I love using a derma-roller, and this post will explain everything you need to know. From the benefits of using one, where to buy, and hygiene tips.
Why use a derma-roller?
Using a derma-roller on the skin causes micro injuries that causes the skin to go into healing mode. This in turn highly increases the levels of collagen and elastin produced. Collagen and elastin are fibres that support the structure of the skin. Sun exposure and the natural ageing process causes these fibres to breakdown.
The benefits of causing the above trauma, and in turn increasing levels of collagen and elastin include:
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Brighter and tighter complexion.
- Prevents premature skin ageing.
- Helps reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, hyper-pigmentation, age spots and acne scars.
- Reduces pore size.
What is a derma-roller?
A derma-roller looks like the above, it has ultra tiny needles around the perimeter of the roller. There are different size needles that you can choose from. They range from 0.25mm up to a 2.5mm roller.
The higher the mm, the more the needles penetrate the skin. There is a guide here about the needle sizes, and how often you should use one, specific to the needle length you choose.
How does it work?
You roll the derma-roller over the skin (avoid the eye area, any open wounds, spots etc). You are advised to take the derma-roller and gently roll it over the skin vertically, horizontally, and diagonally, rolling twice over the cheeks, forehead, chin, lips, and neck.
Before using a derma-roller place the roller in boiling hot water and then disinfect the roller with surgical spirit. Derma-rollers can be found on eBay for around £5. Dependant on how often you use it, you are advised to replace it each month.
I have used a derma-roller at home now for around 2 years. I use the 1.5mm one, i originally started on the lowest 0.25mm roller. I don’t enjoy the process, the feeling is uncomfortable and my skin feels very tight and hot afterwards. (You also sneeze like crazy throughout the whole process).
But two years on I am still here rolling away, because the results are worth it. Once a week I roll over my whole face and neck until my skin appears red, but not bleeding. (I personally don’t wan’t to make my skin bleed but some do).
I then add an intense serum all over my face and neck. This is the perfect time to add a serum, as it increases product absorption. At the moment I am using The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 as my skin on the whole, is very dehydrated. This skin condition makes my overall complexion appear dull and fine lines are extremely enhanced.
Hyaluronic Acid is renowned for attracting 1,000 times its weight in water, and vitamin B5 enhances surface hydration. So at the moment this is my serum of choice. If you are a little confused about what serum is for you, there is a terrific guide about what type of serum to use after derma-rolling, dependant on your skin concerns here
Over the time that I have used a derma-roller, my overall skin condition has remarkably improved. Acne scarring on my cheeks has drastically reduced. Fine lines around my forehead have also became less prominent.
I had my lip pierced many years ago, and this left a pin sized scar. This scar is now less noticeable.
My skin always feels super soft and taught afterwards. For this reason, i religiously do it the night before any occasions or nights-out, because i can guarantee my make-up will go on like a dream the following day.
Another perk is that it’s a super cheap treatment to do at home. A derma-roller costs around £5 on eBay, and a bottle of Surgical Spirit around £3.
I know this type of evasive treatment isn’t for everyone, but it’s the most effective treatment I have ever done at home. In regards to improving overall skin tone, skin condition and slowing down the ageing process.
I will forever use my derma-roller now.
Have you ever tried a derma-roller?
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