The Science Behind Microneedling: A Dermatologist’s Perspective on Pigmentation Reduction

Scroll down

Microneedling for Pigmentation: An Expert’s Opinion

Skinpen microneedling

Introduction to Microneedling Treatment

As dermatologists, our constant pursuit is to uncover innovative and effective treatments for common skin concerns. One such procedure that has gained significant attention in recent years is microneedling treatment. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, has shown remarkable potential in addressing various skin issues, including pigmentation irregularities. In this article, we delve into the scientific intricacies of how microneedling helps to reduce pigmentation, backed by clinical evidence and dermatological expertise.

Understanding Pigmentation

Pigmentation refers to the colouring of the skin due to the presence of melanin, a natural pigment responsible for our skin, hair, and eye colour. When melanin production becomes irregular or excessive, it leads to various pigmentation concerns, such as hyperpigmentation (excess pigmentation) or hypopigmentation (lack of pigmentation). These issues can be triggered by factors such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, inflammation, and genetics.

Microneedling Mechanism

Microneedling treatment involves the use of a specialised device with fine needles that create controlled micro-injuries in the skin’s upper layers. These micro-injuries stimulate the skin’s natural healing response, triggering the production of collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen and elastin are essential components for maintaining skin structure, firmness, and elasticity. The formation of new collagen-rich tissue during the healing process contributes to improved skin texture, tone, and overall appearance.

Reducing Pigmentation through Microneedling

  1. Enhanced Skin Penetration: The micro-injuries caused by microneedling promote the penetration of topical products, such as vitamin C serums or skin-lightening agents (if used). These products can effectively target pigmentation at a deeper level, leading to more significant improvements.
  2. Controlled Inflammation: The controlled inflammation triggered by microneedling encourages the removal of damaged skin cells and stimulates the production of healthy new cells. This process contributes to the fading of hyperpigmented areas over time.
  3. Melanocyte Regulation: Melanocytes are the cells responsible for producing melanin. Microneedling helps regulate melanocyte activity, preventing excessive melanin production and promoting a more even skin tone.

Clinical Evidence for Microneedling Treatment

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of microneedling in reducing pigmentation. A study published in the “Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology” found that microneedling combined with a depigmenting cream led to significant improvement in melasma (a form of hyperpigmentation) compared to using the cream alone. Additionally, a study in the “Dermatologic Surgery” journal reported that microneedling effectively reduced post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in patients with skin of colour.

Conclusion

Microneedling is a great solution for reducing pigmentation irregularities through its ability to stimulate collagen production, improve skin penetration of topical products, and regulate melanocyte activity.

As a medical professional, I’d like to emphasise the importance of consulting a qualified professional before undergoing any procedure. Microneedling should be performed by trained practitioners to ensure safety and optimal results. With its scientific foundation and growing body of clinical evidence, microneedling offers an exciting avenue for individuals seeking to address pigmentation concerns and achieve healthier, more radiant skin.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 02039411815/drop us an email and we would be happy to chat through treatment options for your pigmentation. Microneedling is effective, but we have other solutions such as the BBL laser or topical treatments, which may be more appropriate. If you’re ready to book in for a microneedling appointment and would like to see one of our team – book online here.

Good skin days, always

Dr Cherry

Medical Director and Cofounder

Cherry Armstrong

Back to all posts

Instagram

Follow us
no23skin

Testimonials

Place not found by PlaceID: rating_snippet=true
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago
I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
Briana Anoff
month ago
Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
Stephanie Johnston
3 months ago
What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago
I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
Briana Anoff
month ago
Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
Stephanie Johnston
3 months ago
What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago