Dermarolling can be a scary concept due to the idea of needles on the skin however the response has been overwhelmingly positive! It is understandable that many want more details about the process of using a dermaroller before trying.
How does it work?
A dermaroller is made up of hundreds of tiny needles, these needles create small injuries on the skin that then sends the production of elastin and collagen into overdrive. This overcompensation during the healing process helps to leave the skin plumper and tighter than before; making it a great way to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles naturally! This practice has widely been used to plump up the skin, the process can help to diminish the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, which are visible because of a pool of blood sitting under the skin. Plumping up lips can even be possible with a dermaroller! Sending collagen to the lips will help to naturally enhance your shape and suppleness. Many suffering with acne scars and discolouration have found that a dermaroller is very effective due to the deep penetration in the skin. Furthermore as it should be used with a serum it helps to boost ingredient absorption dramatically.
Dermatologists use an electronic version of a dermaroller called a dermapen, this device oscillates whilst puncturing to provide a more in depth treatment. These treatments have been known as a ‘vampire facial’ due to the intensity resulting in pain and bleeding. They may give immediate and dramatic effects however they can be very expensive and time consuming to keep up.
Regular maintenance with a dermaroller will still help you get great results, at a much lower cost and while also requiring a lower pain threshold! Due to the variety of needle sizes that can be acquired you can find something to suit your every need; ranging from 0.2mm to 1.0mm for the face. They also come in 1.5mm specifically for scar treatments.
Deciding on what needle size to get is dependant on your skin thickness in the desired location of use, the thinnest skin is found on the eyelids at about 0.5mm and the thickest is found on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands at 4mm. On the forehead and chin, up to 1.5mm can be used do to the skin being thicker than that around the eyes and neck.
When using a dermaroller sized 0.5mm or above with sensitive skin, it is important to not use more than once a month as it will cause unnecessary trauma to the skin. Overall the shorter the needle the more often it can be used e.g. a 0.1mm needle can be used once a week, however with all sizes it is necessary to continue your dermarolling routine in order to maintain your results.
How to use
Choose your dermaroller, we recommend the Eco Masters dermaroller found here at Lé Luna.
Ensure you wash your hands and the treatment area thoroughly.
You have the option of exfoliating your face with a chemical peel prior to use to help you get the most out of the treatment, however skipping this does not affect seeing great results.
Apply a generous amount of your favourite serum to your face.
Taking your dermaroller, gently roll over your skin first vertically, then horizontally and lastly diagonally. You can tailor the amount of pressure applied to what your pain tolerance can handle. (Take special care on your lips and under your eyes due to how delicate the skin is).
Apply another layer of your serum after use and you can use retinols after rolling at night if your skin is not too sensitive for them.
Make sure you repeat these steps regularly in order to see continued benefits!