What is a derma roller?
A Derma-roller is, you guessed it, the tool used to perform Derma-rolling or microneedling. Once only performed by professionals in a salon, these days there are numerous tools on the market which means you can DIY at home.
A derma roller is the specific tool that is used to create the procedure of derma rolling or microneedling. The hand-held device was once only used in salons by professionals, but as the beauty industry and our knowledge has evolved, several DIY tools are now available. The main fixture of the derma roller is its spinning wheel of micro-needles. Before you begin, it’s imperative to select the derma roller that is right for your skin.
What Is Derma-rolling?
Derma-rolling involves the use of micro-needles which makes microscopic incisions in the skin as “trauma” which then causes the skin to go into “repair mode” by stimulating collagen production. Sounds pretty intense, but it’s actually not as scary as you think.
Following the treatment, the skin’s absorption is amplified which means your products will work even harder for you.
What are the benefits of derma rolling?
Microneedling offers a range of benefits based on different skin concerns. Firstly, as already mentioned, the penetration of the needles help to stimulate the all important collagen, which is crucial in generating new cell growth. Through this process of exfoliation, dull, dead skin cells are cleared, allowing for new cells to take their place. This leaves the skin’s surface looking smoother and more refined. Derma rolling as we know also helps to maximise the efficacy of our products, by enhancing our skins absorbance ability.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
As with most skincare treatments, the amount of time it takes to see results can vary depending on your skin type, the dermaroller you’re using, and how often you use it. It may take between two to six months to see results. As far as repeating the procedure goes, this is really up to you. You can safely use your microneedle as often as a few times a week, but I simply use mine once a month and have really been able to maintain my results that way. It really depends on what you’re most comfortable with and what kinds of skin issues you’re treating. (If you have a lot of discoloration or fine lines, you may want to use yours more often).
Are There Any Side Effects?
As with any skincare procedure, there are potential side effects, especially if you aren’t using your dermaroller properly and keeping things hygienic. The side effects of dermarolling tend to be mild but may include irritation, bruising, peeling, bleeding, and infection.
How to Use a Derma Roller
Begin by disinfecting your roller: Let your roller soak in 70 percent isopropyl alcohol for approximately 5 to 10 minutes before you begin to use it.
Wash and cleanse your face: Using a gentle p-H balanced cleanser, wash your face like you would normally. If the needles you are using are longer than 0.5mm; it is recommended that you wipe your face down with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol before the rolling process. If you’re wanting to maximise the properties of your products, add a layer of serum to your skin before beginning. It’s worth selecting a serum that contains hyaluronic acid or growth-stimulating factors.
Begin rolling: Start by splitting your face up into sections, avoiding your eyes and the root (or top) of your nose. Take your derma roller and roll in one direction six-eight times; lifting the roller up off the face every time to prevent track marks. There’s no need to press too firmly on the skin – only apply as much pressure as you can handle. Once complete, repeat the process in the opposite direction, either vertically or horizontally, until every section of your face is complete.
Rinse your skin: After you have completed the microneedling, rinse your face with water only.
Clean your derma roller: While you’re giving your skin some downtime, it’s time to clean your roller. Start by creating a soapy mixture adding dish soap to a container; swishing the roller around vigorously without letting it hit the sides. Although it may seem odd to use detergents over alcohol, alcohol is unable to dissolve the proteins found in skin and blood. After you have washed your roller, let it soak in the 70 percent isopropyl alcohol for 10 minutes.
Finish by applying your basic skincare routine: After derma rolling, it’s best to avoid chemical exfoliants or any active ingredients that could irritate the skin; such as, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and tretinoin.
Is Dermarolling Suitable For All Skin Types?
Dermarolling can benefit all skin types, though those with sensitive skin should be mindful of how frequently they do it (more on that later). Though with aging skin will find it particularly useful, as it’s an ideal method for filling in fine lines and wrinkles, thickening and plumping the skin under the eyes (thus diminishing the appearance of dark circles and bags), and even plumping up lips. Dermarolling is also an effective treatment for acne scars and discoloration since it penetrates the skin so deeply.