When it comes to trying to treat deep scars, you come across a lot of skepticism and negativity. Most individuals tell you that it’s nearly impossible to get rid of indented scars on your face and body. Though it may be true that it is quite difficult to get rid of a scar 100%, you can still SIGNIFICANTLY improve the look of the scar, so much so that it actually appears to be entirely gone, by following a few very simple and practical steps.
One of the most effective ways you can get rid of scars is by practicing dermarolling, or microneedling.
What is Dermarolling?
Dermarolling is the act of creating very small and harmless lesions in the skin using a tool called a dermaroller with the hope of pushing your body to start its natural healing process in that area. In most cases, creating small lesions in the skin does result in proper healing of that area and this can make indented scars fill out and look smooth like the rest of your skin again.
However, it is extremely important that the dermarolling process is done properly and without skipping any steps or it can lead to more problems then what you started off with.
Dermarolling causes the formation of small holes in the skin which pushes growth factors in your body to start collagen production in the area of the scar and, in turn, smooth out your skin in that area. Microneedling with a dermaroller is also called percutaneous collagen induction therapy.
Dermarolling, step by step
In order to get your desired results you should follow these steps:
- DERMAROLLER SIZE: Make sure you are using the correct size dermaroller. generally speaking, anything between 0.1 mm and 0.5mm should be safe to use at home. The more sensitive your skin is, tHE smaller the size you should go with. if you are experienced and you have ‘tougher’ skin, you should be fine using up to a 0.75mm dermaroller at home. anything 1mm and above should be used by a professional in a professional setting.
2. STERILIZE EVERYTHING: The most important step is to ensure you are in a clean and sterile area and your dermaroller is kept clean and sterile throughout the process. Washing it down with rubbing alcohol is the best way to ensure that no bacteria will be making its way into your pores.
3. START WITH A CLEAN FACE: Apart from making sure your environment and the dermaroller is clean, you should also make sure your skin is completely clean. There should be absolutely no traces of makeup or anything else on your skin. Make sure you clean your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser before starting the dermarolling process.
4. PROPER PRESSURE: In order to get the best result, you should hold your skin taut with your fingers (stretch it out) and begin pushing the dermaroller down with a significant amount of pressure. You don’t want to push too hard, but you also don’t want to be too gentle. It should be enough pressure for you to feel uncomfortable, but not enough for it to be painful.
5. DIRECTIONS: You should go up vertically 6 times with your dermaroller and then cover the same area horizontally 6 times. The number of times you go over an area can be adjusted according to your skin type. The sign you should stop dermarolling in an area is when it turns dark pink-red in color or when pinpoint bleeding begins. Both redness and pinpoint bleeding are perfectly normal, and in fact, that’s what you are aiming to achieve when you are dermarolling
6. MASK: Once you go over your whole face or area which you are treating, you should wash your face with water, sterilize your dermaroller with rubbing alcohol and put it away. You can choose to apply a collagen mask, a sheet mask, or a honey mask 10-15 minutes after the procedure is done.
My face is stinging and red after dermarolling, should I be worried?
Experiencing redness and stinging is perfectly normal after dermarolling, and this, in fact, shows you that the procedure worked the way it should. However, the stinging should not last more than 30 minutes. The redness, on the other hand, can last up to a day.
It is best for you to dermaroll right before sleeping because this ensures your skin will get the rest it needs after the procedure. Make sure you are drinking a lot of water and eating properly up to 48 hours after the procedure. It is also in your best interest not to apply any makeup or harsh products on your skin during this 48- hour healing period.
When should I see results?
You can expect to see results as early as the following morning after the procedure. In the next few days, your skin should also develop a beautiful glow alongside looking tighter and younger. Your skin may feel a little dry so make sure you are moisturizing it properly or using sheet masks to keep your skin hydrated.
You can generally repeat the procedure once every month, and within a year of dermarolling, you should be almost completely rid of your indented scars.