Can you do micro-needling treatments at home?by Dr Ros Debenham
The short answer is yes.
Micro-needling is offered to help tighten the skin, reduce pore size, lessen acne scarring and blend pigmentation. Many people are anxious about the treatment, but advocates realise that it’s actually not as scary as you might think. Plus, there are tonnes of benefits.
Why is micro-needling beneficial?
Any time you ‘traumatise’ the skin your body responds by repairing the skin and stimulating collagen synthesis that then tightens the skin. From home, you can do a 0.5 mm depth treatment, which is actually the maximum depth that a beauty therapist can do.
In the clinic you can have a deeper treatment but this requires local anaesthetic, unless your clinic has a machine that can deliver a Nanopore Mesotherapy treatment.
As well as the treatment's intrinsic benefits, the tiny micro-perforations in the skin provide perfect channels for the active ingredients in skincare products and masks to penetrate much more deeply into the skin.
I liken home treatments such as micro-needling to running a 10K to prepare for a marathon or to keep your fitness up (where the marathon is the treatment we'd give you at the clinic). Keeping the skin ‘fit’ and stimulating collagen production is key - just like doing different exercises to get your body in its best shape.
You can still combine treatments at home by combining micro-needling with:
- Skincare products: Retinol, Antioxidants such as Daily Power Defense and 10% Vitamin C self-activating or Enzymatic Peel.
- Masks: After your treatment apply either an EGF Glow mask or an EGF Refresh/Tight mask for 15-20 mins. The active ingredients will penetrate much deeper into your skin.
- LED light therapy: use home LED devices such as Celluma Lite, Celluma Face, Celluma Pod and Dermalux Flex.
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