You may have heard of microneedling especially if you've been looking into different acne scarring treatments. While there are microneedling treatments available at certain esthetician offices or dermatologist clinics, microneedling at home is also on the rise.
Microneedling is the process of creating controlled microinjuries on the skin to increase collagen. It's known for reducing acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and enhancing topical product absorption.
Is it a good idea to microneedle at home? It can be as long as you follow the proper steps and use the correct home use microneedling tool.
We have noticed there’s been a few myths circulating about microneedling, particularly microneedling at home and would like to clear those up referencing some studies.
Can You Microneedle At Home Safely?
There has been no study that says ‘microneedling at home’ is dangerous, and you can microneedle at home safely although it does have some risks that can easily be avoided.
Generally, microneedling at home poses little risk because at home use tools have needles at under 0.5mm and the risks tend to increase as you get into more aggressive treatments with deeper needles that can draw blood which should only be used in a professional setting.
When it comes to different microneedling tools, derma rollers can have a slightly higher risk of scarring when used too aggressively. Motorized microneedle pens can glide and drag on the skin causing unnecessary extra damage if not used properly.
The safest tool option would be a stamp option since you can easily stamp where the microneedles are placed and there is no risk of dragging to cause 'tram track' scarring. Which are scars that look like little lines across the skin from improper dermarolling technique or the pens getting dragged on the skin.
There are claims about microneedling at home leading to infection, however from what we've seen, there has been only 1 reported case of infection when a woman used a derma roller over active cysts and spread that onto her face.
So if you are microneedling over an active infection and rash, then yes it can probably cause that infection to spread. As long as you avoid doing that, you can eliminate that risk. Similar to how shaving over bumps or rashes can also spread infection, yet many people still choose to shave at home - just don't go over the infection.
How To Prevent infection:
Never to microneedle over active acne or any rash, or any part of skin that looks like there could be a breakout.
The Banisher 2.0 is a microneedle stamp created so one can target areas AROUND a pimple, instead of derma rolling over the entire face.
Will Microneedling At Home Cause Granulomas?
Granulomas were reported in 3 cases of microneedling in med spas, two of which were done at the same med spa.
In 2 of the 3 patients, they continued to get professional microneedling even though they noticed adverse reactions from their skin-they started getting a rash.
Patients developed allergic reactions to the same serum applied afterwards. They looked at the ingredients in the vitamin C serum from Sanitas skincare and said “We hypothesize that the culprit allergenic chemical is one of the nontested ingredients or an unlisted ingredient of Vita C Serum, such as an unknown fragrance or preservative.”
How To Prevent
So it isn't necessarily that vitamin c serums cause granulomas, because not all vitamin c serums are made with the same ingredients.
After checking on the ingredients in the Vita C serum that caused the reactions in the professional microneedling case, none of the ingredients in Banish's Vitamin C Serum are found in their Vita C Serum.
The best way to prevent a reaction is if you use a serum that you are comfortable with and know your skin already tolerates well.
Avoid testing out new serums or having unknown serums applied to your skin after microneedling and patch test your microneedle tool and topical on a small area to check for any allergic reactions.
Should You Microneedle At Home?
In this day and economy, not everyone has access to dermatologists and can afford professional microneedling treatments that run $500+ a session, especially if they still have active breakouts around their face.
However, if you can afford professional microneedling and like the results it gives you, go for it!
At Banish, it is our priority to make sure all the products are as ‘foolproof’ as possible and are the absolute safest at home microneedling products out there.
When using the right home microneedle tool correctly and taking the right steps, yes you should try microneedling at home.
Banish, in fact uses the same manufacturer that the plastic surgeons and dermatologists use for their professional microneedling tools.
Which At Home Microneedling Tool Is Safest To Use?
1. When it comes to safety, the Banisher 2.0 is the safest out there while still able to give the collagen enhancing results. You can see that the Banisher is the only one that is gold plated. Gold has anti microbial properties.
2. Banisher 2.0 'needles' are much thinner and finer than all the rest.
3. They are also much shorter, making it 'foolproof'.
4. Patented sanitizing screw on cap protects the Banisher and cleans it thoroughly by placing rubbing alcohol in the cap.
Tips For Microneedling At Home Safely
- Never share your device with anyone else!
- Never microneedle over active breakouts or rashes
- Remember to replace your device or needles. With the Banisher we recommend replacing after 8 uses.
- Always use 70%-90% isopropyl alcohol to clean your microneedle tool before using. Make sure the bristles are completely submerged in the alcohol.
- Thoroughly cleanse the skin you will microneedle on before starting. Use 70% isopropyl alcohol pad or cotton ball dipped in alcohol to cleanse the skin before microneedling for extra precaution.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before microneedling.
- Make sure the serum you are using on top afterwards has few fragrance or preservatives. This is why the Banish serum is the freshest there is, using no fragrance and very little preservative.
- Use the Banisher microneedle tool up to once a week, give your skin time to heal in between uses.
- Always stay out of the sun the day of microneedling, and use a fragrance free mineral sunscreen afterwards. Don't apply makeup or irritating exfoliants or retinol until the next day.
You can also read our microneedling aftercare guide for more indepth aftercare!
Things that people normally do daily like wearing contact lenses for the eyes can also have an infection risk when you don't properly remove them, care for, and keep clean. Is it risky to eat raw oysters? Yes there are risks, but we feel like with microneedling at home, it should be up to the consumer to make their choice for what is right for them.
So we feel that the best method is to be able to provide the safest home microneedle tools and education on how to use it properly to eliminate the risks for people who are interested in microneedling at home!
So if you are comfortable doing it yourself, and can follow a few instructions like the ones mentioned above, then microneedling at home is perfectly fine and safe to do and will give you results!