Someone close to me asked me about the Dermaroller. He asked a few months back and I committed to reading more about it. The truth was that I had read about it previously and decided that I would not personally purchase or use a Dermaroller. If you’ve read my book, you know that I am all about stimulating collagen production, however; I feel it should be done non-invasively. A Dermaroller is invasive. It is puncturing tiny little holes in your skin. Don’t get me wrong. The concept of creating an “injury” to promote collagen production is “dead on.” A Dermaroller will do this. I feel there are associated risks, and these are a few points to note after my research:
- Scarring created from the use. This makes sense when you are a home user. Even physicians who are using these may not apply the appropriate pressure and in some reports found on the web, have caused scarring or irritation/sensitivities that were slow to heal. There are some very high tech dermarollers used professionally that have appropriate pressure application as a part of a sophisticated program. This, in my opinion, is the best Dermaroller method.
- Ineffective sterilization. I’ve read time and again that an autoclave is the recommended method and that the touted “hydrogen peroxide sterilization” still left many with staph infections.
- Overuse due to impatience. Facial skin is one of the areas of your body that heals at a higher and better rate than other areas of the body. This being said, overdoing anything, whether it be peels, scrubs, Dermarollers or plastic surgery; compromises the skin’s integrity. We must be gentle with our skin. If you’ve read my book, you are aware that I promote the use of glycolic acid over any other formula to “mildly injure” the skin. Additionally, I feel that an intense peel should be foregone for risk of scarring, and instead do a daily glycolic regimen, beginning at 5% glycolic acid (3% if you are one with sensitive skin) and graduating up in percentage at the completion of a month’s routine use. Glycolic Acid is the acid with the smallest molecule, meaning that it penetrates into the skin, where many products do not. Since it is small molecule, it is penetrating at tinier entries than a Dermaroller does. A sustained 3%, 5% or 10% concentrated Glycolic Acid injury is mild, but does the job. Provided daily, it will assure that your skin is in constant collagen boosting. No one will see it on you, if you follow your skin’s reaction to product and adjust accordingly (eg skip a day when your skin is dry or irritated). When you’re patient and do not try to accomplish a skin turnaround in a day or a week, you’ll see the results. Sustained.
Fresh scars from the Dermaroller or intense peels? Read my book for a plan of action on fresh scars.