“A Micro Needle Roller uses 200 very fine needles to injure the skin sufficiently enough to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Resulting micro-channels also aid in absorbing therapeutic serums for greater penetration and increasing overall efficacy.”(www.agbeautysalon.com). The word “injure” automatically causes me to react with a twinge in my stomach, especially since we develop products that are intentionally formulated to heal the skin, and proven to penetrate into the basal or stem cell level without intervention or harm. Why also, would you want to allow penetration of some products into the skin when many of them on the market contain toxins, parabens, sulphites, and potential carcinogens? It seems at first analysis nonsensical. An evaluation of the web-site which I found credible “Top 10 Micro-Needling False Claims” fully explains the Dermaroller medical micro-needling or CIT concept, and home dermaroller, micro-needling tools that have since been introduced into the market.
First, there is no such thing as being FDA certified, and this can be verified at the FDA web-site. Unless a micro-needling device is sterilized, sharp, has the appropriate length, number of needles and is utilized by a medical professional (mandatory in countries like Canada) the risks include pain, tearing of the skin, trauma, bleeding, tissue and nerve damage, cutting the skin, potential infection, and other safety issues. The tearing, pain, risk of infection, and subsequent use of appropriate skin care are all factors that should “red flag.” The benefits, as available through the above referenced web-site and others, if done properly, with appropriate frequency, a sharp, 1.5 mm needle, made with the appropriate alloys, by a medical person can, (as claimed) after puncturing the skin allow regeneration of collagen, elastin, address scaring, and promote thicker skin that is more vibrant with less wrinkles. So the aim is to achieve success by inflicting, with a sharp flexible needle, multiple small holes into the skin, then a waiting period of approximately six to eight weeks to allow your skin to repair and regenerate.
As I review, my thought is risk, outweighs the benefits, when the benefits can be achieved by a product line that offers Younger Functioning Skin, repair, healing, regeneration without injury, needle penetration, and without toxins or known carcinogens. Are you aware that most of the personal care products on the market contain toxins and potential carcinogens? Parabens and other potentially harmful ingredients? The benefit of micro-needling allows for the “better absorption of these ingredients or your general skin care product.” The conclusion, is the choice has to be an educated one, with the understanding of both risks and benefits, the question remains; is it worth it? – Ken Simpson