The idea of derma rolling is very new to me. I had briefly heard about it before I began the 30 day journey of testing this product for the company in exchange for an unbiased review.
In order to best understand this product, how it worked for me, and how it may work for you I am going to break down my review of the product into various facets to ensure I am sharing with you my entire experience and all of the details.
What Is A Derma Roller And What Are Its Benefits?
A derma roller is a product that uses tiny high quality titanium needles to penetrate the hard epidermal layer of the skin. In doing so, hundreds of channels just below the skin’s surface are opened up.
The benefits of this are:
– Gentle exfoliation of unhealthy skin cells
– Stimulation of blood flow to the surface
– Deep cleans pores
– Stimulates collagen re-growth
– Increases skin’s absorption rate
My First Use Of The Derma Roller
So if you’re anything like me you read the word needles and you were immediately turned off. Anyone who knows me intimately knows that needles are not my thing. I was the child who had to have 5 nurses hold her down just to get a shot, so why on earth would I derma roll? Hold on, I’ll explain (and trust me it’s not as bad as it sounds!)
Before using the product there are instructions to sterilize it (a 15-20 minute process). You also need to make sure your skin is cleansed and your hands are clean. Once that has been done you can begin the process.
This particular derma roller comes with three different sized roller heads. The 1.5mm head is supposed to be used for larger areas like the thighs. The 1.0mm head is to be used to smaller areas like the face. Meanwhile, the 0.5mm head (the most painful) is to be used for tiny areas like under the eyes.
It came assembled with the 1.0mm head attached to the base so I started with that one. Visually the derma roller didn’t look that intimidating. The needles are tiny and so I wasn’t too turned off. The directions suggest rolling the derma roller 5 or six times in each direction (up & down, side to side, and diagonally). So I started on my cheek and I can admit that it wasn’t comfortable at first, but also not painful. I’d describe it as having kitten claws casually glide across (not scratch or dig into, but glide across) the face (sounds intense, but it’s not I promise). Like, no one really enjoys a kitten walking across the face, but you also aren’t screaming in pain because of it either. After the first few rolls I adjusted to it and it didn’t feel bad at all. The same for the other cheek and the chin area. The forehead was a bit more sensitive because there’s less fat and tissue there so it made me cringe a tad, but not painful enough to keep me from doing it again.
Here is a pic of the 1.0mm derma roller in its case:
I then moved on to the 1.5mm derma roller head on my thigh/buns area. Again I made sure the area was clean and the product was sanitized before use. On that area I felt no pain at all. It felt like more of a gentle massage or even just like it would if you were to scratch an itch. This is likely because there is more fat and tissue down there so it absorbs the needles a bit better.
When I finally moved on the the 0.5mm derma roller head I quickly determined that I would not be using that one again. For me, incredibly painful. The needles are much smaller and the under eye area is surprisingly very sensitive. So I ceased to use this roller head for the remaining 30 days.
Immediate Results After First Use
Immediately after using the skin is red because it has been agitated by and penetrated by the needles. Also, I noted a tingling sensation (particularly on the face) that lasted for up to 30 minutes. Other than that, the real results have to be observed after use over a specific length of time.
Results I Was Looking To See
In order to better compare my results, let me share with you exactly what my “problem areas” were and what I was looking to see as a result of using this product.
On my face, the primary use of the roller was to aid in the healing of scars and dark spots left from old acne. I was looking for the derma roller to help lighten those scars by exfoliating that dead skin and stimulating blood flow. On my hips buns, I have a series of stretch marks that I was hoping to see some fading of again my stimulating blood flow and collagen re-growth.
The Actual Results
After a 30 day period I can say that I have noticed some positive changes in my skin, particularly my face. There is some lightening of dark spots and acne scars, with some of the lighter areas virtually gone after just 30 days. I can also say that my skin has broken out less in the past 30 days which I attribute to the deep cleaning of the pores that the derma roller offers. Additionally, my pores (which are traditionally huge) seemed to shrink to me.
As far as the stretch marks are concerned, I think I would need a lot more time to see any significant change since those marks are a lot deeper. Because I know my body I can say I’ve seen slight (very slight) lightening of the marks but that change wouldn’t be noticeable to anyone else.
Helpful Hints That Helped Me Achieve Better Results
– Stick to a rolling schedule: The only way you can begin to see results is if you set up a regular rolling schedule and stick to it. Rolling every now and then will likely not produce any significant change. I chose 3 times a week (kind of an every other day schedule) and that worked well for me.
– Moisturize : It is recommended that you use a serum that is designed to deeply moisturize the skin (as your skin’s absorption is heightened right after derma rolling). This product came with a coupon for Argan Oil which is fine, but I actually used a Vitamin C serum which I can say contributed to the results I saw on my face. The Vitamin C serum is designed to help brighten and even skin tone and moisturize as well so it seemed like the right choice for me.
– Keep roller heads sanitized: It is vital that you sanitize these roller heads and store them properly after every use. These needles are penetrating your skin and if you aren’t cleaning them properly you very well could be helping dirt and bacteria go deeper into the skin. Not good!
– Don’t go too hard: By this I simply mean fight the urge to roll harder on your skin than is necessary. The first time I used it on my thighs I went really hard (because it felt good to me) and I actually left scratches in my skin that took about a week to heal. All you have to do is roll (regularly) in various directions and you’ll get the results.