SCALP/DERMA & MENS BEARD

 

HOW TO FIRMLY DO PRESS  DERMA-ROLL?

You should press it firmly enough so that it penetrates the skin down to the depth of the pin. This equates to a light pressure, similar to applying a roll-on deodorant. it shouldn’t feel uncomfortable but it may sting/tingle slightly.

You shouldn’t draw blood, and it shouldn’t leave any visible sign when looked at from 30cm away in my experience. I would recommend going lightly on the first round and gradually applying more pressure as you get more comfortable with using it.

You shouldn’t draw blood, and it shouldn’t leave any visible sign when looked at from 30cm away in my experience. I would recommend going lightly on the first round and gradually applying more pressure as you get more comfortable with using it.

focused on patients with Alopecia Areata, it can help us to better understand microneedling’s role in hair growth.

Even better?

There are studies which show microneedling’s effectiveness in treatment Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).

Microneedles Can Activate the Wnt/β-catenin Pathway

In recent years, scientists have linked the regulation of adult stem cells with hair follicle proliferation and maintenance (7). This is a process that’s largely regulated by the Wnt/β-catenin pathway.

This theory was put to the test in 2016, when researchers from South Korea studied the effects of repeated microneedle stimulation on mice (8).

The mice were split into groups of two, and various needle lengths were tested. These included 0.15mm, 0.25mm, 0.5mm, and 1.0mm. There were also two different cycle periods: 10 cycles (for the 0.15mm, 0.25mm, 0.5mm and 1.0mm groups), or 13 cycles (for an additional 0.5mm group).

The hair was shaved from the backs of all mice in the study, and magnified photographs (50x) were taken at days 7 and 14 after the first microneedling session. Regular photographs were also taken at 13 days and 17 days after the first session:


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The researchers hypothesized that the growth was a result of the upregulation of various proteins, including Wnt3a, VEGF, and Wnt10b. This was proven when samples were taken from the mice.

And which groups had the best results?

Wnt3a, β-catenin, Wnt10b, and VEGF mRNA expression were all increased in the 5.0mm/10 cycles group when compared with control.

Microneedles Can Treat Thinning Caused by Androgenetic Alopecia

AGA is the most common type of alopecia in men, though it also effects women. The most common recommended treatments include minoxidil (for men and women) and finasteride (for men), but the desire for chemical-free treatments is growing.

Fortunately, there have been studies which show microneedling’s effects on patients with AGA.

The first study was performed in 2013, and it consisted of 100 patients with mild-to-moderate AGA (9). The participants were split into two groups. The first group received weekly microneedling treatment with twice daily application of minoxidil (5 percent), while the second group was given only minoxidil (5 percent).

Photographs were taken at baseline, and then all scalps were shaved to ensure equal length of hair shaft.

There were three parameters which researchers used to track efficacy:

Change from baseline hair count at 12 weeks;Patient assessment of hair growth at 12 weeks; andInvestigator assessment of hair growth at 12 weeks.

The results of this 12-week study were as such:

The mean hair count of patients in both groups improved. However, the improvement was more significant in the minoxidil + dermarolling group.

The investigator and patient self-assessment (which can be a lacking measurement technique) also showed a marked difference over the minoxidil-only group:


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And while the above study is promising, this isn’t the only study that was performed on patients with AGA.

In 2015, researchers from Mumbai studied the effects of microneedling on men with AGA who didn’t respond to conventional treatments (such as Rogaine and Propecia) (10). This study was small – only four patients – but it helps to shed further light on this procedure’s use in the treatment of pattern baldness.

All four patients were on finasteride and minoxidil 5 percent for anywhere from two to five years. There was no further loss of hair during this period, but there also wasn’t any growth.

Alongside their ongoing treatment, the patients were also subjected to microneedling sessions for six months.

The results were tracked using a standardized 7-point evaluation scale, along with patient evaluation. While these aren’t the most accurate way to gauge efficacy, they do offer a general look at progress.

At the end of the 6-month period, three of the patients expressed more than 75 percent satisfaction with the results, while the fourth patient expressed more than 50 percent satisfaction. In addition.

In this article you’ll learn how to use a dermaroller to stimulate new hair growth. This method can help with diffuse thinning hair, or the typical M-shaped (widow’s peak style) receding hairline…

But you will need to know how to use this technique properly – or you risk damaging your hair further.

I’ve been experimenting with using dermarollers and dermastamps to help regrow my hair for over 3 years, and the method I use has changed quite a lot in that time. In this article I’ll share what worked and what didn’t.

NOTE: We do recommend you speak to your doctor about adding this tool to the treatment plan for your hair regrowth. You can have microneedling done by a licensed professional. Or you can do it yourself.

There’s also an FAQs section at the end if you have any questions about this.

Before we jump into the article though, I want to point out you can now get our Hairguard 1mm dermaroller for FREE >. It will be useful to have your own dermaroller to try out the steps I show you in this article. Never share dermarollers, it is possible to share blood-born diseases.

What is A Dermaroller?

A dermaroller is a simple device that is used to make tiny pin pricks in the skin. The pricks penetrate into the dermal layer, just deep enough to stimulate new cell production and boost circulation, but without causing damage and without causing pain (1). The process is also known as ‘microneedling’.

The dermaroller has been used as a beauty device for decades to renew the youthfulness of skin but stimulating collagen, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

How Does the Dermaroller Help With Thinning Hair?

In a similar way that the dermaroller is used to stimulate collagen production on the facial skin, it can also be used to increase cell production and increase blood circulation around the scalp, which in turn will help with new hair growth (2

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The Science Behind Its Use

Microneedling has been studied for decades and, as such, there are studies which back its claims. Some of these even prove that the dermaroller and other similar tools — such as the dermastamp and dermapen — can be beneficial for your scalp. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look!

Microneedles Can Stimulate Skin Cell Proliferation

In 2012, American researchers explored the role that microneedling had on skin cell proliferation (3). This is beneficial in the treatment of wounds, scars, hyperpigmentation, and even in growing hair.

In short, researchers determined that the procedure induces a three-step healing process. These steps are:

Inflammation;Proliferation; andRemodeling (maturation).

These mimic the natural healing process that wounds undergo (4).

Typically, the remodeling phase can lead to scarring. So, why doesn’t microneedling cause the same?

According to a 2007 research study, scarring only occurs when the initial wound reaches a certain depth (5).

When using a designated tool, the needles do not penetrate this depth. They do, however, go just deep enough to initiate the healing process above which then triggers skin cell proliferation.

Are you still not convinced? Let’s look more closely at a 2014 study performed on patients with Alopecia Areata (AA) (6).

This small trial consisted of two patients – one male, and one female – presenting with patchy hair loss on the frontal and vertex of the scalp. The male had experienced this loss of hair for one year, while the female had experienced it for six months.

Each patient had been through various treatments, including injections of triamcinolone acetonide, topical steroid creams, and even minoxidil (5 percent). None of these were effective.


Source. Clinical picture of male patient showing multiple alopecic patches all over the scalp.

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focused on patients with Alopecia Areata, it can help us to better understand microneedling’s role in hair growth.

Even better?

There are studies which show microneedling’s effectiveness in treatment Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).

Microneedles Can Activate the Wnt/β-catenin Pathway

Growth

derma roller and beard in two panel

Derma Rollers and other micro-needling devices are most commonly used by women to soothe out wrinkles in the face to prevent and remove rosacea and acne scarring.

Some brands have recently started selling similar products for men but in an effort to sound more masculine, they have decided to rename them to Beard Rollers.

Never the less, Derma Rollers and Beard Rollers are exactly the same things, the latter just costs more for some weird reason.

The mechanism of action is simple:

  1. The small needles of the beard roller puncture the skin.
  2. The body recognizes this damage and begins the healing process.
  3. Circulation improves, nutrient & hormone-rich blood rushes to the beard area.

Since collagen and keratin are both necessary components of the actual facial hair that stems from the follicles, and the androgenic hormones (testosterone and DHT) fuel the growth.