Microneedling seems to be the hottest skin care trend today and devotees have sworn by its effectiveness in reducing several types of flaws on the skin.
Microneedling is basically the insertion of the tiny needles into the skin’s epidermis (the outermost layer) for the purposes of collagen induction, which helps in rejuvenating the skin.
There are a couple of well-known methods which employ the microneedling skin care technique: the Dermapen and the derma roller. Comparing the two, the derma roller is the more popular (and the more cost effective) microneedling device.
WHAT IS A DERMA ROLLER AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A derma roller is a small handheld rolling tool which consists of a hundred of tiny needles. It helps in stimulating the skin’s natural healing process by increasing the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. As a result, the derma roller removes acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, as well as post-traumatic scars, stretch marks and cellulite. The derma roller is also used in effectively reducing enlarged pores and improving the skin texture.
The derma roller also helps cosmetic care products to better penetrate the skin by creating micro channels on the skin’s surface. This tool enables the effective introduction of active ingredients deep into the skin with a high degree of absorption.
The derma roller’s fine and tiny needles create microscopic channels in the skin, which open the paths which make way for the faster and more effective absorption of skin care products and other active ingredients. In this way, the needles create “microdamage,” which activates the healing process and initiates the production of new collagen and elastin. The result – the skin has become thickened, tense, and rejuvenated. Your skin will look and feel younger than ever before.
Needle length and frequency of treatments:
- 0.25 mm – Ideal for domestic use. Because of the needle size, no bleeding shall occur. Treatments using this rolling shall be done every 2 to 3 days.
- 0.5 mm to 1.0 mm – Ideal for professional use. During this treatment, redness and even a slight bleeding shall occur. Weekly breaks between treatments are necessary to allow the skin to repair and regenerate.
After a few treatments, the needles will certainly start to dull. But it depends on how often the derma roller is used, how long the needles are and how large the area of the body that’s being treated. When you notice bent needles, or when you notice that the needles no longer penetrate the skin as easily as before, then it’s an indication that you should replace your current derma roller and buy a new one.
Advantages of using the derma roller:
With proper use as well as the right selection of needle length, the derma roller can bring positive and desirable results, such as:
- Reduction and elimination of acne scars
- Reduction of under-eye dark circles
- Reduction and elimination of wrinkles and fine lines
- Prevention of hair loss and stimulation of hair growth in the scalp
- Repair and rejuvenation of the skin caused by sun damage
- Reduction of stretch marks
- Reduction of cellulite
- Ability to restore the skin to its original elasticity and firmness
Other benefits that people may enjoy while using the derma roller:
- It is simple to use;
- It is cost-effective;
- It is ideal for all skin types and color – the derma roller doesn’t have any thermal heating feature, so it doesn’t cause discoloration on the skin;
- It does not cause any infection after use;
- It is safe to use;
- It can be combined with other treatments;
- It promotes the production of new and natural collagen and elastin;
- It can be done at home;
- It is not invasive compared to other skin care procedures;