What You Need To Know About Microneedling

The concept of having someone stick a micro-sized needle into your face over and over may sound less like a beauty treatment and more like some sort of medieval form of torture, but hear us out. This process is called microneedling and it is clinically proven to even out your complexion and make your skin more smooth and radiant. Oh, and it doesn’t really hurt.

While this technique has been used in dermatology since the 1990s, the idea of using your face as a pincushion is rumored to date thousands of years. “It’s believed that Cleopatra stuck her face with porcupine needles to plump up her skin,” says Macrene Alexiades, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York. In modern times, this prickly procedure is used to create a controlled injury that triggers a wound healing response, which in turn improves skin texture. The methodology is similar to how lasers and chemical peels work to brighten and improve the complexion. “The needles also create multiple microscopic open channels that can easily absorb therapeutic ingredients like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) deeper into the skin,” says Corey L. Hartman, MD, a board certified dermatologist in Homewood, Alabama.

How It Works

“We use an electric, handheld microneedling device that looks like a large Sharpie,” says Alexiades. “As the microneedling pen is moved across the skin, the needle goes in and out like a ballpoint pen, creating multiple micro-injuries that stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.” It’s a relatively quick process. Once it’s done, skin-boosting products can be applied. “Traditional microneedling alone is pretty superficial and doesn’t have much efficacy,” Alexiades says, “but it’s a very effective tool for delivering a topical ingredient, like hyaluronic acid, into the skin.” Another plus of microneedling? It’s considered safe for darker skin tones and won’t lead to discoloration because the needles only make small, superficial wounds. The…

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