Can you really get rid of acne scars, wrinkles, and reveal youthful skin with the help of tiny needles? These are some of claims made about the skin care device/procedure known as micro-needling, derma-rolling, or skin needling. Does rolling needles on your skin really lead to the fountain of youth?
What Is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is a procedure done with a hand-held roller that has needles attached to it. The procedure can be done by a doctor, an esthetician, or even by yourself at home. The length of the needles attached to the roller varies according to who is doing the rolling. For instance, a doctor would use needles that are the longest around 1.5 mm long while a roller that you use at home has needles that are only .2 mm long. This procedure has been around since the late 1990s and has become more popular over the years.
When you roll the micro-needling roller on your skin you are creating tiny holes or micro-injuries in the skin.
What Happens During A Micro-Needling Procedure
During a micro-needling session the hand-held roller that is covered with needles is lightly moved all over the face horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally. Before the procedure begins the skin is thoroughly cleaned. When the procedure is over a serum or mask can be applied to the skin. When micro-needling is done in a doctor’s office the needles are longer so ice might need to applied to the skin in order to reduce redness and swelling. Which length of needle is best in order to have most effective treatment is a matter of debate between professionals, but it is important to note that in order to have the best results you definitely need more than one treatment. The treatment usually is not painful, but it might be a bit uncomfortable.
How Micro-Needling Can Help The Skin
There are certain skin care issues such as acne scars that are difficult to overcome even with the daily use of skin care products. Since micro-needling can stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process this procedure can help get rid of scars. In addition, micro-needling can help anti-aging products penetrate better into the skin. The process also helps the skin build more collagen, which helps wrinkles and fine lines be reduced.
Problems with Micro-Needling
Micro-needling cannot be done on all skin types. People with sensitive, irritated skin, or who have eczema, rosacea, and active acne cannot get mico-needling treatments. If you have sensitive skin your skin can become even more red and inflamed from the treatment. If you bruise easily you probably are not a good candidate for this treatment.
If the roller is not properly sterilized between treatments you run the risk of being exposed to a virus. Technique matters as well—if the roller is pressed too strongly into the skin it can become very irritated and even get bloody. For these reasons, it is always best to consult with a doctor or an esthetician before trying this procedure at home on your own. These professionals can even teach you how to do micro-needling at home safely and effectively so that you get the best results without negative side effects.