Enlarged pores and my once dry skin is now oily?
It was as if my skin was weaker, more delicate and had lost its structure.
Accelerated ageing and wrinkles appear deeper like I aged 3 years in 2 months.
I had breakouts, something I never used to get, and new ones forming each week.
This was my experience after having two skin needling sessions.
Hi, my name is Ashley, and I have put together this article in the hope that it might help you to heal your skin if you have experienced a poor outcome after a skin needling treatment.
My Skin Concerns Before treatment
I’m 42 and was trying preventative maintenance to improve my skin texture and help reduce the visible signs of ageing on my face.
I had some friends who had micro-needling with PRP and had fantastic results, and it seemed like the more natural and safe alternative to botox or fillers.
I did a lot of research and found a med spa in my area, and I was asked to come in for a consultation.
Very little was discussed in my consultation, which should have been a big red flag, and no photos were taken.
My First Treatment
On the day of the treatment, my skin was cleansed with an alcohol pad, and numbing cream was applied to my face an hour before.
My skin was treated with dermastamp and PRF, which delivered a vibrating stamp-like motion, which creates a series of microchannels.
These channels were filled with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), and I was advised to leave it on overnight as it releases growth factors that are thought to stimulate stem cells to boost collagen and elastin.
The first treatment seemed to go well; in the first week, my skin looked plump and tight, and my lines were less pronounced; I now understand this to be swelling due to the trauma that was done to my skin.
My Second Treatment
When I arrived for my subsequent treatment, the nurse commented on how good my skin looked, and at this point, I had to agree.
However, right after the second procedure, my skin reacted very differently; it was tight and red, had an uneven texture, and seemed fragile.
My skin type has always been dry, but almost overnight, it became oily, my pores enlarged, and I started to break out, something I had never experienced before, and the surface of my skin had this strange orange peel texture.
I called the med spa and told them about my concerns. No skin needling before and after pictures had been taken, which was concerning, so I had no physical proof.
I was refunded for both treatments, but I wasn’t offered any further treatments other than a course of peels which I fortunately declined.
I reached out to Samantha from the Naked Chemist after reading about the comments from others on her article microneedling beware, which looks at the potential side effects.
Samantha had a lot of experience treating skin after poor microneedling procedures. She agreed to give me a consultation where she explained the treatment protocol that should have taken place, which you can read in the article dermarolling 101.
My Aftercare Advice
When I think back to my consultation, it was lacking, and my aftercare was minimal and incorrect. Rather than calming and sealing my skin, I was recommended acid-based products that would disrupt my barrier further,
- I was recommended a retexturing activator from Skin Ceuticals to use 3 x a week at night, but it was explained to me that this acid-based product was too harsh, and is often used with skin needling for acne scars, which was not even the case with me?
- I was recommended the AnteAge System to use morning and night. Again it was explained to me that this is based on a stem cell from marrow and is not appropriate for skin that has been compromised.
- Vitamin C serum. There is new research coming through that suggests when it is used after skin needling, it can trigger an immune response that can lead to granulomatous scar tissue (1); I find this so surprising because I was told to continue using my Vitamin C serum as part of my aftercare, which I believe was a big part of the problem.
The Importance of the consultation process
Samantha explained the importance of pre-consultation and the skin needling before and after process to ensure a positive outcome.
Why? Because as she explained, this treatment breaks down your skin’s protective barrier function and disrupts the delicate microflora that makes up the acid mantle which keeps your skin’s pH healthy; because these have been impaired, you are exposed and vulnerable to whatever it comes into contact with.
If not treated correctly, it can lead to a range of unusual conditions appearing, which was the case with me.
Previously I rarely had breakouts, now, it seems to be the new norm, and my once dry skin was now oily with enlarged pores and the orange peel texture it was worrying.
My Healing Skincare Routine
Samantha explained the importance of using high molecular weight hyaluronic acid to initiate my healing.
This pure form has no added nasties that can house microbes like aloe vera. I started using pure H20 hyaluronic skin shot.
Once my skin improved, I introduced gentle, non-irritating products containing skin-identical ingredients to replenish and further repair my impaired barrier function.
- Fortify barrier repair cream rich in lipids, ceramides and cholesterol.
- Bio lipid complex was great for my scars.
- DNA age delay complex helped to rebuild my thin, fragile skin.
- The B+ niacinamide complex was perfect for helping balance my skin’s oil and minimising the large pores.
- To target the breakouts, I used Resq anti-blemish-complex; this worked wonders at eradicating those spots.
- The clinic also has a unique enzymatic exfoliator that is wonderful at retexturing my skin and helped with the orange peel texture.
Samantha advised that later down the road, I can think about introducing actives such as Vitamin A to reduce the orange peel texture further and help with age-related issues.
To Conclude. The naked truth
If you are considering having this treatment, I hope this article and my journey are that starting point. I wish you the best of luck.
Do not rush into evasive treatments that can do irreversible damage down the track.
Do your research well, so you are knowledgable and use an experienced aesthetician who understands skin.
Remember, your skin is the first thing people notice about you; it’s the biggest organ on your body, so it deserves extra TLC.