Everything you need to know about microneedling
What is microneedling? You’ll likely have heard of it as there’s barely a skin expert in the world who doesn’t laud the benefits of this treatment for good skin health. This minimally invasive treatment creates microscopic channels in the epidermis encouraging the production of collagen and elastin to create smoother, firmer and more even toned skin.
Used to treat everything from fine lines to acne scarring and enlarged pores, this treatment requires no downtime – but how exactly does the procedure work, and what are the long-term benefits for the skin?
Whether you’re new to the world of microneedling and shopping for your first device, or a microneedling convert who’s looking for more clarification on the treatment, here’s a speedy breakdown of the benefits of this powerful little device.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling is a procedure that uses short fine sterilised titanium needles to create microscopic channels in the epidermis (the top layer of skin). Medical microneedling use needles over 0.5mm, whereas cosmetic microneedling will use needles up to 0.5mm.
The end goal is to rejuvenate the skin through increased levels of collagen and tissue tightening. As your skin’s natural healing process responds to these tiny pinpricks, the collagen and elastin produced, plumps the skin, softening lines and wrinkles.
Catherine Wilson, founder OLIVIEREWILSON says “Creating these micro channels in the epidermis amplifies the absorption of topically applied serums and creams, giving added hydration and skin brightness. The wound healing process that is triggered, encourages cell turnover and repair. This is skin rejuvenation.”
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling can also reduce the appearance of mild scars and enlarged pores through tightening the skin.
Are there any side effects?
Microneedling is a safe and effective treatment. Cosmetic microneedling doesn’t require any numbing cream and there is no downtime. It is best to treat the skin in the evening, before bed as your face might be a little flushed afterwards, which is a normal reaction and will subside in a few hours.
Medical microneedling should only be done by a professional. Depending on your skin reaction, there could be some micro-bruising, flaking and scabbing and downtime for a few days.
When should I not microneedle?
Microneedling is not appropriate for people with active breakouts of acne or a rosacea flair up. It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding due to the increased hormones in the body.
SHOULD I AVOID CERTAIN ACTIVITIES AFTER MICRONEEDLING?
After microneedling it is best to avoid hot baths and saunas. This can cause the skin to sweat and can be stinging. It is also advised to avoid strong sunlight and refrain from applying self tanning products for 48 hours.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Once any initial flushing subsides, your skin will look plump and radiant. You will immediately notice your skin is more hydrated too. However, the longer lasting results come from the skin healing process. Incorporating microneedling into your routine twice a week will get great results.
If you are targeting deeper scars, you may need to try medical microneedling where the needles can be as long as 4mm.
WHICH PRODUCTS CAN I USE ALONGSIDE MICRONEEDLING?
After microneedling, the skin needs hydrating nourishing products. Reach for serums packed with Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and Growth Factors. Hyaluronic Acid provides concentrated moisture and plumping to the skin.
We advise using products that are free from essential oils, fragrance and strong active ingredients such as Vit C, high strength retinol and AHA/BHAs as these are too aggressive to use at this time.
WHAT MICRONEEDLING TECHNOLOGY DO OLIVIEREWILSON PROMOTE?
Catherine explains that OLIVIEREWILSON products have been designed for home use and focus on cosmetic microneedling. They’re aesthetically beautiful and intelligently designed, with the ideal handle weight for ease of use, non slip coverings and use the best medical grade titanium needles.
She says: “We advise using light pressure and always lift the roller to change direction so you don’t scratch the surface of the skin. A light treatment and often will produce nice bouncy collagen. Often a deeper needle length can produce collagen that is tougher”