This article will compare and contract a .25mm derma roller and a .5mm derma roller to see which tool works for you. You want a device that will help you achieve your skincare goals but also fits nicely into your skincare routine. So, which derma roller is right for you?
DISCLAIMER: I am not a dermatologist. I have no professional education in beauty or skincare. I did my research and personally tried these products, so I wanted to share my results simply as a GUIDE to help you. I suggest you continue your research (beyond this article) and consult with a dermatologist.
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Which derma roller is right for you?
I purchased the Sdara Derma Roller with .25mm needles (the "weakest" on the market). This size ONLY helps with absorption of serums, moisturizers, and acne creams. ââThe most you can use a .25mm derma roller safely is ONCE per day. Because the needles are so small, it is hard to overdo with this tool.
âI've noticed ingredients in some sheet masks sting. My favorite cream to use after my micro needling session is the Eucerin NIGHT Face Lotion. I add a derma roller to my nightly skincare routine since most night creams have repairing ingredients. If you do morning, try to space out your skincare and makeup routine.
As a result, your face will have a more healthy and hydrated glow. Your skin will have an added plumpness that will fill out fine lines. Do remember, research shows a .25mm derma roller doesn't make your skin repair itself by producing collagen.
You may have other skin issues that you want to resolve. A .25mm derma roller can help fade large pores and skin discoloration (dark spots).
But you may not be a candidate for micro needling because you have other skin tissues. For example, someone who is prone to keloid scarring may find themselves cover in keloid scar bumps all over. Consult with a professional, learn your skin, and do your research.
When you are ready, start with a .25mm derma roller.
A .5mm derma roller is for your face or body, but you will most likely see more results on your face. With a deeper penetration, you can better smooth out texture and wrinkles as your skin will produce collagen to repair itself - on top of what a .25mm derma can do. The internet has mixed information on how often you can use a .5mm derma roller on your face and practically nothing on body use. I've read 1-3 times a week or once every 3 weeks. I personally would wait 10 days in between sessions but don't spend too much time making a zillion micro tears at once.
I'm happy to report that there is NO blood or pain, even on sensitive parts of the face. The after-discomfort is the same. Honestly, the discomfort doesn't come from the needle size but really the amount of micro tears, which is up to. We'll talk more about this later.
When I use a .5mm derma roller on my face, I still add the same Eucerin cream with hyaluronic acid, a great anti-aging ingredient. But other times, I opt for a serum, especially Vitamin C. I love the German brand Balea. Foy my body, I use a nourishing and zero-fragrance lotion with a buttery formula.
Ultimately, I think there is value in owning both, but you should start off with the .25mm derma roller. This way, you understand the sensation of micro needling and won't over-tear the skin.
I used to edit my eyes a lot in selfies, but now I hardly have to worry. Now that I've added more expensive creams and a derma roller into my routine, the skin around my eyes look as if I'm in middle school.
My Skin I.D.
When you receive your derma roller, use alcohol wipes on its travel case and the derma roller handle. Then soak your derma roller head in rubbing alcohol for at least 5 minutes. Let air dry...and really make sure it's dry or it will sting.
After use, power wash the head under your bathroom sink because the needles will be coated in skin cells and sebum. Then waterfall rubbing alcohol on all the needles.
Don't share a derma roller. Don't store it on unsanitary surfaces, like a bathroom counter.
They suggest you replace a derma roller every 3 months.
Clean Your Derma Roller
Am I too young to micro needle?
I would wait until after your 25th birthday when your body stops producing collagen. Not worth messing up a good thing!
How do you derma roll your face?
I do strokes in three different directions over the desired area. I start with vertical motions, then horizontal, and then diagonal. You can choose additional angles, but the more micro tears that I make, the higher of discomfort that I feel later. Plus, I'm not looking for a 30-minute project.
The most important thing is to not drag your derma roller or change its direction while against your skin. It's like wearing cleats on a soccer field and you pivot - there will be a big, noticeable hole. Don't pivot. The best way to play it safe is to roll your derma roller in one direction, lift it from the skin, and reposition it. They say you can safely roll a derma roller back and forth if the direction is the same, but make sure you have a steady hand for that.
How do you derma roll your body?
Follow the same rules of derma rolling your face.
Can you derma roll your lips?
Every piece on the internet tells me NO. I don't think it's highly dangerous, but your lip skin tissue functions differently. Plus, nobody has reported positive results from micro needling lips.
Can you derma roll your eyes?
The instructions tell you NO, but I think a big part of that is they don't want a liability with someone claiming they poked their eye with a needle. The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate too. I can see why people freak out. I personally will derma roll my under eye lightly in one stroke. I'm not wanting to grind up the area. I will do my normal routine on the sides of my eyes where crows' feet develop.
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