Microneedling At Home For Acne Prone Skin Does It Work?

October 19, 2019

Swiss Clinic 3 in 1 roller

When I'm looking to try new skin care treatments I like to comb through the advice of online influencers who have skin care stories similar to mine. Those who never had acne before their mid twenties. My skin had always been clear, until I turned 25. I quit the pill 2 years earlier so that might have had something to do with it. Either way, I had to figure out a new skin care regimen because I now had a face that was completely covered in acne and cystic acne. When I found out about microneedling and how it accelerates cell renewal by repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny sterile needles I wasn't instantly intrigued. It was only when a friend of mine told me she was doing it that I decided to try it for myself. At this point in my skin care journey I had products I could count on, to keep my skin clear, but it was very obvious that something was missing. Was it a bunch of tiny needles? Let's find out.

Microneedling to treat & prevent acne

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I'm not a professional, I'm not a skin care expert and I'm not educated about microneedling at home. I was told about dermarolling (a form of microneedling) by a friend who said it had helped with her acne. I did my own research and figured out a dermarolling routine suitable for me. Microneedling is something that is rather controversial, some say it's amazing for the skin, others say it's actually damaging. I don't know. What I do know is what I experienced using this particular roller by Swiss Clinic, which I purchased with my own money. Before I start, I would like to mention that every time I used the roller I rinsed and disinfected it. I cleansed and disinfected my skin and I never used the roller on active breakouts. I never wore makeup during or after dermarolling and only used the roller at night time to give my skin a recovery period, while sleeping.

Microneedling for acne prone skin

My skin care routine for acne prone skin

This is the list of skin care products I was and still am using in conjunction with my new roller.

  • Caudalie Makeup Remover Oil
  • Caudalie Cleansing Milk
  • Di Beauty konjac sponge
  • Bioderma Micellar Sebium Micellar Water
  • Pixi Glow Tonic Serum *gifted
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum
  • Avene Anti-redness Emulsion
  • Bioderma Sebium Sensitive Anti Blemish Care
  • Pixi Glow tonic *gifted
  • The Ordinary Cold Pressed Grape Seed Oil

I purchased the Swiss Clinic 3 in 1 roller, which consists of 2 rollers for your face and one for your body. The face rollers have needles that are 0,2 mm and 0,5 mm in length. I recommend starting with the smallest needles if you're a beginner. The first time I was microneedling my face I felt a little light headed during the treatment and my skin became very red. Swiss Clinic provides a users guide with the kit explaining to use even pressure with the roller and go back and forth over each area for about 2 to 4 minutes, in 4 different directions. Here is the diary that I kept to document the process of my microneedling experience.

Day 1 

June 1st 2019

Swiss Clinic 0,2 mm roller

a lot of redness
pain 3/5

face was plump & fresh looking
bumps on jaw are less prominent
acne scarring faded significantly
no new breakouts

Day 2

June 2nd 2019

Swiss Clinic 0,2 mm roller

minimal redness
pain 2/5

face was plump
left jaw almost clear
acne scarring fading on forehead
no new breakouts

Swiss Clinic dermaroller

Day 3

June 3rd 2019

Swiss Clinic 0,2 mm roller

a lot of redness
not lightheaded
pain 1/5

face was plump
bumps on both jaws are fading even more
acne scarring fading on forehead & nose
no new breakouts

Day 4

June 4th 2019

Swiss Clinic 0,2 mm roller

a lot of redness
pain 1/5

face was plump & fresh looking
acne scarring is fading
burn scar on left cheek almost completely gone
no new breakouts

Day 5

June 5th 2019

Swiss Clinic 0,2 mm roller

minimal redness
pain 1/5

face was plump
acne scarring is fine
few new breakouts on chin

microneedling for acne

The 3 week check-in 

June 23rd 2019
After the initial 5 day treatment, Swiss Clinic recommends a waiting period of 5 days, unfortunately that is when my acne started getting worse again, the bumps would come back on my jaw, my chin and my forehead. I decided to do a little research and found that it's okay to use a 0.2 mm roller every day, it helps with the absorption of skin care products, so that is what I did. My skin felt instantly better again, now I use the roller on average 3 times a week and only on problem areas.

The 2 month check-in

August 13th 2019
During the Summer holidays it's a lot harder to keep up a skincare routine so I decided to start microneedling once a week using the Swiss Clinic 0,5mm roller. It went great, my skin was and stayed very happy. I did switch from my Avène moisturizer to the Bioderma Sebium Sensitive Anti Blemish Care as I needed a more mattifying formula to wear underneath makeup etc due to the hot Summer heat. My skin cleared up even more. I still do feel light headed when using the roller. I'm confident I'm using it the right way so it's not like I'm harassing my skin. It's just weird to use a bunch of needles on your face so be careful about that, especially you have sensitive skin.

The 5 Month check-in

October 15th 2019
I still use the 5mm roller once a week. I started using a grape seed facial oil from The Ordinary at night time and my skin is absolutely glowing. I have been a little more stressed lately so I expected my skin to act up a little and it did. I got 4 huge bumps on my chin. I'm not worried about them because as soon as they're ready to be treated with the roller I'm confident the scars will fade almost immediately. I'm super happy about my current skin care routine, my skin is way less problematic than it used to be and I absolutely will keep going with the microneedling.

Microneedling, does it work?

While I do think dermarolling helps to prevent acne and treat acne scarring, it's a tool you have to use consistently. Incorporating this extra step in your skin care routine (every night like I did the first few weeks), is tiring and time consuming. I do like that I could immediately see a difference in my skin using this, rather peculiar, tool. I was also pleased that the 0,2 mm roller was actually working, I've read that some people don't see any results until they start using the 0,5 mm. I can confidently say that by microneedling consistently for almost 6 months I have less acne. My acne isn't completely gone, I still get some spots here and there but they are significantly less (most of the bumps don't even get a chance to come to the surface) and I'm happy with the fact that the acne scarring clears up a lot faster. I'm definitely going to be ordering a refill of the 0,5mm roller. It is recommended that you change the rollers every 3 months which I find that little excessive considering the price, I assume it's probably safer for your skin that way so, if this is something that you are interested in, make sure you have the budget for it. There are different brands out there who have more affordable products but I'm not sure which ones are using real needles in their rollers, which is very important. If I ever decide to change the brand I use I'll update this post. I hope that by sharing my experience microneedling for the first time that it was helpful for those of you who are struggling with acne and are maybe considering to try a new treatment, that doesn't involve buying new creams, toners, cleansers, oils, serums, you name it. Having acne sucks and even though I have accepted that this is the way my skin is now, trying to improve your skin is okay.

Have you heard of dermarolling before? Have you tried microneedling? Let me know!


  1. Haven't heard of it before but it sounds really interesting!😊

    Shirley | shirleycuypers.blogspot.com

    1. It's definitely next level skin care if you ask me 🤔😃 Xx.