While people may give you a strange look when you tell them that rolling tiny needles across your face is an ideal form of self-care, using a dermaroller can be genuinely beneficial for your skin.
In fact, dermarolling can effectively relieve under-eye bags, tighten your skin, and even diminish the look of acne scars.
While this treatment was once only available by visiting a dermatologist, you can nowadays use various types of dermarollers from the comfort of your own home with little training necessary.
Today, we will delve into what a dermaroller is, how it works, and how to use one to help you determine whether it is suitable as your next go-to skincare treatment.
What is a Dermaroller?
Put simply. A dermaroller is a skincare device with a handle on one end and a roller with tiny, fine needles on the other.
Through a process called microneedling, the tiny needles on the dermaroller gently prick the face, creating micro pathways for the skin to better absorb products by promoting deeper penetration.
The needles on a dermaroller can vary in size, from 0.1 up to 0.5 millimetres, with different sizes serving different purposes. For example, needles between 0.1 or 0.2 mm in length can be used at home for more aesthetic purposes, such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing pores and evening out skin tone.
To ensure that new users don’t become alarmed or scared, it is essential to note that using a dermaroller will bring blood. While it is a non-invasive skin treatment, you are still poking your face with little, tiny needles.
So, keep that in mind.
While you once were only able to undergo this treatment at the dermatologist, with advancements in skincare technologies and procedures performed at home, dermarolling has quickly become a popular at-home self-care method.
What Does it do?
The dermaroller does what the name implies. It rolls over with its pointy needles to puncture the skin. The holes created are small enough to be considered superficial, which is why using a dermaroller is regarded as a non-invasive skin treatment.
The small punctures cause superficial bleeding, which triggers the body’s natural wound-healing response, causing new skin and blood vessels to form while also facilitating your skin to produce more collagen and elastin.
In a 2016 study, researchers found microneedling leads to an overall more youthful appearance with its anti-ageing effects of reducing fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing the size of pores, and promoting more suppleness and elasticity. Researchers indicated that skin treated with four microneedling sessions one month apart could result in a 400% increase in collagen.
By triggering your body’s natural wound-healing response, dermarolling is a fantastic method to treat acne scars and stretch marks because it promotes new skin growth and breaks down scar tissue, significantly diminishing their appearance.
The same 2016 study also posited using a dermaroller to help treat pigmentation issues in conjunction with various skin lightening agents and chemical peels to help reduce melasma and periorbital hypermelanosis, a form of hyperpigmentation.
Is it Safe?
Since the punctures created by dermarolling are considered superficial, using a dermaroller is safe and can benefit all skin types. However, it is essential to note that those with sensitive skin should be cautious of how frequently they use one.
Similarly, individuals with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or are susceptible to developing warts (which are prone to spreading) may want to steer clear of dermarolling as using an instrument that rolls all over your face could facilitate further spreading.
As well, for this with active acne breakouts, we would recommend avoiding using a dermaroller until the breakout subsides as using a dermaroller on an open-wound from a zit or over skin with cystic acne could do more harm than good in spreading bacteria all over your face.
If you are considering introducing any skincare products containing retinol, it is best to refrain from dermarolling initially, as starting both at the same time will cause an intense reaction.
How to Use a Dermaroller
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Before delving into how to use a dermaroller, there are some preparations that you need to do.
First and foremost, your skin should be clean, so you should cleanse and exfoliate your skin to remove any excess dirt, oil or makeup to ensure that the treatment is as effective as possible.
In terms of the dermaroller itself, it is absolutely essential that it is clean and placed on a clean surface. When it comes to cleaning the tool, you should do so at least once a week in an alcohol-based soak.
When it comes to rolling, we recommend going against gravity, meaning rolling up instead of down to minimize your skin potentially sagging in the future, except on your nose, which you should roll downwards. You can also roll horizontally over the forehead, cheeks, and chin.
Aftercare is crucial when using a dermaroller as one of the primary benefits is the increased absorption of products. You should apply appropriate but gentle topical products following this treatment, such as a Vitamin C serum to stimulate the skin.
To increase the anti-ageing benefits, we would strongly recommend using a hyaluronic acid serum to stimulate collagen, speed up cell recovery, smooth out fine lines, firm, plump and hydrate the skin.
It may take a bit of time to see results depending on your skin type and how frequently you use your dermaroller. To build up your tolerance, start using it once a week and build up to two or three times a week or even every other day.
Once you start using it three times a week or so, you will begin to see a change. However, collagen may take a while to grow initially, but some users may see results within a month. For others, it may take up to six months.
Does it Hurt?
The larger the needles in a dermaroller, the more uncomfortable it is likely to be.
It also depends on how hard you push. You want to refrain from pressing too hard on your skin and instead use a lighter hand where you can still feel the dermaroller, but not to the point where you’re hurting yourself. While it may not be the most comfortable experience, it certainly shouldn’t cause pain.
Of course, it is also heavily dependent on what your pain tolerance is. If you have a lower pain threshold, it may be best to skip dermarolling at home and instead seek out a professional’s skills.
Dermaroller – Get the Ball (or Needles) Rolling
Continuing to gain popularity in the beauty community, using a dermaroller is an excellent at-home treatment to take your skincare game to the next level.
Luckily, there are many different products to choose from, making dermarolling an affordable method to treat yourself and indulge in some much-deserved self-care.
Of course, it is always best to practice caution and read the specific instructions for the individual tool that you decide to use.
There is something for everyone in terms of anti-ageing benefits by reducing the look of fine lines, wrinkles and promoting collagen production to boosting people’s confidence by minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars.
Dermarolling is a relatively new skincare treatment that produces high-quality results without a high price tag.