Derma Rolling (sometimes known as Micro Needling) is an at home skincare treatment designed to help with everything from hyperpigmentation and dull skin to fine lines and acne scars. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we get about Derma Rolling & Micro Needling.
Get professional derma rolling results at home and enjoy your most radiant skin! Our handheld device contains 540 stainless steel needles that painlessly create hundreds of tiny punctures, increasing blood flow, elastin and collagen production through the healing process. Additionally, skincare product absorption can increase up to 200x faster into the skin. The combination of micro injuries from the fine needles and active ingredients, like hyaluronic acid or vitamin c serum, works to improve uneven skin tone and texture, acne scars, large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin appearing more voluminous and plump.
What is Derma Rolling?
Derma Rolling is a process that involves using veeeeeeeery fine needles to puncture thousands of tiny holes into the skin for the purpose of rejuvenation (sounds painful, it’s really not) The most popular type of device is known as a Derma Roller and is made up of hundreds (540 to be exact) micro fine needles that are around 2.5mm. These tiny pin pricks gently penetrate the skin surface to kick start collagen production, more on that in a moment…
How Does Derma Rolling Work?
Derma Rolling works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen. By using the derma roller and it army of tiny needles, you are causing a slight injury to the skin. The skin responds by repairing itself and making new collagen-rich tissue that is more even in tone and texture. What skin conditions does Derma Rolling work on?Derma Rolling treats everything from wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dull skin to fine lines and acne scars.
Does Derma Rolling hurt?
You will feel a slight tingle when using the roller (remember you are gently rolling the needles over your skin) After you are done, your face might feel hot, just like sunburn. If you have sensitive skin, you may feel slightly sore after. Because Micro Needling is non invasive, there is no downtime. We suggest you Derma Roll in the evening and apply your nightly skin care routine (don’t apply make up immediately after Derma Rolling)
Are there any side effects from Derma Rolling?
The most common side effect is minor skin irritation (it will feel like sunburn for most people) You might also seem some redness for a few days. If you are are pregnant or have certain skin conditions (like eczema of psoriasis) or have open wounds/scars you should consult your doctor before Derma Rolling.
How Often Should I be Derma Rolling?
This will largely depend on your skin, how sensitive it is to treatments and if you are already treating your skin with other procedures. After using the derma roller for the first time you will get an understanding to how your skin reacts to this treatment. We recommend starting with using your derma roller once a week and if your skin is up for it, increasing to twice a week after building up your routine. We do not recommend using your Derma Roller daily.
Post Derma Rolling Skin Care
The tiny punctures holes from the needles create “micro channels” that allow your skincare products to penetrate and absorb into the deeper layers of skin to deliver more powerful results. Studies have shown that Serums can be up to 40% more effective after Micro Needling.Post Derma Rolling skin care should be about hydration (not drying) so make sure you use something like a Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Vitamin C or a luxe facial oil ( like ourPost Derma Roller Serum)
Avoid Retinoids and physical exfoliators. And the sun (of course)
What is the Micro Glow Derma Roller made from and is it safe?
The Micro Glow Derma Roller is made from high quality medical grade Titanium and is perfectly safe to use if you follow our instructions and don’t have any skin conditions like eczema, active acne or psoriasis. Micro Glow is listed with the TGA which means our product meets Australian standards.
Which Size Derma Roller Is Best For At Home Use?
If you are Derma Rolling at home we recommend you use the 0.3mm Derma Roller, anything bigger and you should be seeing a professional.
Derma Rolling: Micro-wounding, Healing & Skin Regeneration
When tissues in our bodies become injured, there is a natural inflammatory response that helps the body repair the injury. If an injury is severe, it can result in chronic inflammation, which causes the wound to heal imperfectly, resulting in scar tissue. A Derma Roller, like a massage, creates a very minor injury to the skin, which generates acute inflammation that can achieve perfect healing.
The science behind Derma Rolling’s anti-aging abilities have much to do with this process. Through Derma Rolling, we can intentionally stimulate the healing process, which arouses skin cell regeneration and regrowth. It works on everything from acne, to severe skin scars that are already riddled with calcification and fibrosis.
There are likely two mechanisms responsible for this:
Calcification Regulation – One of the major benefits of Derma Rolling, and why I got into it, is its profound ability to healing scars. By intentionally inflicting micro-wounds to the skin, the process of calcification (scar tissue) is downregulated. Derma Rolling turns down what are known as “calcification inducers”, while increasing Growth Factor Beta 1 & 2, and also up-regulating calcification inhibitors. Together, this inhibits the further production of scar tissue, reverses it and promotes future healing. This is fantastic news for anyone with scarring issues, be it acne scarring or worse.
Angiogenesis – Also known as the formation of new blood vessels and capillary networks that provide oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells; Derma Rolling aids in this process. This is hugely beneficial to the skin, considering that most aging issues of the skin (wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging) are caused by decreased oxygen and blood flow to the skin cells. But Derma Rolling reverses this process, helping the body produce new blood vessels, and providing starving skin cells with more blood, oxygen and nutrients.
With these primary actions, Derma Rollers are scientifically proven to:
Increase absorption of nutrients from your favorite skincare products – as you Derma Roll, blood circulation to the capillaries in your skin dramatically increases. Therefore, The Alitura Moisturizer, Gold Serum or Clay Mask you use will work even better as the nutrients in them are driven to your skin cells.
Make your skin younger – your skin will not only look younger; it will actually be younger on a cellular level. Microneedling leads to the release of growth factors which stimulate the formation of new collagen (collagen synthesis), and elastin in the papillary dermis. In other words, it renews your skin cells, creating younger, healthier, flawless skin.
Regenerate new skin cells and blood vessels, it’s like a cellular makeover for your skin.
Eliminate scar tissue, stretch marks, cellulite, and minimize pores – along with any other inflammatory issues of the skin, acne and other blemishes.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling is a safe, quick, non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses derma roller technology to improve scarred, sun damaged or aging skin, as well as other skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation.
HOW DOES A DERMA ROLLER WORK?
The Derma Roller tool features tiny, sterile needles that create microscopic puncture wounds in the skin, prompting the natural production of collagen and elastin to heal the micro-injuries.
This form of skin treatment is non-ablative; it does not remove skin layers like chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion do. It can be just as effective and less expensive as these ablative treatments, and the MTS Roller can be purchased at our office for use from the comfort of home!
Our experienced providers offer customized treatment plans and recommend therapeutic serums that can be used in conjunction with the derma roller. Following treatment, serums will be absorbed quickly into the skin to provide maximum, dramatic results.
IS A DERMA ROLLER RIGHT FOR ME?
It’s no wonder why derma rollers have risen in popularity. In addition to being non-ablative, safe and sterile, they offer several benefits:
Requires no downtime
Versatile and can be used for most skin types
Relies on the body’s natural healing processes
Costs less than other ablative treatments
Improves skin’s overall appearance
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Restores skin’s youthful glow
Convenient for use at home
Gentle and painless
Skin heals quickly
Which size should I use?
Choose a size based on your experience with derma rolling:
25 mm – Beginner
5 mm – Intermediate
1 mm – Advanced
How do I clean my Derma Roller?
Clean and sterilize your Derma Roller between every use with isopropyl alcohol. Simply submerge your roller in a cup of alcohol for 1 to 5 minutes. You can then let it air dry or shake off the excess liquid prior to use.
How often should I replace my Derma Roller?
Replace your Derma Roller after about 15-20 uses for best results. Note that the number of uses can vary from person-to-person based on individual use.
If you’re ready to purchase one of our Derma Rollers, contact us today!