Derma rolling seems to have taken the beauty world by storm – not least because it’s a safe alternative to chemical peels, but is also better for your wallet too. Derma rolling uses a derma roller – a small rolling tool laced with hundreds of microfine needles on the surface. These needles are rolled over the skin to temporarily puncture the skin (the upper surface layers only).
The idea behind derma rollers is that they create what’s known as micro-channels in the skin – tiny holes on the surface of the skin which allows any topical ingredients such as serums to penetrate far deeper into the skin than just applying it to the surface of the skin would. The treatment is also known as ‘Collagen induction therapy’ because the deeply penetrating ingredients stimulate the production of collagen in the skin.
Derma rolling was once only available in salons and through plastic surgeons, but over the last few years the craze for home kits has shot through the roof. The process isn’t without its problems though. The actual process of rolling the roller over the skin is uncomfortable – painful even. Many women need to use topical anaesthetic creams or sprays to help numb the skin.
Once accustomed to the rolling process, the actual treatment is very quick and done correctly, can have some amazing results. The most noticeable results is that it plumps up skin, increasing collagen production and helping to give the skin a youthful and rejuvenated appearance. The treatment also helps to improve scarring and pitting from acne, and has had positive reviews on stretch marks – akin to laser treatment.
The rollers come with different needle sizes, from around 0.5mm and increments to 2mm thick (for thicker skin on the body). The idea is that larger punctuated holes in the skin are for tougher and thicker skin areas such as your body. Derma rollers are rarely used alone though.
A serum of some kind is usually used in conjunction with the rolling, although many people use treatment products such as Retin-A for quicker results – although this isn’t recommended. It’s not recommended to use non-natural products because they can cause irritation to the already punctured skin.
Once skin is punctuated, the tiny holes are usually open for a few hours before they heal over, promoting thickening and plumping of the skin. It’s during this time that anything applied to the skin will penetrate deeply – so make the best use of this by applying products such as pure, organic argan oil to the skin to help encourage cell renewal, nourish and hydrate the skin. Argan oil also heals the skin and will improve long term elasticity to prevent skin ageing – exactly the effect we are looking for.
Derma rollers are great to use as a preventative and corrective treatment for scarring, hyperpigmentation and ageing concerns, and a super alternative to chemical peels. Using the roller twice weekly will improve the skin’s appearance in around three months, with a noticeable difference after a few weeks.