If you’re finding all the AHAs and BHAs in your bathroom aren’t giving you the hit of brightness you’ve been looking for in your skin then it might be the time to try microneedling. The treatment can sort everything from large pores to the first signs of wrinkles. The best part? It might sound a bit scary, but this non-invasive skin treatment requires hardly any downtime, so no need to hibernate in your house for a week
Here’s everything you know before trying microneedling…
What is microneedling?
As the name suggests, microneedling does involve needles, but it’s not as scary as you imagine.
‘Microneedling involves using tiny needles to cause micro-injuries to the skin, stimulating the fibroblast cells to heal the skin. These needles can be mounted on a roller, electronic pen or stamp’, explains Dr Sophie Shotter.
The micro-needles won’t feel the most comfortable but on the pain scale, microneedling is very minimal. Depending on your skin type, there will be redness for a day or so afterwards, more so if you’re on the sensitive side.
What benefits does microneedling have for your skin?
Microneedling has a number of benefits for your skin. The main aim of the treatment is to generate collagen so your skin feels tighter, smoother and softer.
This means there will be fewer visible fine lines and a reduction in the appearance of scarring and pores. It may take a few sessions to see the long-term results, but after one treatment your skin should instantly appear brighter (once the post-redness irritation has vanished).
Dr Anne Wetter explains ‘initially the technique was introduced for skin rejuvenation, now, however, it is being used for a very wide range of indications including acne scarring, post-traumatic/burn scaring, alopecia, skin rejuvenation, drug delivery, hyperhidrosis, stretch marks much more’.
What skin types can benefit from microneedling?
Everyone’s skin reacts to products and treatments differently but there are a few general skin conditions to be aware of before booking an appointment.
Dr Shotter warns that although ‘microneedling can be used on most skin types. It is not suitable for people with an active skin infection, including acne. We wouldn’t treat pregnant or breastfeeding women with microneedling. If you have a sensitive skin type you may also get more “reaction” after microneedling and be red for longer than average’.
Dr Wetter also flags to ‘take caution if the patient has an active acne, eczema, rosacea, or perioral dermatitis, and usually medicate/treat the underlying issue before microneedling. But again, it is a very safe and effective treatment for all skin types. Especially in dark skin types it is one of my favourite treatments to reduce the risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation, which in a lot if other techniques is very high’.
Where do you go to get microneedling?
There’s plenty of dermatologists and salons offering microneedling as part of their facial treatments.
Can I do microneedling at home?
Whilst we like to save the avocado for our toast, there’s no denying the wave of DIY beauty and at-home skincare tools.
There’s a number of options for microneedling tools you can buy but considering the needles involved, exactly how safe are they?
‘Home devices are not as effective as in clinic devices,’ says Dr Shotter. ‘They will not penetrate as deeply into the skin, but can aid superficial penetration of products. Be cautious about where you are buying home use devices from, as many available online are unregulated and the quality of the needle is not good and can cause skin damage and micro-scarring’, continues Dr Shotter.
If you’re struggling to get to your local clinic for an appointment or want to try the lower-dosage equivalent at home, there are a number of tools to choose from.
This article originally appeared on ELLE UK.