Everyone from your dermatologist to Kim Kardashian is talking about a phenominal skin treatment called microneedling.
Microneedling is supposed to make your skin look like you bathe in milk all day. But if you’ve seen the bloody before-and-after procedure pictures on Instagram, you’d be right to wonder if this celebrity-loved procedure is worth the hype – and the pain.
Dermatologists and scientific researchers say: yes, microneedle therapy is worth doing if you want to fight aging, clear up scars, or improve acne.
It’s a simple way to help achieve clear, soft skin without spending hundreds on new creams every month.
Have you thought about trying this beauty treatment but aren’t sure what’s involved? We put together a guide to everything you need to know about this minimally invasive procedure including whether microneedling really hurts.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a non invasive treatment that includes inserting tiny needles into your skin with our FDA cleared device called SkinPen. The tiny needles poke equally small holes in your skin, which in turn encourages your skin to refresh itself.
These needles are beyond fine – they’re minuscule. In most cases, the needles might be only 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters in diameter. While they are technically needles, the effect is closer to a pinprick. Moreover, the needles don’t go any further than the first layer of your skin tissue.
It’s almost the equivalent of sticking yourself with a pin or needle while sewing. However, your sewing needle is far larger than a microneedle.
Although microneedling is minimally invasive, its effects are obvious right away. As your face heals, it will look pink and plump from the superficial swelling caused by the needles.
As your skin heals, collagen production picks up, which improves the look of fine lines and prevents new lines from forming.
What Does Microneedling Do?
Your skin produces collagen naturally, but it slows production as you age. Collagen is a protein that creates a natural elasticity for your skin. It’s what makes baby’s skin look so youthful and healthy.
When collagen production slows, your skin doesn’t recover as well from trauma or movements. Low collagen production results in fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, and dry skin.
People who suffered from acne use microneedling to help clear up the scars left behind. Because microneedling encourages collagen production, it encourages skin to heal those scars.
The procedure’s effectiveness in healing acne scars naturally is well documented. Dermatology researchers have found that post-acne scars noticeably improve with microneedling compared to their look before the treatment.
The same studies find that the procedure creates a statistically significant increase in collagen (types I, III, and VII) as well as newly synthesized collagen.
One of the hidden benefits of microneedling therapy is that it helps create clearer skin. If you have acne and you use topical treatments, microneedling helps them better penetrate your skin.
When a product gets deeper into your skin, it works more effectively.
With more healing action, breakouts clear up faster and should be fewer and farther in between.
What Does Microneedling Feel Like?
Anyone who has seen the microneedling YouTube videos might think it the most painful beauty treatment available.
Fortunately, it’s nowhere near as painful as it looks. What microneedling feels like depends on your own pain tolerance, When the writers at Allure tried it out, they said it “hurts like crazy.” The ladies at Glamour said it “feels like more of a tickling.”
Your own experience will be personal.
You’ll be glad to know that microneedling doesn’t just involve pressing a tool full of needles into your face. If you get it done professionally, our practitioner applies topical lidocaine or another numbing agent on your skin before the treatment.
Numbing skin prevents you from feeling too much pain. You might feel discomfort, and you’ll feel the poking.
What Are the Treatment Schedules Like?
Your micro-needling treatment schedule depends on the intensity of the treatment you’re using and what results you’re looking to achieve.
People trying to cure acne scars see more intense treatment schedules like six sessions at three week intervals to see results.
Try Microneedling for Youthful Skin
Microneedling creates micro channels in your skin to stimulate and repair collagen production. By increasing the amount of collagen your skin produces, you protect it from signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
The treatment also helps decrease Hyperpigmentation of your skin from sun damage, improve fine lines & wrinkles, shrink the pours and improve skin tone and texture all together.