Microneedling at home: is it safe?

Microneedling at home: is it safe?

Microneedling at home: is it safe?

Professional microneedling can have many benefits, including treating acne scars, pigmentation, and stretch marks. However, there has been a rise in the number of non-professionals doing their own treatments at home and posting tips on social media platforms like TikTok.

In the second installment of her #PBTikTokTruths series, Elaine Cummings spoke to skincare experts to get their verdict on non-professionals who perform microneedling or dermarolling at home.

What are micro pricks?

Micropricks use small needles to make “micro-punctures” in the skin. These small cuts encourage the skin’s natural healing process, stimulating collagen production in the dermis. It’s a great treatment for firmer and smoother skin, as well as for people who want to reduce scarring and pigmentation and make pores look smaller.

Micro-injuries from the needles also allow skin care products to penetrate deeper through the micro-channels created in the skin, which means skin care products applied as part of a treatment will have better absorption.

Microneedling can also be performed on other areas of the body such as the neck, chest, upper arms, thighs, buttocks and stomach.

Can non-professionals do micro-needling at home?

Since microneedling is usually on the higher end of the price list in a beauty business treatment list, and multiple sessions are recommended for best results, some people have taken matters into their own hands by performing microneedling at home to cut costs.

Explains Jodi Taylor, founder of Skin Deep Clinic at Epworth and expert speaker for this year’s Professional Beauty North.

“They are designed to have the same benefits as professional devices to improve acne, aging concerns, scarring and improve skin performance.”

What microneedling devices can non-professsionals buy?

“Alarmingly, it is possible for the public to purchase a large variety of devices,” Taylor says.

“These could be rollers, which have small, pin-like needles attached to a cylinder; stamps, which are needles emerging from a flat surface to be pressed through the skin; and pens, where a needle cartridge is inserted into the pen.

‘These needles come in varying lengths, from 0.15mm to 2mm, and prices start at £15.00.’

What is the difference between professional microneedling and home microneedling?

while people do it Microneedling at home may be saving money and a trip to see a beauty therapist, so do they get the same level of treatment? The short answer is no.

Joanne Leahy, Head of Training at 3D aesthetics. “Professional devices can also contain other techniques to improve microneedling results, for example, radiofrequency.”

Doctor Ahmed Al-MuntaserThe GP and Advanced Facial Plastic Surgeon adds, “Professional treatment is more accurate because we use machines and devices in which the depth of the needle is calculated.

“Plus, we make sure the needles go in and out at a 90-degree angle, while with things like derma rollers, the needles will go in at one angle and leave at another angle, so it doesn’t leave perfectly straight lines on the skin — it leaves wedges, which is a lot more dangerous.”

In addition to the more accurate microneedling techniques, the devices used are also very different.

Rhiannon Smith, Director of Training at linton laserHe says, “Usually, (usually) home use devices (should) have a shallower needle depth, whereas needlepoint made in a clinical setting has the potential to use longer needle depths, so it is more effective for treating common skin problems such as acne scars. , stretch marks, lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.

“The devices used in the clinic have often undergone rigorous testing to ensure they are safe and effective.”

“The main difference between professional and home devices is that the needles and devices used may have conformance to MHRA Class IIb medical devices,” Taylor comments.

“The MHRA is responsible for ensuring that medical devices meet standards for safety, quality, and efficacy.

“The needle cartridge used in these devices will ensure that there is no backflow of fluid to the main device, and the needles are made of surgical steel and are contained in sterile packages with needles provided for single use only. The professional products used in a clinically sterile procedure are formulated for safe injection into the skin.”

What are the risks of micro needling at home?

Another big difference between professional microneedling and home microneedling is the increased risk of complications when treatment is performed by an untrained or qualified person who uses a non-professional device.

“There are many risks from needle sticks at home,” Taylor explains. “The main concern is that the needles are reused, cheaply manufactured, or sharp – these needles will not puncture the skin as effectively as a specialized needle, putting the consumer at risk of scarring, infection, and other adverse reactions.”

Smith adds that “there have also been reports of needles from home-use devices that have detached from the device and lodged in the skin.”

“Consumers are unaware of the contraindications of microneedling therapy and can perform these procedures at home when they are really inappropriate, which leads to more skin complaints,” Taylor continues.

Contraindications to microneedling include active acne, eczema, psoriasis, and pregnancy, among others.

Products that consumers use to slip the micro lancing device onto the skin or that they aim to absorb into the skin may cause many problems like the device, with Taylor explaining that people risk “granulomas, allergic reactions, scarring, pigmentation, and inflammation.”

Are there any regulations about micro needling?

Because microneedling is not an invasive treatment, there are no regulations to prevent non-professionals from purchasing devices or performing treatments.

“Unfortunately, there are still no specific regulations for implementing micro-needling technology in the UK,” Taylor says. “Non-medical establishments are required to register to perform procedures such as electrolysis or skin puncture (fine needle) treatments that present a risk, and to obtain a license for private treatments under the Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982.”

Samantha Kendro, Director of Training and Development at Gerrard InternationalComments, “All handlers have a legal responsibility to uphold health and safety regulations. It should be a top priority to avoid causing harm or exposing customers and employees to undue risk.

“There is a variety of guidance on regulations and legislation available for health, safety and care from the Director of Health and Safety (HSE), the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) for microneedling treatments.”

What training do people need to perform professional microneedling?

Although platforms like TikTok and YouTube are full of people offering advice on micro-tapping techniques, beauty professionals are well aware that training to do micro-tapping correctly is not as easy as watching a five-minute video or reading a book.

Taylor says, “Microneedling is a Level 4 Aesthetic Therapy qualification qualification course for therapists with an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Aesthetic Therapy. These units are designed for those who wish to advance as a skin specialist.

“There is no specific training requirement for microneedling in the UK; insurance companies will require manufacturer certification to perform the treatment. There are many courses available for microneedling training and certification, but the content and quality of training will vary widely.

Dr. Al Muntasir adds: “For many professional microdermabrasion devices, you need to have advanced training to do them. So, for example, with SkinPen or Dermapen, you need to do their training in order to deliver the treatment.

“A lot of brands that offer microneedling allow estheticians to do treatments. What’s different is the depth you can go into, so you need to be a medical professional to go more than 2mm in depth, or estheticians can go up to 1.5mm.”

How can therapists explain the dangers of non-professional home acupuncture to their clients?

In the age of DIY treatments and skincare hacks, some customers may be under the impression that micro-pricks are simple enough to do after they’ve gone down a TikTok rabbit hole.

Experts have a number of tips on how to convince clients that having acupuncture treatments in a salon or clinic is the safest and most effective option.

“Therapists can explain that treatment conducted in a professional setting is controlled and monitored, which maintains client safety and enables therapists to achieve the best possible results,” says Leahy.

Taylor comments, “When I have had a client who has expressed an interest in performing home procedures such as microneedling, I have always explained the differences in the quality of the device, why the treatment is different and the risks that can occur?” he points out.

“The client was given choices of suitable products or other home appliances that they could use to promote their in-house treatments.”

Explaining the dangers of unprofessional micropigmentation is key to helping clients make an informed decision. Dr. Al-Muntasir says: “Basically, [therapists should] Tell customers that they can do more harm to the skin than good. If the device is not sterilized properly, infection can occur.

“If the client is a person of color, they may end up causing a lot of pigmentation because they create trauma to the surface of the skin and the skin can produce melanin around it.

“If a client has active spots, it can cause scarring and the pus on the spots can spread infection. Microneedling can be very painful if not done properly.”

What is the expert verdict on acupuncture at home?

The opinions of skincare experts are clear. While professional microneedling treatments can effectively treat a number of common skin complaints, the potential complications for non-professionals performing microneedling at home are not worth the risk.

“Microneedling is not suitable for non-professionals at home” is Taylor’s consistent position on the issue, with Dr. Victorious agreeing, adding, “I am strongly against using acupuncture at home. I think people can do much more harm than good at home.”

Have you encountered clients performing their own microneedling procedure? Let us know in the comments…


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