To be honest, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the latest skincare advancements and treatments. And it’s even more difficult to sign up for them – especially when they sound jarring and frightening. When we first heard the term “derma rolling” or “micro needling,” we weren’t too excited – especially because the word conjures up images of puncture in the skin.
So, we researched in abundance. Here’s us imparting some in-depth knowledge about micro needling or derma rolling to help you make your own decisions. Here are all the deets:
Micro needling, also known as collagen induction treatment, is a cosmetic technique that involves pricking the top layer of the skin with a small wheel that has over hundred tiny needles to activate the skin’s healing mechanism. The insertions promote collagen production, which treats your skin problems from the inside out. If used in combination with a serum (as it should be), it can significantly boost ingredient absorption.
However, this isn’t a permanent treatment, and the effects can last anywhere from six to seven months, depending on your skin type and lifestyle habits. Though the procedure is painless, there may be some skin irritation and inflammation later, which will go away in a day or two.
Many dermatologists employ a derma pen, an electrical micro needling instrument that oscillates as it punctures the skin, for a more intense treatment in the clinic. These therapies frequently produce quick and dramatic results, but they can also cause discomfort and bleeding. They’re also usually quite hefty on the pocket. Fortunately, you may obtain fantastic results with a less expensive at-home derma roller and monthly care. It also demands a significantly lower pain threshold.
All skin types can benefit from derma rolling, though individuals with sensitive skin should limit how often they apply it. It is excellent for filling in fine lines and wrinkles, thickening and plumping the skin beneath the eyes (thus reducing the appearance of dark circles and bags), and plumping up lips, especially for those with ageing skin. Because it penetrates the skin so thoroughly, derma rolling is also an efficient treatment for acne scars and discolouration.
Firstly, you must be certain that you are purchasing the product from a reputable retailer. Next, look for well-reviewed items in the lot, or verify with your dermat if you’re not sure. Then, before making a purchase, you must consider the derma roller’s needle size. Dermatologists strongly advise using only 0.3 mm or less, since anything larger increases the chance of skin damage (especially on delicate areas around the eyes and lips). It is recommended going to a professional if you would like to do a deeper micro needling treatment with a larger needle size.
Cleanse and exfoliate your face with a gentle chemical or fruit enzyme peel—this second step helps you get the most out of the needling by improving ingredient absorption much more.
Apply one to two layers of your serum of choice to your skin after applying the peel (if using). One of the primary goals of micro needling at home is to maximise the potency of your serums. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, stem cells, peptides, and growth factors will greatly enhance the results of micro needling in terms of stimulating collagen, increasing cell turnover, reducing hyperpigmentation, smoothing fine lines, firming, plumping, and hydrating.
Gently roll your derma roller over your skin vertically, horizontally, and diagonally, twice over your cheeks, forehead, chin, lips, and neck. There’s no need to push too hard or cause yourself pain; simply apply as much pressure as you can easily manage. The frequency with which you derma roll is determined on the size of your needles as well as your skin type. You may only need to derma roll once a month if your derma roller has longer needles. If they’re shorter, you might be able to dermaroll every other day. If your skin is generally sensitive, it is best to reduce the frequency with which you use this skincare treatment.
After that, apply a second layer of serum. If you’re not allergic to retinols, use them after rolling (but only at night).
After using your roller, clean it with rubbing alcohol and store it in its plastic box. Also, replace your dermaroller on a regular basis—once a month and if you’re using it several times each week, or after 10 to 15 uses.
Yeah. This one’s a full-on routine. Get ready to dermaroll at home!
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