Curious About Derma Rolling? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Derma rollerOne of the hottest new trends on the scene, derma rolling, also known as micro-needling, promises to both treat and heal unsightly skin problems on the face, neck and scalp. If you’re new to derma rolling, here’s what you need to know.

So, How Does It Work?

Using a device called a derma roller — containing hundreds of tiny needles – an aesthetician runs the tool across the dermis, creating several micro-injuries on the skin. While you may be thinking, “Wait, what – needles – hard pass!,” when the skin is punctured, it stimulates skin repair (collagen) and cell regeneration. This, in turn, leaves your skin looking brighter and feeling tighter, revealing a more youthful appearance. Over time, treatments are said to reduce the appearance of dark spots, acne scars, sun damage, even fine lines and wrinkles. Even better? Product absorption spikes by 90 percent after use.

You’ve Got Options…

Not ready to reach deep into your pockets? There’s a wide variety of thrifty options for at-home use, including a derma-pen, an electronic micro-needling device which mimics the procedures results, with regular maintenance. Meanwhile, experts say the secret to the best results, is starting small.

There are a several sizes of microneedles to choose from. Start somewhere between 0.25 and 0.5 mm and slowly work your way up.

Per a 2009 study, nearly 100 percent of participants experienced marked improvement in their acne-scarring after several professional treatments using a 1.5-mm roller – needles can run as long as 3mm.

Because rollers can run you upwards of $250. You may want to begin with a standard model like the Stacked Skincare Collagen Boosting Microroller, for only $30, available here.