What is a derma roller?
A derma roller is a skin care device used to help rejuvenate the skin, treat acne scarring, and reduce signs of ageing. I hadn’t heard much about them before I was given one, I didn’t know how they worked or if they worked.
According to Medical News Today: Dermarolling or microneedling is a process that was originally carried out by a dermatologist. Nowadays, it is also commonly done at home with little training. It has gained popularity in recent years as an accessible, effective, and relatively non-invasive skin treatment.
When the derma roller is rolled over the skin, the small, fine needles on the roller puncture the skin. The holes that the needles create in the skin are tiny and considered to be superficial. For this reason, the treatment is not seen as invasive. When the skin is punctured, this creates a controlled skin injury. It does not cause actual damage to the outer layer of skin. The needles help to break down any scar tissue. It can hurt a little if you’re not gentle and it will leave your skin bright red straight after. So best done before bed.
Research has found that skin treated with four microneedling sessions, 1 month apart, could lead to a 400 percent increase in collagen!
How To Use A Derma Roller:
- Make sure the derma roller is sterile (this is SUPER important).
- prepare the skin for treatment with an antiseptic or saline wash.
- hold the skin taught and roll over each section, once up and down, once side to side, and once diagonally
- apply skin serums or anti-aging moisturisers after treatment.
- use sunscreen in the days after use, as skin could burn more easily than usual.
- repeat treatment two or three times a week.
- keep away from area immediately around the eyes.
- avoid use around areas of infected acne.
I got mine from the wonderful folks at Skinsmiths Uk.