Friday, 31 July 2015

Derma Roller Guide | Review

For many months now I have been contemplating purchasing a derma roller and I finally took the plunge about 6 weeks ago and purchased one.

What is a derma roller?

A derma roller is a roller covered with hundreds of tiny needles. These tiny needles come in various lengths depending on your skins needs;
0.2mm- to promote hair growth, enhanced skincare absorption.
0.5mm- promote hair growth, collagen production, scar lightening, opens/minimizes pores, ageing/wrinkles, smooths skin texture.
0.75mm promote hair growth, collagen production, scar lightening, opens/minimizes pores, ageing/wrinkles.
1.0mm-  promote hair growth, collagen production, scar lightening, opens/minimizes pores, ageing/wrinkles, deep scar removal, stretchmarks/cellulite.
1.5mmpromote hair growth, collagen production, scar lightening, deep scar removal, stretchmarks/cellulite.

Derma rollers should be replaced, roughly, every 3-6 months. This is due to general wear and tear.

Obviously you must be VERY careful when using these rollers. Rollers up to 1.5mm are safe for home use but any higher than this MUST be used by a professional. Lots of salons and clinics now offer this treatment.

derma roller guide

How-to use

Derma rollers can be used on the face, body or scalp. 
Never use a derma roller if you have active acne, eczema, skin infections, open wounds, psoriasis, blood clotting problems, skin cancers, solar keratosis or sunburn. 
Roll the derma roller on the area you wish to treat (for me it is my face and neck) lightly, no need to add extra pressure. 
Roll up and down over the area a few times;
Then the same left to right;
And diagonally both ways, again always going over the area a few times. 

Once you've finished 'needling' ALWAYS sterilize the roller. I do this by soaking my derma roller in a cup of surgical spirit for about 30 minutes. I then leave it to air-dry until the following day. I always store my roller in the case provided to prevent contamination.

derma roller review


I purchased a 0.75mm derma roller from Amazon. I have been using this roller on my face and neck once a week for the past 6 weeks. The reason I chose to try a derma roller is because I am starting to have a few ageing concerns (mainly my gowl area), some light pigmentation on my cheek caused by the sun and I would like better skin overall (brighter, smoother). When 'needling' I'm not going to lie, it does hurt but it is definitely bearable and as soon as you stop rolling the pain stops. Your skin can also be red for around 24 hours after treatment, however, mine only stays red for a very short period of time. The big question, does it work? I have noticed a difference in how my skin absorbs my products a lot better now, my skin feels smoother and my fine lines appear reduced. I do however still have the pigmentation on my cheek. I am going to continue to use this once a week and hopefully I will notice more and more improvements in my skin.

Have you ever used a derma roller? Or had a professional 'needling' treatment? Would you consider trying this in the future?

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