7 Surprising Micro needling Benefits for Your Skin
Micro needling may be one of the quickest and easiest ways to get more youthful looking skin.
Not only does it make your skin look rejuvenated but it can also treat acne, help reduce scarring and even reduce oil production and black heads!
If you get micro needling done there are some things you need to know before the procedure because they can seriously impact your results.
What is Micro needling?
Micro needling is a procedure designed specifically to invoke the healing response in your skin by causing micro trauma in a targeted way.
Using a pen with a small head that contains 10+ needles, it vibrates at high power, and at a certain depth, to pierce the superficial layer of your skin thousands of times over a few seconds.
These small and controlled piercings go into your epidermis and even the upper layers of the dermis to stimulate the healing response in your skin which results in increased collagen formation and elastin formation.
But what does that mean for you?
It means your skin becomes more plump, more textured and smoother in the process.
But beyond these basic benefits, micro needling also offers several other VERY beneficial side effects that you can take advantage of.
These range from healing acne, reducing scar formation and even helping you look 5 younger!
#1. Improves the quality and texture of your skin (immediately)
The micro needling procedure takes about ½ hour and in order to get the best results should leave the skin with some pin point bleeding (yes some blood is a GOOD thing).
Even with the pinpoint bleeding and the slight redness that occurs for up to about 1-1.5 days afterwards, you will notice an IMMEDIATE improvement in the texture and quality of your skin.
How does this happen?
The pinprick needles actually stimulate remodelling of existing collagen and promote formation of new collagen and revascularization (blood vessels) in the skin.
Collagen and elastin are the two components of your skin that give your skin the normal “plump” look every woman wants.
And starting at around age 25 this collagen starts to degrade naturally (other things can even make the degradation happen more quickly as well), which is when women start to notice slight changes in their skin.
The good news is that this healing process starts almost IMMEDIATELY after the procedure.
Which is why you notice a soft texture to your skin immediately afterwards.
Even the day after the procedure it just looks like you have light sunburn from the redness, but you can definitely go to work or out on a date the following day if necessary.
#2. Reduces pock marks and scarring
Another huge benefit is that skin needling (or microneedling, they are both words for the same procedure) helps reduce acne scars which are notoriously difficult to treat.
So how does micro needling help with scarring?
When you have any sort of scarring on your face (or anywhere on your body) your body naturally undergoes a process known as fibrosis.
This is good when healing, because it makes everything stick together, but beneath the skin the glue is so strong that it can literally pull the skin down and create pock marks or scarring on the surface of the skin.
The micro needling procedure helps to “break up” all of the glue and fibrosis underneath the skin which allows the skin to “let go” of the tenting and release the surface of the skin.
Naturally this results in a smoother surface to your skin.
The best part?
Studies have shown that you can see results almost IMMEDIATELY after doing micro needling and in as little as two procedures.
Micro needling tends to work best on scars that are small, result in tenting of the skin or pocking of the skin.
It doesn’t work as well for large lacerations (like the kind of scars that require stitches).
This procedure is also great if you have a slightly uneven texture from years of acne, but not overt scarring (like the pock marks mentioned above).
#3. Reduces black heads
This is another pretty cool side effect of micro needling and is especially helpful for women who suffer from LOTS of black heads (especially those who have PCOS, or hormonal acne).
The thousands of needle pokes actually liberate and knock out black heads during the entire procedure.
Immediately after you will notice a reduction in the total volume of black heads on your face (especially in your nose, but be careful because the nose is sensitive!).
You will also notice that your pores are smaller in size for about 3-4 weeks after the procedure due to the healing effects and revascularization that occurs.
The reduction in black heads doesn’t last forever though! It usually only lasts around 3-4 weeks which is right in time for when you would need to do the procedure again.
You can further reduce black head and pore size by using the right kind of aftercare and Vitamin C serum.
#4. Treats acne and cystic acne
Not only does micro needling help treat acne scars, but it can also help treat and stop acne.
How exactly it helps acne is not well understood but it seems to be due to the fact that micro needling results in a reduction in sebum production and makes the skin less oily.
Reducing oil production on the skin and reducing black heads likely plays a role as well…
Either way, studies have shown that micro needling does indeed help treat acne.
This is mostly helpful because it means you can still get the treatment done if you are having active breakouts.
Micro needling shouldn’t be the ONLY treatment you use for acne but it’s something you should definitely explore because not only will it help stop acne but it will also treat any texture changes or small scars in your skin.
#5. Exfoliates the skin
pretty much any treatment that mechanically disrupts the epidermis will result in some exfolatiation.
Exfoliation refers to removing the upper surface of the epidermis, usually the stratum corneum (which is the upper most skin layer).
This is important because your dead skin cells live on this layer and removing this layer of the epidermis makes your skin look fresh and smooth almost instantly.
#6. Makes you look younger by reducing fine lines and wrinkles
This might be the single best and more important benefit of microneedling…
That it can actually help you LOOK younger and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
How does micro needling make you look younger?
It has been shown that the small pin holes created by the thousands of needles break into the upper levels of the dermis and cause the release of growth factors to “repair” and “heal” from the micro damage that has been caused.
Basically your body is overreacting to the small trauma thinking that there is a BIGGER trauma and this healing process results in the release of growth factors that increase collagen and elastin levels.
In addition to the stimulation of collagen the micro trauma also results in the formulation of tons of little blood vessels which supply blood, oxygen and nutrients straight into the dermis.
The combination of these changes results in a reduction in wrinkles, healing of photo damage and tightening of existing skin – all of which makes you LOOK younger.
90% of the reason we look older is because of sun damage (AKA photo damage) which is actually reversible with the right treatments.
#7. Reduces hyperpigmentation and evens skin the skin tone
Finally, micro needling also helps with your skin tone and can reduce hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation refers to the slight changes in your skin that can occur from inflammation, pimples, black heads, white heads, etc.
Basically any sort of skin problem results in changes in colour to the underlying skin which doesn’t match the surrounding skin.
This leaves the skin looking blotchy and uneven.
So how does micro needling help?
It is speculated that the microneedling increases expression of matrix mealloproteinases which reduces hyperpigmentation.
In addition micro needling can (and should) be combined with Vitamin C serum to help the healing process and Vitamin C serum has been shown to balance melanin levels as well.
So really the combination of micro needling and Vitamin C serum is what you should be aiming for.
It’s also worth mentioning that micro needling is actually preferred over laser treatments of hyperpigmentation in women with darker coloured skin (Fitzpatrick IV and V skin types).
The reason is because some women react with WORSENING pigmentation if using lasers and micro needling doesn’t have that problem.