Intro to Dermarolling

Apr 10, 2018

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What it is/what it does:
Dermarolling basically puts your skin into damage control mode. You are 'tricking', so to speak, your skin into thinking it needs to create more elastin and collagen, ya know, to combat those tiny holes you are putting in it with the dermaroller. So your skin goes into overdrive and creates collagen and elastin, which we know are essential for firm and younger looking skin. This procedure also helps your skincare work more effectively by allowing your serum and moisturizer to get in the deeper layers of skin. 

What to use: 
I use a .25 mm dermaroller, which is the perfect length for fine lines, pore reduction, and skin discoloration. For deeper wrinkles it is recommended to use .5 mm to 1 mm, but honestly I wouldn't go longer than .5 mm unless you are going to see a licensed aesthetician or a dermatologist. Leave the deep stuff to the pros, just because you can scar your skin and it would kinda suck to have a million little scarred dots all over your face! After I use the dermaroller I apply a Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic Acid serum. Vitamin C serum is loaded with antioxidants which combat free radicals and help with anti-aging, plus it will help your skin heal from the procedure. I then apply Hyaluronic Acid, which is a humectant, so it retains water and keeps your skin 'plump'- aka helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly I apply a moisturizer or oil to soothe the skin. FYI: You can apply a serum before you roll, it is completely up to you.

What to expect:
Just remember you control the pressure and that the needles will penetrate no deeper than the size indicated on your roller, but you can still damage your skin. Use moderate pressure and good judgement. I personally don't think it hurts at all- if you can handle waxing and tweezing you can definitely handle this!

How to use:
1. Disinfect your roller with alcohol and make sure your face is clean.
I do my face in four sections: forehead, cheeks, chin. (DO NOT ROLL on the skin around your eyes! This is thin delicate skin and you will cause damage.)

2. You do not need to press super hard into your skin, the needles will penetrate with moderate pressure. More is not better. Do each section 6-8 times both horizontally and vertically. For best results taut your skin (hold it tight) in the section you are rolling.

3. Rinse your face with water ONLY. You do not want to remove more oils or aggravate the freshly rolled skin with face wash or soap.

4. Apply your serums, oil/moisturizer. (A basic routine is ok after rolling, avoid harsh products and exfoliating.)

5. Wash and disinfect your dermaroller.

FYI: The longer the needles on your roller the less often you should do the procedure, for .25 mm it is recommended to do 2-3 times a week- I only do mine once a week. I have still seen results with once a week and I do not want to overdo it. But, do what works for you! Just be sure to use good judgement and make sure your skin is healed before you repeat the process.

Here are the products I use for this routine (in this order: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Farsali moisturizing oil):