Microneedling—Here's What YOU Need to Know About the Benefits, Risks, and Cost
IN THIS ARTICLE:
- 01 How Does Microneedling Work?
- 02 What Are The Benefits Of Microneedling?
- 03 How To Use A Derma Roller At Home
- 04 Does Microneedling Hurt? What Are The Side Effects?
- 05 How Often Should You Derma Roll At Home
There are many ways to achieve a smooth complexion, but there are just as many factors that prevent it. Here’s a stubborn one: acne scars. Inflamed skin tissues leave behind a mark that will haunt you long after acne has cleared up. Needles and skin don’t typically go well together, yet many swear by the healing effects of derma rollers.
If you’re looking for an easy, non-invasive way to improve the look and feel of your skin, derma rollers may be the ideal solution. Although there are plenty of salons and spas that offer professional derma rolling treatments, there are now many at-home kits that allow you to do the same in the comfort of your own home.
What makes it an effective skin treatment? Learn more about at-home derma rolling and see if you can use it to your skin’s advantage.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, uses hundreds of microneedles to create miniscule wounds on the first layer of skin to trigger the wound healing process.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The science behind micro needling or derma rolling is easy to understand. This non-invasive procedure simply enhances the body’s healing ability to improve and rejuvenate skin from the inside out.
Here’s how it works. When you get wounded, the skin usually begins the healing process in a matter of seconds. The same process goes for microneedling, creating tiny contact points or wounds that signal the body to mount a series of actions essential for skin repair. The regeneration process employs the help of the structural proteins collagen and elastin which are responsible for the anti-aging effects of microneedling.
Since derma rolling is a simpler version of microneedling, it uses shorter needles to create micro wounds. The tiny pathways created not only triggers collagen production but also serves as a more efficient delivery system for serums and other skincare products.
What Are The Benefits Of Microneedling?
Improves scars and stretch marks
The main benefit of microneedling/derma rolling is the improvement of skin surface and texture. With consistent treatments, the healing process helps reduce and fade scars that may be caused by acne, injury, minor burns, and even stretch marks.
Smooths wrinkles and fine lines
When there is enough collagen present, notice an improvement in the appearance of wrinkly, crepey skin. Collagen fills in shallow lines and wrinkling to give you a smoother and tighter complexion that reminds you of your youth.
Improves skin tone
The micro exfoliating action of derma rolling allows the safe and gentle shedding of dead skin cells and promotion of skin cell turnover. This process can lead to reduced skin darkening or discoloration, and overall skin rejuvenation.
Better hair growth
Thanks to its healing properties, microneedling in combination with medication has also been shown to stimulate hair growth in alopecia patients.
The use of microneedling treatment has been extended to other conditions such as excessive sweating, with favorable results. A 2016 study published by the Indian Dermatology Online Journal discusses these advances in microneedling.
How To Use A Derma Roller At Home
Microneedling was once only available as an in-clinic procedure. To get the most out of it and to avoid any negative reactions, strictly follow the instructions provided with your at-home derma roller or ask a skincare expert for advice. Here's a quick reference for most derma rolling tools.
- Cleanse your face and dry thoroughly before the treatment. Apply your preferred serum.
- Hold your derma roller and start rolling vertically, up and down the cheeks, forehead, and chin. Do horizontal next and then diagonal.
- Apply another layer of serum after using the roller.
- Spray the roller with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol before storage.
Are you ready to start your derma rolling journey? Try the Project E Beauty Derma Roller. This cosmetic needling instrument is perfectly set for micro exfoliation: equipped with 540 0.25mm-long microneedles made of high quality grade A titanium.
Rolling this device gently over the skin creates thousands of minuscule contact points, encouraging a natural healing process to rejuvenate and repair the skin for a smoother, younger, and healthy looking appearance. Your next favorite skincare tool has a compact design plus a comfortable handle for treatment sessions you’ll always look forward to.
Does Microneedling Hurt? What Are The Side Effects?
Derma rolling is not the most comfortable skin treatment, but it’s painless. At-home derma rollers are fitted with shorter needles that allow for only little to no discomfort at all. Professional microneedling tools for in-clinic treatments use longer needles which can be uncomfortable for some, at times. Just go easy with your at-home derma roller, only use gentle pressure that you can tolerate.
Expect a few minor side effects after treatments - a little redness, bruising, and slight irritation. These usually go away on their own within a few days. To prevent adverse effects such as infection, clean and disinfect your tool after every use and replace it if you must.
How Often Should You Derma Roll At Home?
A derma rolling treatment plan should be in tune with the body’s healing process. It is recommended to have a treatment period of five consecutive days followed by a pause of equal length. This gives the skin enough time to rest and recover. Once the skin has recovered, continue with a new cycle. Follow this schedule – five days of treatment and five days of rest – for two months. Consider replacing your derma roller once every three months.
How long should you wait for the results? Compare your derma roller before and after photos in a month. For adult skin, any new treatment should take effect in a span of 30 to 40 days. This is about the same amount of time it takes for complete skin cell turnover. Experience Immediate effects in as early as two weeks - notice a softer, smoother complexion that responds better to skincare.
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written by Charlotte Rycroft