We know it sounds crazy. The things we do to look younger can sometimes sound and truly be bizarre, but microneedling actually works! The concept of using needles to heal is not new. Really. Acupuncture predates recorded history so if you were hesitant to try microneedling it might be time to reconsider.
This won’t hurt at all and we promise to spare you from any continued needle puns as we discuss how microneedling helps your skin.
What is the purpose of microneedling?
Microneedling is designed to do two things:
1. Microneedling boosts the production of collagen and elastin in your skin (collagen and elastin are vital to younger, healthier looking skin).
2. Microneedling helps the active ingredients in your skincare products penetrate deep into your skin.
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Can microneedling reduce the appearance of scars?
Many studies demonstrate the benefits of microneedling. In one study conducted in 2009, 100 percent of acne scarred participants reported an improvement in the visibility of their scars. To be clear, not all microneedling is the same. It is important to note most “at home” microneedling rollers have needles that average 0.25-0.5mm. If you have deep acne scarring we recommend visiting a licensed professional with training specifically for scar repair. These microneedling devices can be as long as 3mm!
Read more: the study on microneedling and acne scars
Microneedling reverses sun damage and evens skin tone?
The most important component to younger, healthy looking skin is collagen. This goes far beyond wrinkles. When you target and stimulate collagen in problem areas you can improve/correct a multitude of aesthetic issues ranging from sun damage, discoloration, hyperpigmentation as well as conditions like melasma.
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But does microneedling help aging skin?
Microneedling doesn’t only help correct problem areas on damaged skin. It also has the added benefit of tightening up loose skin making it incredibly popular with both women and men. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen which causes skin to sag and become less firm. As microneedling penetrates the skin with the micro punctures it triggers the body’s natural healing process, generating new collagen and elastin cells. The result is tighter, firmer, softer, healthier and younger looking skin.
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Will microneedling increase the size of pores?
We know it seems a bit counterintuitive, but microneedling does not increase the size of your pores (although you are technically poking hundreds of micro-sized holes in your skin). One of the most sought after benefits of regular microneedling is its ability to make your pores appear smaller. As microneedling goes to work stimulating the collagen in and around your pores it causes them to plump up, reducing the visible size of your pores.
Read more: a comprehensive guide to shrink large pores
My skincare can work better?
Did you know only a small percentage of a skincare product is penetrating your skin? One of the major benefits of microneedling is that it pushes all of those amazing active ingredients into the deeper layers of your skin. Microneedling creates micro channels that allow actives to penetrate and work more effectively. However, this means you need to be careful with the products you are applying immediately after microneedling.
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Is microneedling only for the face?
The experts have spoken and microneedling is an excellent way to tighten skin. The best part is it works all over your body! Any area of your skin that need to be repaired, tightened or corrected can benefit from microneedling.
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Even if you’re scared of needles, we must say it sounds like the benefits of microneedling far outweigh the fears. We all know taking care of our skin is essential to maintaining a youthful glow. Microneedling is an excellent treatment to help make sure we stay looking great for years to come. Share your best microneedling results with us on social media.