Microneedling is the use of many micro needles puncturing the skin in order to stimulate the skins production of collagen as well as a method used to help other products to penetrate the skin. I am not a doctor, so this should not be taken as medical advice.
This is often done as a cosmetic treatment, but home rollers are available and that’s what I’m going to focus on. I purchased one in the hopes that I would help my acne scarring and the fine lines that are stubbornly creeping onto my face as well as to help me with preventative skin care in regards to anti ageing.
There are safety issues when using these at home as well as a risk of bacterial infection and damaging the skin. All information I could find before I started using my micro needle roller stated that the needles should be boiled once removed from the wrapping, then submerged in isopropyl alcohol for 15 minutes before every use. You should wash your face with a cleanser and then wipe the face with isopropyl alcohol before starting with the roller. This is all in the interest of not getting an infection or pushing bacteria into your skin and should be taken seriously. Needles should be replaced as per the manufacturers instruction, which is generally after three months of twice a week treatment.
The way I have been using my micro needle roller has been to push hyaluronic acid deeper into the skin after treatment in order to help plump up my skin and hydrate it while also diminishing acne scarring. After rolling I apply a hyaluronic acid to my face with clean hands or cotton pads and I do not let anything touch my face at all until I go to bed.
Dermatologists that I’ve read from state that no chemical peel agents, vitamin c or retinol should be used directly after micro needling and no cosmetics, sunscreens or other face products should be applied for at least 24 hours after needling while the skin is recovering from all the tiny holes you punched in.
It is also recommended to stay out of direct sunlight after needling (though staying out of the sun is just good advice in general for keeping skin looking young and avoiding sun damage).
Okay so let’s talk about the actual experience of microneedling. Is it very painful? No. I have medium thick skin which doesn’t seem to hurt as much as it feels like tiny pricks. I would say tweezing a single eyebrow hair hurts more than micro needling the entire face. I hear people with thinner skin, especially on the forehead, that reducing pressure is needed. Are there bacterial issues doing it at home? Yes. Keeping everything sterile is very important and choosing a needle that is made of top quality metals is important. Cleaning the whole tool is also important. While the needles are what puncture the skin, ensuring the whole tool is clean will reduce bacterial transfer. Is it safe to use on the eyes? No! Do not use micro needles around the eyes. The skin there is not going to like it and you could cause immense damage to the eyes. Have I seen improvement in my skin? Yes I have. I won’t say the needling is the only cause of improved skin as I have increased my daily water consumption and cleaned up my diet in the last couple months as well. I have seen some of my scarring start to fade out, but I’ve only been using it for a month. At the end of three months I think I will write again about the improvement and issues I have had, and will tell you if I will continue using this method of skin care.
I should also say that they are dangerous to children and pets and should be kept in their cases, out of reach.
The cost of a roller for me was $18.00 CAD for a 0.3mm needle. It is recommended that beginners start with shorter needles, and that home use does not exceed 0.5mm. I should also point out, if you are bleeding from micro needling, you are pressing too hard! You should not be bleeding from a home treatment. Sometimes you will bleed from professional treatments as they use deeper needles, but they are also trained professionals who know how to deal with this.
Overall, Ive been enjoying the use of this skin care device and I will continue using it for now to help my skin reach it’s full potential. Having had bad acne for many years, discolouration and uneven skin tone, I am happy to have found something that has been helping me take control of my face again.