For those of you who attended our Health & Wellness Panel on November 12, you witnessed me (Rochell) receive a micro needling treatment, where a hyaluronic acid serum was pressed into my face via a handheld tool that contained several tiny needles. In addition to infusing the serum into my skin, the micro needles create a controlled injury to the skin that sends a signal to your body that the area needs to be repaired. It helps to stimulate collagen production, even your skin’s texture, and help it to appear smoother and more radiant.
Micro needling is a great anti-aging treatment to fight the signs of aging that is already appearing on our skin, but my correction focus was on my acne scarring. My adult acne was cystic in nature, leaving my cheeks with shallow pitting. Here’s the before and the immediately after:
I was given a numbing cream that I applied an hour before I received the treatment, and washed off right before the treatment. The micro needling itself was very tolerable – I liken it to having an electric toothbrush scrubbing against your skin. Afterward, my skin was very red and felt dry, warm, and tight, similar to a sunburn, but nowhere near as painful or uncomfortable. I did not wash my face with anything that night.
The next morning, I washed my face with water only, and applied PCA Weight Protection Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 45 (as per my aftercare instructions – no cleansers, toners, or serums for 24 hours after treatment). This is what my skin looked like the morning of November 13.
There was still a lot of redness, but I am also extremely fair, so it shows up more on my skin than it would on someone who is darker complected. My skin still felt dry and tight, but the warmth had subsided. It was a little more sensitive than usual, like a light windburn. By mid-day, the sensitivity had gone away completely. I noticed already that the texture of my skin seems much smoother than before, even though the scars are not completely gone. My complexion seemed brighter as well! I was able to return to my normal skincare routine that night, and washed my face with PCA Facial Wash, toned with Nutrient Toner, applied Hydrating Serum, and Silkcoat Balm. My face was still on the dryer and tighter side, but not as much as it was on day 2.
Day 3, my skin feels back to normal, and most of the redness has subsided except for a few of the harder planes of my face (nose and chin). The tightness and dryness seem to be gone, and the sensitivity has completely dissipated as well. I washed this morning with Facial Wash, used Nutrient Toner, Hydrating Serum, C&E Strength, ReBalance, and Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45. My brows are filled in and I am wearing mascara, but I am not wearing any other makeup, foundation, powder, etc.
After just one treatment, I am loving the effects on my skin! The depth of the scarring is greatly reduced from what it was before. My skin looks smoother, and more refined. The pores also appear smaller. And I am loving the extra glow my skin has from the hydration that was infused. I really feel that micro needling yields fantastic results very quickly, without being overly aggressive or invasive. This is definitely a treatment I will be repeating in the future!