Before I dive in the admittingly unnerving world of at-home skin perfecting tools with the words ‘blades’ and ‘needles’ in their description, it can make any skincare aficionado apprehensive. Now I’m not squeamish when it comes to needles, I’ve had lasers and chemical peels all which cause some discomfort, and the thought of rubbing 540, .3mm tiny needles onto my face for the sake of beauty sounded tolerable to me. What I didn’t buy into was the thought of the infection, or not healing properly afterwords. My mangled face, the absolute horror! (see right)
Everyone is different of course, I have a lot of health issues I’m currently dealing with and definitely wanted to proceed with caution. But I came to realize with more information that at home dermarolling is much different than microneedling at a dermatologist’s office or licensed medical spa. They use an actual Skinpen that punctures deep holes beneath the layers of your skin causing blood to draw to the surface. This in turn is stimulating your skin’s natural ability to repair itself and builds collagen.
Created by Kerri Benjamin who used to suffer from severe eczema as a child later in life, she began research to remedy her issue and the company Stacked Skincare was born in 2009. It’s pretty simple, she has broken down Stacked Skincare into categories like serums, peels, and tools. The Micro-Roller is Stacked Skincare most popular tool as it’s easy to see why.
By micro-rolling and making those tiny injuries in the skin, you’re putting collagen production into overdrive and literally thickening the skin filling in lines and under-eye bags. I made sure to cleanse my face, apply a priming serum, and started rolling away. I went in all directions, only going over areas once or twice. It was painless, and my skin was a little flushed. I applied a moisturizer and went to bed. Woke up the next morning and my skin looked amazing! I don’t plan on using it more than once a month. But I am looking forward to making this apart of my regular beauty regimen. *Be sure to formally sterilize like any other surgical instrument in between uses, alcohol should work perfect.
Stacked Skincare’s Dermaplaning Tool is their second most popular tool. Designed to provide similar results to an in-office dermaplaning treatment, safely remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells with this non-invasive exfoliation tool for instantly smoother and brighter skin. This is another tool that can be used once a month and be done with. You’ll be left with baby soft skin. When you’re actually doing it, it may look like something out of a horror movie, but it’s completely painless unless you have a shaky hand. I would suggest you leave it to the professionals.