Skincare

Collagen Induction Therapy

The skin is a highly complex and specialized organ. Although the thickness of the skin can vary greatly across the body, it is usually approximately 0.07 inches (2mm) thick. The skin is the only barrier that protects us from the outside world. This is something we need to remember when considering products and clinical treatments. Not all ingredients, products, clinical/salon treatments, therapists, or products are created equal. Over two decades of experience in the industry has seen a significant shift in direction. Businesses are becoming more specialized and not one-stop shops, where everything can be done traditionally. We as a society need to make our own decisions and not be influenced by the marketing hype and media.

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as skin needling and rolling, can be a great treatment option when offered to the right people. It is important to have an initial consultation. Everything should revolve around a skin assessment. A form is used to gather information. Depending on the answers, a second assessment form may be necessary. Everything is discussed, including what you currently use (only interested to know the ingredients and not brands) and dermal nutrition. Two ground-breaking devices are used to measure lipids, water & erythema. The German-made SD202 is used. Pictures that look below your skin and into your bilayers using the Observ Skin Diagnostic device are taken. It is best to rely on the information provided by these devices.

What is CIT, and why is it recommended for you? This treatment stimulates new collagen production. Your skin is naturally capable of healing itself. This is what you’d see if you had ever cut or grazed your skin. CIT is your skin’s natural way of regenerating collagen and elastin cells. However, this is only part of the process. CIT also increases capillary strength and growth factors. The tiny needle clusters from a handheld device penetrate the skin, creating microscopic channels in your epidermis/dermis. This stimulates the skin’s natural healing process and encourages the regeneration of skin cells.

CIT is the only treatment for skin rejuvenation that targets & regulates the 3 key cells (keratinocytes, melanocytes, and fibroblast) without compromising epidermis integrity. CIT releases growth factors that result in regenerative healing. This differs from the growth factors released by heat treatments, which produce poor collagen and elastin.

You should not pour any preservatives or synthetics down the holes. Clients of mine will be familiar with all this information and have a home rolling program to speed up Clinical CIT results. Your skin should not be exposed to lotions and potion that smells “good enough to eat” or are brightly colored. These products are also not allowed in our waterways or landfills. Ingredients are absolutely and categorically important, not only during CIT but at all times.

Our skin is our first line of defense. For 48 hours, only clean ingredient lamellae products (which mimic the natural structure of skin without any occlusive effect) should be used. No sunscreens, no make-up, no cleansing.

A 12-month clinical treatment plan is essential. Depending on your skin’s barrier function, this will require a preparation period lasting from 1-12 months. A home rolling device, which can be used up to three times per week, will form part of the preparation. It will also become part of your everyday home care routine & will soon become addictive. Your skin’s ability to heal depends on targeted home care and dermal nutrition. This multi-faceted approach may include multiple clinical treatments.

Although this may not be something many want, skin care is complicated and takes time. With the best clinical treatments and customized home care plans, slow and steady wins the race for your skin.

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