Microneedling use to be an in-office procedure carried out by a dermatologist, but with popularity, is commonly done at home with a dermaroller as an accessible, effective and non-invasive skin treatment. We’ve received many questions about using dermarollers with our Serum Concentrate and wanted to get in on this trend as well.
What is a dermaroller?
A dermaroller has a small barrel at one end of a handle that is covered with hundreds of fine needles. The needles can range in length, and when rolled over the skin, create tiny micro-injuries that stimulate collagen and elastin production during the healing process. Dermarolling has shown many benefits from increased collagen production, increased absorption of skincare serums, and reducing the appearance of acne scars.
How does it work?
Dermarolling stimulates collagen and elastin production as the body reacts to the micro injuries. This increase helps to firm and plump the skin and reduce the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles. Using a serum or moisturizer can maximize the the effects by increasing absorption more easily and deeply into the skin (1). Dermarolling can also diminish the appearance of acne scars through the break down any scar tissue, according to Dr. Debra Rose Wilson. Dermarolling can be done 2-3 times a week, allowing time in between for your skin to heal, and still get the results of deeper dermatologist treatments, through regular maintenance (4).
There are many types of dermarollers available and different needle lengths. In an interview, Kerry Benjamin, from Stacked Skincare, strongly advises only using 0.3 mm or lower, as anything thicker has a higher risk of damaging skin (especially on delicate areas around the eyes and lips). “If you want to do a deeper micro-needling treatment with a larger needle size, I recommend going to a professional,” she adds. Dr. Debra Rose Wilson advises that although dermarolling can be done at home, it is a good idea to speak with a dermatologist or doctor about any ongoing skin concerns. If a person wants to try dermarolling, they should purchase a dermaroller from a trusted retailer.
Benefits of dermarolling with a serum
Get the most out of your dermarolling and your serum by using them together. Dermarolling can boost ingredient absorption up to 90%. It’s recommended using formulas that contain hyaluronic acid, stem cells, peptides, and growth factors, (like one we know), to maximize the effects of microneedling to stimulate collagen, speed up cellular turnover, lift hyperpigmentation, smooth out fine lines, firm, plump and hydrate. Kerry Benjamin also list some to avoid with dermarolling, like retinol and vitamin C, as they can cause irritation (4).
A couple more great resources to answer all of your questions, the science behind it, where to get a dermaroller, and tips to get the most out of it, check these out:
What you need to know in choosing a roller, and a video tutorial of how to do it, check this out: New to Derma-Rolling? Here's Everything You Need to Know.