If you’ve been keeping up with the skincare industry, then you’ve probably heard of microneedling. Microneedling is well-known for its effectiveness in lightening acne scars, improving fine lines and wrinkles, and even reducing hair loss.

So, what exactly is microneedling and can it also be used to treat melasma?

What Is Melasma?
Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation linked to a change in hormones, such as pregnancy, contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, or menopause. Excessive UV light exposure is also correlated to the occurrence of melasma. Melasma patients usually have discolouration, or brown patches, on the forehead, cheeks and jawline. Though not wholly exclusive, melasma is most commonly found in women between 20 and 50.

What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling uses tiny needles measuring between 0.1 and 1mm in length to create hundreds of small wounds in the top layer of the skin. Though this may sound scary, these wounds are painless and virtually invisible to the naked eye.

The creation of microscopic trauma on the skin stimulates collagen and new cell production. As a result, your skin will feel more elastic and look fuller and more youthful. Microneedling also provides an excellent opportunity for topical treatments, such as skin lightening serums, to penetrate deeply into the skin and maximize their results.

Does Microneedling Help Treat Melasma?
While microneedling can improve skin texture and reduce surface-level hyperpigmentation, the use of this treatment in isolation has not shown to be the most effective for melasma. However, it does not mean that microneedling cannot help improve melasma!

Many studies have shown that when microneedling is used along with topical retinoid, vitamin C or hydroquinone, patients experience a notable difference in stubborn melasma. Why? Because of the microscopic pores formed through microneedling treatment! They help skin-lightening ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin, providing you with significant results.

Are There Any Side Effects?
Microneedling is a safe and minimally invasive procedure. You’ll experience some redness and inflammation, but they should subside in a few days.

When doing an internet search, you may find many microneedling devices on sale for at-home treatments. While this option may be tempting, using inappropriately deep microneedles can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and actually worsen melasma!

This is where FAB Laser and Skincare can help you. You can trust our team of experienced aestheticians to treat your melasma effectively with microneedling. We want you to look and feel your absolute best, so call our Burnaby clinic today to get started!