If you’ve been looking for a way to erase wrinkles and look younger, then you’ve probably heard of micro needling.
It’s the popular, and rightfully scary sounding, procedure that involves puncturing your skin with tiny needles to stimulate collagen production. This collagen production makes your skin look and act younger.
Microneedling, and the DIY micro needling tool called a derma roller, have gotten a lot more popular these past few years for one simple reason.
They work.But before embracing yet another beauty trend with open arms, there are some serious risks to micro needling and the DIY derma roller you need to know.
There are also some effective and safer alternatives to micro needling and derma rollers. You can even use some of these safer alternatives at home.
The Truth About Derma Rollers – The Risks You Need to Know
At home derma rollers might seem perfect at first.
They give you all the benefits of an expensive microneedling procedure from the comfort of your own home. But microneedling isn’t just an overpriced procedure that anyone can easily do.
Professionals use their experience and their specialized equipment to reduce the risks involved. The truth is microneedling with DIY derma rollers can do serious harm to your complexion and health if it’s not done correctly.
According to Dr. Saya Obayan, a board-certified clinical dermatologist, if you aren’t careful microneedling you “could potentially cause permanent scarring and darkening of the skin.”
If you’re thinking of getting a derma roller then you should know the risks involved. There’s certain things you need to do to use a derma roller safely, and some people shouldn’t use them all.
Don’t Use Derma Rollers if You Have These Skin Conditions
Using derma rollers when you have certain skin conditions can do more harm than good. If you have a skin condition that can easily spread to other parts of the face like acne or warts, you should skip derma rollers altogether.
According to Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills: “If you have active acne, or tender acne cysts, do not microneedle over those areas. It will irritate the area, make them more inflamed and potentially spread bacteria.”
It’s important to know what skin conditions make you a bad candidate for microneedling and at home derma rollers.
Some of these conditions include:
- active acne
- sun burn
- a history of blood clots
If you have any of these conditions then you need to consult a professional about microneedling, and to be safe you should stay away from at home derma rollers.
Derma Rollers Easily Get Dirty and Collect Harmful Bacteria
There are a lot of opportunities for derma rollers to be exposed to dirt and bacteria.
Derma rollers pick up bacteria from the surface of your skin when you use them, when you’re storing them, and when you place them on any unsterilized surface.
Reusable derma rollers need to be constantly monitored and carefully sanitized to ensure bacteria isn’t on the needles. Your dermaroller needs to be 100% bacteria free before you use it.
If even a small amount of bacteria is on the needles, then you could accidentally inject it right into your skin.
This can cause some serious problems.
Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said this about derma rollers: “Unless you’re using a sterile or disposable one, it can grow bacteria and yeast and you’re going to have that penetrate the skin.”
If you do wind up using a dirty derma roller, you could cause your skin to break out with acne, or even give yourself an infection.
You can clean and sterilize derma rollers yourself. But the reality is you have to be as extremely careful and detailed as a professional to do it right.
It’s not enough to simply run it under water and use rubbing alcohol, or even use a spray bottle with a derma roller cleaner.
After you wash a derma roller’s surface you need to use a highly concentrated solution of alcohol. You need to submerge it in this alcohol in a sterilized container for an extended period of time.
After that you’re still not done.
You have to carefully let it air dry before storing it, and make sure that it isn’t exposed to any other dirty surfaces while it’s air drying. Otherwise you’d have to clean and disinfect it all over again.
This is a process that must be repeated every single time you use your derma roller, and some recommend doing this process before you use it too.
There’s plenty of very detailed steps of the disinfection process to forget, or make a mistake with. With a process like derma rolling that punctures the skin it only takes one mistake to accidentally expose your skin to harmful bacteria.
Even if you’re prepared to go through the lengthy sterilization process, while doing it like a professional every single time, there’s still some risks that come from derma rollers.
Derma Rollers Get Dull and Must Be Replaced Constantly
It’s tempting to think about the money you’ll save with a derma roller that you can use over an over.
But there’s a limit on how long your derma roller will last.
The needles in a derma roller get more dull after each use. A derma rollers’s needless need to be sharp, because puncturing the skin requires a precise edge. Dull needles can’t puncture your skin well and make the derma roller useless.
It’s also important to make sure all the needles aren’t getting bent and breaking. Most derma rollers need to be replaced every few months to avoid these issues.
Also if you drop your derma roller even once. Forget it.
Any chance that the needles may have been damaged means it’s not safe to use and has to be replaced right away.
There’s multiple situations that require you to replace derma rollers, including wear and tear from regular use. That’s why it’s good to know about other options for one time use and disposable at home microneedling treatments.Microneedling Patches Are a Painless and Safe Alternative to Microneedling and Derma Rollers
Derma rollers come with a lot of headaches. It’s easy to overlook the work you need to do to safely use one. You need to constantly and carefully sterilize your derma roller after every use, and then there’s the inconvenient fact that it has to be replaced every few months anyway.
So you might be interested to learn about microneedling patches.
They're even more convenient than derma rollers and give you the same benefits. They work by using the same puncturing method of microneedling. The tiny microneedles on each patch stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles.
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Each patch is made for a one time use only. So you will need to replace them after each use. But when it comes to microneedling treatments, that’s exactly what you want.
It’s one of the major advantages micro needling patches have over derma rollers.
You Never Have to Worry About Infections From Unsterilized Derma Rollers
Having a one time use microneedling patch is a great way to ensure that you won’t deal with the constant risks of an infected derma roller.
You’ll never have to worry about a lengthy and detailed process of professional level sterilization when using a microneedling patch. Microneedle patches come already sterilized in their own packaging.
All you have to do is open them up and then apply them to your skin.
Because each patch is designed to be used only once, all the risks of getting an infection from dirty needles are gone. You can safely apply the microneedle patch without being afraid of introducing harmful bacteria to your skin or breaking out.
Plus there’s no careful storage procedures to go through after using them.
Get All Anti Aging Benefits Without the Pain of Microneedling
Microneedling is known for the discomfort and pain it causes. The sharp metal needles that penetrate the skin are what causes the discomfort.
On the other hand microneedle patches use innovative technology to create needles made of active ingredients.
The needle shaped active ingredients penetrate the skin and begin dissolving over time. This dramatically reduces the pain experienced from microneedling.
Time lapse of dissolving crystals.
These special needles puncture the skin and promote the production of collagen for anti aging benefits. But the needles themselves are also good for your skin.
The needle shaped active ingredients moisturize your skin right below the surface. This allows the moisturizing active ingredients to be more effective than standard lotions. Most moisturizers and lotions only work at the surface of your skin.
This alone makes microneedling patches more convenient than microneedling or derma rolling. But it’s also important to consider how you can use them at home or when traveling.
It’s a Convenient and Cost Effective Way to Get The Benefits of Microneedling At Home
Microneedling patches are made for one time use, but compared to expensive professional microneedling procedures they’re very cost effective.
Microneedling patches also cost effective compared to derma rollers. When you consider the constant cost to replace quality derma rollers, and all the time and supplies you need to properly sterilize them, it’s easy to see why.
Like derma rolling microneedling patches can even be done from the comfort of your own home. You can also take microneedling patches on the go for keeping up your skin care routine when you’re traveling.
Derma rollers are much harder to use while traveling. They’re difficult to properly store and keep sanitary. So they’re better left at home.
Try Microneedling Patches For Yourself
Microneedling can be a huge boon to your skin care routine. But there are ways to get the benefits of it and derma rolling without all the risks or inconvenience.
Microneedling patches are an effective and painless alternative. If you’re looking for a microneedling patch to try, check out our Microcrystal Patch.
Our customers love how easy it is to use, and the difference it makes in their complexion. Now you don’t have to deal with painful inconvenient microneedling procedures or derma rollers to get a younger healthier look.
We make our microcrystal patches with over 300 crystals made of Hyaluronic and HexaPeptides 8. These ingredients were specially chosen for their ability to deeply hydrate and moisturize your skin.
The moisturizing needles penetrate your skin to produce collagen, just like in microneedling procedures. But they dissolve soon after. All that makes the Microcrystal Patch a great way to get the benefits of derma rolling and microneedling – without the pain.
Our Microcyrstal Patch is so gentle you can even wear them to sleep to fill in wrinkles overnight.
You’ve heard of the benefits of microneedling and derma rollers, now you can get them without all the discomfort and risks involved. Give our Microcrystal Patch a try and let us know what you think.