Microneedling is a great way to restore the youthful look of skin. However, recovery can be a challenge. From irritation to redness to inflammation, CALM Recovery is an APT based cosmetic formulation, optimized to soothe skin and ease recovery after skin treatments. CALM Recovery is the best microneedling recovery treatment, and you can buy it here!
Read on to learn more about how to use APT CALM to recover from microneedling skin treatments.
You can learn a lot by looking at a person’s skin. Even if you’re not consciously aware of it, chances are good that when you meet a new person, you’re making assumptions about their experiences and lifestyle based on various skin qualities.
For example, specific wrinkles around the mouth can denote a smoking habit; leathery-looking skin suggests too much time spent in the sun or tanning bed. Like it or not, everyone’s skin tells a story. For people who live with acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and other skin blemishes, that’s not a very comforting thought; luckily, modern medicine has bequeathed us with a plethora of skin therapies to moisturize, heal and improve elasticity.
In recent years, many of the most popular skin treatments utilize collagen, a protein known to increase skin strength and elasticity. Although collagen is most commonly used in supplement or cream form, some people opt to undergo a collagen-boosting therapy known as microneedling, an effective technique for improving and rejuvenating skin with relatively low risk to the patient.
To increase its efficacy, soothe skin and promote healing, people considering microneedling or currently undergoing microneedling therapy should start working our APT™CALM Recovery topical into their treatment recovery regimen.
At Advanced Performance Technology (APT™), we develop proprietary APT™-based topicals shown to improve aesthetic dermatology outcomes from therapies such as microneedling. Visit us online or call us at 800-918-7534 with questions.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, is used to treat many skin blemishes, including scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and enlarged pores. It is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure that can be performed in a dermatologist’s office. Microneedling creates tiny channels in the skin, allowing dermatologists to effectively apply serums and active ingredients to promote collagen growth, improving skin texture and tone.
Before performing microneedling, a dermatologist will numb the area being treated with a topical anesthetic. They’ll then use a handheld, drum- or pen-shaped device with tiny needles to puncture microscopic holes in the skin.
Rather than leaving scars, these micro injuries stimulate the skin to repair itself naturally through a process called dermal remodeling. In response to inflammation, the skin begins to produce new collagen, which makes skin look tighter, smoother and younger. As we age, our bodies stop producing new collagen in the skin; it is only accessible when the skin is in repair mode, which microneedling induces.
Despite only being developed in the mid-90s, experts say that microneedling is an effective way to treat wrinkles, improve scarring, reverse skin damage and potentially even help regrow hair in balding people.
Additionally, research suggests that benefits of microneedling include good tolerability of treatment among patients and easier delivery of topical drugs, such as our APT™-based ointments and topicals.
It seems counterintuitive to puncture scores of holes into skin that’s been damaged by acne, but studies suggest it’s actually an effective method of reducing acne scars. In a study of 10 patients with different types of atrophic acne scars (indented scars that heal below the normal layer of skin), researchers found that multiple, minimally invasive sessions of microneedling significantly increased new collagen formation.
The study also concluded that microneedling is an inexpensive, effective modality of treatment with minimal downtime, side effects and complications. However, the study also found that filling in atrophic acne scars didn’t happen rapidly; researchers suggest several months of treatment may be needed to achieve the desired results.
Over time, most people develop a few small stretch marks as a result of hormonal changes or gaining and losing weight too quickly. However, for people who experience extreme weight gain
or loss, including some pregnancies, large stretch marks can cause noticeable and unwanted blemishes. Luckily, research supports the efficacy of microneedling treatment for stretch mark reduction.
According to a study published in Dermatologic Surgery, microneedling is a safe and effective method of reducing stretch marks in light and dark skin tones in various places on the body. The study, which examined 25 adults with stretch marks on their trunks and extremities, found that all stretch marks improved at least 50% after an average of 1.8 microneedling treatments. It also found that 28% of patients demonstrated more than 75% clinical improvement.
Getting wrinkles is an inevitable part of aging, which, as it turns out, is a surprisingly complex biological process affected by many genetic and environmental factors. As the body grows older, the skin loses its ability to synthesize and secrete proteins such as collagen, eventually resulting in epidermal atrophy.
Many people seek to mitigate facial wrinkles through botox, facelifts, supplements and a variety of other treatments, including microneedling.
In a study of 48 subjects aged 35 to 75 years with signs of facial aging, researchers performed microneedling therapies on each subject four times with each session 30 days apart. They found that 90 days after the initial treatment, the microneedling sessions had significantly improved the subjects’ facial lines, wrinkles, skin laxity and skin texture.
Additionally, researchers found that the subjects experienced minimal pain, discomfort and downtime compared to more invasive aging reduction technologies such as laser ablation and radiofrequency.
Premature hair loss can be embarrassing, especially if it makes someone look much older than they actually are. If you or a loved one has struggled with premature balding, you know how hard it can be to find an effective, inexpensive and minimally invasive treatment, which is why many people decide not to attempt hair loss mitigation. However, research suggests that microneedling for hair loss offers promising results.
In a study of four men with androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness) who failed to respond to conventional therapy, researchers found that microneedling led to new hair follicle stimulation, suggesting moderate efficacy in treating baldness. Despite a largely positive outcome, researchers say more research needs to be done into the optimal number of microneedling sessions needed to garner long-lasting hair growth.
One of the reasons microneedling is such a promising therapy is that it addresses hard-to-treat, sensitive areas of the body that are prone to visible signs of aging. Data suggests microneedling can successfully reduce signs of aging caused by innumerable biological functions, and even more impressively, it can do so without causing patients significant discomfort and pain.
Additionally, microneedling offers these advantages over other rejuvenative modalities:
- Relatively short healing time
- Relatively low cost
- Well-tolerated by patients
- Minimal risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Easy to combine with other treatments
Despite its long list of advantages, it’s important to remember that more large studies are needed to cement microneedling’s efficacy for broad usage.
Although microneedling leverages the body’s own inflammatory response to stimulate rejuvenation, it’s still puncturing the skin with a barrage of needles. Anytime you’re incurring puncture wounds, even microscopic ones, you need to be protecting yourself from potential bacteria and infection.
One of the best ways to safely recover from a microneedling session is to apply one of our APT™-based topicals, such as APT™Calm Recovery, to the affected area. This unique cosmetic formulation combines powerful botanicals such as arnica, calendula and ledum to soothe skin and promote recovery.