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Dermaroller vs. Microdermabrasion


Which one is better for your skin and why? Many people often ask what is the difference between Intradermabrasion (also known as dermarolling) and microdermabrasion.

Like dermarolling, Microdermabrasion can stimulate collagen production in the dermis to produce anti-aging results and create a rejuvenating effect and treat common skin problems such as acne scarring and mild  damage and wrinkles. Both work through a complex biological process which naturally results in the body producing more of its own natural collagen.

However unlike microdermabrasion, dermarolling does not remove the outer protective layer of skin. Instead, it creates micro channels within the skin that allows active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the dermal layer. It  punctures the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production, smooth skin and promote scar or stretch mark reduction through the skins natural wound healing process. After 1-3 treatments the skin will appear smoother, lines and wrinkles will be diminished, pitted scars will plump up, skin texture will be improved, and the appearance of stretch marks will be reduced.  By using micro channels the outer layer of skin is left in place dramatically reducing the risk of infection and fluid loss from the skin. As the outer layer of skin is not removed there is also not the same risk of color changes or loss of pigmentation in the skin which can occur with microdermabrasion.

Advocates of microdermabrasion also often point to its ability to increase the penetration of anti-aging products into the skin as the outer protective layer has been removed. Dermarolling by creating micro channels through the skin can also increase this absorption (transdermal absorption) through the skin but without the higher risks associated with removing the outer layer of skin altogether in microdermabrasion.

The most common side effects of microdermabrasion may be temperate skin irritation, an addition in acne, and some skin discoloration. People with delicate skin are commonly more likely to the side effects of microdermabrasion than people who do not have sensitive skin. The skin discoloration aftermath also seems to be more evident in people who have darker skin. People who have microdermabrasion to help with their acne symptoms and acne scarring may also have more breakouts than usual for a few weeks after the procedure. Most of the microdermabrasion side effects are temporary and calm themselves once the skin has had time to heal.

There are probably very few people who do not experience some skin irritation after having microdermabrasion done. When microdermabrasion is performed, the entire top layer of the skin is removed. This usually causes skin irritation that many people would find similar to a sunburn. Itchiness, redness, and flakiness or peeling of the skin are side effects of microdermabrasion often reported by people who have just had the procedure. Once the skin has had a chance to heal, these side effects typically disappear.

Many people have microdermabrasion done to help with their acne. For this reason, it may come as an astonishment to these people when acne tends to worsen just after a microdermabrasion procedure. Even though microdermabrasion can often greatly help both acne and acne scarring, acne tends to become worse just after the procedure because of the trauma to the skin and because the microdermabrasion helps to unclog the pores. When pores become unclogged from microdermabrasion, bacteria is normally released from the pores, and this bacteria may linger on the skin's surface, temporarily increasing the likelihood of acne spot formation. Most people report that this side effect disappears within a few weeks after the procedure is complete.

Derma rolling on the other hand, gives you firmer and younger looking skin without the need for aggressive procedures such as laser therapy, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Microdermabrasion has been a very popular anti aging techniques for several decades due to its capacity to stimulate collagen production and increase absorption of products through the skin.  The dermarolling treatment activated a natural healing response. In association to other treatments on the market, it is very safe and has little or no down time or side effects. It can also be performed by a trained skin needling therapist or used simply in the comfort of your home and lastly, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that confirms that dermarolling really does work for inducting normal collagen and elastin in the skin, increasing transdermal absorption of products.  Given the fair  benefits of this very natural technique over techniques like microdermabrasion it is hard not to see it pursuing to grow in recognition.