do it with and the skin friction also matters a lot in this process. Skin needling via a roller is the most cost-effective method of micro-needling. If done properly, with the use of a needle length around 0.25mm, will cause dermal bleeding.
Again, the at-home treatments are only to treat mild cases of skin problems that bother you or to stimulate your skin.
Moving towards the in-office procedure, it starts off with the dermatologist applying a numbing cream to your face, which sits on your face for about 10-15 minutes. In general, if we talk about the pain scale of this procedure, it is not painful. It is uncomfortable, which is where the numbing options come in, and that way you can just enjoy your skin is taken care of. There are different types of energy devices that the clinic will use on you. These devices are only certified to the specialist, which is why we recommend that if it will be your first time then you get to start with a professional. In the later stages, after consulting your dermatologist you can move to a DIY.
Moreover, we believe it is always best to have this procedure done in a clinic with proper hygienic controls and the skill set required to prevent undue injury.
Benefits of Microneedling
Apart from triggering the healing process that includes the production of collagen and elastin, which would lead to more youthful skin, micro-needling has endless benefits. Starting off with treating fine lines around the mouth to depressed acne scars, this process is known to end up curing other skin concerns too.
Collagen is a protein made up of fiberglass in the dermis of your skin, which is right below the epidermis, which is the part that you can see. Collagen gives the dermis strength and makes up the majority of it and other connective tissues of the body. Elastin, on the other hand, gives your skin elasticity and allows it to bounce back. As we age, our body, unfortunately, produces lesser collagen and elastin due to a combination of age-related damage and changing levels of hormones. Hence, this boost is a great pick if it is done properly.
As you roll along your skin, the tiny needles create micro-channels in the skin to create that healing response, but also to allow passageway to deliver products into the deeper layers of your skin directly making them more effective. This therapy can be combined with growth factors, platelet-rich plasma, vitamin E, C, and more. It can be used for fine lines, pigmentation, dullness, acne scars, enlarged pores, alopecia, and stretch marks.
It helps to brighten the skin and making it look more radiant and healthy. Plus, it helps with wrinkles, anti-aging, flaccidity, irregular texture, rosacea, dilated pore, acne-prone skin, dehydration, blemished, uneven skin tone, eye bags, dark circles, and acne scars. If needles scare you, then don’t worry because the area you want to get done is numbed by a cream before the procedure!
Your face feels sunburnt and you are as red as a tomato, so now you wonder how do you take care of your skin post micro needling? Below are some easy-peasy tips that you can follow once you have undergone your very first treatment:
In the first three days, your skin may feel sensitized, so you mustn’t use anything too active on your skin that might irritate the skin even more. For this, you will have to avoid anything active on your skin, for example, alcohols, artificial fragrances, bleaching products, and colors in skincare products. You also do not want to be using exfoliation on the skin such as AHA, BHA’s in your cleansers or lotions. So exfoliators and scrubs are a complete no-no!
Another thing you must avoid is any heat on your skin since your skin will already be feeling warm after the procedure. Hence, it is vital that you refrain from heated environments such as exercising, hot showers, or even saunas. You want to be avoiding these places for 24 to 48 hours post-treatment.
Like we said, your skin will be sensitive so it important that you religiously apply sunscreen every single day. You must be careful that your sunscreen does not include any chemicals or anything active either.
You must also abstain from wearing makeup after the first 24 to 48 hours. Since the procedure opens up tiny channels in your skin and they are open for 24 hours, you would not want any bit of your makeup to seep into your skin and get trapped there. Lastly, stick to your type of skincare before and after the procedures. Take help from your dermatologist who thoroughly knows your skin to help you stay on the right products or just homemade skincare for you to help you get the best results.
Disclaimer: Content Research, Product Opinion & Publication Process
The articles, cosmetic tutorials, and beauty tips on SheBegan magazine are contributed by experienced fashion professionals, beauty & cosmetics experts. The team of our beauty and cosmetics professionals tests the products and then share the outcomes with proper citations and then after passing all the research & editorial checks; the content is sent live making sure there exists No Conflict of Interest. You can read about our authors, volunteers, team members and editorial board with our content review, product testing, tutorial guidance process here.