Being pricked by tiny needles may sound like a strange way to make your skin look better, but that’s the concept behind a skin care technique called microneedling. People are using microneedling in a variety of ways from reducing scarring, to treating fine lines and wrinkles. It is important to be aware of the risks as well as benefits associated with microneedling devices.

If you are thinking about having a microneedling procedure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends you choose a health care provider who is specially trained in microneedling. Talk with the provider to determine if you are a good candidate for microneedling—not everyone is.  Discuss the benefits and risks, including the risk of infection if the microneedling tools are not cleaned or used properly.

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