Microneedling – benefits and side effects

Acne scars, large pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines… everything that may help get rid of these problems I’m all up for it. Recently, the microneedling treatment has become very popular in the beauty industry and you must have heard something about it by now. There has also been quite a hype around derma rollers and it seems that people are enjoying putting tiny needles in their skin so let’s find out what is microneedling exactly, who is it suited for, is it safe to do at home and what are the benefits?

 What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a procedure that uses a bunch of tiny needles to puncture the very first layer of the skin in order to generate new collagen and skin tissue for the smoother, firmer and more toned complexion. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure is mostly used on the face to treat various scars, wrinkles, and large pores.

How does it work?

The idea behind this treatment is that the needle punctures create slight injury to the skin, which responds by making new collagen-rich tissue. So, it forces your skin to regenerate and create new cells which will make the scars fade, the pores shrink and of course, the collagen provides moisture for those tiny wrinkles.

Does it hurt?

No. Before the procedure, the dermatologist will likely use a topical anesthetic to reduce the chances of pain. The procedure takes about 30 minutes in which the dermatologist will move the tool all over your face so that all your skin that rejuvenates will be even, and after the procedure, you may get a mask or calming treatment, so you’ll spend in total about 2 hours at the doctor’s office.

Are there any risks and side effects?

You have to keep in mind that this is a cosmetic procedure that has sides effect like every other procedure. You are likely to get slight redness, but after a couple of hours, you will be back to normal.

You should be concerned if you experience: bleeding, bruising, infection, peeling.

The morning after microneedling

  • The day after the treatment my skin was so radiant and fresh, I’m talking of a glow from within, my face felt soft, and the size of my pores were slightly minimized. If you have sensitive skin, you may experience itchiness and you’ll notice tiny imprint marks, but all of it will go away after 2 days.
  • After microneedling your skin is more sensitive to the sun, so you must wear sunscreen.
  • You will see results right away, but in order to maintain them you’ll need multiple sessions, depending on your skin concerns.

Can I go back to work or school after the procedure?

For sure, in the morning your skin will feel amazing, and the micro scars from the procedure aren’t noticeable, but if you feel uncomfortable you can cover up with foundation.

At home procedure using a derma roller

The big difference between microneedling and derma rollers is that the first one is a professional procedure and the results will last you a long time. Unlike microneedling, rollers don’t puncture the skin deep enough so you won’t achieve the same results. With a derma roller you will achieve a brighter skin and a better penetration of skincare products but “the drastic skin rejuvenation” won’t happen.

A lot of dermatologists recommend the Ecooking’s dermaroller that features 540 tiny (0.5mm) needles. I didn’t try it yet, but when I will you’ll find out all about it first.

What do you think of microneedling and would you try it on yourself? Check out this article about the beauty benefits of mandelic acid and ‘till next time – stay brave and confident!