Beauty Habits: The Art of Microneedling
Have you ever wished for those pesky acne scars to go away? What about those stretch marks? Everyone has something they wish would go away. Thankfully, there is actually something that can get rid of most blemishes and scars. The wonder solution is Microneedling, which sounds a lot worse than it really is. Also known as Dermarolling, it is the procedure of using a device that literally rolls tiny needles across your face. Or if you are using the Derma Pen which stamps the needles into your skin, which is not my preferred method because if not used right it will pose a greater risk of injury. Microneedling feels more poky and scratchy, rather than that sharp pain people associate with needles.
It should be noted that due to this potential risk of injury if the device is used wrong, dermatologists recommend having the procedure done in their offices. However, the average price of one procedure is around $150 which is not exactly cheap. And so many choose to dermaroll at home which is not bad as long as it is done correctly and safely. So you are doing this is at your own risk. Dermatologists also advise that if you want to do this at home then use a shorter needle to minimize the risk of injury and infection. Cleanliness and safety are key here.
So since all of this sounds pretty scary, what are the benefits here? Well, the benefits are actually pretty great:
- Microneedling stimulates the collagen and elastin production of your skin
- It can help fade the appearance of stretch marks.
- There is improvement of skin texture and firmness.
- Decreases pore size, fine lines and wrinkles.
- And increases the skin absorption of serums, essences and other treatments.
- It’s also proven to improve or even fade most scars except for keloid scars.
- Helps reduce hyper-pigmentation by shedding the top layer of skin.
- It will improve the appearance of rosacea by upping the production of collagen.
- Microneedling can also minimize hair loss such as that caused by Alopecia.
Aren’t these benefits incredible? I am still fascinated that such a small device can have such a tremendous beauty impact. So let’s talk needle sizes, because the size and amount of needles makes a difference in what outcome you are hoping for. For instance:
- To combat hyperpigmentation, the ideal needle size is 0.25-1.0mm
- For fine lines, creases and wrinkles, you are looking for a 1.0-2.0mm size needle
- Scars and burns would require a 1.5-2.0mm needle
- Hair loss would greatly benefit from a 0.25-0.50mm needle
- And since the skin around the eyes is so delicate, you would want to stick to a needle in the range of 0.25-1.0mm
Again, it should be reiterated that extreme caution needs to be practiced since with dermarolling you are essentially creating little injuries across your face which can turn into a larger injury if not done right. And with a derma-pen there is a higher chance for pinpoint bleeding since it is stamping onto the skin.
Let’s discuss just what steps are involved to use a derma-roller/derma-pen:
- Soak all tools in an alcohol and water mixture, and be sure to rinse them under water before using them.
- Wash skin with your regular cleanser and pat dry with a towel
- Apply a numbing cream across your face, there are several good ones such as this one with Lidocaine in it from Amazon. You are very brave if you skip this step.
- Leave the numbing cream on for about 20 min.
- Prep face by using astringent or another alcohol and water mixture to remove the numbing cream and ensure the face is 100% clean. Also make sure that your hands are equally as clean.
- Starting on your cheek, if using a roller, run the derma-roller across in several strokes upwards and then in strokes across the skin.
- Then continue with upwards and across passes on the forehead, nose and chin
- Important: Do not apply pressure on the skin with the device.
- After the procedure, soothe the micro-injuries on your skin with a sheet mask of your choosing. Leave this on for about 20 min.
It is easy to include in your Sunday night skincare routine since you only need to dermaroll every 4-6 weeks. It really shouldn’t be done any sooner than that since you need to give your skin some time to heal and recover.
I hope you will find your best skin yet with microneedling. Will you give micro needling a try?