What is Micro Needling?
The allure of dermarolling never really caught on here at Truth in Aging, despite having a loyal fan base. The procedure involves using a small roller with fine micro needles over the skin. This then causes micro punctures which lead to a puffy swollen face. It isn’t pretty but it is supposed to help with acne scarring and general skin damage. Once pricked, new collagen is rushed to the damaged areas and creams/serums that are applied to the area are able to be more easily absorbed which is meant to help you get a better skin tone. Many consider it an alternative to expensive laser treatments or harsh peels, officials in China are considering it something of a nuisance.
The Dangers of Micro Needling
According to Hong Kong’s consumer council, there have been 43 complaints of bad reactions to micro needling procedures at salons across the city. Salon workers often skip the sterilizing process in between sessions and continue using rollers which can become bloodied after one session. This can expose clients to risks such as HIV and hepatitis. Publicity and community relations officer Philip Leung Kwong-hon told the South China Morning Post: "It is unwise to risk your life for a prettier appearance."
Micro Needling at Home
Despite this, demand for micro rolling has continued to take off. After being featured on The Rachel Ray show, the media has continued to run with the roller. Thanks to growing demand, more retailers are selling it and dermarollers are now pretty affordable. You can buy a roller for around $40 or a set for $200 and do the procedure yourself. Unfortunately, it is a bit more risky. Pressing too hard could cause added trauma to your face and if you buy a needle size too long results will be extra painful and bloody. Then there’s the healing, people have reported their pores being larger and white heads appearing after use which go away in time. But for some, these small issues are canceled out by the reported benefits of these rollers.
Our Take on Micro Needling
You may want to consider seeing a professional before trying out a roller yourself, and if doing do, make sure they sterilize the needles or use a new batch before. Expect one session to cost anywhere from $300-$500 and take about 30 minutes, more than one session may be needed to achieve the desired effects you are looking for.