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Stop with the DIY Microneedling

How You’re Doing More Harm to Your Skin Than Good

at home derma roller

Microneedling is becoming more and more popular among skincare enthusiasts. When things become more popular there are always going to be those people who want to take this great thing and make it cheaper. Sure, this sounds like a good idea in theory, but certain procedures should not be performed at less than 100 percent.

The companies selling these DIY microneedling devices are just trying to make a quick buck, they do not care about your results. Sure, it might have worked for some random girl on the internet but that does not guarantee your safety. Your skin is different from everyone else on the planet.

First things first, you need to understand how microneedling works. You should never have something done to your body unless you know exactly what is happening and what to expect, right? Professional microneedling pens have many (9-10) needles that puncture tiny holes in the skin. These microinjuries lead to superficial bleeding. The professional will then put a serum on your skin that helps target your skin concern. The skin then repairs itself over the next 48 to 72 hours after the treatment by producing collagen and elastin to heal those tiny wounds. The healing process will release various growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, connective tissue activating protein, connective tissue growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor. This helps the skin become plumper and reduce wrinkles. You need to be on an excellent skin regimen before and after this procedure to produce positive results. Most professionals will put you on products that contain vitamins a and c twice a day to maximize collagen production. These vitamins are essential for the production of collagen. Many will use a topical anesthetic before the procedure to reduce pain. You will need multiple treatments at 3-8 week intervals as results are not immediate. It takes about four weeks to see noticeable results in your skin. The new collagen will last for several years making this procedure one of the most long lasting topical skin treatments. The average cost of this procedure is anywhere from $100 to $700 per session, it is recommended that you undergo 4-6 treatments depending on the condition on your skin and your age.

When you attempt to do this at home you’re only get one depth of needle used at whatever pressure you assume is correct; your skin has different depths everywhere, professionals know what depth to use and where to ensure that you are getting the most out of your treatment. If you have any acne on your face you are going to be spreading the bacteria and risking the chance of breaking your entire face out. You’re also not damaging your skin correctly (yes, there is a correct way to damage your skin) then the skin will heal unevenly, and your scar/wrinkle will be even worse. I don’t know about you, but that part doesn’t sound so great to me.

There are also contraindications that can prevent you from receiving microneedling services, a professional will check for before your service in their consultation. Some of these contraindications include acne, eczema, psoriasis, or patients on chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Some of the side effects from this procedure include bleeding, bruising, infection, and peeling. If you notice anything out of the ordinary contact the practice where you had the procedure done with your concerns.

The government has regulated this service for a reason, to protect you. In some states you have to be in the medical field to perform microneedling services on other people. Just a reminder why you shouldn’t attempt every fad you see on the internet. I hope this helped you learn about the benefits of having microneedling done by a professional and the negative potential of trying to do this at home. 

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