I was really excited to write this post because I love micro-needling ohhh soo much, and it has done wonders for my skin. After managing a few medical spas in the Chicago area, I was able to experience first hand all the new and effective skincare treatments that medical spas had to offer. I’ve tried a little bit of everything from the latest and greatest laser treatments to the strongest and most effective chemical peels. Out of all the treatments I’ve tried, I would have to say that micro-needling (also called derma rolling or collagen induction) ranks the highest in my book and is by far my favorite; probably because I believe it is the most effective and the science behind it is straightforward. I can also do it in the comfort of my own home. (I would advise for you to not try this at home the first time but to go to a professional medical esthetician.)
How does it work?
What is micro-needling/ derma rolling you ask? (Don’t freak out.) At first glace, a derma roller may look like a miniature torture device but in recent years it has become one of the most innovative approaches to skincare treatments. The process is very simple. A derma roller is made up of tiny needles that you roll over your face while making tiny punctures in your skin. (Not as crazy as it sounds, promise!) The theory behind micro needling is that as you are making the tiny punctures in your skin, it triggers your immune system to produce new collagen and elastin to plump and heal your skin like it would in the case of real wounds. After the healing and downtime, which is usually a couple of weeks, your skin is stronger, more clear and full. (The initial red and swollen stage subsides in 24-48 hours.) The procedure is fairly quick and easy. You should derma roll every 4-6 weeks depending on the length of your needle until you see the results you are looking for. If you are sensitive you can apply a numbing cream to lessen discomfort.
Bleeding is also associated with micro needling. Some people argue that you shouldn’t see any blood but I personally think that it is more effective if you do; bleeding can also depends on the length of your needle.
Derma rollers come in different lengths ranging from .25 mm (being the shortest) to 3mm (the longest). The one you use depends on your particular skin concerns. If you are new to micro needling I would suggest starting with the shortest needle and gradually working your way up.
What are the benefits?
Derma rollers are a proven way to fight against anti-aging elements and there are a ton of benefits associated with consistent micro-needling use.
- It improves the quality and texture of your skin.
- Reduces pore size.
- Stimulates circulation and collagen production.
- Your skin becomes tighter and more firm.
- Reduces acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.
- Diminishes stretch marks and cellulite.
- Great for all skin types.
- Cost effective.