Derma Roller for Hair Loss
If you are a male or a female experiencing baldness, thinning hair or alopecia (hair loss), the derma roller can help. It is used to stimulate hair growth, and can be used in two different ways to help repair hair loss. Read on to find out how to use the derma roller for hair loss…
Method 1. Using the derma roller with minoxidil
Minoxidil is a topical product that revives inactive hair follicles, stopping hair loss and stimulating new hair growth. The derma roller significantly enhances the absorption of any products applied to the skin immediately before or after rolling (in fact dermarolling is proven to increase absorption of products through the skin by up to 1000%).
Using a derma roller immediately before or after applying minoxidil or other hair loss treatment massively boosts its absorption rate, making it much more effective at treating hair loss than if it was used without a derma roller.
Method 2. Using the derma roller without minoxidil
How to use the derma roller for hair loss
Derma roller for hair loss instructions
Roll in one direction only when the needles are in contact with the scalp (don’t go backwards and forwards) and try to roll from the hair roots to the ends. This will prevent any hair getting caught in the needles.
4. Repeat this process until you have covered all areas needing the treatment.
5. Apply minoxidil/hair loss treatment to the treated area and massage gently into the scalp.
You only need to apply a moderate amount of pressure. Rolling too aggressively won’t give you better results and can cause skin irritation, scratches and/or needle marks.
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Warnings and precautions
Please note: Minoxidil can produce serious side effects if an overdose occurs and can cause irritation if too much is used or you start with too high a concentration.
Before using minoxidil, it is important to read the instructions carefully and be aware of the possible side effects. Most people will not experience any side effects at all, but if you do you may have to switch to a lower concentration or stop using it.
When you start using minoxidil with your derma roller, be careful to only apply a small amount to your scalp. If no irritation/side effects occur, then you can gradually increase the amount of minoxidil used.
Most preparations of minoxidil contain alcohol, which can dry the scalp, causing dryness, itchiness and/or irritation. Starting treatment with a small amount of 2% minoxidil and very gradually increasing the amount used and/or the concentration to 5% should minimise these side effects.
Do not use a needle length longer than 0.5mm with minoxidil because the active ingredients in the minoxidil can absorb too deeply into the scalp causing side effects. If using a longer needle length derma roller to treat hair loss, always wait at least 24 hours before applying minoxidil to the treated area.
If you are female, be aware that minoxidil can thicken facial hair if it comes into contact with facial skin. Therefore be careful when applying it to ensure that it doesn’t run down your face.
Clinical research on using the derma roller for hair loss
“The latest research by Intercytex, performed with Dr. Bessam Farjo as principal investigator, has shown that patients receiving superficial injections grow new hair, which may solely be a result of the controlled skin wounding itself. This surprising result is correlated by the pioneering work published by Dr. George Cotsarelis of Pennsylvania University, who found that stimulation of the Wnt protein by wounding leads to hair regeneration. Wounding by microneedles would potentially start this Wnt protein mediated growth stimulation, and prevent synthesis of TGF-?2, a protein known to induce hair loss.”