Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)

Our skin is an extremely complex, highly specialised organ! The thickness of the skin varies considerably over all parts of the body, however may only be about 0.07 inches (2 mm) thick. Skin is our only protective barrier from the environment. We need to keep this in mind when we are considering clinical treatments & products (especially their ingredients) – as not all products, ingredients, clinical/salon treatments nor therapists are created equally. Having been involved in the industry for well over two decades I have seen a much needed change of direction, with businesses becoming highly specialised & no longer one stop shops – where everything is offered & done in a mediocre fashion. As a society, we need to make our own decisions & not be swept up with the propaganda & hype being fed to us via media and marketing.

Collagen Induction Therapy ((CIT) also known as skin needling & rolling) can be a fantastic treatment regime, when offered for the rights reasons, to the right candidates with a full diagnostic skin analysis & treatment plan in place. The initial consultation is vital, everything should be based around a clinical skin assessment. To commence information is gathered via a form, depending on your answers to these questions a further assessment form may be required. We discuss everything from what you are currently using (only interested in ingredients, not brands) & of course dermal nutrition. Two types of ground breaking devices are then used to measure lipids (oil), water & erythema (rate of pinkness in the skin) via the German made SD202 & pictures are taken which look below the skin into your bi-layers via the Observ Skin Diagnostic Device. Without the correct information gathered through these devices, it is guesswork at the absolute best.

So what is CIT & why is it recommended? The concept behind this treatment is the stimulation of new collagen production. Your skin has a natural ability to heal itself. If you have cut or grazed yourself you would have seen this process. This is your skin regenerating collagen & elastin cells but this is not all it does, CIT also increases capillary strength & growth factors. Small needle clusters of a handheld device penetrate into the skin creating microscopic channels in the epidermis/dermis to stimulate the skins natural healing process by instigating the regeneration of your skin cells.

CIT is the only skin rejuvenation treatment to target & regular 3 key cells (keratinocyte, melanocyte & fibroblast) without compromising the integrity of the epidermis. The growth factors released through CIT results in regenerative healing (collagen forms from the base upwards) and is type III collagen or healthy collagen as opposed to the growth factors released when the epidermis is damaged by heat methods, which in contrast produce a poor grade of collagen & elastin – this impacts your long-term skin health.

No potions, lotions, serums, facelifts in a pot nor miracles in a jar (that sounded a little sceptical), preservatives, parabens, synthetics of any kind should be poured down the holes. If you are a client of mine you will know all of this and will be in a good home rolling routine to expedite Clinical CIT results. If your lotions or potion “smells good enough to eat” &/ or is brightly coloured, it has NO place on your skin. Thinking about that, these products also have absolutely no place in our landfills or our waterways. Ingredients absolutely & categorically matter, not just during CIT but 100% of the time.

Our skin is our first line of defence – only a clean ingredient lamellae product (mimics the natural architecture of skin structure, without an occlusive effect) should be applied for 48 hours. No sunscreens, no make-up, no cleansing.

It is vital to have a 12-month clinical treatment plan in place, this will involve a period of preparation which could range from 1-12 months – depending on the barrier function of your skin. Part of the prep will be a home rolling device which is used 3 plus times per week, this device will become part of your every other day home care & is addictive. As well, targeted bespoke home care & of course your dermal nutrition is vital in your skins ability to regenerate. It is a multi-faceted approach & may involve multiple clinical treatments!

Not many people want to hear this however skin correction is slow like a tortoise, there are no quick fixes when it comes to skin. Slow & steady definitely wins the race with your skin – together with best practice clinical treatments & bespoke, customised plans & home care.

Skincare is like diet & exercise, it takes time & effort

Paula Cliffin

Specialist Facialist / Corneotherapist

Certified in Oncology Aesthetics (COA)

 

 

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