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On A Roll With The DermaRoller

Posted by Dr Ashish Dutta on 28 March 2018

The DermaRoller is a handheld device containing a roller that is covered with very fine pins called ´micro-needles´. It is used to create fine puncture points on the skin to cause the body defense mechanisms to initiate skin repair and produce new Collagen and Elastin that improves the flexibility and elasticity of the skin.

Although it looks and sounds like a medieval device form the dark ages, the dermaroller triggers the production of proteins that will make the skin more healthy in the long term. The needles penetrating the skin creates a channel for medicinal and natural substances normally applied to the surface of the skin, to permeate through to the epidermal tissue thus enhancing the effects of skin treatments. However, like any product, it’s important to research and consult with your health professional before applications of new skin products to the treated skin to avoid potential infection or further irritation.

The initial soreness and skin irritation from the dermarolling process is short-lived and should be tempered by the medium to long-term benefits of the procedure. The rule of thumb regarding the needle lengths which can vary from 0.25 mm to 3.0mm, is that the shorter the needles cause less skin irritation; but generally need several sessions before the skin enhancement (due to the production of added collagen in the epidermal tissues) will start to be noticed in better firmness and elasticity of the treated skin area.

The benefits of this comparatively simple procedure can be numerous to suffers of dry skin, acne, scarring of skin and symptoms of skin aging. Like any skin treatments, it is important not to use dermaroller on open wounds or skin infections that are healing or recently healed over. So to summarise, let’s have a look at the ‘Holy Trinity’ of skin conditions that can benefit from this treatment.


A common problem for all ages is clogged or enlarged pores. This can create prominent blackheads, acne, and oily skin when located around prominent areas of the face or on the nose and skin.The production of extra collagen via dermarolling can reduce enlarged pores and create thicker epidermal tissue.


With regards to the darkening of specific skin areas that highlight the contrast with surrounding lighter areas of skin, dermarolling can help shed or reduce the contrasting top layers of skin by encouraging the penetration of medicinal substances which can reduce or even counterbalance the effects of Hyperpigmentation in some cases.

The Effects Of Premature Ageing

This is something that affects everybody after a certain age. Dermarolling can be a preventative measure and help undo the ageing effect by increased production of body’s natural Collagen and Elastin. This creates elasticity of the skin while at the same time thickening the epidermal tissue giving it a more youthful appearance.

Like most treatments, it’s vitally important you seek the advice of your appropriate health care professional before undergoing any procedure, but the short term inconvenience of dermarolling may give you the longer term advantage of a healthier looking skin and improved well being.

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