Smooth, soft and even skin, that’s what every woman dreams of. But often acne, stretch marks and scars put a spanner in the works. One way to address this is microneedling. I’ll show you what it is, what it costs to the doctor and how you can do needling yourself with a derma roller.
What is microneedling?
Treating acne, etc. using small, fine needles is called microneedling. This current trend is not a new release. This method has been known since the 1970s and its effectiveness has been proven in many studies.
Needling uses a roller that has up to 500 small needles on a roll. This is then rolled crisscross over the corresponding skin areas, which leads to very fine injuries. These stimulate the skin and ensure that it forms more collagen and elastin.
Where is microneedling used?
If you have problem-free skin anyway, then that’s certainly not an issue for you. However, if you suffer from skin imperfections, the derma roller or a professional microneedling treatment could be interesting for you.
Where can you use it?
What can be treated
greatly enlarged pores,
Needling treatment costs
Depending on the doctor, the cost of needling treatment also differs, of course. Usually, they are between 90 and 400 € per session. This is not a cardboard stick, but the treatment is much more intensive and therefore more effective than those that can be used at home due to the medical Dermaroller.
By the way, you can have a microneedling treatment either at the dermatologist or at the beautician. Normally the health insurance does not cover the costs. They only pay for it in bad exceptional cases.
When do you see the first results?
Your skin will feel firmer after the first treatment and a slight reduction in the main problems can be felt here. However, depending on the frequency of use and the area of application, it may take a few weeks before you can see the first satisfactory results after microneedling.
Do microneedling yourself
If you can’t or don’t want to leave that much money with a doctor and don’t have too big scars, you can do the microneedling yourself. It is not rocket science and you only need a derma roller, a good cream or alternatively a serum. Furthermore, something to disinfect is important and it could start.
Dermapen or Dermaroller, what are the differences?
There are two different instruments for microneedling at home, the Dermapen and the Dermaroller. While the needles are arranged around a roller in the roller, the pen contains 11 needles on the head of the pen. The big advantage here is that the needles can be adjusted, so you can choose a shorter needle length for the forehead than for the cheeks, for example.
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Now I will show you how the application of the Dermaroller works. It is important that you follow the instructions exactly. This is the only way to get a satisfactory result that does not harm your skin, but benefits it. The same applies to microneedling at home as everywhere, often less is more. So don’t overdo it with the treatment.
For the Dermaroller application you need the following:
Disinfectants for the skin (e.g. Octenisept),
Disinfectant for derma roller,
Facial cleanser and wipes to take off makeup,
Hair tie to tie the hair back.
How to use Dermaroller on your face:
First, you should cleanse and disinfect your face.
Tie your hair back, disinfect your derma roller and then you can start.
Now take the derma roller and run it over your face. The procedure is very important. You should edit every spot on the face 10 times vertically, horizontally and diagonally.
Make sure you work without too much pressure. This could cause injuries.
When you’re done, check again that you haven’t forgotten a job.
Now we can put the derma roller aside for disinfection and take care of our face. You will find out exactly how.
What microneedling care and cream?
Immediately after microneedling, you will notice that your face has a slight reddening and may feel as if you have slight sunburn. This is perfectly normal and shouldn’t be a concern. However, your skin is now perfectly prepared to absorb as much care as possible.
Facts: According to studies, the utilization of the ingested care substances after needling is increased by 3000%.
Do you have pain when microneedling?
You are probably wondering what it looks like when it comes to pain during microneedling. Because of course it is the case that a lot of fine needles penetrate the skin. Anything up to a needle length of 0.75 mm is not really painful. If we take the face as an example, it can be said that the forehead and temples are more sensitive than the cheeks. But that’s not real pain.
Dermaroller needle length
Depending on the area of application, the needles are also of different lengths. The small needle lengths on the Dermaroller are perfect for using it at home. However, if you have severe scarring, then treatment at home is certainly not as effective as that at the doctor.
You can find a more detailed explanation of the Dermaroller needle lengths in the following table:
|Needle length||field of use|
|0.25 mm||Against slight skin imperfections and for incorporating skin care products|
|0.50 mm||Fine imperfections and small wrinkles|
|0.75 mm||Slight scars to tighten, small wrinkles|
|1.00 mm||Scars and skin imperfections, slight stretch marks|
|1.50 mm||Large pores, scars, anti-aging|
Under no circumstances should you use needles that are too large if you want to do microneedling yourself. If you really have very strong scars, etc. then go to a doctor and have it done there professionally. For this reason, I have not listed longer needle lengths.
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How often should I use the derma roller?
Under no circumstances should you use the derma roller every day. How often you should use it depends on how big the needles are. You should give your skin enough time to regenerate after the needling treatment.
Tip: You should take care of your skin after treatment with the derma roller. That’s why I recommend doing it in the evening before going to bed.
How often to use Dermaroller?
- Needle length up to 0.5 mm: 1-2 times a week
- Needle length up to 1.0 mm: once a week
- Needle length up to 1.5 mm: once a month
- Needle length from 2.0 mm: 1x every two months
Anesthetize skin beforehand?
When needling requires a large length of needle, it can be helpful to numb the skin beforehand. The easiest way is with a cream. If you want to do microneedling at home, you won’t normally need it. Because the needle length used is so short that you will only have an uncomfortable feeling in sensitive areas such as the forehead, but it is not pain.
Disinfect and clean the Dermaroller
Disinfecting and cleaning the derma roller is very important after each treatment. Ultimately, the needles cause minimal injury to our skin. If the needles are contaminated, we would also incorporate bacteria and dirt into the skin. Of course, this is by no means desirable, which is why you should clean the Dermaroller after each treatment as follows:
- After use, spray the Dermaroller with disinfectant such as Instrusol or at least 70% alcohol, or soak it in and let it work.
- Then wash off with hot water.
- Let it air dry and then put it back in the box.
Tips & tricks for microneedling at home
Here I would like to give you a few tips and tricks for microneedling at home. Before you try the Dermaroller, you should have read everything first.
- Do not roll until it bleeds, this is not a desired effect. A slight reddening, however, is completely normal.
- After about 10 uses, the Dermaroller needles will be blunt, so you should change your head.
- Be sure to take care of the skin after microneedling.
- Avoid direct sunlight on the following days, apply sun protection cream.
- Use moisturizing skin care products for the next few days.
- Make sure to buy a derma roller that has real needles, ideally made of stainless steel. Cheap products usually have no real ones.
- Under no circumstances should you use the Dermaroller if you have obvious injuries or pimples. Great care must also be taken with cold sores, otherwise you should spread it over the entire face.
If you go on a little search, you will quickly find what you are looking for. More and more women, but also men who have problems with the appearance of their skin, use this treatment method. And almost without exception one reads about positive microneedling experiences. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about the disappearance of scars or wrinkles or just about improving the complexion.
However, I would also like to emphasize that I am not a doctor and cannot give any medical advice. Accordingly, you should discuss any uncertainties with your doctor.
In addition, one or two wrinkles make us more interesting, which is why you shouldn’t “roll away” everything, which demonstrably shows that we lived.