Do Derma Rollers work? Trust us we’ve done our research, and numerous studies show that active derma roller users do see changes in their skin with consistent use. Acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines are all said to have been diminished with an at home derma roller.
What is a Derma Roller?
First things first - you might be wondering what is a derma roller and the science behind derma-rolling. A derma roller is a skincare tool that has hundreds of tiny needles. When they come into contact with your skin, they create micro injuries on the skin and help produce collagen and elastin for your skin. In doing so, your skin feels tighter and looks more plump. This allows for your skincare products to absorb better in your skin since your pores open up.
What is the Difference Between a Derma Roller and Microneedling? What are the Benefits of Microneedling?
A derma roller is a skincare tool that uses a treatment called microneedling. Microneedling first came about in the early 1900s. During this time, dermatologists used rotating wheels and various other tools to reduce skin issues such as hyperpigmentation spots and acne scars. Doctors soon began using needles on people’s skin which led to the microneedling technique. Today, microneedling derma rollers are used all around the world to reduce aging spots and rejuvenate skin.
How does Derma Rolling Feel?
We love our Microneedling Derma Roller to help us up our skin regime and provide a comfortable glide, as well as the perfect amount of pinch, where you can feel your pores being worked. When investing in a derma roller, it is said to look for a roller with microneedles less than 0.5 mm, otherwise it could be extremely risky. At a comfortable .25 mm, our Mirconeedling Derma Roller works just enough to help you gain all the benefits of a derma roller without any potentially harmful side effects that could come from professional microneedling.
Derma Rolling is minimally invasive, and can easily be done at home without any potentially harmful side effects. However, it's important to do your research and understand correct DIY techniques to avoid any scarring or darkening of the skin. People with other more serious skin conditions or on medication should be wary.
How can I Derma Roll at Home?
When derma rolling at home, here's what you need to know:
- It's important to choose an all-natural serum to apply on your face, since it will be directly seeping into your skin through your newly opened pores.
- Dermatologists recommend using serums higher in hyaluronic acid, which will seal in moisture and help with the skin regeneration process.
- Make sure the products you are using are high quality, avoiding any retinoids or Vitamin C, to prevent any adverse effects on the skin as these don't suit every skin type. Retinoids and vitamin C can cause people with sensitive skin to experience redness or dryness. When derma rolling, we recommend avoiding these ingredients all together or using skincare products that contain very small amounts of them.
- A commonly asked question is if you should wait between dermarolling and applying serum. The answer is no. In many cases, applying the serum right after actually helps soothe your skin and provides the most benefits on newly dermarolled skin.
How to Use a Microneedling Derma Roller?
Step 1: Just dot your serum all over your clean and freshly washed face, and then roll in a downwards motion.
Step 2: After about 1-2 minutes, clean the tool and let dry.
Step 3: Wash your face and feel free to re-apply the same serum or apply another anti-aging product.
How to Clean Your Derma Roller?
After finishing your treatment, make sure to clean your derma roller to avoid bacteria buildup. The best way to do this is by rinsing it under warm water for a few seconds. Next, place the head in a cup of rubbing alcohol, making sure all needles are fully submerged. Let it sit for approximately 5-10 minutes. Lastly, take out your derma roller, rinse it under warm water again, and leave it out to dry. This cleaning process will keep your derma roller free of bacteria so that it’s ready for your next use.
Another important thing to note: Make sure to replace your derma roller every so often. If you use it multiple times per week, it’s best to replace it after 10-15 uses. If you don’t use it as often, we suggest you replace it about once a month. Also, be sure not to share your derma roller with others -- this can transfer bacteria and cause skin irritation.
We recommend using the Microneedling Derma Roller about once a week for no more than 2 minutes each time. Depending on how your skin is taking to the procedure, feel free to up usage to anywhere from 2-3 times a week.
Microneedling Derma Roller Before and After
With consistency, results will begin to show within a month to two months of usage. After derma rolling, you can expect to see reduced acne scarring, hyperpigmentation spots, and wrinkles. Your skin will also be able to absorb skincare products better so that you can reap all of their benefits. Any at home treatments however, will show a more mild effect compared to professional treatments, but hey, it's a great start.