Is a Derma Roller Effective in Treating Scars?

For dermarolling fans, the derma roller is their “savior” in treating ugly scars in the face and body. But is it true? Can a derma roller really help in removing scars?

A scar is an area of fibrous tissue that forms after a skin injury, to repair wounds. It is made up of the same proteins (like collagen) as the tissue that it replaces. While a scar helps in preventing infections and other foreign particles from entering your body, it otherwise leaves an ugly mark – literally.

Acne scars

One of the most common skin problems is acne. There are myths that surround acne, including the “fact” that only adolescents only suffer it. But the truth is that people of many ages suffer acne, including adults. Acne can also occur on the back, arms, neck and chest, aside from the face.

Having to deal with acne is bad enough, but the worse part of acne is that it leaves visible and permanent scars. These acne scars, especially on the face, can undermine a person’s confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.

Fortunately, there are skin treatments that even ordinary people can afford. There are lots of skin care options that they can even do in their own home to treat their acne problems. These options include derma rollers, which are the hottest commodity right now.

The derma roller is clinically proven to be effective in reducing most types of acne scars – including depressed acne scars and enlarged pores. Most of all, it is a cost-effective way of treating acne scars. You don’t have to go to your dermatologist’s clinic regularly or pay for expensive skin care products that promise reduction of acne scars.

In a recent clinical research, 86% of patients suffering mild to moderate acne scars have reported significant improvements after undergoing a dermarolling treatment. So, this further goes to show that the derma roller delivers its promise of reducing ugly acne scars, as long as you use it properly.

If you have to purchase a derma roller to treat facial acne scars, choose a 0.5 mm-long needle. This length is the ideal derma roller needle length to treat facial acne scars.

Body scars

Body scars are formed after an accident, injury, surgery, illnesses (like chicken pox) or a certain medical condition. Stretch marks are also considered as body scars, and they occur after pregnancy or a significant weight gain or loss.

Dermarolling or microneedling is an exciting new way to treat old scars and stretch marks. Just like in acne scars, a derma roller is clinically proven to be effective in treating several types of body scars.

If you have to purchase a derma roller to treat body scars, choose longer needles particularly 1.0 mm or even 1.5 mm-long needles.

How does the derma roller treat scars?

The derma roller produces results that are comparable to those of other skin treatments such as lasers or deep-skin peels.

But unlike these treatments, the derma roller is a non-invasive form of a skin treatment as it doesn’t destroy the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer. Instead, the derma roller’s needles perforate the epidermis, creating infiltration channels – and it is at this stage where skin treatment solutions (creams, gels, etc.) are allowed to be applied.

The derma roller also takes on the principle of the skin’s self-healing process. As you roll, the derma roller triggers the production of collagen and elastin, which help the skin to heal and renew itself. There are proper intervals between rolling, to give the skin enough time to rejuvenate itself. Result is a smoother, more supple skin with less visible scars.