First things first, what exactly is derma-rolling? Don’t freak out, but it’s a process that involves rolling hundreds of teeny tiny needles over your skin. Why would you do this? Well, it causes micro-injuries to the skin, which the skin then sets about repairing. To do this, your skin sends collagen and elastin production into overdrive to compensate as it heals. The result? A plumper and tighter complexion! Some have even reported the reduction of under-eye bags and noticeably fuller looking lips.
I know the whole ‘needles and injuries’ thing sounds pretty intense but when it comes to the at home version of derma-rolling, it’s actually very simple, easy and I’ve even found it relaxing. It’s become a part of my night-time routine that is most definitely here to stay and here’s why:
Overall skin condition
My skin is quite pigmented meaning any mark on it sticks around FOREVER. I’ve also only recently got a handle on breakouts and the texture of my skin has been uneven and not as smooth as I would like. I’ve been switching up products for a while now, learning what works for me and talking to a dermatologist to find that perfect balance. So I’ve been happier with how my skin was looking, but there were still improvements that I felt could be made! And so I turned to derma-rolling. A treatment I had long read about and been interested in. I can honestly say, each of those concerns I listed above, have improved more than I believed possible. Marks are reduced, some have even disappeared. I haven’t had a single breakout (apart from at *that* time, but you know, what can you do) and my skin is the smooth and even to the point I’d feel comfortable going out make up free.
In recent months this has probably been as big a concern for me as my skin itself. Thin skin, deep set eyes, chubby cheeks.. it’s probably a symptom of all three but I always have horrible dark shadows under my eyes and they regularly, randomly puff up overnight making the darkness appear even worse in the morning! When I really looked into derma rolling and found these great tales of how it had eradicated peoples under-eye bags, the overriding pessimist in me thought it was too good to be true. I mean, I was considering getting filler under my eyes, surely a far simpler, cheaper and healthier solution wasn’t a few tiny needs on a roller! But I’ve been proven wrong and since starting derma-rolling this another thing that I’ve personally noticed a big improvement in. You can tell when I haven’t derma-rolled the night before!
A by-product, but not an unwelcome one. Again, something I just didn’t believe would really happen and was happily proven wrong. It’s not drastic increase in size but enough to look a little more pouty, just for a little while. I’ve read that others who have been rolling for longer have found this has been a more permanent effect.
So it’s official, I’m hooked. I will be derma-rolling forevermore.
Does it hurt?
If you’re concerned about this, don’t be, I don’t think it hurts. A little uncomfortable at times yes, but not painful. I started off with a 0.25mm roller from Stacked Skincare (order through Amazon) which is a great needle length to get accustomed to the treatment but I personally just didn’t feel like it was doing much. I’ve now been using the 0.5mm roller from Swiss Clinic and it’s this one I’ve really noticed the results with.
How does it work?
Cleanse your face, make sure your skin is completely clean. Apply hyaluronic acid all over your face to make sure your skin is well hydrated pre and post treatment. Divide your face into sections (I do cheek, chin & lips, cheek, forehead) and roll each section diagonally, vertically and horizontally. It’s normal for your skin to look a little red after, like you’re flushed from the gym! When you’re done rolling, apply another layer of hyaluronic acid. You need to take good care of your roller too, cleaning it in with a sanitizing solution after every use and replacing it regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer.
How long does it last?
I didn’t derma-roll for a while and really noticed it. Maintenance is key here – roll regularly. I have been doing it in a 5 days on 5 days off pattern but I’ve read others roll more frequently or less frequently, some even just do 2-3 times a month. I personally want to keep the frequency higher, at least for now, to really get results to last on a more permanent basis.
So, what do you think, fancy giving it a go? I’d love to hear what you think of it, or if you have any questions I’d more than happy to talk more about it.