Potentially Lethal Beauty Treatment of the Day

Microneedle beauty therapy, anyone? It's all the rage in Hong Kong, dahling.  First, the face is covered with topical anesthetic, then massaged with a needle-studded roller. Ow. 

Fans of the treatment claim that the roller-induced microscopic punctures in the skin stimulates collagen production, enhances skin-care product absorption, and battles acne, scarring, wrinkles and cellulite. 

The Hong Kong Consumer Council, however, says there is no scientific evidence to support any of those claims. What's more, they say if the microneedle roller---sometimes called a dermaroller in the U.S.---is improperly sterilized, it exposes users to a high risk of infection of bacteria, fungi and viruses on the needles, including HIV and hepatitis. 

I think I'll have to give this treatment a thumbs-down for obvious reasons. 



Posted on August 16, 2011 and filed under Beauty.