What the Heck is a Derma Roller? What you Need to Know!

Skin needling, Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI), Collagen Induction Therapy, Dry Tattooing and Intradermabrasion.  All very interesting (and somewhat intimidating) sounding treatments that are made by one very simple piece of equipment.  A Derma Roller!

What is a Derma Roller?

The derma roller is a revolutionary hand-held device which has the ability to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin to promote healthier skin cells in the body. The derma roller renews the skin regularly to treat common problems we experience as we age.

Types of conditions it assists with:

– Anti-aging / Anti-wrinkle
– Cellulite treatment / Cellulite reduction or removal
– Hair loss treatment / Hair restoration
– Hyperpigmentation treatment
– Scar removal (including acne scar removal)
– Stretch mark removal / Stretch mark reduction
– Skin smoothing

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How Does it Work?

In order for our skin to have a smooth and healthy glow, it must continually be replenished with new cells. The Derma Roller System renews your skin cells from the inside out by using Collagen Induction Therapy (C.I.T.). This is a process where the derma rollers’ 200 fine medical-grade needles are painlessly rolled over your skin to cause pores in your skin to open up temporarily. While your pores are opened, it triggers your body’s natural healing process to create new, healthier tissue to replace the imperfections of older skin. When the derma roller is used with nourishing creams, your skin’s absorption of vitamins, enzymes, lipids and other nourishing ingredients are greatly enhanced. In approximately one to two hours after the application of the derma roller, these micro channels fully close through the body’s natural healing process, providing just enough time for new collagen structures to form within the skin’s lower layers. By continuously triggering the body’s natural healing process this way, your skin constantly stimulates collagen and elastin production needed to help restore and remodel your skin on a cosmetic level.
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Derma Roller System

I received a derma roller system which included the derma roller with the 1.0mm needle length.  There are 5 different needle lengths to choose from 0.5mm, 1.0mm, 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm.  The 0.5mm is best suited for hair treatments and light wrinkles.  1.0mm is ideal for face and body treatments such as wrinkles, stretch marks and scars. 1.5mm and above are best suited to severe stretch marks, scars and skin conditions.  Also included in the package is the user guide, an enriched collagen cream and a collagen mask.

I have only had a chance to use the roller once being that I have the 1.0mm roller which is only recommended to be used once every 3-4 weeks.  I used the roller on my decolletage and forehead, where I have some wrinkles forming (URGH!). After a few days, I have already seen a slight improvement on my decolletage but not on my forehead.  Admittedly I didn’t press anywhere near as hard on my forehead.  This little gadget is a little intimidating, but I will persevere and press harder next time.

The speed at which you will see results depends on the condition you are treating, the needle length used and how extensively your body needs to remodel the affected area. Skin renews itself every 40 days, which is why your treatment should be carried out for at least a three-month period. You should notice smoother, clearer skin within the first 3-4 weeks.  So I will give you an update in a few weeks time once my skin has had a chance to renew and regenerate.

My Thoughts!

Based on the initial results on my decolletage I will definitely be keeping this in my beauty care regimen.  I need to try it for longer so I will update these thoughts after a few months.  But I am very optimistic that I am going to see some decent results and banish those dreaded wrinkles I hate, stretch marks (thanks, kids!) and some hyperpigmentation I have on my cheeks (I hate getting old!).  I think an at-home skin needling system like this is certainly more affordable than your day spa options (think upwards of AUD$180 a pop!) and more natural than botox or fillers.  If you are a bit squeamish about needles than try a topical anaesthetic to help with any discomfort, which I am most likely going to try when I do my forehead again.  So the derma roller is most definitely skin & satori approved!


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8 thoughts on “What the Heck is a Derma Roller? What you Need to Know!

    1. On my chest, it wasn’t too bad, but I know I need to press down harder on my forehead to get better results. It doesn’t tickle that’s for sure! I know some people use numbing cream when using it. I prefer to just tough it out. haha

    1. Don’t we all!! I am hoping by the time I get too wrinkly they (I don’t know who “they” is, someone smarter than me!) come up with some sort of reverse ageing machine. Fingers crossed!

  1. Wow I so need to try this!!!! Are the needles painful at all? I think I’d be fine though because I have acupuncture 2x a week for my fibromyalgia and it’s got to be easier than that LOL 🙂

    1. I am assuming it is about the same pain level as acupuncture. Maybe a bit more.. But it is worth a bit of discomfort.. The things we do for beauty!

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