How often should I be using microneedling to improve my skin?

My plan is do to some at home microneedling combined with treatments in my doctors office. How often can I do microneedling? I assume there is a point where there is diminishing effects if you do it too often.


F, 32, Ohio

Tags:woman age 25-34 home treatment

When I turned 30, I wanted to be proactive to ensure that the fine lines around my eyes and dark circles under them would not get much worse. Microneedling was like a godsend for me! I started out doing 1 session every 2 months, for 4-6 months, with a 4-6 month break in-between cycles. I am now on my third cycle, and it will probably be my last for a little while. I am really liking my results! My complexion is smoother, the fine lines are practically gone, and the bags under my eyes are pretty much nonexistent. It feels like a complete skin rejuvenation. You can continue as long as you want, until the results you are looking for have been acquired. I know that in the future, I will have to continue with more cycles to maintain my results, since I will keep aging and growing older with time. If you are worried about having to stop at some point, no, you don't have to, but you will want to give your skin a 4 to 6 week break in between cycles.

While it really depends on the skin issue, I found it effective to use at home dermarolling once a month. It is easy to irritate your skin if you do it more often than that. Sometimes you might see some bleeding but do not be alarmed. You need to give your skin time to heal and produce new collagen. Once a month was all I needed to help my skin care products go deeper and become more effective. If your skin is really sensitive, you may even want to try every two months. The objective is to make your skin look better, not be hurting after the treatment, so don't make the mistake of thinking that more is better. An occasional treatment is sufficient to improve your skin and give great results.

I wanted to try microneedling at home first with a dermaroller before going to the doctor, but was worried about overdoing it. I found that it is really important to make sure that you read all the directions that come with your kit. It will tell you how often you should be doing the treatment based on how thick or tough your skin is. If you have sensitive skin and use smaller needles, you should be able to do the treatments at least once a week if not a couple times per week. It really depends on the thickness of your skin and the size of the needle. If you do the treatments too much, you might end up with more scars than when you started.

How much prickling can your skin take? You are right, there is a point that when you do it more, especially when you have a sensitive skin, the needling will make your skin worse by introducing more wounds and more scars. If you are using long needles, 1mm or 2mm, the sessions should be at least 2 months apart and you need to have a thick and tough skin for that. If you are using the smallest needles, 0.25mm, the sessions can be a few days to a week apart. 0.5mm needles should be used after four weeks. If your skin can take it, use them after two or three weeks. Do not stress your skin more than it can take, and even better, try work with a professional like I did.

It’s important to follow the directions on your at-home derma roller because if you don’t follow the instructions, you could damage your skin. Your skin could be transformed in less than eight weeks, and you could experience a reduction in fine lines, deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, acne scars and more. The boost of collagen production and smoother skin can be achieved if you follow the following guidelines. 

0.25 mm microneedles could be used every two days or every day only if the skin can tolerate it. 
0.5 mm microneedles could be used once a month or every seven days if the skin can tolerate it. 
1.0 mm microneedles could be used every 6 to 8 weeks with professional supervision. 
2.0 mm microneedles could be used every 6 to 8 weeks with professional supervision. 
Beginners should just use .25 mm every other day or 0.5 mm every 4 to 6 weeks to achieve brighter, smoother, rejuvenated skin.