Dermarolling is a popular technique to improve skin texture, but did you know that it’s also an effective treatment for male pattern baldness and other hair loss conditions?
If you’re looking for a natural way to approach reversing hair loss and restoring your scalp, dermarolling might just be the trick.
However, many sufferers of hair loss don’t realize the potential these natural methods have and spend years on expensive treatments.
They spend mountains of money and time without trying things they can be doing at home.
That’s why today I’m going to show you how to dermaroll for hair loss and teach you why it’s so effective.
What is dermaroller treatment?
So, first of all, what is dermarolling, anyway?
A derma roller is a small handheld device that has a roll at the end with microneedles. These microneedles come in a variety of sizes which punctures the skin is different levels.
The longer the needle, the more it punctures the skin and typically the more results you will get.
You definitely need to consider your skin type, though. If you have sensitive and thin skin, you would want to use one of the smallest dermaroller needle sizes available. Those with tougher skin and experience dermaroller can increase the length over time.
And you’re probably thinking “How do dermarollers work?” and the answer is actually quite simple. When the skin is punctured with these tiny needles, it tells the skin to begin producing more collagen to repair it along with promoting blood flow, A.K.A nutrients, to these areas.
You can probably see where I’m going with this in terms of using dermarolling for hair regrowth.
If you’re dermarolling the scalp, you’re promoting blood, oxygen, and nutrients to reach the scalp where your follicles need it the most.
Furthermore, the small punctures create collagen which isn’t just great for skin but amazing for hair, too.
I wrote an entire article on how collagen is helpful with hair loss so make sure to read that after.
Dermarolling and male pattern baldness
So, is dermarolling good for hair loss? Absolutely! But don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at one of the most famous studies done on dermarolling’s ability to improve androgenetic alopecia.
Most people who suffer from androgenetic opt for treatment like Minoxidil which I’ve touched on before in this blog post. Despite it begin a very effective treatment for hair loss, it only has a 30-60% efficacy rate meaning that a lot of people are left looking for other methods.
That’s why this study looked at the reported positive effects of microneedling as an alternative to conventional treatment.
The study took several men who were on the finasteride and 5% Minoxidil drugs for two to five year spans. While these patients did not have enough worsening in their cases of androgenetic alopecia, they stopped growing new hairs. This is when they were advised to begin microneedling for a period of six months.
These patients were assessed using a seven-point evaluation scale on hair growth. They were followed up with after 18 months of microneedling treatment to guage the results.
Incredibly, all of the patients displayed an increase of +2 to +3 on the standardized scale. This means that hair growth began after eight to ten sessions and satisfaction was more than 75% for three patients and more than 50% of the remaining patient.
This study proved that dermarolling and microneedling is an effective way to treat alopecia.
How to use a dermaroller for hair loss
Now that you understand what dermarolling is and how it regrows hair, I’d like to guide you through proper and safe usage of dermarollers.
Step 1: Clean the dermaroller with alcohol
A dermaroller is going to slightly puncture the skin, so it’s 100% mandatory that the device is very clean before using it.
You don’t want to be pushing further debris, dirt, or bacteria into the pores.
That’s why I recommend soaking the dermaroller in rubbing alcohol to completely desensitize it before use. Keep it in a cup of alcohol solution for five to fifteen minutes to ensure that it’s completely clean.
Step 2: Apply the dermaroller along the hairline
With the dermaroller dry and ready to use, begin gently rolling it in a single direction along your hairline and temples. Avoid doing a back and forth motion as this can irritate the skin. Only go in one direction at a time.
Step 3: Apply the dermaroller to any other balding areas
You may be experiencing balding on the top of the scalp or crown which is why you will want to dermaroll these areas in the same fashion afterward.
Beginners should roll one area five to ten times and gradually increase how many times they dermaroll each week. Dermarolling once per week is a normal frequency for most people, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Step 4: Wash your hair and face
After you have successfully dermarolled, I suggest you clean your hair with a natural shampoo and conditioner. This is to ensure that your scalp has the moisture and nutrients needed to stay healthy.
It’s also a good idea to wash your face with a cleanser and moisture if you dermarolled near your forehead and surrounding areas.
Read this guide on dermarolling aftercare for more information.
Final thoughts on dermarolling and hair loss
Dermarolling for male pattern baldness has been both scientifically and anecdotally proven to be an effective treatment option for hair loss.
It pairs exceptionally well with other treatments like Minoxidil but can be used as a standalone alternative, as well.
The first step is purchasing a dermaroller for male pattern baldness. They can be found on Amazon and at drug stores. Begin with a smaller needle size if you’re new to the practice and/or have sensitive skin.
Wash your face and hair then gently roll the dermaroller in areas where you’re experiencing hair loss. It’s best to do this once per week and gradually increase the frequency if you aren’t experiencing irritation.
Using moisturizers and haircare/skincare products after dermarolling is crucial to ensuring your scalp and skin recovers safely, too.