Benefits of Derma Roller – Pros & Cons Reveal
What Derma Roller Can & Cannot Do
The derma roller is one of the best skin health and beauty aids available today. In this post, learn more about the benefits of a derma roller, what it can and cannot do for your skin and how you and your skin will benefit when you add this unique instrument to your regular skin care and beauty regime.
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|What is a Derma Roller?||How to Choose a Derma Roller?|
|What Derma Roller Can and Cannot Do||Pros and Cons|
What is a Derma Roller?
If you have never seen a derma roller before, you might not know what you are looking at when you first see it. A derma roller has several components. The main part is a rotating wheel filled with anywhere from 100 to 1,000 tiny (“micro”) needles.
The long handle gives you control over where and how you use the roller. The needle size helps you reach the level of skin where collagen and elastin can be produced.
For in-depth discussion, please read What is Derma Roller Treatment
How to Choose a Derma Roller?
Realizing derma rolling benefits need not be expensive. There are three main aspects to choosing a derma roller:
- Needle length – For more sensitive and thinner skin areas (face, lips) you want a shorter needle of 0.25 to 0.75 mm. For areas where skin is thicker, you may want to use 1.00 mm for the best micro needling benefits.
- Number of needles – A broader roller with a larger number of needles can more effectively treat a larger area of skin when done on a regular basis. For smaller skin areas such as the face, small rollers usually work best.
- Handle length and size – You want to get a derma roller with a handle length and size that is comfortable for the size of your hands.
For in-depth discussion, please read What is the Best Derma Roller & How to Pick One
What Derma Roller Can & Cannot Do
While a derma roller can provide definite and fairly immediate, visible benefits to the area(s) of skin being treated, it is not a miracle cure or a one-stop skin aid shop. There are some things a derma roller can accomplish and other things that other aids may be a better fit to do.
Benefits of Derma Rolling
Use of a derma roller can have a very positive and visible impact when used in the right way for the right reasons. In particular, the best derma rolling benefits can be realized when treating these issues:
- Wrinkles – Derma roller can help the skin naturally fill in wrinkles as new collagen and elastin are produced in those areas. Deeper wrinkles will require more treatments. It is not unusual to see results after 3 to 12 treatments depending on the severity of your wrinkles.
- Scars – It can stimulate collagen and elastin, which repairs skin irregularities such as scars.
- Hair loss – It can stimulate the scalp by stimulating blood flow and producing more of the hormones required to promote hair growth and increase follicle and hair size. It also boosts the absorption and effectiveness of your topical product such as Rogaine.
- Sun Damage – Because collagen is the skin’s great internal healer, derma rolling works well to rejuvenate and repair sun-damaged skin. It also speeds up recovery by boosting the absorption and efficacy of topical treatment products.
- Hyper pigmentation – A derma roller will be most effective for hyper pigmentation if the irregularities are closer to the skin surface. For deeper-layer issues, it may take more sessions of derma rolling to see results. It repairs hyper pigmentation by normalizing pigment cells (Melanocytes), peeling of the skin and increasing the absorption and efficacy of your topical skin lightening products.
- Rosacea – It can improve the appearance of rosacea by thickening the epidermis and stimulating collagen growth, thus minimizing redness. It improves the delivery and efficacy of active ingredients from your topical treatment products. Important Note: Dermaroller cannot treat and should not be used on “nodular” and “pustular” rosacea.
- Stretch marks – By stimulating collagen production in the skin, a derma roller can reduce the prominence of stretch marks, but user shoudn’t expect dramatic results. 3 to 12 treatments are required in order to see visible results.
What Dermarolling Cannot Do
In general, the benefits of derma roller treatment do not extend to these issues.
- Cellulite – Most cellulite occurs at a deeper level of the skin than what derma rollers can effectively reach. So while cellulite appearance may be slightly improved with a derma roller, the cellulite itself will remain.
- Large Pores – Pores and scars are commonly confused. Because the size of the pores is genetically predetermined, derma rolling can’t change this. It can slightly improve the appearance of large pores by thickening the epidermis via a roller with smaller needle size.
- Keloid Scarring – Keloid scars are caused by excessive collagen production, so using a derma roller can actually make them worse, not better.
For in-depth discussion, please read 10 Awesome Benefits of Derma Roller
Pros and Cons of Derma Rolling
- It doesn’t take a lot of time – Most sessions can be completed in as little as 5 to 15 minutes.
- It begins to show results very quickly – Sometimes you will even see results the same day of your first treatment due to effect of skin plumping!
- It is not painful – Even though the term “micro-needling” may sound really painful, it actually isn’t painful unless you are using needles size of 1.5 mm and above. If you have a very low pain tolerance or are rolling your derma roller over a particularly sensitive area of skin, there are over-the-counter numbing creams you can purchase that will ease any temporary discomfort.
- Low recovery time – Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments have a recovery time of 2 to 8 weeks, but derma roller has only 2 to 7 day recovery time.
- Little side effects – Unlike other invasive treatments with painful side effects such as oozing skin, inflammation, irritation, hyper/hypo-pigmentation and sun sensitivity, microneedling has very little side effects. You will experience slight redness and peeling. They usually disappear after 2 to 7 days.
- It can cause skin irritation if not done correctly – Micro needling benefits are best obtained in short sessions. Doing too much too soon or too frequently can cause bleeding, swelling and deeper trauma to the sensitive skin tissues.
- Infection is possible – Unless you are diligent about not sharing your derma roller and thoroughly sanitizing it in between sessions, you could introduce infection to your own skin.
- It can increase acne – If you use a derma roller over an area of skin that has active or pustular acne breakouts, it is highly likely that your acne will get worse and spread to other areas where you have used the derma roller that day.
A derma roller is a quick, inexpensive, easy and effective way to revive, rejuvenate and restore skin. You can benefit from micro needling whether you are young or in your golden years.
The key to enjoying all dermaroller benefits is to learn about the proper usage and sanitary practices as well as allowing your skin to heal in between sessions.
With all the wonderful benefits of derma roller, beautiful and vibrant skin is definitely obtainable.