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havingfaith

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How to soften the skin before needling
« on: December 08, 2010, 02:28:44 PM »
Sarah,

I individually needled one scar the other night with your tapered needle.  The only thing is that it seemed hard to penetrate the skin.  Any suggestions before the needling to soften the skin so penetration would be easier?

Thanks

kakalakingma

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How to soften the skin before needling
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2010, 08:18:59 PM »
I think you can find your answer in the follow threads:

http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/Rolling-and-Exfolliating-Dry-Brushingu/a>

http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/brushing-skinu/a>

http://forums.owndoc.com/dermarolling-microneedling/The-perfect-dermaroller-skin-care-planu/a>

How about a gently daily exfoliant such as 8-10% glycolic acid or lactic acid with or without dry brushing? If you struggle with acne, 0.5-2% salicylic acid may help, too!

Alpha Hydrox sells great glyolic acid products

Neutrogena has a good salicylic product called Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

You can also check out Paula's Choice for exfoliants without fragrance and colorants.

Good luck to you

SarahVaughter

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How to soften the skin before needling
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2010, 12:23:05 PM »
The skin is a very sturdy organ. It has to be, since it serves as our protection. Its toughness is mainly due to a protein called Keratin that makes up the outer layer of the skin.

  You can soften the skin by having a hot bath or a long hot shower. If you needle/roll your face, you can soften it by steaming. Boil some water in a wide pan or poor it in a bowl, take it off the stove and put your face above the bowl for about 10 minutes to get the steam in your face. You can use a towel like this:
   

 

It should not be scaldingly hot, just hot and it will soften the skin and make it easier for the needles to penetrate.
 

  Another way is to use a product containing
   Keratolytics. Keratolytics soften keratin.

  Keratolytic agents are for example salicylic acid, urea, lactic acid, and allantoin. They are in creams for cracked heels, callus removal or Psoriasis and contain about 5% Salicylic acid and 10 % Urea. You can buy Kerasal(tm) or something similar.
   

  Put it on your skin about one hour before needling.
   

  It will soften the skin but do not expect that the needles will then go into the skin easily. The skin will be still tough, just a little less.
   

 

Our skin is designed not to soften easily. Because this would compromise its protective ability and we would be prone to injury and at the mercy of infectious agents.



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