Everything You Need to Know About Micro-Needling

my experience with Micro-needling dermarolling

Hey TGIF! This week has been quite interesting. The cold that I’ve had is finally pretty much out of my system, and I’m starting to feel like a human again. Just in time for the weekend! I don’t have anything crazy planned, but I do have to run a bunch of errands for Bryan’s birthday party next weekend, and somehow make time for some MUCH needed yoga sessions. 

Before we get our weekend started though, I wanted to finally tell you guys all about micro-needling. I don’t think I even talked about this on Snapchat or Instagram yet. You’re hearing about it here on the blog first. 

Micro-needling is something that I’ve been doing for over 5 months now, so I feel confident enough to share it with you today. Let’s get into it. 

my experience with Micro-needling dermarolling

What is Micro-Needling?

Micro-needling, aka dermarolling, is a skin treatment that you can do at home by yourself or in an office by an aesthetician or dermatologist. The tool used is a called a dermaroller, and it looks like a mini paint roller but with lots of tiny needles. The ones that are safe to use at home have needles that are usually around .25mm long. 

I’ll go into depth about how to use the tool later in this post, but basically you just roll the needles across your face. I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds. 

So why do you need a this weird contraption in your life? LOL, I’m glad you asked.

First, since you’re opening up your pores with the needles, products will be able to soak deeper into your skin. So, if you’re using an expensive serum or moisturizer, you’re definitely going to want to invest in a dermaroller {this one is only $20!} to increase the effectiveness of the serum! 

Secondly, the micro-injuries that occur send a signal to your brain to send collagen to the area. NATURAL collagen. No artificial fillers needed! Collagen helps create firmer, plumper, healthier skin that we all want. 

Last but certainly not least, micro-needling can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Larger dermarollers, around 3mm long, are used by professionals and can help improve tougher skin conditions like acne scarring and stretch marks. 

my experience with Micro-needling dermarolling my experience with Micro-needling dermarolling

How to Use 

Experts recommend using a dermaroller between once a week and a few times a week, depending on your skin. My skin is usually very sensitive, but I can get away with doing it 4-5 times a week. It’s become a staple in my nighttime skincare routine, and now I can’t live without it. I’m so crazy that I even bring it with me when I travel. It’s that good. 

Before you use your dermaroller, you’re going to want to cleanse your face and neck, and pat dry. {My favorite right now is the Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser}. Do NOT micro-needle before cleansing. You’re basically just asking for a breakout. 

Now to the fun part – hold the dermaroller by the handle and apply light pressure by rolling it vertically, horizontally, and diagonally across one section of your face at a time {forehead, right cheek, left cheek, lips, chin}. Repeat this 2-3 times over the same section of skin at most. The whole process only takes me about 1-2 minutes. That’s it! Simple, right?

IMPORTANT: Don’t roll over any active acne, because you can spread the bacteria around your face and increase your chance of an infection.

Next, apply your favorite serum or moisturizer. 

Before I put my dermaroller away for the night, I clean it by submerging the needles in rubbing alcohol and rinsing with water. 

Since I told you that micro-needling is great to use before applying serums, I wanted to share with you my current favorite.

I’ll be the first to admit that I generally don’t go crazy with my skincare. I like to stick to products that I’m used to, because my skin is super sensitive and will break out if I try too many new things at once. Because of this, I usually say no when skincare companies want to send me products to try. Even when I do say yes to brands, I always tell them that there’s no guarantee that I’ll enjoy the product and share it on the blog. 

That’s exactly the conversation that happened with Eminence Organics. But oddly enough, I actually ended up LOVING most of the products they sent me. I’ll do a whole post about my current skin care routine, but for now I wanted to mention just one product that I’ve been using every single night for the past 5 months with my dermaroller: Eminence Organics Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum

It’s a bit expensive, but it’s so worth it. I’ve seen a huge improvement in the texture of my skin from using this product. It keeps my skin clear without drying it out, which is PERFECT because my skin is dry to begin with! 

The ingredients are simple and to the point. NO nasty parabens, phthalates, or sulfates. Plus, Eminence Organics doesn’t do any animal testing! Each bottle contains willow bark, walnut leaf, anise, tea tree oil and BioComplex. These all help calm the skin and heal irritation from acne. 

my experience with Micro-needling dermarolling

// Have you tried micro-needling? Let me know your thoughts! Did you like it? 

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  1. February 25, 2017 / 12:52 am

    I’ve never heard of this! Slugs very interesting!!

    • March 1, 2017 / 9:27 am

      It’s been a favorite of mine for a little while now. I use it SO often and love the results.

  2. March 1, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Thank you! This is so interesting–I’ve always been curious about micro needling!

    • March 1, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Thanks for reading, hannah. I’m glad it was helpful 🙂 xo, Nicole

  3. March 1, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    This is interesting, I have never heard of it. It does sound scary though. I am not sure I could do it. Does it feel like a little massage on your face or does it kind of hurt? How do you clean it when you are done?

    • March 1, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Hi Chasa! It feels like a little massage. It honestly doesn’t hurt at all, and I am the WORST when it comes to pain. When I’m done, I dunk it in a rubbing alcohol and water solution, and pat dry. Give it a try !! xo, Nicole

  4. aubree
    September 8, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Hello! What micro needling tool do you use? I’ve wanted to try this but don’t want to buy a bad one!

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