Skin needling has been used for centuries to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scarring, but it has not been until relatively recently that the science behind the process has been uncovered.
As we age, collagen production in the skin slows down, collagen breakdown increases, and since collagen is needed to provide strength and form to body structures the skin begins to wrinkle and sag. Skin needling applied via the use of Acupuncture needles as well as skin needling rollers, penetrates through the epidermis to the dermis of the skin causing localised damage and micro-bleeding. This damage is so minor it is not clearly visible on the skin’s surface, and does not remove the epidermis like other anti-aging treatments can. It does, however, trigger the inflammation process in the body, increasing collagen production in the area by on average 206%, and up to 1000%.
The needles rupture skin capillaries causing blood and serum to enter the surrounding tissue and drawing platelets to the area. These platelets release chemotactic factors such as Platelet Derived Growth Factor and cause tiny clots to form. This attracts more platelets, neutrophils, leucocytes and fibroblasts to the area.
Neutrophils work to remove the damaged collagen and small clots, and within a few hours keratinocytes – the dominant cell in the epidermis – have migrated to the area and started producing all the components to re-establish the basement membrane of the damaged skin, with laminin and collagen types IV and VII. One or two days after the injury, these keratinocytes start proliferating, leading to a thickening of the upper layer of the skin.
Fibroblasts migrate into the wound about 48 hours after injury and produce collagen I and collagen III, proteoglycans, elastin and other matrix proteins. Collagen type III is
the dominant form of collagen in the early wound healing phase and becomes maximal around 5-7 days after the injury. Collagen is laid down on the upper dermis just below the basal layer of the epidermis, and over a period of 3-12 months, Collagen type III is gradually replaced by Collagen type I. This type of collagen gives increased tensile strength, giving skin more strength and form. Collagen slowly shortens after a few months, and so the tightening of the skin is progressive over this time.
As well as triggering the body’s healing mechanisms, skin needling has a dual effect. The microscopic holes made in the epidermis pierce the stratum corneum and create micro conduits for transport across the epidermis. These tiny channels act as pathways, increasing the absorption of any products placed on the skin by up to 10 000 times**. The White Lotus Anti Aging After Care Serum made of a Chinese herbal infusion in an organic Green Tea Oil base is the ideal supporting player for this process as it contains vitamins A, C, B6 and Zinc in a natural formulation, all of which are considered essential for wound repair and collagen production. Green Tea Oil itself has been shown to protect against and repair UV damage, influence type I collagen production, protect against collagen breakdown and work as a powerful antioxidant. Herbs infused into this formula include Ginseng and Astragalus, both of which have strong lifting properties, as well as other herbs known for their anti-aging characteristics.
Combining this procedure with Acupuncture to improve general health makes for a powerful and common sense approach to outer beauty, as the links between inner health and healthy skin are well known. Uniting the ancient beauty secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the science of collagen induction therapy provides you with a natural solution to younger and more vibrant looking skin, as well as a happier and healthier you.
*4-Schwartz et al, 2006, internet paper. Abstract reflections about
COLLAGEN-INDUCTION-THERAPY (CIT) A Hypothesis for the Mechanism of Action of
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) using Micro-Needles; 1st edition February 2006. 2nd revision January 2007 Horst Liebl
**Henry S, McAllister DV, Allen MG, Prausnitz MR. Micro fabricated micro needles: a novel approach to transdermal drug delivery. J Pharm Sci. 1998 Aug;87(8):922-5Click me