Most of us, if not all of us, have some sort of skincare routine in place (hopefully). But there’s only so much you can achieve with an at home skincare routine. Whether you only include the basics, or go all out with a multiple-step routine, we still need professional treatments every once in a while for optimal results.
Introducing Microneedling. This amazing treatment can give your complexion a new lease of life by promoting new skin cells, reducing the appearance of acne scars and large pores, stimulating blood flow and increasing collagen and elastin production in the skin - we bet you haven’t found a cream that can do all of this yet. Mirconeedling can even help to improve product absorption so you can get the most out of your at home skincare routine.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a dermatological procedure that punctures the top layer of the skin using tiny needles to signal to our body that our skin needs to be healed and rejuvenated. And the body being the team player that it is, comes to the rescue with added skincare benefits (which we’ll be revealing soon. It’s worth the wait, we promise).
How does microneedling work?
The microneedling procedure will use either a stamp or a microneedling pen to prick the skin with tiny needles (that typically range from 0.1 to 2.5 mm in diameter). These tools are known as collagen induction therapies, meaning that they create micro-wounds on the skin to stimulate collagen production and encourage skin repair.
These small punctures to the top layer of the skin signal to the body that trauma has occurred and encourage new collagen and elastin production. Similar to how your body heals scrapes and cuts, the same is true for these minor, strategically produced wounds.
The Derma Roller vs Microneedling Pen:
The derma roller is a handheld device that rolls across the skin and supports tiny microneedles on its rotating wheel. It can be used in all kinds of different directions and depths.
The microneedling pen which is our preferred way of needling the face or body is a newer form of microneedling technology that allows for more control, adjustable depths within the same session and it's a lot faster. The pen allows for precise needle depth across the skin and uses vertical stamping(as opposed to diagonal and horizontal) which reduces skin trauma and downtime.These days it's the preferential method of microneedling and the one we use at Young LDN because it’s less painful, has less downtime and delivers better results. At Young LDN we use the Exceed microneedling pen which is the worlds only double FDA approved device and is also UK MHRA registered. Featuring a world exclusive floating treatment tip, it allows us to needle in any direction and the unique rotation of the needle plate significantly reduces epidermal scratching that occurs with all traditional treatment tips like dermapen and skinpen.
What are the benefits to the skin of microneedling?
Stimulate collagen and elastin production
We know what you may be thinking: ouch. Why would anyone want to do that? Well, increased collagen is the main reason. And when we can never have enough collagen, the slightly painful facial is worth every pinprick. As a form of collagen induction therapy (CIT), microneedling increases collagen (obviously) as well as elastin in the skin, which adds volume, elasticity and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles.
Minimise pore size
We all have pores on the surface of our skin to release oil and sweat - they’re basically tiny holes that let our skin breathe. They can vary in size from barely noticeable to you can’t stop staring at them. Large pores can be caused by several factors but the most common reason for them is when they become clogged with excess oil, dirt, or dead skin. And the larger they are, the easier it is for them to collect even more debris. Microneedling can help minimise your pore size by getting in the hard-to-reach places and unclogging them with the help of new collagen and elastin to tighten the skin.
Increase product absorption
By creating thousands of tiny holes in the skin, products can be absorbed through the new wounds and more efficiently through unclogged pores, increasing the number of channels available into the skin and amount of product absorbed. This is why when doing a microneedling treatment we apply powerful serums to the skin when the wounds are open, so you see optimal results.
Reduce the appearance of scars
Microneedling is a super effective treatment for those with scars, especially deep-set acne scars. It helps to restore your complexion by stimulating new skin cells whilst breaking down old scar tissue. The increase in collagen can also help to improve the appearance of scars as it fills out and creates volume in the skin, making them appear less defined with a smoother texture.
Stimulate blood flow
As the small wounds are made, the immune system cleverly increases blood flow in the affected area so it can receive more oxygen and nutrients to help with the healing process. With more oxygen and nutrients in the skin of your face, it’s no surprise it will feel and look healthier with a natural glow.
Does microneedling hurt?
For most people who have tried microneedling, the general consensus is that it can be a little uncomfortable. But hey, that's why you go to a professional that is experienced, uses numbing cream, and knows how to make you feel cared for - aka anyone from our tribe at Young LDN.
But don't let that scare you. Others say that the microneedling sensation feels very light with only some sensitivity in areas where the skin is thinner, such as the forehead. Truth be told, everyone has different pain thresholds but microneedling is generally bearable regardless of what yours maybe - especially if a healthy, rejuvenated complexion awaits.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Microneedling can definitely sound a little bit scary—they are, after all, small needles braising the surface of your skin. But getting a microneedling treatment at Young LDN is an easy, stressless process.
Your appointment will always begin by cleansing and prepping the skin. While it's always a great idea to show up to your appointment with clean, dry skin, our tribe will make sure your skin is in its best, cleanest state before treatment.
After cleansing, we will apply a topical numbing cream, which you'll let sit until it works its magic. After the numbing cream has fully numbed the area, we’ll then go in with the microneedling pen. Treatment time will vary depending on what skin concern you wish to treat, although you can expect most treatments to take between 60-90 minutes.
How do I prepare for a microneedling treatment?
Be gentle with your skincare routine
The gentler your skincare routine is before microneedling, the better. This means avoiding over-exfoliation, actives and anything that’s on the harsher side. Microneedling causes micro-traumas to the skin which can feel a lot worse than it sounds if you haven’t been kind to your skin beforehand.
Protect your skin’s barrier
Microneedling will break the skin’s barrier, so it’s important that it is the treatment that does this and not your lack of skincare. Working on a skin barrier that’s already broken will be more painful, so help your future self out. Choose a mild cleanser, nourishing moisturiser, and a protective SPF during the daytime to help keep your skin's barrier intact before the treatment.
On the day of your appointment, it’s recommended to arrive with a freshly cleansed and toned face. After you’ve toned, leave your skin bare (this is the only time we recommend skipping your entire skincare routine) and avoid putting on moisturiser or sun cream. This will eliminate additional barriers for the numbing cream and microneedling pen.
What’s the aftercare for microneedling?
Avoid direct sunlight and make sunscreen your best friend
Aftercare after a microneedling appointment is oh-so-important.The main goal of aftercare post-microneedling is to let your skin calm down.This means that you want to let your skin rest and avoid exposing it to heat and sunlight, as it can cause it to work up a sweat which can be irritating.Your skin will also be more vulnerable to sun damage with a broken barrier, so don’t forget to apply SPF.
Continue to prioritise gentle skincare products
For the few days after your treatment, you'll still want to use a gentle cleanser, hydrating serum, and moisturiser. Choose a mineral-based sunscreen instead of one with chemical filters to prevent irritation. And definitely avoid using exfoliating acids or scrubs and retinol-based products.
Go make-up free for 24 hours
You can wear makeup if you wish, but if you want to ensure maximum results, avoid it for the first 24 hours after your treatment.Especially if you’re targeting larger or clogged pores as they’ll be open and more likely to hold onto makeup.
How long is microneedling downtime?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no downtime.
There are very few side effects with microneedling, and most are short-lived. The treatment can cause temporary swelling, redness, and flaky skin for a few days after the treatment, but this is unsual. Normally your skin will be red and then calm down within a couple of hours.
Who is microneedling suitable for?
Microneedling is suitable for all skin tones because it doesn't use heat, so if you have a darker skin tone prone to pigmentation, consider yourself safe.
The best candidates for microneedling are those with skin conditions such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation, loose skin, and fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also an absolute dream for those wanting to improve skin texture and tone.
On the other hand, microneedling is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. It’s also not suitable for those with psoriasis, severe eczema, extremely sensitive skin, collagen vascular diseases, fungal infections, keloid scars, or scleroderma to avoid further skin irritation and damage.
For those with active acne breakouts, microneedling can exacerbate the inflammatory acne, so it's best to wait until after the active breakout has cleared. The same goes for skin infections that could be spread or worsened through a procedure like microneedling.
How many microneedling treatments do I need?
For optimal results, we strongly advise a treatment plan of between 3 and 6 sessions. It depends on each individual and whether you are doing microneedling for acne scars or anti ageing.