Stretch marks are something that we all get at one point or another. And believe us, you’re not the only one wondering if they can be reduced through microneedling. We’ve actually seen this question be posted on reddit, quora, and in instagram comments. We’re glad that people are starting to show interest in healing their own stretch marks, because it is entirely possible. One issue with this topic though, is that many articles will explain only the text-book aspect of the procedure, which is useful, but makes it a little difficult to understand and implement in an at-home treatment done by someone who is not a professional in the field. We haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner who simply wants to know how to do what is necessary to improve the appearance of their skin. That’s why we wrote an article that’s easy to read through, and will only take less than 10 minutes of your time. Reading our step-by-step guide will be helpful to anyone who is wondering if they can use a dermaroller for stretch marks.
Before we get into the removal of stretch marks, we would like to clear any misconceptions that people might be having about them. Stretch marks aren’t just lines in your skin that take shape only to disrupt our appearance, and they don’t mean that something is wrong with us, our bodies, or our health. So, let’s start by learning what stretch marks actually are.
What are Stretch Marks?
Our skin is naturally supported by proteins such as collagen and elastin. These are very important proteins that help the skin maintain elasticity and firmness. When the skin regularly produces these two proteins, it maintains a youthful, smooth appearance. As we get older, the production of collagen and elastin decreases, resulting in wrinkles and loose skin.
Stretch marks appear when the two proteins, collagen and elastin, are ruptured. This isn’t a part of the aging process, so stretch marks shouldn’t be considered a sign of aging. The rupture of these two proteins can happen at any stage of our lives, for a number of reasons. The most common reason is the skin suddenly stretching and shrinking. This can happen as a result of:
- Sudden growth of a certain body part, usually during puberty
- Significant weight gain
- Significant weight loss
- Rapid muscle growth
These abrupt changes cause the skin to lose its structure, leading to the appearance of scars in the areas where the skin has gone through most changes. This type of scars is known as stretch marks.
Did You Know:
Stretch marks don’t tan. Many people attempt sunbathing or tanning as a method for making their stretch marks appear less visible and blend into the skin more. The reality is that they will only be even further noticeable, since the rest of the skin becomes a darker shade, while they remain lighter.
Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?
We all know the saying: “Prevention is better than cure.” Since stretch marks are such a hassle, and many healing methods made them seem like they are impossible to remove, lots of people are wondering if there are any measures that can be taken in order to prevent stretch marks from appearing altogether. Nowadays you can find many products on the market that promise they’re going to prevent stretch marks from appearing. In a perfect world, these remedies would do exactly that.
Researchers have done studies on this subject, and they have unfortunately discovered that many of the products that are seemingly made to prevent stretch marks, are not successful.
Since this is the case, we now ask another question – Can home remedies prevent stretch marks? Apparently, some of the natural remedies that are said to prevent stretch marks are coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E. Again, studies have shown that while these remedies are in fact beneficial for the skin, they don’t actually do anything when it comes to preventing stretch marks.
We are left with the conclusion that so far, there is no method that has proven efficient enough to confidently say that it helps prevent stretch marks. This shouldn’t necessarily be considered tragic, because stretch marks are a completely natural and harmless thing, it’s something we all deal with, and most importantly, there are ways to heal them. Having said this, it’s great to practice self-care and actively work towards having a body that we are proud of. If working on removing and healing little insecurities like stretch marks increases our confidence, then we should absolutely go for it!
We all want to admire what we see when we look in the mirror, and thankfully there are many things that allow us to achieve that.
One of the methods that have proven to be most successful when embarking on this journey to remove stretch marks, is microneedling. To be more exact, using a dermaroller for stretch marks! If you haven’t heard of microneedling, or you are still unsure of what it actually is, allow us to introduce you to it.
Microneedling – The Treatment Your Skin Has Been Waiting For
One of the more revolutionary trends in the beauty industry is microneedling. It is currently among the most practiced skincare treatments because of the quick and hugely noticeable results. So, what exactly is this treatment, and why does it deliver faster results than other skincare methods?
The microneedling method involves using small, thin needles to inflict microscopic injuries to the skin that are going to serve as a call to action for the skin to produce more beneficial proteins. This procedure is performed with the help of special tools that are called microneedling tools. These tools are specialized exactly for this type of treatment, since they have medical-grade micro needles of a certain length, depending on the skin type and issue. This procedure cannot be done with any other kind of tools, and it is especially important not to do it with regular needles.
So, what do microneedling tools look like? Microneedling tools can differ when it comes to shape and functionality, but the three most popular types of microneedling tools are derma stamps, derma pens and dermarollers.
Derma stamps and dermarollers are simple, safe devices with plastic handles, and tips covered with micro needles. On the other hand, derma pens are electric devices, and they differ in design and functionality. The needle-covered tip for derma pens is called a cartridge, and it is removable and replaceable.
All of the microneedling devices are functional in their own way, but it is well known that when it comes to stretch marks, dermarollers are the real deal. Keep reading to find out more about how utilizing a dermaroller for stretch marks might be the ultimate treatment method in this journey towards improvement.
What You Need to Know About Dermarollers
Dermarollers are the first thing we think about when someone mentions microneedling. They are definitely the most popular tool when it comes to performing at-home treatments. The thing that makes dermarollers special is their design, which makes them super easy and comfortable to use, while being very efficient at the same time. Basically, the dermaroller tool has a rotating head that’s covered in many tiny micro needles. As you move the roller across your skin, the head rotates and distributes even pressure through the needles on the treated area.
There are many different dermarollers with several needle lengths, varying from 0.20mm to 2.5mm. Different needle lengths are recommended for different skin issues:
- Choose 0.25mm for better product absorption
- Choose 0.25mm to 1mm for hyperpigmentation
- Choose 0.5mm to 1mm for uneven skin tone and uneven texture
- Choose 0.5mm to 1.5mm for wrinkles and fine lines
- Choose 0.5mm to 1.5mm for loose skin and sun damage
- Choose 1.0mm to 1.5mm for scarring
- Choose 1.5mm to 2.5mm for stretch marks
Another thing that depends on the various needle lengths is how often you perform a microneedling treatment. It is advisable that you stick to the following rules:
- You can use it every second day, for 0.25mm needle length
- You can use it 1 to 3 times a week, for 0.5mm needle length
- You can use it once every week, for 1.0mm needle length
- You can use it once every 2 to 3 weeks, for 1.5mm needle length
- You can use it once every 3 to 4 weeks, for 2.0mm to 2.5mm needle length
Once you have a good understanding of what a dermaroller is, and how it works, you are ready to make your first purchase. Using new products is always exciting, but it can also make us anxious, that’s why it’s always good to be familiar with the product and what you can expect from using it.
We know that putting something covered in needles close to your skin can be a nervous feeling for some people, but we are here to tell you that it’s not even half as scary as you think it would be. If done correctly, you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort. No burning, no scratching, no poking. It should feel almost like a massage, with an additional tingling sensation that many people find enjoyable. It can be a super relaxing experience and a fun little addition to your beauty routine.
When it comes to using a dermaroller for stretch marks, but also for everything else, the most important thing to know is how to do it correctly. The method is pretty easy, you just need to follow a few steps, and you’re all set. We’ll get right to explaining everything you need to know.
Why You Should Choose a Dermaroller for Stretch Marks
By now, it is a pretty famous practice to use a dermaroller for stretch marks. It has proven to be one of the most effective methods for treating this issue, and the best part is that it has recently become possible to do it at home by yourself.
When microneedling first started becoming a hit, it was still done exclusively by professionals and skincare specialists in health centers, dermatology offices, and beauty salons. Professionals usually use devices with larger needles that are a bit more painful, and leave you looking red, irritated and sometimes a little bloody. In order to avoid this, manufacturers have started creating microneedling tools with shorter needles that are safe and comfortable to use and don’t cause any pain, but still have the same results.
These are the type of products that we offer and encourage our clients to use. This is important to know for people that are unsure about using microneedling tools at home by themselves. These tools were made for at-home use, and they are meant to be efficient and functional.
The thought of using a dermaroller for stretch marks first became a hit when a user on Reddit by the name of nct1234 innocently posted a picture of her results from her microneedling journey. As she explained, she only used a dermaroller for stretch marks on her left thigh, so that she can clearly see if there’s going to be a visible change on the treated area.
“I deliberately only used the dermaroller on one thigh so I could see a difference. I’ve only done 2 sessions with a 1.5mm roller and thought I couldn’t see any improvement until I saw this angle.”reddit user nct1234
Another user by the name of genreand also shared her experience with utilizing a dermaroller for stretch marks by commenting the following:
“ I had a super positive experience with postpartum stretch marks treated right away, still purple. Took one dermaroller treatment to remove visible marks and a couple more to restore 90% normal skin texture (obviously postpartum skin looseness is much more extreme than weight gain or puberty marks). My experience was so so so positive!”
The same user continued on to encourage other curious commenters that were wondering if they should start using a dermaroller for stretch marks:
“Consider starting now! I saw some big improvements in skin firmness and texture postpartum using a 1.5 mm dermaroller. You’ll see a reduction in marks and your skin will firm to your new size more quickly.”
Suddenly it was obvious that a new craze was starting – the ideal tool, dermaroller for stretch marks! Users were joining the discussion and commenting how impressed they are by the results:
“Holy hell those results are amazing! I am officially on the bandwagon…”
as said by commenter bootymcowlface.
User pandadere also joined in:
“ I didn’t know you can do this on stretchmarks!!! Time to hop on to this train. ”
After the post blew up on the internet, everyone was on board with trying a dermaroller for stretch marks. People started increasinlgy noticing faster and better results, making it one of the most effective methods in the fight against stretch marks.
How to Use a Dermaroller for Stretch Marks
When it comes to using a dermaroller for stretch marks, the technique is pretty simple, but very important. We’ve divided the whole procedure into steps, so that it is easier for you to follow:
Step 1: Clean Your Skin
Start by cleaning the area of your skin that you wish to treat. Over the day, our skin can get covered by dust, sweat, natural oils, dirt, makeup, lotions, deodorants, etc. It is best to do the procedure on a clean canvas, so make sure you remove everything that may have been building up on your skin. You can do this by using micellar water and a cotton pad, using a cleansing gel, or simply washing and rinsing your skin with soap (this is not advisable for the face).
Step 2: Prepare the Area (Optional)
This step is for people with very sensitive skin, or for those who are simply nervous about the type of sensation that the needles can cause, especially when dermarolling for stretch marks. If you are microneedling a larger area and are using bigger needles, you can apply numbing cream to the area beforehand. Make sure you follow the instructions on the cream. Another thing you can do to make your skin a bit number is use an ice roller, or apply an ice pack on the selected area.
Before you start dermarolling, take a cotton pad and some alcohol solution and gently disinfect your skin after using a numbing cream or an ice pack. You want your skin to be completely clean and free of bacteria before you start the treatment.
Step 3: Disinfect Your Dermaroller
In order to sterilize your dermaroller, you will need alcohol solution or a disinfectant. Pour a little alcohol solution in a cup and let your dermaroller sit inside for a few minutes. Make sure that the head of the dermaroller and all of its needles are completely submerged in the alcohol solution. After 6-7 minutes of soaking, take your dermaroller out and rinse it with warm water. It is now ready to be used!
Step 4: Start Rolling!
Use your fingers to stretch the area of your skin and hold it tight while you roll across the stretch marks. With your other hand, move the roller across the skin, going in every direction (vertical, horizontal, diagonal) around 10 times. Lift the dermaroller between each roll, making sure that you’re going backwards and forwards. The reason why we lift the roller between each roll is because this way the needles can create new microchannels instead of going over the same ones over and over again. Once you’ve rolled enough times in every direction over your selected area, repeat the process on the next area of your skin. Do this until you cover the entire area of skin that you wish to treat.
When you’re dermarolling for stretch marks, you’re using a tool with larger needles. This can sometimes lead to the appearance of little blood spots, but there is absolutely no reason for concern. Larger needles penetrate the skin a little deeper, as they should, and this reaction of the skin is completely normal. You can just wash the area with warm water, pat it dry with a clean towel, and continue your treatment.
Step 5: Disinfect Your Dermaroller… Again.
Once the treatment is done, it’s time to sterilize your tool again. During the procedure, the needles pierce through your skin, and they can pick up dead skin cells, oils, and moisture. This is why it is advisable to also clean your dermaroller after the treatment is over. First, wash your dermaroller with water, soak it in alcohol solution for a few minutes and rinse it again with warm water. Allow it dry completely before putting it back in its storage case.
Make sure you regularly disinfect your dermaroller before and after every treatment.
Step 6: Aftercare
Once you’ve completed the dermarolling procedure and put away your tool, it’s time to focus on yourself and your skin. Aftercare is a very important part of the healing process, especially when it comes to dermarolling for stretch marks. There is a variety of products that you can use for the aftercare part of the treatment. We made you a list of the best aftercare products for stretch marks:
- Lotions and body butters
When treating stretch marks, body butters and lotions are super helpful. We would recommend something that contains shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, argan oil, and vitamin E. After you’ve boosted collagen and elastin production with the dermaroller, these ingredients will help maintain skin elasticity by keeping it soft and rejuvenated.
- Products that contain hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the human body, and plays a big role in maintaining hydration in our hair, skin, and joints. However, in order to improve skin texture, the body needs more hyaluronic acid than it naturally produces. This is why products with this ingredient are really important. They absorb well into the skin, especially through the microchannels created by the dermaroller, and drastically improve its hydration levels.
- Serums and oils that are rich in vitamins
There are two things that play an important role when it comes to removing stretch marks: skin elasticity and cell regeneration. You’ve already covered the elasticity part by boosting collagen production through microneedling, and that leaves us with the second part. Cell regeneration is stimulated by vitamins, so it’s very important that you implement products with vitamin A, C, E and D into your beauty routine. You’ll quickly start noticing how your skin is restoring its smooth texture and youthful appearance.
Last, but certainly not least, SPF! Protecting your skin from the sun is always a good idea, but it is exceptionally important when it comes to skin that’s gone through a microneedling treatment. The treated area of the skin shouldn’t be exposed to the sun, especially immediately after treatment. Make sure that you wear a strong SPF whenever you go out, and try to limit exposure to the sun as much as you can.
After a using a dermaroller for stretch marks, your skin requires a few weeks of rest and some time to regenerate. If you’re using a dermaroller with 1.5mm needle length, wait about 3 weeks before using it again. If you’re using a dermaroller with 2mm or 2.5mm needle length, wait 4 weeks before performing your next treatment. In the meantime, you can still use the products that we mentioned above, even though they won’t be as effective as they are immediately after microneedling. But still, it’s nice to make sure your skin is cared for at all times.
In a Nutshell
Dermarolling for stretch marks is a popular practice for a good reason. In recent years, it was proven to be one of the most successful methods, since it effectively boosts the skin’s ability to replenish itself, rather than trying to influence it with foreign ingredients. The truth is, our bodies already have everything it takes to heal any wound or scar, it is only left to us to accelerate that process. Think of it as taking vitamin supplements for hair growth, or drinking protein for muscle gain. These are things that the human body already has the ability to do, and we only boost that ability. Knowing that you and your body have the same mission, it’s time to do your part in the process, and take care of the skin you’re in! After all, it is your temple to maintain.