Professional skin treatment with microneedles has recently been linked to reducing the signs of aging, as well as removing acne scars. This treatment is usually performed by a beautician, nurse or doctor. However, there is a set of home micro needling devices that are much cheaper than professional treatment. This therapy involves the use of smaller needles, which can actually help reduce pore size, fat production, and fine lines. To use a micro-needling pen at home, you need to choose the right device, read its instructions for use, disinfect it, carefully slide it on the skin, clean it and store it properly after the treatment.
Part 1 of 3: getting ready for home skin needling
Step 1. Choose a micro-needling device
Before starting this treatment at home, you need to choose a device that is right for you. There are three different types: the roller, the pad or the pen. Rollers are the cheapest option and glide along your skin like a paint roller. Some dermatologists recommend pens as well as tampons because vertical penetration is less painful and allows easier handling of devices around the nose, eyes and mouth.
- Purchase a collagen induction therapy device from the Internet.
- The price of these devices is between 10 € for the microneedle roller and 40 € for the pen.
Step 2. Determine the length of the needles
Most of the time, this treatment is performed at home with needles that are much smaller than those used by beauticians. For example, in a clinic, the needles may be between 0.5mm and 3mm in length, depending on the type of treatment. When the procedure is performed at home, you should use smaller needles. It is recommended that their length varies between 0.25 to 1 mm for anti-aging treatments. To treat acne scars, you can use a longer needle about 1.5mm.
If you decide to use a longer needle, consult a dermatologist before starting treatment
Step 3. Read all instructions
Before using any collagen induction therapy device, you should read all instructions carefully. These will give you detailed information on how to set up, store, and use the product safely. Each product is slightly different, so it is very important that you read the instructions for the device you are purchasing.
Depending on the type of skin needling device you have chosen, you probably need to insert the needle cartridge into the device, along with any other minimum items required
Step 4. Disinfect your treatment device before using it
Before you start, you must disinfect the device. Place it, with the needle side facing down, in a small container with isopropyl alcohol and leave it submerged for at least one to two minutes.
Step 5. Wash your face and remove makeup before using the device
Finally, before starting the treatment, wash your face and remove all makeup. Cleanse the face with a mild cleanser, which will remove all dust, dirt, and makeup from the surface of your skin. In addition, it will prevent any penetration of bacteria as a result of the therapy. Therefore, you should always start with a clean face.
Pat dry your face after cleansing
Part 2 of 3: use the pen, pad or roller
Step 1. Imagine your face divided into six sections
In fact, you don't need to mark your face. For example, you can try to mentally divide it into the following sections: upper lip, nose, eye area, chin, cheeks, and forehead. This way you are sure to adequately cover the entire surface of your face and distribute the procedure.
If you want, you can also use a micro-needling device on your neck and upper chest
Step 2. Slide the roller over your face
Turn on the device and gently slide it across your face while moving it vertically, horizontally and diagonally across the surface. You should do this in strips while covering each section of the face. As you move the roller, use the other hand to stretch your skin so that it is firm. This will facilitate the handling of the device.
Do not go over the same section of skin too many times during the same procedure. It is recommended not to go to the same place more than ten times for each treatment
Step 3. Do not apply too much pressure
Avoid doing this while using the pen, pad, or roller. Instead, apply only light to moderate pressure. You may feel tingling or a little uncomfortable at first, but it won't damage your skin or cause bleeding.
Step 4. Lift the roller when changing direction
Remove it completely from your face when you change directions, then lay it on your skin, facing the direction you want to work. Never slide or turn the roller from an upright position to a diagonal while it is in contact with your skin. It could injure you and damage the skin.
Part 3 of 3: Performing Procedures After Home Collagen Induction Therapy
Step 1. Do not wash your face for 6-8 hours after treatment
While micro-needling does not harm your skin, it is likely to turn red and delicate immediately after treatment. Let the skin rest and don't wash your face for at least six to eight hours.
Do not apply makeup for 24 hours, but be sure to use sunscreen if you must be in the sun
Step 2. Disinfect the treatment device
When you are finished using them, rinse the needles with hot water and place them in a container with isopropyl alcohol. This will disinfect the device of any bacteria that may have accumulated on the surface of the skin. It is crucial that you keep the collagen induction therapy device clean and hygienic.
Make sure that a friend or other family member is not using the same device as you. It should be seen as a personal tool
Step 3. Store the treatment device in its original case
After the cleaning process, store your micro-needling device in its original case. This will help you make sure the needles are not broken or damaged, but will also keep them relatively clean between uses.