What You Need To Know About
Dermarollers + Microneedling

December 13, 2017

Everyone wants to look and feel good about themselves, often undergoing costly treatments to do so. Did you know that you could improve your skin and remove tiny imperfections without the risks and side effects of clinical procedures? It comes in the form of Dermarollers. Dermarollers perform a microneedling process to rejuvenate your skin and make it glow. Here's what you need to know about Dermarollers and how they can help your skin.

Understanding What Microneedling Is
The Dermaroller is a handheld device with a barrel on the end. The barrel is covered with high quality micro-needles. By rolling the device across the skin, micro-sized injuries are created in the skin. This stimulates the skin to react by healing itself, creating collagen to rejuvenate the skin. When used with vitamin enriched lotions or collagen serums, it enhances the results. How often you need to repeat the treatment depends upon what you are trying to achieve. Simple skin rejuvenation can be reached by a single weekly treatment. For the reduction of mild to moderate wrinkling and scars, it will require a series of treatments.

How Painful Is Microneedling?
If you are someone who is afraid of needles, it may seem pretty intimidating to roll them across your skin voluntarily. However, we are not talking about large needles like the ones hospitals use to draw blood. Instead, the Dermaroller uses varying lengths of medical-grade needles that are micro thin. The pressure needed to penetrate the skin is mild, not enough to inject deep into your skin. Used properly, it is only pressed in deep enough to reach the dermal layer of your skin. Where in the past, doctors used cosmetic-lasers to treat scars and wrinkles, it can be done for a lesser cost and less pain through a Dermaroller. If it still sounds too painful, you can apply a numbing cream prior to using the device.

What Needle Length Do I Use?
Different needle lengths are used for different areas of the body. If you are looking to rejuvenate the skin on your face, use a .025 mm length, especially if it is your first time. For deep treatments like reducing scars or wrinkles, a longer needle is used. Keep in mind that treatments requiring needles longer than 1.0 mm should be conducted by a trained technician rather than at home.

How Safe Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is safe to use at home provided that you carefully follow the instructions. A Dermaroller with needles longer than 0.5 mm should never be used on the face. Certain areas have to be avoided, regardless of needle length. Never perform microneedling on the eyes or lips as there is a serious risk of damage.

It's also incredibly important to clean and disinfect the Dermaroller each time it is used. It must be washed, soaked in an alcohol disinfectant and air dried after each use.

When Not To Use A Dermaroller
Anytime you are suffering an acne breakout or have medical skin conditions with irritated skin, you need to avoid microneedling treatments. This includes sunburns, eczema, psoriasis and more. You should also avoid it while pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have medical issues such as diabetes or blood clotting problems, consult with your primary care physician before having a microneedling procedure.

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