- what is microneedling? -
Since we introduced our own microneedle (also known as a dermaroller), we have received floods of questions regarding what it is, how it works, how to do it, and everything else in between.
The jury is out on this at-home procedure, as some argue it's not as effective as the professional version, it's dangerous, painful, or that it just straight up does not work. I'm here to tell you - none of those are true. Granted, the needles for at-home dermarollers are smaller than those you would see at a professional spa, but with time, you will see the same results.
- What Is It? -
Dermarolling is a newer procedure that requires a small tool with tiny, tiny needles, your favorite serum (more on that in a minute), and your trust. In essence, it increases absorption of the serums incredibly. It sounds terrifying, I know. However, there is little pain when you do this, considering the needles are truly too small. The procedure of rolling this tool across your face creates "micro-injuries" across your face, which then tells your skin to repair itself.
By creating this microscopic wounds, you are promoting skin cell regeneration. This procedure is ideal for those with fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and scarring of any sort. For those with cellulite and stretch marks and can't seem to get rid of them, dermarolling is also for you, as it is safe to use on your body as well.
- How do you do it? -
With each dermaroller you purchase from us, we include a set of instructions on how to correctly and successfully do this for you. Here are the basics:
Sterilize your microneedle with rubbing alcohol. Rinse with hot water so you don't end up rolling alcohol on your face.
Putting a serum on your face, neck, and decolletage, roll your microneedle in a straight line with little to no pressure a total of 3-5 times, depending on how much you can tolerate and how used to procedures your skin is used to. Do not overdo it, as you can further damage your skin. Do this vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. I like to do this in 1-2" increments, and then move on to the next area, reapplying serum whenever my skin feels taut or dry. Your forehead will be a little more sensitive to the touch because it's the skin is far thinner next to the forehead bone.
Avoid your eye area as skin is much too thin to roll over. However, you can roll over your lips for a safe alternative to lip injections. Dermarolling helps skin by making it plump, and it does the same when you roll over your lips.
I like to use a serum before, during, and after rolling. I typically do a sheet mask or manuka honey mask before, and then the Ordinary's AHA + BHA peel, but you would need to work up to that intensity as it will be too much for first-timers.
Do this procedure at night, as you're not supposed to wear makeup for at least 8 hours after doing this. Make sure to keep up on moisturizing. It is crucial you stay out of the sun or excessive heat, and wear an SPF! Your skin will be slightly red the night of, but glowing in the morning.
After you've finished, sterilize again and keep the tool in the clear container it comes in. Start with doing this procedure once a month, and you can later move on to no more than 2 times a month once your skin is used to it. Our needles are .75mm, which is safe for home use as long as you follow directions carefully.
Voila! It's that simple! It takes ten minutes tops, and you'll see both immediate results the next day, and with time you will see deeper results.
Serums play a huge part into dermarolling, and it's all based off of what you're looking for and your skin type. My go-to serum is always a vitamin c serum, because it's typically safe for all skin types and my concern is maintaining skin brightness. Use ingredients that include hyaluronic acid and peptides like our Collagen Firming Serum for drier skin types, and Vitamin C serums for normal to combination skin types.
It is crucial NOT to use retinols to roll with, but you can potentially put one on afterward if you're skin is used to it. To be on the safe side, skip using retinol the night you are dermarolling.
Lastly, do not use a dermaroller over active acne as you can potentially spread bacteria from one blemish to all over your face. You can still use this with acne, but it's best to get it under control before you microneedle, but you can simply avoid those areas if you really want to try it out.
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