Fancy exposing your face to hundreds of microneedles rolling up and down your skin, all for the name of skincare? That might sound like a new piece of torture device, but it is the latest beauty technique everyone — from business mogul and reality television star Kim Kardashian to comedian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres — is raving about, known as dermarolling.
The Basics Of Dermarolling
Dermarolling involves using a tool called the dermaroller, which is equipped with hundreds of teeny, tiny needles. When rolled onto the skin, these microneedles make small pricks on the skin, which then triggers the skin’s natural healing response. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are two essential proteins in the body’s connective tissues. Collagen functions as a bind that holds the connective tissues together, while elastin allows the tissues to return to their original state after they have been stretched and contracted. This healing process is what makes dermarolling an effective way to remove acne scars as well as improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition, the tiny pricks that the microneedles create also allows the subsequent skincare products that are applied onto the skin to be absorbed quickly. Thus, this helps the skin benefit even further from the skincare products.
Is Dermarolling Suitable For You?
Before you go ahead and get yourself a dermaroller, you need to find out if it will be a suitable skincare technique for you. Since dermarolling creates tiny pricks on the surface of the skin, it will not be an ideal treatment for those who have certain skin concerns such as eczema and psoriasis.
In addition, using a dermaroller is particularly unsuitable for people who are still suffering from active acne because the needles will puncture any cysts or whiteheads. And if you roll the microneedles all over your face, you will end up spreading the bacteria and exacerbating the acne even further.
It’s Time To Get Down With Dermarolling
If you have decided to give your skin the dermarolling treatment, be sure to do the following steps before going in with the dermaroller. You are dealing with needles here, so there is still a potential for serious injury or risk of your skin getting infected.
Hygiene Is Key
Before even using your dermaroller, make sure to disinfect it by soaking your dermaroller in an alcohol-based solution for about 10 minutes. If you plan to reuse your dermaroller, you should give it a good clean once a week. However, it is usually recommended to replace your dermaroller every month if you use it a few times a week.
Prep Your Skin
While your dermaroller is being disinfected, cleanse your face thoroughly, preferably with a cleanser that is pH-balanced. If you do not have a pH-balanced cleanser, follow up with a toner to balance the pH of your skin. Then, soak a cotton pad with a bit of alcohol solution and wipe it all over your face. This step might seem extreme, but it is important as the alcohol will be able to get rid of as much bacteria as possible on the surface of your skin. Remember, you are working with needles here so you definitely want your skin to be rid of as much bacteria as possible.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Once you have cleansed, apply your most heavy-duty serum onto your skin. This will create a smooth surface for the microneedles to roll over as well as help to soothe your skin. Furthermore, applying a serum prior to dermarolling will enable your skin to absorb it easily, allowing you to get the most benefits out of the serum. Now, this is not the time to experiment with a new serum that you have never tried before. Dermarolling essentially involves making tiny injuries to your skin, therefore you should not test any new serums during this process. Choose a serum that you know works well on your skin, with ingredients that will not cause any adverse reactions.
Just Roll With It
After you have done all the above essential steps, your skin is now ready for some dermarolling! To make the process easier, start off from one section (your forehead, for example) and continue rolling in a clockwise direction. This way, you will not be dermarolling your face at random. You should also stick to one direction when you first start rolling; roll upwards a few times, then downwards, and then diagonally. The number of times you roll the dermaroller in each direction will also depend on the sensitivity of your skin, so start off with only a couple of rolls if you are unsure of how your skin will react. Continue using the dermaroller on the rest of your face, and be especially gentle around your eye area as the skin here is delicate.
More, More, More Hydration!
After you have completed dermarolling, finish it off by putting on another layer of serum to help calm your skin. Avoid applying any harsh products onto your face such as benzoyl peroxide, retinol or salicylic acid.