The Dirty Truth About Dermarolling.
What is Dermarolling? Dermarolling is a practice that uses a tool with mini needles affixed to a roller. The rolled is rolled across the face creating wounds. The reason why people use derma-rollers is because they believe that this is a cheap, safe at home version of microneedling- unfortunately this is not true.
Microneeding uses a hand held pen like machine with sterile single-use needle cartridges. The tool is moved across the skin with an oil or serum to create small pin point punctures. Microneedling is known to increase collagen production, reduce acne scars, and otherwise improve the appearance of the skin.
The risks of a dermaroller are endless. If the needles on the roller are not surgical grade, there is a potential for needles to break off and be stuck inside or under skin. This is a major risk for infection and potential scarring as it will need to be surgically removed.
Not only that but without proper sterilization, derma rollers can harbor harmful bacteria causing infections, breakouts and can trigger skin conditions such as rosacea, which causes redness and bumps on the face; eczema, itchy inflammation spots; and melasma, brown patches on the skin. Another way the rollers can add damage the skin is there execution. With microneedling the needles are inserted and removed smoothly with even pressure and coverage. This creates a small "wound" which triggers collagen production and a damage free healing process. However, with a roller the needles are being inserted with uneven pressure and removal. Instead of going straight in and out they pull and tear the skin causing damage and scar risks.
While microneedling done professionally can be an investment it does pay off. When you try to do cheap at home alternatives you're risking irreversible damage and risk of life threatening infections. Please, consult a skincare professional.