1. How Long To See Results?
Derma rolling is a long term solution, and you should not expect immediate results. Your skin as it is now didn't become that way overnight. It was the result of many years of wear and tear to form wrinkles, acne scars, cellulite, and more.
To "reverse" the aging process, you need to give it consistent use over time.
Some people might experience temporary plumping of the skin in just 1 treatment, but this does not apply to everyone because each person has unique skin that reacts differently to microneedling. Your results will depend largely on the following factors:
- The number of treatments
- Frequency of use (using too often -- several times per month -- may prevent your success, not help it because your skin will likely not fully recover)
- Your health condition (eating, exercise, and sleep may help expedite your results because in the end, your skin is affected by your habits)
- Your age (the older you are, the more damage there is, the longer the healing process)
- Severity of damage (intense damage takes more time, while fine lines disappear fairly quickly)
To achieve significant results, multiple treatments are necessary. Also, to maintain your results, continued use may be necessary.
Again, while everyone is different, usually you will see results each week as the skin undergoes collagen re-growth. At least two to six months of single monthly treatment are required for deep scars and wrinkles.
2. What Areas of Skin Can Be Treated?
Derma Rolling can treat most areas of your skin, including many of the more sensitive areas, such as below the eyes, around and beneath the nose, along the back of the arms, and more.
While it goes without saying, take extra care when using the derma roller near your eyes, your mouth, or other sensitive areas. These needles are sharp, after all.
3. How Do I Know Which Needle Length To Use?
If you are a beginner, AVOID using 1.5 mm or longer needles on your face. They are for body treatment or for use by professionals.
Reference the following sizes and see their uses:
- 0.25 mm — use to boost the absorption rate of creams, serums, and other topical products
- 0.50 mm — use for fine lines, mild wrinkles, scarring, and sun damage
- 0.75 mm — use for mild to moderate scars, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles
- 1.0 mm — use for moderate to deep acne scars, stretch marks, scarring, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and wrinkles
NOTE: If you are unsure of which to use for your conditions, then use our facial derma roller kit sized at 1.0 mm as it will help in all areas shown above.
4. How Often Should You Use The Roller?
- For 0.25 mm to 0.3 mm needle length only, you can roll every other day. However, we advise you wait several days to allow your skin to properly heal before beginning another treatment, especially if you find your skin is still irritated.
- For 0.5 mm roller heads, we recommend you use it once every 30 days (or once per month). You may use it once per week, but only if your skin can tolerate weekly treatment without excessive redness, dryness or irritation.
- For 0.75mm and longer, we recommend you use it once every 4 to 6 weeks. Your skin will likely need a full 30 days for a full recovery.
5. How Long Does A Roller Head Last?
With correct technique, handling, and storage, each roller head should last 3 to 4 months with weekly use. You may still use it up to six months, but the needles will be quite a bit more dull at the 3 to 4 month mark.
The life span of your roller head also depends on the following factors:
- The quality of your roller (our heads are the best titanium grade)
- Facial or body treatment (thicker skin means more use of roller head)
- The aggressiveness of your treatment
- Frequency of use
- Your treatment area (the larger the treatment area, the faster your roller head needles will dull)
NOTE: If you are treating areas of your body with thicker skin (body, legs, bum, etc.) then you may need to replace your roller sooner because your body has thicker skin than your face.
6. What Products Should I Use Before and/or After Rolling?
Make sure you thoroughly wash your skin. The best thing to use is a quality Vitamin C Cleanser to give your skin added Vitamin C prior to rolling while getting rid of harmful free radicals and bacteria.
Use Vitamin C Serum immediately after rolling for most skin conditions you wish to treat. Then follow up with a quality retinol moisturizer. Finally, lock it in with Argan Oil.
You may also use products like copper peptide serum, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid serum, or collagen cream. The basic idea is that you must choose a product that will help you heal and boost your skin's collagen production.
IMPORTANT: All products you use MUST NOT contain irritating, toxic or comedogenic ingredients. For example, glycolic acid, slicylic acid, kojic acid, hydroquinone, TCA acid, parabens, PABA, etc.
7. Can It Be Used For The Scalp To Stimulate Hair Growth?
There are studies that show dermarolling is efficient at triggering the production of growth hormones and other chemicals that contribute to hair regrowth.
but the key to its success is that it creates those micro-channels to boost the absorption of topical treatment products. To be most effective for hair regrowth, you must combine derma roller use with hair regrowth products such as minoxidil, Rogaine, or Copper Peptide Serum.
8. How Painful Is Derma Rolling?
Most customers report a mild pricking, sensation, and have ZERO problem with the pain. If you have very sensitive skin, you can apply a numbing cream immediately before using your derma roller. Just make sure that you wash your skin thoroughly of numbing cream before using your derma roller device.
9. Does It Work To Improve Bags Under The Eyes?
Dermarolling will not remove the bags under your eyes on its own. A quality eye serum and plenty of rest will help with that. But you may use a skin roller around your eyes for fine lines, crows feet, and wrinkles. Never use 0.75 mm or 1.0 mm. Instead, only use very small needles because your skin is very thin around your eye.
Also, we recommend you use an actual eye roller so that you can see what you're doing while your rolling.
10. Can I Wear Makeup or Sunscreen After Rolling?
DO NOT wear makeup or sunscreen immediately after treatment because they will absorb deep into your skin through those newly created micro-channels.
Because they contain ingredients that can cause irritation, you must avoid use right after treatment at all costs for at least 12 hours. This is why we recommend you roll at night so that you give your skin ample time to heal.
11. Does It Work On Celluilte, Acne, Or Milia?
Yes, it does work on Cellulite, but only a very little. Cellulite is not so much a problem with collagen but with fatty tissues. Definitely use the derma roller for cellulite in conjunction with a quality cellulite cream and exercise.
Yes, it can work with acne or milia by increasing the absorption of your topical treatment products. However, remember that when used over active acne areas your roller may trigger a breakout because the needles can pick up bacteria from active pimples or milia. Basically, it will pick them up on the needles and spread them to other parts of your face.
So this should only be done with great care. Don't roll directly ON blemishes. Instead, roll AROUND them.
12. Can I Use 0.25mm Between Treatments of 0.5 to 1.0mm?
Yes you can! While the larger 0.5 mm to 1.0mm needles are pretty long and require more time to heal, the smaller roller heads may be used every other day to increase the absorption rate of topical creams and serums that you use in your daily regimen.
However, even though you're penetrating very lightly, be sure to not put on makeup or sunscreen immediately after use.
13. Do I Have To Roll My Entire Face To See Results?
Not at all! In fact, a lot of our customers found they can save quite a bit of time by spot treating their problematic areas. For example, acne scars don't often cover the entire face, but are usually found on the cheeks.
Or if you wish to treat wrinkles on your forehead, you can simply focus your rolling efforts there and you're done! There' no need to roll the entire face unless you want to.