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  • C, as these can irritate – and if you have acne or rosacea, microneedling is not for you. You need a light touch, warns Sherrill, who prefers flat stamp-style devices, as rollers “push needles in at an angle that is more likely to tear skin”.

    Patch Test: Try a high-tech skin patch instead, to do the work for you. They’re dotted with microneedles made from solidified active ingredients that painlessly penetrate skin and dissolve. 111Skin Meso Infusion Overnight Micro Mask is great for frown lines, while Natura Bissé Inhibit High Definition Patches come in various shapes to fit facial contours.

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    Skin Deep: Microneedling, derma-rolling, derma-stamping… whichever term you use, the technique involves piercing skin with tiny needles. While deeper in-clinic treatments cause micro-damage to stimulate collagen (and require numbing cream and downtime), at-home devices penetrate skin superficially (0.2-0.75mm) to “create tiny channels for better absorption of products, helping tighten pores, treat lines and resurface”, says La skin expert Jamie Sherrill, aka Nurse Jamie.

    Diy Devices: Microneedling pushes active serums and oils deep into the skin; the trick is to apply the product, microneedle, then reapply. Avoid retinols or vitamin

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