Aging skin isn’t always flattering, especially if you’ve accumulated additional damage from stress, sunlight, or smoke. At Clear Skin Dermatology in St. Charles, Oak Park, and Sycamore, Illinois, the expert dermatologists often recommend microneedling to help your skin rebuild the structural proteins that make it look its best. To see if microneedling fits into your skin care plan, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.

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What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a unique skin rejuvenation treatment that takes advantage of the ways in which your skin repairs itself. Your skin’s natural repair processes are highly advanced and using them for aesthetic treatments makes for long-lasting and natural-looking results.

During a microneedling treatment at Clear Skin Dermatology, your provider applies a numbing cream before using the FDA-approved SkinPen® microneedling device to make minuscule holes in your skin.

The puncture wounds are so shallow that you might not even bleed, but they’re injuries nonetheless. This controlled trauma causes your skin to build new collagen and elastin, which improves your skin tone and texture. The result is tighter and brighter skin.

As far as skin care treatments go, microneedling is quite gentle. This means you can get the treatment regularly for skin that consistently looks great.

What can microneedling treat?

There are many specific unfavorable skin features that see improvement with microneedling treatments. If you’d like to minimize or alleviate any of the following features, microneedling might be a great option for you:

  • Acne scars or other scars
  • Sun damage
  • Roughness
  • Dryness
  • Dullness
  • Large pores
  • Crepey skin
  • Wrinkles and lines

You won’t enjoy the full effect of your treatment right away because it takes about a week for your skin to heal, repair, and improve itself. There’s no need for downtime after the treatment and you can return to work, errands, and other commitments the same day.

How should I care for my skin after microneedling?

Taking great care of your skin after a microneedling treatment is key to enjoying your results for as long as possible and avoiding the quick development of new damage.

To get the best results from microneedling, Clear Skin Dermatology encourages you to follow these instructions to the best of your ability:

  • Clean your skin with a gentle cleanser
  • Avoid makeup for 24 to 72 hours
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Avoid swimming and strenuous exercise for at least 72 hours

Your provider might give you additional instructions according to your personal lifestyle and health requirements. If you plan on having other treatments for your skin, they help you book them well before or after microneedling to avoid unnecessary damage to your skin and excessive healing times.

Microneedling can transform your skin and your opinion of it. To find out if you’re a candidate for SkinPen® microneedling, call Clear Skin Dermatology or request an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary.