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Is Microneedling Painful? Here’s what I experienced

When it comes to beauty, I am ready to do almost anything to look younger than my age and try every new procedure (apart from having some toxic substances injected into my face).

When I heard about micro needling or in other words derma rolling I decided to give it a try at home. On the safe side. One of the first questions I was curious about was: is microneedling painful? And if so, how long does it take for the skin to get to normal?

Can I put my makeup on after that? What should I avoid after micro needling? Some questions are answered in this article. I hope it helps you clarify the whole micro needling topic.

Is Microneedling Painful

I believe it depends very much on the length of the needles.

It is recommended by dermatologists to use 0.25 to 0,5 mm long derma roller at home. There are derma rollers of 0.75, 1 or 1.5 mm, but they can be used by certified dermatologists only. It wouldn’t be safe to use them, if you are not trained how to do so.

It is also recommended to start with 0.25 and when you get used to it, go for 0.5. Nevertheless, as my facial skin did show frown lines, forehead wrinkles and nasolabial wrinkles (between nose and lips), I decided to go for 0.5 straight away.

I purchased my first DERMAROLLER with a serum to use afterwards. Why serum? Because, it is supposed to increase the effects of micro needling.

Why Microneedling And What Does It Do To The Skin

Microneedling or derma rolling is a collagen induction therapy. It is a cosmetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles (micro needling the skin). It is a technique for which research is ongoing but has been used for a number of skin problems including scarring and acne.

The purpose of the treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue so that your face is smoother, firmer and more radiant.

If you want to know more about micro needling from the scientific point of view, here is an article about it on NCBI.

How I Did My First Microneedling

I have to admit I was a bit scared. Not so much of pain but more of the effects. I didn’t know if my skin would bleed, how long would it heal etc.

So I started carefully.

I knew it was very important to disinfect the roller and the skin beforehand so I bought a disinfectant and sprayed the derma roller from all sides. After cleaning my skin thoroughly with my cleanser with aloe vera and finished the cleaning process rubbing my face with a disinfected pad.

Then I took my derma roller and started rolling on the forehead, then followed to the frown lines, on my cheeks and next to my nose and lips. In all areas, I first did horizontal moves, eight times each in one spot and then went the same way with vertical moves.

When I was done with the micro needling, I disinfected the derma roller and put a mask with aloe vera on my face for about 20 minutes. It was a nice feeling cooling and calming down the irritated skin.

After that, I applied hyaluronic acid serum and a moisturizing cream and went to bed.

Here is a short video that explains how to do derma rolling at home in a safe way:

How It Felt Afterwards

When I woke up next day, my face was still reddish but you would not tell that it was microneedled. The skin was more sensitive to touching and it felt a bit rough. That was just a temporary effect.

After cleaning my face with cold water only and put hyaluronic acid serum on. When it dried, I applied my moisturizer and sunscreen on all face and neck and that was it.

How Long Did It Take The Skin To Heal

There is a question how long does your face stay red after micro needling. It takes about 48 hours to get rid of the redness. In my case, I wouldn’t even call it redness. Just a pinkish look.

It always takes about 5 to 7 days for the skin to completely recover. You feel the difference when you touch your skin. First when you feel your fingers are sliding on your face smoothly and the sensation is velvety, you can be sure the micropunctures are fully healed.

Since the first attempt, I did derma rolling for 2 more times. I always allow the skin to recover for about 2 weeks and repeat the procedure.

I do wear a light makeup layer the day after micro needling and haven’t experienced any breakouts or any negative effects on my face.

Did Microneedling Meet My Expectations

It was astounding for me to see the results after the first derma rolling already. I’ve noticed two big changes:

  1. the horizontal wrinkle on my forehead started to recede. It is still there but much less visible and the skin is also thicker and less prone to create lines.
  2. The frown lines between my eyebrows are more shallow. However, as those are my deepest wrinkles at the moment, the most visible ones, I suppose it would take a longer time to get rid of them.
  3. My skin is radiant and glowing all times as if I just came from a beauty salon. Every morning when I wake up and touch my face it feels smooth and velvety and it seems the skin is able to contain its moisture better.

The on my face and it didn’t hurt at all. I expected pain stinging but it was much more like a burning feeling. As if you scratched your skin several times on the same spot.

Here are two pictures, the first one is from last year and the second one is after 3 dermarolling sessions in my bathroom. Look at the forehead, the wrinkle in the middle is almost gone.

Lenka Sophie before microneedling


Lenka Sophie after two microneedlings

Consider It Wisely

There are some stories about bad results after micro needling or derma rolling. It is not recommended doing this procedure at home or at a certified dermatologist if you are not healthy, have breakouts, irritated skin or any other skin issues.

I am 52 years old and my only skin issues are fine lines and some wrinkles. I have had crows feet for many years and my frown lines are more and more pronounced.

So I thought my facial skin would be ok with it.

What To Apply After Microneedling

Aloe and hyaluronic acid are the best. As the skin is irritated after being rolled over with the micro needles, you need to put something on that calms it down.

You can put a cooling aloe sheet mask on your face and then a hyaluronic acid serum. That’s what I do.

What You Should Avoid After Microneedling

This is what certified dermatologists recommend:

„To ensure the proper healing environment, do NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in a low pH formula) scrubs or anything perceived as “active” skincare for one week after the treatment.“

This is meant for micro needling treatment at a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for deeper micro needling. However, I would follow the same advice in case of DIY micro needling aka derma rolling.

I start using my retinol serum and vitamin C serum first after a few days when I feel my skin is completely recovered.

Final Thoughts/Conclusion

Micro needling and derma rolling is believed to promote collagen production through the micro injuries that also make skin nutrients penetrate deeper in your skin.

I can confirm that it works. My skin is smoother, fine lines and wrinkles are receding and my facial complexion is brighter and more radiant after each derma rolling.





6 thoughts on “Is Microneedling Painful? Here’s what I experienced

  1. Hi, I am a lover of beauty and makeup. This is new to me but I am curious as I like trying new things. micro needling is the first time I am hearing of this and I am glad to read about it. I should be looking forward to try it. All the questions on how perfect this sound have been answered with your two photos.

    They show it clearly and you look good on them. How do we get this product? Is this found only on amazon? 

    And is there any side effect after using micro needling? and lastly, does the hydraulic acid come together with micro needling or we order them separately?

    Thanks a lot

    1. There are many microneedling or dermarolling products, usually called a “derma roller”. The needles are either from stainless steel or titanium. Titanium needles are supposed to be better, they don’t get blunt as quick. 

      A good derma roller is for instance this one Eznduray Titanium 0.5 mm. The hyaluronic acid I have is Hyaluronic Acid Serum 100% pure organic, it contains 2% of HA. There are some derma rollers sold as a kit with a serum but I would recommend to buy it separately because the serums might contain some other ingredients such as vitamin C and I wouldn’t apply them immediately after the microneedling. 

  2. Awesome post!

    It is cool to know that microneedling are not painful that much, so I can try it later, I don’t love the painful procedure on my body, sometime I have to endure it for beauty.Thanks for answering other questions about microneedling or derma rolling. I did enjoy your story with derma rolling and how it really did work for you, you look beautiful by the way. 

    Giving your experience with miconeedling, do I need to use Aloe and hyaluronic acid after microneedling regardless of my skin type?


    1. Thanks for this question, Rose! In my opinion, aloe vera is good for any skin type when it comes to irritation, may it be from sunburn or any other cause. Unless you are allergic to aloe, which I haven’t heard of but nowadays there are allergies to all sorts, I would recommend you using an aloe vera cooling mask after the microneedling. It soothes the skin and feels nice, especially when you put it in the fridge for a while before applying.

      Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally produced by your body and the largest amounts of it are found in your skin, eyes and connective tissues. Its main function is to retain water so it keeps your skin hydrated. If you are worried about an allergic reaction though, go for a fragrance-free product like this Hyaluronic Acid Serum 100% Organic, that’s my choice.

      I’ll be happy if you share your results with me. And if you ever have any other questions, feel free to ask!

  3. There’s a saying that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder!’ (That saying has been around for years.) I personally think regardless how much microneedling is applied, along with other techniques women use to regain their youth, it won’t always help them achieve the youthful appearance they’re trying to capture. (They’re just stuck with the natural ‘bad’ looks God gave them.) They have to just deal with it. 

    Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE pretty & youthful looking ladies! (I like your ‘before’ & ‘after’ pictures. The forehead lines vanishing. Looks great!) I’m sure your special micro-needling techniques can help many older women achieve their goal. But I’m just wondering would it help all women following your treatment plan? I guess only time will tell.

    1. That’s a question for every woman to answer herself. I personally wouldn’t be ready to have any botox injections or other unnatural substances inserted in my body, but if I can boost the collagen production with microneedling, I think why not? 

      I’m not obsessed with staying young forever but I have a younger boyfriend and want to keep up with him, don’t want to look like his mother 🙂 He thinks I am beautiful without any cosmetic procedures but I just don’t want to have any unnecessary wrinkles and if something makes sense to me and proves to work, I go for it. 

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