Skin needling is without a doubt one of the most in-demand and sought after skin care treatments currently on the market. Here we break down the differences between professional skin needling and dermarolling at home so you can work out what’s best for your skin – here’s a hint, both!
Otherwise known as microneedling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), skin needling can treat a multitude of different skin conditions thanks to its advanced clinical outcomes. It’s become increasing popular during lockdowns as it is possible skin needle with a Dermaroller at home, albeit to a far lesser extent.
If you’d like to learn more about skin needling – whether professionally administered or the type you can do at home, keep reading for everything you need to know.
#1 – Professional Skin Needling
Microneedling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is performed with a micro needle pen or skin needling device. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that works by using small needles of varying lengths to puncture the skin’s barrier. This creates tiny micro wounds, which in turn then triggers the body’s healing response. During the regeneration process, new collagen growth is stimulated, resulting in smoother, younger fresher-looking skin.
Microneedling is extremely effective at resurfacing the skin, and it’s brilliant for overall skin rejuvenation. It can be used to treat everything from acne scarring to pigmentation and sun damage, as well as common ageing concerns such as dull skin, fine lines and dehydrated skin.
The benefits of skin needling
As well as encouraging skin rejuvenation and increasing production levels of elastin and collagen, Micro needling pens and skin needling devices are clinically proven to treat some of the most common signs and symptoms of ageing.
Skin needling strengthens the skin barrier, increases cellular turn-over, plumps and volumises the complexion and boosts overall skin elasticity.
As the new collagen is produced and dispersed throughout the skin, overall texture and tone is improved, wrinkles (including dynamic and expression lines) appear less deep, texture irregularities become less noticeable, fine lines are reduced, pitted skin fills in. Microneedling also can address acne scars and help fade stretch marks on the face as well as the body.
What happens during a treatment?
Suitable for almost all skin types, CIT is an extremely versatile treatment as at it treats a myriad of skin conditions both on the face and body. Treatments are fast, easy to perform, with clients usually requiring 4-6 treatments, depending on the client’s individual needs. Patients are numbed topically with an anesthetic prior, making the treatment tolerable with minimal discomfort experienced.
Skin needling devices will create a micro wound which seals within minutes, gently triggering the generation of new tissue whilst respecting the integrity of the epidermis and dermis.
Will I experience any downtime?
Unlike other skin rejuvenation treatments, skin needling results in minimal downtime. Immediately after treatment, you can expect your skin to feel warm and tight with the skin appearing red for the first few hours, almost like a mild sunburn. This will start to dissipate within a couple of hours, with only a mild redness remaining the following day. Fresher, brighter, more youthful looking skin will start to appear within 4-6 weeks.
#2 – Dermarolling at home
The at-home version of microneedling is called dermarolling. Using a small hand held roller known as a dermaroller, you simply roll back and forth over clean skin, prior to skincare application.
Whilst rolling at home won’t yield the same benefits that a professional treatment will, dermarolling 1 to 2 times a week will boost skin hydration levels along with boosting the effects from your professional microneedling treatments. Dermarolling will also help increase the effectiveness and absorption of your skincare products by up to 90%.
It is important you choose a dermaroller from a reputable source (such as your treatment provider) as the market is flooded with inferior and cheaply made rollers that will do more harm than good to your skin.
Ideally, you should look for a length of 0.2 – 0.3mm as this is the most optimal and safe length for dermarolling at home and made from titanium or stainless steel.
When using your Dermaroller to target fine lines, pull the skin taught so that the needles can get into the wrinkle fold. It is also super important to always sanitise your roller after each use with a purpose designed roller cleaner.
To learn more about skin needling or to purchase a Dermaroller contact the team at The Global Beauty Group team on 1300 006 607.