Microneedling is an amazing type of facial treatment which offers a ton of benefits including less acne, reduced scarring, and encourages skin rejuvenation.
As a result, men and women alike are turning to this form of treatment to help boost their skin’s condition – but how can you do it at home?
Here we are going to be taking a look at microneedling to see how you can try it at home. Take a look at the guide below to find out how you can microneedle your own face from the comfort of your own home!
How To Microneedle: Choosing The Right Tools
A lot of people assume that microneedling is something that only a trained professional can do, as it involves making lots of tiny punctures into your skin.
However, as scary as this sounds, microneedling is practically painless and can easily be done by yourself with the right tools.
If you want to try microneedling at home, then you will need a roller.
Microneedling rollers (sometimes called derma-rollers) are actually very affordable and easy to buy at places like pharmacies, healthcare stores, and online.
You should aim to get one with needles that are 1.5mm in length – so super short!
If you choose to go to a professional for a microneedling session, then longer needles will be used.
However, longer needles do not equal better results, but they do require a more experienced hand to handle them safely. So find yourself a comfortable microneedling roller with needles that are a safe length for home use.
Once you have your microneedling roller ready, you will also need a few more pieces of equipment.
This includes disinfectant (that is safe for skin exposure), a facial cleanser, some towels and plenty of fresh water. Once you have everything ready, it’s time to get started!
Step One: Disinfect Your Microneedling Roller
Before you use your microneedling roller, you will first need to disinfect it.
Microneedling involves making lots of punctures into your skin and using an unclean roller can lead to bacteria directly making its way underneath your skin and into your pores.
This can lead to infections including acne and a lot of discomfort. So, disinfecting your roller first is an important step you should not skip.
To start, pour some disinfectant into some water and leave your microneedling roller to soak for around 10 minutes.
You should avoid using anything that could be harmful to your skin, so try using isopropyl alcohol or a similar alternative.
Leave your roller to disinfect for at least 10 minutes and make sure it is fully submerged to ensure that every needle will be clean.
Step Two: Prep Your Face
While your roller is disinfecting, you should clean your face using clean water and an appropriate facial cleanser.
This is to help reduce the chances of bacteria infecting your skin post-treatment, so make sure that you give your face a gentle yet thorough clean.
You can even apply isopropyl alcohol directly to your skin using a cotton pad. However, avoid the moisturizer for now and use warm water to help open up your pores.
If you are extremely pain-sensitive, then you can try using a numbing cream to help minimize the pain.
If you have opted to use a roller with needles that are longer than 1.5mm in length, then a numbing cream is definitely something you will want to use.
Step Three: It’s Time To Roll!
Now that your roller and your face is all prepared, it’s time to start rolling!
Divide your face into four sections – upper and lower, left and right. Each section should be rolled over two to three times, starting horizontally or vertically, and lifting the roller up after each roll.
Once you have rolled over the section either horizontally or vertically, switch direction for the second roll.
It’s important that you roll the roller gently over your skin but also be firm. Try not to drag the roller – this will only cause cuts and pain to your skin.
Step Four: Post-Treatment After Care
After you have rolled your microneedling roller all over your face, your skin will be super sensitive and sore. So, you need to apply the appropriate amount of after care to help your skin recover.
First you should clean your face with clean water and then pat it dry using a clean cotton pad.
Be gentle and don’t use any products yet – you will later apply a serum or moisturizer of your choice to help your skin recover.
Your serum or moisturizer should be deep penetrating and include important ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and peptides which all help hydrate and promote skin tissue growth and healthy cells.
Apply it once your skin is a little calmer and be very gentle when applying it!
Step Five: Treat Your Roller
It’s important not to forget to also wash your roller once you are done!
You can wash it in regular warm water with dish soap to help kill any bacteria, then soak it once more in your isopropyl alcohol solution for ten minutes again.
Let it dry and then store it away in its original case. This will help the roller stay clean and protected until you are ready to use it again.
Each roller only has around 10 to 15 uses, then you will need to get a clean one for sanitary reasons. If your roller has come to the end of its life, then simply throw it away!
So, that’s how you can microneedle at home!
As you can see, it’s a super easy process although you do need to take the appropriate steps to avoid any infections. Skipping steps can lead to less than impressive results so just follow the above guide!
Most people microneedle at home every other day (depending again on the length of the needles) so be prepared to commit to this type of treatment and make sure you follow each step in full for the best possible results!