When I first heard about microneedles, I felt slightly traumatized. I'm not a fan of needles at first, and the mere thought of rolling a cylinder of super-sharp needles over my face was almost enough to send me over the edge. After hearing the benefits of the treatment, which have been advertised by too many prominent facials, industry-leading dermatologists and skin-blessed beauty editors, I started to embrace the idea. I just needed more information …
I was lucky enough to get a special one-on-one appointment with Kerry Benjamin, one of the most sought-after microneedle experts in the industry. Benjamin is based in LA and is a licensed beautician and one of the best skin care professionals for editors and other important people in the beauty and entertainment industry (not to mention the founder and CEO of her own StackedSkincare brand).
Finally, I had my very first microneedle treatment, and despite my slightly pink skin after the procedure, the glow of instant radiance and glow was enough to convince me to start the practice regularly at home. (Your Microneedling Tool 2.0, $ 125, is perhaps my most valuable skin care product.)
As an obsessively curious beauty editor, I personally overwhelmed Benjamin with all my burning questions. But given the fact that microneedles is one of the most visited skin care treatments, I thought I would put your advice on paper to your advantage too. Would like more? Everything you need to know about microneedles …
At first glance, microneedling sounds equally unconventional, excruciating, and intimidating. So we immediately wanted to ask Benjamin what exactly the treatment is, what it contains and how it can increase the healthy glow of our skin.
As Benjamin explains to us, microneedling is the practice of using a special tool (a chic little roller with hundreds of tiny needles) on the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen and drive the active ingredients in skin care products deeper into the skin.
"These medical needles stimulate epidermal growth factors to promote collagen and elastin, which make the skin plump and firm, and the rolling process can increase the absorption of active ingredients by more than 90%," she said. "Microneedle treatments are one of the most effective and effective ways to stop early signs of aging and prevent the appearance of new fine lines and wrinkles."
Combining microneedles with the right high quality serums can also help treat dark sports and other forms of annoying pigmentation, and if you have acne-related collateral damage (think pits and scars), microneedles can even help break open stubborn scar tissue , which can help to balance the skin's structure over time.
1. Plumper, firmer skin: Thanks to the increase in collagen production (the needles essentially hurt – and slightly – the skin that your regeneration system brings to full swing!) The plump, firm and finished complexion from which your complexion benefits is the most important and popular advantage of micro-needling regular treatments .
2. A superior and more even glow: "You'll see an instantly glowing and bulging effect," says Benjamin. "And over time, with the right serums, you'll see your skin become lighter and the tone and texture more even."
3. Maximum product effectiveness: As mentioned above, the needle pricking process essentially allows all of the products you use after microneedling to penetrate deeper, better and more efficiently, and basically they can do their intended job fully. Benjamin reminds us, however, that it is for this reason that it becomes even more important than you pay attention to the quality and type of products you use, as these have a greater impact on the health and appearance of your skin.
"Micro-needling works best with serums that contain active ingredients, such as Stem cells and peptides that help make the skin plumper and firmer and stimulate collagen, Growth factors that will help lift dark spots, and Hyaluronic acid To fight dryness, "Benjamin tells." These are the types of ingredients that really maximize the effects of microneedles to stimulate collagen, increase cell turnover, increase hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines, firm, plump and hydrated. "
Of course, you can do your own microneedle treatment at home with a handy dandy microneedle tool (like the one shown above), and while we're going to address that right away, we wanted to get the tea on how much a real microneedle treatment in the office will set us back financially. And it is not surprising that this will vary depending on some important factors.
"In a spa setting where beauticians are most likely to use needles 0.5mm or less in diameter that don't require downtime or numbing cream, you can expect to pay between $ 250 and $ 350 per treatment" says Benjamin. For medical microneedle treatment, however, your expert will need to numb your face and use much larger needles. So your wallet will squeak a little more.
"These treatments are often performed with PRP, a platelet-rich plasma that involves a specialist taking a small vial of blood, placing it in a centrifuge machine to pull the PRP out, and using it as serum during treatment," she explains. "PRP is loaded with growth factors that stimulate collagen and accelerate healing and cell turnover, increasing your treatment and healing time. These types of microneedle treatments are typically between $ 900 and $ 1200 per session."
Curious about what a microneedle treatment at IRL looks like before you book your appointment? You can see how Benjamin is treated as described above.
With the exception of patients with pustular acne, according to Benjamin, microneedling is harmless for all skin types and conditions. "Microneedles over acne pose a risk of bacteria spreading. However, cystic acne is fine because it is deep in the skin layers and microneedles can be very helpful for cystic acne, especially in combination with the right serum, for healing and to accelerate cell turnover, "she explains. "I always recommend supplementing in-office treatments with daily microneedling at home with 0.2mm rollers. This increases the results of your in-office treatments and also helps to maintain the results and further damage avoid."
Despite the intimidating appearance of microneedles, Benjamin states that there are minimal risks associated with the treatment as long as you go to an experienced professional (this is paramount!) And use a quality tool with # 1 needles greater than 0 at home , 2 mm. And don't overdo the frequency of your treatment plan.
Although this depends on your specific skin care goals, as a general guideline, Benjamin recommends that spa-based microneedle treatments with 0.5mm needles should be performed a total of six times and approximately once a week for maximum benefit. And for medical treatments, it is wiser to move them a little further and go every four weeks and do a total of four to six treatments.
What you can expect after a professional microneedle treatment, Benjamin says that you are radiant, but also suffer from redness or redness that calms down one to three days after the procedure. To give your skin extra DC, she recommends using growth factor serum at least a week after the procedure to shorten healing time and promote collagen production. Oh, and also be sure to stay away from the sun and moisturize your skin.
"Dermaroller at home (also known as microneedle tools) is safe, effective, and should be used daily with serums to correct and treat skin problems such as dryness, dark spots, and fine lines," says Benjamin. And it's actually super easy. We recommend watching Benjamin's helpful tutorial video here, but you can also follow their simple instructions as follows …
1. Cleanse your skin and pat it dry.
2. Apply a layer of serum and then gently roll your device vertically, horizontally, and diagonally across the skin, going over each side of your face, chin, lips, forehead, and neck.
3. Finally, apply a layer of serum and coat with your favorite moisturizer.
A farewell tip from Benjamin? If you use your roller as specified, make sure to replace the roller approximately every month. Don't forget to disinfect them after each use by spraying alcohol on the needles and putting the cover back on for maximum hygiene and safety.
This story was published earlier and recently updated.