Most people who suffer stretch marks will do anything to get rid of them. The problem is that nothing seems to work – nothing, that is, except the recently released derma roller. A derma roller is a small, handheld drum that is mounted with hundreds of tiny surgical needles. When rolled over the skin, the needles make tiny punctures which as they heal cause collagen to be released. Collagen is the stuff that your skin requires to stay elastic. The problem is that as we age, our bodies release less and less of it. This is why we get fine lines and wrinkles the longer we age.
When it comes to stretch marks, the derma roller is very effective in reducing their appearance and their depth. Stretch marks are usually caused by weight gain equally in both men and women. Women also get them when they are pregnant. They form when the skin is stretched beyond its capacity as weight is gained. The strain causes little tears in the lower layers of the skin. As the tears heal, stretch marks are formed by scar collagen. The derma roller, when passed over skin that has stretch marks, allows for new collagen formation to replace the scar collagen. This is how the appearance and depth of stretch marks is reduced.
Derma rollers come in different needle sizes, usually between 0.13mm and 4mm. The size of the needle that you will need depends on what you are treating. Stretch marks can be easily dealt with effectively using a derma roller that has needles 1.5mm long. Used 2 or 3 times a week, you will start to see improvement in as little as a fortnight. The great thing about derma rolling is that you don’t have to pay anyone to do it for you; you can buy your own kit and do it at home. It is also not painful so long as needles are 2mm and below. Needles longer that that reach far enough under the skin to touch nerve endings and this can be painful. If you require needles this long it is advisable to let an expert do the procedure because they can numb you with anesthesia. For those who have very sensitive skin and want to use a derma roller at home, you can numb the area to be rolled with a topical numbing agent.
Derma roller kits come with instructions and you should follow them very carefully. Everything, including the derma roller, must be sterilized very carefully to avoid infection. The sterilization is done before and after. You can use creams to enhance the effectiveness of the procedure. Be careful when buying derma rollers – although they are cheap, there are some that are too cheap to be effective.