7 Tips for Better Dermarolling
7 tips for better rolling
1. don't roll too often
It's tempting, but rolling too often may in fact do your skin more harm than good. Every time you use a derma roller on your skin you are creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin, increasing the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade. Wounds take time to heal, so you'd better wait 3-4 weeks between sessions (this is about the time it takes for the process of new new collagen and elastin creation). The only exception to that is when using a 0.5mm roller (or shorter). In these lengths, you may roll every week.
2. exfoliate before
Removing dead cells off of your skin prior to a dermarolling session will make it more efficient. Don't do it directly before a session, though, because your skin will be too sensitive. Instead, the day before a treatment, gently exfoliate your skin either physically (using scrub, for example) or by applying a gentle chemical exfoliator such as a Spirit Salicylic 2% solution.
3. take a warm bath before
Prior to dermarolling, shower or soak your body in warm water for a few minutes. This will soften the skin allowing the roller needles to break through the skin more easily (still, make sure the skin is dry before rolling).
4. use a dermaroller-suitable serum
It's true that dermarolling by itself works, but if use a good serum while rolling you may boost its effect because it will penetrate the skin much better than when applied on non-broken skin. Remember though that you must use a dermaroller-suitable serum because most over-the-counter serums are not intended for such treatments, so they may contain perservatives, acids and other potentially harmful chemicals.
5. eat properly, drink plenty
Your skin can't heal itself properly if you don't support it by eating the right stuff. You should consider taking vitamins and minerals during the treatment course, especially those known to support collagen creation. A list of such additives includes : Vitamin C, Pine Bark Extract and Hyaluronic Acid.
6. avoid sun exposure
You should always try to avoid exposing your skin to the sun, but in the days following a derma rolling treatment this is even more true, because then your skin is more exposed. If you must go out in the sun, use a sunblock of at least 30spf, and make sure you re-apply it every hour or so. Some physicians recommend intaking Glisodin in the days before rolling to minimize sun damage and help the skin recover faster.
7. have patience
Some beginners begin rolling and quit after 1-2 treatments because they don't see a vast improvement right way. They are not giving dermarolling a real chance. Do not expect miracles too soon! Collagen production is a very slow process and it can’t be rushed. It can take up to 10 months to get substantial results.
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