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Benefits of Microneedling and Tips for Doing it at Home

Not only in beauty clinics, you can also do microneedling at home. Usually microneedling is done by "hurting" the skin with a roller device whose surface is embedded with small, fine needles. Had become a trend among women, this method is believed to be able to rejuvenate your skin.

This extreme treatment can provide benefits to support the health of your skin. Therefore, consider the benefits and tips for doing microneedling at home.

Benefits of microneedling for facial skin
The way microneedling works is by moving the roller on the surface of the face. This technique can increase collagen production and trigger healing by causing trauma to the skin first.

Collagen is one of the proteins that can make skin look younger, firmer, soft, and elastic.

As we get older, naturally less collagen is produced. As a result, appear wrinkles and signs of aging. Through microneedling, you are able to fight aging.

The research published in the journal Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery says that the microneedling method is safe and effective for rejuvenating the skin, as well as treating scars and wrinkles.

According to Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital, said that home microneedling treatments can provide visible results for those with problematic skin.

Microneedling can also increase the exfoliation and absorption of skin care products.

Robinson added, microneedling consistently for 4-6 months can see differences in treatment results.

Things to remember are microneedling at home
This method involves small needles on a derma roller that will come in contact with facial skin. To do microneedling at home, you need to maintain cleanliness before and after doing this treatment.

Kathleen Welsh, MD, a dermatologist in San Francisco and founder of Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, emphasized that you need to clean your face, as well as a derma roller tool to minimize infection.

Derma roller users need to be careful. You don't want to press too much on the tool because it can hurt their skin. Welsh continued, it might appear allergic reactions after doing microneedling both in beauty clinics and at home.

Side effects that may arise as below.
  • swelling
  • uncomfortable on facial skin
  • reddish
  • bruised
  • dry skin
  • peeling skin
  • Welsh said that the pain that arises depends on the use of these tools. However, it is important to note that bleeding often occurs during this treatment.
Interested in doing microneedling at home? Check the tips first below.

Tips for microneedling at home
There are some equipment that needs to be prepared before you do microneedling at home.
  • Derma roller
  • isopropyl 70% alcohol
  • cleanser
  • numbing cream (optional)
  • serum
There are 5 steps to doing home-style microneedling. Look carefully at the next step.

1. Disinfection of the derma roller
Don't forget to disinfect (sterile) the derma roller before doing microneedling at home. Soak the derma roller in 70% isopopyl alcohol for 5-10 minutes, before starting.

2. Wash your face
Wash your face gently using a cleanser with a balanced pH. Wash your face before wiping it with 70% ispropyl alcohol before microneedling.

Note, if your skin is sensitive to pain, use numbing cream after washing your face. Robinson recommends applying 30 minutes of numbing cream before microneedling.

3. Start microneedling
When doing microneedling at home, you need to divide the four facial areas.
  • top left
  • top right
  • bottom left
  • bottom right
Avoid the eye area when doing microneedling. Gently and firmly, start to run the derma roller per one part with one-way movements (vertically or horizontally only).

Movement per section is enough to do 2-3 times. Remember, always lift the roller before rolling it again.

4. Clean the face
After doing microneedling at home, wash your face with clean water. Then dry with a clean pad.

5. Sanitary derma roller
Clean the derma roller again with dish soap. Then, soak it back in 70% ispropyl alcohol for 10 minutes, afterwards put it in a clean storage area. Derma rollers need to be replaced after 10-15 uses.

After doing microneedling at home, you are recommended to use serum. The microneedling effect can make it easier for products such as serum and moisturizer to work deeper.

Serum that you can use after doing microneedling, among others.
  • Vitamin C, to make skin bright and promote collagen
  • Hyaluronic acid, to hydrate and make the skin more supple
  • Peptides, naturally able to increase collagen production
  • Growth factors, proteins that are able to produce healthy skin cells and tissues, so they can rejuvenate the skin
Thus, you can do the tips above in doing microneedling at home. However, if you hesitate to do it, there's no harm in entrusting this treatment to professionals.

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