Derma Stamp Pen Vs Dermaroller – Are they the same?
They are very similar; simply put derma stamp pen is the tool that has been developed with the same concept of the derma roller. Since it is smaller it can be used on the areas that cannot be reached with the normal derma rollers.
When the derma pens are used correctly, they can be very effective and can cause less pain and less downtime comparing to the derma rollers. It can be used in the areas such as around the nose, mouth, close to your eyes.
The stamping motions of the pen allow the needles to enter your skin at a 90-degree angle, given that you have a steady hand and good control.
Some ‘experts’ might say that derma stamps are more effective than derma rollers because of its ability to control the depth of the punctures.
That does not necessarily mean that the stamps are better than derma rollers, especially for the at-home users.
With the derma pen or stamps, you need to have a steady hand. You need to be careful not to drag the pen and its needles across the skin, or it can do more damage than good.
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What topical solutions to use after derma-rolling treatment
The key is to find the serums or products that are non-comedogenic, non-toxic, and non-irritating. Those with paraben, petroleum, mineral oil, or even water-based ingredients should also be avoided.
There are 6 topical serums that have been proven to work well when combined with skin needling treatments.
- Vitamin C serum – This is great for collagen production and reducing hyperpigmentation and sun damage conditions. The best type of vitamin c as a topical serum is the one with 5-20% of vitamin C in the form of Ascorbyl Palmitate, L-ascorbic Acid together with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. (We are totally in love with Timeless Vitamin C serum!)
- Copper Peptide Serum – This ingredient is proven to effectively reduce scars and wrinkles, while stimulating the production of collagen and elasticity of skin. It becomes more efficient when combined with vitamin C and vitamin A.
Products we love;
Copper Peptide (GHK-Cu) Pro Skin Care Serum with Hyaluronic Acid – http://amzn.to/2xzOTXL
Copper Peptide Serum Skin Biology – http://amzn.to/2xAbDag
- Hyaluronic Acid – This ingredient helps plump and keep your skin moisturized. It allegedly helps reverse the free-radical damage on skin and protect skin from UV radiation (sun screen is still needed.)
- Retin – A cream – for this particular ingredient you will need to be extra careful because it can cause irritation on sensitive skin. This needs to be used with doctor’s supervision. (And to see noticeable results, prescription version is best). If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should NOT use this. It should only be used at nighttime and you will need to be extra serious with sun protection when you use this ingredient. The Retin A cream is known for increasing cell turnover while promoting collagen production. Start small by using milder concentration (0.25%) before moving up to 0.5%-1%. Avoid using it on sensitive areas such as your eyes, the side of your nose, and on and around your lips.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid – This antioxidant ingredient has the anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. When used regularly it can improve the texture of skin providing more elasticity and evenness in skin tone, especially when used in combination with skin needling treatment. Look for 1-4% concentration of alpha lipoic acid as an ingredient in your serum. (available product we trust is Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (30ml) by The Ordinary )
- Green Tea Extract – This one is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps protect your skin cells from collagen breakdown.