The Dermaroller is a handy alternative to Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), a clinical procedure otherwise known as « microneedling ». As the name implies, this involves using microneedles to make small punctures in the skin, which create micropores. These pores close back up almost immediately, stimulating healing mechanisms within the skin’s surface.
The Dermaroller can help treat a variety of cosmetic skin issues. Stretch marks, wrinkles, and scars caused both by acne and injuries can be reduced by increasing localized skin circulation. Not only do these scars lose their paleness thanks to the increased circulation, but the skin becomes noticeably tighter and smoother. Other skin pigment disorders, caused by age spots or melasma (hyperpigmentation) are also visibly reduced.
Effective treatment with the Dermaroller involves understanding its correct use. The Dermaroller should be gently rolled several times lengthwise and crosswise over the skin, provoking about 250 micro-injections per square centimetre. Although the skin is being punctured, the procedure is painless thanks to there being a complete absence of nerve cells within the skin’s first layer (epidermis). The skin will slightly redden for about 30 minutes after the Dermaroller’s use, and will subside within 24 hours.
The Dermaroller uses nature’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the skin. When the microneedles create their small perforations in the skin, it registers these punctures as an injury, triggering the repair process. Since the punctures are simply irritating, not injuring the skin, scar tissue is not formed. Instead, growth agents are activated, such as type III collagen fibres, elastin fibres, and new capillaries. These have firming, elasticitiy, and circulatory benefits. The tiny microneedles also loosen skin deposits on the top layer of the epidermis, noticeably reducing the size of the poors, boosting cell production, and rejuvenating the skin. Alternative « ablative » treatments involving lasers, dermabrasion, or skin peels weaken the skin’s protective function by making the skin thinner. The Dermaroller naturally stimulates tissue renewal.
There are no known side effects of Dermaroller treatment apart from initial skin reddening, and it can be repeated indefinately.
After the first treatment with the Dermaroller, wrinkles and scars will become much less noticeable. Following two to four treatments, which should ideally be perfomed at intervals of six to eight weeks, scars can be expected to improve by up to 70%. Practitioners have used the Dermaroller on more than 250,000 patients worldwide, successfully treating acne scars, pigment disorders, burn scars, wrinkles, and sun damage.
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Chloe Glynne is a skin care consultant with 12 years of personal experience in the industry. She is recognized for her skin care advice in the treatment of skin disorders such as acne and rosacea, unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, puffy eyes, damaged skin, with emphasis on anti-aging.