Microneedling is one of the best and effective procedures to boost collagen production on the skin. People rave about its effects including the plumping of lips, hiding dark under-eye circles, and diminishing of acne scars on the face. But what people don’t know is that the benefits they can get from microneedling are beyond skin and beauty care and actually goes way past hair care. Microneedling is now a trending treatment for hair loss and a great way to increase hair regrowth. Microneedling can actually boost the collagen production in your scalp, making it healthy and would also help prevent further hair loss. After all, the skin that is covering our faces is the exact same skin that covers our scalp. To some, microneedling sounds like a painful treatment, be it for your face or your scalp. That is why many companies that manufacture microneedling tools introduced it to the market under a different name: derma rolling.
Derma roller is a microneedling device covered in tiny needles that are used to puncture or pierce the skin surface and cause tiny insults or micro-injuries that then would cause minor inflammation which the skin, in defense will counter react by stimulating the production of collagen. This reaction will bring nutrients to the scalp through increased blood flow. New stem cells will then be induced to the scalp for it to be able to support hair growth. You should take note though that these micro-injuries caused by microneedling don’t scar, isn’t painful, and doesn’t bleed, the only physical side effect there is after using a derma roller is redness on your skin.
Microneedling is a great and effective way to treat hair loss.
As an established use, the tiny punctures created by a derma roller on the scalp activates the skin’s hair cell regeneration. This amps up the collagen production in your scalp resulting in stronger and thicker hair. With the derma roller bringing nutrients into your scalp through increased blood flow, this will allow hair cells to divide rapidly, resulting in a natural hair cycle, thus allowing new hair growth. The derma roller then prevents the hair follicles to prematurely enter the telogen phase, or the phase when the natural hair cycle stops, making your hair weak from nutrient deficiency, causing hair loss.
Microneedling also works wonderfully for hair regrowth.
Research shows that the derma roller’s massaging action on the scalp stimulates blood flow increase, this will facilitate hair growth and will help with hair volume through thicker hair strands. What happens when the hair follicles receive ample amounts of oxygen and nutrients is the hair strands growing thicker and stronger. The boosted collagen production also helps keep the new hair growth stronger through the process of collagen fortifying around each hair strand.
Derma rollers also amplify the effectiveness of topical hair loss solutions such as minoxidil. When used with a derma roller, the skin absorbs minoxidil better and faster.
The most commonly suggested needle length for microneedling is 1.5 millimeters, this is what’s said to be appropriate for treating hair loss. Shorter needles can be used as well, but they may not be as effective. Needles of 1.5 millimeters in length are perfect for the required depth of penetration since hair follicles are 1 to 2 millimeters deep in your dermis. And the best kind of needles to use in microneedling are the ones made from titanium alloy. Titanium alloy microneedles puncture the scalp just deep enough to increase blood and nutrient flow to the hair follicles and prevent hair loss.
You should also choose a derma roller with curvature in design that works for you best. This will help you have a better grip on the derma roller, helping with the pressure applied into the scalp for it to work properly.
Make sure to always wash your derma roller after every use. With the help of an exfoliating soap and a brush, you would be able to lift off all the dirt and dead skin that has accumulated on the microneedles and the brush itself. And always sanitize with rubbing alcohol all the parts of the derma roller, including the microneedles.
Combing your hair with a wide-tooth comb also helps derma rolling to efficiently cover the whole of your scalp by getting tangles and knots out of the way. Parting your hair after every roll is also highly suggested so the derma roller can cover all the areas of your scalp that need microneedling. Also, rolling in a horizontal motion on every area where a hair section was parted is helpful. Going over several times (ten rolls per area as suggested) in all areas of your scalp with the derma roller proves to be effective. Using two derma rollers with different needle lengths can also be efficacious for they will be penetrating the scalp in different levels of depth, this will be effective in boosting collagen and amplifying rapid cell production to prevent hair loss and aid hair growth. You can use natural oils or creams together with your derma roller to enable your scalp to absorb extra nutrients.
To get maximum effects, it is best to use derma rollers continuously. Men who have used derma rollers have reportedly seen changes in their hair within 9 to 10 weeks of use.
Depending on your pain tolerance, you can use a derma roller with microneedles of 0.5 millimeters in length every other day while microneedles of 1.5 millimeters in size can be used once every week. It is important for you to know that microneedling should not be an unbearably painful process, so the pressure applied to the derma roller should depend on the amount of pain you can take.
The most common side effect of microneedling is redness, but depending on the pressure you applied to the derma roller, side effects such as bruising, swelling, and pain could still manifest. Sensitive scalps are susceptible to side effects such as redness and inflammation and they can last for a few days. Sensitive scalps can also be extra sensitive under the sun so make sure to wear a high SPF sunscreen.
Please consult with your doctor before starting your journey with microneedling.
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