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Microneedling and You

The information below is from my esthetician friend, Mary Schook, and her recent Instagram post.  

Before I share Mary’s post and photos, I must note that it only became legal for estheticians in California to practice this as of January 1, 2022.  Prior to then it was considered a medical procedure.   

Since microneedling is recently legal for California estheticians, it may be difficult to find someone who has the necessary experience to use this technique to heal your skin rather than cause harm.

Mary Schook has been in the industry over 20-years and is often sought after for her knowledge from writers and editors of magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Revinery 29, and Goop.

What is Microneedling

A minimally invasive procedure in which microchannels are created in the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin with needles.

Who should not get a microneedle procedure:  Microneedling can cause bleeding so it may not be suitable for people with clotting or bleeding disorders, or who take medicine to thin their blood. You may want to avoid microneedling if you have conditions that affect your skin, including psoriasis, eczema or diabetes, or if you have a weakened immune system.

Mary Schook:

“You won’t find a bigger microneedle fan than me out there. My practice would suffer without it. I’ve been working around the medium for nearly 20 yrs. In 2019 I did an interview on my podcast @officialbeautygps with Dr. Lance Setterfield about the importance of WHAT we microneedle with. Apparently someone out there didn’t get the memo because there’s been a LOT of granulomatous dermatitis out there, which can happen when you try to penetrate either bad needles or product that should not be microneedled into the skin.

I’m personally not a fan of home microneedling without professional guidance from a very seasoned and licensed practitioner. You can be using a bad/damaged roller at the wrong depth and not realize it. You can be breaking into skin causing a staph infection (seen way too many times). You can be doing it too frequently causing chronic inflammation. Then there’s the materials you are microneedling into the skin that can lead to a cascade of other issues like inflammation and dermatitis like you see in the slides.

Moral of the story microneedling in the right hands with the right tools is magnificent. You can microneedle year round if done correctly and not worry about making skin vulnerable to the sun. Done incorrectly that is furthest from the case.

Check out more info and answers on the podcast. It may be three years old, but not much has changed.

The above photos are from Mary Schook’s Instagram post. For all photos, visit her IG page, link below under “More Info.”

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