What is a derma roller?
A derma roller compared to a medieval torture device
According to Daily Mail, it resembles an antiquated torture equipment, which I found rather hilarious. If we zoom in to a photo of a dermaroller, the similarities are obvious.
I cover a lot of things in this post, however, please read the other article which discusses things you need to know BEFORE buying your first skin needling device.
How does skin needling work?
What should you use a derma roller for?cellulite and even thinning hair. Rather impressive!
When should you NOT use skin needling?
- active acne
- active herpes infection
- fungal infection
- skin allergies
- any open wound, etc.
Follow special instructions if you are pregnant or lactating. Always consult a doctor if you are not sure about whether you should be using the needling device or not.
How frequently and how to use a derma roller?
1mm titanium microneedle derma stamp,
usually used for more difficult to reach
and delicate areas, such as around eyes
After you have sterilised your dermaroller and the outermost layer of your flesh, some numbing cream may be applied on the treated areas, but it is optional. Personally, I have never used any numbing cream, but a sterilising solution is easy to acquire. I got mine at Boots for approximately £5.
The procedure does hurt a little bit, especially if a derma roller with longer needles is used, so the aggressiveness of the treatment depends on your tolerance to pain. Usually a derma roller will come with instructions on how to use it, but you can just simply roll it on those areas that you want to rejuvenate the most. It is advised to roll up to ten times in each direction: up and down, and across.
The same applies to treatment frequency; some sources claim that a derma roller with needles of up to 0.5 mm may be used as often as one likes, but frequency of needling with longer needles needs to be around once a month. The longer the needles, the less frequently a derma roller should be used.
You can apply a serum and/or a moisturiser during or after the derma rolling treatment. This will give you maximum benefit as your skin's permeability is particularly high during or immediately after the procedure.
In the morning a sun cream with high SPF is a must, i.e., SPF 30 or more. If it's a hot sunny day, then a sun block should be used, or, even better, plan your treatment when the sun is not at its hottest: on a cloudy day or in winter.
Do not use a derma roller with irritating products, such as retinol cream, especially of high concentration. Avoid steam, sauna rooms and high temperatures after your treatment. Do not use scrubs, exfoliating products, microdermabrasion for around a week after skin needling.
Do not share your derma roller or stamp with anyone.
Different uses attract different needle sizes:
- Any size needle can be used for cellulite reduction.
- Needles of size starting from 1mm should be used to reduce stretch marks.
- 0.5 to 1.5mm needles used for anti-ageing.
- 0.75 to 1.5mm - for acne scars.
- Deep scar removal from 1.5mm needle size.
- Hair restoration 0.2 to 0.5mm.
- Pigmentation treatment 0.75 to 2mm.
- For increased nutrient absorption for face needle size up to 1mm should be used.
Does it work? Dermaroller results, before and after pictures
Before and after pictures: my forehead four years ago(at the top)
and now (bottom picture) after using a needle and a derma roller
to smooth out the wrinkles
Now a dermaroller and a derma stamp are permanent fixtures on my make-up table. I love these skin needling devices. Given my sensitivity to pain, I usually have only a short session once or twice a week before going to bed. My skin looks smoother and I believe at least some of the effect is permanent.
So, for all those young Botox fans I would h
ighly recommend to replace that expensive habit with skin needling or a derma roller.
Firstly, the needling smoothes out the wrinkles. Some of the dermaroller effect is temporary due to swelling, but there is also some genuine anti-ageing effect, which is permanent.
Secondly, you will save yourself a lot of money and you will reverse some of the effects of the ageing process; botulinum toxin injections, however, only produce temporary results and they are very expensive.
Here I have added my favourite device that you can buy straight from my blog. This derma stamp is a real time saver if compared to a single needle, but it's not as harsh as a derma roller can be. It's perfect for someone starting out. Definitely worth some consideration if you are serious about getting rid of your lines.