If you’re anything like me in regards to pain tolerance, then it’s probs safe to say that you might be intimidated by a “facial” with the word NEEDLE in it. Spa-like tranquility vibes might dash out the window while you’re wondering whyyyyyy you would voluntarily elect to get something done with needles involved. Right? So – Why is Microneedling THE new buzzword? Because it works.
What is Microneedling?
The “needling” micro-punctures of the application (during this 20 minute-ish process) basically reboots your body’s own natural collagen production. What does that even mean? Welp, from those microscopic pin/needle pricks from the SkinPen tool, your skin believes that it is damaged and needing repair. It’s tricking your skin. Here’s the #Science behind Microneedling: no matter what size of “wound” you get, your skin reacts the same. SooOOOoO, when you get micro-punctures (itty-bitty-teeny-tiny wounds), your skin starts the healing process. This gets your OWN collagen movin’ and groovin’ and your skin’s texture is naturally improved. Voila.
Let’s Chat – the GOOD, the BAD…and the UGLY?
- Obvious: it’s your body’s own natural collagen production to heal the skin on its own.
- Huh? Those micro-pricks trigger your skin to heal itself – on its own. Boom – the NATURAL process happens.! That means that your own skin begins producing your own collagen.
- With this natural collagen, you get a more youthful and glowing appearance.
Do you have any of these “BAD” skin conditions? Acne scars, small bumps because of clogged pores, divots or uneven texture from aging? Microneedling can smooth out your skin and fill in those “bad” spots to gain an even texture and even glow.
Part 1: Could get real ugly real quick if you don’t know where to get your Microneedling done. So, where should you get Microneedling done, you ask? Certainly NOT at your house and NOT a par-tay at someone else’s house. Adding to the NOT list (if you want professional results), never from a “kit” or a DIY or anything that does not include a nurse practitioner or licensed esthetician. Now’s the time to troll around online for your research while finding a licensed practitioner. Check all reviews, ask questions and be BEYOND confident with your choice.
Part 2: Did you catch my InstaStory on Instagram after I had treatment #2 done? If you didn’t, follow me HERE to join in on my silliness… Anyway, the other part that can be in the “ugly” category is the mild sunburned appearance immediately following the Microneedling treatment.
Try to look past my “deer in headlights” selfie look (below) to notice the slight (blotchy) sunburn appearance. As the day of my Microneedling progressed, the “sunburn” became a tad redder but was gone by the next morning. Of course, the redness and after-effects will vary by individual.
Microneedling takes anywhere from 3-6 treatments, depending upon the severity of your skin’s condition. Typically the Microneedling is done once a month during the entire process. Once your entire treatment is completed, you can return for touch-ups.
Here is my personal progress from no Microneedling to 1 treatment to 2 treatments. I have 1 more treatment to go… and I am LOVING the easy process and the visible results.
Stay tuned for my FINAL treatment happening in about a month to see the overall transition…
What are YOUR biggest skin concerns that you’d LOVE to improve?