It may not be very thrilling to get yourself pricked with hundreds of small needles all over your face as part of a beauty treatment. This may really sound to be a bit awkward to you. But you will be amazed to see the end result it has on your skin. Yes, you guessed it right. We are talking about derma rollers which is the latest in the skincare industry, with a lot of women turning towards it with the hope of curing acne scars and blemishes. It can work wonders on your skin it done properly and accurately by a trained professional. Dermarolling or micro-needling was initially done by a dermatologist, but now with a little training, it can be done from the comfort of your house. It is considered to be an effective treatment in fading away from the acne scars and very affordable as compared to laser treatment which is quite costly.
There may be many questions popping up in your mind like-what is a derma roller? How to use it? How does it work? How beneficial is it in treating acne scars? What are its potential side effects? Scroll down and keep reading to get an answer to all your queries.
What is Dermaroller?
As simple as it sounds, Derma means skin, roller means rolling something over your skin which actually puncture your skin to get the desired results. It is a skincare device which is used to treat acne scars, reduce signs of ageing and helps to correct any skin imperfections. This skincare device has a handle at one end and on the other end has hundreds of tiny sharp needles on its surface. By now you must have understood that it is not a painless procedure.
Dermaroller, when rolled over the skin surface, creates many minute holes on the skin which may often bleed. This is when your body’s natural healing mechanism comes into action and triggers the production of collagen and elastin to heal injury, thereby making your skin tighter and firmer than before.
How Does It Work?
Dermaroller has hundreds of tiny sharp needles which create micro-injuries on the skin so as to trigger collagen and elastic production which in turn aids in the healing of these self-inflicted micro-injuries. The end result is you have a tighter, firmer and brighter complexion than before. This treatment is ideal for filling up wrinkles and fine lines, treating dark circles and under-eye bags, helps in evening out your skin tone, plumping up your lips, for treating stretch marks and acne scars as it penetrates deep into the layers of your skin. Another plus point of this treatment is that it helps to increase the ingredient absorption up to 90%. This skincare device with tiny needles creates micro paths in the skin which helps the products to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin making it tight and bright.
As explained by a renowned dermatologist that a derma roller which has a needle size of 0.1 to 0.2mm does not necessarily trigger collagen synthesis, but is helpful in getting the products to penetrate and absorb better into the skin. As derma roller with larger needle size, say about 0.5mm creates tiny pricks on your skin surface which may often lead to bleeding skin and trigger the healing response of the body.
When the skin is pricked it creates a controlled skin injury. In this process, there is no damage caused in the outer layer of the skin. The injury caused by the tiny needles help to break down the scar tissues and initiate the healing process during which the following changes occur in your skin
- Boosts collagen production
- New blood vessels form in the skin
- Releases substances which stimulate growth.
Benefits of Dermaroller For Your Skin?
Dermaroller is very effective in treating various skin concerns. These tiny needles puncture the epidermal layer of the skin and trigger the healing mechanism of the body. This activity brings cell repair and growth function into action, thereby effectively treating many skincare issues. Let’s have a look at the benefits of using derma roller on your skin.
1. Treats Acne Scars
It helps to treat acne scars by stimulating the skin to heal the intended area and boosts the collagen production, including production of new skin cells thereby reducing acne scars.
2. Reduces Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Dermarolling or micro-needling is an effective treatment for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. When the skin cells get ruptured, the healing mechanism of the skin instigates it to produce more collagen and elastic which generally start diminishing with ageing. Due to the increased collagen production, your skin looks tight and firm, thereby reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
3. Reduces Large Pores
It all depends upon the needle length. To reduce large pores, you may require thin, short needles which
4. Reduces Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are tears deep down the layers of your skin for which you require a dermaroller whose needle size is 2 mm as compared to 0.2mm or 0.5mm which is commonly used. The basic principle which applies here is to induce a pinprick bleeding of the skin, which in turn accelerates the production of new skin cells and boost collagen and elastic production, thereby reducing stretch marks.
5. Control Hyper pigmentation
Dermarolling is very effective in treating hyper pigmentation, as in this process the topmost layer of the skin is shed and skin cell turnover is encouraged. It helps to shed the dead skin cell and ensures growth of new skin cells which is devoid of dark spots or discolouration.
Dermarolling or micro-needling has become the latest trend in the beauty industry for good reasons. It is also very effective in treating dark circles, under-eye bags and to plump up your lips. But you should get this treatment done from the professional before trying it out at home. The size of the micro-needles may differ depending upon your skin concern. With the first few sittings in the gap of 1 month, you are sure to notice a visible change in your skin texture and appearance.
How To Prepare Your Skin Before Dermaroller Treatment
Skin cleanliness is the key to effective Dermaroller treatment. Clean your skin with a mild antiseptic cleanser and then use a toner to maintain the effective pH balance of your skin. Your skin should be free from any kind of dirt and grime before pricking. Apply a layer of facial serum of your choice, so that your skin is able to penetrate and absorb the product. The tiny needles make a path for the products to get easily absorbed into the skin.
How To Use Dermaroller On Your Skin?
If you are doing Dermaroller treatment on your skin for the first time, get it done professionally. Try this treatment at home only if you are confident about using Dermaroller in a proper manner. Let’s get into the step which need to be followed when using Dermaroller on your skin.
Sanitize The Dermaroller
It is very important to clean your Dermaroller before using it. As the micro needles go directly into your skin, it is very important to sanitize your Dermaroller. Soak your Dermaroller in an alcohol solution or IPA (isopropyl alcohol) solution.
Apply Your Favourite Serum on a Clean Face
Apply a serum all over your face to create a barrier between your skin and the micro needles. Many a times, people use over the counter numbing cream and apply it all over the face to reduce the pain caused while using dermaroller over your face.
Start The Rolling Procedure
You need to roll 5-10 times in each direction i.e horizontally, vertically and diagonally over your forehead, cheek, chin, lips and neck.
If you are using Dermaroller for the first time, then see how your skin reacts to it.
Lift the roller and start from the same position for each repetition covering your entire face.
careful not to press too hard on your skin and apply slight pressure which you can tolerate.
Clean Your Face
Wash your face with plain water and pat dry with a soft towel. Be careful, not to rub your skin as at this point of time your skin is most vulnerable.
Apply a follow-up cream or serum
Apply a facial serum or a moisturizing cream. Avoid any kind of makeup, so as to let your skin heal and breathe.
Follow this simple procedure if you are using a dermaroller at home. Be careful not of use dermaroller on open wound, acne or cyst as there are chances of infection spreading all over your face.
What Type of Serum To Use With Dermaroller?
It is always good to apply a serum on your skin before you start working on skin with Dermaroller, as serum acts as a barrier between your skin and the needle of Dermaroller. It creates a smoother surface to work with. The Dermaroller opens up the path for the product to get absorbed into the skin more efficiently. Hyaluronic Acid combined with Vitamin C and E makes up to be the best facial serum and is always considered to be good for your skin when using Dermaroller. You can follow it up with a sunscreen moisturizer ( if you are stepping out).
When Can You Expect To See The Result?
It takes almost 2-3 sittings and over 1 month time to see the visible result on your skin as new collagen production takes almost a months time. You will start seeing the result gradually and do not expect the miracle to happen overnight.
Side Effects of Dermaroller
Dermaroller like any other cosmetic procedure has its own risk factors. Bleeding and redness is the most common side effect of using Dermaroller. Other side effects include rashes, skin peeling, infection and bruises. You should not use Dermaroller if you are pregnant, have open wound, have severe skin condition such as eczema and psoriasis or have has a radiation therapy recently. It is always advisable to speak to a dermatologist and seek the help of a professional when you are using Dermaroller for the first time.
By following some of these best practices you can harness the maximum benefit of Dermarollers on your skin.
- Start taking Vitamin C and E supplements one month before you start with treatment in order to boost collagen production
- After the treatment, you can use ice bags to subside the pain.
- Apply facial serum or anti-ageing moisturizers after the treatment.
- Use sunscreen whenever you step outside as your skin will be more sensitive and vulnerable for the first few days.
- Don’t use Dermarollers near your eyes.
- Avoid using Dermarollers on infected acne or open wound.
- Never share your Dermaroller with others.
Keeping these few things in mind will always be fruitful to you whenever you are using derma rollers. With consistent use of Dermaroller, your skin will become appear healthier and youthful than ever before.
Written By - Akhila Menon
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