Your Skin and Micro-needling Skincare has always been a big issue in the cosmetic industry. This is why several specialists and professionals, day in- day out, try to come up with new routines and ways to rejuvenate the skin. One of such ways is micro-needling. A skin-rejuvenating procedure, micro-needling is specially designed to invoke the healing response in your skin by causing microtrauma in a specific way. As a skin care process, micro-needling works mostly through the facilitation of collagen production and epidermis strengthening. What is micro-needling? Micro-needling also called collagen induction therapy, is a procedure where tiny needles are used to create light punctures in the top layer of the skin, with the aim of rejuvenating the skin. During the process, the expert technician creates micro injuries on the surface of the skin, using a wand which contains very fine needles. Each light injury creates a channel which triggers the production of new collagen and elastin to fill the tiny wound. Experts agree that when done correctly, micro-needling is relatively risk-free and shows beautiful results after a short period. How does Micro-needling benefit your skin? With no major side effects, micro-needling is a great skincare procedure with a lot of benefits. Such benefits include: • Fine lines and wrinkles This is one of the most prominent benefits of micro-needling. The appearance of fine lines, sagging skin and wrinkles are mostly caused by the loss of elastin and collagen. Therefore, by stimulating the production of natural elastin and collagen, micro-needling reduces the reduces fine line and wrinkles. Studies also show that, the micro-injuries created by the needles used in micro-needling cause the release of growth factors to heal and repair the skin; by breaking into the upper level of the epidermis. Micro-needling gives you a younger looking skin, with no side effects. • Hyperpigmentation and skin tone Micro-needling is also known tumefactive in the treatment of any skin problem, which results in changes in the skin color of the affected area; leaving the skin uneven and blotchy. These skin issues could arise from pimples, blackheads, inflammation and so on. There are speculations that micro-needling achieves this by reducing the growth of keratinocytes and increasing the expression of matrix metalloproteinases which in turn lessens hyperpigmentation; however, no study has proven these speculations yet. • Acne and Scars Micro-needling breaks down old scar tissues; made up of abnormal formation of collagen and stimulates the production of fresh elastin and collagen for a new and healthier skin to grow. Minus keloid scars, the procedure is known to be very effective for improving and fading out all other kinds of scars. • Stretch Marks Micro-needling is hailed as an effective skin care procedure because of its many benefits and stretch marks removal is one of such. Abit tougher to treat than ordinary scars, the appearance of stretch marks; which arise from rapid skin stretching can be improved with micro-needling; especially, when combined with other treatments such as Fraxel. Depending on how stubborn the stretch marks are, one has to undergo between 2-12 sections before visible results begin to show. • Aging skin It is a known fact that, as people get older, they produce less collagen naturally. However, when combined with the use of corrective antioxidant serums, micro-needling helps tighten loose skin for older men and women; resulting in brighter and glowing skin. • Helps your skin cream products work better Studies have shown that micro-needling helps tropical medications penetrate better into the skin. The skin care treatment achieves this through the creation of microscopic holes in your skin, which easily absorb products more than clogged pores. Finally, micro-needling is not an injection, a DIY procedure or a piercing. It is always best to let a licensed aesthetician, dermatologist or any other skilled professional, trained in the technique, handle the procedure, as they know exactly what to do; so you can have that new, improved skin you have always wanted!