All you need to know about microneedling with Dr Pen™ at home

Microneedling first became a popular salon treatment for people wanting to improve their skins appearance. With thanks to microneedling systems like Dr.Pen, microneedling has now become more accessible for people who cant get to the salon and would prefer to treat their own skin at home.

What is Microneedling

Also sometimes known as collagen induction therapy. Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a device with fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural healing process, promoting the production of collagen and elastin. While professional microneedling is performed by dermatologists or licensed practitioners, many people opt to do it at home using derma rollers or microneedling pens.

The advantages of microneedling with Dr.Pen at home

  • Scar reduction, including acne scar reduction
  • Enhanced absorption of skincare products
  • Minimizing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce the appearance enlarged pores
  • Minimizing the appearance of hyperpigmentation (dark patches)
  • Levelling out uneven skin tone
  • Improving skin elasticity
  • Mitigates the visibility of stretch marks
  • Encouraging hair growth in alopecia patients

Nano Needling

It worth mentioning nano needling here – This could be a great place to start your skin journey if your a little nervous about microneedling. All the Dr.Pen systems that we stock have an optional nano cartridge to purchase. Nano needling is not invasive but offers a multitude of benefits you can find out all about nano needling here.

Types of Microneedling cartridge

9 pin – 12 pin: Great for precision work on the face. For example deeper lines and wrinkles, sun damage and acne scaring.

16 pin – 18 pin: Our best selling cartridge types due to their versatility, great for fine lines and wrinkles, light pigmentation, improving skin tone/texture and reducing pore appearance.

24 pin: Fab for use on the scalp to boost health & circulation. Can also help hair regrowth.

36 pin – 42 pin: For use on larger areas on the body to even skin tone, improve the appearance of stretch marks and more.

You can find our huge range of cartridges to fit all Dr Pen devices on our website here.

Here are some key considerations for safely performing microneedling at home


  1. Choose the Right Device:
    • Derma Stamps & Derma Rollers: Typically used for beginners, they come with different needle lengths. For at-home use, it is recommended to start with a needle length of 0.25mm to 0.5mm.
    • Microneedling Pens: Dr.Pen devices offer more precision and can be adjusted to different speeds and needle lengths. For at-home use, it is recommended to start with a needle length of 0.25mm to 0.5mm.
  2. Sterilization:
    • Always sterilize the device before and after use with alcohol or a similar disinfectant to prevent infections.
  3. Skin Preparation:
    • Cleanse your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser to remove all makeup, dirt, and oil.
    • Apply a numbing cream if you have a low pain threshold (optional).
  4. Set Your Speed & Depth: Always start on the lowest speed and depth setting. You can gradually build it up as you get to know your Dr.Pen microneedling system.


  1. Technique:
    • Apply your chosen serum to the skin then glide the device over your skin in horizontal, vertical, and diagonal directions. Make sure to apply even, gentle pressure.
    • Focus on one area at a time, covering the entire face systematically.
  2. Duration:
    • Spend about 2-3 minutes on each section of your face. Avoid overdoing it to prevent skin damage.
  3. Post-Treatment Care:
    • Apply a soothing serum like Medisco Hyaluronic Acid (specially formulated for microneedling) or a sheet mask to hydrate and calm the skin.
    • Use a specially formulated repair cream like Stayve vegan Repair cream for the first 3-4 days – this will help to ensure your skin is nourished and you get the best results from microneedling.
    • Avoid using active ingredients like pure retinoids, vitamin C, or acids for at least 5 days post-treatment.
    • Protect your skin from the sun with a high SPF sunscreen, as microneedling can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.


If using a Dr.Pen microneedling system you should space your treatments out every 4-6 weeks. Longer needles (0.75mm and above) should be used less frequently, about once every 6-8 weeks. These lengths and above are generally recommended to be used by professionals.

You can use a derma stamp a little more regularly as this method tends to not be as invasive.

Risks and Precautions

  • Infection: Always use sterilized equipment to prevent bacterial infections.
  • Skin Irritation: Redness, swelling, and slight bruising are common and should subside within a few days.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Improper technique or using needles that are too long can cause pigmentation issues, especially in darker skin tones.


  • Active acne, eczema, or psoriasis
  • Keloid scarring
  • Severe rosacea
  • Open wounds or skin infections

Using a serum

At Dr.Pen UK we stock a wide range of serum ampoules that are specifically manufactured for use during microneedling. Its important to use a good quality serum on your skin whilst microneedling as those little channels that your creating help the serum really penetrate the skin. A couple of our current favourites are:

  • Stayve Aqua Stem Cell – great for locking in moisture and for moisturising dry skin through the various plant extracts. It protects the skin from external harmful environment and also improves the skin texture.
  • Stayve Salmon Gold – The best selling serum due to its regenerative ingredients. Improving skins firmness and reducing wrinkle appearance.


While microneedling with Dr. Pen at home can be effective for maintaining and improving skin health, it is essential to follow the proper steps and take precautions to avoid potential risks. If you have any concerns or underlying skin conditions, consulting a dermatologist before starting microneedling at home is advisable.