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Microneedling has become the buzzword in skincare, promising a younger, smoother you with each tiny prick.

But as with any trend, the excitement has given rise to a slew of DIY options, including at-home dermarollers. While the allure of convenience is undeniable, are these at-home products as harmless as they appear?

Before you take the needle into your own hands, let’s separate fact from fiction. Ahead, two dermatologists weigh in on the popularity of dermarollers and share if they’re actually beneficial for the skin.

Pssst! Read till the end of the article for an exclusive deal on a microneedling facial. 

What Is Microneedling?

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For the uninitiated, microneedling (sometimes called collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that utilises a device studded with hundreds of tiny needles.

These needles, ranging in size from 0.25mm to 2.5mm depending on the desired target, poke the skin, creating microscopic channels.

The micro-injuries, though seemingly invisible to the naked eye, trigger a powerful response within the skin. Imagine it as a wake-up call, prompting your body to rush in with its repair crew – collagen and elastin, the very building blocks of youthful, supple skin.

This surge in collagen production helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars, and plump up the skin for a firmer, brighter complexion. So, while the needles may seem small, their impact is anything but.

Derma pens are perhaps the most efficient and precise handheld tools that gently prick your skin with super-fine needles.

Moreover, the needles can be adjusted from shallow to quite deep, depending on what your skin needs. Plus, they have different speed settings, so there’s a treatment that’s just right for you.

Derma pens are also super hygienic. They use disposable cartridges, so you know everything is squeaky clean for each treatment.

Are There Pitfalls to Microneedling?


In a YouTube video by Doctorly, board-certified dermatologists Dr Muwhatneeb Shah and Dr Luke Maxfield responded to Dr Sarmela Sunder’s TikTok, offering insightful perspectives on the hidden risks of dermarollers – rolling microneedling devices.

“It really depends on the depth of them. So you can find dermarollers on Amazon from 0.5mm in depth all the way to like 2mm of depth, which is pretty deep in the skin, and you really should not be at home creating that level of depth of injury to the skin,” Dr Shah warns.

“My concern is that people will use that same device over and over and over again, and that could potentially lead to infection,” he leads on.

“It’s not a knock on ‘Can it work?’, it’s [more] like, ‘Can this be used safely and consistently at home?’ And as we’ve seen over and over on TikTok, if there’s a way to use it wrong, somebody’s going to do it,” Dr Maxfield adds.

The delicate nature of the skin requires the precision and expertise of a trained professional to ensure optimal results and minimise risks. When done correctly, microneedling offers a multitude of benefits.

This is where Spa Esprit’s Handpick Microneedling Facial steps in.

A Safe and Effective Microneedling Facial to Try

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Performed exclusively by skilled therapists, Spa Esprit’s Handpick Microneedling Facial is a customised treatment that utilises medical-grade microneedling devices.

Spa Esprit starts with a deep dive into your skin’s story. Expert aestheticians analyse your unique concerns, whether it’s stubborn acne scars, pesky fine lines, or uneven tone.

This intel fuels a bespoke treatment plan tailored with meticulous precision. Needle depth, targeted areas, and potent serums from their exclusive transdermal ampoules – every variable is meticulously adjusted to unlock your skin’s full potential.

What Sets Spa Esprit’s Handpick Microneedling Facial Apart

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It Gives You Faster Results

Three sessions are all it takes to see a radiant transformation, leaving competitors’ four-session slog in the dust. Spa Esprit also offers in-house aftercare products designed to extend the magic of your session.

The team is dedicated to excellence too. A four-month R&D cycle ensures protocols are cutting-edge, while therapists undergo rigorous training, mastering every technique on real models.

The result? A consistently effective experience that complements and elevates your existing skincare routine.

It Targets a Myriad of Skin Issues

As you now know, microneedling creates tiny, controlled punctures in the skin, which allows for deeper penetration and absorption of skincare products applied to your skin. This means the products work harder, delivering their potent ingredients directly to where they’re needed most.

Acne scars, keloids, and even stretch marks can be significantly improved with Spa Esprit’s Handpick Microneedling Facial. The micro-injuries trigger collagen production, filling in scar tissue and smoothing the skin’s surface.

Fine lines and wrinkles fade away thanks to the collagen boost and increased blood flow stimulated by the treatment too. Your skin will regain its youthful plumpness and elasticity, leaving you with a radiant, rejuvenated look.

What’s more, microneedling has the ability to disperse melanin production, which addresses uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. This results in a more even complexion and a reduction in dark spots.

Spa Esprit’s Handpick Microneedling Facial is suitable for most skin types, except for sensitive skin or those with active eczema, rosacea, or seborrheic dermatitis.

It Uses Customised Serums for Targeted Results

Spa Esprit understands that one size doesn’t fit all. Their experienced therapists tailor the treatment to your specific needs by choosing the ideal serum from their range:

  • Dull skin: A Brightening Solution that contains growth factors, cytokines (proteins), tranexamic acid, and hyaluronic acid for a radiant glow.
  • Dark spots and pigmentation: A Depigmentation Solution with vitamin C and antioxidants to tackle hyperpigmentation.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles: A Peptide Solution with Acetylotetrapeptide-9 to boost collagen production and smooth wrinkles.
  • Scars and keloids: An Anti-skinmark Solution with X-DNA and organic silica to fade scars and prevent their formation.

Trust your skin to the experts at Spa Esprit and experience the power of microneedling done right and better than others.

Where to Try Spa Esprit’s Handpick Microneedling Facial

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