I’ve been seeing at-home Dermaroller kits being sold left and right. Claims of reduced acne, blemishes and scarring, skin rejuvenation and to fight signs of ageing. I’ve had close friends and relatives rave about their success stories but something always held me back. I started searching for the downsides, the negatives, the horror stories. What I found scared me beyond belief and I decided if I was ever going to do it, I’d go to a doctor or trained professional.
Just think about it. The Dermaroller punctures good and bad skin. Whilst it might be great for collagen production where the skin is problematic, you are now invading and disturbing perfectly great skin as well. Long term use can result in irritations and skin infections, incorrect use can result in excessive scarring. So I decided on using a less invasive treatment. Laser.
How Lasers and Dermaroller treatments differ
There is certainly a major skincare movement going on. It has been for decades, and it will continue indefinitely. Why? Because everyone wants healthy looking skin. The only question is how to go about the process. One popular opinion is that laser treatments are the way to go, but what about other options, such as Dermaroller?
What is a Dermaroller and what does it do?
Dermaroller devices are small roller-like devices with handles. They are each covered in needles, which are very small. The exact length of the needles can vary from one Dermaroller to another, but they are measured in millimeters. You can think of a Dermaroller as being a bit like a needle-studded paint roller for the skin. A technician rolls it across the treatment area, which causes the tiny needles to puncture layers of skin.
How are Lasers and Dermarollers alike?
In many ways lasers are similar to Dermarollers. Both types of cosmetic tools are used to treat wrinkles and other skin problems. Both also do so, at least in part, by getting the body of the patient to produce more of its own natural healing materials. Among those materials is collagen, which helps to bind skin cells together so that they stay smoothed out and wrinkle-free.
How are Lasers and Dermarollers different?
Though the intentions of both treatment types are the same, the methods used are very different. While Dermarollers use many tiny needles to treat the skin, lasers use a focused beam of heat and light. Dermarollers treat the skin in a set way, but there are multiple types of lasers, all with different purposes and benefits.
You might be wondering why you should choose Dermaroller over laser treatment, since lasers are so diverse. The main answer is that your skin may be too oily or otherwise sensitive to heat for you to qualify as a laser procedure patient. One of the biggest differences between Dermarollers and lasers is that Dermarollers produce little or no heat, making them safer for certain patients.
Are Dermarollers painful?
Another thing you may be wondering about is how painful or uncomfortable Dermaroller treatment is. It depends a bit on the exact treatment you have and the part of your body being treated. Generally speaking your Dermaroller technician will make sure that your skin is quite numb before the procedure starts, but some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. I purchased the 5-1 one Dermaroller system and used the 1.5mm roller head to treat my stretchmarks. I had read that it could be painful so I used a topical numbing cream I got over the counter at my pharmacy. I waited a few minutes and started to roll.
The pain was excruciating. Sure it’s not as bad as going through childbirth or getting a tattoo but purposely hurting your skin yourself isn’t that fun to do. I tried to press harder because they say the serums/treatments you slather over need to penetrate the skin. I shouldn’t have felt anything since after my Cesarean my midsection is free from feeling but that’s when the blood came. I’m not queasy or uncomfortable around the red stuff but that’s when I knew it wasn’t for me.
While it’s worth noting you save hundreds doing the Dermaroller treatment on yourself at home, there are other factors to consider. The soreness depending on your pain threshold. A sterile environment free of bacteria. The knowledge to know when enough is enough and you’re not overdoing it.
Specialised laser treatments
Laser treatment on the other hand can be specialised to your skin concern. The laser heads are also so small that they can target specific areas of the skin. I’ve been going for laser treatments for active acne and acne scarring. They charge per shot (individual flash of the laser on a targeted area) so if your skin is very bad it can become costly. I also have to go to the clinic and wait two weeks between treatments so the time invested is much more than at-home convenience.
As you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider before you rule Dermaroller in or out as your chosen skincare treatment. I strongly suggest you consult a doctor or trained professional that knows what they are doing. If you are a good candidate then they can start the treatment, monitor your progress and it might be the best thing you ever do for your skin.
Would you ever buy an at-home Dermaroller?