If you’ve stopped in the tools section of a Sephora or an Ulta lately chances are you’ve probably seen advertisements for microneedling tools. Once only available in dermatologist’s office for prices upwards of $300 the popular skin care procedure can now be easily practiced at home for under $30.
What is microneedling? It’s the process of rolling a series of tiny needles over your skin to stimulate the production of new collagen and fresh skin tissue.
By creating micro-injuries to the face the thin and short needles of microneedling tools prepare skin to fully absorb the active ingredients of skincare products like Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C which can just sit on top of the skin instead of actually sinking into it if it’s not properly exfoliated.
For some products, especially those that result in the user having a tingly sensation, the difference in their potency can be felt right away.
The needles used at doctor’s offices are slightly longer and wider than those that are available for consumers but even the most extreme microneedling devices barely leave a mark outside of mild redness. But what about microneedling on Black skin?
While microneedling is an extremely minimally invasive procedure that requires no downtime and can be performed by literally anyone, it’s still smart to get your copays’ worth by consulting with a licensed professional before trying it out if you suffer from chronic health conditions that might compromise your immune system (especially diabetes which can make even a pedicure extremely dangerous).
As a Black woman, you might be nervous of the idea of breaking your skin and concerned that it can cause scarring or hyperpigmentation issues. However, we reap the same benefits of microneedling as those with lighter complexions. A study published in the Journal Of Cosmetic Dermatology found it to be “an effective treatment for both acne scars and associated pigmentation in patients with dark skin color, ” stating that patients in the study showed “statistically significant improvement.” The only thing you will really have to worry about is possibly some redness (you are breaking the skin), maybe some dryness, and potentially some mild bruising. Urban Skin Rx founder, Rachel Roff, suggested that microneedling should be done once a month for collagen production.
48 hours after you have a microneedling procedure, apply a cooling mask to help prevent or soothe the potential minor side effects. Our Head of Beauty and Style, Danielle James, loves Florencia Aloe & Azulene Soothing Gel Mask ($22.00, Amazon.com). Aloe is a great anti-inflammatory and the azulene will reduce redness. Allantoin (also in the mask) helps to accelerate healing while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
What do you think would you try rolling needles across your face for beauty? Let us know in the comments!