If you haven’t heard of derma rolling before then you’ve come to the right place. It’s a skin care practice that has been gaining a lot of popularity and for all the right reasons. It can be done at home or for more extensive derma rolling, it can be done in a dermatologist’s office. Before you start rolling, take the time to learn about derma rolling and the benefits. Here we have your all-inclusive hot-to guide for derma rolling.
What is Derma Rolling?
Derma rolling is another word used for micro-needling. The device used for micro-needling is called a derma roller which is where “derma rolling” comes from. It’s a skincare procedure that promotes collagen production and often referred to as “collagen induction therapy.” The derma roller itself looks like a little paintbrush roller with hundreds of tiny seeds on the roller. The needles are harmless and important in creating results. The tiny needs, when rolled over the skin, create tiny micro-injuries that increase blood circulation and promote the production of collagen which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. There are many more benefits to derma rolling which we’ll discuss later. The main targeted areas to use a derma roller are on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and neck area.
Something to consider before you go buying a derma roller is the size of the needles. The needle sizes do vary. It’s important to stick to something that is .03 mm or smaller when derma rolling at home. Anything larger can damage or injure the skin. Typically, any size larger than that is used by a dermatologist.
What are The Benefits of Derma Rolling?
Believe it or not, there are so many benefits to rolling tiny needles all over your face. It may sound intimidating or scary but it’s harmless and should not hurt when done correctly. In addition to overall improved skin health, here are a few benefits you can expect with derma rolling:
- Reduced wrinkles and fine line
- Increased production of collagen
- Reduces scarring from acne or injury
- It improves complexion and reduces the appearance of dark spots caused by aging or sun damage.
- Increased product absorption
- Overall rejuvenation of the face
With that many added benefits, who wouldn’t want to give it a try? However, keep in mind that derma rolling is intended to be used continuously. It’s not a one and done type of procedure. For optimal results, you’ll want to do at least four sessions and continue treatment. Adding it into your weekly or bi-weekly beauty routine is advised. It all depends on the results you’re looking for and purpose of wanting to start derma rolling in the first place.
How to Use Your Derma Roller?
Now for the step by step guide on how to use your derma roller. It’s quite simple and doesn’t take long, but it is important that it’s used correctly and as intended to avoid any unwanted side effects.
Step 1: Start by making sure that the dermal roller is properly cleaned. After all, the needles do puncture your skin. So, sterilization is important. It can be done with rubbing alcohol or cosmetic alcohol.
Step 2: Prepare your skin by identifying the areas you want to target. Cleanse your face with a gentle facial cleanser or exfoliator. You don’t want to puncture your skin with a derma roller when your face is dirty.
Step 3: Use the derma roller to gently roll the device over your skin. This should be light pressure so if you’re feeling discomfort then you’re pressing too hard. Move the roller vertically, horizontally and diagonally.
Step 4: Apply retinol cream, serum, moisturizer or any preferred product for maximum absorption
Step 5: Clean your derma roller with rubbing alcohol and store it in a plastic container