Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive skin procedure that involves controlled superficial puncturing of the skin with miniature needles. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this relatively new treatment is safe, simple, and effective.
Initially, the procedure was carried out by trained practitioners, but advancements in technology have seen the development of DIY hand-held microneedling devices, known as derma rollers. 1 This device can be safely used to rejuvenate the skin, bringing about a whole host of incredible benefits when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin.
A Reduction in Fine Lines and Wrinkles
One of the biggest benefits that microneedling has to offer is the way in which it stimulates the skin’s production of collagen and elastin. 2 These structural proteins are naturally produced by your body and are responsible for your skin’s firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, your body’s ability to produce these proteins diminishes with age, leading to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin.
The hundreds of micro-injuries that the needles from derma rolling create restore your skin’s firmness by stimulating your body’s natural healing process. Cell turnover increases and the skin’s connective tissues are strengthened, giving your skin a much smoother and tighter appearance. In fact, research shows that just four microneedling sessions, carried out a month apart, can lead to a 400% increase in the skin’s collagen and elastin.
Pores become less visible!
"The extra collagen being produced by microneedling gives your skin a more voluminous appearance."
Skin hyperpigmentation is caused as a result of excess melanin production in the skin. This can be triggered by UV exposure, injuries, hormonal changes, or several other factors. Skin cell regeneration is something that can help to fade these discolorations, with new skin cells replacing those blemished ones. Unfortunately, due to the aging process, cell regeneration slows down quite significantly over the years 3 , meaning that hyperpigmentation soon catches up with you.
This is where microneedling can come to your rescue 4 ...
During the natural healing process that microneedling triggers, the old layer of blemished skin cells dry up and peel off, making room for the newer, lighter and brighter skin cells to take their place. Microneedling has shown positive improvements even in patients with recalcitrant melasma - a condition that is usually quite unresponsive to medication 5 .
Pores Become Less Visible
It might be hard to understand exactly how piercing your skin over and over can make your pores smaller. Well, it all comes down to the increase of collagen in your skin.
The extra collagen being produced by microneedling gives your skin a more voluminous appearance. This has the effect of plumping up your pores, making them much less visible, while improving overall skin texture at the same time too 6 .
Heal scars & tighten loose skin
"...the increase in collagen makes the skin appear fuller, again reducing the appearance of existing scars."
Your skin consists of three main layers, with the middle layer known as the dermis. Everything from accidents to surgeries to skin conditions can injure the dermis, triggering the healing process. This healing process usually involves the formation of a scar, with the magnitude of the damage determining the type of scar you develop.
When a derma roller is used over scarred skin, new collagen is produced. This starts a process that degrades the scar tissue, although this can take several weeks. Meanwhile, the increase in collagen makes the skin appear fuller, again reducing the appearance of existing scars. Even better, if you use a derma roller on skin that has not yet been scarred, your chances of developing a scar are significantly reduced. 7
Tightening of Loose Skin
As mentioned earlier, collagen production declines with age. This is bad news for your skin, since the protein is responsible for smoothness and suppleness. Without enough collagen, your skin droops, making you appear much older. Fortunately, microneedling is something that can help to prevent this...
In a retrospective study investigating the effects of microneedling on skin laxity, improvements in skin appearance was rated at between 60% and 80%. 8
The study also noted that with microneedling, ‘the epidermis remains intact and is not damaged’. This is something that cannot be said for some of the other popular skin-tightening treatments out there, such as ablative lasers.
Increased Product Absorption
Everyone wants their skin care products to work to their full potential, but your skin is sometimes only able to absorb a small percentage of the ingredients in a product. The rest of these remain on the surface of your skin, meaning that you lose out on the full spectrum of benefits that those ingredients may have otherwise provided.
Well, the micro-wounds created by derma rollers puncture the stratum corneum, which is the outermost skin layer. This creates ‘micro-channels’ through which active skin care ingredients can penetrate deeper into the skin, producing better results. 9
Microneedling may seem like a harsh treatment when you first hear about it. After all, puncturing tiny holes into your skin doesn’t exactly sound fun. However, derma rollers offer a comfortable and pain-free microneedling treatment that can target a wide variety of different skin concerns, bringing your skin a rejuvenated and revitalized appearance that is relatively easy to sustain over time.
Warning: For personal use only. Do not share with others. Do not use on eyelids. Do not use too much pressure when rolling. Avoid using if skin has: an open wound, active acne, psoriasis, infections, or any other abnormal skin conditions. Discontinue use if irritation or rash appears. Sterilize derma head before and after each use. Keep out of the reach of children.