I am a skin enthusiast, and I love to explore the different possibilities of skin-care approaches. Thanks to social media and a general increase in skin care, I was introduced to skin needling last year, prior to lockdown. Honestly, I think micro-needling is a great concept for those who don’t mind needles. I for one, don’t. Let me first walk you through the process and the science behind skin-needling or micro-needling.
My Experience with Skin Needling
It is a simple procedure performed by a dermatologist using derma rollers. These derma rollers have small sterile needles that prick the skin. The pricking or micro-needling allows the skin to produce more collagen and possibly decrease the fine lines and wrinkles. It is said to increase the blood flow as these needles create a trauma on the deeper layer of the skin. The punctured skin then produces collagen to help fight signs of aging and various other skin problems such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne etc.
I discussed the process with my dermatologist and the first procedure took me two hours. According to the studies done, micro-needling does not show results immediately as the skin takes time to heal. The texture of the skin takes time to smooth over. But the good part is, it does get better. From my personal experience, my skin felt smoother and softer a few weeks after my session. The process helped my skin produce collagen – I mean, who doesn’t want to stay looking younger forever. Ha!
What’s The Process Like?
If you do decide to try micro-needling, ask your physician what process and treatments they would recommend for your skin type. You can go as deep as 3.5 under the skin surface. The machine used also has LED – blue and red light which help with acne scarring. After a session of micro-needling, topical products get absorbed quicker and the appearance of wrinkles are reduced.
Your aesthetician will recommend that you don’t use retinol a couple of days before your skin treatment. They will also advise you not to use any other chemical exfoliant, 3 to 4 days before the procedure. I would also recommend that you avoid exposure to direct sunlight before and after the procedure at least for a couple of days. Before skin-needling, the dermatologist will apply a face numbing cream to your face as the process can be a little discomforting. But after the numbing cream, you will not feel a thing.
Should You Try It?
Skin-needling is a process that induces trauma to the inner layer of our skin such that when it starts to heal, the results are healthier skin. My skin did feel a little sensitive after the procedure – because hey, they did just prick my face with needles.
I must add: micro-needling performed by a certified dermatologist is better than the at home derma-rollers. Home rollers don’t puncture the skin as deep as the equipment that aestheticians use. Skin needling uses needles that go skin deep, roller devices will not be able to give the same results. Thus, it is beneficial to go for professional treatment rather than doing it at home by yourself – if you want a proper skin-needling treatment.
You may still want to go for derma rollers if you want a less invasive procedure. Surprisingly, dermatologists have a criteria for non-ideal candidates for skin needling, including those who have active acne or keloid scarring. Certain skin types, especially those with sensitive skin, might experience skin pigmentation changes. Side effects may also include reaction to topical treatments used during and after the procedure.
My final thoughts, needling is a must-try! Do consult your dermatologist before you go under the needle!
Love & Blessings,