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Microneedling: Everything you need to know

micro needling treatment on client's face

Discover everything your Professional Skin Therapist wants you to know about Microneedling. 

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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
So-called 'DIY dermarolling' can lead to soreness and infection without advanced results


    You may have heard of Microneedling—probably because it 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 why is there such a high demand for this 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


    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. 


    Why “Dermarolling” and other “At-Home Microneedling Devices” are NOT as safe or effective

    “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?

    This is 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. But what about the pro tools?

    For safety reasons, those who are not professional skin therapists can’t use Microneedling tools with needles longer than .5mm since they penetrate the dermis, which is the layer of skin filled with nerves, blood vessels and glands. Professional Microneedling tools should only be administered by trained professionals to avoid infection, eye injury, bumps under the skin, and other issues that can occur if used incorrectly.

    With a professional Microneedling treatment in a trained Skin Therapist’s clinic, the needle depth increases to 0.5mm-3mm as the aim is to safely create a wound to trigger skin regeneration, remodeling and proliferation for visibly brighter, smoother, even-toned skin.

    Skin professionals also change the needles after each use and clean the tool properly with hospital-grade disinfectant. Lastly, they make sure the needles remain sharp enough so as not to leave jagged, unsightly tears in the skin.

    The bottom line? Microneedling should be administered by a professional in a sterile environment for your best results.


    1. Evaluation. A Professional Skin Therapist will examine your skin and determine suitability. You will be advised on how best to prepare you skin prior to treatment for best results. 
    2. Procedure
      1. Prep: Your skin will be degreased and resurfaced with a gentle peel. 
      2. Treatment: Microneedling: Using the appropriate needle size and depth to target your skin health goals, your Professional Skin Therapist will administer the Microneedling tool directly and evenly spaced across your skin. 
      3. Professional Serums: Whether you want to boost brightness, target wrinkles, or reduce hyperpigmentation, your Skin Therapist will finish by applying a powerful serum best suited to your skin’s needs.
    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 care steps with you after the service on what to do 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 Microneedling treatments 4-6 weeks apart for optimal improvements and skin maintenance.


    For more advice on professional and advanced skin services, find your nearest Dermalogica Expert here.