The derma roller (or skin roller) is considered a miracle skin care tool by many enthusiasts. Whoever said that “no pain, no gain” is probably referring to the derma roller! Who could have known that such a rudimentary-looking rolling instrument – which looks more like a torture device rather than a beauty tool – makes wonders to your skin by making it refined and youthful-looking again?
The derma roller’s barrel contains hundreds of microneedles designed to prick the skin’s outermost layer (the epidermis). This action creates tiny holes to trick the body into thinking that it has sustained a wound or injury. Thus, the body reacts to these “micro-injuries” by increasing the production of collagen and elastin, which helps in repairing injuries and restoring the skin’s original youthful glow.
The derma roller is quite versatile. It can be used on the face and on many parts of the body. In fact, it can be used on every part of the body, except in more sensitive areas such as the eyelids.
It can be used to treat many sorts of skin problems: acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, post-traumatic scars, cellulite and many more. It has been proven in making the skin clearer and more refined, as well as in restoring and increasing its original elasticity.
The derma roller is also said to be effective in reducing enlarged pores caused by acne and oily skin. Enlarged pores are also a problem for those who suffer acne in the face. When dirt and sebum start to build up on oily skin, this causes the skin to swell and distend, resulting to pores to become bigger than normal. Apart from excess sebum, the skin’s exposure to the sun’s UV rays also causes it to form bigger pores. Aging is also another factor; as we get old, our skin starts to lose elasticity and this leads the pores to become bigger than usual. Having enlarged pores on the face causes one to lose self-confidence and self-esteem. But with the derma roller, their agony in dealing with large pores will soon be over!
Citing the derma roller’s ability to activate the body’s collagen production, the derma roller helps in rejuvenating the epidermis, triggering the production of new skin cells to form new layers of tissue.
The “micro-injuries” caused by rolling causes just minor damage, creating tiny channels on the epidermis. Again, the minor injuries causes the body to produce collagen and elastin, which leads to the formation of new and fresh skin cells in the process. It leads the skin to become thicker, more elastic and more youthful-looking. You don’t have to worry about the tiny channels on your skin as they quickly close up (occurring at least an hour after rolling), allowing the skin to heal and renew itself promptly.
This healing process caused by dermarolling also helps in tightening previously enlarged skin pores, improving the appearance and the texture of the skin. Your skin will now become clearer, cleaner and smoother. The derma roller is a simple yet highly effective tool in reducing pore size, plus it is also cost effective and minimally intrusive unlike other skin care procedures. Be sure to use a high-quality derma roller to achieve optimum results.
Using the derma roller produces a rather stinging sensation. While some people can tolerate the soreness, others may be a bit more sensitive even to just a slight irritation. Topical anesthesia products (such as numbing creams) will help in reducing that stinging sensation. They should be applied before rolling.