I met Donna at a mutual friends networking evening a couple of years ago. Our mutual friend thought ‘oh they won’t really get along because Belinda is all about natural and Donna is a cosmetic nurse’, she was so wrong! Almost two years later we have a strong friendship plus a shared passion for quality beauty services. We thoroughly enjoy catching up and talking all things beauty and our shared experiences of getting our businesses off the ground.

There is so much hype about skin needling these days and I personally believe a lot of it out in the open market (i.e. purchasing a home roller) is just hype which leaves home rolling open to misinterpretation and misuse, so I’m not a massive fan. I also feel like there are too many therapists without enough experience wielding needling devices in the clinic (HINT: if you’re bleeding from a treatment you’re getting it done wrong). In saying that though I have had a few sessions of needling with Donna who is a surgical nurse by profession and has moved into cosmetology. That experience has reinforced my above beliefs and if client asks for needling services I highly recommend it should only be done by a nurse, as opposed to a beauty therapist.

So my I caught up with my favourite cosmetic nurse to get her take on needling in her owns words…

Why did you switch from being a surgical nurse to cosmetology?

I am still an operating theatre educator but my passion in cosmetology is what drives me. I love all that I’m learning and the impact I can make on people’s lives is rewarding. I still consider the cosmetology side to my nursing as meeting the needs of my clients, some in a minor way and others in a major way.

Tell us about skin needling and what skin conditions it’s best used for?

Collagen Induction Therapy has many uses and is suitable for all Fitzpatrick skin types. It can improve skin texture, pore sizes, thinning scalp hair (best with added PRP) fine lines, soften scars and may improve some stretch marks. No active infection can be present so no acne, inflamed rosacea or eczema. These conditions need to be managed prior to treatment. The depth of the needle is based on the area and assessment of skin. The stimulation of growth hormone, collagen, elastin and macrophages to heal the controlled micro trauma assists with improved health of your skin.

What’s the advantage of coming to a nurse for needling over a beauty therapist?

Nurses have a greater understanding of physiology and experience with wound management, which assists with skin assessment. A nurse has experience with maintaining asepsis and recognizing the signs of infection and how to manage it. Nurses are also able to apply topical local anesthesia. Also beauty therapists cannot treat as deep as nurses and I believe are not able to treat under the eye area. This means not as great results for medical needs such as scar’s and stretch marks.

What’s your opinion on home rollers?

Invest in a good exfoliant. How are the penetrating needles kept sterile? The risk of infection is high as the skin is our largest organ with the function of protection, which you are breaking. There is no even pressure applied, no use of appropriate medical grade skin cleanser and the depth is so shallow that it only reaches the top layer of the dermis.

Do you feel like there is a belief that needling is just a light topical treatment that any therapist can perform?

I do. Which is why I’m glad that there are responsible therapists such as Belinda out there educating people.

What sort of post needling care do clients need to do for their skin and for how long?

The micro channels that are created by the skin trauma make your skin vulnerable for a few days. I advise not using active ingredients such as retinol and Vit C for 4 days. Most skincare regimes are designed to be applied topically to skin. If you use the same regime on broken skin some of the compounds are not designed to penetrate the skin, this can result is a serious side effect from the treatment. A chemical blocker Sunscreen is paramount to the now vulnerable skin.

What should people look for when looking for a therapist to perform needling?

Ask for evidence of a training certificate. Do they use a TGA approved device? What is the skin preparation and post procedure management? Ensure a consent form and thorough skin assessment is performed. Ensure there is a post procedure skin management plan, there is not always the need to purchase more products but it may mean reducing some of the regular use for a few days. It may also be a discussion of moving away from some of the products you are currently using and having the recommendation to move to more suitable skincare.

Thank you so much for your knowledge Donna! Skin needling does need to be taken seriously as a treatment. Finding the right therapist and following the correct steps are essential to glowing skin.

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