Derma Rolling at Home. When it comes to skincare, we are constantly trying out new ways in the name of smoother, clearer and younger-looking skin-even if it involves pricking your skin with hundreds of tiny needles. Microneedling or dermarolling is a pretty popular procedure that usually dermatologist or aestheticians perform to promote skin rejuvenation, improve collagen production, which involves rolling 200 microneedles over the skin-sounds like torture, but people are into it. Here’s why!
What benefits does Derma Rolling at Home provide?
It is a type of collagen-boosting therapy that can treat anything from large pores, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles to scar, cellulite and much more. It involves using a device known as a derma roller, which is a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face. These pricks create small punctures on the top layer of the skin, which causes the body to boost the production of collagen and elastin, two popular proteins that act as the building blocks for the skin’s overall structure.
How to do Dermarolling at Home?
For dermarolling at home, you need to choose a device according to your specifications-skin condition and pain tolerance. Three different types of dermarolling devices are available: a derma roller, derma pen, and derma stamp. Derma pens and derma stamps are on the pricier side than the derma roller. You can choose a device you like or you can ask your dermatologist.
Choose the length of the needles.
Dermarolling at home is preferred to do with shorter needles. But this depends on your skin concern. Here’s how:
- 0.25mm-0.5mm: For large pores, fine lines, wrinkles-usually for anti-aging.
- 1mm: For superficial scars, like from acne, chickenpox, any surgical operation, light stretch marks, and wrinkle, etc.
- 1.5mm: Deep scars from acne, etc.
- 1.5+mm: For deep scars like caused by acne or stretch marks, use longer needles from 1.5mm to 2.5mm. It should only be performed by a licensed professional.
NOTE: The needle lengths from 0.5mm to 2.5mm are usually used in an office setting. When performing at the treatment at home, shorter needles ranging from 0.25mm to 1mm are usually recommended.
- Exfoliate. Make sure to exfoliate your skin 1-2 days before the procedure to remove dead skin cells and make the treatment more effective.
- Wash your face. Use a gently pH based cleanser to cleanse your face. Make sure that there is absolutely no dirt or makeup left on your face.
- Disinfect your roller, fingers, and face. Place your roller in 70% isopropyl alcohol solution for 5 to 10 minutes. Dip a cotton pad in witch hazel and wipe your fingers and face with it.
- Visualize your face in 5 sections. Do this mentally. This will help you to understand how much space you need to cover
- Glide the derma roller across your face. Pull your skin tight by the other hand and roll the dermaroller vertically, horizontally and diagonally with light and even pressure. It sends strong signals to your brain to regenerate the skin in this area. Move the derma roller in a straight line and lift and never in a dragging motion. Don’t roll on the same area more than 10 times per treatment.
- Only dermaroll for 3-5 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, prevent doing it for more than 2 minutes.
- Wash the treated area: Spray the treated area with fresh water.
- Use a skin-repairing sheet mask or serum. Use natural plant-based products such as hyaluronic acid or aloe vera gel. Avoid strong acid-based products like retinol, salicylic acid, tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, as it can be too harsh for your treated skin.
- Moisturize. It will help your dry, patchy skin a lot.
- Sanitize your dermaroller. Cleanse your dermaroller in dish wash soap and water solution. Then disinfect it with 70% isopropyl alcohol and let it dry.
- Use SPF during the day. Sun exposure can cause permanent damage to your skin after the treatment. So make sure to use plenty of sunscreen during the day and reapply after every 2 hours.
How often should you derma roll?
It depends on both on skin condition and the needle length you use.
0.25mm: you can use this every day with no hesitation.
0.5mm: Use no more than 2 times a week.
1.0mm: Use once in 14 days.
1.5mm: You can use it once every three to four weeks.
2.0mm+: Once in every 5 weeks.