Over the past year, micro-needling has gone from an obscure procedure to a must-do for anyone with acne scarring, pigmentation or rosacea. Skinstitut’s resident skin expert Zoe Devine says it’s all because of social media: ‘Everyone’s talking about it so much more,’ she says. ‘I think in the past everybody was a little bit scared of it.’
Micro-needling – also known as derma-rolling and skin-needling – claims to spur collagen production by creating tiny micro-injuries on the surface of the skin. ‘You create a controlled amount of trauma which ignites the skin’s natural wound healing response,’ Devine says, ‘which releases growth factors to restructure the skin, remodel scar tissue and produce healthy collagen’. It also makes your skincare more effective as the needles literally push the product into your skin.
Recently, the procedure has evolved. While derma-rollers (handheld rollers covered in tiny spikes) used to be commonplace in-clinic, now they’re usually reserved for at-home treatments. Most professionals use derma-pens: a device that pushes the needles into the skin over 100 times in a second. Clinicians use needles between 0.5 millimetres and 1.5 millimetres long – the longer the spike, the more visible the results.
Following the procedure, you’ll be a little red, but there’s hardly any downtime. And if you have somewhere to be, you can cover up with a little mineral powder.
Skin-needling is available at Laser Clinics Australia for $350 for an all-over facial treatment.