How to Do Micro-Needling at Home

Microneedling at the beautician can be very expensive. After all, the procedure must be repeated up to five times until the maximum results are visible. What you might not know: The treatment can be easily applied at home. Admittedly, this requires a little bit of courage in addition to the dermapen or the derma roller. What else you need to know? We explain it here.

What does Microneedling do?

In professional micro-needling, but also in-home use, small needles are pricked into the skin. The micro-injury forces the skin to build up new collagen and heal itself. During this process, scars, such as acne scars, reddish pimple marks, or fine to medium-deep wrinkles also subside significantly! After up to five treatments, the entire skin becomes visibly clearer, wrinkle-free, plumper, smoother, and fresher. Microneedling should not be used on acute acne or severe impurities! After micro-needling, products with collagen-stimulating active ingredients can penetrate the skin more quickly and act in deeper skin layers. This component is just as important as the stimulation of the body’s own healing processes by the small injuries. In other words, both components go hand in hand.  

When will the first results be seen after micro-needling?

The effects of micro-needling are usually visible after a few weeks. It also depends on the reason for which the needling was applied. Pimple marks and acne scars decrease after about ten applications. If you use micro-needling for wrinkles, you should apply micro-needling at least six times every two weeks to see results. However, every skin reacts and changes differently. As with every beauty application, it is important that you carry out or have carried out regularly and thoroughly.

First of all, we would like to say that you will cause small micro-injuries with the dermapen or dermaroller with which you can do the micro-needling at home. Therefore, the utmost caution is required. Clean hands, clean skin, and sterilized equipment are the highest priority! We also ask you to read the package insert of the devices carefully and to follow special instructions in any case. If you feel dizzy, the treatment should be discontinued. Also, if the bleeding is unusually heavy or if there is threatening pain, you should consult a doctor immediately. Otherwise: Make way for the most beautiful skin EVER!  

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Microneedling at home: Step by step instructions

  1. Put on fresh latex gloves, these are available in the drugstore around the corner
  2. Anesthetize the areas you want to treat, if necessary with a drug from the pharmacy.
  3. Clean dermapen or dermaroller in freshly boiled water and sterilize with medical alcohol (also available in the pharmacy).
  4. Wipe also the anaesthetized areas with the alcohol and a cotton pad. The face should generally be freshly washed and not creamed.
  5. Run the Dermaroller over the areas, applying enough pressure to ensure that the needles carefully penetrate the skin. There will be slight bleeding, which can be wiped away with an alcohol-based cotton pad. Move in a cross grid over the desired areas. With dermapen, the treated areas are literally “stamped”. Different needle positions of the two devices determine how deep they can be pricked into the skin.
  6. Wipe away bleeding again and with freshly washed hands dab a vitamin C or hyaluronic acid serum onto the skin. The active ingredients of all products can now penetrate the skin much better and have a deeper effect.
  7. Avoid direct sunlight for at least one week and use sun protection factor for four weeks when you go outside. Because otherwise pigment shifts can occur. Do not use make-up or powder for two days after the treatment. The areas may be slightly reddened and crusted, but this will disappear after a short time. The treatment can be repeated every four weeks.

The following skin types should NOT be treated with micro-needling.

  • Active acne
  • Local infections like herpes and warts
  • Moderate to severe eczema
  • Patients receiving anticoagulant therapy
  • Skin diseases with extreme colonization
  • Cancer patients receiving chemo- or radiotherapy

Translated and adapted by Limepedia staff.

Sources: Jolie