Skin Peeling After Micro Needling – Is Skin Peeling Normal
Are you experiencing skin peeling after microneedling?
It is normal for the skin to peel after microneedling treatments within a few days. Microneedling creates a large number of tiny punctures on your face, which your body responds to by initiating repair. A new layer of skin is produced and the old skin begins peeling off. The peeling will be minimal, similar to a mild sunburn. This will subside within a few days, leaving you with a youthful, glowing look and feel.
After a microneedling procedure, it is also common to have a scabby texture around the area where the microneedling was done. This is perfectly normal. The scabby texture and the extent of the area affected will generally depend on the depth of the microneedling. If you have any concerns, contact your doctor for a follow-up appointment.
There are many benefits to having a microneedling procedure:
- Hyperpigmentation. Post procedure, when the skin begins to shed, it will allow the production of normal melanocytes, which will rid you of hyperpigmentation caused by abnormal melanocytes.
- Age spots. As the skin peels, it minimizes the age spot appearance on your skin, making you look younger.
- Wrinkles, scars, face lines and stretch marks. As the skin peels post procedure, the new skin underneath will have a fresh, clean, younger look.
Purpose of Microneedling
The goal of microneedling is to create a controlled injury and forcing the body to respond by producing more collagen in the treated area. The needles create micro passageways, without damaging the epidermis. It has been shown that rolling with a standard dermaroller over an area 15 times will result in approximately 250 holes per square centimeter. Tested histological findings of skin tissue that had been microneedled with 0.5-1.5 millimeter-long needles revealed that they stimulated massive growth of elastin, collagen fibers and neovascularization. Most studies were done on patients primed with topical Vitamin A and Vitamin C creams 4, 5 and 6. This procedure is also called “percutaneous collagen induction therapy”.
Microneedling Side Effects and Post-Procedure Care
Microneedling is generally well tolerated, but erythema (redness of the skin due to inflammation) may be seen after treatment, typically lasting for 2 to 3 days. Skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. This normally resolves in 12 to 48 hours. Staying out of the sun for a week is advised, and local antibiotic creams may be prescribed. The puncture holes close within 60 to 90 minutes, making infections unlikely. The procedure is well accepted by patients, is cost effective, and can be done on all skin types. It is also excellent for areas which are not suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as near the eyes. Microneedling with Dermapen can be combined with other acne scar treatments like subcision, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and fractional resurfacing, thus maximizing the benefits to the patients.