Home DIY Skin Procedures

  • Best Results2+ months
  • Treatment Recovery1 day
  • Procedure Time5 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistYou with a little help from me
  • Duration of ResultsLong lasting
  • AnaestheticNil
  • Back to Work1 day
  • Cost$

Home DIY Skin Procedures

DIY procedures for your skin’s health can be effective. It’s much like home exercises for your facial muscles & skin cells that produce collagen. The basis behind effective & safe home procedures is to make your skin care actives work harder. This can be achieved with increased skin penetration. Microneedling, microcurrent, exfoliation & dermaplaning are all excellent treatments, & can be used in combination.

FactsFacts on DIY Skin Procedures

  • Dermaplaning is one of the most underrated procedures
  • Microneedling, performed safely & sensibly can reduce wrinkles, acne scars, stimulate hair growth & enhance topicals
  • For home use a 0.1-0.2 mm needle should be the maximum depth
  • Microcurrent devices have a high patient satisfaction rating

What is a safe & effective anti-aging home routine?

Go into home skin care procedures with the aim of making your skincare actives work harder for you- essentially to aid in skin penetration & bioavailability of your current skin care routine. This can be safely & effectively achieved with exfoliation & sensible DIY microneedling. An example is as follows

Microneedling every 14 days, alternating with dermaplaning. I.e., One-week dermaplane, next week microneedle. Microcurrent three nights a week. Exfoliation once a week.

Vitamin C is a good starting point. It can reduce pigmentation & stimulate collagen. It also protects your skin from UV radiation.

What skin care products should you use?

This is the very first & most important step to build upon. Think of skin care as fertilizer for your lawn, and procedures to get the nutrients into the ground. There is little value in using crappy nutrients, hence start with good skin care. Here is a list to build on.

Retinol: or vitamin A is the cornerstone of any skincare regimen. Start with a good formulation of 0.5%, increase to 1.0%. Retinoids help build collagen, firm skin, reduce wrinkles & pigmentation.

Niacinamide: is vitamin B. It has an important role in reducing skin inflammation as well as keeping the skin’s barrier function intact. This ingredient is best for those with super sensitive skin.

Look for key ingredients such as BHA, niacinamide, retinol, retinaldehyde & ascorbic acid. Titrate your application carefully.

Ascorbic Acid: or vitamin C is super important as an essential skin care active. The most potent form is L-ascorbic acid over ascorbate (the latter is more stable). Vitamin C is an excellent ingredient for pigmentation.

Antioxidants: protect your skin from UV & environment stress that can damage your skin. Pick a formulation that contains vitamin C, E (tocopherol) & ferulic acid.

This study was conduced in Queensland under Prof. Green’s group. Though there are many variables that come into play, the results are the best of any studies.
For first timers or sensitive skin, use retinol 1%. Obagi, Aspect Dr, Skinceuticals are all great brands.

AHAs/BHAs: act primarily as exfoliants. AHAs include glycolic & lactic acids, whilst salicylic acid is a BHA. BHAs are more oil soluble & hence better for those with acneic skin or oily skin.

What is microneedling?

If you can understand this concept, you can safely perform microneedling at home-

you do not need to use long needles & you do not need to bleed to benefit from microneedling. Using 0.1 to 0.25 mm needles, conducted safely at home can improve your skin texture. Microneedling can be used to –

  1. Enhance penetration of skin care ingredients such as retinol & ascorbic acid.
  2. Stimulate collagen production indirectly via cytokines from the epidermis.
  3. Improve cell turnover & skin luminosity, hence improving dull skin.

Microneedling can be delivered via stamps (dermastamping), rollers, mechanised needles (derma-pen), & energy devices (RF insulated & non-insulated devices). The safest DIY is via stamping, read below.

What depth needles are safer?

For DIY home use, 0.1 to 0.2 mm needles are relatively safe for the average punter. You still can do some major damage to your eyelids with 0.2s, so be sensible. If in doubt, leave it out.

A stamping device is safer than a roller. A pen (if it is good & you know what you are doing) can be a useful home device. If you are tempted to microneedle at a deeper depth, you can injure & scar your skin, especially if you drag the device & or have a faulty motor.

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For DIY, don’t go more than 0.25 to 0.3 mm. A roller can do as well a pen if technique is good.

Davin’s Viewpoint on DIY Home Skincare

The most important thing about DIY home treatments is safety. Don’t F*&k it up or you will be spending big $$$$ to fix your skin.

My top three procedures to DIY at home for effective but safe outcomes are microneedling, microcurrent & dermaplaning. Combine these with a good skin care routine, & you will get results.

Microneedling releases growth factors from the upper layers of skin. You don’t need to go deep, & you don’t need to bleed. 0.1 to 0.25 will get you there. Use a stamper over a roller, over a pen. Perform this every 7 to 14 days, & apply your skin care ingredient of choice within 10 to 15 minutes of this procedure. You need to know how to read the ingredient list if you want to reduce the chances of contact dermatitis. Refer to the A-Z section in this website.

Peels can reduce oil production & stimulate collagen. The end result is less oil production & more structural support for pores.

Microcurrent can be useful. It will not demonstrate any objective changes, however subjectively it can feel great. Benign & cost effective in the long run. Stick to mainstream companies. Though the initial costs are there, it’s probably the cost of three microdermabrasion sessions, & you will get your money back within 2-3 months.

Dermaplaning is essentially shaving the peach fuzz off your face. It takes 3- 5 minutes to perform, and it can increase the absorption of topicals. Blades start from $2, do it weekly.

I get DIY treatments; it is like taking care of a garden or polishing your car. It feels good, it encourages self-worth & pride. Not many dermatologists endorse this, however if you do it safely with a wee bit of sensibility, it can be rewarding.

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