You may have heard about microneedling - a procedure that involves tin micro needles that prick into the skin to promote healing and collagen production. This is often offered by professionals. While it sounds scary, following the steps for microneedling and using the proper tool can be a great way to reduce acne scars at home.
Before considering doing it yourself, here are some guidelines when to NOT to microneedle: if you have other skin conditions like rosacea or eczema or are taking isotretinoin. Also, don't go over active acne with it.
Here we'll explain in detail what microneedling does and go through each step on how to miconeedle at home.
What Microneedling Is
Microneedling is known as collagen induction therapy. It is a non-invasive procedure that involves several tiny micro needles being pressing into skin to trigger the skin healing process. Microneedling also allows for better absorption of skin care products, allowing active and hydrating ingredients to better penetrate the skin.
This skin care practice helps in improving the appearance of acne scars by increasing collagen in skin to help fill in atrophic or depressed scars. Additionally microneedling can also help with
- Fine Lines
Microneedling can be done either at home or by a professional skin care expert or dermatologist.
Benefits of microneedling
We do know that microneedling has numerous benefits on the skin, such as:
- an immediate skin plumping effect on acne scars and fine lines
- Lasting results
- Rapid recovery
- Suitable for all skin tones
- Stimulates collagen production
Step by Step Guide To Microneedling At Home
Here's a guide for microneedling at home. What are the important factors to consider when doing microneedling at home?
Choosing the Best Microneedling Tool For Home Use
When picking or choosing a microneedle too for at home use, there are a few important factors to consider: needle material – what are they made of? Options usually include stainless steel or titanium. We prefer titanium needles as they are extremely durable and and aren't likely to cause a metal allergy reaction. The Banisher 2.0 additionally has 24k gold plated titanium needles. Gold has been found to be antibacterial.
When choosing the best microneedle tool, consider also the needle size. For home use, don't use a tool that has needles longer than 0.5mm. Dermarollers are devices where the needles are rolled onto skin and may have a higher chance of making small tears on the skin especially if not applying the right technique and pressure. We recommend a tool that is stamped or pressed onto skin. Powered devices should be left to the professionals.
2) How To Microneedle At Home? (How To Use The Banisher)
Before using, we recommend patch testing in a small area and waiting 24 hours to see how skin reacts. Doing this routine in the evening is also recommended since it's best to stay out of the sun after and makeup shouldn't be worn until at least 8 hours have passed.
Follow these guidelines on how to use the Banisher to make sure you get the best results. Never share the Banisher or other microneedle tool with anyone.
Remember to avoid active acne such as papules, cysts, whiteheads and blackheads and don't use if there is a rash or other skin condition like eczema or rosacea.
- Twist the cap off
- Pour rubbing alcohol of at least 70% up to the fill line then twist back on. Let bristles touch the rubbing alcohol for at least 5 minutes.
- Remove cap and let Banisher air dry for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Make sure skin and hands are thoroughly cleansed. Recommend double cleansing and making sure finger nails are washed.
- Press Banisher 4 to 5 times in each area you want to improve, do not drag banisher across skin.
- Lift up and rotate Banisher about 90 degrees each time before pressing down again. Don't twist the Banisher while it's pressed onto the skin.
- Apply a few drops of Banish Oil or pea sized amount of Vitamin C Crème after the treatment and leave on. You can wash face with a gentle cleanser the next morning and wear sunscreen for the following days.
- Repeat once a week
How Often Can I Microneedle? - For home use tools that are 0.5mm or under, microneedling can be done once a week on average.
How Long Do Results Take? – Results may vary from person to person and require several sessions. On average most people start to see some results within 4-6 weeks, with many by the 3rd month. Being consistent with the routine is also important too.
Recommended Needle Size - The recommended needle size or bristles' length for a home treatment is 0.5 mm. Anything higher than that should be done by a professional dermatologist.
Does Microneedling/Using the Banisher 2.0 Hurt? – Most people would say that microneedling or using the Banisher 2.0 doesn’t hurt but rather feels like velcro being pressed into their skin.
Microneedling Aftercare Tips
There are things that you can use and should avoid after doing the microneedling treatment and what you should be expecting as well after the treatment procedure.
What to use
- Gentle cleanser and lukewarm water
- Serum with antioxidants
- Sunscreen (physical sunscreens are better than chemical sunscreens)
- Hydrating ingredients
What to avoid
- Wearing or applying makeup immediately after
- Sun exposure and tanning beds
- Swimming in pools or ocean right after
- AHA, BHA , retinol, and scrubs
- Highly fragranced skin care products
What to expect after microneedling
Right after microneedling, your skin may be red or flushed looking. This is a normal reaction and the redness should go away by the next morning. For some you may experience mild flaking of skin due to exfoliation process. You can expect skin to appear plumper and after 4-6 sessions mild improvement in skin texture and tone appearance. Always stay out of sun and wear SPF on the days of and after microneedling.
Side Effects Of Microneedling
Using tools like the Banisher 2.0 with shallower bristles have fewer side effects and here are the common ones
- Temporary Redness ( usually goes away after 2-4 hours )
- Mild irritation ( usually goes away within the next day or two )
Microneedling can be done either both at home or by a professional. Though microneedling can be safe to try at home as long as the right tool is used and with instructions being followed. It's best to consult with a dermatologist first for recommendations, most especially if you are a beginner.
Also, results may vary from person to person as it may take a few days, weeks or months, to get positive results depending on your skin’s tolerance and reaction to the treatment.
“Microneedling: Advances and Widening Horizons” by Aasham Singh and Savita Yadav from NCBI ; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4976400/