Recently, I’ve seen a lot of celebrities and bloggers post about “microneedling”. What it is, what it is treating, and can I do it at home?
First off, be careful not to treat your skin to the latest trends! Just because you see your friends or favorite influencer doing something, does not mean that you should too. Jumping in to any skin “trend” without proper research and consultation can be harmful and not yield the results you are looking for.
Microneedling is a treatment that uses tiny needles to poke micro holes in the skin to treat various conditions such as scarring, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Medical microneedling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), uses longer needles (1.5mm) which penetrate through the epidermis to the dermis, to stimulate collagen and elastin production. In fact, collagen will continue to be produced as the skin heals, even three to six months after your treatment. These procedures are a bit painful and cause bleeding, which is why they are only performed by medical personnel and licensed technicians.
Cosmetic microneedling, which we do in our studio and you can do at home, uses shorter needles (.1-.2mm) that only affects the epidermis. These micro-funnels open up your skin to allow products, such as serums, to penetrate up to 70% deeper. This technique is surprisingly painless and does not cause bleeding.
This treatment is not limited to the face and can be done on different parts of the body (such as stretchmarks on the abdomen). Environ's Body Roll-CIT, is great for covering the hard to reach places like the elbows or knees. After body rolling, follow with Environ’s Derma-Lac Lotion and Vitamin A, C, E, which will help further the rejuvenation of your collagen.
I recommend microneedling before bed, since your skin may look a bit red after (and because your skin absorbs product significantly better when you sleep!) First wash your face and apply your toner. Next, take the roller and do 2-3 rolls horizontally and then vertically and diagonally, continuing until you have covered your whole face.
When done, apply your favorite serum or follow with Environ's Avance Moisturizer. If you are a beginner, I recommend only doing this treatment once a week. According to Dr. Des Fernandes, one of the pioneers of skin needling, to make a true difference in the skin, you should build up to every night. The tool I always use on myself and my clients is Environ’s Gold Roller CIT -- it is antiseptic and sterile, and who doesn’t love gold [naturally anti-biotic]!
One last note: do not do microneedling while you have active acne, rosacea or eczema. When your skin is inflamed, you are at a higher risk of infection.
You should always consult your esthetician before you begin a cosmetic microneedling treatment.