Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston are said to be huge fans of dermarollers and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us, right? Read on to find out if this skincare technique is for you.
What is dermarolling?
Dermarollers have hundreds of tiny needles that are gently rolled across skin to help boost collagen and elastin production. It’s similar to microneedling in that the needles prick the skin to trick it into healing itself. Dermarollers with smaller needles are mostly useful to create channels for products to penetrate the skin better, while slightly larger needles – we’re talking 0.5mm – are used for collagen-stimulation.
What are the results like?
You can expect youthful, glowing and gorgeous skin. Fine lines and wrinkles appear filled, skin appears plump and pores appear smaller. The technique is also said to help with acne scars and uneven skin for a fresher and smoother complexion – but make sure you don’t roll over active acne as it might damage and mark skin.
When shouldn’t it be used?
Dermarolling shouldn’t be used on skin with active acne, psoriasis, eczema or warts. You should also not use retinol for a few days before and after dermarolling as the reaction will be too intense.
What should I look for when buying a dermaroller?
Look at quality and size of needles. Larger needles are used in facial treatments by expert therapists in aesthetic clinics, whereas the at-home rollers should have needles between 0.25mm to 1mm. For sensitive skin, use needles on the smaller side. Cleanse your face properly before dermarolling and clean and sterilise the dermaroller before and after each use.