Fancy having several tiny needles pierce your face with the hope of glowing skin? This beauty trend has many people from skin experts, celebrities, and even dermatologists swearing by the benefits it produces.
Many beauty salons and dermatologist clinics were shut down with the pandemic, leaving several of us with no choice but to try and carry out our own beauty and skincare routines. At-home microneedling is one of the many popular treatments to transcend the dermatologist’s clinic and enter our homes.
However, considering that there are needles involved, it’s best to remain cautious. We’ll cover what microneedling is and if microneedling at home can be considered safe.
What is Microneedling?
The skincare treatment dates back to 1995 but has recently gained traction due to new technology—and the rise of YouTube and Instagram.
Microneedling treatment involves the use of very short acupuncture-like needles into the skin for rejuvenation. The process is also known as dermarolling due to the most popular and cost-effective microneedling device, the derma roller. It consists of micro-fine needles that range in diameter from 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters.
Microneedling poses various benefits, such as:
- collagen and elastin production hence resulting in increased skin thickness
- stimulate collagen production, which in turn leads to rejuvenated skin
- reducing wrinkles and stretch marks
- enhancement of product absorption
The treatment can be carried out at home or a clinic/dermatologist’s office. In-office microneedling treatment tends to go deeper, and they use longer needles with depths ranging from 0.5mm-1.5mm or even up to 3mm. The aim is to create microscopic wounds that can trigger new collagen.
In-office treatments are normally carried out using an electric or battery-operated device that can resemble a traditional roller or pen, while at-home microneedling is most commonly performed with manual derma rollers.
Additionally, professional treatment is tailored to suit your specific skin concerns. For instance, if treating acne scars, the depth of the needling device can be controlled to go deeper, unlike at-home rollers, which tend to be superficial. Professional microneedling is also likely to achieve greater and more dramatic results.
Side effects/allergic reactions you can expect from microneedling:
- flaking of the skin
Is At-Home Microneedling Safe?
The recommended needle length depth for at-home devices is 0.25 millimeters. Hence, the answer to the above question is yes. However, you have to be careful not to overdo it with the pressure. Too much pressure and not keeping your at-home derma roller clean can lead to infection. Trying out longer needles can cause severe damage or lead to scarring.
Microneedling at home is safe and effective if you are using the correct tools. Our top derma roller increases blood circulation to your skin and reduces puffiness leaving you with smooth and radiant skin. The derma roller is also great as it aids in the absorption of skincare products into your skin.
The only downside with microneedling at home is that it does not stimulate collagen since the needles don’t penetrate deep enough. However, at-home microneedling tools are great for helping products penetrate and absorb deeper into your skin cells. If you’re looking to target concerns like resurfacing of acne scars, fine lines, or skin texture, professional microneedling would be best.
If you have a history of highly sensitive skin or skin ailments, it’s best to consult your dermatologist before using an at-home device. You can perform a patch test on an area of skin before using the device to see how you’d react. If you have dry skin, or you have eczema, psoriasis, or any breaks or cuts in your skin, microneedling is not ideal for you. Additionally, if you’re currently experiencing skin infections like cold sores or active acne, an at-home derma roller could put you at higher risk by escalating the infections.
How to Carry Out Microneedling at Home
You’ll need a:
- Numbing Cream
- 70 percent isopropyl alcohol
- Face Serum
The Steps To Follow
- The first thing you’ll need to do is disinfect your derma roller. Let in soak in the 70 percent isopropyl alcohol for approximately 5 to 10 minutes before you begin.
- Cleanse your skin and ensure all your face and eye makeup are removed. You’ll want to use a gentle ph-based cleanser. If sensitive to pain, you can apply the numbing cream after washing your face.
- Before you start rolling, mentally partition your face into four sections. ( avoid the eye area completely). Apply gentle pressure and firmly roll over one area in one direction (vertically or horizontally) two to three times, and ensure to lift the roller before each roll.
- Only rinse your face with clean water once you’re done rolling your face and pat with a dry towel or pad
- Wash the roller with soap, then sterilize it using the alcohol by soaking it for about 10 minutes before putting it away.
- Apply your choice of face serum. It’s best to take caution with products with active ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids or retinol because they can irritate the skin.
For at-home treatments, it’s best to use your roller for roughly 10 to 15 uses. After this, you’ll need to buy a new one. The whole process can be carried out once a week.