If you follow social media and pop culture, you may have recently seen an increasing number of beauty influencers and bloggers posting about microneedling and at-home derma rollers. There’s no doubt that microneedling is a trending topic!
What is microneedling?
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy or CIT) is a treatment where small, sharp needles are gently applied to the face, usually by a roller or skin pen. If you’re cringing at the idea, you’re not alone! But fear not—the needles are very tiny and most patients don’t experience any discomfort.
So, why would anyone ever want to do this? The purpose of microneedling is twofold: first, the skin channels created by the needles accelerate the absorption of products like serums, and second, the needles cause “micro-injuries” that signal the skin to produce more collagen. This collagen production can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, and it can also help improve the skin’s overall tone and texture.
The DIY Trend
With microneedling’s growing popularity, it’s no surprise that at-home devices known as derma-rollers are also becoming prevalent. If you’re considering trying one of these devices from the comfort of your own bathroom, there are a few things you should know.
What You Need To Know About Derma-Rollers
First, one of the benefits of microneedling is how it helps the skin absorb products deeper and more quickly. The thing to keep in mind is that not all products are formulated for use with collagen induction technique. Doing this procedure with at-home derma-rollers, without the supervision of a professional comes with the risk that some products in your current skincare regimen may not be designed to use directly after a microneedling treatment, which could lead to irritation, allergic reaction, or other negative consequences on the skin.
There are some skin conditions that should not be exposed to microneedling, with acne being the most common. Using a derma-roller on an acne breakout can aggravate the condition and potentially spread skin infection. Also, when you have the treatment performed by a professional, you can always rest assured that every tool is cleaned and sanitized to surgical standards, which also reduces your risk of infection.
Next, all tools are not created equal! The tools we use for treatments have longer needles than their at-home counterparts, which accelerates the result and allows for the deeper penetration needed to address your complex skin concerns. Also, beware of inexpensive derma-rollers whose needles may not be surgical grade, because bent or broken needles can injure the skin in a way that makes you more susceptible to infection.
We always recommend that cosmetic treatments like microneedling be performed by professionals in a medical setting for your safety. If you’re interested in how microneedling can help you accomplish your skin goals, call Diane Walder Dermatology by Riverchase today to schedule a consultation at our Bay Harbor Island location.