You know how when you have a bad hair day you just tie it into cute braids and get by because you know it’ll settle itself probably after the next wash? Well, my usually decently-behaved skin was having a bad phase, and it wasn’t ending. Think a smattering of acne marks all over my cheeks and some way down my neck, courtesy recent period and post facial wax rashes (take it from me, never use regular wax strips on your face – try chocolate wax instead – far less painful as well – or the kind that dries up and is then stripped by itself, no paper necessary). My skin was a mess and a visit to the dermat seemed like the final resort when I read about this thing called the dermaroller. Spoiler: it was all uphill then onward.
The dermaroller seemed like it had legit scientific benefits and hey, what did I have to lose anyway? To explain, microneedling is the process of using a little device with hundreds of tiny metal or plastic needles that will punch tiny holes into your skin, causing microscopic injury and thereby stimulating collagen, causing fresh, new skin to grow. Further, it allowed for better penetration of products like serums that you’d want your skin to soak up – thanks to the little pricks that function like canals. While the treatment was being offered by dermats, the at-home version had a convincing fan following of its own – it was convenient and a way more economical option. According to various sources touting about the little paint roller-like device, microneedling was a great way to erase scars, decrease wrinkles, and reverse photoaging. On paper, the explanation seemed full proof, but would it actually work? I had to find out for myself.
And so in the name of beauty, equipped with this handy guide by Refinery29 as an instruction manual, I requested for myself a 1mm dermaroller from Dermaroller India, and proceeded to land a sterilized needle roller (cleansed in rubbing alcohol or simply Betadine) onto my skin (the sizes range from 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm so you could also start off with tinier needles and then graduate to longer ones). Using the lightest pressure possible at first, I rolled it over my forehead in short even strokes, first vertically, then horizontally and then diagonally. I went all over my face the same way. Did it hurt? If I’m being honest, it did, at first. But it's far less painful that the way you’d imagine puncturing holes into your skin might feel – it really isn't as bad as it sounds (three cheers to impressive human pain threshold). Within a few strokes, my face had turned a little red all over, and that’s exactly when you know it's working.
Once I’d gone over my entire face, it was finally time to slather my skin in good old serum – we’re big fans of Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair over here at Jossbox for its magic ability to even out the skin like a flattering Snapchat filter and leaving it with a lit-from-within-glow – and that’s the one I entrusted my hopes in. I repeated the process religiously once every week (been 4 weeks now) – you grow immune to the pain gradually, fyi – and the results are pretty apparent.
The appearance of those pesky little acne marks had diminished by a great degree, and my skin seemed like it had made peace with itself. It was visibly clearer and brighter - a good sign of the skin evenening itself out and the serum doing its magic. And as long as you don’t use it on fresh acne (or irritated, inflamed skin that would spread bacteria all over itself), there’s high chances the little at-home experiment could probably work for you too. Who knew, a little self-induced pain in the name of beauty does go a long way! Gloriously meta, don't you think?
Visit www.dermarollerindia.in to order yourself an at-home dermaroller, priced Rs. 1200 and above.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair available here.