What is a Dermaroller and what can it do for your skin?


In my constant pursuit for youthfulness, I’ve recently discovered at-home Dermaroller treatments and it’s my current “thing” in trying to combat the argh! of ageing.

You have probably heard about Dermaroller treatments in the media. Although, you might know them by the name “micro-needling” instead which I know, I know…sounds a little bit scary when you put it like that.

But the reality is, micro-needling procedures involve the use of machines or devices that are studded with really teeny tiny needles which are simply rolled across the skin so that they puncture the skin in the most minute way as the rolling action is performed.

What you may not know about Dermaroller treatments are things like how they work, what sorts of skin problems they can treat, and how often those treatments should be performed. And as a recent adopter of at-home Dermaroller treatments, I thought I’d break down what it’s all about for you here.

How lasers and dermaroller treatments compare and contrast

When comparing Dermaroller procedures to things like laser treatments, there are definitely some similarities. For example, both methods are capable of essentially performing a “peel” on your skin. That is, they can treat surface imperfections, discolorations, wrinkles, and scarring. Dermaroller machines and clinical cosmetic lasers are also similar because they are both simple outpatient procedures that can be done in about an hour or two, which makes them quite convenient.

In contrast, cosmetic lasers can be a little too harsh for sensitive skin. You can also be easily burned by them if your skin happens to be excessively oily. Since Dermaroller treatments don’t produce the same amount of heat, they are often a better alternative for those who are concerned about issues like that.

Treating your skin using the dermaroller method

Another reason that Dermaroller is a little different from laser treatment is that a Dermaroller device can be used on certain areas where lasers are rarely used. For example, a series of Dermaroller treatments on your scalp could encourage hair growth by improving blood circulation and stimulating the hair follicles. Lasers are not used for that same purpose.

Of course, Dermaroller devices can also be used to treat skin conditions that laser machines do also treat. For example, they can help to lessen the appearance of some types of scars. They can also increase collagen within the body, which can lead to smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines.

Dermaroller treatment types and depths

It’s important to know that you have a lot of different Dermaroller treatment options. One option is the length of the needles. While all Dermaroller needles are tiny compared to they hypodermics you might picture in a standard doctor’s office, they do vary in size. The larger needles, which are still only a couple of millimeters long, penetrate into deeper skin layers. They are often used to try to treat cellulite and other deeper skin issues. Shorter needles are generally reserved for treating surface discolorations and imperfections. So personally, I go for a 1.0mm depth.

Another option that many of those who are considering Dermaroller don’t know about is that there are home Dermaroller kits that can be used. So, you don’t necessarily need to go to a clinic for a mild Dermaroller treatment and this is a massive cost saving because you can buy a Dermaroller like this one (and this is the one that I use) for less than £10! which in my book, is perfect for stimulating collagen and and combating the signs of ageing like fine lines. But if you are trying to treat more invasive skin problems then you should definitely consider making an appointment for a more in-depth Dermaroller procedure at your local skincare clinic, as obviously there is a limit to how much you can do at home and  only experts can give you the kind of results you need and want when your skin problems are severe.

Curious? Watch a Dermaroller treatment in practice here:

Have you tried a Dermaroller treatment before? Would you consider doing an at-home treatment or would you prefer to get a treatment at a clinic?

*This is a collaborative post
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