Derma rollers have become increasingly popular over the last decade, and many women and men use them for all sorts of skin-related problems—acne, scars, cellulite, stretch marks, anti-aging, wrinkles, and even hyper-pigmentation. A derma roller has hundreds of tiny micro-needles that create tiny punctures in the skin, pushing the pores open for a short period of time. The body reacts as if it has been damaged, releasing growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, forming new, healthy skin. The roller can be used on almost any part of the body, except the eyelids and lips.
Things You'll Need
Using the Derma Roller
Create a sterile environment. Wash hands with soap and warm water. Wash the treatment area thoroughly, and dry with a clean towel. Be sure to clean a designated surface to place the things you’ll need during the process.
Apply a thin layer of topicaine numbing gel to the treatment area. This step is only necessary for a deep, intense treatment; therefore it only needs to be done once a week. Wipe off any excess gel with a paper towel.
Roll the derma roller in different directions on the skin—four rolls vertically, horizontally and both diagonals should be sufficient enough to ensure desired results and stimulate collagen formation in the skin. Do not press too hard, but apply a significant amount of pressure. If you use your derma roller without the topicaine gel, less pressure should be applied.
Wash the area with cold water, and dry gently with a clean washcloth. Apply a quality moisturizer or lotion, preferably with vitamins C and E for best results. If you’ve used the topicaine gel during your treatment, use an antibacterial cream followed by a quality moisturizer.
References and ResourcesThe Nova Clinic: Derma Rollers
What is a Derma Roller?