70% of Women Don’t Know What Microneedling Means

70% of Women Don’t Know Microneedling | RefinedMD, Los Gatos

70% of Women Don’t Know What Microneedling Means

According to a recent poll by Vitabiotics Perfectil, 70 percent of women don’t know what microneedling is—and are uncertain of many other seemingly common beauty buzzwords. At RefinedMD, we are committed to working with clients to create a treatment plan that works for them. And that includes educating clients on what each treatment and procedure is, what’s involved, and why they work. The poll found that in addition to microneedling, “peptides” are another term that most are unfamiliar with (even though peptides are common ingredients in medical-grade skin care products and in-office facials). For those who want to know: 42 percent of respondents didn’t know peptides are a string of amino acids that help build proteins. Some stated that they thought peptides were an underwater current.

In some cases, this is intentional from the makers of these products. If a term sounds scientific, humans tend to believe it works better. However, microneedling is what it sounds like: micro needles that are used for a skin treatment. By creating controlled trauma in the skin via these needles, collagen production is stimulated. In the weeks following the treatment, a myriad of skin conditions can improve from laxity and wrinkles to poor texture and enlarged pores. There are many different types of microneedling devices, but all use a handheld device that is passed over the skin so that several tiny needles puncture the skin at once. It might sound intimidating, but the needles are so small that it feels like an exfoliation rather than a vaccine or blood draw. The vast majority of patients don’t need a numbing agent because it’s so gentle, but numbing creams are available for sensitive areas or patients.

The Confusing World of Beauty

The poll further found that 72 percent of women follow a “daily beauty regime” but of those, 69 percent have purchased products without completely understanding what’s in them or what they do. This might happen for a few reasons. Social media influence has a lot of people buying trendy products based on reels or online recommendations. The era of doing your own research is seemingly coming to a close, but that doesn’t need to be the case. It can be time-consuming to undertake this research yourself, which is why a consultation with skin care experts can help. We can work together to understand your needs, goals, and how to get you there.

Of the 2,000 women polled, 48 percent named microneedling as a term they didn’t understand while 41 percent pointed to hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is the most common type of dermal filler ingredient, though it is a synthetic version of this protein. HA closely mimics the body’s natural inner plumper and also attracts water to the treated area. This is why HA fillers look and feel so natural when they are expertly injected. With dermal fillers being so popular, it’s important that clients know what they are having injected into their body. There are also non-HA fillers that act via collagen induction therapy. However, HA fillers are the most popular because they offer immediate results.

Mastering Beauty Jargon

The survey further found that 38 percent of women—nearly two in five—didn’t know all of the vitamins that are essential for healthy skin and nails. Numerous incorrect answers were given when the poll asked women to name specific tools or vitamins. According to the makers of the poll, “The health and beauty industry is based on scientific advancements, but that means there are often a lot of buzzwords and terms that aren’t always obvious.” They go on to explain,

All of the buzzwords show the research and science that has gone into that product, allowing people to feel they can trust the product. But this can mean it’s confusing, and we want to help people have a better understanding of the terms to ensure they are doing the right thing for their skin and appearance.

The good news is that almost 90 percent of respondents did correctly define collagen and what it does (supporting elasticity, hydration, and skin strength). Still, 46 percent say they count on “good reviews” (perhaps on social media) when buying products while others simply say they know and trust the brand. Thirteen percent admit that beauty influencers touting a product drive their decision to purchase.

Are you ready to choose a beauty regimen based on sound information and guided by a pro? Contact RefinedMD for a consultation today. Give us a call or contact us via the online form now.