Dermarolling: Should you voluntarily puncture your skin?

ON paper, dermarolling sounds extremely scary … painful even. But the truth, and science, behind this beauty trend is less intimidating than what it is made out to be. What dermarolling essentially is, is the act of creating micro punctures (yes, as if in like mini tears) on the surface of skin with a dermaroller.

Ouch, much?

Before you completely discount the idea, do hear us out. There is scientific backing behind the creation of these tiny wounds. Studies suggest that dermarolling helps to increase the efficacy of your skincare. These micro punctures on the skin surface help the products you use to penetrate deeper into the dermis of the skin.

How to use a dermaroller?

As its name suggests, a dermaroller is a handled roller with small needles (about 0.3mm or less). You then just need to roll the tool back and forth, while applying medium pressure, over your face. 

Significantly reduce the pressure over bony areas such as the forehead, cheekbones and nose. This is to avoid the formation of prick marks. You’ll want to be gentle with the area under your eyes too as it is much thinner.

Before anything, remember to cleanse your face first. The last thing you want is to roll any dirt on the surface deeper into your skin.

How often should you do dermarolling?

If you are trying out dermarolling for the first time, it is a good idea to just roll very gently over a small area once to see how your skin reacts. A recommended frequency to dermaroll is a couple of times a week.

When NOT to use a dermaroller?

Absolutely avoid dermarolling over areas of your face with active acne. When you prick those angry pimples, you will risk spreading bacteria and puss to other parts of your face. The general rule of thumb is to keep the dermaroller away when you’re having a breakout.

What do you do after dermarolling?

Next comes the product application. Start off with skincare that has the lightest consistency as well as the most active ingredient. These would be your essences and serums. Only after that do you move on to skincare with thicker texture such as your face cream.

Dermatologists recommend incorporating skincare with high antioxidant properties, such as Vitamin C serum, to help skin renew at a quicker pace.

An important thing to take note here would be to avoid acids such as your AHAs and BHAs, to avoid any potential risk of aggravating your skin.

Does it hurt?

That’s the billion dollar question, isn’t it? The general consensus is that you are definitely going to feel a prickling sensation. But it also entirely depends on one’s disposition to pain as well as the length of the micro needles. 

What are some immediate visible effects?

Some known benefits include skin brightening, wrinkle reduction and lightening of acne scars.