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Micro-needling vs. Derma rolling – All You Need to Know as a Beginner

You think active acne is one of the most serious dermatological conditions you could suffer through, until you are forced to deal with acne scars, particularly atrophic scars. Atrophic scarring form below the upper layer of skin tissue because of severe acne that prevents the skin from regenerating conventionally.

Dreaming about flawless skin day and night? Do not worry, we got you covered! We will be describing the two most promising skin treatments for smoother, firmer and more toned skin and will also be differentiating the two on the basis of their pros and cons.

Micro-needling and derma-rolling are both collagen inducing therapies, they both consist of fine needles designed to prick the epidermis in a specific manner, creating microscopic wounds which induce the production of collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen is the main protein in our bodies responsible for keeping us looking young and beautiful. We know “needles” and “prick” in the same sentence always point towards one terrifying idea: Pain. But do not worry, because these cosmetic treatments are minimally invasive.

But what do we get out of this?

  1. Reduced wrinkles and stretch marks.
  2. Reduced acne scarring and skin discoloration.
  3. Increased skin thickness 
  4. Increased skin elasticity
  5. Facial rejuvenation
  6. Enhanced product absorption

Micro-needling:

Micro-needling is an in-office treatment and mostly involves the face. The most important pro of the micro-needling procedure is that it is safe and pain-free. Micro-needling is typically conducted by a cosmetologist or sometimes, an aesthetician. It means that they will be sterilizing the instruments before the procedure, subsequently decreasing the risk of any possible infection. During the procedure, your doctor makes small pricks under the skin with a pen-like tool. The pinpricks are vertical and tiny, so much so that you likely won’t even notice them after the treatment. Uniform application of derma-roller ensures that the new skin that rejuvenates will be even too. Not only will you have rejuvenated and brightened skin, but these effects tend to last longer than those of derma rolling. And it doesn’t end here. Your micro-needling session is customized according to your needs, which means, you and your doctor get to choose the specific needle length for your session depending on what you require. 

Now, let us take a look at the cons of this procedure:

When comparing the two procedures, it’s obvious that an in-office treatment is more expensive than a store-bought derma roller. Apart from this, like all cosmetic procedures, micro-needling has its potential side effects including minor skin irritation, redness, and bruising. However, the redness should dissipate over the course of 2-3 days but if it doesn’t, you might want to contact your consultant as soon as possible. Some people are not suitable for micro-needling treatments, including those with active skin infections or keloid scarring.

Derma rollers:

Derma rolling is a procedure that could be carried out at home, you can also use it for the stretch marks on your abdomen and thighs. Derma rollers can easily be bought from your local drugstore and is super light on your pocket comparatively. The biggest pro to derma rollers is that they are easy to use. 

How to choose the one for you?

As for what size needle to choose: For shallow acne scars, you will need a derma-roller with one-millimeter needles, and for deeper scars, one-and-a-half-millimeter needle length would be best. There are two types of derma rollers available in the market: those with stainless steel needles and those with titanium. Where titanium is more durable and lasts longer, stainless steel is more sterile and typically sharper. 

How to apply Derma-rollers?

We would not lie, derma rolling at home is a tricky thing and without instructions and the proper procedural steps, this treatment might do more harm than good. Not to forget that your derma roller typically requires sterilization before every session, even if it is at home, or else you risk yourself getting infections. For the one-millimeter needle derma-roller, move through your routine every 10 to 14 days, and for the one-and-a-half, every 3 to 4 weeks. The derma roller pins are positioned at an acute angle rather than vertically, which may increase the risk of the skin getting pierced or easily bruised. It might also lead to uneven rejuvenation of skin.

Pro tip: To make the treatment even more effective, you can combine it with a complementary serum. Before rolling, apply a collagen-boosting serum containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, stem cells, or peptides.

Is it worth the effort?

Since, the punctures barely reach the dermis, this treatment requires more time comparatively and will also lead to more discomfort or irritation on your skin. Where micro-needling gives a longer lasting result, the same cannot be said for at home derma rolling whose results are short lived.

Concluding, we would say both of these treatments come with their advantages and disadvantages and it’s entirely up to you to choose what you require. Let us know about your preferences in the comments.

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