Mi­croneedlin­g for Smooth Skin

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

Would you roll nee­dles on your face to re­duce wrin­kles and scars? That’s the premise be­hind the trendy pro­fes­sional and at-home treat­ment mi­croneedlin­g: A der­maroller, a small wand stud­ded with tiny nee­dles, is run over the face to cre­ate mi­cro punc­tures that can boost col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, help­ing min­i­mize lines and acne scar­ring and in­crease ab­sorp­tion of sk­in­care prod­ucts, says Mona Go­hara, M.D., an as­so­ciate clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of der­ma­tol­ogy at

Yale School of Medicine. But it may be best left to a pro­fes­sional. In a split-face study by our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Good House­keep­ing’s Beauty Lab of 25 women us­ing a pop­u­lar at-home der­maroller sys­tem for four weeks, there was no dif­fer­ence in the ap­pear­ance of skin on the side where the der­maroller was used, ac­cord­ing to dig­i­tal imag­ing with the Visia Com­plex­ion An­a­lyzer de­vice, or in the im­prove­ment of firm­ness, per mea­sure­ments with the Lab’s Cu­tome­ter ma­chine. If you want to try mi­croneedlin­g, go pro for op­ti­mal re­sults. “These de­vices are best used by a trained pro­fes­sional to mit­i­gate the risk of overuse and per­ma­nent dam­age,” Dr. Go­hara ad­vises. “Con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist to see if it’s for you.”

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