Monday, September 29, 2014

The Latest Anti-Aging and Acne Treatment Trend: Micro-Needling




While micro-needling as an anti-aging and acne scar treatment has been around for quite some time we’ve seen a surge in the “beauty” trend of DIY micro-needling. And, honestly speaking, the trend is disturbing to say the least. In December 2012, TME reviewed an $87 derma roller and we’d expressed our concerns about its safety. The at-home utilization of a tool that is clearly marked “For Physician Use” isn’t exactly the brightest idea.

So, what is micro-needling? Micro-needling is a procedure that involves the use of a medical device (such as a derma roller) that is fashioned with 100s of micro needles, which are moved across the skin. This action causes microscopic punctures (trauma) to the skin. When micro-needling is performed properly -- by a trained physician or clinician -- studies have found that the procedure may help improve the appearance of acne scarring, deep wrinkles, pore size and even stretch marks.

Micro-Needling At-Home Procedure

Micro-needling can be a good alternative to laser treatments (which can cause hyperpigmentation) or harsh chemical peels. But given that one is causing trauma to the skin with this procedure, you may understand our strong objection to at-home application. Actually, we’re not thrilled with the use of derma rollers in general. Recently, we were given information about a micro-needling procedure -- the EndyMed Intensif, which we have not experienced first-hand.

EndyMed Intensif

EndyMed has just received FDA clearance for the Intensif micro-needling device. The Intensif micro-needle applicator utilizes gold-plated, tapered needles to deliver RF (Radiofrequency) energy deep into the skin. This treatment is also supposed to be safe to use on all skin types, both darker and lighter/more sensitive skin. This is attributed to the procedure targeting water in the skin instead of melanin; lessoning the risk for hyperpigmentation in these skin types. Regardless of whether you look into the Intensif procedure, do your skin a huge favor and stay away from at-home micro-needling!

*Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her health-care provider.

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