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Five Skin Conditions Where Dermarollers Are Good At

There are a lot of things that are being said about dermarolling therapy because of its effectiveness in treating various skin conditions at a very low price! The effect of dermarolling therapy is comparable with the more expensive conventional dermatologic treatment such as microdermabrasion, chemical peeling, laser therapy and many others.

Dermarolling therapy is widely used in various skin conditions. [1] There are many ongoing studies determining the other potential benefits of using dermarollers. Recent studies have shown that it is good in treating hair loss. Among the different skin problems, there are five skin conditions where dermarollers is very good at, these are:

  • Acne Scars or Atophic Facial Scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch Marks
  • Prevent Hair Loss
  • For Facial Rejuvenation

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Dermarolling Therapy for Atophic Facial Scars particulary Acne Scars

One of the most challenging skin conditions to treat among dermatologist is the atophic facial scars. [2] There are some scars that are deep-seated and others may involve much of the facial area. Dermarolling therapy is a newer treatment modality used in addition to various therapies in treating atophic facial scars. It offers a simple yet effective management in reducing scars.

Atophic facial scars are distressing phenomenon. It is an unwelcome skin condition particularly if it appears on the facial area. One of the common atophic facial scars is acne vulgaris.

Acne vulgaris is one of the most common causes of scarring in the face. An acne scar in the facial area is a distressing phenomenon for most people affected with this condition. Post-acne scarring is a psychologically devastating and stressing condition wherein some patients suffer low self-esteem and other ill-effects of scarring.

There are many treatment options available to remove post-acne scars. However, some of these treatments have some limitations including longer recovery period, marginally effective results and may have considerable morbidity. Treatment options such as dermabrasion or laser surfacing procedures offer an effective treatment modality in treating acne scars, but it is also associated with downtime interference in the activities of daily living.

When you undergone laser therapy or dermabrasion, you may not go back to work or do your usual activities for few days to weeks. This is because these treatment modalities either destroy much of your superficial skin that you need to take time to rest to allow your skin to heal completely.

On the other hand, other treatment modalities like non-ablative skin resurfacing with laser procedures and microdermabrasion are associated with no to minimal downtime but it does not have the same efficacy level as the traditional techniques.

Thus, newer treatment like dermarolling therapy is regarded as one of the alternative treatment options to address this issue. Dermarolling therapy is an inexpensive and simple office based procedure in managing post acne scars. After having a few sessions of dermarolling treatment, users reported a significant improvement in the reduction of their post –acne scars.2

 

Helps Reduce Wrinkles

For middle age group, dermarolling therapy is a very good alternative option in reducing wrinkles, fine lines and other visible signs of aging. The dermarolling therapy stimulates the production of new collagen which acts as fillers for the wrinkles and facial lines which enhances the appearance of the skin. Rolling increases the elasticity of the skin so the wrinkles and facial lines are permanently reduced.  On the process, it helps keeps the skin look younger than before.

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Lessens Stretch Marks

Skin needling can help reduce stretch marks by restoring collagen and improving the appearance of stretch marks. Most users reported an improvement in their skin condition after having four to six dermarolling treatments.

Prevent Hair Loss

Both men and women are now using dermarolling therapy in treating alopecia or hair loss. Dermarolling treatment helps stimulates production of growth factors which are the responsible for hair growth and production of new hair follicles. Microneedling or dermarolling treatment works by stimulating the stem cells and induce the activation of growth factors [3] that counteracts the progressive hair loss.

A study have shown that dermarolling therapy together with Minoxidil treatment which is a drug used to treat hair loss has more superior outcome than treating with Minoxidil alone. 3 This was observed among a group of men suffering from alopecia or hair loss. Thus, microneedling is a promising and safe tool in stimulating hair growth together with Minoxidil treatment. 3

Facial Rejuvenation

Dermarolling treatment is effective in improving skin texture. This is because it works by inducing regeneration and renewal of new skin cell. Thus, production of newer skin cells helps makes the facial skin look fresh and radiantly glowing.

Microneedling therapy is now being used as a new treatment modality for skin rejuvenation. Newer studies have shown the efficacy of microneedling therapy together with human stem cell conditioned medium as anti-aging treatment.[4]  Microneedling or dermarolling therapy stimulates wound healing and helps improves scars and wrinkles.

The role of growth factors in wound healing is well established. Although its use for skin rejuvenation has just recently been studied and there are no controlled trials yet performed on this area to have a higher level of scientific and clinical evidence. Moreover, microneedling or dermarolling therapy is effective in transdermal drug delivery of proteins and serums which are used as anti-aging treatment. A 0.25 mm microneedle can effectively deliver serums and protein in the epidermis which is expected to exert a direct effect on the skin.

No doubt, dermarolling therapy is effective in treating acne, wrinkles, stretch marks, hair loss and for skin rejuvenation. This is why a lot of people are using dermarolling treatment to treat these skin conditions. If you haven’t done microneedling therapy, this is the best time to try it out. You can also add serums and other topical agents for a faster and more effective result.

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Bibliography

[1] Doddaballapur, S. (2009). Microneedling with Dermaroller. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. , 110–111.

[2] Majid, I. (2009). Microneedling Therapy in Atrophic Facial Scars: An Objective Assessment. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. , 26-30.

[3] Rachita Dhurat, MS Sukesh, Ganesh Avhad, Ameet Dandale, Anjali Pal, and Poonam Pund. (2013). A Randomized Evaluator Blinded Study of Effect of Microneedling in Androgenetic Alopecia: A Pilot Study. Int J Trichology. , 6–11.

[4] Hee Jung Lee, Eo Gin Lee, Sangjin Kang,1 Jong-Hyuk Sung,1,2 Hyung-Min Chung,3,4 and Dong Hyun Kimcorresponding author. (2014). Efficacy of Microneedling Plus Human Stem Cell Conditioned Medium for Skin Rejuvenation: A Randomized, Controlled, Blinded Split-Face Study. Ann Dermatol , 584–591.

 

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