It’s more popular to treat skin problems like acne and uneven skin tone by lotions, but if you’re willing to invest a bit more in treatments that use advanced technology, like lasers and micro needling, you may get more bang for your buck and do away with your problem for good. I’ve experienced this personally with laser treatments. While it took me years to get rid of my skin problem, I actually saved a ton of money and time by doing laser rather than going to a salon every two weeks and forking up $50 a pop. I’ll never go back to a salon again for somethings because laser helped to permanently solve my skin problem. Micro-needling may do the same for you.
Dermaroller and Other Micro-Needling Techniques
You may have heard of Dermaroller, but you might be unclear about what it is. It’s actually a form of micro-needling. There are a few different types of micro-needling. They can be used to treat a lot of different skin problems that you may have. However, Dermaroller itself is best known for treating acne scars. That includes acne scars that are several years old.
Why Dermaroller Treats Acne Scars So Well
There are a couple of reasons that Dermaroller treats acne scars so well. To understand why it works, you need to know that collagen is one of the key substances that helps your skin stay strong and supple. Recessed or indented scars, sometimes known as ice pick scars, can form when there isn’t enough collagen to repair the cells properly. Other scars are more bumpy to the touch. They are often formed when pockets of too much collagen develop.
Dermaroller and other micro-needling treatments can treat both of those problems. First, they can break down large collagen deposits into smaller bits that your body can repair faster. Second, they can actually stimulate your body into sending more collagen to the areas that don’t have enough. Essentially, micro-needling treatment is a way to balance the collagen production scales within your body and even things out. Some people try lasers to do that, but there are situations where lasers can do more harm than good.
Lasers Versus Micro-Needling Skincare Techniques
The reason that lasers are not as good as micro-needling or other alternatives for treating certain skin problems is that they produce a lot of heat. If you have or have ever had acne problems, you know that outbreaks can be directly related to how oily your skin is. Extra oily skin can easily be irritated by lasers and other heat-based machines.
What a Micro-Needling Tool Looks Like
Micro-needling tools come in a few different forms. The most common is a roller. It looks like a tiny paint roller. It can also be compared to a hair brush. The difference is that instead of having the consistency of a brush or paint roller, it has a series of tiny needles embedded into its surface. Those needles are very small, but can amount to close to 200 needles per roller. The damage done by those needles during treatment heals quickly. It can get your body to heal older damage like acne scars at the same time.
The Other Types of micro-needling tools are “pen” and “stamp” forms, which are exactly what they sound like. Known as Dermapen and Dermastamp, they are smaller hand-held tools that can treat a very specific scar that you may want to get rid of, as opposed to a roller device that treats a larger area. Dermapens, Dermastamps, and Dermarollers are all available both in clinics and for home use. However, the home use types generally aren’t as accurate or powerful as the ones you’ll find in a clinic.
What Problems Micro-Needling Can and Can’t Help With
Micro-needling procedures provide many general skin benefits because they help to stabilize collagen production. Minor age spots and wrinkles may improve quite a bit, in addition to scars becoming less noticeable. Some people in the skincare field also say that the holes created by Dermarollers, Dermapens, and Dermastamps can help medicated creams deliver treatment for specific skin problems in a more efficient way.
That said, micro-needling is not the best solution for treating warts, current acne outbreaks, or eczema. There are also other skin issues that can be aggravated by micro-needling more than they can be helped. So, always talk to a professional before trying any clinical or at-home skincare option.