Microneedling is an affordable at-home treatment for those looking to have a youthful complexion without breaking the bank. Typically the process is carried out by a dermatologist, but there are now the tools available to undertake this procedure with minimal risk at home.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy is the process of using a dermaroller containing hundreds of small needles to puncture the skin, and by doing so, stimulate the healing process. Below are some of the key benefits of microneedling;
Stimulates Collagen Production
By creating hundreds of puncture wounds the skin’s healing process is stimulated, and in doing so, the skin begins to create more collagen. By creating more collagen, the skin will look more youthful and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be minimised.
Your pores can become enlarged as you age due to the decreased amount of collagen and elastin, as well as due to external factors such as sun damage and acne. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, the skin will become firmer; therefore minimising the appearance of large pores.
Fade Acne Scars And Age Spots
Cell turnover is improved, and therefore new, healthy tissue replaces damaged tissue. This can help fade acne scars and age spots.
Helps Improve Product Absorption
By creating hundreds of tiny puncture wounds in the skin, skin care product absorption is improved. This includes serums and moisturisers. The small punctures are like tiny passages that carry the product deep into the skin where it’s most effective.
How To Microneedle At Home
You’ll want to purchase a dermaroller, the device that you’ll be running over your skin. There are several needle lengths which can be used and it’s best to start off with a smaller needle so your skin can get used to the treatment.
The treatment will likely be painful, while you might be able to tolerate it, it’s generally best practise to use some form of numbing cream to make the experience a little more bearable.
Cleanse your dermaroller with isopropyl alcohol to ensure it is disinfected prior to use. Ensure you also cleanse your face thoroughly to prevent any bacteria from entering the punctures.
When you’re ready, apply gentle pressure on the dermaroller and roll it over your facial skin vertically, diagonally, and horizontally. It’s best to do a couple passes in each direction in the same section to ensure you have even coverage. Once you’ve done the whole face, it’s normal to see redness and irritation, especially if it’s your first time.
Apply your desired serum a few minutes after completing the process, this will maximise product absorption. Be wary when applying active acids (AHA, BHA) as these may cause further irritation to the skin.
How Often Should I Repeat The Treatment?
The frequency of the treatment depends on the needle length of the dermaroller. A short length of 0.2-0.25 mm can be used almost daily or every other day, but longer needles may require you to space out the treatment to every 2-4 weeks.
Be Wary If…
- Open Wounds
Use of a dermaroller can exacerbate these conditions, so best to avoid these areas.
CleaNing Your Dermaroller
Make sure you submerge the dermaroller in isopropyl alcohol after use to sterilise it. Your dermaroller will likely only last 2-3 months if you use it weekly. You must ensure you replace it as blunt needles can damage your skin or cause excessive discomfort.
Immediately after microneedling your skin will be more plump and radiant as blood flow is increased and due to the slight inflammation. More long term results from increased collagen and elastin production are likely to show at the 6 week mark. It may take several treatments to see visible results.
To Sum It Up
At-home microneedling is an excellent way to boost skin radiance, minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve product absorption. When the correct procedure is used there will be minimal risk, and results should be seen beginning at the 6 week mark.