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Tuesday, 4 January 2022

SkinPen Microneedling Review

 SkinPen Microneedling Review

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I've recently had a course of four sessions of SkinPen Microneedling at my local beauty salon, Beauty At The Gate (website HERE) and thought it was time to share my results! If you've not heard about microneedling before, it's where controlled micro-injuries are caused to the skin using needles, to prompt the skins natural healing process. This in turn produces collagen and elastin in the skin. It's designed to reduce wrinkles and acne scars. It can also help with pigmentation too. 

SkinPen uses a cartridge which contains 14 needles. This is disposed of after each use. The needles are super precise and sharp and are all the same length. The length of the needles is adjustable, dependant on the area being treated, to ensure accuracy.

When I had my first session, I'll admit I was initially nervous at the thought of the needles. Sam (BATG owner) put me completely at ease and explained the entire process thoroughly, so I knew exactly what was going on. After cleansing my face, Sam applied a numbing cream which is left on for about 20 minutes. This completely numbed my skin - it was such an odd feeling! Not unpleasant though. Once numb, the cream is wiped off and the microneedling can begin.

Numbing cream applied
Numbing cream applied

The SkinPen device reminds me of a tattoo gun (if you've had a tattoo you'll know what I mean). The group of needles vibrates. Sam started by slowly moving the SkinPen device across my face, going up and down, then side to side, before moving on to the next area. It was completely painless thanks to the numbing cream. All I could feel was the vibration of the needles, no discomfort at all. 

The needle length is adjusted depending on the area being treated. The majority of my face / neck was 1mm, my cheeks were 1.5mm and my nose and forehead were 0.25mm. It's so funny when it goes over the nose area as the vibration tickles! Sam then did a second pass over my problem areas on my cheeks / chin where I've got acne scars. Once complete, a specifically designed soothing cream is applied. And that's it! The whole process takes about an hour. I was so surprised that I didn't feel a thing! It definitely looks worse than it is. 

During SkinPen treament
During SkinPen treament

As the numbing cream wore off, my skin started to feel warm and slightly tight, a bit like mild sunburn. There was some redness too. This is totally normal. 

Immediately after SkinPen treatment
Immediately after SkinPen treament

The aftercare process is fairly simple. The micro-injuries caused remain open for approx. 24 hours so it's imperative to keep skin clean during that time. I avoided touching my face unless I'd just washed my hands and I also put a clean pillowcase on, as they can harbour bacteria. 

I was provided with specifically designed skincare to apply for the first couple of days, after gently cleansing. Lift is a lightweight cooling gel and Rescue is a slightly thicker gel/cream. I re-applied the skincare throughout the day whenever my skin felt a bit tight, along with SPF of course! I found that doing this helped to reduce any peeling and redness. 

SkinPen aftercare
SkinPen aftercare

After a day or two, I switched back to my own skincare, sticking to lightweight, hydrating and soothing products. Again, I found by reapplying skincare during the day really helped the healing processed. I avoided any actives (acids, retinol etc) for a week before and the week after treatment. I also didn't apply any makeup for a couple of days after. I found that I usually had a bit of peeling during the first couple of days. 

Slight peeling
Slight peeling / redness

After that it was just slight redness which was easily covered with makeup if needed. My skin was pretty much back to normal after a week. I definitely needed to have a day or two where I worked from home after the treatment, just so I could be makeup free and reapply skincare when needed.

Day 1 after SkinPen
Day after

Day 3 after SkinPen
Day 3

Day 5 after SkinPen
Day 5

The great thing about SkinPen is that the benefits keep on going once skin is healed. You'll see the full benefit of the treatment after about 6 weeks. It's recommended to have a course of 4 treatments, at roughly 6 week intervals. 

Here's my before and after photos. The after photos were taken about 6 weeks after my fourth treatment, to show the full benefits. You'll have to excuse the odd spot in my after photos - it was after Christmas and I'd had a loads of breakouts! Typical. 

SkinPen before and after
Top is before, bottom is after

SkinPen before and after
Top is before, bottom is after

SkinPen before and after
Top is before, bottom is after

I think you'll agree, the results speak for themselves! My skin tone is more even and there's less texture and pigmentation. I'm particularly pleased with the improvement to my acne scars on my cheek near my mouth. You can really see in the last photo how the scars have been smoothed and are much less red. I just found in general that my skin looked better and more glowy. I've even had people complimenting my skin!

I'm so impressed with my results. SkinPen is definitely my new favourite treatment! I'm going to continue having a SkinPen session every few months to keep up the effects. 

Stacks
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