I’ve never had to work very hard at keeping my skin in check. Apart from the odd hormonal breakout and a bit of unevenness in colour, my skin has always behaved pretty well for me… but since turning 40 last year, there’s been a bit of a shift. I’ve noticed that my ‘fine’ lines aren’t quite as fine and more annoyingly, I’m needing more help from a bottle to get that youthful, dewy glow I love so much.
So, I watched A LOT of YouTube videos, did a lot of reading, and decided to invest in a dermaroller.
A dermaroller is a little hand-held wheel full of tiny microneedles that you roll across your face in order to create little channels in the skin. This a) sends a signal to the skin that it’s time to start the healing process and essentially, turn over new skin, stimulating the production of the good stuff like collagen and elastin and b) allows your skincare to sink in deeper through the tiny channels you’ve created instead of just hanging around on the surface.
It’s also BRILLIANT for softening fine lines and wrinkles, skin tightening, pore reduction and minimising acne scarring – but be warned, you can’t just grab any old roller and go to town on your face. There are different sized needles for different skin issues and as a general rule, longer needles are required to do the real magical stuff, which means you’ll absolutely need to have it done professionally. Trying that shit on your own will not only be painful, but could really eff your skin up, so be warned.
If you want to dip your toes into at-home dermarolling, there are a few things to make sure of before you get started.
- Firstly, don’t get needles longer than 0.1mm to 0.25mm. Mine is 0.25mm and virtually painless, apart from the slightest prickling on the less fleshy areas such as the forehead and chin.
- ALWAYS make sure the needles on your roller are made from titanium and be sure to check them before and after use to make sure none of the needles are bent. If they are, you’ve gotta chuck it out – a bent needle can do some serious damage.
- Sanitise your dermaroller after each use by soaking in Isopropyl alcohol for around 30 minutes and store in a clean, air-tight container.
- Make sure your skin is clean as a whistle before starting.
- Work with a light hand and don’t push into the skin; just gently roll.
- NEVER roll over active break-outs or skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
Do your research. YouTube have a million and one vids on how to do it, so if consulting a derm isn’t a possibility for you, make sure you go in knowing stuff like where to roll, what direction and how many passes you should do. Watch lots of videos and choose one by someone in the know, like this one from beauty journo, Nadine Baggott…
Monty and Stace have been having microneedling done for a while now at the HÜD Skin and Body clinic and they swear it has totally changed their skin. It’s still early days for me, but I’ll report back with any glowing skin changes as they happen!
We chatted about dermarolling on an ep of the pod, which you can watch below…
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