You may have heard about microneedling and wondered what all the fuss is about inserting hundreds of little needles into your face? Horrific, right? But unlike many other crazy skin care trends, this one actually has a ton of long lasting benefits.
So, if you some who’s desperately finding ways to tackle your skin concerns at home by microneedling, here’s what you need to know about this miraculous process.
What Is Microneedling?
It uses a microneedling device with needles on top to puncture the skin. The skin after the damage goes into ‘’repair mode’’ to heal by boosting the production of new collagen and elastin. It may sound like a torture but it is a minimally invasive procedure actually with little or no downtime. You might be an ideal candidate to get this treatment if you are healthy and if your skin problems have not responded to other treatments.
DIY Microneedling vs. Professional Microneedling:
The average cost of a single microneedling session that is professionally done is $100 to $625. Why spent so many dollars on this when you can actually do it at home. A single dermaroller costs no more than $30 (Click here to buy one), while a dermapen is on the pricier side around $175 (Click here to buy).
Professionals like estheticians and dermatologist usually use needles up to 3 mm in length that penetrate deeply into the skin. However, it is recommended to use shorter needles, around 0.25mm in length at home. This reduces the risk and damage to the skin layers and protects from any unwanted event.
As the name suggests, professional treatments are done professionally by a professional (it rhymes, but it is). The results are more immediate and pronounced, and can address issues like deep stretch marks and scars. However, DIY treatments can only yield a positive outcome if the procedure is correctly followed.
PROS AND CONS OF DIY MICRONEEDLING:
There are some distinct pros and cons of DIY microneedling and a professional microneedling,
- Much cheaper than a single session of microneedling that is professionally done. In an office. it will cost more than $300, while doing it by yourself will cost no more than $30.
- Home microneedling devices work to offer a light exfoliation effect and increase blood flow for a more glowy complexion, which usually results in the rejuvenation of the skin.
- At home, usually shorter devices are preferred which can be used 2 to 3 times per week.
- Proper hygiene should be maintained before, during, and after the procedure. Your derma roller should be thoroughly cleaned by 70% isopropyl alcohol. You face should be free of dirt and makeup, otherwise it will lead to infections and can lead to an unsightly skin problem.
- You cannot use or are NOT recommended to use large size needle at home. The range for home use should be from 0.25 mm to 1 mm. If you use larger needles without following the proper guidelines, it can increase your risk of damaging and irritating your skin.
A DIY Guide to Microneedling
Step 1 – Clean and Clear
When microneedling at home, good hygiene should be your top priority. Clean your roller by letting it soak in 70% rubbing alcohol for 5 to 10 minutes or place it in boiling water for 20 minutes. Clean the area (skin) you wish to treat and your fingers with a gentle pH-balanced cleanser.
Step 2 – Apply A Gentle Moisturizer
Once you are free of makeup and dirt and ready to get started, apply a thin layer of moisturizer all over your face to help the tool to glide more smoothly over your skin.
Step 3 – Roll Your Skin
Roll the microneedler in 3 directions: vertically, horizontally and diagonally.
Step 4- Wash
Wash the treated area with water only and allow it to air-dry.
Step 5- Nourish more
Apply a serum with vitamin C or peptides to brighten and rejuvenate the skin, while serum with hyaluronic acid can prevent the dryness of the skin. Avoid salicylic acid or retinol based products.
Step 6- Clean the dermaroller
Finish up by cleaning your dermaroller with the rubbing alcohol.