Micro-needling and brown skin Question & Answer ( Q & A Time). Hi there, it’s Esther here.
I’m a 10 year licensed esthetician, located in Tampa, Florida. One of my favorite things to do is to read self-development books. Truth be told, it has helped me grow and become the person I am today. I’ve been staying positive and making the best of this by continuing to learn and share unique ways to help you maintain your sanity and beauty.
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Our beauty topic for this week is micro-needling and your brown skin. So today, that’s what we will be talking about. There’s never been a better time to get your skincare routine working for you.
With today’s blog article we will be discussing the following 3 things.
Every dermatologist I contacted gave this procedure the okay for those with darker skin like myself. While I’ve never used microneedling myself – I’ve seen enough cases where I had to do a bit of damage control to help my clients.
The idea of rolling hundreds of tiny needles all over your face in hope of better skin sounds like a recipe for disaster in the wrong hands… Especially for those with brown skin like myself. That’s mainly because Our skin tends to show signs of trauma more easily… like scars and dark spots. Dermatologists often used this to help treat texture and appearance issues with skin.
Because micro-needling creates small punctures in the skin, I’m not a fan when It comes to clients with highly melanated skin. I do understand that it’s supposed to create a way that allows the skin to remodel on its own… However, because most of my clients have brown skin, I’ve seen too often the damage microneedling has caused them – They usually come to me, to help fix the damage from the micro-needling treatments
One of the main things I’ve seen with microneedling is that the punctures caused by the device can cause darkening of the skin. Oftentimes, the person doing it goes a bit deeper than they should have. As a result the depth of the needles penetrate and hit the dermis – in some cases, you want that if you want to stimulate the collagen… Those with brown skin, when your skin feels like it’s under attack all it wants to do is protect you, it starts to produce an excessive amount of pigment- causing the area to become darker. Although the needles are so tiny that they should not cause trauma to the skin… I’ve seen a lot of cases when that wasn’t the case…
Microneedling is not a service you want to “Just Walk-in to”. There should be prep work and post-procedure care… That’s the only true way to get optimal results. Most professionals start their clients with some hydroquinone, retinoid, Sun protection, and at times a topical steroid. It takes more than one treatment, you have to follow up with consistent home care paired with professional treatments… Most importantly, Not all who provide this service are properly trained to do it.
For those with darker skin, laser treatments, micro-needling, and many other forms of skin-renewing/rejuvenating treatments – additional problems can arise. When trauma and excessive heat(laser treatments for example are applied to darker, ethnic skin, it can result in pigmentation problems – the thing you’re trying to treat. At times, the damage can be permanent. While micro-needling can help in some cases… it could also turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful.
On average, your skin weighs about 21 pounds. Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Although many people don’t think about the daily functions of the skin.. Your skin is your body’s first defense – keeping many things ( including bacteria and germs) from entering the body. Oftentimes, when you hear people talking about “what’s your skin type… they are referring to where you fall on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale – this also tells us how your skin reacts to sun exposure… for example, Do you tan and/or burn easily?
Not all treatments were created equally… Do your research to find a specialist because… burns, scarring, and pigmentation issues can happen. If you’re not careful… it could become permanent. Make sure you are choosing a qualified professional.
Those who have had micro-needling have noted that fine lines, dark spots as well as wrinkles diminish significantly in the following months after treatment. Some saw a significant reduction in the appearance of their acne scars making them less visible. Yes, micro-needling can make scars worse.
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I make make-up Optional. I help my clients see how beautiful they are from the inside-out. Using my pair of magical wands, I heal acne scars and build self- esteem. For some, problematic skin can hinder them from the dream, career, or relationships they desire My goal is to help black/brown skin women know that they can rise above acne scars and have glowing healthy skin after all Bringing the results of a med spa paired with the relaxing atmosphere of a day spa. ------- I’m a Certified Skin Care Specialist, licensed aesthetician, and nail technician. My journey to becoming a beauty expert goes back to 2010 with my own personal struggle with acne. It is through my work learning how to first improve my own skincare, and then my passion to bring this knowledge to others, that I came to truly understand this guiding principle: Beauty is a state of mind as much as a physical way of being...
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