Finding the right approach for your skincare needs.
Are at-home microneedling kits effective?
With so many celebrities and influencers crediting their glowing skin to micro-needling, you may be considering testing the waters with an at-home micro-needling kit. Don’t. Theses cheap and inexpensive microneedling rollers can cause more harm than good. Depending on your skincare goals, different conditions require different needle depth. You do not treat hyper pigmentation and melasma at the same level you treat fine lines and wrinkles. Over needling and needling too deeply can result in scar tissue fibers being produced rather than collagen fibers being produced, which is the goal of collagen induction therapy. For professional skin results, you need a professional skin care expert.
These use at home kits need to be disposed of after every use, there is no way of cleaning or sharpening the needles. Dull & dirty microneedling rollers can and will cause infection.
What are the risks of at-home microneedling?
There are real risks associated with at-home micro-needling, especially with low-quality tools and without professional consultation. This is especially true for people with certain skin conditions like acne, rosacea, or generally sensitive skin, though microneedling can benefit these conditions when done correctly. For those with normal skin, at-home micro-needling can pose risks. Many products are contradicted when microneedling and applying products following at-home micro-needling treatment can cause infections and other adverse effects such as granulomas and discoloration.
What are the benefits of professional microneedling?
When done by a qualified professional, micro-needling can be an absolute game-changer for your skin and even treat certain skin conditions like acne, scarring, or stretch marks. There are notable benefits to in-office, professional micro-needling compared to at-home kits.
Assessment: Because of their training and experience, professional micro-needling practitioners can deliver individually tailored results. A professional will be able to understand your skin’s unique needs. The microneedling professional will be able to identify your skin conditions and come up with a treatment plan that will work best at delivering your skin goals.
Equipment: As mentioned previously, professionals use medical grade devices that prevent injuries and penetrate the skin at the exact depth for optimal results. With the steady hand of a professional, you can rest and relax while enjoying your skin renewing session. Professionals use single-use, sterile, needles and there is minimal risk for infection when following the aftercare provided
Treatment Plan: Your treatment does not end after one microneedling session. Your provider will create a treatment plan and offer tailored recommendations for skincare products that maximize the treatment benefits. With their understanding of your skin and awareness of the treatment you received, they know what products will be the safest and most effective for you.
Is at-home microneedling ever a good idea?
Call us today for your consultation if you are ready to find out how micro-needling can benefit you and your skin. Whether you are looking to brighten your complexion, treat fine lines and wrinkles, or address a more significant skin condition, let us guide you in getting your skin to its most beautiful glow!
Cara Kovats is a licensed Acupuncturist and Microneedling instructor. Cara through Microessence provides and instructs accredited courses to provide other acupuncturists and holistic health practitioners the skills and tools they need to become successful microneedling practitioners.