Microneedling 101

Microneedling is a hot topic in beauty. Trendsetters have listed as the next “big thing”. But there always seems to be a next “big thing”, so why should you pay attention to microneedling? Short answer; because it works.

Read on for a crash course in microneedling.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) uses fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds on the top layer of skin.

These puncture wounds do not go deep enough into the skin to create bleeding, but, these micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural wound healing processes. The body sends fibroblasts to the affected area and this helps increase cell turnover and collagen and elastin production. Skin appears thicker, more plump, and scarring and dark spots are reduced.

What is a Dermaroller?

A dermaroller is a handheld device that microneedles the skin. In addition to creating the painless micro injuries that help stimulate collagen and elastin, it also creates “micro channels” that allow topical products to be absorbed easier (and deeper) into the skin.

Does it hurt?

It shouldn’t! When using at-home dermarollers, at most, you’ll feel slight tingling with a little redness afterwards. This redness usually disappears after 20-30 minutes. If you’re having this procedure at a dermatologist’s office, they should apply a numbing agent to the face prior.

What’s the difference between at-home and in-office microneedling?

An at-home dermaroller will have needles no more than 1mm in length. This is deep enough to treat fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and scarring. With needles no more than 1mm, there is no need for a numbing agent on the face and you’ll still see results.

In-office procedures use needles that are typically 1mm to 2.5mm. If you wish to treat deeper scars or cellulite, this is the best option.

Why do it?

Microneedling helps stimulate collagen and elastin, and cell turnover. Therefore, it’ll treat various concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and enlarged pores. Here are the top 5 reasons microneedling is a game changer.

How do I microneedle at home?

  1. Cleanse the skin
  2. Disinfect your dermaroller with an alcohol with 60-80% concentration
  3. Roll dermaroller over forehead, cheeks, and chin. Roll the derma roller back and forth 4-5 times in each direction horizontally, vertically and diagonally over the treatment areas. Maintain the same speed and pressure to create more micro vessels. Use for at least 1 minute to properly stimulate the skin.
  4. Apply your favorite serum
  5. Apply moisturizer and SPF (for daytime)

Are there risks?

While microneedling helps with acne scarring, it should NEVER be used on active blemishes. The micro-tears can spread bacteria around the face, making breakouts worse.

If the skin is inflamed, irritated, experiencing eczema or rosacea, microneedling is not recommended.

A couple of common sense tips:

  • Never share a dermaroller with another user and always disinfect it with alcohol before and after use
  • Dermarollers can become dull and damaged with use. Replace your dermaroller every couple of months to ensure maximum benefits

If you have further questions, please leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you!


The question “how often” has not been answered. Once a month, once a week, etc? Thanks

Connie K. San Miguel December 02, 2019

How often can I do this? Will longer beedles give you better results

Donna Peters June 26, 2019

I clean my face, apply serum and then i use the derma roller. I recommend getting one with titanium needles. Make sure you sterilize properly before and after each use. This little device worked wonders on my face and I couldn’t be happier. Been using so long I get coupons now, so if you wish to get one cheap, use code: 8TEONWBA for like 40% off at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Derma-Roller-0-25mm-Appearance-Rejuvenation/dp/B07L61GRT5/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1549321240&sr=8-1&keywords=renova+bella+derma+roller

mark February 04, 2019

Just watching a home shopping channel and they had a microneedling tool on that was on sale for $189.00.. It had a light and they said it should be done for 1 minute at a time.. Along with this too., it came with additional beauty products…. This sales person said her father invented this and had a patten.. I am the newby and mesmerized by this product..!! Thanks for Cosmedica….

Marla Luton June 23, 2018

I am a newby with micro needling and want to thank you for this info… Had no idea I had to sterilize before and after needling..!!

Marla Luton June 13, 2018

Your description of your product says stainless steel needles, but above you write about titanium. What are they made of, and which is best?

Janice May 05, 2018

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