Skin needling has been extensively researched for scar removal. Derma rollers and derma stamps act as an ideal scar remover as they do very little damage to the surface of the skin unlike more invasive treatments.
Research has shown that skin needling can improve the visible appearance of scars on the skin by one to two grades after just three treatments (1). Further research in Germany has shown that skin needling can decrease the appearance of burn scars by up to 80% (2).
In this video skin needling specialists White Lotus discuss how skin needling works to assist scars removal and demonstrate how to work with a prominent scar on the abdomen.
1. Micro needling Therapy in Atrophic Facial Scars: An Objective Assessment. Majid, I.(2009). J Cutan Aesthet Surg. Jan–Jun 2(1), 26–30.
2. Percutaneous collagen induction therapy: an alternative treatment for burn scars. Aust, M. C. et al. (2010). Burns. Sep 36(6), 836-43.
There is a huge amount of misinformation produced about dermarolling. Some of it springs from the desire to sell products while more is produced from genuine ignorance.
In this professional video Anthony Kingston author of ‘Holistic Micro Needling’ explains how the dermoroller works and how to perform and effective dermaroller treatments.
In addition the video explains in specific sections how to choose the correct needle length derma roller for your condition, how to minimise and eliminate any pain and so avoid the need for anaesthetics and how to choose the correct treatment and aftercare serums to maximise results and avoid any dermaroller side effects.
This video not only provides the information about skin needling it also provides the sources of the knowledge in the form of the scientific references behind the knowledge. This allows you to check any facts that you need and cut through all the myths surrounding dermarolling to safely gain all the benefits of this amazing treatment.
Natural Dermaroller Cleaner
More and more people are continuing to buy home use dermarollers and use them on their skin at home. This means that the derma roller is reused on the same person and develops a risk of harbouring and spreading bacteria when used each time.
Previously White Lotus had introduced an isopropyl alcohol derma roller cleaner principally for beauticians who are sometimes legally allowed to reuse derma rollers in clinic. Now we are introducing a completely natural dermaroller cleaner which can be used safely in any environment.
The natural derma roller cleaner contains 99.999% colloidal silver suspended in distilled water. This delivers a powerful dose of silver ions each time the bottle is sprayed.
Silver ions are a very safe alternative which was previously taken internally for a variety of conditions before the advent of antibiotics.
They are currently used in hospitals in bandages to dress potentially problematic wounds and are also used to disinfect some surgical equipment.
The new pump spray is 50mLs and contains silver ions at 14ppm. A single bottle will last over a year of regular use.
The Natural Dermaroller cleaner is available through the White Lotus websites.
Acupressure mats have their roots in ancient China where they were used to stimulate acupuncture or acupressure points.
A similar tradition developed in India and spiritual men were often seen sitting on a bed of nails. In China the mats were more therapeutic while in India they were more closely associated with spiritual practice.The mats themselves were basically spikes attached to a mat. They need to be strong enough to stimulate the skin but not sharp enough to damage it unlike acupuncture needles.
It is believed that therapeutically the acupressure mat works by regulating endorphins in the body. A recent piece of research in the USA showed that when an acupressure or acupuncture mat was used on 126 people 98% reported pain relief, 96% reported relaxation, 94% reported and improvement in sleep and 81% reported an increase in energy.
By lying in a relaxed way on the acupressure mat you stimulate the acupressure points of the back. The mats can also be used to stimulate other areas of the body and relieve issues in specific areas.
White Lotus has recently introduced the highest quality acupressure mat available on the market. Designed in Europe to accommodate European physiques it has several unique features that make it ideal to assist people at home
- Unique viscoelastic memory foam to cater for your unique structure.
- Unique Velcro straps to allow you to apply the mat to limbs easily and to increase ease of transportation
- Food grade plastic spikes for safety in contact with the skin
- Unique plastic spike attachment process so avoiding the need for potentially toxic glues
This mat which is hand crafted in Europe sets new standards for home accupressure and should be experienced to understand the full range of the benefits.
See the website for further information about the acupressure mat
Derma rollers safe for Black Skin Care
There have been many reports of changes in the pigmentation of African or dark Indian skin due to ablative cosmetic treatments. Ablative cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion remove the surface layers of the skin. This trauma then stimulates new collagen growth in the remaining skin.
These treatments are no longer recommended for individuals with darker skin due to their ability to cause hyperpigmentation on black skin.
Derma rollers or skin needling on the other hand do not remove the surface layers of the skin, but rather create micro channels through the skin. These tiny channels cause slight trauma in the deeper layers of the skin which naturally increases collagen production. One study has shown that it can increase collagen induction by up to 1,000% (1).
Recent research has now shown that this highly effective therapy is safe to be used as part of black skin care regimes.
The study showed that using a derma roller does not result in any loss of melanocytes. This makes it safe for all skin types (2).
It has also been reported that using the derma roller may in fact help regulate the signalling between melanocytes and other cells. This may make it a useful treatment for hyperpigmentation for black skin in the future. We will wait for future research to confirm this.
- 4-Schwartz et al, 2006, internet paper. Abstract reflections about COLLAGEN-INDUCTION-THERAPY (CIT) A Hypothesis for the Mechanism of Action of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) using Micro-Needles; 1st edition February 2006. 2nd revision January 2007 Horst Liebl
- Aust, M.C., Reimers, K., Repenning, C., Stahl, F., Jahn, S., Guggenheim, M., Schwaiger, N., Gohritz, A. & Vogt, P. M. (2008). Percutaneous collagen induction: minimally invasive skin rejuvenation without risk of hyperpigmentation-fact or fiction? Plast Reconstr Surg. 122(5), 1553-63.
Dermaroller Acne Scars
The dermaroller has been shown to be highly effective at assisting many types of scarring. Creating micro trauma below the surface of the skin increases the production of a group of enzymes called collagenases. These enzymes break down the misaligned collagen in the acne scars.
The dermaroller for acne scars then creates a whole new layer of collagen below the scar tissue to create smooth tissue in place of the broken scarred tissue. Studies have shown that the dermaroller can increase the production of collagen by as much as 1,000% in a single treatment. This makes the dermaroller for acne scars a highly effective treatment.
Derma Roller Acne
What is often not discussed is how you can perform a dermaroller acne scar treatment when there is still active acne in the area. Rolling a dermaroller across active acne can burst cysts and other acne spots spreading bacteria and risking causing further scarring.
The solution to using the dermaroller for acne is in the products that are used with the treatments. Topical green tea has been shown to be highly effective at assisting the reduction in active acne. You can read about this in our previous blog ‘Green tea for acne’. Applying the green tea oil for several weeks before you begin the dermaroller for acne scars treatment helps reduce active spots allowing you to treat larger areas of skin and obtain better results.
The oil can then be combined with the treatment which will allow the oil to penetrate deeper through the increased absorption the dermaroller causes. Over a series of derma roller acne treatments this will continue to decrease the acne allowing more effective acne scar treatments.
To learn more about the dermaroller and green tea oil please see the White Lotus website.
Holistic Micro Needling Arrives!
Last month saw the release of the new book ‘Holistic Microneedling’ by Anthony Kingston. The book defines many of the changes taking place in the skin needling industry. Holistic Micro needling explains in detail the science behind the new cosmetic phenomenon of micro needling. Micro needling is also known as the derma roller and has grown dramatically over the last 10 years due to its ability to dramatically increase collagen induction in the skin.
This book encapsulates much of Anthony’s last 10 years in the skin needling industry. It explains many of the trends that have taken place over this time including the movement to smaller needles and the pioneering work of White Lotus amongst others to make micro needling a safer and more natural treatment.
Holistic Microneedling combines these advances towards smaller needles with the traditional philosophy of oriental medicine to make micro needling a genuinely holistic experience that works with the body rather than trying to overcome the body’s defences to achieve results.
Innovative techniques are explained throughout the book and illustrated through 37 colour images and diagrams.
This is an ideal book for those in the industry or home users who want a scientifically backed system of anti-aging, but do not want to sacrifice their health to achieve it. A must have for those who want to have their cake and eat it too.
The book is available through White Lotus and selected speciality bookstores.
Please click on the link to learn more about this exciting new publication – Holistic Microneedling