Dermarolling the face and red light therapy masks

Everything You Need To Know About Dermarolling

Puncture the skin on my face with sharp 0.15 - 0.5mm needles over and over again, in fact hundreds of times for 4 minutes?? Really? Are you sure about this?

Yes!! And here's why..... dermarolling, or microneedling, is a way of rejuvenating your skin quickly leaving it younger and fresher looking.

dermaroller for face

First and foremost, what is a dermaroller?

Dermarollers are handheld devices with hundreds of sharp, tiny, stainless-steel or titanium needles designed to roll across your skin to create micro punctures. Needle length varies from 0.15mm to 1.5mm depending if this is an at home DIY treatment or in-clinic treatment. If you haven’t tried this before, I recommend starting with needles between 0.15 and 0.3mm (Aufgeld has 540 x 0.2mm length titanium needles).

If you have this done professionally, treatments can involve needles up to 1.5mm and the technician should apply a numbing cream beforehand. This deeper penetration can lead to quicker results, however I like my at home DIY method.

What are the skincare benefits?

The main aim of creating thousands of tiny punctures to your skin is to enhance deeper penetration of serums and creams. This can be up to 300% more than without microneedling. This technique will also slough away dry skin and turbocharge your collagen and elastin production making the skin look younger, smoother and firmer. Essentially, microneedling makes your skin think it’s been injured and forces it into repair mode.

While you will notice your complexion looks fresher, don’t expect overnight success in terms of skin firmness as it can take around eight weeks for your skin to produce collagen.

Dr Stockton, dermatologist says:

This prompts the release of cytokines - proteins that signal the cells to activate healing - in the body, which leads to the formation of new skin tissue and stronger collagen and elastin.

How do you use it?

Always roll on freshly cleansed skin and ensure you have washed or sprayed your roller after every treatment with rubbing alcohol to avoid any bacteria build-up. Infection spreads so do not use on breakouts or inflamed skin.

Start with your forehead. Apply pressure but not too much. Roll horizontally, vertically and diagonally across your entire forehead 3 or 4 times. Then move to the cheeks, same process. Cover all areas of the face, including the top lip (this can be a sensitive area) and then move to the decolletage. Personally I avoid my nose as i don't want to open any pores and run the risk of blackheads!

Expect your skin to be a shade of pink for at least 15 minutes after you’ve rolled. Another reason i like my at home DIY treatment instead of the professional grade option. I can hide my pinkness. Apply hyaluronic acid to a slightly damp face and moisturiser then off to bed.

What’s the best skincare to use alongside your dermaroller?

Do not apply your vitamin C, retinol serum or glycolic acid after dermarolling. Reactive ingredients, especially exfoliating acids can be too harsh for the skin in this sensitive state and can cause irritations. Instead, opt for a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum after your dermarolling to help nourish and replenish your skin. Remember you’ve just caused micro-injuries across your face, so be gentle. I pat my hyaluronic acid in rather than rub it in then apply a rich night cream.

The following night you can apply your Vitamin C or retinol. I love these Sheiseido Retinol eye masks and face masks. Super easy to use and very effective. Make sure you wear sunscreen.

How long will your dermaroller last?

Similar to razor blades, over time the needles on your dermaroller will become blunt. This should take around six months if you’re using it a couple of times a week.

red ight therapy face mask

Red Light mask

Last year I bought a red light mask and use it as often as possible for 15 mins. I always use it on my 'dermarolling' nights after I apply my serum and moisturiser. The red light is for rejuvenating and younger looking skin. It helps stimulate collagen, healing and absorption of topical serums and moisturisers.

(Red light therapy has many benefits. Read my experience here).

In the morning wash your face just with water and apply Hyaluronic acid to a slightly damp face followed by SPF 30+ moisturiser and off you go!!

Ola juicy glowing skin....