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How-to use a Dermaroller for At-Home Microneedling

Have you ever considered getting smoother and clearer skin and plump limps? But then balked at the thought of getting plastic surgery? If that’s you, I have a simple solution.

At-home microneeddling with a dermaroller is the perfect way to improve your skin. A dermaroller is a handheld device with a wheel covered in needles on one end. (Yes, it sounds like something from a scary movie, but hear me out.)

These microscopic needles stimulate the skin by creating micro wounds. This stimulation helps produce more collagen and improve skin cell regeneration. With a wallet-friendly price tag and big benefits, is microneedling too good to be true?

Benefits of Microneedling

Luckily, microneedling is not just a fashion trend. It has some serious benefits to offer including the following:

  • Decrease wrinkles — Microneedling boosts the production of collagen and elastin cells in the skin, so it can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Aids in scar reduction — Acne scars on the skin can be erased with the help of microneedling since it stimulates the skin to quickly repair the scars.
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation — The microneedling process peels away a layer of skin, which can include areas of dark spots. It can also improve the absorption of products that aid in recovery from hyperpigmentation.
  • Improved skin texture — Microneedling improves the production of elastin and collagen that naturally give you smoother skin. With faster cell renewal and regeneration activity that is kickstarted by microneedling, you can get skin that is amazingly smooth.
  • Reduces hair loss — If you’re facing hair loss, you can benefit from microneedling as well. The process stimulates blood cells, while improving new growth and the overall health of follicles.

The benefits you’ll see from microneedling will be visible anywhere after three to 12 treatments. For people with more severe skin conditions, it may take a little longer.

How to Pick a Dermaroller

Picking a good dermaroller also makes an impact on the kind of results you get. For beginners, it is a good idea to pay attention to these two factors:

  • The size of the needles – Dermarollers are available with different needle lengths, ranging from 0.25 mm to 2.00 mm. For areas that have thin skin, using 0.25 mm needles is a good option, whereas needles that are 0.75 mm or 1.00 mm are better suited for areas with thicker skin or those who have more issues with their skin.
  • The number of needles – A dermaroller can have 180 to 1000 needles. You might be tempted to pick one with a lot of needles (thinking the more the better), but it’s best to start with a smaller one.

If you’re just starting out, pick a dermaroller with 0.25 mm needles. Don’t think bigger is better. You don’t want to damage your skin the first time you attempt microneedling.

How to use a Dermaroller

The basics of microneedling:

  1. First, wash and dry your face
  2. Using gentle pressure, roll the dermaroller in the same direction a few times over one area of your face (for example, from between your eyebrows up to your hairline). Be sure to lift the dermaroller off your skin at the end and start back at the same place — don’t roll it back and forth.
  3. After going over one section in a vertical motion, roll over the area horizontally
  4. Continue this process over other sections of your face: forehead, cheeks, etc. (see more in the Quick Tips section below)
  5. When you’re done, rinse your face with water 
  6. Clean your dermaroller by swishing it in soapy water, then disinfect it by soaking it in 70% isopropyl alcohol
  7. Apply a nourishing, healing face serum — such as an all-natural vitamin C face serum — all over your face. Don’t exfoliate or use anything with harsh ingredients that might irritate your skin right after microneedling.

While dermarollers are completely safe, pay close attention to how your skin reacts to the process. If any skin condition starts to worsen with use, stop using the dermaroller and see a specialist. And, of course, if practiced incorrectly, microneedling can quickly irritate your skin.

Wondering how often you should do microneedling? If you’re using a roller with 0.25 mm needles, you could do it every other day. If you’re using a roller with 0.5 mm needles, you can work up to one to three times per week. A 1.0 mm roller should be used every 10 to 14 days. Overall, allow your skin time to recover before another microneedling session.

Quick Tips:

  • Use a gentle amount of pressure — less is more.
  • Avoid microneedling around your eyes. The skin there is very thin and delicate.
  • Focus on these sections of your face one at a time: forehead, cheeks, chin, jawline, nose
  • Use a dermaroller at night. That will give your skin time to recover and rest while you are sleeping.
  • Don’t use a dermaroll over acne, since that will spread bacteria.
  • Don’t drag the roller in a new direction. Lift it and then change direction, so you don’t hurt your skin.
  • You can use a dermaroller on your lips to get a quick plump.
  • An at-home microneedling session should only take about five to 10 minutes.

As always, you should consult your dermatologist before adding something like microneedling to your skincare routine. You could always see an esthetician — someone who does microneedling professionally — as well to find out what they would recommend.

If you’ve tried microneedling at home, I’d love to hear about your experience. Please share in the comments.

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