re you looking for topical products that you can use to boost the effects of derma rollers? Just a gentle reminder, before you apply anything to your face, make sure that the product is:
- Does not cause allergic skin reactions
- Non-comedogenic or a specially formulated skin-care product that does not cause blockage of pores
- Preferably made from natural or plant-based extracts
To be safer, it is best to consult your dermatologist, so you can be given an advice on what skin care products suits your skin type. But if you want to try it on your own, here, you will find tips on finding the right topical creams that works best with dermarolling therapy.
But first, how does derma rolling works?
Before, knowing the best products to use for derma rollers, it is best to know first the mechanism of action of derma rollers and why topical creams are of great help?
The mechanism for derma rolling therapy works by the idea of inducing collagen formation in the epidermis or the upper layer of the skin. Derma rollers are composed of micro needles that create micro clefts through the epidermis and the papillary dermis. The micro injury creates a superficial injury that initiates the process of normal wound healing.
This is possible through the release of growth factors that further induces different skin reactions resulting to new collagen formation. This process continues even after months of having the micro injury.1 Another possible mechanism of action is that the micro needle used in the derma rollers creates current that creates electric reaction that activates the growth factors. This action helps stimulates the faster healing and recovery process of the skin.1
This mode of action allows the topical creams to be easily absorbed by the skin. Derma rollers open the pores of the skin, so the creams penetrate more deeply into the skin and create long-lasting effects.
So what are the best topical creams for derma rollers?
Derma rolling therapy or also commonly called as “Micro needling therapy” is a very popular technique nowadays. A lot of people even popular celebrities, are using this product because of its proven clinical effectiveness. More so, it is also very simple to use, readily available and affordable. This is why, it has become one of the popular treatment used in dermatologist clinic.
Derma rolling treatment can stand alone as a treatment, but the trend nowadays is to combine it with topical products for faster and more effective results. Here is some of the common topical products use for derma rolling therapy:
- Tretinoin Cream
- Anti-aging Cream or Serum
- Vitamin C Serum
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Green Tea Extract
Microneedling with derma rollers induces collagen formation through the use of a tretinoin cream. This cream helps in improving the skin texture and the induction of collagen.1
Anti-aging products are commonly used topical creams or serum used in derma rolling therapy. The transdermal delivery of anti-aging creams allows faster delivery of the drug for a more effective result. This is used to remove fine lines, wrinkles and other marks that make you look old.
Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is clinically proven to help induce collagen formation and it helps minimize the damaging effects of the sun by renewing your skin cells. The vitamin C serum is said to be 20 times more effective than the oral vitamin C formulation.
The hyaluronic acid helps moisturize the skin that makes it look firm and more elastic. If you want to have a skin that is soft and smooth like a baby, use hyaluronic acid. Baby’s skin is said to be rich in this compound.
Hyaluronic acid has the following effects:
- Increase skin hydration
- Reverse free radical damage
- Promotes elasticity
- Protects your skin from harmful UV-radiation
One good effect of this compound is that it is applicable for all skin types including oily skin.
Green Tea Extract
More people are becoming more health conscious and a lot of women prefer to use natural or plant-based extracts. Thus, green tea extract are great alternative options for derma rolling therapy.
This extract is perfect for treating sun damage skin. It is also used as anti-aging product. It works by minimizing inflammation. It also filters harmful free radicals that damage the skin. It also contains an enzyme that helps the breakdown the collagen which leads to production of healthy collagen.
Green tea extract is popularly being used to make the skin more firm and elastic. It has powerful anti-oxidant effects that helps rejuvenate the skin.
Why Use Microneedling or Derma rolling for Faster Drug Delivery?
Derma rollers are being used to deliver the drug through transdermal route. The derma rolling therapy has similar mechanism with laser-assisted drug delivery, wherein the micro needles are used to penetrate the epidermis particularly the stratum corneum. This provides a better route of drug delivery of topical medications using the skin layers. 
One of the key in the success of derma rolling therapy is that it uses various micro needles that have various features. In fact, there are many on-going studies that examine the use of micro needles for effective drug delivery. They are also looking at it as potential therapy in the future to treat various skin conditions. 3 Some of the common skin conditions where this treatment is popularly use is for treating:
- Fine Lines
It also is being used for skin rejuvenation and for anti-aging. Derma rolling therapy is very popular because it offers greater efficacy with minimal side effects. The use of topical products further enhanced the result of the treatment.
This is why a lot of people are using derma rolling therapy because aside from the fact that it is really cheap, it is also very effective that assures faster results.
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