The Basics of Microneedling: What You Need to Know

One of the major factors in aging is loss of collagen. Starting in our 20s, we lose 1% yearly. Microneedling is becoming such a popular treatment due to its ability to stimulate collagen and, in turn, reduce the effects of aging. If you find yourself considering microneedling, you may be wondering what to expect. Here’s a look at the basics of microneedling, including what to expect during and after treatment.

What is Microneedling and how does it work?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure involving the use of tiny needles to puncture the skin, in order to stimulate localized collagen production. This technique creates controlled micro-injuries that prompt the body to send healing agents to the affected area. By doing so, this leads to smoother, firmer and younger-looking skin. Microneedling is a great option for those looking for a minimally invasive way to correct sun damage, lessen acne scars, and minimize superficial wrinkles. Microneedling can be used on all areas of the body – from your face to your hands or legs – and doesn’t carry any significant risks or side effects.

What are the benefits? Does it help with acne?

Microneedling is most known for how effective it is at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation. However, the treatment can also help improve skin tone and decrease the appearance of acne scars or dark spots on the skin. So does microneedling help acne? While microneedling most definitely helps get rid of those post-acne scars, there are some studies that suggest that it can also help with acne. This treatment is not for treating active breakouts, but it is proven to help acne by reducing inflammation, as well as shrinking enlarged pores which can help with excessive oil production. The improved circulation on the surface of the skin from microneedling also helps to promote healthy healing of the skin from conditions like acne. 

How often should you get Microneedling done?

For our patients with more advanced skin issues, such as acne scarring, large pores, or sun damage we recommend microneedling every 4-6 weeks for a minimum of 4-6 treatments. Acne scarring can take upwards of 8 treatments and often is combined with other modalities like lasers. 

For patients wanting to stimulate collagen and maintain healthy skin we recommend 3-4 treatments a year. The beauty of microneedling is that not only does it improve the surface of your skin and even out your skin tone, but receiving consecutive treatments also allows the skin to better absorb skincare products due to their deeper penetration into the dermal layer of the skin. So no matter your skin needs, grouping sets of treatments together consecutively will allow you to get the best possible outcome.

How to treat your skin after your Microneedling session

After a microneedling treatment, it is important to take extra special care of your skin for the next 3-5 days. We recommend using only gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen on your skin in this period. Additionally, avoid active ingredients such as tretinoin and any AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids). So how long after microneedling can you wear makeup? Give your skin a full 24 hours of recovery time without applying makeup to ensure that your treatment goes unhindered. After 24 hours, you are good to go with makeup but make sure to only use gentle skincare and avoid sun exposure while your skin is healing.

Conclusion

Microneedling is a great way to boost collagen production and improve the appearance and health of your skin. The treatment can be used to address a number of skin concerns and has little-to-no downtime, making it a popular choice for those always on the go that also want to improve their skin. Ready to try microneedling for yourself?

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