A dermaroller is a skin care device which is used to help in skin rejuvenation, reduce the signs of aging and treat acne scarring. Also known as microneedling, Dermarolling was originally only done by a dermatologist in a clinical set up but nowadays with little training it can be done at home.
A derma roller has small fine needles and when it is rolled over the skin the needles puncture the skin. This creates tiny holes on the skin which are superficial hence that is why the treatment is considered as a non-invasive procedure.
A controlled skin injury is created once the skin is punctured but this does not cause damage to the outer layer of the skin. Scar tissue is broken down by the help of the needles. The skins controlled bleeding leads to superficial bleeding which triggers the body’s wound healing response.
During this process the following occurs;
During the next five days, collagen, which is produced by the body is deposited in the treated skin area. This makes the skin to be more firm and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
1. Can the derma roller be used on any skin type or color?
Since the derma roller does not use any thermal heat (like lasers)then it can be used on any skin color. You do not have to worry about the after-treatment inflammation or hyperpigmentation since the derma roller does not cause such effects on the skin.
2. After how long can I expect to start seeing the results?
Results vary depending on the condition being treated, type of roller being used, your skins sensitivity, how many times the roller is being used and your general health.
An example is if you are using a 1.5mm roller, the results should start being visible after several months if you are using it every two to three weeks. In the case of using a 0.5mm roller the results should start being visible after two to three months if you use it every two to three days.
3. Is it painful to use the derma roller?
This will depend on the pressure that you apply when you are using the roller, the size of the needles and pain tolerance. The larger the needle the more painful it is but the pain is mostly tolerable. A 0.2mm needle is completely painless to use. If you feel like you cannot tolerate the pain then you can always apply a numbing cream.
4. Am I supposed to use any after-care products?
No, you are not necessarily required to use any after-care products as the roller already aids in absorbing skin care products. But you can apply something like virgin coconut oil to lessen the pain and irritation.
5. Can the derma roller be used by a pregnant or breast feeding woman? No because the body needs all of its nutrients to nourish the baby when you are pregnant or breast feeding. Since the derma roller triggers collagen production the process needs nutrients to happen, then it is not advisable to use it during those circumstances.
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