If you follow social media and pop culture, you may have noticed 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 don’t worry—the needles are very tiny. Most patients don’t experience any discomfort.
So, why would anyone ever want to do this? There are two reasons. First, the skin channels created by the needles help the skin absorb products like serums. 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. It can also help improve the skin’s overall tone and texture.
The DIY Derma-Rolling Trend
With microneedling’s growing popularity, at-home devices known as derma-rollers are also becoming increasingly available. However, there are a few things you should know before trying one of these devices from the comfort of your own bathroom.
What You Need To Know About Derma-Rollers
First, microneedling helps the skin absorb products deeper and more quickly (one of its key benefits). Keep in mind 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 can be risky. Some products in your current skincare regimen may not be designed to use directly after a microneedling treatment. This could lead to irritation, allergic reaction, or other negative consequences on the skin.
Some skin conditions should not be exposed to microneedling, especially acne. Using a derma-roller on an acne breakout can aggravate the condition and potentially spread skin infection. Also, when a professional performs the treatment, you can be sure 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 at-home versions, which accelerates the result and allows for the deeper penetration needed to address your complex skin concerns. Also, beware of inexpensive derma-rollers because their needles may not be surgical grade. Bent or broken needles can injure the skin in a way that makes you more susceptible to infection.
We always recommend undergoing cosmetic treatments like microneedling 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.