What’s a derma roller? And how will it help your skin? We have the answers.
WHAT IS DERMA ROLLING?
A derma roller is a handheld device covered in microneedles, with the needles ranging anywhere from 0.25mm to 1.5mm. Derma rolling is the process of using the derma roller to create micro-injuries on the skin. As the skin heals, it sends collagen and elastin production soaring, leaving you with a tighter and plumper complexion.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF USING A DERMA ROLLER?
As the skin ages, elastin and collagen production goes down, which causes a loss of suppleness in the skin and leads to signs of ageing such as bagginess and wrinkles. Derma rolling helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, making it an effective anti-ageing treatment.
For those who find clogged pores to be a recurring issue, derma rolling might just be the answer to their problems. Derma rollers help reduced the size of enlarged pores, thereby also reducing the chances of the pores getting clogged. It does so by thickening the epidermis of the skin and increased collagen production. Even hyperpigmentation can be dealt with using a derma roller—using it on affected areas will help shed the top layer of the skin and effect melanocyte production, which leads to diminishing of hyperpigmentation.
HOW SHOULD I CHOOSE A DERMA ROLLER?
First and foremost, make sure you buy good branded derma rollers from trusted sources only—you do not want to cheap out on something that is going to cause micro-injuries on your skin. Although derma rollers are available in various needle lengths, always choose one with needles that are 1.0mm or less. With needles 1.5mm or greater, you run the risk of damaging your skin unless you’re a trained professional. If you feel like the use of bigger needles would help, visit an expert who is trained and can gauge your skin’s needs accurately. It is not uncommon for people to have a couple 2-3 derma rollers on hand: 0.25mm to help with better absorption of skincare products (lotions, serums, etc); 0.5mm to treat superficial damage on or just under the epidermis; and 1.0mm to treat wrinkles, scars, and for some serious collagen production.
HOW SHOULD I USE MY DERMA ROLLER?
Prepping your skin is a crucial part of derma rolling. Ideally, you should exfoliate your skin right before going over it with a derma roller. Skipping the exfoliation can still yield results, but you won’t be making the most of it. Apply a skin serum to the exfoliated skin and then roll the derma roller on it, first horizontally, then vertically, then diagonally; 2 passes in each direction should do the trick. If you feel any pain, it could be because you’re putting too much pressure. At the same time, don’t be so gentle that the roller’s needles don’t end up penetrating the epidermis. After rolling, apply a second layer of serum to finish.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DERMA ROLL?
That completely depends upon your skin goals. Generally, a break of 2-3 days should be given between rolling sessions if your derma roller has needles 0.25-0.5mm. For derma rollers with 1.0mm needles, give your skin a 5-6 day break so that it has enough time to heal between sessions.