Earlier this month, I got my copy of Allure Magazine and discovered an article on microneedling. To my shock I have not actually heard of this facial skin care procedure that has been around since the 80’s. What caught my attention even more is that you can now do it from the comfort of your home. One long look at the tools you used to do this freaked me out! My first thoughts were why would anyone do this at home? It looks like some sort of torture device!
I polled my readers on Twitter and some various blogging and beauty groups on Facebook. I was happy to learn that I was not the only one who didn’t have any idea about this and the select few who did in the Facebook groups said they would consider it or have actually done it and would do it again.
This sent me on my quest to find out what this procedure does, who would it benefit, and if it is safe to do at home.
All About Microneedling
So what the heck is this in the first place? Microneedling uses what they call a dermaroller (that scary device pictured above) which has tiny needles you roll over your face, or actually anywhere on the body that you want, to stimulate collagen production. It is also used to increase absorption of skin care products so they are more effective. Some people have attested that it actually helps improve dark marks, any type of scarring on the face or body, and softening wrinkles. Hearing this I was almost sold because I have suffered from acne my whole life and I have accumulated quite a few scars over the years from this horrible curse. I just couldn’t get past the needle part!
So the old way and still most widely used way is the in-office treatment. I honestly think before I try this at home I would opt to have it done at least once by a trained professional so I know exactly what I am doing before I decide to pierce every pore in my body. In order to do this though, you’re going to have to shell out a cool $250 per visit. SHEESH, no wonder people are doing this at home! Another benefit of doing it at your local dermatologist office is they use bigger needles. WHAT! Yes I am telling you the bigger needles the better according to doctors. With that comes more pain though but the joy of having it done by a doctor is they can put that nifty numbing gel on your face and all you will feel is the pressure.
Since this is not a one time cure all, many beauty businesses have decided to roll out their own version of the dermarollers to be used at home. The home products have smaller sized needles which means less pain and no need for numbing but, according to some dermatologists, this means it is less effective. The at-home needles are usually only .25 mm long and to dermatologists this means they don’t soften scars and wrinkles any more than an at-home scrub or peel. Another point doctors make about practicing microneedling at home is the question of hygiene. Doctors fear that the tools won’t be cleaned and sanitized like they should be which could lead to worst skin problems and infections. At home, users suggest soaking your dermaroller in alcohol after every use to avoid any unwanted skin problems. For the price of a dermaroller, that you can use multiple times, this might seem like the better option though and worth a shot.
I personally have not tried in-office or at-home and I am only considering it but one of my fellow beauty bloggers who commented on my thread recently tried it for herself and opted to share her review with us she recently wrote on her blog. You can visit this article at gunhildkristiansen.com