Microneedling: Why Your Skin Needs It

I have been doing at-home microneedling with a dermaroller for the past three years, and it is life-changing. If you have acne scarring, discoloration, wrinkles, and/or large pores, YOU NEED THIS. I'm going to go in depth of what exactly it is and how to do it at-home.

What is Microneedling?

So for starters, when you're microneedling you're using a device with tiny, thin needles (it does NOT hurt, so don't freak out) which essentially tricks and triggers your skin into healing the microscopic "punctures" it makes to stimulate new skin cells and collagen, and also allows products to penetrate better into your skin. It's honestly a game changer.

Which One Do You Use?

I love this one - it's $16 and gets the job done beautifully. Make sure to switch out your dermarollers every 4-6 weeks as the needles will become dull and won't be as effective anymore.

How Often Do You Do It?

I like to do it minimum once a week - Sundays to be exact (I treat Sunday nights like my personal spa night). If I have time, I'll do it again four days later. So maximum twice per week, no more!

How Do You Do It?

1. Start off with a fresh, CLEAN face. This is the most important part! You need to make sure your skin is absolutely make-up and dirt free or you're going to penetrate that crap into your skin, and we definitely don't want that. So double-cleanse then use a toner.

2. You're going to take your dermaroller and start rolling horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Each direction you're rolling, you're going to roll 5 times then move onto the next direction. Start with your cheeks then sides of your nose then laugh lines then chin then forehead. *NOTE: do not go back and forth, lift the roller each time. (Ex. Roll up vertically on one cheek, lift, roll up again, lift, roll up again. Do this 5 times then start the process all over again but going horizontally then diagonally.)

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3. Once you've finished rolling your entire face, take a serum and apply it to your skin. This is the BEST time to apply a serum because it will penetrate 10x better because of the open, microscopic punctures. The serum you use should be based off what your end goal is (is it to get rid of acne scars or hyper-pigmentation? minimize pores? reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles?) I'll list my favorites below for each category.

4. DISINFECT. Make sure you clean your dermaroller after each use. I like to take a shot glass (LOL), fill it with rubbing alcohol, and dip my dermaroller in it. I leave it in over night than rinse with hot water, let it dry, and put it back in the case.

Serums To Use

Acne Scarring/Hyper-pigmentation: You want to use a good Vitamin C because it is a natural antioxidant with brightening agents to overall smooth and lighten up any dark spots.

Clinique's Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%

I have a love/hate relationship with this. I love how WELL it actually works but I hate how you have to toss it out after 7 days (they have a 4-pack which is pretty clutch). If you do buy, use this not only after dermarolling, but morning and night as well to get the full benefits from it. You will see a big improvement in your skin after one week.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Brightening Serum

Ok, so this stuff is kinda pricey BUT it is beyond worth it! I actually just finished up another bottle (it lasts me about 4 months) and ordered a new one. I see major results with this is as my dark spots have significantly faded, and it leaves your skin soooooooooo smooth and even. I use it after dermarolling as well as every morning after washing my face. It's honestly my absolute favorite.

Minimize Pores

Clinique's Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum

This stuff is bomb and will leave your pores minimized and your skin smooth and radiant. The ingredients not only reduce your pore size, but they're constantly cleaning them out which is a huge plus.

Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer

I've heard the BEST things about this stuff, and now that it's on sale I need to buy it immediately. It shrinks your pores, tightens your skin, and evens out your skin tone.

Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles:

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

If you're trying to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydration and Hyaluronic Acid is KEY. Hyaluronic Acid is a moisture-binding ingredient which hydrates your skin like none other and keeps it beyond plump. Peter Thomas Roth carries the most legit products and this cloud cream is a game changer.

Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum

Pricey, but it's cheaper than fillers and botox right? I used a huge sample tube of this on my laugh lines before I had fillers, and it reduced them significantly. So I can only imagine what it does with continued use.

Target ALL 3: 

OZNaturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum 

This serum not only has hyaluronic acid, but it also has Vitamin C, Rose Hip Oil and Vitamin E. Perfect for combating all three problem areas. It's amazing after dermarolling, and I also use this on makeup-free days as I don't like how makeup sits over it. Best part? It's less than $16!

Soooooo, are you excited to try microneedling at home now or what? It's seriously the best thing to add to your skincare regimen. If you already do it, I'd love to hear how it's helped you and what products you use as I'm a product junkie and always love trying new ones out. 

Till next time!