Dermarolling – Is It Worth It?

There’s a new trend a-face in the beauty and personal care world today –A short scroll of your Instagram feed will likely present more than one social media influencer touting this new-found secret to glowy-dewy skin that stays young and tight beyond its years.

Derma-rolling is the process of creating hundreds of small holes in the skin using tiny needles on a rolling device.

Sound awful? Hang on.

The idea is that by creating all these tiny wounds, your body will rush collagen and elastin to the surface of the skin to help heal and restore elasticity — leaving you with the bouncy, glowing-from-the-inside skin of your former years.

A few distinctions can and must be made between Micro-needling – a service provided by a trained technician in a sterile spa or medical office, and at-home Derma-Rolling Devices, which can cause serious damage to your skin if used incorrectly.

Professional Micro-Needling

Uses only clean products, sterilized each time they’re used.
Is performed by a trained technician, ensuring the right pressure on the needles and method for the area/concern being addressed.
After-care and products that are tested to best ensure good results.

At-Home Derma-Rolling

It’s up to you to ensure your skin and tools are sterile to prevent infection.
You’ll need to do some research to find out the ideal type, style, and methods to get the results you want.
You may experience swelling, redness, and some irritation after treatment, so be sure to find the right moisturizer and anti-inflammatory products for your skin.

Years ago, we may not have been comfortable needling our faces in front of the bathroom mirror in the name of beauty, but we’ve become fearless in our pursuits of perfect skin.

If you want to try derma-rolling for yourself, we suggest you visit a trained professional. If you’ve just got to try it at home, here are a few tips to keep you safe…

Your Derma-Rolling Guide

  • Disinfect your Derma-roller: a good quality roller should be stainless steel or titanium, so take the time to sterilize it with alcohol before each use.
  • Start with CLEAN skin: Your skin should be as clean as your roller. Use a cleanser, mask or scrub to remove excess dirt and oils and skip moisturizer.
  • Roll gently, in ONE direction. Make a single pass, lift the roller from your skin., and repeat a few passes if needed. Do not roll back and forth. Will it feel good? No. It’s needles in your skin…
  • When done, wash your face with water only and allow to air-dry. You should expect some blood, which should not continue after washing.
  • Follow up with gentle skincare, which can include Tea Tree Oil for fighting bacteria and Vitamin C to speed up healing.
  • Disinfect your roller before putting it away.

*Some suggest the use of numbing creams. We suggest that if you need a numbing cream, it’s not a treatment you should perform alone.*

You may experience redness, swelling, and some slight irritation, which should only last a few hours.

Do not apply makeup for 6-12 hours, to allow your skin to heal!

Other things to keep in mind: Needle Length, Number of needles, and what the roller is made from will all play a role in if/how effective you are at treating your skin.

Here’s a guide to Needle Length, and more great info on Microneedling from Healthline.

Happy Rolling! Let us know if you’ve tried micro-needling or derma-rolling at home or in a spa, and what your experience was! We’d love to hear from you.

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