You may be wondering, “How in the world is inserting hundreds of little needles into your face relaxing? And why would anyone want to do that?” It sounds crazy, but microneedling has a ton of benefits, including:
- reduced wrinkles and stretch marks.
- reduced acne scarring and skin discoloration.
- increased skin thickness.
- facial rejuvenation.
- enhanced product absorption.
For anyone who’s looking for a way to tackle these concerns at home, microneedling might be your answer. Here’s what you need to know about this miraculous process.
Microneedling, often referred to as dermarolling or collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure in which thousands of tiny little needles are inserted into the surface of skin via a rolling or stamping device.
Dermarolling works by creating microscopic wounds which induce collagen and elastin production. If you didn't know, collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body and is responsible for holding together connective tissue like skin, muscles, tendons, cartilage, and bones.
This lovely protein is also what keeps us looking young and gorgeous. Unfortunately, it's believed that collagen production slows down by about 1 percent per year after the age of 20, which translates to the big A word — aging.
Despite how terrifying dermarolling may seem, it's actually considered a minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime. However, the recovery process does depend largely on the length of the needles used. Obviously, the longer the needles, the deeper the wound — and that means the longer the recovery time.
What size derma roller is best?
This will depend largely on what you're trying to accomplish. Since we're all about simplicity, here's a table summarizing what length should be used depending on what you're trying to treat.
shallow acne scars: 1.0 mm.
deep acne scars: 1.5 mm.
enlarged pores: 0.25 to 0.5 mm.
postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (blemishes): 0.25 to 0.5 mm.
sun damaged or sagging skin: 0.5 to 1.5 mm (a combination of both is ideal).
stretch marks: 1.5.
surgical scars: 1.5 mm.
wrinkles: 0.5 to 1.5 mm.
How To use:
If using a dermaroller at home, a person should follow the steps described here:
1- remove the dermaroller from its container.
2- spray it with alcohol solution and wash with warm water to sterilize.
3- prepare the skin for treatment with an antiseptic or saline wash.
4- hold the skin taughtroll over each section, once up and down, once side to side, and once diagonally.
5- bathe the skin with saline after the skin has reddened.
6- spray the dermaroller with alcohol solution and wash with warm water to sterilize.
7- leave the dermaroller to dry.
8- put back in the storage case.
When using the dermaroller on the face, a person should treat five sections of the face in turn. These sections are:
- top right of forehead and cheek.
- top left of forehead and cheek.
- right under eye and lower cheek.
- left under eye and lower cheek.
- around the mouth.
After using the dermaroller, a person can apply serums or moisturizers to their skin.
It is thought that these applications are absorbed much more easily and deeply by skin treated by a dermaroller than untreated skin.
People should avoid a dermaroller if they have a history of blood-clotting problems, or are using accutane or other medical treatments.
Dermarollers should not be used on areas of skin that have eczema, sunburn, or cold sores. Anywhere there are moles, skin inflammation, or rosacea should also be avoided.
- Brand: DRS Dermaroller