Every so often, a new beauty craze hits the headlines and everywhere we look, celebrities and influencers are endorsing it like it’s the best thing since sliced cucumbers. Then, many disappear like they never happened (donkey milk skincare, anyone?).
But one skincare innovation that’s been around for a while and is set to stay is microneedling – specifically microneedling at home using microneedle patches. So, what are microneedle patches, what are the benefits of microneedling and importantly, do microneedle patches work/hurt?
Here’s everything you need to know!
- What is Microneedling
- What Are Microneedle Patches?
- How Safe Are Microneedle Patches?
- Help! How Do I Decide Which Ones Are Best for Me?
- What Does a Microneedle Patch Do for Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
- What Are the Benefits of Microneedling for Collagen Production?
- Do Microneedle Patches Work for Acne?
- What Are the Benefits of Microneedling for Acne Prone Skin?
- Microneedle Patches from Vice Reversa
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling involves a process of carefully inserting extremely fine needles into the skin. But before you reel away in horror, the tiny needles only enter just below the surface, so nowhere near anything like an injection or having a blood test.
Causing a deliberate injury to the skin to gain a benefit sounds a bit crazy, we’ll be the first to admit that. But when we look at the science behind microneedling, it all becomes clear.
Inserting multiple tiny needles into the skin causes micro injuries to the tissues and upper layers of skin, and this is where the magic happens. When the skin becomes injured, it wants to fix itself and therefore rapidly goes into repair and wound healing mode.
Once the skin has this repair signal, it begins to stimulate skin cell renewal. It also begins to produce the proteins needed for repair, in particular the Holy Grail of skin proteins – collagen.
What Are Microneedle Patches?
Microneedle patches contain active skin rejuvenating ingredients that have been crystallised to form sharp crystals no bigger than 250 microns, which is about a third of the width of a human hair. So, pretty small.
These crystals effectively form into microneedles (so actually, they’re not really needles at all, despite their name). The crystals are then attached to a water-soluble chip that is itself attached to a hydrocolloid plaster. The plaster attaches the chip containing its microneedles to the skin and keeps it in place whilst the microneedles get to work. There’s no need for rolling at all - just stick the patches on, sit back and relax.
The major difference between microneedling and microneedle patches is that microneedle patches don’t need to prick the skin and cause injury. What does a microneedle patch do differently from a dermaroller? Well, they do the same job, but a microneedle patch does so without causing trauma. Instead, the crystals simply dissolve into the skin. And that’s scientific progress!
Microneedle patches can also be used to deliver targeted treatments, such as hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-ageing peptides, deeper into the skin rendering them even more effective.
How Safe Are Microneedle Patches?
The main benefit of microneedle patches is obviously that they’re targeted to a specific area of skin, but they’re also safe. Since they cause no trauma to the skin, you won’t feel a thing (aside from a satisfying tingle indicating that they’re working) and they won’t cause any bleeding unlike dermarollers which are considerably more aggressive.
The major difference between microneedling and microneedle patches is that microneedle patches cannot harm the skin and cause injury.
Help! How Do I Decide Which Ones Are Best for Me?
Microneedle patches work by dissolving active ingredients into the skin. Therefore, to use the most effective ones, look for microneedle patches that contain the best active ingredients such as collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid and contain a high number of microscopic needles.
What Does a Microneedle Patch Do for Fine Lines and Wrinkles?
Microneedle patches press into the skin where the microneedles, or crystals made up of active ingredients, penetrate into the dermal layer and are activated by water in the skin to dissolve.
This means that these nourishing, hydrating and anti-ageing active ingredients are delivered exactly where they should be. Simply apply them to areas of your face, such as under the eyes where fine lines can be most problematic and let them get to work.
Vice Reversa Microneedle Wrinkle Eye Patches are fantastic at targeting fine lines around the eyes.
They help to plump and refresh the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimise dark under eye circles. And with innovative ingredients including hydrating hyaluronic acid, plumping collagen and anti-ageing peptides, and 2,600 microneedles per patch, if you’re concerned about ageing skin, then they’re just what you’re looking for.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling for Collagen Production?
Stimulating the production of collagen by causing micro injuries using microneedling techniques is beneficial to skin that’s showing signs of ageing. Or as an insurance measure against future ageing.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that’s carried out in skin clinics and authorised beauty spas by trained specialists using specialist microneedling rollers, or dermarollers.
This technology has been around for quite a while, and dermarollers are now available for use at home, with mixed results. Microneedling and using a dermaroller can be painful and can cause bleeding, and a few tears too, if your pain threshold is low or you’re squeamish about the use of needles. Let alone needles near your face and eyes.
Vice Reversa Microneedle Wrinkle Eye Patches are fantastic at targeting fine lines around the eyes [helping] to plump and refresh the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimise dark under eye circles.
However, with the advent of some spectacular science, microneedle patches that can be safely used at home are now available. They’ve been based on the same innovative skin health technology as microneedling using a dermaroller, but are even better and less invasive…
Do Microneedle Patches Work for Acne?
Anyone with acne prone skin needs to be careful of microneedling using a dermaroller as these devices can spread the acne causing bacteria around the skin, and potentially cause acne spots to spread.
Instead, microneedle patches are much more suitable as they’re designed to be used on one area of skin, once, therefore stopping the spread of any skin-harming bacteria. And because they’re used in one place, with targeted ingredients such as exfoliating salicylic acid that purges the pores of bacteria, dirt and cellular debris, they’re ideal for managing acne.
Microneedle patches can be used directly over a spot, cluster of spots or even on an area where you feel a spot is about to appear. Vice Reversa Microneedle Pimple Patches contain salicylic acid and green tea extract* to cleanse the skin of dirt and bacteria and reduce redness and swelling. They also contain totarol to help protect the skin from UV damage and environmental toxins. Each patch holds an impressive 500 microscopic dissolving needles.
Green tea extract contains epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, an antioxidant that helps to protect against free radical damage and reduce inflammation.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling for Acne Prone Skin?
Microneedle patches full of active ingredients designed to help manage spots and breakouts, reducing the time it takes for these pesky blemishes to disappear.
In fact, the possibilities for microneedle patches go even further. Researchers are looking into the possibility of delivering vaccines, including the coronavirus vaccine, via microneedle patches.
- Microneedling your skin can help active ingredients reach beyond the outer layer of skin, helping them to be more effective.
- Unlike conventional microneedling, Microneedle patches are made from crystals of active ingredients which dissolve after they've been pressed into your skin.
- Microneedles made of crystals cause less damage and are completely safe for you to use yourself, at home, without professional assistance.
Microneedle Patches from Vice Reversa
Here at Vice Reversa, we believe that slowing the effects of ageing and doing all we can to manage acne prone skin is all part of a normal skin routine.
So, what are microneedle patches? The answer is, the solution to your skin concerns!
You have the choice to make changes if you wish to, and we’re here to empower you to do just that. What’s more, we know you live a busy life so we’ve designed our microneedle patches to boost your skin, produce enviable results and be quick and fuss-free.
Are they the secret to amazing skin? We certainly think so. Why not find out for yourself?