A lot of us wouldn’t consider an evening of self-care to include stabbing ourselves with needles hundreds of times. But many people claim that those needles work miracles on their skin.
Dermarolling, also known as microneedling, involves piercing skin with a roller that has hundreds of tiny needles. Devotees insist that it helps skin better absorb topical treatments as well as increases collagen and healthy skin tissue. Many dermatologists promote it, but often advocate for getting it done in a professional environment by a trained esthetician. However, the FDA has approved derma rollers with needles 0.3 mm or smaller in length for at-home use.
Seeking a reduction in wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores and dullness, beauty junkies sing the praises of those itty-bitty pokes. But what about pimples? Can dermarolling improve acne? Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you are afraid of needles), no they cannot. Using derma rollers or microneedles on active blemishes would be ineffective, painful, irritating and can actually spread the acne bacteria around, therefore increasing the breakout. Yikes!
The best approach to pimples remains a daily routine that includes chemical exfoliates (such as Salicylic Acid), a balanced toner and a leave-on treatment that kills acne bacteria. Clearogen’s 3-step system does exactly that, but with the added benefit of blocking the hormonal cause of excessive oil production.
So, while dermarolling/microneedling won’t put a stop to acne, once your acne is well under control and you have no active pimples or recent breakouts, you may be a candidate! Occasional microneedling/dermarolling done by an expert may help with acne scars and improve skin health, but speak to a dermatologist first.
Another benefit of dermarolling/microneedling is increased absorption of serums, creams and other skin formulas. However, experts recommend avoiding any chemical exfoliants for a few days after needling. Clearogen features several chemical exfoliants, including benzoyl peroxide, sulfur and salicylic acid. So, schedule accordingly. Plan a derma roller session with your fave serum (have you tried Rejuve MD yet?) and hold off on your Clearogen routine for a brief period. Still use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and SPF daily.
In summary, make your daily skincare a priority for getting rid of pimples quickly and thoroughly, but once cleared up you can consider giving needles a shot (see what we did there?) if your dermatologist gives you the go-ahead.