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Microneedling At Home: Treat your skin at home

Learn the best way to microneedling at home

If you are microneedling your skin every day or once per week, please STOP as you are causing more damage, and it is AGEING your skin rather than improving it.

Microneedling treatments at home are becoming increasingly popular instead of visiting a clinic for professional microneedling treatments. There are several home devices such as derma roller, home microneedling devices, and stamps for sale that people may use at home.

From a skin aesthetic therapist’s point of view, the biggest concerns are; needling techniques, depth of needle, the quality of the home microneedling devices, use of blunt needles, bent needles or using too much pressure.

The microneedling at home risks are potentially causing future skin health concerns, such as lack of tone, scarring, thickening of the skin, blemishes and pigmentation.

I am Jen Adams, an aesthetics skin and nutrition therapist. My approach is to educate you about nutrition, lifestyle and skincare choices to help you slow down the effects of ageing. To feel more confident about investing in your skincare and your professional aesthetic treatments that are right for your skin health, not just your skin type.

WATCH Jen Complete Micorneedling At Home

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves using tiny needles to puncture the skin. This stimulates an inflammatory response that triggers the healing process.

Which can improve the texture of scars, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other types of skin damage.

The constant subcision of tiny needles creates microscopic wounds in the skin barrier and creates a controlled trauma to trigger the natural wound healing response.

The wound healing response produces growth factors to stimulate the creation of new skin cells. By encouraging cell to cell communication and metabolism within the mitochondria to complete their life cycle quickly and efficiently.

When used safely and effectively by a specially trained healthcare professional using reputable materials that contain active ingredients, microneedling creates a positive end result in skin cell regeneration.

With the correct usage, professional microneedling devices at home can give the same results as professional treatment in the clinic for large pores, improved texture or uneven skin, stretch marks, acne scarring, reduced fine lines, wrinkles and lift, tighten and tone ageing skin.

What Are The Microneedling At Home Risks?

However, the main concerns from a professional’s point of view and risks associated with microneedling at home are when the treatment is either completed too; aggressively, often or deep.

The most frequent misconception is that causing more harm to your skin will increase collagen formation, resulting in firmer skin.

Microneedling at home

The problem is that your body prefers equilibrium. Too much damage may overstimulate the immune system’s inflammatory response, leading to excessive collagen development, which creates thicker skin, known as fibrosis.

Fibrosis is a type of scarring where the skin becomes more rigid and less elastic. As well as, the sebaceous glands can become overactive in an attempt to protect the skin, resulting in excess sebum (oil) production and enlarged pores giving your skin an orange peel effect. Not to mention an increase in blemishes, pigmentation and higher risk of keloid scarring.

The other issue with aggressively treating the epidermis layer with subcision of needling is lowering the skin barrier. The damage caused by microneedling derma rollers can influence skin cell membrane integrity. The constant damaging of the epidermis layer can lead to the skin cell membrane losing its ability to hold onto the moisture in your skin.

The excessive removal or damage of the epidermis creates TEWL, which is short for transepidermal water loss. This is the amount of water that passes through the stratum corneum to the outermost layer of the skin.

The more you remove or damage the epidermis layer, the higher your TEWL will be, which means your skin will lose more moisture, become dry and look aged. 

The issues arise because most people react with more treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and more microneedling to address the dehydrated skin, creating severe damage to the skin health in the long term.

Effects Of Excessive Microneedling At Home

Microneedling too often, as an example every week, will weaken the skin laxity in the long term.

The epidermis contains the keratinocytes that conduct cell metabolism and communication. These keratinocytes are the primary growth factors that communicate down through the layers of the skin to trigger the inflammatory cytokines response to tell fibroblasts in the dermis what to do.

The fibroblasts must be able to understand and respond to the signal for them to heal and generate collagen. It takes around 28-50 days for the keratinocytes to complete this life cycle communication process.

Therefore you should only be microneedling at home every 4 to 6 weeks. Those who need the treatment the most – lack of skin tone and excessive laxity, need to have the treatment the least often. 

For young acne scars or active acne, you can needle skin every four weeks – but you need to ensure a single-use sterile roller or stamp because your skin microbiome is unbalanced, and the risk of infection is enhanced.

How Deep Should You Microneedle?

The depths of the needles can depend on your microneedling device and the thickness of the skin. 

It is essential to understand the epidermis does not contain blood vessels.

Blood should not be drawn when looking to trigger a cascade of keratinocytes for communication and inflammation to the epidermal junction for healing and collagen production.

The base of the epidermal junction is where the STEM cells are stored.

You want to react to these cells to produce the collagen and from the wound healing response and via the epidermal growth factors, not in the hypodermis where the blood vessels are.

This layer is too deep and will trigger too much inflammation and cause scarring and potential pigmentation in the future.

There are benefits to a pinpoint bleed on the jawline, chin and neck, but the skin should not be bleeding. If you want to trigger growth factors to improve your skin health over the next two or three weeks, you need to create an erythema pink skin – not blood.

Another factor to consider when microneedling at home is the serums you use to help the keratinocytes communicate. Your skincare serums will not encourage cell to cell communication. To learn more about the suitable serums to use when microneedling at home – take a look at this article; Mesotherapy NCTF 135 HA FILLMED Serum

In summary, microneedling at home comes with risks, but NOT the actual needling creates the risk. It’s the person who is doing the needling.

Too aggressive, too often and too deep, and you risk making whatever endpoint you want from treating your skin at home – worse.

The main secret to microneedling at home is to be constant, not too deep, use suitable serums [mesotherapy] and allow sufficient time between treatment for your skin to rest and repair.

You need to give your skin STEM cells time to react and the fibroblasts to create the collagen and elastin for skin rejuvenation.

In general, regardless of the skin conditions, skin concerns or area you want to treat, microneedling is an excellent skin treatment – BUT you need time for those growth factors to communicate and regenerate the skin cells.

Microneedling skin treatment addresses: 

  • Orange peel chin
  • Verticle lines on top lip
  • Large open pores on nose
  • Crows feet around the eyes
  • Wrinkles on forehead
  • Acne scars on cheeks
  • Creepy skin on the neck

The main skin corners that microneedling will address: 

  • Improve lack of tone
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Hydrate dry skin
  • Reduce signs of rosacea
  • Brightening dark spots

The areas you can treat with microneedling are:

  • Jawline for sagging skin
  • Eyes for fine lines and crows feet
  • Forehead for wrinkles and deep lines
  • Neck for skin tightening
  • Backs of hand for dark spots

In conclusion, microneedling at home risks are related to the user not the treatment. The microneedling treatment is an amazing way to improve skin health. In general, if using home devices, be careful not to over treat your skin by using too much pressure, completing the treatment too often, and drawing blood or going too deep.

The treatment should not hurt, not pleasant but now painful. Watch Jen complete Home Meso Treatment

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