Dermarolling or micro-needling is the popular cosmetic treatment for scars, wrinkles, dead skin and facial rejuvenation. It is done with a handheld roller covered with surgical needles to be rolled over your skin. These needles create tiny punctures over the skin to stimulate skin repair and cell regeneration. This is because the body uses collagen to heal the wounds (tiny punctures), leading to the better looking skin.
However, there are several misconceptions built around dermarolling due to its “unusual” process to treat skin problems.
Here we have debunked such myths to change your outlook towards dermarolling.
MYTH#1: Micro-Needling devices are re-useable
Many dermarolling companies claim that their equipment can be used for multiple times. But it is not true as the needles dull and may loosen after 2-3 applications. And you require more force to use these needles to penetrate your skin, leading to the pain, damage and infection. A surgeon never uses a disposable surgical device again to avoid infections or health risks. So, why would you? You have to shop new or know if there are separate needles available for your dermaroller.
Myth#2: All micro-needles are the same
Dermarolling needles vary in shapes to target specific beauty concern. For example, .2 to 0.3 mm needles are used to improve the absorption efficiency of the skin while 0.5 mm size is used to boost your collagen production. 3 mm needles are for professional use only to treat deep scars.
Myth#3: Dermarolling is Extremely Painful:
This statement can be partially true as it depends on your pain threshold. For example, some people feel like “cat scratching” while it may like “bee stung” for others. Pain and bleeding is for sure if you are being treated with 3 mm needles. This is why you must use Dr. Numb numbing cream 40-45 minutes prior to your dermarolling session. It dulls your nerve ending so that you feel less or no pain throughout the process.
Myth#4: Thinner Micro-Needles Are Better
Thinner dermarolling needles can be deforming easily during a CIT procedure. It is safe till you use a force of at least 2,000 Newtons. These needles should be sharp and strong.
Myth#5: You Should Do it Frequently
It is the ghastly mistake with your skin by doing dermarolling regularly. You should keep a gap of at least 6-8 weeks between each dermarolling procedure. The more time is needed depending on the healing efficiency of your skin. The waiting period is important for the skin healing and cell generation.
Myth#6: Every Company is FDA Approved:
Not all companies are FDA approved, especially those based outside of the US. However, many firms based in South Africa, China, Korea and England claim to have FDA approval or certifications. These claims are false. A company is also not allowed to claim that it is FDA registered or use FDA logo on their labels, websites, containers or packages.
So, these were some common misconceptions about dermarolling you must know to keep your procedure safe and efficient.