Derma pen, uses a unique electronic mechanism which allows the practitioner to control the intensity of the treatment for the best results. When combined with a highly effective serum and a soothing aftercare cream, the treated area will see significant improvements to the damaged skin.

Derma pen can significantly:

  • Tighten, lift and rejuvenate skin;
  • Reduce acne scars & improve wound healing.
  • Improve wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Minimise pore size.
  • Improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

The Derma pen device can be used on any part of the body, however the most popular areas are: forehead; between the eyebrows; nose; around the eyes; cheekbones; cheeks; around the mouth; scar tissue and stretch marks.


Though only very thin, the skin is made up of three layers: epidermis, dermis, subcutaneous. By penetrating the epidermis with very fine small needles, collagen production is increased as the body heals itself.

Though only tiny, each wound will go through the three stages of healing:

  • Inflammation
  • Proliferation (tissue formation)
  • Tissue remodelling

When the epidermis in penetrated, the puncture closes in minutes and will heal relatively quickly. Though minute, the wound created causes localised trauma and bleeding encouraging the skin to send healing properties to the site thus stimulating fibroblasts to build new collagen.  During the treatment the practitioner may use a serum; this will depend on the clients goals for treatment results. When the skin is punctured serum is  spread and absorbed into the surrounding tissue. The serum will have a far greater effect as it is absorbed further into the dermis, replenishing the skin at a deeper level.


The leucocytes (white blood cells) act on the damaged tissue, remove debris and kill bacteria. This reaction produces a surge of activity including Fibroblasts being “instructed” to produce more collagen and more elastin.

A few days after the treatment the epidermal cells (keratinocytes) begin reproducing and the epidermis becomes thicker. Over the following months the skin will progressively tighten as the collagen re-models and skin regains structure.

At Skin IQ we exclusively use derma pen in conjunction with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) to give outstanding results and improvement of skin quality and texture.

Frequently asked questions

Micro-needling can be used to treat face and body and provides an effective way to reduce the visibility of lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and sun damage. It is a well-known, hugely popular treatment that gives outstanding results within four to six weeks.* Better still, your skin will continue to improve over the months that follow!
To begin with, your practitioner will use a topical anaesthetic cream to numb your skin before treatment commences. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, the Derma Pen will be moved over your skin, puncturing it with thousands of tiny micro-needles. By causing mild damage to your skin in this way, we trigger a healing process that rejuvenates the skin, encourages collagen production, and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections.
You can carry on with your day as normal, avoid extreme temperatures (hot water, saunas, etc.) and unnecessary contact with the treated area for 48 hours after treatment. High factor SPF is essential post procedure and your practitioner may also recommend an optional soothing cream for your skin post-treatment.
Rejuvenated fresher skin giving a more balanced and even complexion. Superficial wrinkles and scars will also be less visible.
Results will vary from person to person but you will continue to see improvements with skin tone and quality for 6 -12 months, it is advisable to have repeat treatments to continue improvement.
Most side effects are short-lived and mild, the most common being slight redness to the treated area (like sunburn) this will quickly subside within 24/48 hours.
If you skin needle a keloid you will activate more collagen formation hence the keloid will grow further which is the last thing a person with a keloid wants to see happen. Remember one of the most important things skin needling does, it stimulates collagen production so this is potentially a disaster for keloid prone individuals! A keloid is a thick overgrown scar resulting from excessive growth of collagen that can occur after injury and is more prevalent in people of African descent.

Haemophiliacs and Other Blood Disorders
If you suffer from any condition where your body does not have the ability to produce adequate platelets to stop bruising and bleeding then this procedure is not for you.

Skin Disease
Suffering from any type of skin disease would most likely be a contraindication to Skin Needling.

Poor Health
Anyone that is under medical care for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, suffers from a compromised immune system and is generally considered to be a poor healer, is most likely not a candidate for Skin Needling.

If you are taking anti-coagulants you can bruise and bleed easily so best to wait until you are medically advised your blood platelets have returned to normal levels. Common scenarios where anticoagulants are used are in cases of deep vein thrombosis either after long plane trips or surgery especially surgery to the lower leg, usually prescribed as a precautionary measure.

Active Acne
Once the acne is no longer active you are good to go. Skin needling active acne is never advised.

Active Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis)
Need to wait until this is fully recovered otherwise the fluid in the cold sore (that contains thousands of active Herpes Simplex viruses) will have an effective vehicle to spread easily and readily to unaffected skin regions spreading the contamination effectively! Skin therapists can work around these lesions, but we recommend that you wait so all the skin can be worked on in the one session and there is no risk of spread whatsoever.

Active Shingles or Chicken Pox (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
Is a highly contagious virus hence the same applies as above. Shingles is essentially the reactivation of chickenpox virus usually seen in elderly or immune-compromised individuals.

Just had Invasive Skin Laser Treatment
Need to wait until the skin fully recovers before any further procedures are undertaken.

Just had Dermal Fillers
With dermal fillers you can undertake skin needling 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the dermal fillers are inserted.

Just had Facial Surgery
Need to wait until the skin fully recovers before any further procedures are undertaken. Usually, 6 months is a safe estimate and clearance from your surgeon.

New Scars
Need to wait until the skin fully recovers before any further procedures are undertaken. Usually, 6 months is a safe estimate.

If you are currently prescribed corticosteroids best to avoid skin needling as these drugs have a skin thinning effect. The longer you are on this medication the bigger the effect on the skin. The skin would need to be examined on a case by case basis and clearance from your doctor is also advised.