So you’re a beauty fanatic, willing to go the distance to maintain or achieve a youthful glow that is free of blemishes. You’ve probably even favoured eastern products to adopt an elaborate seven to fourteen step beauty regimen (hello ten step Kbeauty routine!). Whether your devoted approach to combating wrinkles and other skin imperfections is preventive or corrective, microneedling is a must-have procedure in your beauty arsenal. Read on to capture the purpose and benefits behind this medieval-sounding device and procedure.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a procedure in which your skin is punctured by small, sterilized needles of varying lengths to stimulate the production of collagen. This can be done through a dermaroller, a small paint-roller device with tiny needles, or other microneedling devices such as the dermapen. These tools induce your skin’s natural healing response (collagen migrating to wounded areas) to attain a smoother, plumper, and firmer looking skin surface. Collagen is the magic component that is responsible for your skin’s elasticity. Collagen is inducted as it is essential for attaining youthful and toned skin due to its minimizing effect on wrinkles and the appearance of pores. Microneedling can also reverse the adverse effects of acne that had once wreaked havoc in our teens (and for some of us, to this day).
The Skin Benefits
The following are the immediate skincare benefits that microneedling can provide:
- Increase the effectiveness of skincare products with active ingredients due to its potential for deeper infusion into the skin (Works in conjunction with PRP Facials)
- Gently micro-exfoliates skin
- Can dramatically minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation
- Plumps and tones the skin due to increased collagen production and circulation
- Hyperpigmentation and dullness
- Shrink pore size
- Minimize sunken scars from acne, chicken pox
- Diminish stretch marks
Aftercare and Results
Immediately after microneedling, your skin is still healing and prone to infection. Be sure to avoid humid places like gyms and saunas as they are breeding grounds for bacteria that can be inadvertently transferred to your vulnerable skin. Clients may experience peeling so be sure to keep your skin hydrated post-treatment. We recommend applying hyaluronic acid, ceramide-rich moisturizers, and hydrating mists to sooth your newly micro-wounded skin.
Microneedling is a great, relatively cost-effective method of skin rejuvenation. Depending on the targeted concern, a client may need multiple sessions. For best results, we recommend three treatments to start, done three to four weeks apart.