Today I am going to be explaining and giving a review on Derma Rolling. I have been derma rolling now for a few months, so I feel I can really impart some knowledge and assess it’s effectiveness. This post is long! Just warning you.
Derma Rolling involves using fine needles to puncture hundreds of tiny and invisible holes in to the top layer of your skin. Which to most people, even those without a needle phobia sounds pretty grim. But this minimally invasive treatment, that can be done professionally in a salon or by yourself at home, is practically painless and very beneficial.
The logic behind injuring your skin is that your body produces it’s natural proteins, predominately collagen and elastin to heal the skin. This induced production of collagen and elastin then in turn works to bring about a whole host of benefits that I’m going to tell you about in this post.
Collagen and elastin are responsible for all the good skin things, such as firming, lifting and tightening the structure of your skin. However, our bodies natural reserve of these proteins start to deplete in our 20s, resulting in sagging, wrinkles and fine lines. Most people don’t realise that you can actually be proactive with these issues rather than waiting for them to occur and then working to lessen them. Derma rolling is a great example of one of the preventive steps you can take if you want to naturally slow down the signs of aging.
Derma Rolling Benefits:
The main benefit from derma rolling is the induction of natural collagen and elastin;
Renews Skin: Removes dead skin cells and dirt that block your sweat glands. This leaves you with fresh skin cells as your skin heals with collagen.
Minimizes Skin Issues: Helps minimize the appearance and development of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. All of which are mostly caused by the loss of collagen and elastin.
As well as helping with ageing it can also help to improve or fade the appearance of acne or surgical scars, which are made up of abnormal collagen formation. The collagen and elastin that is naturally produced through derma rolling breaks up the old scar tissue and stimulates new, normal formation. It can also fade stretch marks by the same logic.
Enhanced absorption: After derma rolling your skins ability to absorb topical treatments is boosted. Using this post derma rolling time to use acne treatments will enhance their efficiency. However, if you have a current active breakout do not derma roll over them as it can cause the bacteria to be spread.
If you are not in need of acne treatment you can still take use of this benefit with your day-to-day skin care products. If you suffer with dry skin, for instance, derma rolling allows for deeper absorption of your moisturiser and therefore better results.
Face & more: You need not limit derma rolling just to your face either. It can be done on any area of skin that you think is in need of repair.
Hair growth: It is also said that derma rolling can help with hair growth, so for anyone who has over plucks their brows.. maybe give derma rolling a try. It is said to do this by increasing the blood flow to the hair follicles resulting in proteins producing which leads to regrowth.
Tighten skins: As mentioned above, collagen and elastin works to keep your skin tight. So as well as preventing sagging skin, such as jowls, is it possible that it could minimise the appearance of a double chin? Now this part is a hypothesis on my part, so don’t take my word for it. But my theory is, that if you suffer from a double chin, not due to being overweight, but because you have an overbite or due to genetic, maybe derma rolling would work to tighten that skin and minimise the appearance of your double chin. I always have a double chin, sometimes to do with my weight, but mostly because I suffer with an overbite so whenever I derma roll I focus underneath my chin, and maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I think it’s helping.
Derma Rolling How To:
- Wash your face. Sometimes I do a scrub too, but I wouldn’t recommend doing this on your first try or if you have sensitive skin. My skin is pretty robust though and I find a scrub helps as it really removes the top layer of dirt and oil.
- Use an oil or moisturizer. This step isn’t completely necessary but I find it easier to derma roll when there is some moisture there. I use – and love – The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum.
- Derma roll. Applying some pressure move the roller in an up and down, side to side and then diagonal motion. Make sure to lift between each roll, this ensure that you cover your whole skin and that the derma roller creates new micro holes each time rather than repeatedly going into the same ones. You can increase pressure as you get used to the process. I do this whole process twice. Focus on problem areas such as around your eyes, lips and forehead. Your skin will be slightly red afterwards.
- Apply nighttime skincare.
- Thoroughly wash roller. You can do this with alcohol solution but I just wash it under the hot tap. If you suffer from acne I would suggest using the alcohol solution to ensure proper cleaning. For me I find hot water is enough and I’ve never had any issue with cleaning the roller this way.
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Here are photo examples of the motion in which I derma roll. The lower right photo are the areas I focus on, along with my jaw line and underneath my chin.
Don’t apply makeup or anything of that nature, such as self tanner straight after derma rolling. This is common sense here. After puncturing your skin with lots of little holes you don’t want to be clogging them up with something that will cause more breakouts.
I personally use the derma roller twice a week, but start out using it less and build it up to what you find works best.
My Review: Derma Rolling
I didn’t experience any dramatic overall change but then I hadn’t really expected too. After all I am only 26 years old and, all things considered, my skin issues are pretty minor. What I did find though is that my skin looks fresher, I appear well slept and hydrated. Overall my skin just looks healthier.
I have been breaking out less often, and when I do they heal much faster. I would definitely recommend everyone buy one and give it a go. Especially as they can be bought for such a cheap price. And whilst you do need to replace them, probably every 3 months or so, they are still very affordable. Even more so when you consider that for the low price of £7 you’re fending off signs of ageing and more.
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