There’s a wide range of things that society has deemed appropriate for the end goal of clear, baby-like skin. For example: a crazy-intense skincare system, Botox, and getting prodded with lasers may sound strange, but are more or less accepted. Vampire facials (ahem, Kim K) fall into a murkier “questionable” category, while feeding your stepdaughter a poisoned apple is a distinctly unacceptable means to an end. So where, exactly, does poking your face with hundreds of tiny needles fall on this spectrum? If that sounds something out of one of your weirdest nightmares, it’s time for a wake-up call—micro-needling, as this process is called, is very real…and it could very much be the answer to all your skin problems.
We spoke with dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day, and asked her to school us on this terrifying-sounding procedure—including whether or not it actually works (which, if needles and our faces are involved, we really hope the answer is a resounding “yes”).
Keep flipping to find out if micro-needling is for you!