Oh my! Having dark circles around the eyes makes you look older than your age! It feels like you haven’t slept for days or you have been so stressed out lately. Even if you try to use concealer to hide the dark areas around the eyes, it doesn’t remove the fact, that your skin is telling you something about your health.
Even if you try to take a much needed break and sleep for a longer period, still your skin can’t get rid of the dark circles over night. Could it be that it is genetic or you are born to have it? Is your skin type more prone to develop dark circles? Or do you have an existing skin disease that warrants treatment?
Is there any other way that you could remove it? Well, there are many possible reasons why you have dark circles around the eyes. Commonly, it is caused by lack of sleep or prolonged stress. Other possible health implications of dark circles are having periorbital melanosis which is common among dark-skinned individuals.
There are many ways on how you can remove dark circles around your eyes. You can use either natural and or artificial treatments. One of the new, promising and affordable treatments for this skin condition is the use of derma rolling or microneedling.
What about Derma Rolling?
Derma rolling is a safe, simple, minimally-invasive and effective therapeutic technique. Initially, it was used for skin rejuvenation, but now it is currently being used for wide range of skin conditions and other implications including:
- Acne Scar
- Alopecia / Hair loss
- Burn/ Post-traumatic Scar
- Stretch Marks
- Drug Delivery
- Skin Rejuvenation
- And many other skin conditions.
In fact for the last ten years, there are many current studies and researches done to discover other potential treatment of derma rolling. There are also a lot of innovations on the derma rolling device. It is also combined with other surgical techniques to provide a better result.
It is also used together with vitamin and human growth factor serums for a more effective outcome. More so, it is proven safe and effective for treating dark skinned type where higher risk of post inflammatory pigmentation is very high.
A Case Study on How Derma Rolling Remove Dark Circles Around the Eyes
Under eye dark circles or periorbital melanosis is a common idiopathic and cosmetically disturbing condition. Unfortunately, it is poorly responsive to current treatment modalities. But current case studies have shown that microneedling combined with simultaneous infusion of serum can provide an excellent reduction of periorbital melanosis. Authors believed that derma rolling can be an effective and innovative alternative treatment option for patients having periorbital melanosis.
In a case study of a 48 year old man with a skin phototype V presented with dark circles under his eyes. He complained of having this condition for almost 2 years. The light brown pigmentation started 2 years ago which gradually worsened to brownish black. He is bothered by the fine lines and uneven texture on his face.
The patient was diagnosed with periorbital melanosis and had undergone derma rolling therapy combined with vacuum-assisted serum infusion. He had 12 treatments at two weeks interval for his face and forehead. He was also given anti-aging serums and lightening serums. He was also advice to apply SPF40 sunscreen all over his face in the morning.
During the follow-up clinic visit, patient was asked to evaluate the improvement using a visual analogue scale from 0 to 10, 0 with no improvement and 10 with most improvement using the Patient Global Assessment Scale.
The patient reported that he gradually noticed a progressive improvement in skin texture and marked improvement of dark circles under his eyes. The global assessment scale result showed 50 to 75% improvement of periorbital melanosis after four treatments. The researchers also recorded 75-90% improvement after 12 treatments. The assessment was evaluated by two independent physicians.
There were no side effects noted. The patients were also noted to be relaxed and comfortable during the entire treatment sessions.
How Derma Rolling Get Rid of Dark Circles?
Dermarolling uses a combination of different technologies to provide an enhanced skin outcome. It involves using a hand-held device with hundreds of micro needles rolled to penetrate the superficial layers of the skin. It is also used to infuse active serums in the skin for a more effective therapeutic outcome.
Derma rolling or microneedling devices are known for effectively managing pigmented post-acne scars, wrinkles, skin laxity and other types of scars. It is also known as percutaneous collagen induction which was pioneered by Fernandes, who was the first to use a hand-held cylindrical device mounted with tiny needles. But prior to that it was Orentreich and colleagues who reported the successful use of this device for treating acne scar. In 1997, Camirand and Doucet reported the use of tattoo pistol for needle dermabrasion as treatment for scars.
The principle of dermarolling therapy relies on neovascularization and neogenesis wherein growth factors are released when there is a micro injury in the stratum corneum. This is the principle why it has beneficial effects on the treatment of photo-aging and scar problem.
For decades, newer modification of derma rolling techniques is done. Basically, the principle is to create micro conduits that serve as a passive channel for peptides and other serum with active pharmaceutical properties.
Since this treatment modality is quite new to the field, there are limited studies on the potential treatment of derma rolling therapy on eye pigmentation. The available literature is mostly case studies and or a small group study. Nevertheless, the studies have shown that micro needling have beneficial effects on the improved hydration of the skin.
Dermarolling helps lay down new elastin and collagen fibers in the skin. Thus, resulting in a thickened dermis that possibly reduces the visibility of congested vessels and dermal pigment. The active serums also play an important role as they help improved the skin penetration secondary to microneedling.
The dermarolling and serum duo has greatly contributed to the reduction of periorbital melanosis or under eye dark circles.
Is It Worth Trying?
Derma rolling therapy is one of the most affordable treatments in removing dark circles around your eye. More so, studies have shown that it is effective in treating this condition. If you are tired of looking old and gloomy, why not give it a try? So you can see the difference.
Aashim Singh and Savita Yadav. (2016). Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons. Indian Dermatol Online J. , 244-254.
Kanika Sahni and Martin Kassir1. (2013). Dermafrac™: An Innovative New Treatment for Periorbital Melanosis in a Dark-Skinned Male Patient. J Cutan Aesthet Surg , 158-160.