Why I Dermaroll?
If you’ve followed my blog or seen my YouTube video, you will have heard about my love of Dermarolling and how its helped my acne scars after taking roaccutane.
I’m turning 29 in January and still get ID’d, mistaken for 23 and generally have very little wrinkles on my face. I really look after my skin and personally think its never too early to start looking after your skin.
Over summer I’ve taken a break from rolling as I like to give my skin a rest from all treatments as I’m in the sun lots more and it is actually more damaging for my skin to use acids and retinols.
Now that winter is coming (game of thrones voice)
I’ve reintroduced rolling back into my routine.
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As the seasons have just started to change my skin has started to show signs of dehydration, looking dull and losing its taut look.
My acne scars have become prominent again and when I bend down I can really see how much it is starting to age.
So I rolled for the first time last week and can already see a difference again. I will be reintroducing this 0.5 routine every other week now for the next 8 weeks. In an attempt to keep my skin hydrated and producing collagen to give strength and structure to my skin.
How does Dermarolling work?
As we get older our bodies begin to produce less collagen. From mid-20-s our collagen production starts to slow. Before this age we have plenty of collagen and elastin to keep our skin smooth and taut, and our skin can easily replace any that is damaged by UV rays and other environmental toxins. Which is why when you look back at been 16-21 your skin looks so plump and hiding dark circles isn’t really an issue you face each morning.
As we age the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin starts to decrease. The gradual loss of these two essential proteins eventually results in thin, sagging skin and wrinkles. Which is why we try and find ways to recreate these such as using dermarolling.
Dermarolling or micro-needling works by using a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face. These come in different sizes and styles.
This causes your skin to start repairing itself by turbocharging your bodies natural ability to produce collagen and elastin, which provides that firm plumpness. “It also helps improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks and creates a more youthful skin tone,”- Oculoplastic Surgeon and Aesthetic Doctor Maryam Zamani (Huffington post).
Your skin may just look like one layer but it actually consists of three primary layers.
The outer layer of skin is the epidermis. The thickness of the epidermis ranges from about 0.05mm to 0.3mm (on the face). Below this layer is the dermis . This is where the skin’s collagen and elastin are found and below this is the hypodermis, which is the bottom layer of skin, made up of fat and connective tissue.
Derma roller needles can penetrate through the epidermis, not damaging it buy only puncturing it, so the skin heals quickly). As the needles go deeper into the skin it’s also great to get products to be absorbed. Rather than just resting on the epidermis (top layer).
When this process is repeated regularly, new collagen gradually thickens the skin, improving its texture and increasing suppleness, firmness and helping with Scaring
Home Dermarolling Routine
Step 1: High-quality Dermaroller – Click here to buy
Medical grade, titanium steel micro-needling system is CE marked to ensure the highest quality safety in skin needling at home. This is particularly important when dealing with skincare as it guarantees safety at the highest level. Mine has last 6 months before, as long as its cleaned and looked after.
Step 2: Boots Steriliser Liquid – 1 Litre – Click here to buy
Not cleaning the derma roller properly before and after it is used leads to a growth of bacteria, which can be transferred back into the skin on its next use, potentially causing an infection. This is why it is really important to clean and disinfect (sterilise) your derma roller every time you use it. I leave mine to soak in alcohol solution for 5 minutes before using and make sure I have absolutely no makeup or dirt on my skin by cleansing my skin with Liz Earle. Then this is a personal preference but I will add a tiny amount of alcohol steriliser to a cotton pad and very lightly make sure I have sanitised skin.
Step 3 PIXI Overnight Glow Serum – click here to buy
Before rolling I use this and leave it on the skin. Formulated with 10% Glycolic Acid and Arginine, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and fades sun spots over time. Meanwhile, Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts calm the skin and Vitamins A, C and E nourish.
After I have added this I start rolling in different directions. (See my video on how I roll)
Step 4: Hyaluronic acid –Click here to buy
Perfect for dehydrated winter skin and dermarolling
After I have lightly rolled in all 3 directions, I will then rinse my face with water, use a clean towel to dry my face. Once my face is dry I add step 4 and continue to roll with slightly more pressure.
A tip I can’t take credit for, it is a recommendation I gained from being a devoted team Caroline member.
“HA is probably the single most multi-tasking ingredient we use in skincare. Although it does hydrate by holding moisture on the skin, it also works as an antioxidant, prevents loss of elasticity, stimulates collagen and plumps the appearance of the skin. Crucial at this time of year, it is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, a key for those of you that suffer from broken skin conditions whether from spots, acne, eczema, rosacea or perioral dermatitis. – https://www.carolinehirons.com (she is the ultimate skincare wizard)
Reading this, I found it is perfect for rolling for its anti-bacterial qualities, and also leaves the skin bright and glowy the following day.
Once I have finished rolling all over my face, including lips and nose. I have a slight red complexion, it’s not sore but is tight and slightly inflamed. I then add:
Step 4 Vitamin C serum- Click here to buy
I use this after dermarolling and when I like to give my skin a drink. I honestly recommend adding this to your routine if you can only add one! It gives me the most amazing glow and I get so many compliments about my skin.
I started with just a cheap, cost-effective option as I wanted to make sure it was worth spending the money on a good Vit C serum but to be honest this one is amazing!
It’s currently £2.99, and because it’s so cheap I don’t feel like I have to be sparing with it.
Step 5: Repair
LA Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume: Click here to buy
Perfect for protecting your skin after rolling and to use the day after if your face is feeling a little tender from retinol and acids. I used this when I was taking Roaccutane and fell in love. Such a great price too! (I would use this sparingly on acne/oily skin as it is very rich) – Ideal for dehydrated skin.
Then I make sure my pillowcases are freshly washed and clean so no bacteria can spread. The next day get up as normal and cleanse and moisturise.
Any questions DM me on instagram @Emilylucyrajch