I was approached by a company that sells dermarollers (www.dermarollershop.com) to try out a couple of them for a while and write a review. Initially I was hesitant but I thought, I have never tried them before and honestly it will be a good experience for me because many people to use them with successful results.
Dermarollers (http://www.dermarollershop.com/blog/) are used by Estheticians, Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists to help aging skin. The dermaroller is a small device with needles on the end of it. Essentially you roll the device on the skin multiple times each session to create extremely tiny channels that help promote collagen production in the skin and can also help to improve the skin’s tone, texture, elasticity, lines and wrinkles, scarring and skin tightness. Another great thing about using a dermaroller or “skin needling” as it is called, is that it improves the penetration of skin care products so that peptides, Vitamin C and anything else used works better. An interesting thing about the use of dermarollers vs. the use of injectable collagen is that the collagen produced via “skin needling” stays for up to a year or more as opposed to that injected into the skin, which stays for only a few months. Dermarolling also has an advantage over using chemical peels. When you use a dermaroller vs. a chemical peel, the epidermis (top layer of skin), remains intact rather than sloughs off as when you use a peel. The channels that are produced in the skin close within a few hours and need to be reintroduced again, which is why a dermaroller needs to be used over and over again. Doing this helps create the repeated collagen production that is so important on the effect of the skin.
It is said that dermarolling at home is pain-free. I will say that is a lie. I must be extremely sensitive to pain, but I found it painful. I use pretty strong chemical peels and found dermarolling much more painful than using a chemical peel. To me the easiest place to use it was around the cheeks and forehead. I really had trouble on my nose. Argh!
The way to use a dermaroller to apply your skincare products and then use the dermaroller so that the products will have their effect maximized. Each roller has special instructions on how to use it. With the dermarollers I tried, the MT Roller MT5 (photo top left) said don’t force the roller into the skin but simply use mild pressure. Then roll obliquely vertically and horizontally over skin. This roller was the easiest to use and I liked it the most. It didn’t hurt. The other one they sent for me to try, the DRS Dermaroller System DRS 100 (top photo right) has smaller needles placed closer together. This has the same instructions essentially, except adding rolling 4-5 times in each direction. This one is for more experienced dermaroller aficionados. For me, I don’t think I am at that level yet. It hurt like crazy! I prefer the other one. They do sell numbing cream if you need it. I should have asked for it!
(top left: before dermaroller and top right after dermaroller)
So, did I notice any results? Yes! After using the MT5 for several weeks I did notice that some minor acne scars I had on my cheek look much better! I had focused on this area because I specifically wanted to work on my scarring. Short of having a microdermabrasion machine at home, this would be a very effective way to lighten acne scarring with the use of product. I also notice that my skin’s sun damage is lighter. I worked on adding pigmentation product during this month to use with the dermaroller. Those are the issues I have with my skin and I wanted to see if anything would help them. I have been using this with philosophy’s time in a bottle, which is supposed to help turn back the clock on the skin. I do believe that the two working together have done a great job at making my skin look so much better. So I am pretty happy with the dermaroller and will continue use of the device. I am sure that using the dermarollers helped increase the efficacy of my skincare products.
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