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Microneedling: Everything you need to know

micro needling treatment on client's face

Microneedling: Everything you need to know

skin health

5 mins read

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Microneedling is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses fine needles to make miniscule, evenly-spaced micro-injuries to the skin
Results occur in 3 phases: Inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling resulting in reduction of wrinkles, pores and hyperpigmentation.
Common questions such as ‘does it hurt’? and ‘what’s the downtime’? answered.
Discover Dermalogica’s PRO Microneedling service with PRO Restore for reduced downtime and amplified results.

Microneedling has become an extremely popular skin procedure across the world to target dark spots, visible pores and wrinkles. But what’s all the hype about and what should you look for when deciding where to book for this advanced skin treatment?

How Microneedling works

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses fine needles to make miniscule, evenly-spaced micro-injuries to the skin. This triggers the body’s wound healing process, stimulates healthy surrounding tissue to repair the damage, and brings the skin back to its healthiest looking state.

This repair process helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, sagging, and texture irregularities such as acne pitting or stretch marks.

Recent studies have proven that Microneedling is effective in targeting the melanocytes responsible for melanin overproduction, which means you can achieve brighter, more even-toned skin.

Wondering exactly what’s happening beneath the skin’s surface as a result of Microneedling?


Phase 1: inflammation

Triggers the skin's immune response


Phase 2: proliferation

New, healthy-looking skin begins to form


Phase 3: remodeling

Skin appears bright, smooth, and refined


Discover Dermalogica’s Pro Microneedling service with Pro Restore

Dermalogica’s PRO Microneedling is safe, virtually painless, and can benefit all skin types. By targeting your skin’s inflammation and repair process, PRO Microneedling stimulates the production of new, healthy-looking skin.  Our unique combination of customized techniques and powerful, professional-grade actives delivers ambitious results. PRO Microneedling helps:

  • Brighten your complexion
  • Reduce the appearance of dark spots
  • Diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Refine the look of pores

Dermalogica worked with Microneedling experts around the globe to develop a unique needling technique with clinically tested protocols for guaranteed results. Skin therapists offering Dermalogica’s PRO Microneedling service are highly trained by our expert advanced educators who hold regulated qualifications in Chemical Peels and Microneedling.


Included in the service is Dermalogica’s revolutionary PRO Restore recovery + firming concentrate. This pro formula is used before, during and after the procedure to strengthen skin’s barrier, hydrate, reduce inflammation and amplify the results by supporting skin’s remodeling and wound healing processes. This pro formula is given as part of your post treatment homecare program to minimize downtime and accelerate results.

skin therapist performing microneedling on a woman's face


PRO Microneedling + PRO Restore = less downtime and amplified results 

Post-microneedling treatment: decrease of side effects

Right after microneedling at 1.25mm

Subject received one microneedling treatment all over face. On one side of the face, Pro Restore was applied prior to microneedling, was used during microneedling, and applied post microneedling. On the other side of the face, a control conventional Hyaluronic Acid serum for microneedling was used.


Common questions about Microneedling

Who is NOT a candidate for Microneedling?

Microneedling is generally safe for all skin types, but those who are pregnant, have a history of eczema, psoriasis, herpes, diabetes and other chronic conditions should consult with their physician for approval.

Does it hurt?

It can be uncomfortable in certain areas of your face. However, the treatment is fairly quick, and your professional skin therapist will work with you and your skin, progressing the treatment over time.

How many treatments do I need?

With any advanced skin treatment, a series of treatments is recommended for long lasting, visible results. It will always depend on your unique skin and goals, but generally, a series of 3 – 6 Microneedling treatments is recommended, having them every 4 – 6 weeks.

How much downtime is there?

There’s no significant downtime with this minimally invasive procedure. You may experience some mild redness and irritation for 2 – 3 days after Microneedling, but this will subside quickly. When receiving Dermalogica’s PRO Microneedling treatment PRO Restore is included as part of your aftercare program. This advanced formula helps minimize downtime and skin recovery with enhanced results. It’s vital you follow the post-treatment home care routine provided to you by your professional skin therapist – this is as important as the treatment itself for maintaining and enhancing your results.

Can’t I just use an ‘at home’ roller for the same effect?

At-home microneedling tools may consist of either a stamp studded with tiny metal spikes of different lengths or a roller (for “Dermarolling”.) Dermatologists agree that these may not bring you the advanced results you’d get from a professional treatment. Why? Primarily because the devices built for “at-home” use have shorter needle depths that vary between 0.1 mm-0.3mm and are designed mainly to enhance skin-care ingredient absorption, not create the ‘micro-injuries’ needed for skin remodeling.

In contrast, professional Microneeding tools use needles ranging from 0.5mm-3mm that perforate the skin at deeper levels and require advanced professional qualifications and training to deliver safe and effective treatment. Microneedling should only be administered by a qualified professional in a sterile environment.


Here’s what to expect during a PRO Microneedling treatment

  1. Pre-Consultation. A Professional Skin Therapist will examine your skin and determine suitability. A patch test for advanced resurfacing may be performed. You will be advised on how best to prepare your skin prior to treatment for best results.
  2. Procedure
    1. Consultation: Safety and suitability of treatment is reassessed, and photos of your skin taken.
    2. Prep: Your skin will be cleansed and analysed then degreased and resurfaced with an appropriate level of chemical peel.
    3. Treatment: PRO Restore is applied to strengthen skin then applied again during the Microneedling procedure. An appropriate needle size and depth is used to target your skin health goals. Your Professional Skin Therapist will administer the Microneedling tool directly and evenly across your skin, working with the exclusive Dermalogica technique for best results. Skin is then wiped with sterile saline solution on gauze and a final application of PRO Restore is applied.
  3. After Care.

    Most people require little down time if any. You may see redness for a few days after the procedure which is a natural response. Your Professional Skin Therapist will review your post procedure steps including how and when to use your PRO Restore and what to avoid for the next 24-72 hours. Results will be visible within two weeks. It’s recommended to book a series of PRO Microneedling treatments 4-6 weeks apart for optimal improvements and skin maintenance.


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