Is Skin Needling worth the bloody trauma?
In short, when done properly by a very experienced trained professional with the correct equipment, Skin Needling rocks it's ass off. And yes, there will probably be blood.
After seeing women who looked like they had gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson post Skin Needling I was completely put off by the idea. I was remarkably unimpressed and somewhat distressed. I thought some folks must be okay with resembling Freddie Kruger for a few days, all in the name of looking younger, but I was really quite alarmed.
Yet Skin Needling continues to pop up in my World, like weight loss, magic pants, incontinence pads and fat blasting ads (gah!). After researching for this story I'm beyond eager to give Skin Needling a whirl.
So is Skin Needling worth the bloody trauma?
Kim Kardashian famously posted this image during a "bloody facial" treatment. A blood or 'vampire' facial per Kardashian is a different beast to needling. That's another beauty story for another time.
I've interviewed highly trained and experienced therapists from both the 100% natural organic scene and traditional beauty worlds to get the goss on the needle buzz. Let's start by saying you should NEVER resemble Freddie Kruger after Skin Needling. That's a sign your therapist is not using the right equipment. Don't go back.
Here is what I've uncovered:
+Skin Needling is also called CIT - Collagen Induction Therapy - and Mesotherapy.
+ It's a WINNER of a treatment for the pro-ageing woman.
+ There will be blood (but you'll have your eyes closed so won't need to see all that).
+ You absolutely shouldn't scab, bruise, or scar - and if you do - your therapist may be using cheap equipment or using a needle that's too thick or too long.
+ You'll look just like a Brit after their first day baking on Bondi Beach - ie SUPER sunburnt!
+ Skin Needling is amazing for minimising pores, reducing fine lines, acne scarring, stretch marks, pigmentation and brightening your complexion.
+ Collagen takes time to build and you'll need several sessions.
+ Expect to pay from $900+ for 3 sessions. Cheaper options may put your health at risk.
WHAT IS A DERMAL ROLLER?
It's a roller with hundreds of small needles attached. As you roll you "needle" the skin.
WHAT IS MICRO NEEDLING OR SKIN NEEDLING?
Although Micro Needling may look a little frightening, it is actually much gentler than you think. Micro Needling doesn't damage the epidermis, the very top layer of your skin. The needles create pin point punctures to break up old collagen strands and induce fresh, new collagen and elastin. These 2 proteins form the scaffolding in the skin and are needed for the structural support of the skin.
Before needling treatment, you are prepped with a topical anaesthetic to numb your skin. Some reddening is to be expected, the downtime is minimal and you should have recovered after 2 days (read, you'll resemble a beetroot for 2 days).
Experienced Beauty Therapist Alex Owens explains "Basically the essence of skin needling is tricking our skin into thinking it's young again by reactivating growth factors, so the skin acts as it did in our younger days. As we age our skin cell renewal (which when we are young is as quick as 20 days) slows down to 30 days or more in us 40+ folk. This is why older skins appear rougher, lined and dull. Skin needling can help to slow and reverse this."
SKINMATRIX skinmatrix.com.au are experts in combating acne and pro ageing treatments. Founder and Paramedical Aesthetician Sarah Wilkinson says "Micro needling itself is not dangerous, it depends on the training of the operator. As there is no thermal heat like lasers there are minimal negative side effects." Sarah says "The skin goes through the same process as when we cut ourselves. But in this case the needle perforations are controlled and promote intense rebuilding in the skins matrix - the dermal layer where all the good stuff lies - the protein fibres we need to keep our skins looking fresh and youthful".
Hearing this really peaked my interest!
At home VS in clinic dermal rolling.
AT HOME DERMAL ROLLING
The dermal rollers you can use at home are commonly 0.2 - 0.5mm in length and serve the function of penetrating products into the skin rather than really inducing collagen production. "Apply hyraluronic acid serum then use the dermal roller to encourage the product to go into the skin" advises Sarah Wilkinson.
Your home needling device should NOT draw blood. Sarah from SkinMatrix warns "Be mindful of the needle length. Anything longer than 0.75mm needle length for home use opens your skin increasing the chance of infection". Dermastamp recommend nothing longer than 0.5mm for home use.
THE RULES: If the needles are more than 0.5mm, don't try it at home. Make sure your skin is squeaky clean, sterilise your derma roller, use impeccable hygiene... and if you're still game, tread carefully. Sarah Wilkinson says "Never do a 1.5mm dermal roller at home, I have seen clients with infections from performing needling at home with the 1.5mm needle.
Mukti Organics do a home dermal roller, with micro needles of 0.25mm AU $54.95. Click here to read more about Mukti Microneedle Dermal Roller. But remember this will only serve to help 'massage' the product into the skin. It will not create any trauma, nor reach the layer of skin that you need to induce collagen production. Safe but not needling per se.
SkinMedix do a home dermal roller, with micro needles of 0.5mm AU $37. Click here to read more about SkinMedix Microneedle Dermal Roller. Rollers are proven to increase the absorption of the active ingredients in your creams, lotions, and serums.