How Does Home Dermarolling Compare to a Professional Microneedling Treatment?

Most of us have heard of (or tried) microneedling / dermarolling, a skin treatment that uses tiny needles to puncture thousands of microscopic channels in the skin to promote rejuvenation and new collagen growth. It can work to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, scars, stretch marks, large pores – the list goes on, and it’s growing in popularity every year. This can be done at home using a “dermaroller” over the skin before applying active serums, or it can be performed by a professional with an electronic pen device like the Dermapen. So what’s the difference, really?

Microneedling has been around for decades, but has only really made it onto the mainstream beauty scene in the past five years. The treatments were originally used by dermatologists as a technique that regenerated the skin to reduce the look of scars without lasers. It was many years later that skin needling became popular to treat signs of ageing too, and available to anyone who wanted to rejuvenate their skin. As we enter 2020, these incredible treatments and home rolling products aren’t just for dermatologist patients and celebrities, and are now easily accessible even here in New Zealand. But as for choosing an at-home method versus an in-clinic treatment, read on as we delve into the benefits of both before you decide!

DIY Dermarolling at Home

How does it work?

Dermarolling uses a hand-held tool to gently roll over patches of the skin in a cross-hatch pattern, working to create microchannels in the skin. This will allow your active serums to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, enabling products such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, peptides and retinol to work harder and produce better results. On top of this, the tiny “micro-injuries” generate a healing response in the skin, stimulating fresh new collagen and elastin and plumping the skin. If you make sure to use a gentle motion and don’t push the roller into your skin, it’s quite safe to do yourself. However, this technique is better used as a “maintenance” type treatment at home, between in-clinic treatments, if you’re wanting the best results that are very noticeable.

How should I use it?

You need to ensure you’re using a quality tool at home, not something cheap that could damage your skin (we love O Cosmedics Skin-Inject Roller), and also that it is correctly cleaned with an antibacterial (and skin safe) spray such as Dp Dermaceuticals Clini-Prep. To avoid irritation you also want to be using quality active serums that only contain safe, nourishing ingredients, as you don’t want to be pushing bacteria or products full of damaging chemicals deep into your skin! Make sure you only roll back and forward two or three times with your roller and repeat in opposite directions for each set.

What are the benefits?

The home roller technique won’t be able to go as deep as a professional microneedling treatment or generate as many channels, however, it can definitely still give your skin benefits. Dermarolling can be a great at-home method to use every few weeks, to give a boost of rejuvenation on the top layers of the skin, and also to allow your serums to get into the deeper layers of your skin once in a while. Ensure you don’t do it every day, as your skin needs time to heal! At-home rolling can be great for beginners wanting to treat stretch marks on the body too. An at-home roller shouldn’t hurt, as the needles aren’t going very deep into your skin.

In-Clinic Microneedling with Dermapen

How does it work?

A professional Dermapen microneedling session takes around 30 minutes to an hour. The treatment will start with a mini-facial to cleanse your skin, followed by the application of Dp Dermaceuticals serums (designed for safe infusion into the skin), and finally, the Dermapen device is swept across the complexion in a cross-hatch pattern. This process uses tiny needles rotating in a “stamping” motion, incredibly fast, to generate thousands of microchannels and generate healing and skin rejuvenation.  Because the needles are stamping in and out vertically very quickly, they can go deeper than a rolling technique (which could tear the skin if deep needles are used). The total treatment should take around an hour, and your skin may be a little pink afterwards, but glowing and plump within a day or so. It’s important to remember that the best results come within around three months when the skin has created fresh new collagen and elastin.

What are the benefits?

A professional Dermapen4 treatment will work exceedingly better than at-home microneedling and will produce far better results. Think of it as the difference between an at-home face mask and a professional facial peel! This is because the needles are a lot smaller and faster, and go a lot deeper into the skin (which is why the treatment is only done by a professional), to generate more channels. This creates more controlled wounding, which generates far more collagen and elastin than home-rolling, and therefore more noticeable results in the skin.

Where should I get a Dermapen treatment?

If you’re looking to achieve the best results with your microneedling treatments, consider choosing a Dermapen Gold Authorised Treatment Provider. Dermapen is the original and most trusted microneedling brand, and these clinics used the most advanced version of this device – the Dermapen4. These clinics have been recognised by Dermapen as following all treatment protocol, including safety and training, and use of the official DP Dermaceuticals solutions.

Dermapen Gold ATP Before & Afters