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  • Writer's pictureCoralee Shaman LPN

How collagen induction therapy can help regenerate your skin

Whether you’re looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne scars or address hyperpigmentation, collagen induction therapy (CIT) is an effective, non-surgical skin-rejuvenation treatment with minimal downtime. 

CIT is a term used to describe a procedure that involves the repetitive micro-punctures of skin with tiny, sterilized needles. The minimally invasive micro-punctures trigger a healing response which brings growth factors and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin—the building blocks of smooth, healthy skin. 

There are different devices and modalities on the market that deliver micro-injuries. They all have pros and cons, but the device or technique can be customized to your needs.

Even after one treatment, you may find that your skin feels and looks more hydrated and smoother, but significant improvements to your skin’s texture and density usually occur after three to four treatments. 

Are You a Candidate for CIT? 

Almost everyone over the age of 30 can benefit from CIT. For most people, collagen production slows down in their mid to late 20s. That reduction causes skin to lose structure and density. 

Elastin production also slows down as we age. Elastin is an abundant protein found throughout our bodies. It gives our organs an elastic quality which is critical for our lungs and arteries. In our skin, elastin allows our skin to stretch and spring back. As we age, expression lines become etched in our faces because our skin has lost its bounce.

Not only can CIT help give skin back its bounce and reduce fine lines, but it can also help address other skin issues, including: 

  • Large pores

  • Acne scars 

  • Alopecia

  • Sun damage

CIT may not be suitable if you have active eczema or other inflammatory conditions; however, once the inflammatory skin condition has been treated, CIT may help prevent future outbreaks by improving the overall quality of your skin.

What to Expect During a CIT Treatment 

Before the treatment begins, a topical numbing cream will be applied to your face. During treatment, a handheld device with ultrafine needs makes microscopic perforations to the top layer of your skin. 

The treatment, which takes around 30 minutes, is not painful. You will feel pressure and a prickly sensation, but the discomfort is manageable. 

Although there is no downtime, you will likely experience redness and irritation for a few days after the procedure. 


For optimal results, it is best to be gentle with your skin and let it heal the first week following a treatment. You will want to avoid: 

  • Strenuous exercise that causes you to sweat

  • Sun exposure 

  • Cosmetics such as foundation and powder

  • “Active” skincare products that may irritate your skin such as retinol and glycolic acids.

Staying hydrated, using gentle serums and creams, and getting plenty of sleep will help expedite your skin regeneration process. 

Customizing a CIT Solution That’s Right for You

One of the reasons that CIT is one of the hottest treatments is that it acts as a catalyst to kickstart the regeneration of your skin. By adding CIT to your skincare regimen, you will find your topical serums and creams work better and your Botox and fillers will last longer. 

As always, I’m here to help educate you about your options and develop a customized skin routine  and treatments so you feel beautiful at every age. 


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