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Derma Roller for Stretch Marks

The derma roller offers a simple and cost-effective solution to stretch marks. This article provides information about what causes stretch marks and how to use a derma roller for stretch marks removal. 

Stretch marks are very common and affect both men and women, although they tend to be more common in women as they often occur during pregnancy. They often appear on the breasts and stomach, as well as the hips and thighs. Stretch marks also affect men who have put on a lot of muscle or weight relatively quickly.

Stretch marks, especially those in visible areas, can have a huge impact on your self-esteem. You may feel self-conscious about showing them and not wear certain clothes or avoid particular activities (like swimming for example).  

Although many people have stretch marks and they are completely natural, you don’t have to put up with them if you don’t want to! We will show you how you can easily use a derma roller for stretch marks removal. 

stretch marks

What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks are the result of rapid weight gain or loss. When we gain weight, the skin stretches. Skin contains natural elasticity and is designed to allow a degree of stretching. However there is a limit to the elasticity of the skin, and when it is stretched more than it can cope with it tears, and stretch marks are the result.

When they first form, stretch marks tend to be very noticeable, usually red or purple in colour and may be rough to the touch. Over time, they tend fade to silver or white in colour and become less visible. However, they won’t usually disappear completely on their own.

What treatments are available for stretch marks?

There are many creams, lotions and serums on the market that are marketed at removing stretch marks. However, if you are reading this and have stretch marks that you would like gone, you have probably already tried using one or more stretch marks removal creams without much success.

The reason these products don’t usually work is because stretch marks lie deep within the skin, and topical products are unable to penetrate the skin to where the damage occurs. Cosmetics procedures such as laser surgery can be used to remove or improve stretch marks, but these methods are usually expensive and invasive.

Using a derma roller for stretch marks removal

before + after derma roller

The derma roller offers a simple yet successful stretch mark treatment at a fraction of the cost of other cosmetic treatments like laser therapy.

The derma roller works by breaking up damaged skin cells and causing the body to produce new collagen. For more information on how the derma roller works, please read our article ‘Derma Roller – How it Works’. The derma roller won’t remove stretch marks after one or two treatments, but when the process is repeated, the dermal layers of the skin increase in thickness and the stretch gradually fade away, replaced by healthy, smooth skin.

Do I need to use a serum?

Any derma roller procedure can be greatly enhanced by using an appropriate skin serum alongside it.

In addition to creating new collagen, the derma roller needles create channels in the skin, allowing any applied skincare products to penetrate to deeper skin layers than they would normally (and therefore work much more effectively).

Research has shown that normally, only 0.3% of the active ingredients in cosmetics can penetrate the skin; the remaining 97.7% simply sits on skin and is effectively wasted. The derma roller is proven to increase absorption by up to 3000%, meaning that 75-85% of active ingredients penetrate through the epidermis to the dermis. So combining derma roller treatment with the right products can dramatically speed up the repair process.

For the fastest and best results when using the derma roller for stretch marks, we recommend also using a serum that will promote collagen synthesis and cell turnover, such as EGF Serum or Vitamin C Serum

Purphyto serum

Will using a derma roller for stretch marks work for me?

Almost everyone can get great results using a derma roller for stretch marks with no risks or side effects. Just bear in mind that results will vary from person to person. The effectiveness of using the derma roller for stretch marks removal and speed of results will depend on a number of factors, such as the severity of the stretch marks, the frequency and total number of treatments, plus selection of the correct needle length and appropriate skin serum or cream.

How long until I see results?

Using the derma roller  to treat any skin problem is a gradual process, and so it is important to be persistent and have patience (don’t expect overnight miracles!) Some websites will tell you that the derma roller can make your stretch marks disappear after one or two treatments but this is not true. You should see noticeable results within 3-5 treatment and considerable improvement after one year (based on one treatment per month).

Stretch marks will continue to fade for up to year after the last derma roller treatment, due to the continued renewal of the skin. Whilst it may not be possible to get rid of stretch marks altogether, with continued derma roller treatments combined with the application of a good serum, it should be possible to fade them considerably after a few months in most cases.

Derma roller for stretch marks before and after treatment

derma roller for stretch marks before and after
derma roller for stretch marks before and after

How to use the derma roller for stretch marks

The best way to treat stretch marks is to combine a regular derma roller or body roller with a smaller 3-line derma roller or derma stamp, plus a skin serum such as EGF Serum or Vitamin C Serum,

1. Clean the area you wish to treat with a gentle cleanser.

2. You may wish to use numbing cream if rolling a large area or using longer needle lengths. Follow the manufacturers instructions for use. Always remove the cream completely before rolling (you can use cotton pads soaked with alcohol to do this). Alternatively try an Ice Roller for an easy way to numb skin quickly. 

rolling direction

3. Whilst pulling the skin taut with your free hand, roll forwards and backwards over the area to be treated. Roll 8-10 times in each direction: vertically, horizontally and diagonally (forwards and back equals two rolls). Apply a bit of pressure to allow the needles to penetrate the skin to their full length. Lift the derma roller slightly after each roll – this will ensure that the needles create new micro-channels in the skin rather than going over the same ones repeatedly.

4. Now use your narrow 3-line derma roller or derma stamp on individual stretch marks. This will allow you to target the individual stretch marks more precisely and intensively. Use the method detailed above if using a 3-line derma roller. If using a derma stamp, try to stamp each section of the stretch mark about 20 times using medium pressure.

5. If blood spots have appeared (this is normal), wash the treated area with water or a gentle cleanser and dry with a clean towel or allow it to air-dry.

6. Apply a small amount of skin serum to the area.

7. The next day, protect the area with moisturiser and sunblock if necessary.

8. Give your skin a break from rolling for four weeks (if using a 1.5mm derma roller) or five weeks (if using a 2.0mm derma roller). You can continue applying serum during this time if you wish (just bear in mind it will be less effective when used without a derma roller).

9. After 4-5 weeks, repeat this process.

Which size derma roller for stretch marks? 

Stretch marks are deep scars in the skin and will usually require a 1.5mm-2.0mm derma roller/derma stamp.

If you are not sure which needle length to choose, start with a 1.5mm roller or stamp.

For stretch marks on the upper arms (where the skin is thinner and can bruise), use a 1.0mm derma roller or derma stamp.

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