Microneedling - the myths and the facts
Navigating the realm of skincare, treatments, and procedures has never been straightforward. With numerous myths and less-than-successful stories circulating, microneedling (also known as 'dermarolling') is sometimes unfairly portrayed in a scary light. Fear not, as we're here to help dispel the maze of myths and misconceptions.
Can people with sensitive skin microneedle?
Myth: People with sensitive skin should still regularly microneedle.
A debated topic in the beauty industry, microneedling with sensitive skin is as divisive as the chicken-and-egg debate. Our stance is clear: No, you shouldn't microneedle if you have sensitive skin. According to numerous skin experts "Sensitive skin means you have a compromised skin barrier. If you have sensitive skin, you'd be better off strengthening the skin barrier before you think about microneedling." The time to repair your skin barrier depends on the extent of damage and its compromise. Strengthen your skin barrier by simplifying your skincare routine to basics, focusing on thorough cleansing and moisturising, and avoiding exfoliants and aggressive treatments until your skin has recovered.
Is microneedling really safe to do at home?
Myth: Microneedling isn’t safe to do at home.
Admittedly, there's hesitation about microneedling at home. Though intimidating at first, once confident in your technique, you'll be on a roll. Always listen to your skin, and if it feels sensitive or looks redder than usual, consider skipping the session. Educate yourself on the microneedle you're using, including how to hold it, frequency of use, and recognising when your skin isn't ready. At-home microneedles have shorter needles (0.2mm to 0.5mm), reaching only the epidermis, making them safe for home use. Longer needles are for in-salon only (1mm to 2mm) and should be used by professionals only.
Ensure your microneedle is clean, cleaning it thoroughly after each use with our Sanitising Spray, storing it properly, and rinsing the head with warm water before each use.
What happens when you're exposed to the sun after microneedling?
Myth: Sun is the enemy of microneedling!
Technically true to a degree, microneedling can make your skin more sun-sensitive. Never microneedle during the day; do it in the evening to allow your skin to restore, repair and rejuvenate overnight. Always wear SPF the morning after a microneedling session, regardless of the weather.
How often should you be microneedling?
Myth: You should microneedle every evening.
Resist the temptation to microneedle daily. Even if you're not a beginner, rest days are crucial. Your skin needs time to recover, so wait at least 24 hours between sessions. We advise twice a week.
Can you use a microneedle at any age?
Myth: Everyone can microneedle.
Microneedling suitability varies with age. It's recommended that no one younger than 18 uses a microneedle, and for those in their mid-70s or above, with thinner, drier, and more sensitive skin, microneedling should be done less frequently.
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