If you are researching the benefits of microneedling you may already be sliding down the dark rabbit hole of skin care information, confused, and covered in slippery creams. Not to worry, I have summarized all of the must-know benefits of microneedling for you in this article! Let’s start with the basics.
What is microneedling?
“Skin microneedling uses pen-shaped or roller devices armed with fine needles to make minuscule, evenly-spaced punctures in the skin. The small wounds created by the needling devices, which sometimes allow a pinprick of blood to rise to the surface, induce the skin to start a wound healing response. The body rushes to patch up the injury by growing fresh collagen and elastin”, says Dr. Kenneth Arndt in his article for Harvard Health.‘
Before and After microneedling
These dramatic before and after pictures were submitted to Amazon by users who purchased and reviewed the Sdara Derma Roller microneedling device. You can also try a microneedling pen for more control over a specific smaller area. The device you choose is a matter or preference and what you feel comfortable with.
It’s hard to believe that these products are so cheap and still so effective, but according to professionals micro needling really does work for fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, stretch marks and even hair regrowth! Perhaps I have become so skeptical after decades of lies in advertising that when something claims to work this well, I can’t help but take it with a grain of salt. I suppose I am not alone in that.
“I didn’t take it seriously until relatively recently,”says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, medical editor of the Harvard Special Health Report Skin Care and Repair
But microneedling isn’t that new
Microneedling dates back over one hundred years. Back in 1905, a German dermatologist first used a technique involving the use of rotating wheels and rasps which helped treat acne scars, keratoses and hyper-pigmentations of the skin. On Wikipedia it is referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as microneedling, dermarolling, or skin needling: a cosmetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles (microneedling the skin).
Is it safe?
According to Dr. Arndt, professional microneedling treatments are considered very safe, and there have been few reports of adverse events related to the practice. It’s also well tolerated by most skin types, including darker skin, and is typically less expensive than other similar treatments, such as laser.
Proper cleaning and care is required for the safety of your microneedling device. Also, microneedling is NOT recommended for keloid (raised) scars or active acne.
How do I choose the right roller and needle size?
The derma rollers available for purchase online are generally similar to one another. Just be sure to get one with titanium needles. Titanium is very strong, sharp and doesn’t rust.
The needle size has everything to do with the thickness of the skin and the area of the body you are trying to treat. For a sensitive area like the face, the starting standard needle length is 0.25mm. 0.25mm needles can be used daily or as needed on the same skin area.
Here is a general needle size guide:
- 0.25mm – fine lines, surface sun damage, crow’s feet. Daily use is ok, although it is better not to overdo it.
- 0.50mm – deeper wrinkles, minor acne scars, hair regrowth on scalp for both men and women. Use every 2 or 3 days to allow the skin to heal and the cells to regenerate.
- 1mm – stretch marks, deeper acne scars, hair regrowth, beard growth. Suggested use is once every 4 weeks
Generally speaking, 1.5mm – 2mm is not recommended for the face. I would suggest consulting a professional for treatments that require micro needling this deep. Anything longer than 1mm is also harder to find online. It is recommended to start with the safest option of 0.25mm and go up in length as needed. As seen from the before and after results, the .25mm has been proven very effective for a variety of skin problems.
So how do I use it?
First, prepare the skin. The skin should be clean and dry. You can use the roller anywhere except for below the eye, or the eye lid. Roll vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. You can roll over the whole face or in sections, but for no more than two minutes. You can roll back and forth but lift the roller in between to avoid going over the same puncture spots and tearing at your skin. The sides of the eyes (crow’s feet) are a very sensitive area to roll over, so be gentle. When finished you can apply a gentle moisturizer with no perfumes or better yet, a natural oil like organic coconut oil. Remember the product is going much deeper into your skin than before, so avoid anything harsh or acidic.
If you are still confused, check out this video from the Pampered Wolf. The microneedling starts at 12:47, but I would suggest watching the entire video for before and aftercare instructions.
But wait, there’s more!!! Just kidding but…
At the risk of sounding like a 20 year old infomercial, there actually is more. Microneedling can also be used to minimize sun damage on other parts of your body like leather neck (as I like to call mine) pregnancy stretch marks and even sagging skin. I have traveled to many sunny destinations and while I wouldn’t take those vacations back for the world, it shows.
But one of most truly remarkable newly-discovered benefits of microneedling is that …
It can actually regrow hair in both men and women!
The video below is a very comprehensive guide on hair regrowth and contains actual before and after VIDEO results. Dermarolling isn’t an overnight fix, and it won’t get you a full thick head of hair, but it is a natural way to stimulate hair growth again where it stopped.
How to clean the derma roller
It is very important to clean your microneedling device, because as you can imagine it would be very easy to spread bacteria with a device like this. Before using, wash the derma roller in hot water (I use boiling) and spray it with isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry. Repeat the cleaning procedure after using the roller and store it in a clean dry place…not among your scattered make up on the sink 🙂
Does it hurt?
Microneeding isn’t painful, but it’s not exactly comfortable either. The sensation takes some getting used to, but the benefits of microneedling outweigh any minor discomfort. So, to sum it all up, the statement that famously says “pain is beauty” is somewhat correct…but just trust me, you’ll be itching to use it once you get rolling.
If you are looking for more anti-ageing solutions, check out my article about the MyoLift Mini: a microcurrent device for cell regeneration and collagen production.