Hydra Needle - Simple Microneedling device
This small device used by dermatologists increases how much serum you absorb by 80%, so you can remove acne scars, discolouration and wrinkles without waiting months for your serums to work. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a professional treatment that comes with no pain, no downtime and great results.
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Why this device is essential
Most people who are dealing with skin concerns from acne scarring to fine lines and wrinkles are stuck in a cycle of buying a serum, waiting weeks or months for it to work, becoming disappointed when it doesn’t and wasting money on yet another serum. This is because active ingredients actually need to penetrate the skin to be effective, not slathered on top. Luckily, the Hydra Needle (a Microneedling device) is what will allow you to get them there quickly, safely and without pain.
How it works
The Hydra Needle is designed with 3 key elements, a bottle to hold your serums, a cap with a spring function to release the serum and 20 micro-needles on top to create pathways that lead your serum just past the outer skin layer.
The ‘micro-needles’ only go up to 0.5mm so you don’t have to worry about controlling the depth, you simply dot the device firmly on the skin. The tiny needles are also thinner than a human hair, so are not wide or long enough to be risky or painful.
According to study “4 microneedling sessions 1 month apart shows upto 400% increase in collagen.”
Source: Singh, Aashim, and Savita Yadav. “Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons.” Indian dermatology online journal vol. 7,4 (2016): 244-54. doi:10.4103/2229-5178.185468, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4976400/
This study labelled microneedling as the new way to achieve “skin rejuvenation, tightening, and scar remodelling.”
Source: El-Domyati, Moetaz et al. “Multiple microneedling sessions for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation: an objective assessment.” International journal of dermatology vol. 54,12 (2015): 1361-9. doi:10.1111/ijd.12761, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26096653/
Study states “after only two sessions, the severity grade of rolling scars in all patients was greatly reduced and there was an overall aesthetic improvement.”
Source: Fabbrocini, G et al. “Acne scarring treatment using skin needling.” Clinical and experimental dermatology vol. 34,8 (2009): 874-9. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2230.2009.03291.x, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19486041/
Study found that microneedling “offers a simple and safe modality to improve the appearance of acne scars without risk of dyspigmentation in patient of all skin types.”
Source: Fabbrocini, Gabriella et al. “Percutaneous collagen induction: an effective and safe treatment for post-acne scarring in different skin phototypes.” The Journal of dermatological treatment vol. 25,2 (2014): 147-52. doi:10.3109/09546634.2012.742949, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23216209/
Study found “out of 36 patients, 34 achieved a reduction in the severity of their scarring by one or two grades.”
Source: Majid, Imran. “Microneedling therapy in atrophic facial scars: an objective assessment.” Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery vol. 2,1 (2009): 26-30. doi:10.4103/0974-2077.53096, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2840919/
A study looking into the effects of microneedling on melasma found that “all patients demonstrated good results.” And concluded that “microneedles appears to be a promising therapeutic method for melasma.”
Source: Lima, Emerson de Andrade. “Microneedling in facial recalcitrant melasma: report of a series of 22 cases.” Anais brasileiros de dermatologia vol. 90,6 (2015): 919-21. doi:10.1590/abd1806-4841.20154748, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26734882/
Features and benefits
Benefits for your skin
With the 0.25mm device, you’ll be able to reap the full benefits of your product’s ingredients, from vitamin C to hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. You will also see your skin’s colour and texture become smooth and evened.
The 0.5mm can even delve into the second layer of skin, leading to incredible reductions in marks, fine lines and wrinkles. This is because it triggers your body’s wound healing response, which stimulates collagen and causes new healthy skin to be created.
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Top benefits of treatment
You may be wondering whether microneedling is right for you, or if it should be done at home. Here’s everything you need to know about the main benefits for the treatment, and why it’s so popular.
The Hydra Needle is the only home microneedling device that allows you to benefit from microneedling, and insert your serums at the same time to ensure faster and immediate absorption of active ingredients.
The Hydra Needle is an easy treatment that comes with no downtime, just some short-term redness. The micro-holes created also close within 24 hours, meaning you continue resume applying makeup and other products by the next day.
The thin short nature of the 0.25mm needles means you feel no pain at all. With the 0.5 and 0.6mm needles, some experience enough discomfort that they want numbing cream – but don’t worry; you can get this from any drug store or on Amazon. Using our short needle lengths means pain-free treatments, and that means you are far more likely to stick to a regiment, get more effective sessions in, and see real results.
The Hydra Needle is incredibly simple to use, and only requires dotting the device on the skin. It also automatically controls the penetration depth, which is why you don’t need to be a professional to use it. This means you can skip the learning curve and avoid unnecessary side effects.
This device allows for a real personalised treatment. You get to choose the serum based on your skincare needs, how many micro-channels you want to create (tens or hundreds), whether to target only your problem areas or the whole face and the right pressure to use based on your tolerance level.
Microneedling can be done on the entire body, including the arms, back, legs and face.
Why it's better and safer than alternatives
There are many options available to treat common skin concerns, including derma rollers, fillers and lasers. Find out how microneedling treatments compare to them.
Studies have found that derma rollers cause unnecessary damage to the skin. Due to its cylinder shape, the needles are exiting and entering at an angle, which creates tearing around the holes. With the upgraded Hydra Needle (which is a stamp not a roller), the needles are entering straight down, so the holes are only as wide as the very fine needles. This means a significantly faster healing time.
The Hydra Needle’s design also means it can cover hard to reach areas such as: above the lip, the nose area, and around the eyes which is harder with a roller.
This device is a great option for those who want clinic-like results but are phobic of long needles, don’t want risky surgical procedures or who want that natural ‘not had work done’ look. Even dermatologists are using this to deliver botox, vitamin c and other top ingredients. For you, this means getting the main benefits of a popular clinic treatment affordably and at home.
Microneedling works in much the same way laser treatments do, but instead, you’re injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light. The fact that there’s no heat or light means there’s less risk of hyperpigmentation for all skin types. In fact, research in the journal Dermatologic Surgery found both laser treatments and microneedling to be comparably effective but gave credit to microneedling for being better tolerated, with fewer side effects and less downtime.
Jade rollers may help with puffiness (due to being cold) and improve circulation (due to massaging motions), but there is no scientific research backing them, and thus, they are not recommended or used by professionals. Microneedling devices, on the other hand, have extensive research proving their effectiveness, and are common treatments at clinics.
How to use
The Hydra Needle is specifically designed to be incredibly easy to use:
- You don’t have to roll anything in multiple directions or use a mechanical device that oscillates very fast
- There’s no need to apply serum, microneedle, and apply more serum. You can now do this simultaneously
- As its a manual device, you control the speed you go at and how many micro-channels you make
It’s as simple as cleaning your skin and the device, then dotting it on the problem areas.
I had bad pigmentation (brown colour) from old spots and I used this once a week for three weeks. I put hyaluronic acid serum inside the hydra needle. It literally lightened the marks to almost nothing. Brilliant.
Overall, this is a very interesting product that seems to work well. It comes well and safely packaged inside the box so you don't need to worry about there being any unwanted germs included. It works a lot better with thinner fluids but takes a while to prime when using with thicker fluids.
Frequently asked questions
You should avoid microneedling if you have:
- Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Extreme keloidal tendency
- You have a history of blood-clotting problems
- You are using Accutane or other medical treatments.
The Hydra Needle should also not be used anywhere there is:
- Active acne
- Herpes and warts
- Skin inflammation
There are various sizes of microneedles ranging between 0.2mm and 3.0mm, each suited for particular sets of skin complications, from mild to those that are more deeply embedded in the skin layers.
If you are looking to simply increase the effectiveness of your skincare products opt for a 0.25mm sized needle. Though at this level it will not stimulate collagen.
If you intend to treat more engrained scars and wrinkles using your bodies own natural healing mechanisms and proteins, with the added benefit of boosted potency of your skincare products, then opt for a 0.5mm. This length is enough to achieve pinpoint bleeding and to trigger a cascade of collagen and growth factors in the skin. It can also achieve similar results to that of a 1.0mm and 1.5mm, but requires more treatments.
Although you can buy longer needles for at-home use, it’s best to stick to devices with a needle length of 0.5mm and less. The higher the size, the more risk of complications. Any derma needle above this length is best left to a professional.
As a general guide to choosing microneedle sizes by condition, the British College of Aesthetic Medicine recommends the following:
0.25mm: Increased penetration of skincare products into the skin and overall improvement of skin colour and texture.
0.5mm: Wrinkles, anti-aging, light acne scarring, enlarged pores, mild chicken pox or ice pick scars, discolouration, uneven skin tone or texture, also recommended for thinning hair.
1.0mm, 1.5mm: Deep stretch marks, cellulite and deep scarring and discolouration
2.0mm, 2.5mm, 3.0mm: For more severe cases, deep scars and wrinkles, rejuvenation of badly damaged skin.
If you decide to use a serum with your Hydra Needle, choose one with ingredients known to tackle your skin concern or speed renewal and healing. You can also combine serums to fit your individual needs. Ingredients to look out for include:
Vitamin C: Perfect for discolouration. This ingredient has been shown to fade hyperpigmentation including dark marks, sun spots, age spots and melasma, as well as give an overall even and bright skin tone. But be careful with vitamin C (ascorbic acid), as it has an inherently low pH that can irritate your skin. It only takes 3 daily applications of 20% ascorbic acid to completely saturate the skin with vitamin C.
Hyaluronic Acid: You should look out for this super ingredient, it’s gentle and studies have shown it significantly speeds up wound healing in addition to hydrating and plumping your skin (1) (2) (3).
Epidermal growth factors: Great for signs of aging. EGFs speed wound recovery and stimulate skin growth; this increased cell turnover gives you new fresh skin. It also stimulates collagen to improve skin texture and elasticity – smoothing the appearance of wrinkles.
Niacinamide: Excellent for improving general skin health. Niacinamide or vitamin B-3 is versatile and has been shown to handle a number of skin concerns including minimising enlarged pores, improving uneven skin tone, softening fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing dullness, and strengthening weakened skin. Niacinamide can also improve wound healing.
No. Microneedling is what is referred to as a type of fractional treatment, in which only a fraction of the surface of the skin is affected. As explained by Harvard Health, the skin around each micro-wound is left unharmed, allowing for the rapid healing and short recovery time associated with microneedling.
It’s also important to note that “the needles do not create a wound in a real sense, but rather body cells are fooled into believing that the injury has occurred” to stimulate regeneration of new skin.
The micro-channels opened created by the device begin healing immediately. Studies suggest that they stay open up to 20 hours (needles longer than 0.5mm and ingredients that slow healing can lengthen this time). This is also why it’s a good idea to avoid harsh products for up to 24 hours, in order to stop damaging ingredients getting into your skin while the channels are open.
Well-documented research shows that people can achieve improvement in acne scarring and fine lines after just 3 sessions. The very best results however, tend to appear within 2 to 3 months of regular use. Result times will of course depend on factors like needle length, what you’re trying to achieve, your age and the severity of your conditions. Generally speaking, the longer you carry on microneedling, the more difference you’ll see.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure so as long as you use the right technique in conjunction with the right serum; you’re unlikely to experience side effects. Possible side effects include:
Redness: You may experience slight redness immediately after treatment. This is normal.
Irritation: Microneedling can cause skin irritation if not done correctly so be sure to follow the provided instructions in the ‘how to use’ section. Do not go over the same area too many times as this could lead to swelling and damage.
Infection: To prevent infection remember to always sterilise the instrument as shown with 70% alcohol. A dirty needle can introduce bacteria into your skin.
Increased breakouts: The device is not to be used on active acne. Doing so can spread bacteria and cause further breakouts.
Adverse reaction: Since microneedling creates micro-channels, intensifying the effectiveness of your products, using it with any harsh ingredients can irritate your skin or cause an adverse reaction.
Discolouration: In certain circumstances, people may experience hyperpigmentation. To avoid this, be sure not to apply excessive pressure, and always do a patch test first to see if your skin can tolerate the treatment. Wait two days before doing a full facial treatment.
The key to remaining safe is to follow proper usage techniques and hygiene practices. Although many people want to see results as quickly as possible, it’s also important to allow your skin to heal fully in between sessions.
There are a number of precautions you should take while microneedling.
- Always disinfect your Hydra Needle before use: a dirty derma needle can introduce bacteria into your skin causing infection or inflammation.
- If you notice a build-up anywhere on your Hydra Needle, cease you.
- If you drop your Hydra Needle, causing damage to the needles, do not use.
- If you want to cleanse your face immediately after microneedling, do so with water only.
- Never share your derma needle to prevent transference of disease.
- Consult your doctor if you are taking medications before the procedure.
- Do not use irritating topical products, such as chemical exfoliates e.g. salicylic acid and lactic acid, active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, retinol or tretinoin ect during or after treatment. Experts advise stopping such treatments 4 days before microneedling.
- You should avoid wearing makeup, sunscreen and tanning lotion immediately following treatment – these products were not designed for deep penetration into the skin. On top of this, avoid taking hot showers (can cause irritation) and exercising (sweat contains bacteria). You can resume all these practices after 24 hours.
- Invasive treatments such as chemical peels, laser or microdermabrasion should be avoided until skin is recovered.
- After use, place the cap back on your Hydra Needle, and store it in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.
Yes. However, you should only use each device up to 5 times. This is because the needles get blunt and microneedling with dull needles can cause skin damage.
It is also essential to disinfect your device before every use by letting it soak in 70% isopropyl alcohol for 10 minutes.
Despite the fact that many needles are involved, it’s a lot less painful than you’d think. The thin, short nature of the needles means you’ll barely feel it at all with a 0.25mm.
Numbing cream is recommended for needles 0.5mm and above, but whether you need it depends on your individual level of tolerance. You can purchase this from any drug store or on Amazon.
When using anaesthetic cream, follow the instructions the manufacturer provides on or in the packet, and make sure to completely wipe it if off before you start needling. Typically, it will take up to 30 minutes for the topical anaesthetic to work.
Jade rollers are beauty tools that date back thousands of years to 17th century China, where jade, a semi-precious stone was said to have energy-healing properties that helped keep skin youthful. These tools may help with puffiness (due to them being cold) and improve circulation (due to the massaging motions), but there is no scientific research on jade rollers, and thus, they are not recommended or used by professionals. Microneedling devices, on the other hand, have extensive research proving their effectiveness, and are common treatments at clinics.
The derma roller and Hydra Needle (a type of derma stamp) work in much the same way – they create micro-wounds to stimulate collagen and increase the absorption of skincare products. However, they are designed differently with different consequences for your skin and results.
Less trauma to skin: When using a derma roller, the needles are exiting and entering at an angle due to the device’s cylinder shape. This creates tearing around the holes and more trauma to the skin than is necessary. With a derma stamp, the needles are entering straight down, not at an angle, so the holes are only as wide as the very fine needles. This means a quicker healing time.
Simultaneous serum injection: The micro-wounds created by the needles actually begin closing immediately, making it more difficult for nutrients to be absorbed. Most dermatologists recommend putting serum onto the skin first, then microneedling and adding more serum. The Hydra Needle’s efficient delivery system completely solves this issue, meaning a faster treatment and better results, as well as less serum wasted repeatedly applying it over your face.
Full control: With the derma roller you can’t control the depth at which all needles penetrate or where they penetrate because they are on an angle. With a derma stamp, you know exactly how deep the needles are going each time. You’re also able to create evenly spaced channels, and not the erratically spaced channels created by a cylinder.
Easy to use: Derma rollers require a special technique that involves rolling vertically, horizontally and diagonally and lifting the roller at the right time to avoid the dreaded track marks. The Hydra Needle, on the other hand, simply requires dotting the device on the skin. This means you can skip the learning curve and avoid unnecessary side effects.
Better with small areas: While a derma roller, which has an average of just under 200 needles on it, will provide efficient coverage, derma stamps are far better for working with hard to reach areas that require smaller tips such as: above the lip, the nose area, around the eyes and the forehead. Essentially, you can avoid buying a roller only to find out that it’s far too awkward to roll around your nose or under your neck.
Less painful: The pain is considerably lower when using a derma stamp like the Hydra Needle, as it does not tear the skin like a derma roller does. This means you can get a far more efficient and longer session in.
Another microneedling benefit is that this treatment isn’t exclusive to the face. It can be done on any area of skin that needs to be repaired — including areas that display stretch marks or acne scars, like the legs, chest, back and buttock. 4 to 6 sessions could make a real difference in these areas.
Yes, many people use microneedling devices with Minoxidil for hair loss.
Shorter needle depths (0.25mm – 0.5mm) will improve the absorption of topicals like Minoxidil, however, likely won’t evoke the growth factors necessary to encourage hair follicle proliferation. For this effect to occur, you need longer needle depths (i.e., 1.5mm – 2.5mm) to puncture the dermis of your scalp skin. This will have important ramifications for hair follicle proliferation, because the dermis is where the hair follicle stem cell bulge resides.
There are 20 needles on the device.
The needles on this device are made of titanium, the most biocompatible metal there is. Titanium is widely used for medical and dental implant devices, including artificial joints, bone fixators, spinal fixators and dental implant etc, because it has excellent corrosion resistance and good hard-tissue compatibility.
Yes, in strict accordance with the ISO13485 international quality standard, and the EU’s EN ISO 11135-1:2017 regulation, Hydra Needle’s are sterilised with Ethylene Oxide Gas, which is able to disrupt the DNA of microorganisms, thereby preventing them from reproducing. It is widely used to sterilise a variety of healthcare products, such as single-use medical devices.
Moreover, the device comes with a hygiene cap that will help unnecessary contact with the needles, meaning there’s less chance of them bending or being contaminated.
Despite this, you should still disinfect your Hydra Needle before use.
No, 99% is not better. You need 70% because it evaporates more slowly which allows it to come into complete contact with microbial life.
No. Boiling water can kill bacteria and germs but should not be used to disinfect your device.
Materials: Glass, Titanium, 24K Gold
Needle Length: 0.25mm, 0.5mm
Needle number: 20
Needle Diameter: 0.13mm
Bottle capacity: 10ml
Functions: Tightening of skin, Hydration, Rejuvenation, Acne scars, Fine lines, Reduced pore size.
Package size: 12*8*2.5/1pc/32g