Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin for the purposes of rejuvenation. This practice has been used for over 20 years, but popularized again in recent years. It also seems to be associated with fewer complications and less invasive than other procedures, which makes this a good option for everyone.
Microneedling claims to treat and improve conditions like scarring, wrinkles, aging skin, skin texture, pore size, and pigment issues. But does it really work?
A study in 2008 showed that patients in Germany rated their improvement between 60 and 80 percent better than before the treatment.
More recently, a study conducted in 2018 found that microneedling can improve acne scarring and the associated hyperpigmentation in skin of color patients.
How dangerous is microneedling?
Most can have the procedure performed at home or in as long as they do not have any active infections, lesions, or any known wound healing problems. However, it is important not to over microneedle.
For a more intense, in-office treatment, dermatologists may use a derma-pen, an electronic micro-needling device that oscillates as it punctures the skin. Dermatologists offer a more intensive treatment with different needle depths tailored to what the patient needs.
At-home microneedling maximizes the efficacy of your serums. Choose formulas that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, stem cells, and peptides. These ingredients maximuzes microneedling effects to stimulate collagen, speed up cell turnover, hyperpigmentation, smooth out fine lines, firm, plump, and hydrate. When doing this at home, roll vertically, horizontally, and diagonally over my whole face for no more than two minutes.