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Derma-rolling: 101

Recently I’ve been receiving a lot of compliments on my skin. Now anyone who knows me knows that I’ve struggled with my skin for nearly my entire life, from my early teenage years well into my adult life. Never, and I’ll say it again, NEVER have I received compliments on my skin until now. So, when someone pays me such compliments it can mean one thing and only one thing: whatever I’ve been doing to my skin is finally working. What is it that I've been doing to my skin you ask? Aside from using Natural Noor’s face serum, I’ve started derma-rolling.

Derma-rolling refers to using a tool (a derma-roller, which is a roller with hundreds of tiny needles attached to its head and rolling it over your skin. Generally, the smaller needle sizes create tiny pores and channels in the skin to help skin care products reach deeper layers and to push the products into the skin to increase their absorption and effectiveness. Larger needles produce more trauma to the skin by causing micro-injury which then stimulates the skin to produce collagen and elastin as a way to heal and recover from the intentional injury caused by the derma-roller.

The benefits of derma-rolling are many. From increased production of collagen and elastin to reduction of the appearance of enlarged pores, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Other benefits also include enhanced product absorption and brighter healthier looking skin. However, the results achieved depend on the size of the needles used. For superficial acne scars, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and texture, sallowness, and fine lines a derma-roller with needle size of 0.5mm to 1.0mm is recommended. Larger sized needles, 1.0mm to 1.5mm, are used for deep acne scars, wrinkle, and saggy skin.

How frequent one should derma-roll also depends on the needle size you are using. The smaller needles produce less injury allowing for the skin to recover quicker, therefore you can use smaller needles more frequently. For needle sizes 0.5mm to 1.0mm you can derma-roll 2 times weekly. Larger sized needles are more traumatic for the skin. They also induce collagen and elastin production which adds to the healing process of the skin. You have to ensure that the skin has healed properly between each derma-rolling session. Therefore, for needle sizes 1.0mm to 2.0 mm it is recommended to derma-roll once every two to four weeks.

Now let’s get into how to actually derma-roll. Pricking your skin with a whole bunch of needles sounds very painful and torturous, but honestly, it’s not as bad as it sounds. To get used to derma-rolling and see if it’s for you, you should start with the smallest needle size and build up your tolerance. Also, you should do a patch test to see how your skin will react.

You need to start with a clean canvas to work with, so make sure to cleanse and dry your face thoroughly before you start to derma-roll. If you have a serum or moisturizer you can apply it to your cleansed face. Now you can begin derma-rolling. It is easiest to work in sections (forehead, right side of face, left side of face, and lower face/chin area). While applying some pressure roll the derma-roller vertically over each section. Then go over the sections again, but this time rolling horizontally. It’s that simple. Do not however, roll over the eye area as the skin there is delicate, and you don’t want to poke your eyes with needles. Also, be sure to never derma-roll over any open lesions, or acne

After derma-rolling your skin will be red, inflamed and sensitive. You may even feel a stinging sensation for hours afterwards. Be sure to clean and disinfect your derma-roller by soaking it in alcohol and storing it in its case. And no matter how much you love the results of derma-rolling and want everyone to have the same amazing results, never ever share your derma-roller with anyone. And why would you want to share when you can get a set with three different sizes at amazon for only $20! I have linked it with the picture above for you all. Your Welcome!

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