Dermatologists say microneedling is the secret to brighter better skin
Roller containing micro needles that are passed over skin in order to create micro points. This allows for better absorption of products as well as stimulates collagen and elastin production. This results in skin that has fewer fine lines and appears more radiant.
Who’s line is it anyway?
“With the help of this apparatus, I will roll 1080 needles over your face in order to provoke the scabbing process. It’ll do wonders for your situation!”
Mistress Demoniac, specialist in extreme torture, from the suburbs of Hamburg?
My friend Val, who is excited to show me how her new derma-roller works?
If you believe in suffering for beauty, then my dear Sado-masochists and torture aficionados, the derma-roller is right up your alley.
I would never support just anything but after consulting with a dermatologist and studying the science, I decided to give it a whirl.
Microneedling with a dermatologist
Dr. Joëlle Sebaoun, better known as my aunt for those who know me well, is a highly sought-after dermatologist and licensed in esthetic medicine with whom appointments are very hard to come by. She practices in Paris ‘dans le 17ème’.
“The goal of microneedling is to pierce the skin’s cutaneous barrier, which will heal itself within 3 or 4 hours or so, and in the following 15 hours, the micro tunnels will close up. By doing so, peptide and protein molecules can effectively penetrate the subcutaneous layer of the skin.
Professionals use needles that are 1.5mm / 1mm/ 0.5mm in size, depending on skin type. The universal protocol for this is to first apply analgesic cream in order to freeze the areas 30 minutes before passing the derma-roller, followed by a peel, then hydration, and finally LED therapy. After 3-4 sessions, results ensue.
Such benefits include a boost in the absorption of skincare products, eradication in the appearance of brown spots and fine lines, and a universal glow. This can surely be considered an alternative to injections.
What about taking the roller into your own hands?
Well that would really depend on how tolerant your skin is. No one wants a pizza face!
Performed at home, the derma-roller is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t penetrate the epidermis but can still yield positive results, and can be a good compliment to professional treatments.
- the needles are small: 0.2mm-0.5mm
- must be disinfected with alcohol after each use
- if used the night before, avoid products that can irritate the skin like retinol or vitamin C. Opt for a hyaluronic acid or peptide complex instead.
- if used 2-3 times/week
I order my derma-roller
Under informed guidance, I ordered my derma-roller from Nannette De Gaspe, 0.5mm. Upon receiving my package, I instinctually proceeded to roll the little needles across my hand - not the most pleasant sensation! I then disinfected it, applies my hyaluronic acid and rolled away... oh ya! I roll, you roll, we all roll...
How to roll you may wonder? Vertically, horizontally, and diagonally over your cheeks, forehead, chin, lips, neck, and décolleté. Don’t roll too hard and avoid the eyelids. Go to town on the lip contour. While results don’t appear instantaneously, give it a week and you’ll be winking at yourself in the mirror;).
A couple of months later, I met up with Nannette de Gaspe, founder of the brand. She offered to send me both the scientific research she used to develop her product as well as some rollers to try including the Miss de Gaspe roller as well as the Nannette de Gaspe Roller Noir (which I had already tried)! Her research shows that all 20 out of 20 subjects demonstrating a loss of trans-epidermal hydration, as measured with Tewameter ®, experienced significant improvement in hydration 24 hours subsequent to using the 0.5mm roller (measure of P-0.017). So there you have it!