Since my childhood, I have dealt with stubborn acne, and, as a result, acne scars. Over the years I have experimented with various “proven” solutions, with little to no luck. It wasn’t until recently that I began finding information on micro-needling (also known as collagen induction therapy) pop up. I was immediately intrigued and began looking into it. Since I started incorporating micro-needling into my skincare routine, my skin has dramatically improved.
What is micro-needling?
Using a series of tiny needles, micro-needling creates hundreds of tiny puncture marks on the top layer of skin. In response to these tiny puncture marks, the body utilizes the skin’s natural wound healing process. This process generates new skin cells, also known as cell turnover. With consistent use, micro-needling increases the elasticity in your skin and helps to produce collagen. The process, therefore, is very natural, as you are relying on your body’s natural ability to heal.
Micro-needling can be done by visiting an esthetician, or in the comfort of your home with a tool known as a derma roller. The fun doesn’t have to stop at your face either, as it can be done on virtually any part of your body. It has been known to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars, discoloration and acne on legs, chest, back, and butt. There is a variety of needling sizes, and each one depends on the results you are looking to achieve. It is relatively painless and very effective.
What are the benefits?
Micro-needling, or derma-rolling, can be used to treat acne scars, stretch marks, discoloration, and as an anti-aging tool. The process of cell turnover works to improve the skin’s texture and appearance, allowing your skin to naturally heal any issues that lie above the surface. It is essentially healing from the inside out. With continuous use, it works to regenerate the top layer of skin cells, and refresh the skin’s appearance. As it opens the pores and creates tiny puncture marks, it also allows for any skin products to be absorbed better. This helps when working to heal and improve the skin.
My experience with micro-needling & how to do it:
After watching countless videos and conducting a great deal of research, I finally bought my first derma roller to begin micro-needling at home. I have always suffered from acne and as a result, acne scars. I have tried various serums, beauty products and spent countless hours with dermatologists, only to achieve temporary or no results. Since starting micro-needling a month ago, I have seen extraordinary results. It has not only helped my acne scars but helped clear up my acne as well. My skin appears healthy and glowing, two adjectives I normally would not use for my skin.
To begin using your derma-roller, make sure that you thoroughly wash your skin and have sanitized your derma roller with some sort of antiseptic. Work around the desired area in small sections. I take my time, rolling six times in each spot while applying light to moderate pressure. I section off my face by forehead, cheeks, the area around my mouth, the delicate skin around my eyes, and my nose. I then move on to my neck and chest. Once I am finished, I like to apply my favorite serum to the area I have just treated. As I mentioned previously, applying your products right after you derma-roll amplifies your skin’s ability to absorb the product.
How often you should be micro-needling depends on the size of the needles. I currently own a 0.25 mm derma roller, and therefore it is safe to use daily. I normally do this at night before I go to sleep. If you use a derma roller that is larger than 0.25 mm then it is suggested to use once a month, until your skin is ready to use once a week. This may sound like a lengthy time frame to be waiting, but it is important that your skin remains healthy and does not become irritated with overuse.
Have you tried a derma roller before? If so, what was your experience?
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