I present to you the dermaroller!
Dermarolling, a form of microneedling, involves using a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face. It looks like a mini torture device but it works miracles for clearing acne scars, fading fine lines, and evening out skin tone—when they are used properly, that is. So how does this device work?
A dermaroller comes in different needle sizes. A 0.1 t0 0.2mm needle size creates micro pathways in the skin for product to better penetrate. You can use it before applying the products or even in between multi-step routines.
When the needle is larger, like 0.5mm, which is the one I use, that’s when you’re getting into wound healing stimulation. A dermaroller of this size creates tiny pricks around the skin and triggers the skin healing response to take over. You grow new skin which leads to a smoother, more even, and plumper complexion.
It is not pain free. How painful it is depends on your sensitivity and the size of the needle you use. I find that it makes me sneeze when I use it on my forehead! Can everyone experience wonderful results? Yes. But consistency is key. Most people use it for a few weeks and then give up because they don’t see immediate results. This product needs to be used regularly and for a long period of time before significant results can be visible. I use mine 3-4 times per week and it took around 3 months before I noticed any significant improvement in scaring and complexion. So be patient!
How to Use
Roll horizontally over the forehead, cheeks, chin back and forth. Then, go vertically on the forehead up and down, up to three times. Finally, go diagonally across the face. A suggested technique is to always move from the center outward through the face. On the nose, you work downward.
Once you’ve rolled, it’s time to continue with skincare products. I usually apply my anti-aging products after rolling to ensure deep penetration into the skin.
Save dermarolling for your nighttime routine; your skin is sensitive and red and it is best to avoid sun exposure. Start using it once per week to build up tolerance and then increase to three times per week.
ALWAYS sterilize the roller before and after use with rubbing alcohol and store in a closed container to avoid contamination.