Due to the rising popularity of micro-needling as an anti-aging and non-invasive procedure, derma rollers have become the hot new beauty item. Many people are seeking out this tool so that they can save money and do their own treatment at home. However, aestheticians and dermatologists actually warn and dissuade patients against this because not only is it ineffective, but it can also be dangerous in the wrong hands.
The actual procedure itself is safe and produces effective results. This is because the microneedles trigger the production of collagen and elastin, thereby increasing elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and even helping with discoloration from either acne scars or hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, the problem is that many people are purchasing their own derma rollers and DIY devices on Amazon, which can sell as low as $10.99. This is definitely one of those things that sounds too good to be true.
This article explores all the things you need to be cautious of in regards to micro-needling.
Dermatologists are strongly against using tools at home because you risk scarring and creating more problems that are not even there. According to experts, most of the derma rollers online tend to have needles that are not big enough to puncture proper holes into the skin, which means you are simply damaging your face for no reason. It is also common to have defective rollers when you purchase the bargain deals online. A bad roller that has bent or irregular protrusions will only harm your skin, so you must get rid of it immediately.
Since you are not an experienced aesthetician or dermatologist, you may not know how much pressure you need to put or which areas you can treat. Some have even made the mistake of using their derma rollers on their eyelids. This is an absolute no-no because the skin on your upper eyelids is extremely fragile and sensitive. Thus, you may just end up causing more pain than necessary.
Another important thing to be wary about is sterilization. Rubbing alcohol on the device is not enough. Without proper sterilization, these derma rollers and DIY devices can possess harmful bacteria that cause breakouts and infection. Others have gotten eczema, itchy inflammation spots and brown patches on their skin. For some, this has even triggered rosacea, which is a skin condition that causes redness and bumps on the skin. So instead of making your skin better, you are only creating new issues.
In addition to that, people often neglect cleaning their skin before treatment. Since you are creating micro holes into your skin, it is imperative that you cleanse your skin with an antiseptic or antimicrobial cleanser beforehand. You need to remove all the dirt, oil and other impurities in order to prevent them from seeping into your skin through the micro channels. When you visit medical spas like LaserBody M.D., clinicians will thoroughly clean your face before the treatment as well as wear clean gloves to protect your skin from bacteria during the treatment.
Unlike at home, dermatologists and medical spas have access to the latest and most effective technologies of micro needling. Instead of derma rollers, they now have applicators or devices that perform better and minimize discomfort. At LaserBody M.D. for example, we use the Rejuvapen state-of-the-art applicator, which inserts every micro needle vertically. As the microneedles move in a quick up and down motion, patients will barely feel any pain or discomfort. There is no tissue destruction with this microneedling system because the micro channels in the skin heal right away. For those with more severe skin defects, you may see redness or experience some pinpoint bleeding, but this also stops immediately. With the Rejuvapen, it is possible to treat the small and tight curved areas, such as the nose, along the upper lip, and across the chin, which would be otherwise impossible to do with derma rollers.
There are many people who have tried these at-home derma rollers and admitted that it did nothing to their skin or only made it worse. But as soon as they got a professional micro needling treatment, they saw immediate results that left their skin glowing and looking more youthful.
With this in mind, it is safer to seek professionals – either dermatologists or aestheticians – in order to treat your skin. While doing it at home is certainly cheaper, it may actually be more expensive in the long-run if you develop skin conditions. Thus, micro-needling is a highly effective treatment for stimulating collagen and elastin production, but only if done correctly.