November 18, 2020 7 min read 0 Comments
Are you interested in microneedling? Microneedling is a great way to fade acne scars, fine lines, and keep skin looking youthful overall.
Learn more about what microneedling is and how it works, and the microneedling aftercare steps to get the best results.
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy. Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure where several sterile micro needles are pressed into the skin. Thisprocedure is done or performed in order to improve the appearance of acne scars and increase collagen production by creating micro-channels or microholes on the skin. Microneedling is often done by a professional in a clinical environment however less invasive home options are available too.
The theory behind microneedling is that by making these tiny holes spaced apart in a given area of your skin (aka creating a controlled skin injury), your body will respond by sending collagen and elastin to heal the “injured” area. In other words, the collagen and elastin will not only heal the damaged area but also the areas around it, eventually smoothing out minor scars, flattening out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as promoting elasticity in the skin.
Microneedling is mostly used on the face and may treat various scars (except keloid scars), wrinkles and large pores. Microneedling may also be used in anti-aging procedures and for sun spots.
For in office microneedling treatments, your doctor should provide detailed aftercare instructions on what to do after microneedling. Microneedling aftercare instructions may be based specifically on your personal skin type and condition, so make sure to follow them carefully. During the initial microneedling session, it is normal for skin to become a little red.
If you are doing microneedling yourself, these aftercare guidelines below can be followed.
Microneedling aftercare tips include the following:
How does microneedling work?
Our skin is the largest organ and it provides indispensable protection for us. Skin is divided into two layers, the Epidermis and Dermis.
Microneedling works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen. The idea is that pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin and that the skin responds by making new collagen-rich tissue. This new skin tissue is, in turn, more even in tone and texture. It’s normal for the skin to lose collagen via age or injury. By encouraging the skin to make new tissue, there may be more collagen to help make the skin firmer, too.
Traditional cosmetic ingredients are slowly absorbed by the skin; however, it is very difficult to penetrate a certain amount of ingredients through the uppermost layer of skin. Most ingredients will be blocked by the skin barrier.
If ever you’re wondering what’s the difference between microneedling and dermarolling and which is better, here are the details about these two treatments: Both Micro-Pens or stamps and Dermarollers are forms of microneedling used to stimulate the production of new collagen. Both can also be done either in a clinic or at home yourself. So what’s the difference? The difference is that microneedling uses a device with tiny needles to create controlled micro wounds on the skin through vertical stamping motion while dermarolling uses a mini wheel covered with tiny needles to gently prick the face.
Banish uses a 0.5 mm microneedle which will not reach the dermis layer or cause unnecessary trauma when used as directed but can still help stimulate the formation of collagen and create micro channels for skincare ingredients.
The newBanisher is a stamping design which is safer, and causes less irritation. It prevents the risk of "Tram track" scarring which may be caused by rolling microneedles.
Microneedling with longer needles is a professional procedure that’s performed in a board-certified doctor’s office only. In an effort to save money, some people opt for home rollers instead. Unlike professional microneedling, home use ones have a shorter length.
There are numerous benefits and uses of microneedling.
Benefits of Microneedling
Uses of Microneedling
So you just had your microneedling treatment done, what’s next? Microneedling treatment entails some side effects that could occur.
Here are things you mayexpect after getting your microneedling treatment done during the healing process:
You may be wondering “Does microneedling have any side effects after all?” The answer is yes, with any product there is going to be a possible side effect.
Several scientific clinical trials have been done and the results proved that microneedling is a safe and effective option for the treatment of scars.
The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure.
Possible other side effects after microneedling are:
Bleeding is common after microneedling in office. Bleeding doesn't happen with the Banisher 2.0 since the bristles don't go deep enough.
In order to eliminate this complication, sterilize and clean your skin and microneedle tool thoroughly before every use and do not share your tool with anyone or use it over areas or active acne, rashes, or open cuts.
Mild Itching may occur during the healing process, and it's more common for in office procedures where the treatment is more aggressive. The itching feeling should go away after a day and should only be mild.
Again, side effects are not common after microneedling. If the needles are 1mm or longer, do not do the treatment by yourself and ask experienced professionals to help. With proper sterilization and standard products, the possibility of experiencing these side effects is less than 0.1%.
There may be some of the questions that pop into your mind every time you hear about microneedling. And the answer to this can be found below:
Can I microneedle over active acne?
Make sure you avoid active acne - including blackheads and whiteheads - do not derma roll or microneedle if you have active acne. This can cause bacteria to spread.
Can you use microneedling while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Although Banish products are made from natural ingredients and the ingredients aren't known to cause any issues, it is still recommended to check with your doctor if the products are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding stages.
Are microneedling results permanent?
Yes, it is to some extent. Given that the skin continues to age starting from age 20, we must continue to take care of skin as maintenance. However, the results are permanent unlike fillers which dissolve over time.
How long is the downtime?
This procedure is considered a no downtime treatment. You can already apply makeup the next day after using the Banisher but allow at least 8 hours before doing so.
If your skin is on the sensitive side, you can wait at least 24 hours so your skin has extra time to calm down and recover fully before applying any makeup or products with active ingredients.
A great microneedling aftercare routine is going to make the biggest difference in your skin. Radiant, glowing skin is the result when you make the commitment to taking care of your skin with this microneedle aftercare regimen and when following all the instructions of your microneedling tool.
Taking care of your skin after microneedling can make a huge difference in the outcome of your treatment. Not only will proper aftercare give better results, but you’ll also be protecting your skin from damage as it heals and avoid potential slowing of healing.
Results may still vary from skin to skin so it requires patience as well.
"What Is Microneedling?" from The Skinny; https://theraderm.net/more-from-the-skinny/what-is-microneedling.html
"How Much Does Microneedling Boost Product Absorption?" from Cadogan Clinic; https://www.cadoganclinic.com/how-much-does-micro-needling-boost-product-absorption
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