Microneedling: The Skincare Treatment Revolutionizing How We Take Care of Our Skin

Image by Jenny Tarbell

Image by Jenny Tarbell

words by JASMINE WILLIAMS • Beauty

On the path to clear, radiant skin? Microneedling is the treatment you may need to jump-start your skin's collagen production and get you there faster.

The skincare industry offers various solutions for acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and sun damage in an array of products and treatments. While certain methods such as microdermabrasion exist to target a specific problem, micro-needling addresses multiple issues at once.

What is micro-needling exactly?

As we age, our collagen production slows and the existing collagen in our skin breaks down due to factors like sun exposure, low levels of vitamin C, and lack of sleep. Micro-needling is a minimally invasive anti-aging procedure that generates new skin tissue and reboots collagen production. This occurs as a result of tiny needles penetrating the skin’s surface. The skin reacts to the minuscule punctures the same way it would to an injury, thus working to repair itself by sending healing agents (elastin, collagen ) to the site. While the dermaroller has been popularized as an “at home” alternative, micro-needling typically takes place at a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office using a cluster of long needles.

What to expect beforehand?

If you decide to book a micro-needling session with a professional, there are a few things to know. Micro-needling results can be immediate but several sessions are required to address your unique skincare concerns. Once you have decided to book your first session, you should consider that the prep time for the procedure can take a couple of hours. Before beginning, a topical anesthesia is usually applied to the face to help minimize any pain that may be felt during your session. 


What to expect afterwards

After the procedure, it is normal for the skin to be sensitive, inflamed and “sometimes bloody”, but don’t freak out. Light bruising is also expected, with the skin remaining sensitive for about 6-8 hours after. During this time, it is important to avoid using an exfoliant, harsh acids, or retinoids, as they can be too powerful on tender skin. Moisturizers, oils, or serums are your friends during the recovery phase. Avoid sun exposure, and if  you’ll be outdoors after your session, wearing sunscreen and a hat is imperative. Prolonged sun exposure can cause further irritation to the skin. 

What are the pros?

Since micro-needling works to encourage new skin tissue, it is effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, large pores, acne scarring, uneven skin tone, and more. Over time, the skin’s collagen production increases and allows new skin to come to the surface, giving that fresh-faced, radiant glow.

What are the cons?

While the benefits of micro-needling are incredibly effective, the cost could be a concern for some. Each session can vary from $100 - $700 for each session. Some offices offer financing to help cover costs so be sure to ask before scheduling a consultation or booking your first session if this is of concern. There could also be a risk that some patients may experience bleeding, infection, or further scarring due to pre-existing conditions, and skin pigment problems— all of which are addressed upon consultation.