It seems that skin care junkies are willing to do just about anything for a healthy-looking visage. Some will even go as far as using over 200 needles to puncture their skin in order to get a more youthful appearance. While that might sound crazy to some, to others this process, called microneedling, is worth it's weight in gold.
Microneedling, also known as dermarolling, is the process of using a handheld device covered in small needles to create "micro-injuries" on the face. The theory, according to IntoTheGloss.com, is that these small pinpricks will give the body an illusion of an injury, and therefore, the body will rush collagen to the skin in order to repair it. This rush of collagen works to plump the skin and has even been reported to reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles.
OK, I know what you're thinking. This process has to be crazy painful, right? Well, according to NYMag.com, it isn't. The needles aren't long enough to actually cause severe pain. They only prick the skin, so it's more irritating than it is painful.
Now, while this can be performed at a dermatologist's office, you can also do this treatment at-home. In fact, many popular dermarollers can be purchased for under $20. According to IntoTheGloss.com, you should choose a roller with needles between 0.5 and 1.5 millimeters in length. Lengths that are longer can cause damage, while lengths that are smaller won't do anything at all.
Dermarollers also claim to promote product absorption. Think of the tiny pinpricks as holes for your expensive product to slide into. However, while these openings can allow for better product absorption, they can also allow bacteria in. So, make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin as well as your dermaroller (using rubbing alcohol) prior to use.
Like any radical treatment, there are downsides to dermarolling. Think possible skin damage, bleeding, and infection just for starters, especially if you don't care for your equipment properly. Also, using a dermarollers is like using a razor. It can become dull and filled with bacteria overtime. Refinery29 suggests replacing it every month. Wondering what dermarollers may be right for you? Here are three top-selling dermarollers that are perfect for beginners.
1. Stacked Skincare Mirco Roller
Micro Roller, $30, stackedskincare.com
This top-rated roller is perfect for those starting out. The needles are .2 millimeters, so it's super safe for at-home use.
2. DermaDream 0.5 mm Derma Roller
Derma Roller, $30, lafontainecosmetics.com
No, your dermaroller doesn't have to be gold. But it certainly looks nice, right?
3. Koi Beauty Skin Care Roller
Dermaroller, $15.50, amazon.com
Rated as the #1 dermaroller on Amazon.com, this roller means business.
Who knew rolling needles over your face could be so beneficial?
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