- enlarged pores
- loss of elasticity
- orange peel texture
- delicate, fragile skin
- accelerated ageing
This was my experience after having two skin needling sessions.
Hi, my name is Sarah, 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. When I researched it, 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.
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.
I was also told it was okay to apply my vitamin C serum, which I now realise was a big mistake.
The first treatment seemed to go well; in the first week, my skin looked plump and tight, and my lines were less pronounced; now, I now understand this to be the 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 very 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 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 really lacking, and my aftercare was minimal.
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 the strange enlarged pores, orange peel texture, and delicate skin was worrying.
To Conclude. The naked truth
Looking back and after conducting my research, I realise there were a lot of red flags.
The person doing the treatment was a nurse, not an aesthetician, and I felt she didn’t have an in-depth knowledge of the skin.
It’s ironic. I went into the treatment to turn back time, yet it had the reverse effect; my lines seemed more defined, and my skin was delicate and fragile.
It has been a distressing time, but hopefully, with the guidance of the team at the Naked Chemist, I am now on the journey to skin healing.
Samantha explained the importance of using high molecular weight hyaluronic acid to initiate my healing. Now that my skin is improving, I can introduce gentle, non-irritating products containing skin-identical ingredients to replenish and further repair my impaired barrier function.
Later down the road, I can think about introducing actives such as Vitamin A and Peptides to reduce the orange peel texture and help with age-related issues.
Still, nothing too strong, and especially not Vitamin C, because as Samantha explained, 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, which did not help with the outcome.
If you are considering having this treatment, let this be a warning, my advice is to remember that your skin is the first thing people notice about you; it’s the biggest organ on your body, so it deserves extra TLC.
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.
I hope this article and my journey are that starting point. I wish you the best of luck.