What is the Derma Roller or Skin Needling?
Recently, while walking around at the 2009 Beauty Expo in Long Beach, CA, I noticed a large number of booths selling these small rolling devices, covered with many short needles. Curious whether these were new parenting tools to scare unruly children or for skincare, I decided to research it further. The cosmetic representatives claimed these new facial rollers could increase collagen production and reduce wrinkles.
The derma roller is a very small rolling device that contains 192 micro points made of surgical steel. While it goes by different names, ‘skin needling,’ ‘dermaroller,’ or ‘meso roller,’ among many others, it appears to be a simple and natural method that promises to prevent skin aging, restore collagen, smooth out scars, pitted skin, and stretch marks - or your money back in some cases.
Research On Skin Needling
The skin needling device is used along with your normal skincare routine to remove acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, fine lines. Representatives say it can even help with big pores, black heads, and white heads. This micro needling or skin needling anti-aging technique is also used to perform collagen induction therapy (CIT). Studies show that when this device is rolled over the skin, it creates small puncture wounds which cause the body to produce collagen in an attempt to heal the skin. Our collagen production falls dramatically after about age 35 or so.
How the Derma Roller Works
Published instructions say when you roll this device over the skin it creates small puncture wounds into the top layer of the skin. This puncturing will then cause a type of wound-healing reaction for the dermal layer to begin production of collagen fibers, elastin, and other skin cells that helps to fill in lines, wrinkles, remove stretch marks and fill in deep pitted scars – also allowing the derma roller to be a great acne scar treatment.
In addition, the derma roller allows for optimum absorption of any anti-aging cream you may use afterwards. Each time you use the derma roller, the collagen building effects continue for weeks- smoothing stretch marks, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
Unlike other skin rejuvenating techniques, the derma roller doesn’t require downtime for healing. And, unlike chemical or laser peels, the derma roller can be used safely by women and men of color because it doesn’t affect skin pigmentation.
In 1994, Dr. Philippe Simonin, a Swiss Dermatologist, performed a study on 600 people divided into two groups - the skin-aging group and the scar reduction group. Published results found that in the skin aging group there was a 40% significant improvement and an impressive 60% improvement in scar reduction group.
Another doctor, Dr. Andre Camirand, a plastic surgeon from Canada, found that skin needling improved the texture and depression of scars and also improved over-all skin color and texture. He also found this remodeling process can go on up to 12 months from each treatment.
Further study results by plastic surgeons and dermatologists claim in that addition to reducing the appearance of sun damage and wrinkles, (such as crows feet), skin needling can help lessen or remove stretch marks, cellulite, acne scars, surgical scars and smooth out pitted skin and dimpling.
In addition, it allows maximum absorption of your best wrinkle creams or any anti aging creams. Each rolling session can stimulate collagen to reduce wrinkles and scars - like a mini-instant face lift.
~ R. Dupree
Playing in the sun is not fun if you have to deal with sunburn afterward. On long, hot summer days, we are all tempted to spend the day relaxing
poolside or at the beach, and most of us have suffered the consequences of too much sun exposure. The desire for the perfect golden tan can sometimes lead to sunburns, which is very harmful for the skin. If you suffer from acne, a sunburn can further damage your skin and cause permanent scarring.
Sunburn is a delayed inflammatory reaction when the skin is exposed to excessive ultraviolet radiation. Symptoms of mild sunburn, including redness, tenderness and pain, often occur a few hours after exposure, and can last for several days. The pain, itching and peeling is the skin’s reaction to excessive UVA and UVB ray exposure. Although the skin needs time to heal, there are some remedies and treatments available to help the skin repair itself.
Get out of the sun
It may sound simple enough, but we often do not realize we are sunburned until it is too late. Since it is a delayed reaction, the full extent and severity of the burn may not appear until up to 12 hours after exposure. Stop your sun exposure by seeking shade from trees, umbrellas, hats, etc. Drink lots of water, since sunburn causes dehydration. Get some immediate relief for the pain by adding baking soda to a cool bath, and wear loose clothing that does not stick to the body.
Reduce the pain
Anti-inflammatory medicine such as Advil or Ibuprofen can help relieve the redness and pain associated with sunburn. Aloe vera is a popular treatment for sunburn thanks to its ability to moisturize and repair the skin. Apply a moisturizing cream containing Aloe vera, and if possible, apply the gel from the actual plant to the affected areas. Once the burn heals, the skin will begin to peel and may become itchy. Fight the temptation to pick and scratch, which can irritate the skin a slow the healing process. Instead, keep the skin moisturized by applying a moisturizing lotion, which can reduce itching.
The best way to deal with sunburn is to not get one. Sunburn may only seem harmless and temporary, but can have lasting effects on the skin and overall health. Serious sunburn can cause blisters, shock, lead to cancer and even death if left untreated. Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside. Wear loose, protective clothing and avoid staying outside for too long during peak hours (10am to 4pm), when sunrays are harsh. Choose a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, and use sun-protection products that contain zinc oxide, an inorganic ingredient that can deflect UVA rays. Try Vivoderm’s zinc cream, a natural product that can be used as a nontoxic sunscreen.
Van Le is a staff writer for the CSU Daily Titan and writing intern for Vivoderm Laboratories in Los Angeles, California. She is currently pursuing a Journalism degree at California State University, Fullerton.
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