The land of modern beauty therapy is one that is paved to its vast edges with ongoing innovations and new beauty treatments. Seemingly every other day, there are incredible new trends coming out of the woodwork to join the many practiced existing beauty procedures and methods. Many of these beauty procedures and trends are targeted towards skin care and skin health. Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, so it makes perfect sense that such a large chunk of the industry would be dedicated towards advancing and enhancing skin care and skin health, in every sense.
The more that people become aware of just how important taking adequate care of their skin is, the more highly they prioritise that exact healthy habit. From the organic everyday skin care products, to professional procedures like needling skin that are carried out in beauty therapy chairs, and everything in between, skin care is the height of the beauty industry. But what exactly is skin needling, and what does it ultimately achieve? You might be surprised to realise that while it might sound like a harsh procedure, it does not have to feel that way.
What happens during the skin needling process?
The procedure of needling skin is one that utilises micro-sized needles to treat the skin on your face and neck, mostly. Individuals who undergo skin micro needling as part of their skin routine use a device called a derma roller over their skin. This is a small device that has little metal spikes that are used to probe at the skin to achieve the desired results. People have been raving about micro skin needling for a while now, but how has it become such a mainstream sensation in the beauty landscape, and what exactly does it achieve?
What does needling skin achieve?
Skin micro needling (also known as collagen induction therapy), when utilised correctly, achieves incredible results in the production of collagen and the reduction of fine lines in the skin. The derma roller or needle device is utilised by rolling the little spikes over the skin of the target area, to stimulate the skin and increase collagen production. Collagen makes the skin look thicker, glow more, and smooth out the general tone of the skin. This is an incredibly popular beauty treatment these days, and it can be done in a professional treatment centre or even in the comfort and familiarity of your own home.
Understanding the two different types of skin micro needling
At-home micro needling is not as effective or long-lasting as the professional treatment, but all the same, it is good to know that there is an easy, at-home version of skin micro needling for those who would rather take care of it at home. At-home skin micro needling products generally use needles less than 1mm in length, while professional versions use needles between 1-3mm (this makes them more effective, as the needles are often longer and do their job more effectively). It is important to follow instructions if you choose to micro needle at home versus in a professional setting, to avoid infection. Professional micro skin needling, on the other hand, is where dermatologists use longer needles to provide a more controlled wounding which inevitably correlates better results across the affected area.