How Do You Use Microneedling At Home
Microneedling is the skincare craze that has recently taken Instagram and TikTok by storm; it seems as if everyone is microneedling their skin. But what is microneedling, does it really work, and is it safe to perform at home?
This dermaroller procedure utilizes tiny needles to prick the skin, with the purpose being to help to encourage the regeneration of new collagen and skin tissue, offering healthier, firmer and smoother skin as a result. Professional microneedling can also be used to treat scarring, enlarged pores, and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In a bid to cut costs, there is a trend of performing microneedling at home using a DIY derma rolling device, rather than having the procedure performed by a professional.
Considering adding at-home microneedling to your skincare routine? Before you do, make sure that you’re clued up about the ins and outs of process and how to safely use microneedling on your skin at home.
What Is Microneedling?
A microneedling device looks like a paint roller covered in spikes. The tiny needles puncture the skin as you run it over your face. Piercing the skin with tiny holes stimulates collagen production and essentially kick starts the skin’s natural healing process. This is what makes microneedling such an effective method of minimizing acne scars and signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
Using a derma roller can also help your skincare products work better, too. “These tiny punctures allow skincare ingredients to penetrate faster than they would on their own, therefore making changes in your skin faster,” explains Mattioli.
Preparing for Microneedling at Home
Select a microneedling device: Prior to microneedling at home, you need to choose a device that is best suited for you. There are three different types of at home microneedling products: a derma roller, derma stamp, and derma pen. Derma rollers are the least expensive option and roll along your skin like a paint roller. Some dermatologists recommend derma stamps and derma pens because the vertical penetration is less painful and allows for easier maneuvering around the mouth, eyes, and nose.
Determine the length of the needles: Most at home microneedling is performed using much shorter needles than those used by aestheticians. For instance, at a clinic needles can range in length from 0.5mm to 3mm depending on the type of treatment. When performing the treatment at home, you should use shorter needles. Needle lengths that range from 0.25mm to 1mm are recommended for general anti-aging procedures.
Read all of the instructions: Before using a microneedling device, carefully read all of the instructions. The instructions will provide you with detailed information concerning set up, storage, and how to safely use the product. Each product is slightly different, so it is very important that you read the instructions that accompany the device you purchase.
Sanitize your microneedling device before use: Before you begin the treatment, sanitize the microneedling device. Place the device, needle side down, in a small bowl of rubbing alcohol. Leave the device immersed in the rubbing alcohol for at least 1 to 2 minutes.
Wash your face and remove makeup before use: Finally, before you begin the treatment, wash your face and remove all makeup. Wash your face using a gentle cleanser. This will help remove all dirt, grime, and makeup from the surface of your skin. You do not want any bacteria to get into the skin as a result of the microneedling process. As a result, you should always begin with a clean face.
Working an At-Home Microneedling Derma Roller, Derma Stamp, or Derma Pen
Visualize your face in sections: Mentally divide your face into approximately six sections. You do not need to actually mark your face. For example, you could try mentally dividing into the following sections: forehead, cheeks, chin, eye area, nose, and upper lip. This will help to ensure that you adequately cover the entire surface of your face and will help to break up the procedure.
Glide the derma roller across your face: Turn on the device and gently glide the roller across your face. You should move the roller vertically, horizontally, and diagonally across the surface of your skin. This should be done in stripes covering each section of your face. While moving the roller across your face, use your other hand to pull your skin tight. This will make it easier to maneuver the device.
Do not apply too much pressure: When using the microneedling roller, stamp, or pen, do not apply too much pressure. Instead, you should apply light to moderate pressure. It may tingle or feel slightly uncomfortable at first, but it will not damage your skin and should not cause bleeding.
Lift the roller when changing directions: Always lift the roller completely off of your face when you are changing directions, then return it to your skin facing in the direction you are headed. Never drag or turn the microneedling roller from a vertical position to a diagonal position while it is still touching the surface of your skin. This could cause your skin to tear and may result in damage to your skin.
Following an At-Home Microneedling Treatment
Do not wash your face for 6 to 8 hours following treatment: Although microneedling does not damage your skin, it will likely be red and tender immediately following the treatment. Allow your skin to rest and do not wash your face for at least 6 to 8 hours.
Disinfect the microneedling device: Once you are finished using the device, rinse the needles under warm water and place it into a bowl of rubbing alcohol. This will disinfect the device of any bacteria that it may have picked up on the surface of the skin. It is very important that you keep the microneedling device clean and sanitary.
Store the microneedling device in its original case: Following the cleansing process, store your microneedling device in its original case. This will help to ensure that the needles do not break or get damaged and will also keep the needles relatively clean between uses.