I’m up for trying pretty much any beauty related gizmo that won’t permanently maim me or cause me undue distress. Yes, there are many procedures and gadgets in the world willing to do that to me. I just say no. When I saw a derma roller video I clicked off that mess quickly. I mean WTF is that thing? Look at it. Don’t let it touch me!
As usual, curiosity got the best of me and I investigated. Research doesn’t hurt.
What Is A Derma Roller
The derma roller is a Medieval torture device reserved for the punishment of societies most heinous criminals. Torturers would flip the eyelids of the convicted and drag it across their eyeballs over and over, slowly and methodically.
Ok, I’m just kidding. But you’re going to feel a lot better about what this thing really does now that you’ve read that. You’re welcome. sips tea daintily
Let’s Talk About What Spawned The Derma Roller First
If you go to your local med-spa or dermatologist, you might see Micro-Needling services offered. The claim is, depending on the length of the needles, the derma roller creates micro injuries to the skin. The skin then responds by producing collagen to help heal the tiny wounds, and collagen makes prettier skin. The tiny punctures are said to help topical skincare products penetrate the skin better and therefore perform better. Micro needling is usually performed by a doctor or RN using either a roller or a micro needling pen. The procedure can be tailored to your specific needs and the length of the needle is usually longer (2.5mm – 3.0mm) to penetrate more deeply. Human growth factor serum and other products are typically in conjunction with the procedure. Numbing cream is usually used so the procedure is not painful and recovery is very quick. The results can be dramatic in improving the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles and overall skin tone. The cost for this procedure generally ranges from $300-$900 per session with 3 sessions recommended for optimal results.
Wow, That’s Pricey! Is There A Budget Version?
Yes, the derma roller. But your mileage may vary.
The derma roller is an at-home device, similar to the ones used by doctors and spas. Derma rollers usually range is needle length from .25 mm to 3.0 mm and can be purchased at a wide range of cost from around $15.00 on up. In my search, I couldn’t find many in the 2-3mm range, though. Remember, this is your face. Quality counts. Do your research.
If you visit RealSelf.com, you’ll find varied opinions from doctors on whether or not an at home derma roller can penetrate deeply enough to benefit the skin. You’ll also find patients and users of derma rollers with various opinions.
Most people seem to opt for the .25mm on up the 1.5 for at home use. Anything beyond that can be quite painful unless you are using numbing cream. The longer needles can cause bleeding and can actually damage the skin leaving your scars in worse condition than when you started. It’s important to follow the instructions that come with your device so that you don’t injure yourself. What I’m saying here is be smart, be cautious, be informed before you proceed.
What Do I Think of Dermarolling?
I had to try it. It took me a good long time to click the one-click button but I did it. I bought a derma roller and I tried it out. I decided I wanted to use a serum before and after despite my concern that perhaps some skincare products aren’t meant to penetrate that deeply. I used a 1.0mm and started at my forehead rolling horizontally, then vertically, then diagonally before moving on to my cheeks, chin and neck. I avoided my eye area and my lips because, ouch. There was no blood and just a bit of tingling. And only mild panic. Halfway through I thought, “WTF are you doing? You’re NEEDLING your face!”. The panic was brief and I continued to injure my face. Once I was done, I applied my peptide serum and waited for instant beauty. After a few minutes, I got bored and applied my moisturizer and went to bed. The next day my face was soft and smooth. Was it the derma roller or my mystical, magical powers of making wishes come true. Who knows?
I wanted to make sure my skin was not too sensitive and totally recovered so I waited a week and rolled again. I used the same serum and moisturizer. In between rolling sessions I continued with my normal skincare routine. I don’t have acne scars but I do have a three-inch scar on my cheek that continues to become less and less noticeable. I can’t directly credit the use of the derma roller for how well this scar has healed because I take very good care of my skin and I use sunscreen every day. But I can say that I am very happy with my scar and my skin at this point.
Final verdict: Thumbs up. I’m sticking with my derma roller. It’s become a regular part of my skincare routine. It’s easy, inexpensive and I believe I’m seeing results.