When it comes to skin needling, it’s important to do your research both on the procedure and the therapist you are considering going to. As with any skincare treatment under the sun, information is key to making the right decision.
We have four things about skin needling that you need to know before going in to your local salon or clinic.
Consider the risks:
Without trying to sound like scaremongers, there is a lot that can go wrong if the procedure is not followed correctly. This is mainly concerned with hygiene guidelines. You should be aware that no roller head should be re-used after each client, but disposed in a biohazard waste container by your therapist. All items that are to come in contact with your skin are not to be handled by hands without gloves. If you are unsure, speak with your therapist during your consultation about the measures they take.
When your skin’s barrier is compromised, you are at risk of infection, adverse reactions, inflammation and hyper-pigmentation.
Know the results you want.
By having a clear idea of what you want to gain from the procedure, your therapist can tailor your treatment/s accordingly.
Skin-needling is most popularly used as an anti-ageing procedure and for reducing scarring, including acne scars.
Understand the procedure.
Normally, a numbing cream/gel is applied to the face to minimise discomfort. The needle-roller is then moved across the skin, moving in criss-cross motions. This creates thousands of punctures within the skin’s surface which, in turn, stimulates the skin’s healing process which involves the production of collagen and elastin.
After needling, the numbing gel is removed and, often, a cooling and anti-inflammatory product is applied to aid in providing relief to the skin’s initial reaction to the process.
Different needle, different results.
Needles can come in varying lengths and gauges, generally ranging from 0.25mm to 3.00mm. A short needle may not trigger the healing process in the skin, yet it might aid in your active skincare penetrating the skin more effectively.
The longer the needle, the deeper it penetrates the skin. These generally draw blood and reach the upper dermis layer (also known as the intermediate reticular dermis).
Of course, the degree of pressure applied by the therapist also affects the depth in which the needles penetrate the skin.
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