We all love to treat ourselves to a luxury beauty treatment every now and again. If you’re getting tired of your regular facial, and are wanting to truly tackle your skin issues, there is a treatment out there that could be for you, and it goes by the name of micro-needling! If you’re curious about what micro- needling is, what it can do for your skin, and how you can even do it yourself at home, we’ve got you covered. Read on to get yourself up to speed on all things micro-needling...
What is micro-needling?
Micro-needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of a device with tiny needles ranging between 0.5mm to 2.5mm in length, to create microscopic punctures in the skin. The aim of the procedure se punctures stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its elasticity and firmness.
What are the pros and cons to micro-needling?
When deciding whether you’re wanting to try a new skin treatment, it is important that you have all the information you need. We’re here to help you weigh up the pros and cons in order to determine whether it’s right for you.
There are numerous benefits to micro-needling. One of the main pros of micro-needling is its ability to improve the overall look and texture of the skin. It also has the ability to minimise the appearance of pores. It can also be used to treat a wide range of skin concerns, including acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. Another great perk of micro-needling is that it can be combined with other treatments for even better results. For example, you can add a serum or cream to the needles to infuse them directly into the skin for even more hydration and nourishment. Additionally, micro-needling is relatively non- invasive and has minimal downtime compared to more invasive procedures, such as laser resurfacing.
Despite the plethora of perks to micro-needling, it also has a few drawbacks that are important to consider. Firstly, it can be a slightly painful procedure causing redness, swelling and bleeding due to the use of needles. It also is not suitable for everyone. If you have any issues that mean you have broken skin, such as acne or eczema, it may not be the best option for you. Furthermore, in-clinic micro-needling can be expensive and require multiple treatments.
Can micro-needling be done at home?
Whilst micro-needling has typically been an in-clinic treatment, the beauty industry never disappoints when it comes to giving us DIY options for premium experiences. In the last few years, at home micro- needling devices have emerged on the market, called derma-rollers. A derma roller is a handheld device that is fitted with tiny needles that tend to range in size from 0.25mm to 1.5mm in length. The procedure is done by rolling the needles over the skin in a circular motion to create punctures, similar to what is performed during a micro-needling treatment. It is recommended that you apply a layer of a hydrating serum or oil to your face to prep your skin before use. It is also best to start with a smaller needle and only to use the device once a week to begin with, to allow your skin to adjust. You can increase the needle size and frequency of treatments gradually. At home derma-rolling is a great option for those of us who are wanting a more time and cost-effective way to care for our skin. Though the at home version is technically less effective than a treatment you’ll get in a beauty clinic, but you can expect to see a noticeable improvement in your skin tone and texture with consistent use.
Whether you opt for an in-clinic treatment or decide to DIY it with at home derma-rolling, there are many benefits to be had for your skin.