It’s one of the best-kept secrets of the beauty community.
Derma rolling is a revolutionary skincare treatment that literally transforms your skin overnight. Used in conjunction with a skincare serum, derma rolling is a relatively safe and effective way to achieve beautiful skin at home.
So What is Derma Rolling? And Does It Hurt?
Derma rolling is a mild form of micro needling, which creates small punctures in the skin, essentially wounding it, in order to promote skin healing and collagen production.
Wound my skin? Wouldn’t that hurt?
Actually, it really doesn’t!
When a person comes in for a micro needling treatment, the dermatologist will apply a topical numbing cream. The intensive procedure causes some bleeding, which is why it has been suitably dubbed the vampire facial. Kim Kardashian said she regretted the treatment because it was so painful.
Derma rollers, on the other hand, don’t penetrate as deeply. You’ll most likely feel a prickling sensation, but it shouldn’t be painful. If it is, you’re pressing too hard!
Pain level: minimal.
Personally, I think getting your eyebrows waxed hurts a lot worse.
The Benefits of Derma Rolling
- Overnight reduction of acne scars, uneven skin tone, and texture
Those who used a derma roller saw improvement in acne scars, uneven skin tone, and skin texture almost overnight.
- Smoothes wrinkles
Because derma rolling stimulates collagen production, it’s an effective treatment for wrinkles.
- Lessens the appearance of under-eye bags
Derma rolling also improves the appearance of under-eye bags.
- Helps promote hair growth
Micro needling works to stimulate the production of stem cells and by activating important growth factors. It’s popularly used to regrow over-plucked eyebrows. #guilty
And it’s not only women getting in on the action. A study performed on 100 men with male or female pattern baldness, signified by thinning hair and a receding hairline, found that 82% of men saw improvement 12 weeks post-treatment.
- Allows products and serums to penetrate deeper into the skin
The small punctures that are introduced into the skin after derma rolling allows skin healing products to penetrate deep into the skin, increasing absorption, making it work more effectively and quicker.
The price of a single micro needling treatment at a dermatologist office will set you back around $1,000 and most patients usually require multiple treatments, depending on their skin’s condition.
For a DIY home derma rolling treatment, you can expect to spend anywhere from $20-$300 on a derma roller. Plus, $20-$100 on a good skincare serum.
Choosing a Derma Roller
Derma rollers come in many shapes and sizes, but the needle size is going to be the most important factor. It ultimately depends on the results you want to achieve for your skin. A good starting needle size is 0.5 mm (this is where collagen synthesis occurs!).
However, it’s totally okay to use a 0.25 mm needle when you’re starting out. The 0.25 mm needle will be gentler on your skin and will give you an opportunity to build up to a larger sized needle, which is a bit more uncomfortable.
How to Use a Derma Roller
- Disinfect your derma roller before and after each use. Fill a small container with isopropyl alcohol and gently submerge the derma roller head in the solution for 10-20 minutes to sanitize. Allow it to air dry.
- Wash your face as well as your hands. Keeping your face and hands clean will minimize the likelihood of infection. It’s recommended you wear gloves and disinfect your skin with alcohol prior to derma rolling.
- Don’t press the derma roller into your skin. This will cause more damage and tearing than you want. Instead, gently roll the derma roller across your skin in a slow and steady fashion. Do not use excessive speed or force.
- Roll the derma roller in a single direction back and forth on a single spot. You can start by rolling horizontally five times, then vertically five times. Repeat this process diagonally in both directions. The key is to get as many puncture points on your problematic area as possible to promote skin regeneration.
- Apply a stem cell or vitamin C serum after the treatment. If you’re using vitamin C, perform derma rolling at night to avoid sun damage.
- Allow your skin to heal before the next treatment. Derma rolling damages your skin to promote healing. However, if you don’t give your skin a chance to heal, the regenerative process can never take place and you won’t see results. Moreover, you’ll likely encounter irritation and redness. NOT GOOD.
How Often to Use Micro Needling to Get the Best Results
Wait at least 2 weeks between treatments for needle sizes 0.5-1mm and up to a month for 1.5mm.
How often you should use micro needling ultimately comes down to the sensitivity of your skin. If your skin is still irritated from your last treatment, give your skin time to heal itself.
For a needle size 0f 0.25mm, you can perform an at-home derma rolling treatment every 3-5 days.