The first occasion when I saw the wonder of microneedling, I sat in a room at a dermatologist's office, holding my sister's ice tea and watching her face bleed. (She'd sufficiently gotten enough anesthesia to numb an elephant—don't stress.) But the outcomes were justified, despite all the trouble: Her skin was shining and clear in the nick of 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."

Be that as it may, the majority of that result is crafted by in-office microneedling, which requires an authorized aesthetician or dermatologist and an amount of anesthesia, depending on your resilience to pain.

So when NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., prescribed at-home microneedling as a conceivable answer for acne scars, I was captivated. I could do this? On my lounge chair? While watching the last scenes of Breaking Bad re-runs? I couldn't sign up quick enough, having breakout of skin inflammation for several weeks that left my skin smudged and uneven.

Despite the fact that microneedling at home won't result in the incredible same outcome (as the needles are both shorter and more blunt), it can in any case offer advantages. "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.

I ran with the BeautyBio GloPRO Microneedling Facial Regeneration Tool ($199), which appears to be costly until you think about that (a) the average expense of a single microneedling session is $625, and (b) the greater part of these devices will cost you three figures. At that point I plugged in the roller, which has a build-in red LED light, which additionally addresses wrinkles and scars, and let it charge the battery for a while. Jamie O'Banion, the CEO and originator of BeautyBio, recommends utilizing it after cleansing and swabbing your skin with a cotton pad. "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 couple of which are incorporated with the microneedling roller, are alcohol free and contain an antibacterial complex to kill any germs present on your skin.

I began without reading the instructions (old habits die hard), however the uplifting news? It's fairly fool proof. Dissimilar to timer-run devices, the microneedle roller operates with an on/off button. So I had no clue to how long I was moving it around my face and still didn't notice any redness or soreness. (I currently realize that you should roll every area for 15 seconds.) I started with my chin, moved up to either cheek, and completed with my forehead. You should move over each area in an pattern. "Go over the area in an asterisk: up and down, side to side, diagonally left up to right, and diagonally right up to left," says Dr. Engelman.

The microneedling itself was fine: You can feel pricks, however it inflicted no pain. At that point, since I'm a glutton for punishment, I finished it with some glycolic acid. Oh man, it hurt. Luckily, it died down before long, and I applied my normal antioxidant serum and lightweight moisturizer. The following morning I woke up to find that the dark spots on one cheek looked dispersed—and it seems illogical, some redness had disappeared from my problem areas. My skin looked somewhat more calm and recognizably more brilliant.

It's important to note that microneedling devices have some risks involved. "The at-home microneedling devices are difficult to clean and dull quickly," Dr. Levin notes. "There is a higher risk of infection, discoloration, and injury to your skin." Dr. Engelman concurs: "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 additionally does its due by including an empty spray bottle, which you would then be able to fill up 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.

As long as your expectations are not too high and use it with reason, microneedling at home can be a rewarding choice in case you're not prepared for the genuine, in-office thing. I'll keep it up since I saw a difference—in this way, as it turned, no pain, some gain.

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