What Is Dermarolling And How To Do It Yourself At Home
In recent years, dermarolling has been gathering a lot of attention in the beauty community. It has emerged as a highly effective, accessible and multi-purpose skin rejuvenation treatment to achieve smooth and flawless skin. Keep reading for more information about it.
What Is Dermarolling?
Derma rolling is a treatment that involves using a derma roller covered with 150 – 500 micro needles to roll on the skin and create tiny wounds in the process. The tiny wounds then trigger our body’s natural “healing response”, causing new blood vessels to form under the skin and causing the body to direct large surges of collagen to the wounded areas. These collagen would help resurface the skin; make the skin become smoother and younger; heal acne scars as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores.
The tiny wounds created by the dermaroller are very superficial so the treatment will not leave any scar or do any damage to the skin tissues and the blood vessels.
What Are the Benefits of Dermarolling?
A dermaroller contains hundreds of tiny needles. When in use, these needles create micro-injuries on the skin, which in turn sends collagen and elastin production into overdrive to compensate as it heals—leaving your complexion tighter and plumper than it was beforehand. Plus, when used in conjunction with a serum (as it should be), it boosts ingredient absorption up to 90%.
For a more intense, in-office treatment, many dermatologists use a dermapen, an electronic microneedling device that oscillates as it punctures the skin. These treatments often have immediate and dramatic results but also have side effects like pain and bleeding. They also tend to be very expensive. Fortunately, you can use a cheaper, at-home dermaroller and still gets great results with regular maintenance. It requires a much lower pain threshold, too.
How Will Dermarolling Affect My Skin?
“Most skin types can benefit from dermarolling, but active acne-prone or inflamed skin should not be microneedled or dermarolled,” Marino explains. “When it comes to dermarolling, less is more in regards to your needle size. For at-home use, .25mm is as high as I would recommend going—anything larger than that is just tearing at the skin. Be careful of excessive use of dermarolling on acne-prone or openly-wounded skin, which can spread bacteria across your entire face.”
How do you do it?
Thankfully, derma rolling isn’t too complicated to master. Stick to these simple steps for a sterile, effective experience.
To reduce the chance of bacteria transfer, thoroughly cleanse both your skin and the roller. Use gloves if possible, advises Kearney.
It’s best to derma roll at night when your skin isn’t susceptible to sun damage.
If you’re sticking to this evening regime, you may want to consider double cleansing to get rid of oil and dirt that’s built up on your skin during the day.
To clean the derma roller, soak it in an alcohol-based solution. Then dry and place on a clean paper towel.
If using a serum with your derma roller, apply the product to your face before getting down to business.
The rolling method involves three parts: vertical, horizontal, and diagonal movements.
Start by rolling the derma roller up and down your forehead, cheeks, and chin, making sure not to apply too much pressure.
Then, switch to horizontal movements followed by diagonal ones. Spend no more than 2 minutes doing this.
Stay away from the eye area and be extra careful on sensitive places such as the nose and upper lip.
After the rolling is complete, apply the same serum again or choose another hydrating or anti-aging product.
Just make sure the ingredients list doesn’t include retinols or vitamin C.
As your skin may be more sensitive after derma rolling, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen.
You should also avoid wearing makeup, taking hot showers, or exercising for 24 hours afterward.
Always clean your derma roller after each use.
Disinfect it by spritzing with a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol spray, says Dr. Kim Peirano, a specialist in acupuncture and Chinese medicine at Lion’s Heart.
She adds that you can also soak the roller in a once-weekly solution of hot water and a denture cleansing tablet.
Don’t let anyone else use your roller and replace it at least once every 3 months to prevent irritation from dull needles.