I have been planning this post for a while and I am so excited to share it with you all! If you have ever wondered about micro needling, this is the post for you- everything you ever wanted to know about micro needling in one post!

What is micro needling? Microneedling has a few different names. Collagen induction therapy (CIT), skin needling, and dermaroller are a few. It is a skin rejuvenation procedure that uses fine needles to break up the tissue and uses your body’s natural healing process to fix skin issues such as pigmentation, scarring, acne, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Is it painful? It really depends on the roller. When you get it done in an office, you generally are numbed with topical numbing cream so it is not painful at all. I recommend getting it done in an office if it is 0.5 mm or deeper. I did find it slightly painful with most of the rollers at home. The details for each roller that I tried are in the charts below.

What depth should I use?: When you get a treatment done at the office, the treatment depth will differ for the forehead, cheeks, undereyes, etc. This is not the case with the rollers that I used at home. There is only one depth to use, so I have labeled each depth for you. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, you may want to use a different depth. If you would like to go deeper, you will need to go get it professionally done. For scarring you generally need 1.2mm-2.5mm, pigmentation is around .5mm-1.5mm, fine lines and wrinkles is around .2mm-1.5mm, and the rollers that are .2mm or shorter will help increase product absorption.

I have been a medical esthetician for 6 years and micro needling has always been one of my favorite procedures to perform and also to get done on myself. I recently have heard a lot about at home devices which really intrigued me because I didn’t think this was a kind of treatment that would be able to be done at home by someone who wasn’t trained. I have created these images with each roller, the depth, and what I liked and didn’t like about each to make comparing them a little bit easier. On the left of each image is a clip of what my skin looked like immediately after I preformed the procedure. I tried out 5 different at home devices (two were different depths from the same company) and here is what I found:

 La Fontaine .5mm  

La Fontaine .2mm

White Lotus micro roller

Stacked Skincare micro roller

Rodan and Fields micro exfoliating roller

If you have any other questions for me, feel free to comment below, or shoot me an email to kanda@theallureavenue.com!