16 Apr What products to use when Dermarolling or Microneedling
What products to use when Dermarolling or Microneedling is a question I get a lot. Dermaarolling and/or microneedling are becoming increasingly popular every day. I get a lot of inquiries about using my GHK-Cu Copper Peptide Amino Complex before or after a treatment. It’s no secret that GHK-Cu Copper Peptide is the best and most coveted treatment product to use when Dermarolling or Microneedling; and people want a clean formula, which is why they use mine.
I’ve been reading about dermarolling/microneedling for over 10 years, but I’ve recently taken up a new interest in it and have been researching and speaking with professionals A LOT – and here’s why: I was very surprised to learn that the microholes caused by the needles close up 60-90 minutes after treatment. I.did.not.know.this! This knowledge changes everything for me; I’m jumping onto the band wagon and going to give it a go myself.
I just want to give some basic information for those of you who might be interested in the idea of dermarolling/microneedling or are interested in what products to use when Dermarolling or Microneedling – before and after treatment.
What is dermarolling and microneedling?
A device with tiny needles ranging in size that you roll over your skin horizontally and vertically that basically irritates your skin by puncturing it, thus helping collagen to produce. It’s a lot more than that though; it can effectively increase skin firmness, reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, age spots, stretchmarks, acne, aids in product penetration and more.
Can I do the treatments myself at home?
Yes, dermarolling/microneedling can be done by yourself in the comfort of your home. Treatments can also be done by a Dermatologist or Medical Esthetician. It depends on the needle size and the condition of your skin. I highly recommend seeing a Dermatologist or Medical Esthetician for an initial treatment program. Then with their expertise and guidance, give you the tools and information you need to continue your treatments at home.
Different needle sizes:
Needle sizes range from 0.25mm to 1.5mm for home use.
- 0.25 – 0.5 mm sized needles are the best (and smallest) sized needles are best for anti-aging, fine lines, enlarged pores.
- 1.mm sized needle is best for deeper wrinkles, firming skin, light scars, and stretchmarks.
- 1.5 mm is best for deep scars. You would not want to start out with a 1.5 mm microneedle; it’s really something you would want to work up to – or not! I recommend 1.5 mm and anything higher be done by a professional.
How often should I do treatments?
This also depends on the size of the needles on your roller as well as your particular skin. The most important thing to remember is that you must wait until your skin is completely healed (no redness or swelling) before your next treatment:
0.25 mm: every other day at the very most.
0.5 mm: 1 – 2 times per week at most. Start with 1x/week for a few months, then work up to 2x.
1.0 mm: 1x every two weeks at most.
1.5 mm = 1x every 4-6 weeks. Unless you’re a dermarolling queen, this is the one I feel should be left to the pros.
What products to use when Dermarolling or Microneedling (before and after)?
Before treatment: Without a question, GHK-Cu Copper Peptide is the winner here. However, if you want to use it around your eye area, you’ll want to dilute it 50/50 with water. GHK-Cu Copper Peptide is a strong weapon against skin sag, wrinkles, scarring, and stretchmarks, however it’s too strong for some to be used around the eye area without diluting it. Also, it’s best to use it on its own for at least two months before you start using it with your dermaroller/microneedle treatments. That way your skin can get acclimated to it. I do have many clients who start using it right away with their needling treatments with great success; but I feel that it’s best to use it by itself first. You will want to start out with Formula I and when the bottle is used up, you can then move up to Formula II.
After treatment: Since the microholes caused by the dermaroller/microneedle close after 60-90 minutes, the list of what you can use post treatment are the products you’re using for anti-aging now. Do avoid alpha/beta hydroxy acids and toners that have alcohol in them. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: Wait at the very least 90 minutes (2 hours or overnight is best) before applying anything to your skin. And always apply sun protection (I’m Covered Physical Sunscreen SPF32) every day, rain or shine. Use Vitamin C+ Serum (ours has Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Glutathione, Sea Kelp and Oat Beta Glucan in it) in the morning prior to I’m Covered Physical Sunscreen SPF32. At night, be sure to use All-Trans Retinol and follow with one of your favorite hydrating products (click here for our fabulous moisturizing formulas). If your skin is on the oily side, our Skin Tight Lifting Elixir is a great option for you. All of these products I’ve mentioned stimulate collagen type III, which is the youth collagen. We need collagen type III for firming and increasing elasticity in our skin. Since dermarolling/microneedling stimulates collagen, these products are perfect to use in conjunction with your treatments. If you’re a seasoned pro or want to start, I hope this helps you decide what products to use when dermarolling or microneedling!