We Asked a Dermatologist If It Is Really OK to Do Microneedling at Home

It sounds scary because of the word “acupuncture” in the name, but according to many studies, microneedling is an effective way to rejuvenate skin cells.

Here’s how it works. Tiny “micro-needles” will do just as little damage to your skin. Of course, your skin will repair itself and promote collagen production in the process. It also improves the effectiveness of your skincare routine.

It’s quite popular – many celebrities love the trend. Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and many other stars are represented by microneedling.

But the real question comes: is DIY safe? We caught up with Dr. Loretta Silado, MD FAAD, a Miami-based dermatologist with over 40 years of experience (and founder of Loretta Skin Care Physicians), to ask her about her thoughts on the subject.

So, what are the benefits of a face slimming shot?
According to Ciraldo, there are two benefits: “One: the creation of channels (microtubule-like openings) on the skin’s surface that enhance the penetration of skin care products; and two: the minimally invasive nature of the process, which stimulates wound healing and increases collagen production, which is beneficial for depressed acne scars and fine lines and wrinkles.”

How long should the needles be on the needle roller machine you purchased?
Ciraldo says there are two options if you look online: manual rollers or electric or battery-run stamping equipment.

“In most cases, it’s wise to start with a simple hand-held roller device and put a needle on the roller.” She said. She suggested 0.25mm as a good starting point.” For more aggressive treatments, battery-powered or electric devices can be used, which work like a syringe, allowing the needle to penetrate several times in the same area. This device will be more effective for deeper wrinkles and creases as well as concave acne scars.” The dermatologist said.

Can I try a long needle?
“Longer needles will produce more collagen than shorter ones,” says Ciraldo.” The short stitches work well to increase penetration and add vitality and firmness to the skin for a short time.”

But she also warns that using a longer needle length too long or too often in one area could leave scars.

How often should I micro-needle?
Ciraldo said, “Most people get microneedling treatments once a week.” She said: “The frequency of this treatment will depend on how your skin reacts and why you are using microneedling.

Don’t perform microneedling on skin that is already red, sensitive or swollen, however: “It’s also important to realize that you don’t want to see any bruising from this process. If you have tiny bleeding spots or bruises, the device is too strong for you, or you are using it too hard.”

Which products should be used with a hair remover?
You need to pay more attention to which products are not to be used with microneedling.” You generally don’t use any acid or retinol-based products immediately after a microneedling unless it’s under the guidance of a skincare professional who knows your skin.” Ciraldo said.” This is because after microneedling, the penetration of aggressive skin care products increases, causing severe irritation of the skin surface.”

However, non-acidic products can be used – in fact, if you use these products immediately after a microneedling treatment and in the days following, they will penetrate deeper into your skin with better results. Using a good serum is especially beneficial.

How often should I clean/replace my dermaroller?
You should get instructions for the device, but if not, Ciraldo recommends using a 70% ethanol cleaning solution; hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol should be fine.

“The manufacturer may have guidelines on how often you should replace the entire unit or needle case. They usually have no problems for at least a year,” she said.