For a few months, I’ve been exploring the world of micro-needling, also known as derma-rolling. Before I purchased a derma-roller; I had so many questions swirling through my head, such as does this hurt? Will I bleed from it? Will it leave marks on my skin? Coming from a person who absolutely despises needles, why on earth would I do this to myself? Why would anyone want needles rolling through sensitive portions of their face!? Today, I want to share my experience with my new favorite skin care tool, answer some questions and share information about the benefits it could have on your skin.
What is micro-needling?
Micro-needling or derma-rolling, is pretty much rolling tiny needles on the skin to create hundreds of invisible holes. These holes are also known as micro-injuries. Micro-injuries stimulates the body’s natural wound healing process. This results in cell turnover (dead skin cells replaced with younger cells), elastin production and increased collagen thus preventing and reversing signs of aging. Micro-needling also helps your serum absorb faster to lock in moisture so your skin can achieve that glow and look rejuvenated. An important note is that professional micro-needling is very different, consists of longer needles (1mm-3mm) and is more intense on your skin. Be sure to do your own research!
Who can benefit from this?
People who have concerns with skin texture, large pores, loose skin, stretch marks, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation issues, brown spots, under-eye bags and fine lines.
Which derma-roller should I start with?
After doing research, I opted for a perfect starter, one with over 3k plus reviews and costs $23.99. There is a $2-off coupon that you can apply to your cart.
Does micro-needling hurt?
The answer is NO! Micro-needling at home does NOT hurt. I repeat, it does not hurt! The starter one that I bought, the needles are .25mm. As you can see from the photo below, the needles are so tiny. If you roll it over a balloon, it wouldn’t even pop. It is very gentle and does not make you bleed or leave any marks on your skin. The purpose of micro-needling is to stimulate new collagen and skin tissue for firmer, smoother and more toned skin.
How to use a derma-roller?
First, I start with cleansing my face with a gentle pH balanced cleanser. I use Drunk Elephants Jelly cleanser for reference. It’s very important that your face is clean of any makeup, oil and dirt for it to be most effective. I also make sure the derma-roller is clean by using some rubbing alcohol before and after each use. I then roll the derma-roller up, down, and diagonally four times with some light pressure. After rolling, I use some toner and then apply serum followed by lotion. That’s it! Easy-Peasy! An important note: Do not derma-roll if you have an open wound, rash or any infections. This can contaminate your roller and can make matters worse for your skin.
How often to use?
I use my derma-roller every other day because my skin dries out faster if I use it every day. I have combo skin, more on the oilier side. You can use it every day if you’d like – It’s preference!
Best serums to use after micro-needling?
Micro-needling helps absorb serums to the maximum so much faster to give you that youthful and radiant glow. You basically get the most of your expensive skincare products. You can use any serums you like. I love using a couple of my favorite Vitamin C serums linked below. I also like to apply a lotion right after for extra moisture. I will link all of my favorites that I have and have used when I want to switch up a bit.
When it comes to my skin, price tag doesn’t matter to me. I’m very picky with products and what makes the biggest difference in how we look is the condition of our skin. You cannot go wrong with such an inexpensive skincare tool. I’m so glad I tried micro-needling and incorporated it in my skincare routine. I can confidently say after a month of using, I’ve seen a huge difference in my skin tone, less hormonal bumps and glowing skin. I also noticed a small change of the firmness in my skin complexion which felt tighter. This is definitely something I’ll be keeping up with in the long run.