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Mechanical Exfoliation Vs. Microneedling

By: Terri A. Wojak
Posted: September 3, 2013, from the September 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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When to choose microneedling. Microneedling can be beneficial for all skin types and conditions as long as there is no presence of inflammation; nonetheless, there are still limitations with this treatment. Microneedling is most commonly used for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, pigmentation, stretch marks and even mild forms of noninflamed rosacea. Microneedling at a lower depth is beneficial for rosacea because it does not physically remove the outer layers of skin, but stimulates growth factors to strengthen vessel walls, decreasing inflammation and increasing product penetration. Physicians use this method with longer needles for the treatment of deeper wrinkles and scarring. Treatments can be tailored according to skin types and conditions by altering the device, needle depth and frequency of treatments. The use of topical products may be applied within 10–15 minutes after treatment, while micro-channels are still open, for further customization.

Endless possibilities

The possibilities for skin rejuvenation are endless; from home care products and devices to surgical procedures, and everything in between. Consumers look to skin care professionals as the experts. It is of the utmost importance to gain as much knowledge as possible to help clients form educated decisions about what exfoliation method will best meet their needs.


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As always, Skin Inc. magazine recommends that skin care professionals obtain the proper training before offering any new treatments in their skin care facility.

Terri A. WojakTerri A. Wojak is a licensed esthetician with more than 16 years of experience. She has knowledge in all aspects of the skin care industry, including education, sales, medical esthetics, management and ownership, and she is the director, as well as an educator, at True U Esthetics in Chicago. Terri recently wrote a new book, Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting and Beyond published by Alluredbooks.

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