As a sufferer of hyperpigmentation, sun damage and old acne scars, my skin has long been the bane of my life. Having finally got my adult acne under control, I’ve been left with the permanent reminders of the hundreds of visitors to my face leaving me with pinky purple marks leaving me self-conscious and unable to leave the house without covering my skin in a blanket of foundation and concealer.
I had heard about micro needling, also known as dermaroller for some time, and after feeling like I’d tried and tested everything to get to reduce my problematic skin I thought I’d give it a shot.
What exactly is a Dermaroller?
Derma roller is a plastic cylinder with hundreds of micro needles which you roll across the face creating tiny puncture wounds, which in turn sends collagen and elastin production into overdrive to heel these tiny micro injuries, which makes your skin eventually more plump, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and also reduces scars and discoloration.
When you dermaroller at home it is important to choose the right serums as the ingredients are absorbed up to 90% more than normal. By choosing serums which contain hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins this will really maximize the benefits of microneedling.
How to use your Dermaroller?
With a freshly cleansed face, I put on a vitamin C serum all over my face and neck. Taking my dermaroller (I use 2.5mm needles but you should start with the smallest needles 0.5mm and work your way up) I gently roll it over my skin first starting vertically over each cheek, forhead and chin, then back over each area horizontally, and then again over each area diagonally. Don’t apply too much pressure, you will see where the needles have made their punctures as your skin will start to look quite red. Once I’ve done my entire face, taking extra care around the eye and lip areas as these are more sensitive I will then apply a retinol serum. I do this about 3 times a week and only in the evening. If possible, I will try and not wear any makeup the next day so my skin has a chance to breath and repair. The redness doesn’t last, you won’t see any when you wake up the next day. Does it hurt? If you’re looking for a relaxing at home treatment, microneedling is not for you. I can’t sugar coat it… yes, it hurts, but the benefits are worth gritting your teeth for a few minutes!
After about 2 – 3 months of at home dermarollering I starting to notice a huge improvement with my hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. So noticeable I had friends and family asking me what I’d done as my skin hadn’t looked so clear in years.
You can buy Dermarollers on the internet, mine is the ZGTS Titanium Derma Roller from Amazon, it is very important to clean it after each use with pure alcohol to ensure all bacteria is cleaned away, and them put it back in it’s plastic case.
By Charlotte George MUA
Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist
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