Call for stricter microneedling regulations
Microneedling specialists have welcomed a report from the Hong Kong Consumer Council that has called in to question the safety of home-use microneedle kits. The organisation has asked for regulations to be tightened on the provision of these devices. Tracy Tamaris, training director at iiaa, the UK distributor of Environ, which manufactures the Roll-CIT device and offers training in Collagen Stimulation Therapy, agreed regulations should be stricter. She said: 'Microneedling roller kits can be dangerous in the wrong hands, especially if people have had no consultation or training before using them.' Concern was raised after the HK organisation received 43 complaints from consumers about adverse skin reactions such as itching, redness, peeling, worsened acne, pore inflammation and dermatitis. Some home kit devices are sold to consumers online and have needle lengths of 0.25mm, 0.5mm, and 1.0mm. The council has urged customers to be aware that microneedles penetrate the skin, which can increase the risk of infections and transmission of diseases such as hepatitis and HIV if the devices are shared. Tamaris said: 'While I think it is a disgrace they are sold online to consumers, skin needling therapy done correctly does give dramatic results without deterioration of the skin.' She added: 'These devices sold online are usually not efficient as the rollers have too many needles and are too short so they will not penetrate the skin.' Karen Betts, director of Noveau Beauty Group, who provide training in Contour Roller also spoke out about the report. She said: 'Through correct training and ensuring therapists carry out microneedling safely and effectively, there is no reason why the devices cannot take the UK, safely, by storm.'