Getting to the point of microneedling

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OF all the skin treatments out there for home application and at a dermatologist’s clinic, and even though it’s been around since the 1990s the process of microneedling is definitely on trend.

The before and the after of microneedling. Image credit: Pinterest

Favoured by some of the top names in the entertainment industry (Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kourtney Kardashian are just a few) microneedling essential uses small needles to prick the skin with the purpose of generating new collagen and skin tissue for firmer, finer and smoother skin.

Before embarking on a home skin treatment plan such as microneedling talk to a trusted skincare expert for advice on the best tools and treatments. Image credit: GloPro

While home treatment systems are more uncomfortable than they are painful, clinic treatments involve longer needles to reach deeper tissues and benefit from numbing creams. As well as its aesthetic benefits, microneedling can also treat scars, wrinkles and large pores.

“Microneedling allows skincare ingredients to reach deeper layers of skin, enhancing the benefits of topical products to achieve better results,” said International Institute for Anti-Ageing education director Clare Muir. “The tiny holes that are made in the skin while microneedling are many times larger than the molecules that need to get through into the epidermis, so these ingredients literally fall through into the deeper layers of the epidermis.”

Microneedling works when tiny needles penetrate the skin. Image credit: Pinterest

Less abrasive than lasers and chemical peels and with minimal downtime, home treatment microneedling is best carried out in the evening, not long before bedtime. A clean microneedling tool and a clean face are essential before beginning home treatment. A skincare expert can advise on appropriate treatments before, during and after microneedling at home and the best tools to use.

“Microneedling, more formally called collagen induction therapy, uses a mechanical rather than a heat-based mechanism to improve the skin,” said Suneel Chilukuri, MD of Refresh Dermatology in Texas, USA. “Microneedling treatment improves skin texture. By creating an inflammatory response with mechanical trauma, fibroblast activity is increased thus improving collagen production.”

Non-invasive microneedling has been improving skin aesthetics and conditions for over two decades. Image credit: Yale Medicine

Whatever the form of microneedling taken, at home or in a dermatologist’s clinic the treatment has been a go-to skin rejuvenation source for nearly three decades, requiring no additional ingredients to reap the benefits except for a good, clean skincare plan.


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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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