Dermaroller which is commonly called as skin needling, skin roller, microneedling or collagen induction therapy is simply a plastic roller device that consists of tiny needles. The number of needles vary in different rollers. The number is generally between 90 to 450 needles. Whereas, the size of the needle ranges from 0.25mm to 3mm. Derma roller treatment actually works by creating a number of punctures into the skin. It breaks down old scar tissues as one rolls it back and forth. This is beneficial to the skin as it produces new collagen and elastin. It is used in the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles or stretch marks. This will result in a smoother and more radiant complexion.
Derma Roller Treatment: 11 Benefits and Side Effects
1. Fine lines and wrinkles:
Loss of collagen and elastin are mainly responsible for thinning skin, facial wrinkles and sun damage. All these conditions can be improved by micro-needling which produces natural collagen and elastin which further leads to the education of fine lines, wrinkles and scars.
2. Stretch Marks:
Most of the people experience stretch marks at some point in their lives. There is no doubt that the treatment of stretch marks do take longer as compared to scars but many people have seen and noticed results when they used dermal rollers for the same. It breaks down stretch marks tissue and leads to the collagen growth which will eventually reduce the stretch over time.
3. Age Spots:
Dermal Roller is one of the best ways to treat age spots. It sheds the top layer of the skin and minimizes the appearance of age spots. Apart from this, it also leads to improved absorption of the ingredients in your topical product treatment.
For the treatment of acne, a needle of 0.25 mm is generally recommended. However, it can also spread the bacteria all over the face and may cause a breakout in case the needle penetrates into the acne that is active. So, it is advised to wait until your acne subsides or rather dermaroll around active blemishes.
5. Hair loss:
A number of people rely on micro-needling in case they suffer hair loss be it baldness in men which is also referred to as Alopecia. Micro-needling releases endothelial growth factor that promotes hair growth, follicle size and also promotes thicker hair. You can also combine it with a number of topical products for better results such as minoxidil.
6. Dry or Rough Skin:
This is a vey common symptom that is experienced by most of the people who have adapted for a derma roller treatment. This usually happens when needles of longer lengths are used or there is a firm pressure when rolling it. However, there is nothing to worry about it because it is a harmless side effect and may last a few days and a moisturizer may prove to be of help.
7. Sun Sensitivity:
For a few days after the treatment, it is advised to avoid direct sun exposure or sun beds. You can protect your skin by using a sunscreen as your skin will be sensitive to the sun for a few days. So, it is better you take great care of it.
This is generally experienced by people who have a sensitive skin because of the use a longer length needles. However, this will be resolved within a few hours after the treatment. As dermarolling can cause skin inflammation, it is vital not to use a derma roller on inflammatory skin conditions such as Rosacea.
9. Skin Redness:
You may notice this symptom after you are done with the treatment but it is perfectly normal as it usually disappears within a few hours itself. One of the best ways to deal with this to use a derma roller before going to the bed and you will notice conspicuous better results the next morning.
Aggressive rolling can often times lead to temporary bleeding. There is nothing to worry about it whatsoever because the blood spots can be washed away after the treatment and the bleeding will apparently stop. Make sure that you apply less pressure to prevent bleeding.
11. Scars may get worse before they appear to be better:
This side effect is pretty common when rolling icepack scars as they start out as deep and narrow. Scars make look wider and shallower because dermarolling causes their walls to collapse. But you should roll as this will gradually fill them up.
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