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What are Derma Rollers, and what are the benefits?

Updated: Sep 13, 2023


In the ever-evolving world of skincare and self-care, Derma Rollers have emerged as a transformative tool, captivating the attention of beauty enthusiasts worldwide. But what exactly are Derma Rollers, and how can they benefit your skin and even potentially aid in hair loss treatment? In this Blog, we will delve into the fascinating world of Derma Rollers, exploring their uses, benefits, and everything you need to know to incorporate them into your beauty routine.

 

What is a Derma Roller and what is it used for?

A Derma Roller, also known as a micro-needling roller or a derma stamp, is a handheld device covered in tiny, fine needles. These needles puncture the skin's surface when rolled or stamped across it. This may sound intimidating, but when used correctly, Derma Rollers can have a range of benefits for your skin.


Uses of Derma Rollers:

  1. Collagen Production: One of the primary purposes of Derma Rollers is to stimulate Collagen production. Collagen is a protein responsible for maintaining skin's elasticity and suppleness. As we age, Collagen production decreases, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Derma Rollers can help counteract this by encouraging the skin to produce more Collagen, leading to a firmer, more youthful complexion.

  2. Scar Reduction: Derma Rollers can be used to minimize the appearance of scars, including acne scars and stretch marks. The micro-injuries created by the needles prompt the skin to heal and regenerate, gradually reducing the visibility of scars. This should only ever be done by a fully trained professional.

  3. Improving Skin Texture: If you struggle with uneven skin texture, derma rolling can help smoothen it. The process promotes cell turnover and can diminish the appearance of fine lines and rough patches.

  4. Enhancing Product Absorption: Using a Derma Roller before applying skincare products can enhance their absorption. The tiny micro channels created by the needles allow products like serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin, making them more effective. There have been some trials that show promising results with topical treatment such as Minoxidil and micro-needling in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia. More trials are needed to gain a better understanding of the role Derma Rollers play in the treatment of hair loss.

  5. Increased blood flow: It is believed that due to the fact the Derma Roller creates tiny micro-channels this triggers the body’s healing process. During this prosses Collagen is stimulated which increases blood flow to the treated area.


Pros and Cons of Using Derma Rollers Pros:

  1. Improves Skin Texture: Derma Rollers can lead to smoother, younger-looking skin by stimulating Collagen production.

  2. Cost-Effective: Compared to many other skincare treatments, Derma Rollers are relatively affordable and offer long-lasting benefits.

  3. Versatile: They can be used on various skin types and for different skin concerns.


Cons:

  1. Minor Discomfort: Some users may experience discomfort or redness, especially if they have sensitive skin or use them too frequently.

  2. Infection Risk: If the area being treated or the Derma Roller is not properly cleaned and maintained, Derma Rollers can harbour bacteria and cause skin infections.

  3. Not Suitable for All Skin Issues: While Derma Rollers can address various concerns, they may not be effective for deep wrinkles or severe scarring.

Derma Roller Contraindications.

  • Active infection in treatment area.

  • Active acne.

  • History of clotting or blood disorders.

  • Anticoagulants.

  • Uncontrolled diabetes.

  • Immunosuppressed people.

  • Active eczema/Dermatitis/Psoriasis.

  • Roaccutane.

This is not an exhaustive list, always ensure that any medical or skin issue are check before beginning any treatment.

Can Derma Rollers help with hair loss on the scalp?

The potential benefits of Derma Rollers aren't limited to the skin. Some individuals have explored using Derma Rollers to stimulate hair growth on the scalp. By creating micro-injuries on the scalp, Derma Rollers may encourage hair follicles to produce thicker, healthier hair. However, results can vary, and it's essential to consult a Trichologist before using a Derma Roller for this purpose.


Conclusion

Derma Rollers have become a versatile tool in the realm of skincare and beauty. When used correctly, they can help you achieve smoother, more youthful skin and may even offer potential benefits for hair loss. But remember it’s important to have a correct diagnosis of your hair loss condition before embarking on any treatment. However, it's crucial to exercise caution, maintain proper hygiene, and consult with a skincare professional, Dermatologist or Trichologist for personalised guidance before considering this as a treatment option. If used incorrectly or too frequently, they can potently cause skin damage.

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