Anything with the word “needle” in its name sounds really intimidating (and scary). But this popular skin treatment kickstarts your collagen production and can treat deep, stubborn acne scars and stretch marks. Read our microneedling FAQ to see if it’s for you.
How does microneedling work?
Your dermatologist will use a special tool (sometimes called Dermapen, Rejuvapen or dermaroller) with 11 very tiny needles. These needles punctures your skin surface, which tricks your body into thinking it has a large wound and create collagen.
What can microneedling treat?
Dermatologists usually recommend this for old acne scars. Since it doesn’t need heat, it’s safe for all skin colors and types. (Lasers can be tricky for people with high levels of pigment, like morenas.) However, you shouldn’t have any active cystic acne. Wait for any inflamed or infected areas to clear before getting microneedling. Microneedling can also treat fine lines, or stretchmarks on the legs, chest or butt.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Each microneedling session starts with a deep cleansing, followed by a serum or mask that can help your skin heal or create collagen faster. You’ll be given a numbing cream to help minimize the pain, and the needles are very small. The discomfort is tolerable, and the results are worth it.
What will I look like after a session?
We won’t lie: you’ll want to do this treatment when you’re sure you can hide in the house for 1 or 2 days. Your skin will look pink, and you may have a few scabs. Besides, you’ll need to avoid harsh skincare, makeup and sun exposure until your skin feels less sensitive. If you do it on a Friday, by Monday you’ll look normal.
How many microneedling sessions will I need?
It depends on how severe your skin concern is. Your dermatologist will give you an estimate and then evaluate your progress.
Find microneedling treatments in the Philippines
Many Philippine skin clinics offer microneedling and other collagen-boosting treatments like Fraxel. Prices vary widely, so ask questions like what kind of tool she uses, and what numbing creams serums you’ll be given. Search for a dermatologist near you, or read or leave a review on a service, treatment or product.