Get ready to change the way you wash your face. Cleansing balms are the next big thing in skincare. But what exactly are cleansing balms and how do they work? Keep reading to find out!
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is the creation of small wounds in your skin using a handheld device covered in small needles. The skin responds to these tiny injuries by creating more collagen, the primary structural component of skin. This increase in collagen production decreases the appearance of wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, and other textural issues.
Typically, one would visit a dermatologist or aesthetician for a microneedling session. However, this treatment’s popularity has spawned several home microneedling devices. And since home microneedling devices are much less expensive than just one in-office microneedling treatment, many are drawn to the idea of home microneedling as part of their home facial routine.
Why You Shouldn’t Do Skin Needling at Home
There are a few reasons why microneedling is best left to the professionals:
- Home microneedling (or home dermarolling) devices have smaller needles than a professional’s, which means that they don’t penetrate the skin as deeply. Professional microneedling devices penetrate at a depth of 0.5mm to 1.5mm, which is enough to trigger the collagen-building wound response.
Home microneedling devices, however, only penetrate the skin to a depth of 0.3mm. So while these home devices are good at increasing product absorption, they don’t stimulate collagen production. Thus, home microneedling devices aren’t as effective as the real deal.
- Home microneedling devices are difficult to clean. Since they’re so difficult to clean, they’re a magnet for bacteria, and microneedling your face with a bacteria-covered device is a recipe for a skin infection.
- Home microneedling devices dull quickly. Once they’re dull, they are no longer effective.
- In an in-office treatment, your practitioner will use a local anesthetic to numb the pain. After all, we are about talking needle pricks here! But with home microneedling, there is no anesthetic so you’ll feel every tiny prick of the device.
- To avoid irritation, it’s important to steer clear of certain skincare products after DIY microneedling. Your practitioner will know exactly what will work for your skin post-microneedling session. But if you use your regular skin serums at home, you might end up with skin irritation. Ouch!
What To Do Instead of DIY Microneedling
Looking for a skincare product that produces some of the same retexturizing results as microneedling? We recommend Perfect “C” Treatment Serum. This anti-aging serum is formulated with a high concentration of two distinct types of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant known to stimulate collagen production in the skin. With regular use, Perfect “C” Treatment Serum firms and lifts the skin, diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and fades the appearance of age spots.