Dermaroller - What Is It

Before we explain how and what dermarolling really is, lets explain what a dermaroller is and what it for.  A dermaroller is a handheld needling roller device which is rolled on  the surface of  skin. This creates tiny punctures on the skin which triggers skin repair. This leads to the body making new collagen. By doing this, proteins called  amino-acids, build up in the collagen. This is the part of the connective tissue that helps in tightening , firmness, suppleness, and elasticity in skin.

A short-term controlled injury to the skin is the purpose of applying a dermaroller to your skin. The reason why is to trigger the protein in our skin for the production of healthier younger looking complexion. Consider dermarolling your skin to a body workout at the gym. You create a micro injury to your muscles while working out in the gym resulting in muscle repair strengthening and tightening. This is not a direct comparison but I hope you see the picture I am paining.

Dermaroller Procedure

Dermaroller Needle Size

Dermarollers come in different size needles ranging from 02.mm all the way up to 3.0mm. There are a lot of people providing false information about choosing the correct needle size. What we recommend is 05.mm or anything under is perfect for at home rolling. Needle size over 0.5mm dermaroller needle sizewe would recommend going to a professional and getting it done there. Here at Havana we think that a 0.5mm dermaroller needle size  is perfect for anyone looking to treat shallow wrinkles, UV damage, light scarring, and hyperpigmentation. Also helps in the boosting of product absorption for quicker and more efficient results.
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Dermaroller How To Use

How To Use A Dermaroller
 - Wash your hands and cleanse and tone the skin.
 - Rinse the roller under hot running water for a few seconds.
 - Apply serum if you are rolling with a serum, but it is not necessary.
 - Roll the dermaroller gently over the skin whilst applying enough pressure to allow the needles to penetrate your skin.
 - Roll over each are 8-10 times in each direction : vertically, horizontally & diagonally (forwards and back equals two rolls). If you feel that your skin is becoming sore or irritated, you may be applying too much pressure.
 - Apply SPF or skincare products after use. Do NOT apply any products with active ingredients.
 - Rinse the roller head under hot water for a couple of minutes and let it steep in it.
 - Allow the roller head to dry and return it to its packaging.

Dermaroller Usage

Some information you read will tell you to roll every day. Please ignore this. It will do more damage than good to your skin. Only needles under 0.3mm are designed for daily treatment because of thdermaroller usagee length of the needles. 0.5mm rollers cause micro trauma to your skin. Resulting in mild inflammation. As a result your body produces collagen to repair the trauma caused. Therefore considering the micro trauma the correct usage would be:
  • 0.5mm needles can be used 2-3 times weekly.
  • 1.0mm once a week,
  • 1.5mm once every two weeks,
  • 2.0mm and above once every 5-6 weeks. 

Dermaroller Pros & Cons

However

It may not sound like it makes sense that by puncturing your skin with thousands of tiny holes leads to overall better skin. However that is exactly what dermarolling does. No matter how much it might benefit you there are also some downsides.
Pros
  • Treats a lot of concerns like wrinkles, hair loss, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, acne scarring, stretch marks, ageing skin.
  • Can improve skins texture and tone.
  • Your skincare products become 100X more effective.
  • It is quick and relatively painless.
  • Cost effective.

Cons

  • It can irritate the skin.
    Needs to be cleaned after EVERY use.
    Can cause bleeding and sometimes minimal pain.
    Infection is possible if you share your roller with someone.

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Dermaroller?

Dermarollers are one of today's most popular skin tool that can be beneficial to almost all skin concerns from :
  • dry sensitive skin
  • acne scarring,
  • uneven skin tone,
  • lax skin,
  • weak skin
  • aged looking skin.

Dermaroller on stretch marks

The dermaroller works by breaking up damaged skin cells and causing the body to produce new collagen. The dermaroller won’t remove stretch marks after one or two treatments, but when the process is repeated, the dermal layers of the skin increase in thickness and the stretch gradually fade away, replaced by healthy, smooth skin.

Dermaroller on Wrinkles

Derma Roller on Wrinkles. Arguably, the most important benefit of dermaroller usage is the effect it has on fine lines and wrinkles. In one of our latest videos, you see Aisling express her fear of the day fine lines and wrinkles make their debut. As we all know once we hit 25, collagen and elastin production begin to slow down meaning that the level of elasticity in our skin giving it that plumpness reduces gradually. The only way to stop this reduction naturally is through collagen induction therapy. Dermaroller usage is a form of collagen induction therapy. While using the derma roller on wrinkles, we are triggering our collagen and elastin naturally. It holds many benefits in opposed to artificial forms. When we say artificial, we mean anything our bodies don’t produce naturally such as botox and filler. Watch Yasmin's explanation on how the dermaroller works on wrinkles!

Dermaroller For Acne Scars

By causing controlled injury to the surface of the skin over the areas that are affected by acne scarring, we’re promoting our bodies natural healing ability to give our collagen and elastin that kick they need to do their job properly and come to the surface. Your skin basically goes into repair mode and repairs any of the damaged skin.

A lot of people think that this is the same way that the treatment smooths out fine lines and wrinkles. It’s not. The treatment smooths out fine lines and wrinkles by producing collagen

Dermaroller For Acne Scars

dermaroller for acne scarring

and elastin resulting in plumper skin.

Have you been left with unsightly or even light acne scarring following breakouts?  If so, you might be interested in grabbing our Image A.D.S Premium Dermaroller. You should note that using the dermaroller is only okay over areas that are free from infection of any kind. For instance, if you have had a cold sore, you must wait at least 2 weeks after the cold sore has completely disappeared for dermaroller usage or to have micro needling treatment of any kind. The same principle applies to active acne. 

Watch  a live demo with Yasmin as she illustrates how to use the dermaroller for acne scarring.

Hyperpigmentation

Dermarolling can be effective in minimizing any visible pigmentation or uneven skin tones. Those who suffer from pigmentation can become very self conscious and insecure where the pigmentation is highly noticeable. Luckily for those dermarolling, it can help shed surface pigmentation reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone. In addition to dermarolling promoting cell turn over to shed away surface pigment, you can also assist in both reducing and eliminate the production of pigmentation by using a tyrosine inhibitor as you roller your skin. This product works on suppressing and balancing your melanocytes preventing over activation which causes pigmentation in the first place. Its also hugely beneficial to continue using this product post treatment once you have created the micro channels needed to induce it deeper into the skin for better results.

Dermaroller on Neck

Ageing doesn’t just stop at the facial area, it appears all over our body. When it comes looking after your skincare, you should not just be focusing on the face, you should be concentrating on all of the following areas:

  • Face.
  • Neck.
  • Jawline.
  • Platysma.
  • Chest Areas.

In fact, When applying skincare products, we should be bringing them down as far as the nipple area to ensure full coverage of delicate ageing skin.

What makes our Image A.D.S Premium Dermaroller a leading roller is it’s ability to be brought that bit further. The Image A.D.S Premium dermaroller usage can be brought down as far as the above listed areas.

We managed to grab one of our Creative Director’s, Aisling for a quick tutorial on how to carry out dermaroller at home on the neck area. We thought it would be beneficial to use a member of the office staff. Why? We have a team of highly skilled laser and skincare specialists in our clinics, however the roller can be used by anyone. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Dermaroller vs Dermapen

Dermaroller vs dermapen has been a debatable topic over the last 12 months with some people preferring one over the other. Before we get into which one is better lets first differentiate what a dermaroller & a dermapen is. Once you understand the difference you will be able to make the a decision that is best for your skin and budget.

Dermaroller

  • A dermaroller is a handheld needling roller device which is rolled on the surface of skin.
  • Creates tiny punctures on the skin which triggers skin repair.
  • Leads to the body making new collagen.
  • Doing this, proteins called  amino-acids, build up in the collagen. This is the part of the connective tissue that helps in tightening , firmness, suppleness, and elasticity in skin.
  • A short-term controlled injury to the skin is the purpose of applying a dermaroller to your skin.
  • The reason why is to trigger the protein in our skin for the production of healthier younger looking complexion.
  • Cost effective treatment that can be done at home

Dermapen

  • A Dermapen is a hand operated stamp machine that contains tiny needles.
  • Creates tiny punctures on the skin which triggers skin repair.
  • This is a powered machine that allows you to change the depth of the needle in the middle of treatment.
  • Meaning you can go deeper on areas that need it such as Acne scars on the face.
  • The more precise tip means that you can also perform spot treatments.
  • Easier to treat areas that dermaroller might be difficult to reach
  • Carried out by a professional and costs more than the home roller.

For a full in-depth video review by our skin specialist on which one is better,you can view the video & article here dermaroller vs dermapen

How to Use Derma Roller on Face

While trying to improve our over all skin health, the last thing you want to do is inflict damage. After taking the time to carry out the treatment and endure the discomfort, knowing how to keep your skin on the right track (being a one way ticket to Glow Town) you should educate yourself on how to look after your skin and only use the safest/best products. Dermaroller usage doesn’t just stop at the 15-30 minutes you set aside to carry out treatment.

Yasmin Holden is the manager of our Dundrum clinic and started her career as a laser and skincare specialist over 5 years ago. To say she’s an expert in everything laser and skin is an understatement. We managed to grab her to get her top tips and advice on looking after your skin following dermaroller usage.

While trying to improve our over all skin health, the last thing you want to do is inflict damage. After taking the time to carry out the treatment and endure the discomfort, knowing how to keep your skin on the right track (being a one way ticket to Glow Town) you should educate yourself on how to look after your skin and only use the safest/best products. Dermaroller usage doesn’t just stop at the 15-30 minutes you set aside to carry out treatment.

Yasmin Holden is the manager of our Dundrum clinic and started her career as a laser and skincare specialist over 5 years ago. To say she’s an expert in everything laser and skin is an understatement. We managed to grab her to get her top tips and advice on looking after your skin following dermaroller usage.

Step 1:

Rub your serum onto the surface of your skin Not too much though as you still want it to sit on the surface.

Step 2:

Please note* Ensure that while rolling, you do not turn the roller while it’s in your skin. You must lift it and then turn it. This will aviod breaking the skin.

Step 3:

Roll in a criss-cross pattern.

 

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What to Use After Dermaroller

While trying to improve our over all skin health, the last thing you want to do is inflict damage. After taking the time to carry out the treatment and endure the discomfort, knowing how to keep your skin on the right track (being a one way ticket to Glow Town) you should educate yourself on how to look after your skin and only use the safest/best products. Dermaroller usage doesn’t just stop at the 15-30 minutes you set aside to carry out treatment.

Yasmin Holden is the manager of our Dundrum clinic and started her career as a laser and skincare specialist over 5 years ago. To say she’s an expert in everything laser and skin is an understatement. We managed to grab her to get her top tips and advice on looking after your skin following dermaroller usage.

Dermaroller Pros and Cons

Pros.

  • Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Boost Collagen
  • Eliminates Acne Scarring
  • Stretch Marks
  • Minimise Open Pores and Blocked Pores

After using the dermaroller, our skin is also a lot brighter, a lot firmer and overall has that rejuvenated look.

Cons.

  • We would recommend that you not exercise on the day of using the dermaroller. (This is especially goes for people that apply a lot of pressure while dermarolling.)
  • Redness after treatment. After using a dermaroller, your skin can hold some redness the next day.
  • Your skin will feel sensitive after treatment.
  • We also recommend that you not use active ingredients 5 days before treatment and 5 days after treatment.

You may be asking yourself:

“Why can’t I use active ingredients while carrying out at home micro needling?”

Your body goes into repair mode while carrying out both meaning that they shouldn’t be used together because it’s too much for our skin.

 

Watch The Full Explanation Video of Yasmin going over the Pro's & Con's of dermarolling at home

Make Sure To Protect Your Skin After Dermarolling

However please do not think this is your chance to pile in all the actives. Stop...remember your skin is now more exposed and vulnerable to certain harmful products and elements. Post treatment your skin will be mildly tender. So it is really important to never ever introduce a new product to your skin as it is more vulnerable to these ingredients. If your skin decide against any new products applying them after needling will only exacerbate the reaction.

It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

Although your skin will be tender after treatment please do not let this alarm you as this is the expected outcome for the treatment with all over even redness being an immediate positive endpoint to treatment. Dermarolling is all about it getting worse before better so do not panic. The level of redness you may experience can not be determined as each persons skin will respond differently to the treatment and the redness you experience will also diminish as you frequently treat, so the more you roll the less downtime you experience.

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