If you suffer from acne scarring, sun spots, or skin discoloration, then you might have come across the new beauty industry trend referred to as Microneedling. It’s all the rage these days among beauty gurus, celebrities, and skincare enthusiasts. But, what is it and how in the world do you do it?
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves the pricking of skin with hundreds of needles using a tool called a dermaroller. The theory is that the tiny wounds caused by the needles encourage your body to produce collagen in that area, resulting in firmer, smoother skin.
The procedure has been used for many years by dermatologists, which can cost upwards of $300 for a 30 minute session. Most cases require four or more sessions to see visible results, making the whole procedure seriously costly. The good news is that popular brands like Rodan & Fields and Banish have made consumer kits for at-home use.
In this article, we will go over how to use a dermaroller in the comfort of your own home, including tips for microneedling that actually work! Let’s get started:
To prevent further infection, wash your face thoroughly using a light exfoliating cleanser. You don’t want to push any more gunk into your pores, creating unwanted breakouts on your face.
Apply a vitamin C serum or a firming serum onto your skin before rolling. Running the roller over the serum helps push the serum deeper into the skin, which provides important vitamins helpful in reducing age spots, fine lines, and acne scars.
Most rollers come in various needle lengths, but we recommend starting out with a shorter needle roller if you’re new to microneedling. The shorter needles are great for evening out skin tone, brightening, and removing age spots. Removing old scars and/or fine wrinkles will require longer needles.
For at-home use, we recommend 0.3mm or 0.5mm needle lengths. The longer the needle, the deeper it will penetrate the skin. You can roll up to three times a week using 0.25″ needles, or once a week using 0.5mm needles.
Apply the roller up and down, then diagonally, with gentle pressure. After rolling, apply another thin layer of serum from step two, which will speed up the healing process from microneedling.
Disinfect your roller before and after you use it with 70% to 91% isopropyl alcohol and store in a clean, dry case so that it is ready for its next use. You may also use steam to sterilize your roller.
Tips for Microneedling
Although a professional is always recommended, we know that you would rather do it yourself. If you’re just getting started with microneedling, check out these tips to prevent further damage or irritation to your skin:
- Don’t press too hard or you may cause more damage to your skin.
- Refrain from exercise for 24 to 48 hours after rolling as it may irritate your skin.
- Replace your roller after 2 or 3 months.
- Your face will be sensitive to the sun after rolling, so be sure to apply sunscreen if going out.
- If you have sensitive skin, numb your skin with a numbing cream that contains no more than 5% lidocaine.