Are scars and stretch marks holding you back? Restore a younger, smoother face with microneedling – a minimally invasive procedure that is far cheaper (and less painful) than laser treatments.
Microneedling is an anti-aging skincare process that utilizes a derma roller (more info below) to cause tiny injuries that activate your body’s wound healing response.
The process, sometimes referred to as CIT (collagen induction therapy), has been shown to fade wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks as well as result in new hair growth. Keep reading to learn more about this fantastic skincare tool.
What is a derma roller?
It might look like a miniature torture device, but the derma roller has in fact become one of today’s most innovative approaches to skincare (Jennifer Aniston loves it).
A derma roller is a handheld tool featuring a cylinder with hundreds of tiny needles that prick the skin when the device is rolled over the skin’s surface (typically the face). For obvious reasons, this process is referred to as microneedling.
How does it work?
Microneedling causes hundreds of little pinpricks (microscopic injuries) that stimulate your body to produce elastin and collagen, form new capillaries, and create new skin cells The body’s wound-healing process also includes the creation of new cartilaginous fibers to fix those damaged by the derma roller.
Microneedling results in thicker, smoother skin and has been shown to effectively reduce the appearance of acne scars. If the needles used are long enough to penetrate to the reticular dermis, your body will issue an inflammatory response that heals those areas and effectively smoothes and tightens up stretch marks.
With multiple treatments, most people see results in 4-6 weeks. When it comes to professional treatments, most specialists recommend 3 sessions.
Microneedling for hair loss
The benefits of microneedling have led it to become a popular hair loss treatment. The wound healing response triggered by the needling process results in new proteins and new hair follicles. Derma rolling can lead to significant improvement for men with alopecia and male-pattern baldness.
After needling, your skin is able to absorb 1,000x more than normal. This is beneficial when it comes to beauty products like creams and moisturizers. In this case, the process enables your scalp to fully absorb products like Rogaine, Minoxidil, and Copper Peptide.
The size of the needle should be determined by your specific cosmetic needs. For stretch marks and deep scars/wrinkles, choose a 0.5mm needle. Choose a 0.2mm or 0.25mm needle if you are using a derma roller to increase your skin’s ability to absorb skincare products.
Treatment for hair loss typically involves shorter needles than those used for facial treatments. For men with shaved heads or very short hair, choose .25mm or 1.0mm needles (women with thinning hair should use a derma stamp instead of a derma roller).
Longer needles are available only for professional use.
The best part about needling is that you can do it in your own home. The process is virtually painless and does not cause permanent damage. And it’s not limited to the face – you can use a derma roller on almost any part of the body.
Some women are concerned with the prospect of poking hundreds of tiny holes in their skin. Not to worry, needling actually leaves your epidermis fully intact. The holes will close back up in a few short hours.
Depending on the length of needle used, microneedling may involve a short recovery time of between 1 and 2 days. Some redness and bleeding may occur during the process. Red marks may be visible for a day or two, and you cannot wear makeup for the 24 hours following the procedure.
Did you know that your skin renews itself naturally every 40 days? With a little extra stimulation, changes can be fast and dramatic!
Meet the FDA-approved Scientia derma roller. Manufactured by UK-based firm Drug Aware Ltd., this tool is appropriate for all skin types and colors.
It’s 100% safe. Scientia is based on ancient acupuncture techniques and is available in three sizes:
- Standard size: 1mm
- Treats all conditions
- Use up to 5x per week
- Longer: 1.5mm
- Treats deep stretch marks/ scars
- Use no more than 3x per week
- Shorter: 0.5mm
- Treats light scars
- Promotes hair growth
- Increases skin’s ability to absorb creams, etc.
- Use up to 5x per eek
The company likes to boast about Scientia’s cheap price. It’s just “50 cents per day when used for 6 months,” reads the website (this claim is based on one treatment per week).
Do not use this product if you have:
- Open wounds/ acne lesions
- Active herpes outbreaks
- Acute infection
Scientia has performed well among derma roller reviews. Users agree it is very effective on scars and stretch marks. Some even noticed results after the first use. “Make sure you don’t press too hard,” writes one reviewer. “Otherwise, it shouldn’t hurt.”
Scientia was featured on CBS and the Rachael Ray Show. Although based in the UK, Drug Aware Ltd. ships to the US and other countries.
“After one month, I have noticed a 40% reduction in my stretch marks. WOW!” writes another happy reviewer.
Scientia doesn’t hurt, but it might tickle. Users agree it’s quick and easy to use (only takes a few minutes). “It’s like a mini facelift without the pain!” writes a 53-year-old reviewer.
Heaven’s Bliss Ice Derma roller ($16.78)
Heaven’s Bliss is a completely different type of roller. It utilizes ice instead of needles to produce different results. Produced by Heaven’s Bliss and manufactured in China, the ice roller is marketed to treat the following problems:
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines/wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Puffiness/dark circles
- Inflammation/ pain/ redness
The ice roller can also maximize the benefits of facial procedures like scrubs, steamers, peels, serums, and waxing.
Experience relaxing, cooling bliss with this non-invasive treatment. Use Heaven’s Bliss to tighten and lift the skin. Use it before applying makeup to close pores and decrease outbreaks.
Heaven’s Bliss should be stored in the freezer and is available in two bright colors (luscious rose pink and emerald green). The ice roller promotes a glowing complexion by stimulating the body to produce collagen. It’s reusable, but not for multiple people.
Heaven’t bliss is perfect for aches and injuries including the following:
- Sports injuries
- Achy muscles
With Heaven’s Bliss, there’s no melting ice to worry about. The tool stays cold for 2 hours when removed from the freezer.
Unhappy consumers complain that “rubbing an ice cube on your skin” will not produce anti-aging results. I am inclined to agree. However, this tool is quite effective in reducing under-eye puffiness. It’s also great for headaches, sunburn, and the other injuries I mentioned above.
“The first touch made me flinch because it’s REALLY cold,” writes a 5-star reviewer who uses the ice roller to cure migraines. “Perfect for reducing pain after peels and other procedures,” writes a massage therapist. “Less messy than ice cubes in a bag and easy to disinfect.”
Scientia’s product is the best derma roller for those new to microneedling. It’s a solid skincare tool that will produce results. If you struggle with deep scars, however, I would recommend a professional treatment with a longer needle. Because it’s so inexpensive, there’s really no reason not to try it. If it doesn’t work, you can move on to more invasive, expensive treatments.
The ice roller, on the other hand, is best viewed as a first aid tool and headache cure. While it will make you look refreshed by reducing redness and puffiness around the eyes, it will not erase acne, sun damage, or wrinkles.