Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a procedure loved by dermatologists from all around the world. Without a doubt, your skin will love it too!
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a technique involving repetetive puncturing of the skin with less than 200 fine microneedles at once, which usually are less than 0.3 mm in diameter and less than a few mm in length. The created micropunctures, on the other hand, stimulate a natural wound healing reaction cascade, hence the skin’s regenerating and rejuvenating mechanisms. Since it is well-tolerated, efficient as well as both beautifying and therapeutic, it gains popularity every year. Similarly, the list of its successful indications is only growing with every carried out research.
How does microneedling work?
As mentioned, microneedling causes repetetive, controlled trauma to the skin. The microneedles penetrate the outer layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, without actually affecting it as they create so-called micro-conduits that lead to the deeper layers of the skin. Such an approach directly gives one access to the dermis – the layer responsible for skin firmness and elasticity since it contains collagen and elastic fibers as well as the skin’s blood vessels. Subsequently, microinjuries trigger a natural wound healing cascade which includes:
- the induction of the production of connective tissue growth factor and fibroblast growth factor (FGF) – this process causes an increased amount of fibroblasts, the collagen-producing cells, hence an increased production of collagen in the skin
- promoting the formation of new blood vessels what only means more nutrients delivered to the skin via the bloodstream
- reorganisation of the old collagen architecture and laying down the newly produced collagen and elastin, what gives the effect of skin tightening.
At the same time, the process notably enhances the absorption of the later applied cosmetics across the thick stratum corneum what greatly improves the benefits of the products.
What is microneedling used for?
Because of the above listed advantages, microneedling can be beneficial to everyone as everyone’s skin loses collagen and elastin, thus firmness, with age. The treatment is excellent in diminishing the signs of skin agining including wrinkles, fine lines, skin sagging and loss of softness. For similar reasons it is also effective in preventing UV damage – the UV radiation is known to cause free radical damage that destabilizes the skin-building macromolecules including collagen and elastin.
Owing to its healing and restructurizing properties, it is also successful as an adjuvant treatment in skin scarring, pigmentary disorders like post-acne hyperpigmentation, acne vulgaris, alopecia, stretch marks and many other.
What to use after a microneedling session?
Microneedling substantially enhances the absorption of skincare products through the stratum corneum, thus it is especially wise to apply ingredients of a large molecular size, which normally have difficulties with penetrating the epidermis, after a session. Hyaluronic acid belongs to these.
MCCM Collagen 7 Mask – for moisture retention.
If your skin tends to be dry and has trouble with retaining moisture, MCCM Collagen 7 Mask is an ideal solution. Not only does it provide the ultimate hydration with highly concentrated Hyaluronic Acid and Tetrapeptide, but it also locks it in the skin layers due to soothing, antioxidant Olive Oil which replenishes the skin’s lipid mantle.
MCCM Hydrogel Mask – for a hydrating facelift.
If you provide your skin with a proper hydration boost, it instantly becomes plump and supple – it is called a natural botox effect. MCCM Hydrogel Mask contains highly concentrated Hyaluronic Acid as well as Marine Collagen and Hexapeptides to make the skin extra luminous and firm. You will both look and feel visibly refreshed at once!
MCCM CVITA 180° Mask – for an antioxidant boost.
Since microneedling promotes the production of collagen in the skin, it is smart to combine it with a vitamin C product – Ascorbic Acid acts as a cofactor during collagen synthesis, thus the process cannot proceed without its presence. Effect? Collagen synthesis and skin firmness boosted to the maximum. For extra radiance, MCCM CVita 180° Mask contains antioxidant Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract and Marine Collagen.
MCCM Post Peeling Mask – for a soothing effect.
Due to stress and chronic tiredness, your skin can become duller, congested and significantly more irritable. It needs soothing as well as an overall rejuvenation. MCCM Post Peeling Mask contains Chamomila Recutita Extract which not only calms the skin, but also provides antioxidant benefits – the skin becomes less reactive. This effect is ehanced by anti-inflammatory Zinc. At the same time, Glycerin gives the skin a proper hydration boost to make it softer and refreshed.
We hope this article has given you insights into what microneedling is and how to look after your skin after the procedure. All the products mentioned in this article are available in stock for immediate dispatch. Orders placed before 3PM will be posted the same working day for next day delivery.