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Microneedling and Its Many Skin Benefits

The field of skin care is constantly advancing, with new treatments to help replace or supplement existing ones, and at Clarity Skin, we’re a step ahead of the curve. One of our most useful skin treatments is called microneedling – a theme used in Europe and around the world for decades, but one that’s just making its way into popular North American dermatology.

Simply, microneedling uses tiny needles to create small wounds, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes in those areas and leading to other benefits. Let’s look at the basics of microneedling.

Microneedling Process

Microneedling takes place when tiny micro-channels, or holes, are created in your skin by placed needles. Your esthetician will target the locations that need repair, and they’ll be very briefly “wounded” by tiny needles. This stimulates the skin’s natural healing, and even helps improve it over time via repetition – it stimulates greater production of collagen and elastin, important chemicals in the skin.

The microneedling repair process begins almost immediately after injections. There is no permanent tissue damage done during this procedure, and it’s notably effective for everything from wrinkles and scars to acne and blemishes.

How Does it Feel?

You hear “needle” and get worried, but microneedling actually doesn’t feel like much of an injection at all. A high-speed motor is what’s being used to make the needle penetration happen, and this motor will cause the process to feel more like sandpaper being lightly rubbed on the skin – uncomfortable, yes, but not extremely painful. Treatments specifically for scarring on the skin may cause slightly more discomfort, as they use longer needles that can invade what’s known as “nerve space.”

After-Effects

Microneedling has few side effects, though you may look like you have a sunburn for anywhere from a few hours to around a week. You may have some very minor bleeding at the point of the injection, though this will likely have stopped by the time you leave the office. You’ll be told to take good care of your skin, using gentle techniques and avoiding products containing acid for at least a week or two.

Want to learn more about microneedling, or any of our other services such as body contouring or laser hair removal? Our experts at Clarity Skin are standing by.

Chemical Peels by Dana

Chemical peels in general are used to exfoliate skin. Peels work by gently dissolving the outer layers of the epidermis. They vary from ingredients used, strength of the peel, and ph of the peel. The term acid sounds a little intimidating, but the acids are derived from natural ingredients. The most common are alpha hydroxy acids. Glycolic acid, which comes from sugar cane, lactic acid (milk), citric (citrus fruit), tartaric (grapes), malic (apples), mandelic (bitter almonds). We also use a beta hydroxy acid, Salicylic acid, which is derived from willow bark.
With these peel ingredients, we can soften fine lines, firm and even out skin tone, reduce skin dullness, hyper pigmentation and help treat conditions like rosacea and acne. After the peel is applied, the outer skin cells are dissolved. Some peels feel itchy or warm, depending on your sensitivity level, and typically are only left on the skin for a few minutes. It takes a few days for those cells to flake off and your skin appears smoother and brighter. Once the peel is applied, your skin cells kick into overdrive to produce new, healthy skin cells. Usually the skin is done “peeling” or flaking after 5-7 days. A series of 3 to 6 chemical peels (depending on the peel) is recommended to achieve optimal results. If you’re looking to smooth out rough texture or brighten dull skin, you may be satisfied with 1 to 3 peels spaced about 2 weeks apart. If you looking to target hyperpigmentation or conditions like acne, you will most likely be satisfied with 6 peels spaced 2 weeks apart. All peels will be enhanced with the proper at home skin care as well. Adding a retinol to your regime will continue your collagen synthesis (skin cell renewal). And Sunscreen is a must! You will have heightened sun sensitivity, and NEED to protect those new skin cells. Consultations are always complimentary at Clarity, come in and chat with us to learn more.