Microneedling is an incredible and the go-to therapy of choice when it comes to fixing certain skin issues and taking your skin into its next level of smoothness, spotlessness and rejuvenating-newness.
As most of you should have known by now, it’s an amazing therapy that will help eliminate, repair, improve many skin worries as well as rejuvenate to give a more youthful skin and look as exhaustively explained in this post.
But there are certain practices (DOs and DON’Ts) that must must guide the entire process so as to produce the desired result especially when it comes to at-home DIY microneedling. And those are what we are going to be looking at in this post.
So, without further delay, let’s dive straight into the business of the day.
MICRONEEDLING BEST PRACTICES
1. Avoid Sun exposure or Use Sun Protection
It’s very important to avoid sun exposure or excessive sun exposure for a week or two BEFORE and AFTER microneedling. Or use broad-spectrum sunscreen if you can’t totally avoid the sun.
This is particularly important if you’re planning on using needle length of 1.0 mm or longer and also if you’re planning to roll area of the body that are easily reached by the sun such as face, neck, upper back, etc.
2. Start with Shorter Needle Length
Your skin condition may require longer needle length, but it’s better to begin with a smaller one first.
This is because, for starters, your skin may need some time to be able to tolerate longer needles. And also, in some cases, you may get result with smaller needles making the bigger ones unnecessary.
My advice is to get the 3-in-1 or the 4-in-1. They can be used to treat a wide range of skin issues and they also give you options and help you combine different needle length for faster and often better results. They are cheaper in the long run too.
But you can start with what you can afford.
3. Patch Test First
Don’t just dermaroll an entire or large area of your body (e.g. entire face or stomach) during your first use. Instead, roll on a small area first (e.g. a small area of your chin, stomach, thigh) to see how your skin would respond. If all looks good in 1or 2 days time, then you may proceed with rolling the entire face or area.
Patch testing is important because our skin responds differently to certain treatment. Make this a standard for using most skincare products too.
4. NEVER Roll on Active Acne, Pimple or Herpes
Microneedling is an effective treatment but it’s not suitable for certain (especially active) skin conditions such as active acne, cystic acne, pimple, and herpes simplex.
Below is a list of other skin conditions microneedling is not suitable for:
* Skin with active Eczema
* Active dermatitis
* Rosacea or Lupus
* Skin that has breakouts or is irritated or inflammed
* People on accutane or immuno-suppressive treatments.
* Impaired skin
* Skin with presence of raised moles or warts on targeted area
* Diabetic or person with wound healing deficiencies.
* Keloid scarring
* Women who are pregnant and nursing mothers.
In a nutshell, anything or skin condition that affect your skin’s natural healing ability.
You should ABSOLUTELY NEVER use a dermaroller on skin with active bacterial or fungal infection as this could spread bacteria around your face or body and increase your risk of serious infection.
Microneedling can repair, rejuvenate, smooths, clear marks/scars, uneven tone/texture, roughness and dark spot caused by acne and pimples and may help you prevent future occurrence but you CAN’T use it to treat them when they are active.
So, make sure your skin has no active acne, warts, herpes, is irritated or inflamed before microneedling. If you must roll when you have just a few pimples, make sure you avoid rolling on that area.
5. Be Patient with the Process
Rebuilding collagen and elastin and regenerating new skin is a slow process that requires patience and consistency. It CAN NOT be rushed as rushing it can be counterproductive.
So, wait until your skin recovered completely from previous session (which varies from needle length used) before doing another one.
Don’t get impatient and want to impulsively roll again and again (it won’t make your result come faster or better rather it will make it worse).
Microneedling is a classical example of a case where LESS IS MORE! The result keeps getting better weeks and months after a session.
In case you have forgotten the dermarolling guidelines and treatment spacing, check it here, and follow it religiously.
6. Don’t Share Your Derma Roller with Anyone
I think this is pretty self-explanatory. You CAN’T share what goes into your skin and makes contact with blood with someone else.
You should be the only one using your derma roller. DO NOT SHARE! BE STINGY WITH IT. Your stinginess is absolutely justified here.
7. Replace Your Derma Roller
Ok! I know this thing is metal, but it has a limited lifespan too. You can’t use it forever. When to replace them may depend on the frequency of use.
There’s no rule guiding when you should replace it. But generally, you should replace your derma roller when you feel the needles are getting blunt and doesn’t penetrate your skin with ease. Or when you see any fault (a needle is bent, broken, etc.).
NEVER use a damaged/faulty roller on your skin, please.
And always make sure you have one set or at least a single roller every time in your beauty box. It’s by far the most important beauty product you anyone can have.
8. Always Sterilize Your Dermaroller Before and After Every Use
You should absolutely never use a dermaroller without sterilizing/Disinfecting it.
Sterilize/Disinfect your derma roller by letting it soak in 65 – 80 percent isopropyl alcohol for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before every use and after every use. Read this guide to see how to do this the right way.
9. Avoid Irritants and Makeup
After dermarolling your face, you must not wear makeup for 48-72 hour. This is because your makeup materials, especially brushes might be dirty from previous uses which could cause irritation and bring about undesired outcomes.
Also and most importantly, your skin would need time and space to breathe and recover without any external interference.
10. Change/Suspend Your Skincare Routine
Your Skincare routine may involves the use of products with ingredients that are harsh and can irritate your skin after a microneedling session.
Therefore it’s important to suspend or modify your skincare routine for at least 72 hours (3days) following a microneedling treatment. After which you can resume your normal skincare routine.
11. Avoid Rigorous Activities & Swimming
Don’t engage in any rigorous activity that causes sweating such as exercises – running, workouts, weightlifting, etc.
You also MUST NOT go swimming until after 4 or 5 days when the micro channels would have closed up.