The Case Against microneedling at Home

DIY has become an acronym that doesn’t just apply to home improvement projects. From arts and crafts, car repairs, hairstyles and color, and fixing your kids bike, DIY (or do-it-yourself) has become popular for several reasons. DIY saves you money and time. However, sometimes you enter into the realm of DIY projects and you quickly discover you’re in over your head. “How hard can it be?” turns into a headache and actually wasted time, effort, and money. In the worst case scenarios, you have to hire someone anyways. The key to DIY projects is knowing which ones you should tackle (like a broken ceramic object that you can easily superglue) versus those you should not tackle (like fixing your car’s carburetor when you have no clue what that even is).

MDPen is an expert in microneedling. We offer microneedling equipment and supplies to practitioners who bring this anti-aging, non invasive cosmetic procedure to you, so you can feel better about your appearance. As an expert in microneedling, we’ve seen the effect when people believe they can DIY. microneedling at home has become popular for the same reasons all DIY projects happen — it saves time and money. MDPen would like to submit to you that fixing your car’s carburetor is something completely different than fixing your facial features. No one sees your car’s carburetor; everyone sees you.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the case against microneedling at home. Visit our website today to learn more!


What is microneedling?

microneedling is a non invasive cosmetic skin care procedure that can yield amazing results for a variety of skin conditions. These conditions include fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, skin pigmentations, and hair loss. microneedling in essence works by stimulating your body’s natural healing process to engage. A microneedling device or pen is pressed against your skin, creating thousands of tiny pin-pricks. These pin-pricks send a message to your skin that it has been injured and thus needs to begin to make new skin in order to heal. Your old skin layer will be replaced with new skin that is free of color. This skin also bolsters your existing skin, making it tighter and firmer, thereby diminishing the appearance of signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Advanced capabilities

Most at-home microneedling kits contain a very simple microneedling tool that is on a roller barrel full of the same size tiny, short needles. This microneedling device is meant to be rolled over your face. While this microneedling tool may be easier to implement than an aerator that punctures holes in your lawn, you shouldn’t let ease of use sway you to try it.

microneedling at home devices cannot be adjusted for needle length. This is crucial in the treatment aspect as certain conditions require different lengths of microneedles in order to achieve the desired results. MDPen’s microneedling pens are fully adjustable, allowing your professional technician the ability to treat your individual skin condition to your specifications.
At-home microneedling devices typically have a length of .25 micrometers, that may fail to reach any layer of skin besides the surface of skin, and will fail altogether in yielding you any results. Furthermore, a lot of these needles are dull, not even penetrating the skin at all. Thus, in an effort to save money, you just bought a microneedling device that did absolutely nothing for your skin.

Furthermore, many people who try microneedling at home roll this at-home microneedling device on all areas of their face with no rhyme or rhythm. When you engage with professional microneedling technicians, you are treated only in the areas where you need treatment (not a blanket approach), as well as in a methodical way (not haphazardly). So with at-home microneedling, often what happens is some areas are overtreated, some are undertreated, and some aren’t treated at all, and some areas that don’t need to be treated are treated. This can result in a very uneven texture of your skin, making it worse.


Up until the end of the 20th century, an incredible number of people died from infection. On the battlefield, often if you survived being shot, infection would finish you off. The bad guys that cause infection (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) are both good for us and bad for us. These pathogens survive by living on hosts, namely your cells. They invade cells and then replicate bad guys, which then spread to other cells. Pathogens enter our body through openings on our skin.

microneedling at home does create tiny-injuries to your skin, which are now open and exposed to any pathogens either on your skin’s surface or lurking nearby. A mistake many people make with at-home microneedling is a failure to disinfect their microneedling device before use, or failure while in use. Even laying down your at-home microneedling device on a non-sterile countertop in the middle of a microneedling session puts you at risk of infection.

Damaged skin

Professional microneedle technicians are certified, trained, and experienced in their microneedling pens. They know what technique to use, how much pressure to apply, and what depth of needle to use to achieve your desired results.

When you engage in microneedling at home, you have a chance of damaging your skin due to inexperience with the microneedling device and pressing too hard and actually tearing your skin (which can cause scarring and make your condition worse). Even the angle the microneedle enters the skin matters.

Post-microneedling care

The before and after microneedling treatment activities are important. You need to start with clean skin and then treat the skin properly afterwards. Many people who try microneedling at home don’t do either.

Professional microneedling treatments create micro-channels in the skin. In the time immediately after a microneedling treatment, you need to apply healing serums and moisturizers for two reasons: 1) this helps the skin heal properly 2) while your skin is open to the lower layers of your skin, you have a chance to infuse the lower layers of skin with even more ingredients to help boost collagen production.

MDPen believes passionately in the power of the before and aftercare of microneedling treatments, which is why we’ve created our own line of proprietary skin care products that are all-natural, paraben-free, and not tested on animals. We use only the finest organic ingredients that will not only help your treated skin heal, but will also infuse your skin cells with the finest ingredients to help collagen production. Immediately after, we apply Moisture + Recovery Gel Mask with Human Growth Factors to promote your skin’s health and youthful appearance. This skin care product will also hydrate and soften your skin, as well as nourish and calm it. Our Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum used in the days after your microneedling treatment will replenish your skin’s lost moisture while firming and toning your skin. Our other proprietary microneedling serums, such as Tighten + Lift Serum and Copper + HA mist, are meant to be used in the days and weeks following treatment in order to maximize your results.


If you are thinking about engaging in at-home microneedling, ask yourself this question: when your whole desire is to improve your skin, how would you feel if you actually damaged your skin and made it worse — just to save some money?

MDPen believes nothing beats a professional microneedling session in a sterile, clinic environment with someone who knows what he or she is doing. Your skin is too delicate to be treated harshly and needs a professional in order to improve.

In this day and age, you don’t have the time or the resources to waste on something that may or may not improve your skin and on something that will yield incremental results. You need a professional microneedling practitioner.


MDPen maintains a list of professional microneedling practitioners on our website. You can search by area code and pull up a list of certified microneedling technicians in your area who would be happy to offer you a free consultation and explain how professional microneedling can help.

If you’re a microneedling practitioner or you are interested in becoming one, visit our website today. You will find everything you need to in order to register you and your clinic for microneedling training courses. We offer financing on our top-of-the-line microneedling pens in order to help you pay for your investment as you go. We offer a dedicated practitioner portal that has a wealth of resources for you. You can submit your microneedling pens for support and warranty online. You can view microneedling training videos. On our Facebook page, you can see how our advanced microneedling workshops for MDPen practitioners operate. You can see microneedling before and after photos as well as submit your own of patients you treat. You can purchase microneedling replacement heads, as well as all of our microneedling serums online.

MDPen exists to support our microneedling practitioners. Visit our News page often for the latest in microneedling practices as well as skin care trends. Reach out to us if you have questions, or just need an ear to listen. Contact us today to get started!

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