Micro-needling is the hottest new trend in skin care, and for good reason. The micro-trauma stimulates your own ability to produce collagen. We do not make collagen past the age of 25 unless there is an injury. A treatment that increases collagen addresses many skin concerns, namely aging. Hollywood A-listers are using this treatment to look younger and more natural.
There are ways to maximize the amount of collagen you make and how much you retain. At Rejuvenate Austin, we have clients apply a very specific skincare regimen following micro-needling. This regimen nourishes the skin for maximum collagen production. It is very important that irritants are avoided. Most skincare regimens are created for intact skin and have ingredients that could be inflammatory if introduced to compromised skin. Micro-needling creates micro channels into the skin and care must be taken to avoid unwanted inflammation check here.
Bellus medical, the creators of SkinPen, addressed both the nutritional needs of the skin and the need for decreased inflammation when they created Skinfuse. Skinfuse is a post micro-needling skincare protocol that is meant to give you maximum collagen and less downtime. We really have come a long way with micro-needling in the last 2 years. Clients can expect to get better results with these improvements.
Early studies suggest that we can get a greater than 600% increase in collagen by using an appropriate skincare protocol like Skinfuse. I use the term protocol because I still feel very passionate about more aggressive pharmaceutical skincare that would be inappropriate after micro-needling. I like to put my clients on Skinfuse after their treatment, but I encourage them to resume their normal regimen when they aren’t getting a treatment. The skin has very specific needs when creating collagen. Vitamin C is absolutely essential and is the co-factor that is used to make collagen from procollagen. Other important nutrients are manganese, copper, zinc, and Vitamin A. Vitamin A can be inflammatory in larger doses, so a little dab will do you in this case.
Skinfuse has addressed all these nutritional needs and has formulated a rescue gel that calms the skin. Remember, inflammation is very bad for collagen in that it breaks down existing collagen and can inhibit production of new collagen. Rescue has colloidal oatmeal, aloe, and Borrago Officinalis Seed Oil. These all help calm the skin and avoid inflammation. I am currently writing a blog on skincare and the ingredients you must use and must avoid. It will go into greater detail about specific ingredients and what they do.
SkinPen is the most advanced micro-needling device on the market. They are launching a new American made device very soon. I think it makes sense to use a device from a company that has put so much time and money into researching the very best practices in this field. They have researched not only nutritional needs, but also technique. SkinPen micro-needling is also amazing at treating scars and stretch marks. Acne scars respond very well, making SkinPen a great alternative or adjunct to Laser Resurfacing. I am also able to treat darker skin tones with SkinPen, which is great!! Laser resurfacing can be very risky in darker skin tones. I always provide complimentary consultations to answer question because, let’s face it, this stuff is complicated! Stay tuned for more blogs to answer all your beauty and anti aging questions.