Dermarolling is becoming a widely popular skincare technique. Dermarolling is the modified form of a professional micro-needling process performed within a dermatology clinic. Now you can perform dermarolling at home using a dermaroller—a handled roller covered in tiny, fixed needles. The dermaroller needles are of many different sizes.

How Dermarollers Work?

Dermarolling or collagen induction therapy is a cosmetic procedure in which thousands of tiny minor microscopic wounds are made on the skin's surface by a rolling or stamping device.

Dermarolling works by creating microscopic wounds which begin collagen and elastin generation. Collagen is an abundant protein found in the body and is responsible for connecting connective tissue like skin, muscles, tendons, cartilage, and bones.

This significant protein keeps our skin looking young and plump. Despite the fact that it seems terrifying, dermarolling is considered a minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime. However, the recovery process does depend mainly on the length of the needles used.

What Are the Benefits of Dermarolling and Does Dermarolling Really Work?

There is a long list of dermarolling benefits, with significant reporting of demarolling before and after results. As a dermaroller boosts collagen and elastin production, dermarolling benefits include the softening and dimming physical signs of ageing. It can perform a miracle for loose or thinning skin, both directly related to these essential natural proteins.

Dermarolling is beneficial for many skin types, including scarred, dry, dehydrated and hyperpigmented skin. Regular dermarolling helps to fade acne scars rooted in the skin's layers. Even if you have acne on your face, you can use a dermaroller making sure that you're not rolling it over pimples. Sterilise the needles after every use.

Derma rolling means to shed the top layer of your skin, encouraging effective skin cell turnover that works for hyperpigmentation in the form of darkened or lightened spots.

You can even use the dermaroller on the lips to carry a desirable pout or under the eye area to plump and smooth away eye bags.  Use in conjunction with, or alongside Beautifully Nourished's Pro Age Eye Cream.


Dermarolling for Wrinkles and Ageing

Dermarolling can prevent and undo premature ageing of the skin by promoting collagen and elastin growth. It thickens, repairs, strengthens and increases the elasticity of your skin. That is why it's one of the most loved skin treatments for anti-ageing and reduce wrinkles.

Dermarolling for Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which parts of the skin become darker compared to the surrounding skin. Fortunately for those who are done dealing with hyperpigmentation, dermarolling can be a solution. Dermarolling helps to shed the topmost layer of skin and produce melanocytes to diminish the effects of hyperpigmentation.

Dermarolling for Pore Size

Clogged and large pores can lead to significant problems such as increased acne and damage to the layer of skin, blackheads, oily skin, and others. Often present on the nose and around the cheeks, dermarolling can help reduce the size of enlarged pores by, again, producing collagen and thickening the epidermis.

Dermarolling for Acne Scars

The Community Based Medical Journal published a review article in 2012 about dermarollers and scars. The author states that "microneedling leads to the release of growth factors form new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed. Dermaroller is an extremely effective therapy for post-acne scars, even trauma scars. Best results are seen in rolling, and box-type scars and even papular scars respond to it."

Dermarolling for Hair Growth

Derma rollers work in two ways on the scalp to produce more collagen and supporting the growth stage inside the hair follicle. It also improves blood flow in the epidermis as a response to the wound by sending more blood. Therefore, it is helpful to enhance the growth of hairs and inhibits factors that can cause hair loss. Micro-needling delivered by a dermaroller stimulates stem cells production that further contributes to the higher production of progenitor cells.

Dermarolling for Stretch Marks

Dermarollers can remove stretch marks, but the results may differ in individual cases depending on the product you use, the routine you keep, and your skin type.

Dermarolling for Cellulite

Microneedling can reduce the appearance of cellulite on the body. It can be a non-surgical solution to reduce the cellulite on the lower body.

Is Dermarolling Safe at Home?

If you are practising a dermaroller at home, a person should follow the steps described here: 

  • Spray dermaroller with alcohol solution and wash with warm water to sterilise.
  • Prepare the skin with an antiseptic or saline wash for dermarolling treatment
  • Hold the skin tight to roll over each section, once up and down, then side to side, and later on diagonally
  • Wash the skin with saline solution after the skin becomes red

How To Use A Dermaroller At Home

When using the dermaroller on the face, dermarolling directions are essential. A person should treat five sections of the face in turn. These sections are:

  • top right of forehead and cheek
  • top left of forehead and cheek
  • right under both eyes and lower cheek
  • around the mouth

Dermarolling with Vitamin C and Beautifully Nourished

Dermarolling Vitamin C and dermarolling with collagen can do wonders for the skin.  We recommend Beautifully Nourished's Vitamin A, C and E Moisturiser and Serum alongside our Hair, Nail and Skin Complex for an holistic approach to use in conjunction with your dermaroller. 

How Often Should You do Dermarolling at Home?

Should we be dermarolling every day? 

The frequency of dermarolling treatments will depend on the length of the derma roller's needles and the sensitivity of the skin. If your needles are shorter, you can roll every other day, and if the needles are much longer, you should have gaps between your treatments every three to four weeks.

According to Dermascope, a professional skincare journal, "microneedling and chemical peels produce better results as complementary treatments when administered 4 to 6 weeks apart."

So, is Dermorolling worth it? Key Takeaways

In a word, YES. Whether you suffer from acne, dry skin, scarring, aged-looking skin, and other skin problems, dermarolling can be a suitable skin aid to boost your esxisting skincare regime.

The once, exclusive to dermatologists phenomenon is now available to all that seek it's benefits, with dermarolling at home making its round as the new "must have" in beauty. You can use a dermaroller on the face, eyes, legs, tummy, and all discoloured or scarred areas of the body. 

By Ayesha Gulzar, PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy
Editor: Katherine Elyse Blake, Founder BSC Nutrition, ANutr



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