If you’ve been with me for a while you know that I love microneedling.
I feel it has kept my complexion looking the way it does … clear and smooth.
I’ve written a couple of other articles about microneedling. If you missed them, you can catch up here.
But today I want to tell you that I decided to step up my game and purchased a microneedling pen.
What I have been using for at least eight years is a dermaroller.
The difference between the pen and the roller is that the roller is exactly what you expect … the needles are on a wheel and you roll it on your face. The pen kinda looks like a pen but it’s motorized. You move it around your face with serum and the device basically pushes the needles up and down on its own.
With the roller you don’t need any kind of product on your face to get it to glide. But with the pen you do.
Also, with the roller I recommend using a needle with a minimum of .5mm in order to see any results. Many stores sell a .25mm but that will do nothing.
The pen I purchased allows you to adjust the needle anywhere from .25mm all the way up to 2.5mm and has six speeds.
While using the pen for the first time, in certain areas, I had to use the needles at .25mm. And I only went as high as .5mm. It’s more painful than the roller but not intolerable.
The next time I do a treatment I plan on using a numbing cream so I can go higher in depth.
The deeper you can go with the needle the better the results.
So what did I do and what did I experience?
Well, since this was my first time, I went a little easier than I thought I would. I used a copper-peptide serum for the slip (which allowed the pen to move around easier)
I experienced redness that lasted for about three days. Around the third day I had some peeling in areas that I hit longer … between my eyebrows, the nasolabial folds and my chin.
I didn’t go under my eyes … maybe next time.
I also really went over my neck and decollete. That skin is thicker and I could tolerate more. And I also needled between my breasts to hit that faint vertical line.
It’s only been a week, but I do see some brightness to my skin. Full results with this type of therapy – Collagen Induction Therapy – can take 3-6 months. But over time my skin will get better.
With these pens it’s recommended that you do the treatments every 4-6 weeks, unlike the roller, which you can practically use daily.
I know, though, when I go deeper there will be pinprick spotting (a little blood) and probably a week of downtime.
Oh, I almost forgot, I decided to do a little experiment … I used the pen on one hand and didn’t do it on the other. I haven’t noticed a difference yet but it may take a few treatments.
I’ll post pictures if I see any big changes.
I’m also going to use the pen on my knees.
So what kind of pen did I use?
Well, I did quite a bit of research before I settled on one. I ended up choosing the Dr. pen M8.
It’s the company’s newest pen and uses a 16-needle cartridge that has super-fine needles (the finest I could find). That means there is no dragging on the skin. It’s also a cordless unit.
Here’s what my system looks like:
I’m really happy with my choice and I’m looking forward to my next treatment.
I’ll certainly keep you posted.
And if you’d like to get a Dr. Pen click here. At checkout enter Antiage for 13% off. They operate in the U.S. and have aestheticians available for your after-purchase questions.
Have a great weekend.
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