Derma Rolling (a.k.a. micro-needling) is a new trending beauty “to-do”, and if you know nothing about it, you are probably wondering why the heck anyone would do it. Here is all you should know!
What is Derma Rolling?
Derma rolling is done with a tool that has a roller head that is covered with very small titanium needles. Comparable to IPL treatments, but wizthout the doctors appointment, or the financial burden, derma rolling if done right can result in beautiful skin. According to Washington DC-based dermatologist Cheryl Burgess, MD, “The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.”
How Does It Work?
The small titanium needles penetrate the outer layers of the skin which leads to 3 things:
1. Faux Trama-
The needles rolling across the skin, gives it the impression that it experiencing damage. This essentially tricks your body into “repair mode”. Collagen begins to ruse to the surface, and since there really isn’t anything there to repair, it settles in and helps to diminish wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, etc.
The needle rolling creates pore like passages in the skin, allow for deep penetration of any products you have place on the skin. Some what like lawn aeration, you have now facilitated an easy way for moisture, and medicinal treatments to really get in to your skin.
A well done derma rolling treatment will offer up exfoliation and blood flow benefits. This is great when you want to take those “fresh face” selfies, as it will really help bring your skin back to life, and get the deepest of dirt out of your clogged up pores.
Which Derma Roller Is The Best?
This is all quite opinion based, but there a few indicators you can follow to stay on the safe side.
1. Don’t Be Cheap
Needles on your face is a big deal, this is no time to cut corners. Quality titanium needles are a necessity. Rollers within the $30 – $55 range, should be sufficient.
Stick to well known brands such as they tend to use better, quality materials.
Which Size Needle Should You Use?
Now before you go running out to buy a derma roller, understand that every type of roller serves a different purpose. If you don’t do research, and make sure you are using the proper roller, you could cause your skin some serious damage. Here is what you should know:
- Best for helping skin absorb product
- Too small to assist in anti-aging and scar tissue repair
- Can be used frequently (up to 2x’s a day)
- Most commonly used for the face
- Will help with mild collagen production (great for hyper pigmentation, light scars, and wrinkles)
- Can be used 2-4 times a week
- Maximum length for face, but tends to yield best scar and wrinkle reduction results
- Can be a bit painful, may need to use with a topical anesthetic
- Can only be used once every 2 weeks.
- Too long for the face, but great for other parts of the body
- Commonly used to treat stretch marks
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