As a beauty blogger, I really like to push my limits and try out as many different products, methods, and tools as I can to be able to share with you.
Dermarolling a.k.a. microneedling, has been one skincare method I wanted to try out for quite a while, but never knew too much about it. I remember seeing beauty DIY guru Farah Dhukai post an Instagram video using one to help naturally plump her lips as well as help her skin and I’ve been intrigued ever since. The derma roller I have been using is from Petunia Skincare. You can use code: PRIMPANDPRIMEBEAUTY20 for 20% off. (not affiliated).
Now, I know you must be thinking I’m crazy! Why would I want to roll needles across my face? There are actually many benefits to using a derma roller and if you keep reading I will explain them.
What is Dermarolling/Microneedling?
Dermarolling is when you use a small tool called a derma roller on your skin to increase product absorption and also increase collagen production. The fine needles that are on the derma roller puncture small holes into the top layer of the skin.
What is a Derma Roller?
A Derma roller is a small hand held tool that looks like a small paint roller with a bunch of tiny needles attached to it. The first comments I recieved when I gave a preview of this tool on my Instagram was that it looked scary. I’m not going to lie, I definitely was a bit scared of it at first too.
When using the derma roller across your skin, you are actually causing minor trauma to the skin which sends it into overdrive to produce more collagen in those areas. It’s a nice little trick to get those areas looking smooth and full again.
What are the benefits of derma rolling?
- Better product absorption
- Smoothing of fine lines & wrinkles
- Lightens acne scarring
- Helps fade stretch marks
- Helps reduce hair loss by stimulating the follicles
- Helps reduce cellulite
- Much cheaper than in office procedures
- Reduce hyper-pigmentation
How to use a derma roller?
Before I start with the microneedling process, I first make sure that my face is nicely cleansed and dried. The last thing you want to do is start using these needles on unwashed skin. Since the needles do make small holes in your skin, you would just basically be pushing all the dirt and bacteria further down into your skin which would then give you major skin issues.
Once your face is clean, apply a facial serum or oil of your choice. I have been loving the Pixi Rose Oil Blend. Just remember that this is the product that will be getting absorbed deeper into your skin. Remove the derma roller from its plastic container and with a very light hand start rolling vertically, horizontally, and diagonally on sections of your face. Be sure to lift the derma roller off of your skin before changing motion to avoid scratching yourself. I like to gently pull my skin back and hold it firmly while doing each area. I usually start out by doing each cheek, chin, and then end with my forehead. After doing this process, I apply another serum or oil and massage it into my skin further using a light tapping motion.
If you are having a bad breakout, or have fresh cuts etc., definitely avoid those areas!
You then want to disinfect your derma roller to prepare it for another use.
How to disinfect a derma roller?
To make sure I have removed the bacteria from a derma rolling session, I submerge the head into rubbing alcohol for a while. I then run it under hot water and let it rest and dry on a paper towel. Once dried, I then place it back into its plastic casing.
Does derma rolling hurt?
Ahhh, finally the most asked question. To be really honest, it looks a lot worse than what it is. I use a 1.0 mm derma roller and really do not recommend using needles bigger than that. I know there are some scary pictures out there showing a lot of blood, etc. but those are mostly from procedures done in an office. They tend to use bigger needles for more intense treatments. I am not really down with having needles jammed into my face until I bleed, so I would much rather stick to a smaller one that I am in total control of at all times.
The one that I have been using never hurt me. I use a light hand and take my time. This is definitely not something that you want to rush or be rough with. I have felt a little prickly sensation when I get to areas like my upper cheek bones, and forehead but it isn’t anything that I can’t tolerate. Never once did I bleed either. It really all depends on how you feel, and your pain tolerance.
How often do you use a derma roller?
Since it does cause some temporary trauma to the skin, I use mine only twice a week. My skin hasn’t had any bad reactions to this so I don’t want to push my luck. I have had one breakout on my cheek area on the left side of my face, but sometimes that happens when using skincare tools like this or brushes. Sometimes it has to get worse before it gets better, but it has cleared up and I have not had any recurring breakouts.
My final thoughts.
I am very happy that I have had the opportunity to try this skincare trend. It is one that I will most definitely be sticking to in order to see further results. The key is consistency and patience. If you are the type of person who needs instant results than this probably won’t be for you. I enjoy seeing how certain imperfections on my skin are improving over time. I will be sharing a before and after of just using this for a month. I am not saying there are drastic results yet, but I am seeing improvements little by little.
I hope I was able to answer most of your questions about derma rolling. If not, please leave me a question in a comment below.
Is this something you would try?
Thanks for reading!
<3 Melissa (IG: @primpandprimebeauty)
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