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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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?