Have you heard of microneedling? It’s a skincare treatment where a device with tiny needles punctures the top layer of your skin, encouraging it to produce new collagen. Kind of like acupuncture, but with super super tiny needles and way more poking. In addition to improving the skin’s texture and firmness, microneedling also improves the appearance of scars, making it a great option for people struggling with hyperpigmentation.
I tried microneedling at SkinPrologica a few weeks ago as part of my yearlong effort to get my skin together. Although I’ve done facials and microdermabrasion, which have both greatly reduced breakouts, I’ve still been struggling with hyperpigmentation. Brightening facials do work if you get them frequently, but my aesthetician Julie suggested I try microneedling for hyperpigmentation for better results!
Before starting the procedure, Julie applied a numbing cream all over my face so I wouldn’t feel the needles as much. Remember, they are poking your face! There are different needle lengths, but Julie used the 1.5mm device which is best for scarring. For people with sensitive or more mature skin, smaller needles are better (but require more sessions for results). To maximize the effects of microneedling, Julie applied a Vitamin C serum on my face – the microneedling would help it better penetrate my skin. The device’s 24 needles quickly penetrate the skin, and it feels like a super slight prick. Microneedling is a quick procedure too, taking around 20 minutes for the whole face.
The best part about this treatment is that besides slight redness and dryness, there is no downtime. I was able to go on about my day! Which involved meeting Jonathan for a tea snack before heading home lol. My face was definitely red afterwards, but cleared up the next day. It was also tight for a day or two, but in a good way. For optimal results, Julie recommends microneedling once a month, and after 4-6 sessions, your skin should be completely resurfaced and repaired.
If you’re interested in trying this treatment, Skinprologica is offering 15% off treatments for all IjeomaKola.com readers! Just let them know Ijeoma sent you.
If you’re not in the NYC area, you can find a local spa center that may offer microneedling. I always recommend only visiting places that are well equipped to care for women of color. For an at-home option, a DermaRoller works very similarly. I haven’t used one yet, but I’m now thinking of buying one so I can do this monthly while snuggled in a blanket!