“Micro what?” you say. “One of those words is needle.” Microneedling is a process that involves tiny needles punching hundreds of tiny holes into the skin. It can be done in a dermatologist office or at home, and it only sounds scary.
I’ve recently discovered microneedling at home. It’s doing wonders for my skin. (And it doesn’t hurt, I promise.)
Microneedling has been shown to reduce wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. It may reduce sun damage and shrink pores.
This process is intended to stimulate the skin. Microneedling freaks skin out, in a good way. All the tiny punctures created by microneedling kick skin into healing mode. This stimulates blood flow and collagen/elastin production. All that stimulation plumps skin, improving the appearance of fine lines, pores, and acne scars.
Serums and moisturizers perform better with microneedling. All those tiny punctures act as microchannels, drawing products into deeper layers of skin.
How to Microneedle at Home
Clean, tone, and dry face. Starting with the chin, roll each area (chin, then cheeks, ending with the forehead) for fifteen seconds. Move the roller in an asterisk formation: up and down, side to side, diagonal right to left, and diagonal left to right.
- Test a small area on your forearm to check skin sensitivity
- Clean the roller before every single-use
- Avoid the under-eye area
- Run roller over active acne
- Use roller on inflamed, or currently experiencing exzema/rosacea
Keep It Clean
I mean, this is a bunch of tiny needles, going directly into your face. It’s important to keep the roller clean. My microneedling kit comes with a little reservoir that I fill with 70% isopropyl alcohol and generously dunk the roller in. I place it on a paper towel, wash my face and apply toner while the roller dries.
Microneedling your own face is an easy, cheap(er) way to improve skin and skincare product performance. My skin is softer, smoother, and glowier. The fine lines on my forehead are less noticeable and my broken capillaries and dark spots have faded.
Are there any skin tools (rollers, at home laser treatments, zit zappers, etc) that you love? Tell me all about it! If you try microneedling at home, take a selfie and tag me!