Microneedling At Home: How To Get A Microneedle Facial Without Leaving Your House

At-Home Microneedling Basics

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves pricking the skin with tiny needles so that the skin heals itself. This natural healing process boosts collagen and elastin production, giving you plumper, smoother, younger-looking skin. Microneedling also helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, acne, age spots, and dark circles.

At-home microneedling slightly penetrates the skin to create "microchannels," allowing your skin to absorb active ingredients with 90% more efficiency. Pair microneedling with your favorite skincare products for maximum absorption, supercharging your skincare routine.

At-home microneedling is often done using a derma roller, a device covered with microneedles that you roll across the skin's surface. However, new innovations like the Depology's Deepcare+ Serum-Infused Micro Dart Patches are changing the microneedle game. These patches contain microneedles made out of active ingredients that penetrate and then dissolve into the skin.

At-Home vs. Professional Microneedling

Getting a microneedling procedure done by a professional can be more effective, there are some drawbacks. Microneedling sessions are expensive, ranging from $100 to $700 per session with a recommendation of 4 to 6 sessions. That means you could be paying between $400 and $4,200 in total! You can purchase an at-home derma roller for an average of $15 to $140 or dissolving microneedle patches for less than $10 per use, saving you hundreds of dollars.

Professional microneedling is more invasive since they use longer, sharper needles. This type of microneedling is more effective and may provide quicker results. Still, microneedling at home offers similar results when paired with other skincare products and can be done at any time. No need to make an appointment with yourself!

Is Microneedling Safe To Do By Myself?

It might sound scary, but when done correctly, microneedling at home can be done safely. The most important thing to consider is the needle size. At-home microneedling tools have much smaller needles than professional tools, with the recommended needle size being no larger than 0.25mm. Smaller needles don't draw blood and minimize the risk of injuring yourself.

You should also make sure that microneedling is right for your skin. Make sure not to use a derma roller on skin with active acne or rosacea since microneedling may spread bacteria or worsen inflammation for these skin types (except for cystic acne, this is fine).

Make sure your microneedle device is CLEAN before using it. If you are using a derma roller, the best way to clean it is by rinsing it under warm water, soaking it in isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for 60 minutes, and rinsing it under warm water again before air drying it. If you are using single-use microneedle patches, you don't have to worry about this part.

What Products Should I Use?

Facial serums have the highest concentration of active ingredients and smaller molecules, so these will be more effective and penetrate deeper into the skin for better results. For anti-aging effects, try serums and microneedle patches with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and peptides. Avoid using products with Vitamin C and retinol during and shortly after microneedling since these may cause irritation.

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When Will I See Results?

If you follow the recommended guidelines and serums, you should start to see results within a couple of weeks with a derma roller, depending on your skin type and condition. If you are using microneedle patches, you should start seeing results within 1-2 weeks.

Microneedling also provides long-lasting results. A 2008 study showed how four microneedling sessions one month apart resulted in a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after the last session.

At-Home Microneedling Steps

Step 1: Cleanse

Cleanse your skin with your cleanser of choice to remove any dirt or bacteria. This is extremely important to avoid spreading bacteria.

Step 2: Prep The Skin

Apply your favorite toners and serums. Use products with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and peptides for anti-aging effects. Avoid using oil- or cream-based products before microneedling.

Step 3: Apply Microneedles

For Derma Rollers: Roll over each section of the face 2-3 times vertically and then repeat the process horizontally. Be sure to follow any additional instructions that come with your specific derma roller.

For Microneedle Patches: Remove the patches from the film and apply them to your problem area(s). Press gently on the patch for 3 seconds. They will start to dissolve, and the serum will activate into the skin. Leave for a minimum of 2 hours and overnight for best results.

Step 4: Apply More Serums

Finish off with additional serums and moisturizers for maximum results.