Microneedling Works Well Enough
Procedure specific satisfaction rating
I was pretty depressed when I started doing at home microneedling. I had bad acne scarring on the temples of my face. When I say temples, I mean the area of skin below the corners of my hairline. I didn't have a lot of money and was unable to visit a dermatologist for expensive laser treatments. My parents were not wealthy people either and I did not want to burden them with the cost of me having a cosmetic treatment. I was not going to die because my skin texture was uneven but it hurt me mentally. My self-esteem was low and I felt like people were always starring at my acne scars. The skin on the rest of my face was fine but my temples bothered me so much. I wanted to find a way to treat them.
I looked on Google for low cost acne scar treatments and of the ones that I discovered, only microneedling seemed to not be a scam. All of the other ones I found were like makeup or temporary surface fillers that were supposed to cover your scars. I wanted a permanent solution because I'm a 19 year old guy and can't be seen at school with coverup on my face. What I learned online was that the key to good results was the depth the microneedle could penetrate. The longer needles penetrated deeper into your skin. The lower layers of your skin are responsible for collagen production and the deeper needles basically damage the layer under your skin and cause induction therapy or the production of new collagen to take place. This new collagen is supposed to fill in the depressions that were the result of your acne scars.
Microneedling devices seemed to come in three common lengths on Amazon: .5mm, 1mm and 1.5mm. I had read that it was best to start with a .5mm dermaroller and to work your way up, so I ordered one.
I used the .5mm for a good 3 months before I stopped seeing results. I would use it 4 times a week and only at night. After I used the dermaroller, I would apply moisturizer to my face. You're a little red after you roll, so it's a smart idea to put a lotion on your face just before going to bed. When you wake up, your face looks normal. I guess this will vary depending on your skin type but I don't recommend rolling and then not applying a lotion to calm your skin down.
Eventually I needed to step my skin needling game up and went with a 1.5 mm needle. Let me warn you: you will be able to tell the difference when you roll with the 1.5 mm vs the .5 mm. It hurts more and you won't be able to press down as hard. You'll have to lightly roll it over your skin.
It's been 1.5 years since I first started dermarolling. I would say microneedling works but it's not the ultimate treatment. One of my friend's mothers gave me a free chemical peel a year before I tried microneedling and that made my skin look refreshed but did nothing for my acne scars. I couldn't afford laser treatments, so microneedling is all I have to fall back on. I will continue to roll on because I think my overall skin quality has improved. My pore size around my nose seems smaller and I feel rollers offer some anti-aging properties. Perhaps I won't wrinkle so much as I age.