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Let's talk microneedling and your skin.

By now many of you are mostly familiar with microneedling, but just in case you're not, here’s a quick rundown:


The benefits of microneedling are twofold. As collagen-induction therapy, and as a vehicle for transdermal product delivery.

Primarily, the Banisher 2.0 Derma Stamp technology (0.5mm) is designed to penetrate through the outer skin layers and exert effects on deeper tissues. This is called controlled dermal wounding. It works by creating micro-channels or wounds in the epidermis which stimulate a wound-healing cascade of growth factors. The skin receives the signal from this micro-damage, and induces the production of collagen-rich tissue to repair it. This rejuvenates the skin, improving the appearance of acne scarring, melasma, and more.

Second, traditional ingredients rarely penetrate the stratum corneum, or uppermost layer of the skin. This is a good thing. This is your skin's barrier doing it's job. Microneedling allows the follow-up product application (of Banish Oil) to penetrate deeper into the epidermis, where it is absorbed. This improves the efficacy of the product and stimulates collagen production in the deeper levels of the dermis.


The skin is comprised of many, many layers. The 0.5mm Banisher 2.0 only reaches into the epidermis (not the dermis, where nerve endings and blood vessels are).

The Stratum Basale is the deepest layer of the epidermis, which reaches down to the Papillary Layer of the dermis, which reaches to the Reticular Layer of the dermis. The cells in the SB bond to the dermis via intertwining collagen fibers. This means that the layers of the epidermis affected by microneedling will also carry benefits down into the dermis.

The Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the Banish Oil is an antioxidant that promotes collagen synthesis, and accelerates skin repair. The application of the Vitamin C after microneedling amplifies the benefits of both (the Banisher 2.0 and the Banish Oil). Alternatively, you can choose to use the Vitamin C Creme.

Now that we've gotten the mechanics out of the way, what I really want to give you is a few hacks to make your Banisher 2.0 work the most for you.

At-home microneedling is a relatively safe, minimally invasive, and effective treatment for several different dermatologic conditions. Post-treatment recovery is speedy, and there are limited side effects.

However, proper use is crucial. Aside from properly sanitizing your Banisher 2.0 before and after each use with 70% isopropyl alcohol, there are a few other important notes.


The Banisher 2.0 (0.5mm needle length) can be used once a week. Some sources recommend working up to twice or three times a week, but remember that more isn't necessarily better, and you should listen to your skin's needs. Repeated trauma will overwork your skin and lower its ability to repair and defend.

It's best to use the Banisher 2.0 in the evenings, as your skin will heal nicely as you sleep. Plus, you can't apply makeup or sunscreen after, so best to use it only at night.

BONUS TIP* If you can, try to time your weekly use of the Banisher on a day that your skin is particularly healthy and resilient. For example, during the follicular phase of your menstrual cycle (if you have one). During this time, collagen production amps up and your skin is thicker and more resilient than any other point in your cycle. I.e. the perfect time to do microneedling! Of course, this is not always possible, and not everyone menstruates.


Don’t ever use your Banisher 2.0 on broken or damaged skin. This means do not use it on skin with:

- active acne

- active rashes

- active infection

- open wounds, cuts

- keloid scarring

Microneedling is also not suitable for anyone on Accutane.

Think about it - microneedling causes superficial damage to your skin. It creates micro-channels in the skin that are eventually repaired. With a 0.5mm needle like the Banisher 2.0 has, it takes about 12-18 hours, give or take, for these micro-channels to heal.

If your skin’s barrier or defenses are lowered or compromised in any way, the healing time is going to be much longer and more difficult. That’s longer for your skin to close up those micro-channels, and more time for bacteria to get in.

This is why it’s important to use only on healthy, resilient skin.


  • Improper sanitization of skin and microneedling tool

  • Sickness

  • Sunburn

  • Damaged/inflamed skin

  • Dehydration

  • Poor sleep

  • Alcohol

  • Smoking

  • Chronic illness

  • Chronic dry skin

  • Poor nutrition

  • Diabetes

  • Immunodeficiency

  • Medications and diseases which affect wound healing (such as prolonged steroid use)

All of these things can impact your skin's ability to heal wounds and produce collagen, so consider these elements when planning which days to use your Banisher 2.0.


This will depend on many things. First, your skin's ability to repair and heal. Second, your consistent and proper use. Third, your expectations.

Many people will see results that they can notice (skin tightening, plumping, better product absorption) immediately or within 2 weeks, whereas more dramatic results (scarring, dyspigmentation) may take longer, around 4-6 weeks. Real results (deeper scars and wrinkles) are seen after several months of consistent use. These results will be cumulative, so the longer you use the Banisher 2.0, the more the results will build up.

Looking for even more information? Check out the Banish blog post here.

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The Banish 2.0 improved on the old design!


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