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Here’s What You Need To Know About Microneedling

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In today’s post, I’ll be telling you all about an at-home skincare treatment I recently learned about called “microneedling.” While it may sound more like a form of torture from medieval times, this treatment has helped many people improve the appearance of their skin!

I was initially intrigued by microneedling after reading reviews from people who said that it helped reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But many others have also found it effective for reducing acne scars, shrinking pores, and evening out their skin tone too!

I’ve only been doing it myself for a short time now, but my skin is already feeling softer and looking more vibrant! So I wanted to share everything I’ve learned about microneedling with you all, in case it’s something you might be interested in trying for yourself!

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What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling, which sometimes goes by other names like “dermarolling” and “collagen induction therapy,” is a skin treatment that uses a roller tool covered in needles to create tiny holes in the surface layers of your skin.

Puncturing your skin in this way sends it into “repair mode” to heal the damage, boosting production of new collagen and elastin. The tiny holes in your skin can also help absorb skincare products more deeply into your skin and enhance their effectiveness.

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Microneedling At Home vs. Professional Treatments

There are distinct differences between microneedling at home a professional microneedling treatment you would receive from a dermatologist. Here are a few ways they differ:

  • Needle Length. Professional treatments use needles up to 1 mm in length to penetrate deeply into the dermis layer of your skin. Tools for home use have significantly shorter needles, around .25 mm in length, to minimize risk and damage.
  • Cost. A professional microneedling treatment can cost up to $700, while microneedling tools for home use usually cost around $20.
  • Results. Professional treatments yield more immediate and pronounced results, and can improve the appearance of acne scars and deep wrinkles. Home treatments tend to yield subtler improvements.

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Choosing A Microneedler

As you’ll see in the treatment instructions below, cleanliness is incredibly important when it comes to microneedling. You want to use needles that are sharp and clean, and that means replacing them regularly.

Look for models that have interchangeable roller heads, as these are typically more cost effective than buying a whole new microneedler every few weeks. I bought this model with 3 additional replacement heads for around $27, and and they offer additional packs of roller heads here.

Some models like this one even include a variety of head sizes to help contour around your skin. (Using these would require more effort in terms of cleaning though, so it’s a bit of a trade-off.)

How To Do Microneedling At Home

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Step 1 – Start Clean

When microneedling at home, hygiene is incredibly important. You should begin every treatment by washing your face and hands thoroughly.

You also want to make sure your microneedler tool is clean. The easiest way to do this is by soaking the roller head in rubbing alcohol (70% or higher) for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2 – Apply Serum

Once everything is clean and you’re ready to get started, apply a thin layer of serum to all over your face. The serum will help the tool glide more smoothly over your skin.

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Step 3 – Roll Your Skin

Roll the head of your microneedler across your cheek in vertical strokes, then repeat across the same area using horizontal strokes.

Repeat the process on your other cheek, then move on to your forehead, chin, above your lips, and your neck. When you’re done, rinse your face thoroughly with clean water.

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Step 4 – Apply More Serum

Apply another layer of serum to your skin. A serum with vitamin C or peptides can help brighten skin and promote collagen growth, while a serum with hyaluronic acid can help hydrate dry or dull skin.

Avoid using ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinol, or other chemical exfoliants after microneedling. Your skin will be in repair mode, and you don’t want to apply anything that will further aggravate or irritate your skin.

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Step 5 – Finish Clean

Finish up by cleaning your microneedler tool again (another 5-10 minute soak in rubbing alcohol will do the trick!) And once that’s done, you’re finished!

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Bonus Tips:

  • Start Small. Limit your home microneedling treatments to twice a week at first. If your skin is tolerating the treatments well after a couple of weeks, you can slowly increase your frequency up to every other day.
  • Do It Before Bed. While microneedling doesn’t necessarily hurt (at least in my opinion), it can leave your skin feeling a bit raw afterward. Do your treatment before bed to give your skin time to rest and heal while you sleep.
  • Use Only On Healthy Skin. Don’t roll your microneedler over open wounds, psoriasis or eczema flareups, warts, or acne. This can spread bacteria around and worsen skin conditions, so be sure to roll your healthy skin only.
  • Be Patient. Home treatments like this can take time to work. Be patient, and expect for it to take least one month before you start expecting to seeing more obvious results.

Do you use any skincare tools or treatments at home?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Jillee, I love you so much, but I HAVE to say it…your look without your makeup is so sweet, so soft, so young, and you are a natural beauty! No insult intended, just sayin’. :-) God bless…

  • Oops! I meant to say I have far MORE flaws than you, my dear. Hah hah — who am I to give advice when I can’t even type all that well? I said there is nothing wrong with my eyes and I did not see that mistake! Irony or karma? Gotta laugh at myself.

    • Interestingly, that is what we use at the hospital and clinic. Also, you aren’t doing this to get the ALCOHOL to enter the cells, you are wanting your products to go into your skin better.

  • Thanks for the tip about using the serum before using the microneedle. It makes sense!

    And I think your regular eye make up is gorgeous. I’m only jealous that I don’t apply it as well as you do. I will never understand how people can so effortlessly insult someone and declare that they know what’s best for you.

    • I do not think anyone is trying to insult Jillee and shame on you for saying that! I commented something similar when she posted the piece about women aging themselves by using too much makeup. Telling a woman how beautiful she looks without using so much makeup is a compliment and a kind suggestion. I love Jillee and if I were her best friend I would tell her the same thing…” girlfriend…you look GREAT without all your makeup!” She can do with the comment what she wants! Wish someone would tell ME I looked good with no makeup!

  • Love your more ‘natural’ look! Your beauty shines without the your usual makeup. Less is more.

    Thanks as always for sharing so many wonderful tips. I always look forward to them, and oftentimes do specific searches on your web site.

  • I agree with the last comment posted. You look like a different person without that dark eye makeup and dark lipstick! Your eyes are stunning and now stand out.
    It is an amazing difference and oh so beautiful!

  • Dear Jillee,
    I’ve followed your posts for a few years now and today’s post confirmed what I’ve suspected for a while. You are such a beautiful woman but the dark makeup on your eyes is hiding your true beauty. I’m not sure if perhaps it’s needed for your blog photos but it’s so nice to see your eyes in their more natural state. Not asking you to change; just appreciating what’s been hidden.

  • I have been dermarolling once a month for 1 yr in December. Cleanliness is the most important step, make sure your face and tools are clean! I actually swipe a pad with alcohol over my face after washing (I would never do this otherwise but it is so important to not spread bacteria) . Anything less than a .75 mm needle will not cause the body to produce collagen, but it will allow your serums to get deeper in your skin. I also roll the same are in 4 directions, horizontally, vertically and then at an angle from both sides (think on making an X). I roll each direction 5 times. I also only do this only once a month (I am using the .75 mm needles so my goal is not to assault my skin weekly). After about the 4th month I started to notice a dramatic difference in the fine lines and texture. After 11 months, I will say I see a noticeable difference. One other tip, especially when using larger needles, a numbing cream beforehand and washed off prior to rolling will cut down in any pain! I did watch many videos on YouTube prior to starting this treatment and to feel comfortable with the process. This works! I can not speak for the smaller needles but I am very pleased with the .75 mm needles as my goal is to produce collagen. Please remember anything less than .75 will not produce collagen but will allow your serums to work deeper. Happy rolling!

    • Thanks so much for this info! I have sensitive, thin skin and am wondering how to best start this dermablending, do you use any creams to settle it after?

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