Microneedling / Collagen Induction Therapy (C.I.T.)
When your skin becomes healthier, following the application of topical skincare treatments, it becomes more difficult it is for the active ingredients in the products to penetrate into the skin. This is usually due to the stratum corneum becoming more compact and the epidermis becoming thicker.
However, there is a solution for those who wish to benefit much more from application of cosmetics and their ingredients, and to overcome the epidermal barrier to enhance the transmission of active substances into the deeper skin layers.
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is an aesthetic medical procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles.
Tiny microneedles of 0.07mm diameter
– that’s even thinner than your own hair!
The tiny micro channels created from microneedling serve an essential function for delivery of active ingredients to the active dermal layer of the skin. This is currently the only effective method of penetration for topical applications. This process is called Transdermal Delivery.
Even without using any products alongside needling, the small incisions that result from needling the skin, stimulate an inflammatory reaction, which triggers the wound healing process. Since the skin cells believe there is an injury, there is a rapid regeneration of collagen and elastin, as well as keratin cells. This process benefits a multitude of skin ailments and provides a general improvement in skin quality.
Generally, only minor fractions (a maximum of 3% !) of the active substance of any cream, gel or lotion can penetrate the surface of skin. It means the majority of active ingredients, 99.7%, are wasted without penetrated deeply enough. The poor penetration characteristic of active ingredients is a natural physiological reaction of the protective barrier of the skin, and known by all experts.
The diagram below illustrates the difference in skin penetration (seen in red) between microneedling and topical cream.
Epidermis penetration: Cream (3% penetration)
Epidermis Penetration: Microneedling (up to 90% penetration)
This treatment uses precise micro needling to cause tiny wounds within the structure of the skin, triggering the natural process of collagen and elastin repair, making the INNOPen an holistic approach to skin therapy.