Dermarolling, microneedling, or collagen induction therapy are practically the same. Many needles enter the skin to induce collagen. The idea of putting hundreds of needles in your skin may sound terrifying, but I promise it is not as bad as it sounds.
The idea behind dermarollers is that when the microneedles roll against your face, they create "micro-wounds" in your face. Your skin then works to repair itself by stimulating the production of new collagen. These microscopic punctures that have now occurred induces collagen and elastin production as they heal. When this new collagen is created, it helps reduce the appearance of acne scars, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and your overall skin texture.
Because of these microscopic punctures, dermarolling heavily increases the absorption of products. Yes. You heard right. You skincare products can penetrate more effectively!
Collagen is the most vital structural protein in our skin and is responsible for giving us firm, plump, hydrated, and youthful-looking skin. Unfortunately, over time, our collagen breaks down as we get older (hence dryer and aging skin). We naturally start to produce less collagen our 20's, so having an extra pick me up in the collagen department is a great way to help maintain our skin's health.
Now this isn't an article on collagen, but I did want to leave you with a few do's dont's when it comes to dermarolling:
1. DON'T use your dermaroller over active acne, skin infections, and/or sores.
2. DON'T dermaroll more than recommended usage rate (dependent on needle size.
3. DON'T apply makeup right after dermarolling.
4. DON'T apply products that may increase sensitivity (i.e. retinoid creams, physical exfoliants, or acidic products).
Major DO'S when it comes to dermarolling are:
1. Starting with clean hands and a clean dermaroller.
2. Using hydrating and calming ingredients afterwards.
3. Try to dermaroll at night. Our skin does its best work when we sleep. And if you are going into the sun the next morning, please make it your mission to use SPF (as you should be anyways).
One more thing! Do not be alarmed if your skin is a little red and maybe 'warm' afterwards. It is very normal for that occur. After 10-15 minutes, your skin should be close to normal. Using a jade roller and/or gua sha not only feels good on the skin after this, but it can also enhance benefits by pushing products further into your skin.