Why micro needling needs to be incorporated into everyone’s skincare regimen
If you’re like most people, you wish you had better skin. Maybe you struggle with acne or you’re starting to notice the first signs of aging; if you have adult acne, you may be dealing with both. One treatment that is gaining in popularity is micro needling, and it’s something you can do at home, although the best treatments tend to be available at spas and from dermatologists.
How Micro Needling Works
The idea behind micro needling is that you create small holes in your skin, and doing so can result in improvements to your skin’s appearance. Micro needling is normally done to the skin on your face, but people have been using this process on their hands, neck and decolletage. The holes created are the size of pinpricks, but they stimulate the skin’s healing process and collagen production. Tiny holes in the top layer of your skin can also help with the absorption of moisturizers and serums.
When collagen decreases, the skin sinks into areas where volume has been lost, creating folds and fine lines. Therefore, increasing collagen can diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Stimulating the skin’s healing process can also help to create a thicker dermis but softer skin overall. This can help to make scars less noticeable.
Can You Do It At Home?
The pinprick holes can be created using a variety of tools. If you’re using an at-home method, you’ll probably be using something that looks like a tiny paint roller with minuscule needles in the roller. However, the tools used by dermatologists are more advanced and allow them to vary the depth of the needle. Some tools also employ heat, which can help further boost collagen production.
Additionally, the sizes of needles available for home use are generally smaller than what is required to improve the absorption of skincare products. There’s also the potential risk of damage if you’re too heavy handed in your application of the roller. If you do use an at-home tool, you’ll likely be able to benefit from an increase in collagen production, but you won’t get the full benefits of micro needling, and you will need to be careful not to harm your skin.
Professional Micro Needling
The process for having micro needling done is fairly quick and relatively painless. While needles are involved, most people compare the feeling to sandpaper, like a cat’s tongue, rather than pins. People who go through the process normally find that their skin is sensitive and may look a bit red or sunburned right after a procedure. However, the turnaround time is quick, and most see their skin return to normal within 24 to 48 hours.