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Skin Needling – Pain or Pleasure?

We’re constantly on the look out for the next big thing that will make our skin look tighter, firmer and more youthful. As we age our collagen levels decrease, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and skin sagging. It’s hard to avoid this even with a thorough skincare regime. Which is where plastic surgery and botox come in, but there are some downsides to that as well. For starters the price, and um, ouch?

Skin Needling is a new trend that’s taking over the beauty industry, but it’s another one that makes us question:

Is it worth it?


What is Skin Needling?

Skin needling is the manual application of 200 tiny surgical steel needles rolled over the skin. How fun does that sound?

What does Skin Needling Do?

The aim of skin needling is to penetrate and stimulate the skin’s barrier to increase collagen and elastin production, smooths skin and can also heal acne scarring or dark spots.  Well now it’s starting to sound more appealing…

How much does Skin Needling hurt?

If you’re getting your skin needled professional they will apply a topical anaesthetic cream to the area which will minimise discomfort so you will only feel a bit of pressure and a mild tingling sensation. If you’re doing it at home, it might be best to also get an anaesthetic cream from your local pharmacy.

Side Effects?

Wait for it though – side effects include moderate redness, swelling, flaking, grazing and bruising. Eeep. These side effects will only last up to 7 days at the most.

Where should I use it?

Most people concentrate their skin needling just on the face, but you can also use it on your body for stretch marks and other scarring. And even more than that, skin needling is also being used currently as a lip enhancement!

Check out these crazy before and afters using skin needling if you’re still not convinced.

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Have you tried Skin Needling?

How much does it really hurt – Let me know below!



Writer and expert

I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.