First things first, what is a dermaroller? Why should you be using one? How does it contribute to your overall skin’s health? And why does it matter whether you purchase a dermaroller with titanium needles or stainless-steel needles?
No worries Amber babies. All these questions and more will be answered in this brief, but info-packed blog post. So, let’s get started.
Staying Sharp – What is a Dermaroller?
Time for a recap. A dermaroller is a cosmetic tool that, when used properly, contributes to boosted collagen, smoother and younger-looking skin. Over time and with consistent use, the dermaroller can be one of the best weapons in your skincare arsenal against anti-aging, acne, wrinkles, and more. If you’re a beginner, check out my video on how to properly use a dermaroller here.
Dermarollers contain tiny needles that, when rolled over the skin, create microscopic puncture wounds that trigger the body’s healing response. This repair process is the magic behind a dermaroller and needless to say, the quality of the needles in your dermaroller are going to determine your results. Low quality needles are unsafe and could result in undesirable side effects such as scarring.
There are various sizes of dermaroller needles, but we won’t get into that today. Check out my other video on which needle size to select if you’re having trouble deciding or need a quick refresher.
So let’s jump right into it. Dermarollers are oftentimes either made with titanium or stainless-steel needles. “But Gin”, you may start asking. “Does it really make that big of a difference?”
Oh, it does. And I’m here to tell you why.
A little background on titanium. Titanium is an extremely durable metal and corrosion-resistant, even to bodily fluids. That means over time, if using a titanium-needle dermaroller, the skin’s natural oils, sweat, or other fluids won’t corrode the metal and make it unsafe. Speaking from a longevity standpoint, titanium will last longer than stainless-steel and is more resistant to bending.
The cons? Titanium is nowhere near as sterile as stainless-steel, which is a huge MUST since you will essentially be breaking skin and inflicting microscopic wounds with each use. Titanium needles need to be sterilized much more often than stainless-steel, otherwise you run the risk of infection.
Titanium needles also aren’t nearly as sharp as their stainless-steel counterparts. There’s a reason why this metal is used plenty in the medical industry. Incising with stainless-steel is easier, more precise, and safer. Titanium needles just don’t penetrate the skin as efficiently and can leave tears in the skin, which can lead to scarring or infection. Unfortunately, although titanium is an extremely durable and long-lasting metal, it’s just not a good fit for a dermaroller.
Stainless Steel Needles
Ah, stainless-steel. Our go-to metal in any quality Gin Amber Beauty Dermaroller. But what makes stainless-steel so special?
Stainless-steel is just overall more hygienic. Toxicity levels of stainless-steel are practically zero, thanks to their inherent molecular structure.
And as you increase needle size, hygiene begins to become that much more important. With larger needle sizes, larger holes are being punctured into the skin, and even the smallest pathogen on the needles can lead to a nasty infection.
Lastly, as mentioned earlier stainless-steel needles are just freaking sharp. And as an avid, experienced dermaroller user, I can tell you that sharper needles just make using them so much more efficient and safer. Imagine a blunt ended metal trying to puncture your skin. Eventually when it does, it might tear or break the skin in ways you just don't want it to.
Stainless-steel every time! When shopping for a dermaroller, you'll want to be choosing high quality needles such as those found in Gin Amber Beauty's Stainless-Steel Real Needle Dermarollers. Unfortunately, titanium needles just don't stack up in hygiene or efficiency and since they run a higher risk of scarring and infection, I would say stay far away.
Thank you Amber babies for tuning into this week's blog post! I hope this was helpful and informative and I can't wait to read your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Au revoir!