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Microneedling can be a great idea. Microneedling at home, by yourself, without the guidance and steady hands of a skincare professional is not a good idea. It’s a treatment worth exploring, but not one you should try to do yourself.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling sounds intimidating, but it can work miracles to smooth lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars and spots and stimulate collagen production.

During a microneedling facial treatment, a med spa aesthetician will use a microneedler or a dermaroller, which look like tiny lawn aerators, to ramp up collagen production and make it easier for skincare products to be absorbed. Your skin receives little pricks from needles as the dermaroller glides across your skin, creating microscopic holes to incite collagen production and rejuvenate skin.

Microneedling can have all sorts of amazing benefits, from stimulating collagen production to paving the way for better absorption of skincare ingredients.

Why Do People Try Microneedling at Home?

At-home takes the delicate derma-needling typically done in a med spa and brings it into your bathroom. You’re in control of the dermaroller and there's no one there to guide you. Some people also claim the at-home treatment is less irritating than an in-office treatment. With all those amazing microneedling benefits, trying your hand at self-treatment is tempting for sure.

But just to be clear, you definitely want professional help when it comes to microneedling. For starters, at home microneedling is less effective than treatments done with your aesthetician at the helm. The surgical steel needles on an at-home dermaroller are shorter than the professional ones, which means you’re automatically getting a lesser result than you would in a med spa. At-home treatments can do more harm than good, too. Without the steady, trained hand of a professional, microneedling can spread infection, exacerbate existing skin issues and even cause scarring. Don’t try this at home.

Microneedling is a skincare treatment best left to the professionals. Sure, it’s tempting to try your hand at it, but the benefits of having an in-office treatment far outweigh the risks associated with giving it a go on your own. Back away from the dermaroller and book an appointment.

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