When searching for methods to support that glowy, clear complexion we all love, microneedling is often one of the first techniques to come up in a search or a casual survey of glowy-skinned people, and for a good reason: It really can work to help bring about a complexion you might have thought was confined to Instagram models. But what exactly is microneedling, and should you utilize it in your skin-care routine?
What is Microneedling?
Collagen Induction Therapy, more commonly known as microneedling, uses several tiny needles to puncture the first layer of your skin, which triggers new collagen synthesis. It sounds more drastic than it is: Although they range depending on several factors, the needles are always very tiny and short, only reaching through the first layer of skin. These micro-“injuries” stimulate the natural production of new collagen and elastin in the skin, reducing the appearance of potential sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks.
How Does Microneedling Feel?
In general, microneedling is painless, and the sensation is often described as having a warm, slightly scratching feeling to it. The most uncomfortable part will likely be psychological if you have hang-ups around needles. Still, these can be remedied by looking at the device that is used – the needles don’t look anything like what you’re probably picturing. Afterward, some redness or minor swelling may occur for a day or so, but it heals quickly, and you’ll soon be basking in the light of your glow. Avoid sun exposure and hot water for a few days after treatment to give the skin a chance to heal without becoming irritated.
In addition to the direct benefits of the treatment, microneedling enhances the skin’s absorption of beneficial products by up to 90 percent. This means that microneedling could be an ideal time to apply something with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and hydrating formulas. Gentle formulas with hydrating ingredients can also help soothe the skin after treatment. However, it’s best to avoid alcohol-based toners, exfoliants, or anything harsh after a microneedling treatment.
As always, it’s best to consult a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to ensure you’re a good candidate for microneedling. Our technicians are certified and experienced and would love to offer you a consultation to ensure you get the best results.