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Most of us squirm at the thought of needles pricking into our skin and especially when it comes to our face. But the beauty world seems taken over by claims of miraculous results of using a derma roller at home to beat the effects of ageing.
These fancy-looking prickly devices are all over the internet where it is available from igh cost varieties to dirt-cheap versions too. While you must have heard major claims like fine lines, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation are all said to be diminished with regular derma rolling, we gave it a shot. But before we share our experience, first let us tell you a little about what a derma roller or derma needling is all about!
Derma needling involves puncturing the skin topically with the help of tiny needles. This process dates to centuries ago where acupuncturists in China used to perform it to achieve youthful skin. I mean who doesn’t daydream about beautiful skin, right?
Dr. Sejal Saheta, Dermatologist, Inurskn, spoke to HealthShots about the effectiveness of a derma roller and what they do to your skin. “Derma rollers are used to carry out a process called micro-needling. The controlled injury caused to the treatment area during micro-needling helps in improving the appearance of our skin”, says Dr. Saheta
A derma roller is loaded with microneedles that when rolled onto our facial skin in a controlled motion, create micro-injuries on the skin. This may sound frightening, but it claims to overdrive the collagen and elastin production in our skin to heal the micro-injuries. This, in turn, leaves our skin tighter and youthful than it was before.
On the efficacy of derma rolling, Dr Saheta says, “The process of derma rolling helps in two ways. One, it improves the synthesis of collagen, which is the protein that gives your skin its stiffness and elasticity. And two, it leads to a process of neovascularization, which improves the blood flow in your skin making it healthier and youthful. Lastly, when done in a targeted manner along with certain growth factor serums it can help with a substantial reduction in scars and improve the texture of the skin.”
The thought of getting the skin of my dreams made me buy a derma roller pen from one of the leading beauty stores in India, and I got down to using it.
The journey of derma rolling started shakily. I gathered information on how to use it at home via online videos. Here are the steps that I followed while using a derma roller:
Doing micro-needling at home may not be your best idea.
Dr Saheta says, “Derma roller, when used at home, is neither effective nor safe.” Why you may ask.
I don’t know if I’ll try a professional derma needling session by a skin expert. But, being aware of the risks of derma rolling at home has made me drop it out of my skincare regime for good. If you’ve been thinking about investing in a derma roller or trying out this raved-about procedure, getting it done professionally in a controlled setup should be the safest solution.