I Tried At-Home Microneedling, and It Totally Changed My Skin

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The first time I witnessed the magic of microneedling, I sat in a room at a dermatologist's office, holding my sister's iced tea and watching her face bleed. (She'd gotten enough topical anesthesia to numb an elephant—don't worry. ) But the results were worth it: Her skin was glowing and clear just in time for her wedding. “Microneedling is the creation of small micro-channels and injuries to your skin with acupuncture-size needles," says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M. D. , a dermatologist at Entière Dermatology in New York City. "Your body will respond to these micro-injuries naturally by stimulating and producing collagen, which can treat fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, stretch marks, acne scars, and textural concerns.

Engelman agrees: "Piercing your skin by any means creates an open channel, thereby increasing your chances of getting an infection," she says. "As with all procedures, make sure to use sterile tools if you’re doing it at home. " (She's a fan of Environ Cosmetic Gold Roll-CIT, which has a coating of naturally bacteria-resistant gold. ) But BeautyBio also does its due diligence by packing an empty spray bottle with the roller, which you can then fill with a DIY sanitizer. "We recommend spritzing the microneedles with isopropyl alcohol—70 percent or higher—after each use to completely sanitize and sterilize the needles, and letting it air-dry," O'Banion says.

Jamie O'Banion, the CEO and founder of BeautyBio, suggests using it after cleansing and swabbing your skin with a cleansing wipe. "Make it part of your nightly routine: Cleanse, prep, roll, treat, and complete," she says. "Ensure all your face and eye makeup is removed, then prep by swiping a Prep Pad across target treatment areas. " These pads, a few of which are included with the microneedling roller, are alcohol-free and contain an antibacterial complex to kill any germs lingering on your skin.

Though microneedling at home won't nab you quite the same results (as the needles are both shorter and duller), it can still offer benefits. "At-home rollers don’t pierce your skin as deeply as the medical-grade devices, but they can be used to enhance the penetration of products—be it hydrating, brightening, or rejuvenating actives—that are applied postperforation, as it creates these open channels," says Dr. Engelman.

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