Collagen is everything when it comes to skincare, you’ve seen the supplements, the powders to add to coffee etc, and we definitely lose collagen as we get older (yeah I know huge bummer) but did you know there are skincare treatments you can do to help you produce it naturally??
Recently I popped into local skincare specialist Cynthia, at Aurora Aesthetics to test out their newest treatment, microneedling. I’m not going to lie I was a little nervous the photos online really don’t paint an accurate picture of this treatment, and it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be!
Learn what to expect from your Microneedling treatment at Aurora Aesthetic in today’s video
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
It’s also known as “collagen induction therapy” meaning this treatment may help those looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks.
Microneedling is a procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin. The purpose of treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin. Microneedling is mostly used on the face and may treat various scars, wrinkles, and large pores, but if can also be done on the chest or on areas with stretch marks (that are still red).
WHAT IS IT FOR ?
It helps promote collagen! Because it’s creating tiny little wounds it forces your body to send collagen to that area which means you’ll see an improvement in texture, fullness, reduction of fine lines!
Microneedling is most often used on the face and chest to target:
fine lines and wrinkles
other types of scars
reduced skin elasticity
uneven skin tone
**Microneedling will assist in the appearance of sun spots or “age spots”, but it’s results are minimal compared to laser treatments. Cynthia suggests it’s a side benefit if it happens but she wouldn’t guarantee it.
CAN MICRONEEDLING BE DONE WITH FRESH ACNE?
Yes and no. It really depends on the type of acne, if they are little bumps that’s okay, but when they have puss or are “open” (if that makes sense) that’s technically already a wound and you wouldn’t want to make it worse by running a needling through it. However, you can work around those types of breakouts, so that you get less of them in the future.
As well I think you do also have be careful with certain types of acne medications because I pretty sure I remember that on the questionnaire asking if you’re on acutane.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS AND HOW FAR APART?
Cynthia suggests 3 treatments spaced out at least 6 weeks apart (you need time to heal), so I’ll be doing two more treatments, and I’m super excited because I’m already seeing results.
My skin is firmer, plump (fine lines are less visible), and the tone and texture of my skin just looks so great. There’s definitely without a doubt a reduction in redness especially on my cheeks.
For those with more severe acne scaring it may take 5 or more treatments to see results, but it’s really amazing how quickly your skin heels, and you see improvements. OF course everyone is different, but you could start with the base of 3 and see how you make out. You can also go deeper with the needles too after you’ve done a few treatments, it’s really customizable that way.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
“No heat also equals less downtime patients are red for 24 hours or less. That advantage means you can get the procedure performed on a Friday and be back to normal for work on Monday”.
I was surprised that I wasn’t more red, I thought for sure my face would be as red as a tomato, but it was pink like I’d just been to hot yoga or something. Really nothing I couldn’t handle, and really about 4-5 hours later it was mostly gone. Now I will say I was trying to get my skin in a great place before the treatment, I was taking lots of collagen, omegas, and greens leading up to my appointment and making sure my skin was plenty moisturized too.
By the next day I was pretty much back to normal, but made sure not to wear any makeup! I wanted to keep it super clean, and free from the potential of any infections.
I just used my gentle cleanser that night, and hyaluronic acid. You really want to be sure to read the ingredient lists of anything you put on your skin because you really don’t want anything that will sting: it needs to be gentle gentle!! You also want to avoid working out where you get super sweaty because again it’s going to put you more at risk for infections and bacteria exposure.