Today, thanks to the derma roller, it is possible to treat stretch marks right from your own home. Stretch marks are an eyesore and they make many people feel self conscious. For most, stretch marks form at puberty. This is because of how rapidly the body gains weight at this stage. As the body expands, the dermis – the lower layer of skin tissue – gets little rips. As these heal, scar collagen is formed and you get a stretch mark. The beauty of the derma roller is that it stimulates the formation of new collagen which covers some of the scar collagen.
So what is a derma roller and how does it work? It is a small drum that is covered all over by tiny needles. These needles are usually between 0.13mm and 3mm long. When the drum is passed over an area of skin, it leaves behind very small puncture marks that have to heal. The body produces collagen for healing and this covers over the scar collagen to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. To effectively reduce the appearance of stretch marks requires needles of between 0.5 and 1mm.
When using the derma roller at home it is important that you pay careful heed over the instructions. This is because you can easily get an infection as the process it opens up the skin. It is advisable to start applying Vitamin C a few weeks before you use it – it enhances the skin’s collagen production. You will need to have a numbing agent as well as a serum such as Vitamin A, C and E. The numbing agent is to help with any pain that you may feel. You can find a topical form of it in your local pharmacy. The serum is applied before the roller is applied so that it can go straight into the skin and help with the production of even more collagen. You can also use an LED light during the procedure. The energy from the light goes directly into the skin cells and stimulates them to produce more skin healing agents. You will also need to use a skin cleanser to remove any bacteria from the skin. A little 70 proof alcohol is good enough. Use it to cleanse the area you will be rolling as well as the derma roller.
Derma rollers should not be shared as this may pass on infections. You must also sterilize your derma roller as soon as you are finished using it. Keep in a clean container where it cannot get contaminated. The good brands come with airtight containers for storage.
To see significant changes you should use your derma roller twice or thrice every week. Remember, the idea is to allow your skin to heal so there is no point in using it every day. The best results are achieved with consistent use of around one year and they are long lasting.
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