Microneedling at Home: Is It Safe?
Microneedling is one of the hottest new procedures for improving skin. It helps to get rid of hyperigmentation, acne scarring, and induces collagen production for plumper skin, what's not to love?
In short, microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that stimulates your skin’s natural ability to repair itself by creating wounds with tiny needles. This starts the process of collagen and elastin production, and with proper aftercare will not scar; thus leaving you with clear, new skin.
Microneedling can be done with a derma roller which has hundreds of tiny needles that vary in depth.
Derma pens may also be used for microneedling. These have needles that you press down into the skin in spots that you want to strategically treat.
If you've looked into getting microneedling professionally done, you've probably seen that it can cost upwards of hundreds to thousands of dollars dependining on how upscale the salon is and how many sessions you will need to get.
Microneedling has shown to have so many benefits, so it's no wonder skincare enthusiasts want to try it at home themselves. For about $10 on Amazon you can buy your own derma roller!.
The needles used for microneedling range from .25mm up to 2mm. At-home microneedling tools are available to those without a professional license in depths up to .5mm. The derma rollers you find at the store will be either .25mm or .5mm.
The shorter depth needles help improve the appearance of large pores, treat fine lines, and can induce collagen production. However for most scars you will need a needle between 1-2mm deep. Microneedling at deeper depths can cause bleeding and extremely sensitive skin for at least a week after the procedure.
Many of my friends ask me as an esthetician what my stance on at-home procedures are without a professional. So what's my verdict?
If you don't have a lot of scarring and find your skin isn't particularly sensitive, I don't see the harm in trying at-home microneedling with a few things in mind: the biggest thing being to not have high expectations. To see the type of benefits most people expect from microneedling, you need to have it done over several treatments with a deeper needle by a professional.
If you are going to do it at home, ALWAYS sanitize your derma roller in rubbing alcohol before you begin, and do it on a clean face with clean hands. Do not use any actives afterwards until you know how your skin responds. Always wear sunscreen, and start out passing your tool over your face only a few times and following with a good moisturizer.
Keep in mind that over-rolling your face and applying skincare products afterwards with harsh actives can cause your skin to worsen, even if you're using shorter needles.
If you suffer from severe scarring and hyperpigmentation, save your money for a professional. This is the only way to ensure you're getting the procedure done right and reaping the full benefits of microneedling!